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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Relative clause - “…one of those people who make” or “makes”? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? He is not one of those people who make/makes you angry Does "make" refer to "one"? Is there a possibility that "make" refers to "people"? Can it be something relative?
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Something proved “sound” ultimately, not beneficial…in line with my skills and goals. Is there a word for this?

Although my path to radiology has been somewhat untraditional — I made the transition to nuclear medicine after transferring from radiology and, prior to that, training briefly in ophthalmology — my ...
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The meaning of 'carry' in a novel

Consider: ‘Why what else are you?’ returned John, looking down upon her with a smile, and giving her waist as light a squeeze as his huge hand and arm could give. ‘A dot and’—here he glanced at the ...
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How to properly answer an “Age” field in a form? [closed]

Which of the following is the most correct to use? Age: 13 years old Age: 13 years Age: 13
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Regarding the right word usage and verb [closed]

I am trying to figure out whether this sentence makes sense or not: Social Media Marketing is a digital marketing technique that utilizes social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc....
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Replacing “When” With “For / Since” In A Question?

Does "for" or "since" work in place of "when" in this sentence? Why do you keep buying plants when you just end up killing them? If not, why? Thank you.
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Janitorial Room v. Janitor's Room/Closet?

In the US, which is more common? Janitorial room or Janitor's room/closet? I think that 'janitorial room' is unnecessarily verbose, but maybe it's just common American usage and not just this author?
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difference between “hypocritical” and “projection”

The term "hypocritical" is used when person A criticizes person B's behavior/traits, when A is known to have done the same behavior/possess the same traits. I also see the term "projection" get used ...
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How to describe in a resume that a person left college because of the age limit for immigration?

I studied for two years in a university towards a bachelor's degree and then left because my parents and I had to immigrate to another country before I turn 21 (the age limit for an immigrant's child)....
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Is it natural to use 'once' with 'used to'?

Is it natural to use 'once used to' as in the following construction? I once used to read the Times everyday.
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Is “different from” or “different than” more correct? [duplicate]

"I am different from/than you." (I am not similar to you.) Is one usage more correct than the other? Or are they two different usages that could mean two different things? The answers to the other ...
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Farthing / Riding [closed]

A 'farthing' is an an administrative quadrant (4 parts) Is a 'riding' an administrative triant (3 parts)? How do we call each of the parts of a circle divided in 3 parts? Not 'one third' but another ...
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A single word for describing someone who's both great at writing and speaking [closed]

Writing and speaking are relevant to each other; they both employ words in expressing ideas. Wondering if there's an adjective for describing someone who's impressive in writing and speaking. The ...
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Is the wording in this song ok?

One of my favorite songs is Ain't no mountain high enough. The chorus is this: Oh baby there ain't no mountain high enough, Ain't no valley low enough, Ain't no river wide enough To keep me from ...
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“… one of its kind…” or “…a one of its kind.”

I am really confused what to choose in the following sentence. "We are one of its kind app that extends you exciting offers." Is this correct, or should I write "We are a one of its kind app that ...
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How would I construct the phrase “brief set of appendices”?

I'm writing fiction and currently working on appendices for my novel (or possibly alternatively for my website). I'd like to indicate that these are not 'complete' appendices but are sort of a work-in-...
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Verb for “unassigned deadline”

I'm creating a task management system that provides team managers with an overview of the state of the tasks within a list of projects. This could sum up my intent: Project A: 7 open issues 3 ...
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in southern Wales, in the south of Wales, in the southern part of Wales? [closed]

Can you tell me which one is correct? And if there is a difference in meaning between them, can someone explain it to me? and here is the example of the sentence Cardiff is the capital and the ...
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Other ways to say “native speaker”

Are there other ways to say "native speaker" which also allow a bit more flexibility as for when the speaker learnt that language? A child of an immigrant family who moved to the US when he/she was 5,...
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Difference between turns to and turned into [closed]

What is the difference between between turns to and turns into. Are they same and can be used alternatively. For example He turns to a recluse during his exam time. Suddenly his pleasant dream ...
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Abandon/forsake/leave?

I am a bit confused as to where I should use "abandon", "forsake" and "leave". According to my searches in dictionaries: Forsake: to leave someone , especially when you should stay because they need ...
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As well as = and? [closed]

I would like to know the subtle difference between these words. When writing an essay, I usually encounter a difficulty: Can as well as be used interchangeably with and? For example, if I write I ...
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“go too far” — suitable for academic writing?

I am revising the following sentence in an academic paper: The de facto XXX seems to go too far and notably undermine the readability. where XXX is a named of a new technique. I feel like "go too ...
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'still less' vs 'still more'

McKendrick. Contract Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (2018 8 ed). p 752. An infamous example of this is provided by the case of Arcos Ltd v. E A Ronaasen and Son [1933] AC 470. The parties ...
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Word for crying after anger

I am looking for a word which defines the people who start crying after an outburst. I was thinking of sentimental but it seems like a wrong choice.
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What does “having” mean here, and what is the structure of such sentences?

Does "having" here mean "facing with a situation"? Can I use "having" instead of "facing with"? For example: Do you know how it felt calling your house when you didn't show up at school and ...
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How should I name a table column that shows duration?

I have a table with a column that shows when a specific entry was modified. It used to be just the date and time the modification occurred, for example "Modified at: May 08 2019 13:56:51". Now I want ...
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How to express succinctly one who is not performing promises he made, but just trying to keep the issue (or you) under control

ESL here, please be understanding. Someone has made some promises to you, but he not only does not realize them, but also gives you the impression he is not trying. He tries to keep you happy or ...
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Is it bead art or beads art? (Popular Usage) [duplicate]

It seems that both terms are used to refer to beadwork but beads art seems really weird to me (think Dogs Food). To be clear, I am not only referring to the rules of usage. I would like to know what ...
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deletion success message

I want to notify a user when the user has deleted a box successfully. Original Message Box has been deleted successfully New Message Success to delete the box What is better expression?
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Should “at least” be used to start a sentence or finish it?

Which should it be? Both sound fine to me. At least how many years of experience the successful candidate should have? How many years of experience the successful candidate should have at ...
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End of a predictable story: “flat” or “plain”?

I am looking for an adjective which could work with the "end of the story", meaning predictability, shallowness. Now I am deciding between "flat" (in Freedictionary 5th,6th, and 12th explanations work ...
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Are people named or called?

This is probably a two part question. Sorry. I often hear news reporters refer to subjects in their stories as follows: "A baseball player for the Chicago Cubs called John Doe..." It seems a verbose. ...
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Term for “people who get easily traumatized”

I am surfing over google and dictionary and books but cannot find a term for people who are easily traumatized. Is there any term for it? Or should we just say like: She is easily traumatized.
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Can a story be “spiced up” or “flavoured” with details?

I am thinking of a verb that could go with the "story" in a sense that it is enhanced with details, something like "flavoured", "seasoned", "spiced (up?)". But I only found that these three verbs ...
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“private space” or “private domain”?

What would be a better name for somebody's personal sphere of life (e.g. close people, partners) - "private domain" or "private space"? I think the option with "domain" fits better in the context of ...
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“leads back in the time of” or “leads back to the time of”?

Is it correct to say "leads back in the time of Reunification" or "leads back to the time of Reunification"?
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“Which” or “what” or … when referring to a main clause?

There are many answered questions that address the usage of "which" and "what" on this site—many of them marked as duplicates—and there is even a specific tag for this topic. But I could ...
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Is using “if you would” instead of “if you will” in the sense of “if you wish/want/like” technically “correct”?

I may be wrong here, but I think of the verb "will" as in the set phrase "if you will" as an actual verb, with the rare sense "wish, desire, want", not as a mere future marker. Therefore, in this ...
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A word for a substitute

I need a word for: an item that can be substituted for another due to that item not being readily available...OR what is the word for something that is used as a substitute while in a bind?
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Word for a person who fumbles through life

I'm looking for a word that would describe someone who despite giving their best efforts, they always barely get by. Someone who tries hard but has to put in their best effort just to meet standards ...
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What’s a better word for “publish”?

I work on a content management system that allows authors to create drafts of entries. When they are finished with the draft, they can click a “Publish draft” button to update the main entry with the ...
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Check number one

I'd like someone to clear it up for me the meaning of this sentence from Priory School by Conan Doyle. “Check number one,” said Holmes, looking gloomily over the rolling expanse of the moor. This is ...
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What is the difference between 'unconcealed' and 'revealed'?

What are the different nuances, if any, between the words 'unconcealed' and 'revealed'? Example sentences: "... In addition to that he is caught in a dilemma when he faces a life and death ...
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Differences : get dressed/ dress up/ be dressed/ get dressed up to the nines?

Which one is correct? (1) It's a formal occasion so we'll have to get dressed to the nines - no jeans and pullovers this time. (2) It's a formal occasion so we'll have to dress up to the nines - no ...
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Another word for talk of the town?

The discussion-topic/chatter/buzz that has everyone interested or excited but is also constrained to a certain location. Examples: After winning the super bowl, the Eagles were the talk of the ...
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Possible verbs to describe an actual ownwership of position, rather than less direct employment

What are the possible verbs to describe a relationship between a company and a position (job), when I want to stress the fact that the company is the real, actual party which requires the work to be ...
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I’ll swing for it!

I'd like to ask about the sentence below from Red Headed League by Conan Doyle. Jump, Archie, jump, and I’ll swing for it! This was uttered by the villain for the episode named John Clay, when he ...
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Which one should be chosen? [closed]

Accountants help people with their 1. Finance 2. Finances
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Usage of “in our house” vs “at our house”

Is the following sentence correct? We gathered in our grandparent's house can "in" be replaced with "at"? What if "house" is replaced with "home", does that make any difference?