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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Choose: Six years (seems, seem) too much time to build a house [duplicate]

Choose: Six years (seems, seem) too much time to build a house. I have this question while solving an exam in English, it appears to be "seems" but the plural noun phrase (six years) leading you to "...
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How to name collection of web links? [closed]

I have a blog and from time to time I made posts that contains only web links with some short description. Those links was not so easy to gather and they are have a value by themselves. I call this ...
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Describe someone who underestimates people's problems [closed]

I'm looking for a word or an idiom which describes someone who underestimates people's problems because he/she has got a better position or much more money in his/her life.
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Difference between “their dependencies” and “their respective dependencies”

This came up when I'm writing deployment instructions for virtual machine operating system software packages. Suppose the goal is to install php, perl, and python along with any dependencies ...
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“Leave for better” or “Leave for the better”? [closed]

I would like to say something like "Go out and play great outdoors" using different words. Thus, I would like to use these words: "leave, enjoy outdoors, better life". Here I made it, but does it ...
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When it is with yourself that you are not satisfied, are you “dissatisfied” or “unsatisfied”? [duplicate]

Is someone who wishes they had done something differently “dissatisfied” or “unsatisfied” with what they did? How about someone who – more generally – wishes they were someone else, wishes they were ...
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Clear vs. Clearly

I am confuse which one is correct? Both the words sounds natural in the given sentence. Try to speak as ____ as you can. [Clear, Clearly] Referring to Oxford Clear means Easy to perceive, ...
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From my early age vs From an early age

When I'm going to start a sentence with From my early age grammar checker shows an error. It's suggest me to use From an early age Is there any major different with both of the term.
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Wedding Invitation Sentence Structure

Would love some help with this. I'm creating a wedding invitation card and am confused on how it should be written. The invitation is for my dinner reception. I'm the grandson of Mr. & Mrs. ...
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Now surround or Now Surrounded? [closed]

"I then walk to a mirror to observe my dark brown eyes that have grown brighter with age and the fine lines that now surrounded my smile." Should it be "now surrounded" or "now surround"?
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What does this sentence in a paragraph about the Notre Dame Fire mean?

A 2017 Time article discussing the crumbling, wearing out, and water damage of France's Notre Dame Cathedral prior to the 2019 fire writes (emphasis added to the part I would like clarification on): ...
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The state of being integrated

I am looking for a noun of the adjective "integrated", as in, "combining or coordinating separate elements so as to provide a harmonious, interrelated whole." Integration describes the process that ...
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A term for a woman complaining about things/begging in a cute/childish way

I'm trying to find a fitting translation for a Chinese term, which means that a woman is trying to be cute in front of her man in order to get what she wants. While she does this, her voice will ...
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How to use the word total properly? [closed]

Hey guys which one of the following sentence makes sense the most? • The numbers were great and totalled 95% • The numbers were great and totalled to 95% • The numbers were great and totalled up to ...
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Annually |AND or OR| as required - policy wording debate

Completing an internal policy document and the review clause has created some debate in the office. Some may call it petty, I call it a quest for betterment, either way I am seeking some consensus ...
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A word / term for people who criticize others' behavior while exempting themselves from the same criticism

During gym class, we were doing a workout video. This is what happened: Two girls start screaming at someone to keep their back straight. The thing is that they are not even keeping their backs ...
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Word for a big/influential company daring to commit immoral thing [closed]

Those companies do so because they think they have dominated the market and the customers can not live without their service. For example, big technology companies in China like Tencent and Baidu can ...
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Use of the word 'naturally'

Dear fellow overflowers, I was wondering I could use the word naturally in the sense of 'it goes without saying' or 'as would have been expected'. An example sentence would be: "The pasta I made ...
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What do you call someone who could get used to fear and admiration?

so I'm reading 'The Sound Of Things Falling' by Juan Gabriel Vásquez and there was a question when reading the text. What do you call someone who could get used to fear and admiration? "I was barely ...
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How come people say “Would of”? [duplicate]

I often read the expression “would of” used instead of “would have”. Each time I read it I get annoyed so I googled it and found out -as I expected- that it is an incorrect way to say “would have”. ...
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Can this sentenced be better phrased to remove redundancy? [closed]

I am not sure if I am allowed to ask questions like this, but as a foreign speaker, I am confused on how I can rephrase my sentence better. A counseling services specially designed for ...
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what is the word to be used when describing your subordinate achievements

what is the apt word that is to be used to describe the enthusiasm to learn and involve in work. Completed the assigned work well within the time and also proactive in learning the subject. Does ...
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Is there a word for a button that is not being held?

I know a word for each state, except for one: I press a button, I hold it down, I release it. But how do we call the state of the button when no action is taken at the moment? Unpressed button? Free ...
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Ninety percent… was or were? [duplicate]

I need some help with the following sentence in order to know whether it should be WAS or WERE: a recent study revealed that the ninety percent of people who had decided to change their first job ...
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Is the phrase “use someone” sometimes good and sometimes bad? [closed]

I don't really know if this is the right place to ask this, but I am sure someone will know. When you say "someone used you", isn't that bad? But, when you say "I could use someone", isn't that good? ...
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What is the difference between had and got?

Are there any significant differences in uses or meanings between these two words? Between the two example sentences below, does one sentence have a slightly different meaning compared to the other, ...
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Can you use the word “Concomitant” as a synonym for “Coworker”? [closed]

I am writing a novel and I recently discovered this word. From my understanding, the definition sounds broad enough to be able to use this word loosely in place of co-workers. For Example: With ...
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Is it better to say top n % rather than nth percentile? [closed]

Want to know if that is interchangeable
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what's incorrect in this sentence? [closed]

There are two ways of making a gas condense: cooling it or putting it under pressure.
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should we use banned instead of banning? what's incorrect in this sentence? [closed]

In 1971, US government not only put warnings on cigarette packs, but also banning TV advertising of cigarettes.
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Question about the correct term used in massage therapy and dental places

Is massage therapy center called a "clinic"? And the customer should be referred to as "clients"? And the Dental Office is a "clinic" as well. But the customer is referred to as "patient" Is this ...
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Capitalising Names of Industries

"Water, Nuclear, and Oil & Gas Industries" or "water, nuclear, and oil & gas industries" Hi, I've seen both instances been used, and I'm just looking for some clarity. Thank you.
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Equivalent for French “compromission”?

In French there is a clear distinction between the the word compromis which describes an agreement obtained by mutual concessions (and thus often has a positive connotation) and, the word ...
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Usage of neither/nor vs none

Which is the correct option between these two lines? 1) But none of your obnoxiousness or charm 2) But neither of your obnoxiousness nor charm I'm writing a poem for somebody and am currently ...
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Word for the removal of a marked property [closed]

The use-case I'm working with is pretty simple. A record can be marked as deleted or removed by a method I named mark_deleted. However I can't find a good word for the reverse, the closest I've come ...
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What is the proper word?

I have a question....( referring to a car that is in storage 6 months of the year) what is the proper word. It is only "drove" half the year, or It is only "driven" half the year.
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Preposition “of” or “to”: “a challenge of/to modern Europe”

I am wondering which one is correct: "Secessionism as a challenge of modern Europe" "Secessionism as a challenge to modern Europe" Thank you! :)
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What is the correct word or words that matches the given info?

Good day! What is the word that describes a person who operates within a specific land or area without the permission of the owner of that area/ land? In case it might help, here's the background of ...
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“enables users to” vs “allows users to” – both correct?

I’m editing a colleague who habitually uses phrases like: The password enables users to log in. This sounds wrong to me, and I want to suggest alternatives like: The password allows users to ...
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Can I use “keypoint” as a single word?

In the project that I'm currently working on, we often use so called "key points" - in image processing these are characteristic points (interest points) on images. I'm wondering - is it okay to use "...
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Help me find another word that fits the sentence meaning [duplicate]

I want to use a synonym for (it appears likely): The sentence is: By comparing the formulas for quantity1 and quantity2 ,it appears likely that quantity1 > quantity2 for all points and all N, although ...
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Game arena or gaming arena or gamer arena? [closed]

I am going to present a proposal to build a gaming arena for my English class. I couldn't find any proper answer online. Many websites use gaming arena, some of them use game arena or gamer arena. ...
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Which one is better to use, Need or Needs? [closed]

I have two sentences does this item need to be repaired? and does this item needs to be repaired? which sentence is better, and why. Thank you.
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“All the apples” or “All apples”? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? "All the apples on the tree are ripe" or "All apples on the tree are ripe".
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Formality and politeness of the word fine

I was wondering what I should use to sound more polite. "If you are with it" or "If it is fine with you?" Thanks
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“Questions need to be answered” or “questions require to be answered”? [closed]

"Need" is often used on living things, whereas "required" is often used on non-living things. For example: I need a stereo for my car. My car requires a stereo. But when it goes to "question", we ...
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Zeal vs. Zest. Am I Using them Correctly Here?

Hello beautiful people, I'm writing a poem and I want to make sure I'm using "zeal" and "zest" correctly. To give context, it's about a storyteller (being I) retelling a story of a man who is giving ...
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Best words to describe Food Expenses

I have been asked to list the expected out-of-pocket expenses for attending an approaching conference. I have sources of expenses such as travel, accommodation and food. So one of my subtitles in the ...
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Alternate sentence for I reached home [closed]

I saw a creepy man coming towards me I start running straight to my home. After "i reached home" I locked all the doors and windows. In this para what alternative word can I use instead of "I reached ...
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“shouldn't have {gone/been} to the party”

What is the correct rephrasing for this sentence? I went to the party and now I regret it. I shouldn't have gone to the party I shouldn't have been to the party