Questions tagged [word-usage]

This tag is for questions about correctly using a word. The word has to be provided within the question. The question should be limited to the usage of one word. For the usage of complete phrases there is the tag phrase-usage.

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be lazy reading books or be lazy to read books? [closed]

When we say I am lazy, which expression is right? I am lazy to read books I am lazy reading books if 1 is right, 2 is also appropriate? or 2 is unused? thanks!!
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What are the differences in usage between these two verbs [migrated]

What are the differences in usage between the verbs bedevil and torment. For Example : Hilda has been tormented by girls Hilda has been bedeviled by girls. Please advise whether the use of the verb '...
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Sentence formation [duplicate]

Why in many sentences do we use verbs before pronouns such as we write in a question? For example: Neither did I try nor did I want to. She told me that I can improve my grades, and boy was she right....
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Is “lie” a kind of metaphor or formal usage here? [closed]

Sentence : The strength of the book lies in the fact that the material is from the classroom experience. I searched in Oxford and there was no meaning that makes sense here but in Longman, there was ...
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What is the meaning of I'm wasted [closed]

Im confused, lets take the sentence: I'm completely wasted after a long day at work. Can one say this sentence? On the internet I can only find the translation of drunk but I always thought it also ...
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Word for when something has no purpose other than to look pretty? [duplicate]

I'm trying to describe a character who is a young actress. she is exploited in the industry and basically has no purpose other than a means of 'looking pretty' or just being 'another pretty face'?? I ...
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Cynicism: Is one usage-sense close to pessimism? [closed]

I think I have come across uses of cynicism in modern contexts where it seems close to pessimism. The dictionary definitions available are pointing towards cynics being ones who make judgements on ...
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How to professionally reply “Can I share your pictures on our Instagram?” [closed]

I have a business Instagram account for my work and received an email saying “Can I share your pictures on our Instagram page?”. I’m happy to have my pictures shared. Could you tell me some polite way ...
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Is there a word for concentric circles that move outward from the centre?

I'm looking for a word, a technical term of mathematics perhaps, that describes the process of there being a centre point, and outwards from which concentric circles are added, each circle having a ...
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How to use the verb 'torment' in a sentence? [closed]

I would like to find out whether it is grammatically correct to use the verb 'torment' in the sentences below. She was tormenting me for my money. She was tormenting me with requests for my money. ...
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What verb can be used transitively with the noun “bridge”?

Imagine an unsurpassable abyss between you and some kind of other side. And although you know you can't possibly make it, you still jump with a mad hope to make it to the safety of that other side. ...
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Does “as my cynicism ran rife” make any sense? [closed]

I want it to seem like the cynicism spread throughout me (not to anyone else though). I was cynical about things with me.
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Starting a sentence with 'Well, …'

I've been noticing this quite a bit, where people start with "Well, ..." in response to questions/comments that may be naively-posed (from their perspective). It sounds like it's used in ...
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Use of “As yet” [closed]

The as yet in the following sentence has puzzled me. What does it mean? In fact, was Storytelling itself complicit in the systematized murder—not just of soldiers—but also of innocent civilians whose ...
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to have desire vs to have a desire

She added that she does "not have desire to interact with or communicate in any way with Mr. Sweet". (Independent) Every day we do crossing and finishing and we have to have desire to get ...
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What does the term “ticky-tacky” in the song “Little Boxes” mean and what is its etymology? [closed]

The song "Little Boxes" by Malvina Reynolds has these lyrics: Little boxes on the hillside Little boxes made of ticky-tacky Little boxes on the hillside Little boxes all the same There's a ...
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Is “speed dial” really an obsolete term by now? or is the term here to stay?

This website https://www.wikihow.com/Set-Speed-Dial-on-Android says "speed dial" is a bit obsolete, but I don't understand why wikihow.com says this because I can enter phone numbers into my ...
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What is the appropriate term for a brochure with maps and shop information of the shopping mall?

I'm wondering what the appropriate term is for a brochure that you can find at a shopping mall or department store — like 10 pages — that shows you the floor map + brief information on the shops. ...
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Proper usage of 'renege' [closed]

I would like to ask if the following sentence is correct in its use of renege: So, in the end, she took the assignment, but then reneged. Or would one of these versions be correct instead?: So, in ...
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Can someone suggest another term for “social fact”?

Social facts are things such as institutions, norms and values which exist external to the individual and constrain the individual. The problem I’m getting is that “fact” means a truth, at least to ...
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We have gotten past the problem or passed the problem? [duplicate]

Sometimes I make status reports for my engineering department. We often say things like: Well, we are passed that error, but now have a new error that I will look at. We have gotten passed the first ...
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What does to Swear mean in that sentence Have you ever known your daughter to swear? [closed]

What does to Swear mean in that sentence Have you ever known your daughter to swear ?
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Can “dislike” be used when you disagree with something

Can the word "dislike" be used to disagree with a statement? Sometimes I've seen people write "I dislike that" after someone made a statement, and I don't understand if that means ...
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How is “in but few” used in this sentence? [duplicate]

Sentence taken from Tchaikovsky’s textbook of Harmony, page 55 (middle of the page) “The chord of the sixth and fourth can be effectively employed in but few cases. These are as follows:” What ...
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Relationship by position or relationship ex officio?

Relationship by position or relationship ex officio? What do I call work relationships between people that have different positions at the company?
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Why “ other” not “ others” [migrated]

I saw this sentence in the Cambridge Dictionary. We'll find someone or other to help us. Why does this sentence use " other" rather than " others" or " other people" ?
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Can away function like a verb (not a phrasal verb) [closed]

I would like to know if away can be used as a verb, can I say I away from here? or use this kind of structure, I looked upon different dictionaries but couldn't find any use of away as a verb, does it ...
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Can Past Simple and Past Perfect be used in combination this way? [migrated]

I found this sentence in Persuasion by Jane Austen: Till he came and had examined the child, their apprehensions were the worst for being vague; they suspected great injury, but knew not where; but ...
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Is this a “new” way to use the word Demise?

I have worked in the construction industry in the UK and in Australia and have increasingly heard the term "demise" being used to mean "within the boundary of" in both countries. ...
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Is there a grammatical difference between “heart of oak” and “hearts of oak” in the British patriotic song “Heart of Oak?” [closed]

A British patriotic song titled "Heart of Oak" has two versions that are widely sung. The chorus in the first version goes like this: Heart of oak are our ships, Heart of oak are our men, We ...
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When to use 'the most and 'most' [closed]

I've searched for an answer to his everywhere and am more confused! The sentence I'm looking for clarification on is: The person that Kenneth respected the most in the world or The person that Kenneth ...
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“Double” as adjective: is it attributive-only, never predicative?

Is this sentence correct: The semantics of ... is double. There is an opionion "double" cannot be an adjective in such position, and a related compound must be used: The semantics of ... is ...
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definition of “character” [duplicate]

I wonder if "character" could be explained as "something that exists separately from other things and has a clear identity of its own" in a strict sense. In my opinion, character ...
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What’s the meaning behind the lyric from Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy “and the ‘68 festival wallflowers are thinning? [closed]

Elton John/Bernie Taupin’s lyric line from Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy “and the ‘68 festival wallflowers are thinning” has continued to confuse me in its meaning. I understand “‘68 ...
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Task 1: Reason treavel and main issues for travelling public [duplicate]

The charts describe reasons for people to travel and main problems they concerned about the travelling public. In general, the biggest number of people travel because of work and the price of travel ...
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“To the extent that” vs “so much so that” vs “ to the point where”? [migrated]

I would like to ask about differences in usage between these three phrases and whether these sentences have the same meaning. "I can hardly control how much time I spend online, to the extent ...
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Is “do so so that” in the following sentence correct?

Is the sentence correct? Can the word "business" used in this context? By the word "host" I mean an owner of a house who entertains. Hospitality is one of the traits of a friendly ...
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Correct term to describe an unpublished research paper?

I'm planning on putting my research paper on my resume, but it is currently unpublished. I've sent it to a publication journal and it's currently under formal review (not accepted yet). I don't want ...
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Name for manipulative and or ambivalent language. example: “I know him” vs “I don't know him” both true and false depending on context and specifics [duplicate]

Say you're acquainted with someone, you see each other around and give a nod or a hello. This is an acquaintance not a friend. You don't know much about the person. To say "I know you" can ...
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“Truth” as a reply instead of “True”

I think this sentence is grammatically correct: You need a new pair of glasses. True. However, I've heard sometimes someone says Truth instead of True: You need a new pair of glasses. Truth. Is ...
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Adjective usage of 'mystic' vs 'mystical'

I have been checking the differences in dictionaries and forums and I cannot find any final conclusion. I get that: Mystic/Mystical are both valid adjectives Mystic is the only one that can be used ...
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Gerund or Participle? Which one is correct? [duplicate]

What do you think of these sentences? I found them on the Net. I mean, should they function here as a gerund or a participle? Are both of them possible? 1 Smoking cigarettes are dangerous 2 Smoking ...
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What is the meaning of “flat-footed” in this context?

The word 'flat-footed' appears several times in the Harry Potter books and I am not quite sure what to make of it. It could be interpreted in several different ways, I think. And normally in the ...
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What dialogue tag can be used to describe being confused? [closed]

For example; My brother was standing in front of my room. “Are you ok with this?” He huffs. “What do you mean?” [A term that would describe that she is confused]
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Documents processing or document processing (etc.)? [duplicate]

I know that in this case (and all other similar cases) this would be the latter, but I am having a hard time finding any resources that explain why. What is the reasoning behind why we'd use document ...
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What is a concise synonym for “height above the ground”?

I am writing a paper and need to mention the height that a person lifted their foot above the ground multiple times. I feel like writing "height above the ground" every time is a bit "...
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What really is the meaning of condescending? [duplicate]

What does condescending really mean? So far all the dictionaries do not actually give a single good illustration that shows the behaviour of being condescending.
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Does “pour forth” mean large amount or small amount?

I just found three definitions of "pour forth" from this site, which are as follows: to appear in large numbers to be uttered, especially in a long flow of speech pour out in drops or ...
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Why do “would” and “could” make questions polite?

An excerpt of the article from thoughtco.com: Key Words That Make Direct Questions More Polite In informal situations, one could use the word “can” in a direct sentence. In the United States, “can” ...
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Why is the word “pockets” used when referring to certain sections of places in a large area?

Recently, I was reading about something related to geography. And then, I came across the word "pockets" which actually refer to some small areas in a larger area. But can anyone tell me, ...

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