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This tag is for questions about choosing the best word FROM A GIVEN SELECTION for a particular context or meaning. The selection to choose from must appear in the question. If you do not know the word already, use single-word-requests.

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What pronoun should I use, "by we who" or "by us who"? [duplicate]

He will be yelled at by we who hate him. He will be yelled at by us who hate him. After by you use us, but in this case I'm confused. Which one of these sentences is correct?
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The words to describe a slave's mentality

I am trying to translate a Chinese word 奴才 into English. Quite often it is translated to slave. But 奴才 is more about a person's mentality, e.g. obedient servant and being numb, timid, apathetic, and ...
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Is it: 'Everything, like cars and trucks, is important¨', or 'Everything, like cars and trucks, are important.'? [duplicate]

Is it: 'Everything, like cars and trucks, is important¨', or 'Everything, like cars and trucks, are important.'? I want to use is, but suddenly with cars and trucks, everything has become kind of ...
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what is the difference between "detail" and "detailing"? [closed]

I am an English language learner, so please forgive me for some errors in expression. I am confused about the difference/s in meaning between nouns "detail" and "detailing". These ...
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Get to, get in, get in to, get into [migrated]

We get to Heathrow / get in Heathrow / get in to Heathrow / get into Heathrow. Do all of them mean "We arrive at Heathrow."?
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The use of the adjective fraught

I recently read an article online and came across this sentence: "The process is fraught with both potential benefits and drawbacks." Based on my understanding of the definitions provided by ...
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What idiom could describe bureaucratic inefficiency?

To begin with, the bureaucratic process was extremely time-consuming, and when I inquired about the status of my documents, they gave me the runaround. After incessantly contacting them regarding my ...
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Is “whom?” A full sentence? [migrated]

If someone asks me “how do you pronounce that singer’s name?”, and I want clarification on which singer it is, do I answer with “whom?” or “who?”?
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Can you use "in any way" and "at all" together in a single sentence?

For example: I hope I'm not bothering you in any way at all? Can you use both "in any way" and "at all" together in the same sentence? Or are they interchangeable and should be ...
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What is this grid with diagonal lines called besides a "rule", "grid", "squares with 4 lines of symmetry"? [closed]

What is this grid with diagonal lines called? And not just 'rule', 'grid', or 'squares with 4 lines of symmetry'.
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Looking for the right term for a second generation member of a club or organization

I'm tasked with introducing a speaker who is the daughter of an early member of an organization. Do I say she is a legacy member? Or is there a better term? Searching here, the thesaurus, dictionary ...
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Ways to Say "Forcibly Inducted"

As a combatant, your family's safety is threatened by your captors. "Return to your platoon as a spy for us, and your family's lives will be spared." You accept the terms with steadfast ...
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What does one call the left and right sides of a building, in order to fix a point of view?

With shields, we have sinister and dexter, meaning the bearer's left and right respectively. With ships, we have port and starboard, which are the left and right sides as viewed from aboard facing the ...
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Does an utterance have an author?

Is author the right word for a person who utters anything? I know author is used for articles or novels but it is also applicable to something tiny like an utterance?
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Lead vs Conduct

I would like to express some secondary professional activity in not so strong / embellishing style. Think, some knowledge/experience sharing inside the company, more informal rather than formal. If I ...
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Much-Watch: How is this construction allowed?

I have received an email from Crunchyroll today, titled “Discover Today’s Much-Watch Anime!”. From the title, I immediately assumed that it’s about today’s “must-watch” anime series. The email ...
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What's it called when person A's shoulders are in person B's shoulders in a reassuring way, and B's hands are on top of person A's hands?

What's it called when person A's shoulders are in person B's shoulders in a reassuring way, and B's hands are on top of person A's hands? If there's not a word please help me describe it in a clear ...
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Induce vs. induct

The action of inducting (i.e. to induct) someone into something is called induction. The action of inducing (i.e. to induce) someone into something is called inducement. In a medical context, why is ...
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'will' and 'would'

This is the definition for 'the busman's holiday' from the book 'Common American Idioms': Spending one’s holiday doing the same thing one would be doing at work. Will it be different if I change '...
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Preposition after 'student assistant' in CV

What preposition would I use on my CV, for example, when I want to state that I am a student assistant with/at/of/_ the XYZ-Project (University of XYZ)? Thanks in advance!
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A word(s) describing a person with control/power over an important aspect of others lives. They abuse that power to harm others and personal gain [duplicate]

I am in need of a word(s) or term(s)for a person who willingly, openly, and unapologetically abuses the power or influence they have over other peoples lives,more precisely; people who have control or ...
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What is a word that describes "to trudge through" a liquid but for milk? [closed]

I am talking about Words like "bemire" and "daggle". I want a word verb that describes the act being sludged/dragged/ran through milk, and the noun for the soiled object in that ...
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What is the difference between automate and automize?

We are a bunch of non-native English speakers at work who often discuss automating various tasks in the sense of writing software to replace otherwise manual processes. I (with an electrical ...
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How do you call wooden extension above water found alongside rivers/ piers [closed]

Where's the difference between 'dock', 'pier' and only one wooden structure? or is this referred to as 'pier'
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A word or phrase to refer to restaurant sector?

It's my first time here. In Spanish, we have the word "restauración" to refer to the restoration of paintings, for example, and to places where food is served. For the first meaning, I ...
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A word for a man of few, but well thought-out, words

I recently lost a friend and I’m looking for the words to describe him. He was a man of few words but his words were deliberate, they weren’t spur of the moment thoughts. He meant the things he said ...
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What is the term for someone who unnecessarily defends someone else?

I got a conversation with my husband about noticing more and more that people seem to be butting in and trying to defend people who don’t need defending: people getting angry over situations that they ...
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What's the exact meaning of 'Temprist'?

I look for a word that describes a person who loves music, food, jokes, metaphorically getting high. I mean a person whose MOOD or Temper is usually good and cheerful. And it's better to be a slangy/...
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Can you "augment" a person? [closed]

Can you augment a person? The word means to make greater, more numerous, larger, or more intense (M-W) But is it odd to say Augment every employee ... with a technology? This is for a technology ...
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Second to last difference?

E.g. if there are 10 items, 1 to 10, how can I call the 8th and 9th item? If I translate from my own language (Dutch), I get twice the same result: 8 Tweenalaatste Second-to-last 9 ...
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Discover an event isn't the first instance, and that isn't good

I'm looking for a word or phrase, preferably English or at least using English characters, to describe an event or feeling about an event that is one of many, but that the person thought was the first ...
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Are "in case there are problems" vs. "in case of problems" correct and interchangeable?

So, I'm giving my phone number to a person so that they can count on me and call me if and when they have problems in the future. Here are two sentences: Here is my number in case you have problems. ...
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What is the difference between 'share to' and 'share with'?

Should I use 'share with' or 'share to' when I want to share a great page I've seen on a social networking site with a friend?
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Minus vs less (in math)

We used to talk about subtractions employing the word minus as a preposition like "10 minus 5 is 5... "what is 5 minus 3?" .... Is it OK to replace the word minus by "less" ...
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interlock vs intersect, which one is precise?

I would like to use word interlock for FIG.A and not sure I could use it for FIG.B, is insert or slide better for FIG.B, anyone could help with this?
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attached vs connected

I am confused with the two words, which one technically has a broader meaning? and maybe including another one, or you have alternative that could include both, thanks.
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Drinking vs drinkable

Knowing that drinkable refers to safe to drink, why do we often say drinking water in stead of drinkable water? I find potable water (i.e.water fit/ safe to drink) synonymous with drinking water. So, ...
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To use "contribute" or "contributes following more items? [duplicate]

Say I have this sentence: My attention to sprinkle placement, sandwich-building artistry, and quest for the ultimate toast consistently contribute to satisfied clients and business success. Is it ...
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Word for all discovered knowledge

Is there a word that describes a person who has complete knowledge of everything humanity has ever discovered or produced, not being omniscient?
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What word can be used for one who values the original version of literature over the altered one?

I'm wanting to refer to someone who would not appreciate anyone overlooking the fact that monks altered Beowulf and I'm wanting to say "be sensitive to the originalists" when speaking about ...
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Use of "ironically" or "unironically" in indicating surprise

Take the following comment: "Married like a couple of hunters bound together" is the ironically cutest description of marriage I've ever heard Which spawned a discussion on whether ...
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Does this word make sense: drudgery-produced?

I am not sure if this word could be understood in the context: drudgery-produced. I know there is "machine-made," so I just "created" that word. I want to use it to describe some ...
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How to describe these grammatical errors as concisely as possible? [duplicate]

I'm trying to talk about several grammatical errors that a Negro makes when he's speaking: "us wants" and "I is." I'd like to give an example so that you'll know what I want. For “...
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Which word can indicate all the meanings included in a certain belief or notion? [closed]

I'm having trouble with the word-choice in my thesis. For example, I'm talking about Romanticism as a literary style, including its characteristics, principles, etc. But before my discussion I want to ...
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Is crestfallen the correct word for sympathetic sadness? [closed]

My cat died recently and a friend said he was "Crestfallen for your loss." I believe he was trying to say he was deeply sympathetic and sad, but I understand crestfallen to mean ...
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Which word should I use in this sentence to indicate Toomer's freedom of choice?

Here is the sentence: Although a native son of Negro descent, Toomer was not physically recognized as black and could pass for white. What I want to say is Toomer had the freedom to choose his ...
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Analogue of "simpler" for "more complex"

The word "simpler" means "more simple", as in "This new product is simpler than the old product". But I cannot think of a similar word for "more complex": ...
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What's the word to describe changing something wildly?

Say a company bought the copyright of published book and turned it into a TV show, but the ethos as well as plot is wholly disparate from the original book. So what can I say the screen writer did to ...
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"set up a meeting (schedule)" vs "decide on a meeting (schedule)" (or "arrange")?

I'm trying to write a sample Business English conversation prompt. The situation is that the students will arrange a meeting with each other, and we want them to think of their own answers/available ...
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What do you call a person who can "read a room" and adapt socially by doing so?

What word or words could I use to describe being able to read a room and adapt to that social setting by doing so? I have an interview and I'm trying to list strengths. I work in medical offices ...
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