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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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Is there an adjective form of “Audit”?

I just made the mistake of using "Auditory" in the context of auditing. For example: "We need to include that information, for auditory purposes." After I sent my e-mail, I was embarrassed to find ...
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'within and without'

I was watching a speech on TV by someone who said the sentence "..and our country faces threats from within [long pause] and without." I thought this was wrong and jokingly posted about on social ...
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Type of usage/ commas restrictive appositive

Volunteer, Lucy has set out to arrange a charity run. Jenny and her partner, Steven would instead be attached as potential owners. Could you use two commas here instead of one ? What is the ...
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Obsequity as a noun in parallel with obsequiousness

Can one with a [sic] use obsequity as a noun in parallel with or instead of obsequiousness, with [sic] added to show you are inventing.
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Please help and correct me [on hold]

am i correct if i send calendar invite with the history of the communication to plan a meeting and say" Please find hereby the dialing details for the call".?
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What does scope mean in this sentence?

I asked my friend who moved recently to Texas: "How's living there? A lot of Tacos, huh?" She replied back: "Lol. Pretty much. Leaves scope for the imagination". I know what scope means in ...
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Fathom. Is it a commonly used verb? [on hold]

I have come across the word FATHOM. Is it a commonly used verb in the AmE? Meaning to think, understand smth. Thank you!
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A word to describe “class of” for summer camps

In the same way that one would say "class of 2010" to describe the student body in a school for a given year, what word could I use to describe the "camper body" of a summer camp?
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What is the difference between swing by, drop by, and stop by?

Do drop by, swing by, and stop by all have the same meaning? Is there a difference in usage?
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Historical grammatically of “Do not go gentle into that good night”?

I am not by any means a poetry expert, but I know a bit about grammar and writing. Ergo, I can say that in Dylan Thomas’s most famous poem, Do not go gentle into that good night, the refrain that the ...
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can “Could” be used to give permission?

Ok, according to my study We can only use "can" & "may" to give permission in present or future Eg: I can / may wear jeans at work.= I have the permission to wear jeans at work. It seems that ...
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Use of chief as equivalent of boss

According to the OLD, the noun chief can be used for a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organization. However, while it of course appears in CEO and other job ...
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When did “docile” come to mean “calm”?

I’ve looked in accredited dictionaries, but I cannot find any one that defines “docile” as meaning “calm.” I’ve heard and seen “docile” used to mean “calm,” like in “docile people”; and I know that it ...
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What are the differences among measure, measurement and measuring? [on hold]

As a none native speaker, I always run into this problem which one I should use as there are 3 nouns out of the action "measure something". Furthermore, actually lots of English words created similar ...
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When did “escort” become an euphemism for prostitute?

Escort was originally a military and masculine term: 1570s, in military sense, from Middle French escorte (16c.), from Italian scorta. which was used figuratively from the first half of the 20th ...
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extension from home or extension to home

We are working on a preschool flyer. We describe ourselves as an extension from home. Is it extension from home or extension of home? Thanks
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Does “discreet” mean “tactful” or “euphemistic”? [on hold]

Could the word "discreet" be used to mean like "tactful" or "euphemistic"? Example: Try to say no in a discreet way (i.e. say no in a careful and euphemistic way so as not to upset/offend someone ...
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Using a preposition with the word 'grant'

Obedience he had secured, and honor had been granted him... My question is why is it 'granted him' and not 'granted to him?'
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Is it incorrect to use 'however' as a substitute for 'but' in a sentence?

In my thesis I have written such sentences as: "Murphy and Levy found that all participants used formality, titles and please/thankyou with overseas partners, however, what was perceived as ...
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Can the word “reckon” be used to suggest something?

I generally use the word "reckon" to suggest something to others. For Example:- I reckon you to start with vocabulary. I need help to know the usage of the word "reckon", and is the word usage in ...
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What words can I use to express two separate relationships instead of “the relationship between” phrase?

I measured the relationship between A and B and then the relationship between A and C separately. Now I need to form my title based on those two separate analyses. When I use "The relationship between ...
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How to say that FB shows a few comments to each post in a news feed? [closed]

FB displays a few comments below each post in a news feed. Does it sound naturally? Thanks.
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Is the word “etc.” appropriate for use in a newspaper article with an informal tone? [closed]

Or should I replace it with other words? (such as, for example...)
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Can I use the word “dandy” for a subject other than “man”?

Google translates "dandy" as a man unduly devoted to style, neatness, and fashion in dress and appearance. Collins translates it as A dandy is a man who thinks a great deal about his appearance and ...
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“Objective” vs “Subjective”: what is the difference (really)? [closed]

I have trouble understanding the difference between these two words, especially when people use them while talking about aims and goals. Any help please?
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What's the difference between the two English words “liquid” and “fluid”? [closed]

What's the difference between the two English words "liquid" and "fluid"? For example, "US liquid gallon" vs "US fluid ounce". Can we also say "fluid gallon" and "liquid ounce", too? Thanks in ...
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Can I Start a Sentence with the Words 'Awesome' and 'Great' when Responding to Someone?

I was wondering if it's grammatically correct to start a sentence with the words 'awesome' and 'great' as a response. For example: Person 1: "The meeting has been scheduled." Person 2: "Great, ...
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Asking company people to download our company app [closed]

I have released an app on the Google Play Store. The app has limited visibility. It is not displayed on the front page of the store, or even after scrolling through hundreds of apps. How can I write ...
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What does “sitter” refer to in babysitter?

According to Etymonline the noun babysitter is from 1914: also baby-sitter, "person who looks after a child or children while the parents are away," 1914, from baby (n.) + agent noun from sit (v.)....
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A secondary, possibly incorrect usage of “offline”?

When someone means to say that they got something from online, is it proper usage to say “I got that offline”? For instance, someone pulled an article from a website once and told me that they got it ...
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When to use “form” and when “format”?

Which is correct? Please submit your ideas in text form. Please submit your ideas in text format. Format looks like it's derived from form, so what is the difference between these two words? ...
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Contemporary painters.

The word contemporary can mean two mutually exclusive things. 1.living or occurring at the same time. 2.belonging to or occurring in the present. As a result, if I read the sentence Bob and ...
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Is the beginning to my sentence correct? 'As she rode through the remnants of the morning’s traffic…' [closed]

I wasn't sure whether to write remains/remnants/remainder or to state 'that morning's traffic', rather than the. Also, am I correct to use an apostrophe for morning? Thanks!
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Is it a finished basement or a furnished basement? [closed]

When one buys a house with a fully done basement, is it known as a furnished basement or a finished basement? I’ve heard both used, but I was always under the impression that the right usage is a ...
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What mean by I.e. and e.g? [closed]

Actually often we use I.e. and e.g but i'm not sure what exact meaning of it anybody can tell? What is exact meaning of I.e. and e.g.
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Can an ambiguous word mean different things to multiple authors?

I'm writing a manuscript with a colleague and in the book they want to include a sentence mentioning that we feel blessed (without any further context whatsoever, so "God" wouldn't be mentioned). They ...
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is it correct to refer to a plagiarism, like a book, as a plagiarized book?

I stumbled upon a thread on Reddit saying that a certain game review was plagiarized. My initial thought was that someone stole some ideas from this review. However, it turned out that this very game ...
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The curious case of “These following + a plural” vs “The following + a plural”

From my understanding, the following + a plural generally serves as an introduction, letting the reader know that they're about to be presented with a list of some sort. Example: The following ...
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Potentially unprobed use of respectively to refer to an enumeration in a previous sentence [closed]

08/16 Since my question has been put on hold, then I will attempt to make what I am asking more clear. The order has completed it's deliveries to Texas and Oklahoma. Notice the enumerated list. ...
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“Sassanian” vs. “Sasanian”: Which one is more accurate? With one “s” or two?

Sassanian: Webster. Sasanian: Wikipedia. I am really confused which one is more accurate... Even the pronunciations are different.
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Is using bike word to address a motorcycle correct?

I have used the word 'bike' to address motorcycle in past. In recent years though, I noticed that this word is being used more for a bicycle than for a motorcycle. Since then I just 'assumed' that it ...
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How would you describe this sketch? Is she hanging from / on to a man's arm? [closed]

How would you describe this picture? "A girl is hanging on to a guy's arm"? Or is it "A girl is hanging from a …"? I'm really confused about the meaning and the image of "hang + preposition",...
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Ear lies or ear sits?

Which verb should be used in the following sentence. Our ears (lie/sit) on either side of our head.
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Is usage of “leverage” as a verb in “Leverage competencies to the value chains of other existing businesses” correct?

"Leverage competencies to the value chains of other existing businesses" In the above statement, is the word "leverage" used as a verb? If not, then which form is it? Are there any grammatical ...
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I stopped suddenly vs I suddenly stopped

Are these sentences both correct and what is the difference between them if both are grammatical ? I stopped suddenly. I suddenly stopped.
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Would you please tell me how to describe the replacement number of control systems? [closed]

Would you please tell me how to tell the replacement number of control systems? I am making a graph which demonstrate the annual replacement number of control systems to maintain a whole service. Is ...
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When to insert a subject in “not only… but also” [on hold]

I have a question about the usage of "not only... but also" in a sentence. I was doing some SAT practices the other day and one of the questions was like this: The correct answer was D, while I put ...
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Does 'nana' mean just grandmother or grandmother from father's or mother's side?

While I read Nana or Nanna? (When Referring to Grandmother) in wikitionary it also means one's grandmother https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Nana, it doesn't tell whether it means grandmother from father'...
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How to use download vs downloading?

Are those sentences are correct. After ( the) download i can change. 2.After (the)downloading I can change While I download i can While downloading. While i am downloading The parenthesis in ...
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Fingerprints and voting: is there any conceptual relationship between them? [on hold]

Does fingerprints - in English- in public though relates to voting and election in some way? As I know, in some communities it relates to. If not, what does its connotation from a general viewpoint?