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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Out of one’s hands / Beyond one’s control: synonyms?

I am writing something about legal defences available to a defendant. I would like to know if these two expressions (title) can in this case be synonyms and if one is more used than the other. Context:...
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Corpus vs. corpse

I found this definition on Wikidiff: "The difference between corpus and corpse is that corpus is the body while corpse is a dead body" While in Collins and Merriam Webster I found this ...
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Should you capitalize fantasy creatures?

I am currently writing a novel with a mix of sci-fi and fantasy setting. So my question is that, I have one creature that is a cosmic beast with a species name "crossiax." Should I ...
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The machine is (worked-made ) by wind power? [closed]

I am not sure but i think that correct is to say that the machine is worked by wind power, what is your opinion ?
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Verb used with the word "dumbbell"

I wonder what verb should be used with the word "dumbbell". Some sources suggest the verb "to lift". But my point is "lifting and lowering a dumbbell repeatedly as an exercise&...
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Which is proper "you" or "yourself" in the sentence included in the body?

The interview pool was very competitive, with all candidates, including you, presenting impressive strengths, talents and experience.
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Is higher-numbered tier always better than lower one?

I live in South Korea, and as a rather-enthusiastic learner of English, there is a question that has bothered me for a long time. People here use the word "tier" in different way than other ...
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Most suitable term to describe a sequence of values and their timestamp

In my robotics project, a sensor produces values of voltage at irregular points in time. For instance measurement1 = (3[s], 35[V]) measurement2 = (6[s], 32[V]) measurement3 = (7[s], 33[V]) .... What ...
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Which one is correct please? Firm's representative < at / to / in > the union?

I am the representative of our firm at the union. I am the representative of our firm to the union. I am the representative of our firm in the union.
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What would make grammatic sense: DC current or just DC, when describing type of current?

I am writing about currents like AC and DC types. AC stands for Alternating Current and DC stands for Direct Current. Would it make sense when writing if i wrote like this: "I am going to use DC ...
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Bona Fide meaning? [duplicate]

I was learning about the word "bona fide" and I came across many definitions, some said, it means genuine/not fake, some websites said it means done in good faith. If I use bona fide in ...
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What is an English adjective describing properties related to the content

Is there any single-word adjective that emphasizes the property is related to the content opposed to the properties that are related to the container? I have seen the word contentual which does not ...
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What is the word when you admire someone and you do whatever he does in his life [duplicate]

The person you follow can be a famous person or simply one of your family members who influences on you. The influence can be good or bad. I don't know how to call that person. He is my model?! Not ...
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Downright lying or Outright lying? [closed]

I'd like to describe that someone is lying explicitly without any shame.  Someone who lies and knows that they are lying and knows that others know but they don't care.  Should I say downright or ...
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Why women are not called gentle? [duplicate]

Avoj friends I have a question - When the host say "Ladies and gentlemen" why they don't put gentle before Ladies? I think ladies are more gentle than men. Why not it be "men and gentle-...
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If you are my line manager, what am I for you? [duplicate]

If my line manager will talk about me with a third person, how should he refer to me?
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What's the difference between 'another' and 'second'? [closed]

What's the difference between another and second?
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Is "distance" an "amount" or a "quantity"?

Distance can be measured so it would make sense for it to be a quantity. But this is where I arrive at an issue. I think it's better if you say a small amount of distance than a small quantity of ...
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Word that means “unburnt”

If it was raining, I might say “stay dry!” If it was cold, I might say “stay warm!” If there was a wildfire and I wanted to say “stay not burned up!” then what word would be best?
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What is the general name/description for what I thought was "Makeout Creek"?

In The Simpsons, and many old movies from/set in the 1950s, there is a common scene where a couple sits in a parked car at what appears to be a high hill, in the evening or night, looking out over the ...
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He went to the cinema if a good movie was "on". He went to the theater if a good play was "on" or "up"?

A good movie was "on", sounds alright. A good play was "on" doesn't sound right to me. Does "up" work like coming up/scheduled/soon to appear?
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"It is!" I squealed at the same time she cried, "It's not!" - Is this sentence correct? [closed]

Is this sentence apt? - "It is!" I squealed at the same time she cried, "It's not!"
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"judges", "juries" or "examiners"?

I am writing an introduction for my company internal contest. There is a group of people selected to choose the winner. I am not sure which word to use when mentioning them. I see people use "...
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"The received size" vs "The size of the received data"? [closed]

I know The size of the received data is a correct phrase. I just wonder: Can I use the shorter and concise form: The received size? Is it grammatically correct? Will a native speaker think it natural?
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What does 'sweep' mean in the context "The Taliban swept to power"?

My question is brief : What does 'sweep' mean in the context "The Taliban swept to power"? I sweep the floors at work everyday but not once have I swept to power.
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Is it okay to replace "proclaim" with "claim" here?

This sentence is from Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. THE AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION IS ONE of the most controversial events in history. Some partisans proclaim that it set humankind on the road ...
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exchanging something with someone else or exchanging with someone else's?

"...everyone was exchanging theirs with someone else’s" or "...everyone was exchanging theirs with someone else" You could exchange your work with a person, or you could exchange ...
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Can I say ... spiking over something?

As I was trying to come up with a riddle I wrote "daggers spiking over buildings" and I meant some kind of plant that leaves were over city buildings(because it was way closer than those), ...
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Is something depicted in art or within art?

I am writing about certain paintings and the content depicted on the canvas. Which proposition should I use: in or within? "... depicted in paintings" or "... depicted within paintings&...
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Can I say that a painting or a photograph is polemical?

I understand that polemical has 2 definitions, according to Merriam Webster dictionary. 1: of, relating to, or being a polemic : CONTROVERSIAL 2: engaged in or addicted to polemics : DISPUTATIOUS It ...
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When to use "work day" vs "workday"

When should I use “work day” and when should I use “workday”? Is this a matter of style or are there certain grammatical cues that dictate one versus the other? I see the Google Books Ngram Viewer ...
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Using dates, is "between" inclusive of the start and end dates, or is "from" more appropriate? [duplicate]

Specific case is a period of work that began one date and ended on another date, but only periodically between those dates. For example: Services were performed periodically between July 1 and July ...
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Triple lens inspection camera or triple cameras inspection camera

An inspection camera has three cameras on one head, triple lens inspection camera or triple cameras inspection camera?
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Is there a better word than "analogy" to describe “Antisemitism isn’t the first name of hate, it’s the family name.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said in a recent speech that “Antisemitism isn’t the first name of hate, it’s the family name.” Can I refer to this as Mr. Lapid's analogy? Analogy is defined as &...
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Is 'call screening' really 'filtering'?

When someone talks about 'call screening', that means they are looking at who is calling on the phone and only allowing certain calls through. They are 'filtering out' the unwanted calls, but I've ...
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Can we rebuke something?

I wonder if we can say rebuke something or not? According to the dictionaries, it seems that we can only rebuke someone but not something. I want to say something like "rebuke greed" in a ...
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What words in English sound aggressive to native speakers(not a semantically, but phonetically/ associatively) and why? [closed]

What words in English sound aggressive to native (not a semantically, but phonetically/ associatively) and why? it can be not a "bunch of examples" only, but a generalized rule, if you can, ...
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What is the word to represent a "rarely visited place"? [closed]

What is the word to represent a "rarely visited place"? Please suggest any words with that meaning; also, thank you.
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lie vs fabricate. When to use which one in what situation?

I'm having hard time distinguishing between these words and come to ask you gracious people for help. I recently learned the word "fabricate". I got into the dictionary for more details, and ...
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You can "allocate the slot S for X", but what's a verb V that will work in a sentence such as "Please V X into the slot S"?

In "Please V X into the slot S", the word order is such that V immediately precedes S, and the preposition into is then used. That's what I need. Clearly you can put or insert X into slot ...
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Is “faith”, "substance" or “certainty” more appropriate in this sentence and why? [closed]

If negotiations are to prove fruitful, there must not only be sincerity on each side, but there must also be ____________ in the sincerity of the other side. In my opinion "certainty" is ...
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"Have you?" vs "do you?" in awkward sentence

This question arises from a debate between friends about what is "technically" more correct in this sentence: "You don't happen to have read <book name>, do you?" Should ...
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To describe two things that are seemingly same but are actually different

I am now writing a research paper that tries to distinguish two computational methods. These two methods have very similar mathematical formulations but they are actually quite different. I am ...
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A word between boy/girl and man/woman? [duplicate]

My problem is this; the words “boy” and “girl” denote youth (at least to me), while “man” and “woman” denote more of an adult. While I am aware of just adding “young” before “man” or “woman”, but that ...
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Collective equivalent of 'albeit'?

I was after the collective equivalent of albeit, if such a word exists? Here's what I used: There are some packages and tools available (albe them nowhere near as mature as those found in other ...
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Dictate vs Instruct (Which context or vibe it used for?)

I recently found the word "dictate". As always, I dived into the dictionary and took a look for definition. Following is what I found. Dictate to give orders, or tell someone exactly what ...
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Athletics singular or plural?

The following sentence appears in the book 'Improve Your Grammar', Harper Collins Publishers, p.118: Athletics give many deprived kids a great chance in life. There is a comment on this, '... as ...
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"fool" or "dumb" to describe an easy tool? [duplicate]

I want to recommend an easy tool. Anyone can use it without a learning curve. What words are proper to emphasize its simplicity and usability? "A dumb tool", is it good?
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Is this sentence an example of parataxis?

I'm writing a paper and want to be certain I am understanding this concept correctly. Is this sentence an example of parataxis? You had to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the ...
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Alternate words for tiny houses [closed]

Tiny houses (70 to 400 sq.ft. according to the American Tiny House Association) are becoming a trend in the US. Can you please help me come up with alternative words for tiny houses? I can't use small ...
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