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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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'In' as a verb - meaning (lands inned)

According to OED: 1.1 trans. To give or put in (obs.); to take in, include, inclose; esp. to take in, inclose or reclaim (waste or unprofitable land). Now dial. A few examples from OED: 1592 ...
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What is the usage of “of” in this sentence?

What is the usage of the 2nd "of" in this sentence? the duration of the x-ray pulse can be of picosecond duration Why is it not be this? the duration of the x-ray pulse can be picosecond Is ...
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What does 'shrink' mean in this sentence: “I don't talk about me like a TV show character would to his shrink”

"I don't talk about me like a TV show character would to his shrink" I've heard this alternate usage very rarely, so I couldn't understand what the person means when he/she says it. I guess this is ...
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Discrepancy in using adjective or adverb with “taste”

One asks “how does x taste,” implying that they’d like an adverb describing the way it tastes. But one answers with an adjective, “it tastes good” instead of “it tastes well,” which would imply that x ...
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Is it correct to say “He was breaking his own record.” after ten minutes of victory? [migrated]

Context: The car race has just ended ten minutes ago. He not only won the match but broke his own record. Breaking a record in sport takes only a moment. And it just makes sense to me that we are not ...
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The usage of plural form of “percentage/proportion/number…”

I wonder when I should use words such as proportion, percentage, number, amount, level ... in the plural form. For example: The percentages/percentage of boys in 6-11 and 12-16 age groups ...
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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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Is “stabilize into” a valid collocation?

Here is the full sentence: "Despite the fluidity of this trope, in the middle of the twentieth century, it briefly stabilized into a distinct shape". Thanks for the help!
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single potato measurement unit

When I need one loaf of bread I can easily say so. When I need only one [___] potato what would the equivalent word be? Everything I considered sounds weird. Is there maybe just an old form, not ...
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usage of the word “sweet memory”

Is it correct to use to describe an event in the recent past as "sweet memory" or should it be used only if the event has occured very long?
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How to use the word total properly?

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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Is it still a horizon if it is where the buildings meet the sky?

The general definition for horizon is that it's the line where the sky appears to meet the earth's surface. But what if I'm on the outskirts of a city, and behind me it's the city, or maybe just a ...
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Re: 'Sorry, no results for “outwest” in the English dictionary.' So, it's not an acknowledged word then?

Re: "outwest" Google search: About 496,000 results (the first 10 pages showing business names, except a street name and a hashtag). Google search: "outwest meaning" --> "Did you mean: out west ...
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What does “is its own” mean here?

In general I do not understand the usage of "is its own" in a sentence. A sentence containing "is its own" immediately becomes unclear to me. For example what does "is its own" mean in the following ...
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Is there a word for initiating conversations with people who you come across often but have not yet talked to? [closed]

Example: Starting conversations with people you see a lot in your workplace or classrooms but have not had the opportunity to talk to yet.
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Buy normally or as usual? [closed]

What is the correct and succinct continuation of the phrase: "Find an online store and buy [...]" ? normally or as usual? I would use normally. However, as usual also seems correct. The intended ...
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Am I using the word 'curious' correctly? [closed]

Curious how the will of god always matches exactly the will of those who interpret it at you.
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Name for a screen lock app [closed]

We have a screen lock app for smartphones. We are going to pick a name for it, 'ABC Lock' or 'ABC Locker'. I see both 'lock' and 'locker' are being used for this kind of apps. But I think 'locker' ...
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Which preposition to use after “careless?”

Is there a difference in meaning or usage between careless with/about/of? I found dictionary examples of all three, but I failed to grasp the difference (if there is any): He was careless of ...
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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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V-ed + noun or Noun + V-ed

Could you show me if there is any difference between the sentences below about using the phrasal noun? Almost half of people surveyed (47%) had been to Blackpool Finally, Chessing World had ...
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Re-pair or repair a pair of things

Is there a way to distinguish between repairing something in the sense of fixing it vs. "re-pairing" something in the sense of regrouping things together. For example a wireless keyboard and its usb ...
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The use of the word “equity” to mean "average?

The map below is of CO₂ emissions (from Our World in Data). It labels countries as being either "Below global equity" or "Above global equity". Here the word "equity" seems to have been used to mean "...
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Is it correct to say ‘I will go there in my own way’? [closed]

To express that I will use my own transportation means and route to get there rather than going with a group following the proposed route, can I say, ‘I will go (or get) there in my own way’? Does it ...
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Correct use of “hereby” on a formal letter [closed]

Can I use hereby in this sentece below? As requested, I hereby state that I do not have life insurance. Thanks in advance!
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Is the word “Yuppie” negative/ironic? [closed]

"You are like a Yuppie". Is this an insult or is it neutral. I have always thought that the word itself is neutral but Oxford dictionaries categorize it as derogatory.
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Futile wandering that makes you tired and embarassed

What is the right word for going from place to place with a purpose, but turns out futile? I don't think wandering or loitering would suit the weariness results from this purposeless transport.
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Euphemism antonym

I sent a club member an e-mail inquiring about a meeting that I was not informed about. She reported it to others as "she shot me a note"! Isn't that the opposite of a euphemism?
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When there is an “on” after touch?

Is it correct that I say"I touch on the book" or just "I touch the book" Sometimes I come across "touch on" in some abstract meaning, what is the difference?
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Can this sentenced be better phrased to remove redundancy?

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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Is it natural to use “whose” to refer to a thing?

When I looked up Oxford Dictionary,i learned that “whose” is not usually used to refer to a thing and “of which” is usually used instead.But later i came across an example sentence from a dict app,...
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What is the difference between the words “retort” and “riposte”?

I am little bit confused with the words: Riposte and Retort. When to use which one? Oxford says that... https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/retort retort: Say something in answer to a ...
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-ic vs. -ical adjective forms when talking about categories/fields [duplicate]

I will bring forward examples coming from my field of studies. For long time I have been wondering whether there are rationales or regional variances applied to the usage of dichotomies like: ...
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'Czech'/'Swiss' to refer to the country?

An increasing number of my friends in India and the United Kingdom use 'Czech' to refer to the Czech Republic (and a smaller number do the same with saying 'Swiss' for Switzerland). When politely ...
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My question is about compounds adjectives

I have been reading archaeological literature in english and some descriptions are constructed with several complex compound adjectives. My question is when you have for example “soft hammer flakes” ...
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Should I use in or within in the following sentence?

In the following sentence, which preposition should I use and why? “I was included within the Employer’s Agent team.” OR ”I was included in the Employer’s Agent team.” I would greatly appreciate ...
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Word-usage: “two pair” or “two pairs”? Proper phrasing: If one has “two pairs of eyes on everything” wouldn’t that mean they have four eyes?

I was considering downloading the Grammarly app and was reading the reviews. I cut and pasted the following review just to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes: “When I discovered Grammarly it ...
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What is a foreign language? [closed]

In a political context, foreign mean "relating to different country" where the country from which the difference is measured is determined by context. For example, if, on History SE, you were ...
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When did 'wyrm' lose its meaning as dragon?

I'm interested in finding out (roughly) when the Old English word 'wyrm' began to lose its meaning as 'A serpent, snake, dragon' due to the competing 'draca' and the later borrowing 'dragon'. I've ...
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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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To+ ing how to use it properly?

This to+ ing drives me mad. Is this sentence correct or not? Why? If not how I should rewrite it? This method derives from the traditional.approach to teaching Classical languages such as Latin and ...
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Experimental or experiment?

There is already a Q&A regarding experiment setup and experimental setup, where the setup, a bunch of instruments, is used to measure properties of something else and the instruments themselves ...
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Is “Cotton Industry” the proper term for an industry build around something more successful?

Over the course of my life, I heard people use the term "cotton industry" to derogatorily refer to a group of people that make money based on something more successful. For example: On YouTube, an ...
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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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How does a word end up with two opposite meanings at the same time?

I'm thinking of the word Sanction. In the first example below it has the meaning of "to okay" or "to give the green light to", and is used as a verb. In the second example it is a noun which has the ...
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Is 'distinctives' an obsolete word?

Elsewhere on Stack Exchange I noticed the word 'distinctive' used as a noun and its plural expressed : How can we educate new users about our site distinctives ? Bible Hermeneutics - Meta The OED ...
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Can I “observe” a “sound” or only a “sight”?

I am sitting quietly trying to see and hear sights and sounds. So I am "observing sights" but am I "observing sounds" or is there another word for "sound" perception?
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Use of “subjected” instead of “mentioned”

Few of my colleagues are using the word "subjected" as an adjective in their mails. For example: "Editing has been done for the subjected title", instead of "Editing has been done for above ...
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Understand the usage of hitherto

My friend told me the following sentence: we show that XXX indeed constitute a broad set of infamous vulnerabilities and more subtle issues that are uncovered by previous research can be ...