Questions tagged [word-choice]

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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Word for focusing on what you do not have?

I would say “practicing gratitude” to convey the thought of focusing on what one has in life and ruminating on little things in a positive way, the glass half full. What would be the opposite word or ...
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That is what …. . This is what …. Can these be used interchangeably here?

I’ve been wondering if "That is what….," and "This is what ….," in the following passage (taken from Fieldfish.com) can be used interchangeably. Imagine you are an unmarried couple who have been ...
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A word that means “there and then”

The word "there" indicates a point in space, and the word "then" indicates a point in time. Is there a word that indicates a point in spacetime, equal in meaning to "there and then"?
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What is correct to say: “I don't like it when …” OR “I don't like when …”?

Very simple question. Which is correct to say: I don't like it when ... I don't like when ... Is there a difference? For example: I don't like it when people can't understand me. ...
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Question about “between” vs. “among” - generic group or distinct members?

I have read Grammar Girl's excellent post on the difference between "between" and "among", but I've run into a scenario that has confused me. I used the sentence "Compare heights between these people....
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Why is “remove to” no longer used?

By Googling, the difference between remove and move can be found as follows: As verbs the difference between remove and move is that remove is to move something from one place to another, especially ...
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What do you call a fire panel with tools?

In Russia we have these "fire panels": So, they have tools like a bucket and a spade, so you can dig up some sand with the spade in the summer and extinguish the fire with it. Or in winter you can ...
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Is there something wrong with using “said (that)” in this sentence?

Quick context, work as a translator. I had a short blurb I had to translate where I basically rendered it as: "Bob spoke about how Countryland was one of the countries that suffered greatly from ...
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When to use “-er” vs “-or” as a suffix in verbs - a comprehensive example (a developer's perspective)!

It's been many times when it comes to decide whether to use "-or" or "-er" as an agent noun suffix to a verb. My native (mother language) is Greek, and I'll try to provide you a way to think before ...
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at our side / on our side / from our side

I'm developing a web form wich communicates with an external service and they are validating the data that I send to them from the web form. But, I would like to manage the validation by my self. I'm ...
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Difference between therapy mode and modality?

I don't really understand the word modality and how it's different from mode. Merriam defines it as 1 a : the quality or state of being modal b : a modal quality or attribute : form 2 : ...
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The difference between “test” and “testing”

I am working on software unit tests these days, while I found most results in the web tend to use "unit testing" rather than "unit test". If you search "unit test" in google, you will see "unit ...
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“Cater to” vs. “cater for”

Is there any difference between "cater to" and "cater for"? Which is better in this context: The dramatist must cater to the taste of the audience. The dramatist must cater for the taste of the ...
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Semantic implications of “The President and we are disbanding the Forum”

In a widely publicized statement, a group of CEO's on President Trump's "Strategic and Policy Forum" wrote that because of contention surrounding recent statements by the president: As such, the ...
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Difference between “tranche” and “batch”

I work in the data science, where we tend to use "batch" to refer to collections of data points composed as follows: Biosamples 1-10, processed as per A, on Day 1 = batch 1 Biosamples 2-20, ...
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Earn rewards for participating vs Earn rewards by participating

Is it correct to say: You can earn rewards for participating in the company's wellness program. I'm inclined to change it to You can earn rewards by participating in the company's wellness ...
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Language school & language institute

I'm a non-native English speaker in Iran. Here we have schools to which students go to learn about different subjects such as math, history and English. We have institutes (or at least we call them ...
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to emanate from vs to stem from

Are the words to emanate from and to stem from synonym in the following sense? Do you think I can swap with each other without changing the meaning of the following sentences ? 1 (Of a feeling, ...
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Is “out of” instead of “from” colloquial, always okay or simply wrong?

Here an example sentence written by a pupil of mine: Through the British Empire, which resulted out of Britain's urge to build up its economy, Britain was connected to a lot of different countries ...
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Difference between “formatting” and “styling” when used with documents

For example one may say: "This document is well formatted" or "This document is well styled" - What are the differences here, if any? What about the task: "formatting" or "styling", are these usable ...
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Is there more monosyllabic lexis in the English Language than polysyllabic lexis?

In terms of words in the actual dictionary are there more monosyllabic words or more polysyllabic words?
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To top up something

I’d like to know which sentence is correct to use when I’m at a Costa shop handing a member card to a barsta. “I’d like to top up 10 pounds please.” or “I’d like to top up for 10 pounds please.” ...
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collocation with BUS STOP

Is it possible to say "I have to take 5 stops by/on bus to get to my school"? meaning: my school is 5 stops away from my home, I get there by bus.
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Is “one” always a quantity if not a pronoun?

In medical transcription we are required to type all numbers as digits (unless beginning a sentence). Some phrases include the word "one," such as, "I will get around to it 1 of these days," "...on ...
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Endebted v. indebted: is there a difference in meaning?

I was recently told by a senior academic that I ought to replace the word indebted with endebted in an essay during which I suggest one text alludes to another. I have searched the web (no help) and ...
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seems vs. seems to be vs. seems like

I've noticed that “seems like” is the most commonly used phrase out of the three. If I were to say that Los Angeles appears to be a nice city, would using any of these three phrases work because “to ...
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What do people mean by “measurable definition?”

What is the definition of "measurable definition?" What does that mean? I have interns who are victims of verbose, academic language, and they frequently use terms that I don't think they even ...
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Looking for a term, similar to “epigraph,” meaning a quotation given in order to explain another text

For an English Lit. essay I am writing on TS Eliot and Joyce, I wish to use a Biblical quotation I find useful in illuminating certain themes common to their work (1 Corinthians 13 if anyone is ...
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Gerund vs noun— which to use in title

This issue of gerunds vs noun always puzzled me and in this particular case made me wonder. I actually am translating my thesis title into English and am not sure as to use gerund or noun. So which ...
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at / on/ in (the) (Math) exam

I think it is common to say I did well on the exam in AmE. I did well in the exam in BrE. Which prepositions are suitable for the following situations when we mention the exam we took? ...
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'before' or 'in front of'?

Which sentence is the correct one? He parked his BMW directly before the diner. or He parked his BMW directly in front of the diner.
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What does Jane Austen mean by the word 'alloy' in Sense and Sensibility?

As dear Austen had written on page 6, volume 1, chapter 1, I quote - "But in sorrow she must be equally carried away by her fancy, and as far beyond consolation as in pleasure she was beyond alloy. "
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What do you call a bathroom with no toilet?

Might seem like a trick question at first, but I'm serious. When the toilet is in one room by itself (let's call this the "restroom"), and the place with the sink, washing machine, shower room and ...
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Word to describe someone who makes frequent bodily sounds

I am wondering if there is a word for someone whose bodily noises are especially loud. Example actions include: Sample sentence: The world had never quite seen a body like Jared's. Between the ...
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Anywhere or everywhere?

We are trying to convince people that they can use our product no matter if they are at their working place, travelling or somewhere else, so my question is how we should say it: Protect your home ...
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What do I call a quote in an essay

After submitting my essay, my English teacher marked the word "quote" as an error. Is this incorrect word usage, and should I be using "excerpt," quotation," or "event" here? The quote is from ...
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Evaluation of Inhabitants on/of/based on the Influence of Media?

I'm currently translating an abstract for personal purposes, but I'm not sure how I'd translate this part. I translated it as this: Self-Evaluation of Inhabitants on (the) Influence of Media (the ...
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Is there a word for when a usage change orphans a definition?

Is there a simple way to describe the phenomenon when usage of a word or expression changes in such a way that it leaves the original concept without a word to describe it? As usage evolves, ...
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What is best word to shout “hide him in safe place”

A leader is delivering a talk on a dais and one of the security officers finds a threat to him and shouts from the distance to alert the leader or other security officers around him. What is best word ...
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What is the information called below a data table?

I can't think very well these days, and I can't figure this out. I have a table I'm using for a web page. I have some footer information, and text from the superscript in the table, data sources, ...
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Usage of getting into his head

Can "Getting into his head" be used to suggest that someone is becoming crazy because of something? Example : The upcoming Physics exam is getting into Johns head
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Would this usage of the word ''industrial'' be appropriate?

For context, I am writing about an industrial reputation, which is in reference to a reputation one has when in the industry (i.e Hollywood or the 'music industry'). Would it be correct to use ...
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Whether the word 'me'or 'myself' is correct?

Should I use me or myself in this: Happy teachers day to all of us … and a special mention to those previously/ currently in the teaching profession…. Fattubhen, nishrin Bhen, ...
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When would one use the word “participance” in place of “participation”?

The Oxford English Dictionary includes three words that all appear to have the same meaning: participation, participance, and participancy. I'm curious if there is a difference between the three. ...
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On / with a low budget

I've got this piece of my text: In my humble opinion, a movie can be just as good and entertaining on a low budget with certain key elements. Is it correct to say 'on a low budget' or it's better ...
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Device v. Appliance

I'm wondering what the exact difference between device and appliance may be. First thoughts would be that it might be based on either size, level of technology, ubiquity, or value. Perhaps a device ...
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Subject with -ian suffix is a?

Is there a word which describes the relation of, when associating or committing, an added suffix such as “-ian” (or “-ic”, et al.) to its subject? For example: “Orwellian is the _____ of/for ...
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Word or short expression for things that are meant to be stacked

I am looking for a word or expression for things that are meant to be stacked. Though there are several generic words for things, I could not come up with a good term for this purpose. For example, "...
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Pragmatics and subtle differences in meaning 'good' vs 'all-right', 'ok' etc

I've heard and noticed that the word 'good', when used in conversation, has connotations that may not be obvious to an L2 user. 'Good' can be taken to mean, that the person using it is ...
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“Percentage of” and “Percentage for”

I want to ask if anyone can explain to me when to use "percentage of" vs "percentage for". Let say you have a pie chart like this: I'm thinking you use "for" when you want to describe the figure for ...