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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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Which sentence is better? I provided two examples

1) Integrity requires courage and determination to not yield to a counter-culture which shouts and demands for entitlement without any effort or discipline. OR 2) Integrity requires courage and ...
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“Any” followed by singular or plural verb?

Does one say, "If any of my grandchildren does not attain the age of eighteen..." or does one say, "If any of my grandchildren do not attain the age of eighteen..." The second phrase seems to imply ...
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Is it correct to say, 'in real'?

For eg. I wish I had great hair in real. 'In reality' or 'for real' sound better to me. Could someone confirm if the above is indeed incorrect.
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In the context of gambling, specifically poker, do you post a bet or place a bet?

In the context of poker a player places/posts bets. Two particular types of bets are the blinds. I've seen "place a bet" and "post the small/big blind" but are the verbs interchangeable? I ...
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What does this mean? “Telerecordings are a latitudes. Disgruntled extrovert will be very recitational booted out the ying yang under the barbadian.” [on hold]

What does this mean? It is possible that the intent of the original author of the quote cannot be surmised. The link is no longer working as the server is not available. The domain is registered in ...
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Can the word mountain be used as the meaning of burden?

I was listening to a song named 'Nobody loves me like you' by Chris Tomlin. And there was an expression that You’re breaking down the weight of all my mountains. Thinking by context I guess the ...
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I don't know which is more correct to say

Basically I came across this as I was writing a birthday card to my cousin wishing her to enjoy her day but I really don't know which is more correct: "Enjoy the best out of it.." or "Enjoy the most ...
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Term used for a feeling or dream of events happening in the short or near term.

They say Nostradamus could see the future. While not being so bold but what is the term used to describe when some people at times are able to dream or know what is going to happening in the short-...
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Use of 'litany' in the place of 'collection', describing a list of physical objects?

I wasn't aware that the word 'litany' could be used when describing a collection of physical objects, but there it is on the Slate website: "He found a vast plastic-plankton soup and a litany of ...
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Synonyms of innovation! [on hold]

Could you please tell the what different words should I use in this sentence '' innovation in education'' that meaning remains the same?? I mean the synonyms of innovation and education. Thabk you
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Another word for “dominate” [on hold]

I’m trying to find a better word for “dominate” in the following sentences. It feels to me that “dominate” has more of a “subdue” meaning rather than “having deep knowledge about something”, which is ...
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Buying a Produce vs Buying a Product

I'm reading a book which states on many occasions about buying produces, like this: When a customer buys produce, you have to look up the price in a book. I was wondering if using "produce" ...
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Is “well” an adjective?

I read a Cambridge advanced grammar in use and there's one line says We can use sufficiently before adjectives to express a similar meaning to enough. Sufficiently is often preferred in more formal ...
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Is there a phrase for “I cast a glance” but as in an accident?

I want to say "I accidentally cast a glance at my watch... shoot! It's 10:30" except I don't want to use the word "accidentally" (or cast for that matter...). Is there a way to maybe combine ...
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Celebs and royals watch wedding to Jack Brooksbank

Can you have a wedding to someone? I know you can wed someone or be wedded to someone, and you can have a wedding of a couple, but I am not sure about this. Wedding is usually used as a noun, but I ...
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How to ask my professor politely to suggest me references for my study [on hold]

I hope your weak has been going well so far. Would you please suggest me good references specifically for Y and Z courses in order to be better prepared before my Master program begins. Best wishes M....
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Should idiomatic use dictate correct usage and grammar? [on hold]

Last year Edwin Ashforth discussing redundancy here told us idiomatic use justifies, in that case, using the redundant word “before.” It follows then common use can create a new, acceptable standard. ...
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Is “going loco” a common AmE expression?

The title of the following article posted today by CNBC uses the expression going loco with quotation marks. "Trump doubles down on Fed attacks, saying it’s ‘going loco’" (Video from CNN at 0:46) ...
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Are “NLT” and “NMT” acronyms generally used in sentences?

I found that "NLT (not less than)" and "NMT (not more than)" acronyms are frequently used in many scientific journals. Since English is not my mother tongue, I was wondering if they are widely used ...
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Cabaret - Usage in British English

I currently live in the UK. When I went to the Isle of Wight (part of the UK), my holiday park was providing entertainment to holiday makers. When I asked them when is the live music, they said, "...
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“ I’m hungry” Is it concrete or abstract? [closed]

“I’m hungry” is it concrete? Also,” I have a Butterfly in my belly “ is it abstract? And why
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help please my friendss [closed]

I ………….. to the news without a break and so far they haven’t mentioned the accident am listening have been listening have listened listened which is good??
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Can I use “onward” as in “from now on”? [closed]

I don't like the word X, so I'm going to use Y onward. This doesn't sound broken, would it be normal to use in common speech?
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Is a “scoff” a sound one makes or is it merely a gibe?

When one "scoffs," is one actually making a snort-like sound, or is one merely treating something or someone with a disdain? Look at this example from Oxford: ‘‘You, a scientist?’ he scoffed.’ In such ...
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Which one should I say? [closed]

Which one should I say? 1. Things doesn't seem to be shaked up. 2. Things doesn't seem shake up. 3. Things doesn't seem to be shaken up.
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Is the word “selfie” formal enough to be used in official documents?

I was asked to edit a translation and I noticed that the original English sentence is: Selfie (only) - You will only need to upload a selfie photo. The context is the process of uploading ...
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Is this the proper way to use the word ‘aspirant’?

I am new to the workforce and thought it would be a good idea to create a profile to attract new job opportunities. One of the requirements, when setting up the account, is having an appealing header. ...
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What is a better way of saying “Self-guided tour”? [closed]

I'm writing out a survey on what kind of campus visit students participated in. I want one of the answers to include students who did not go on a officially tour directed by faculty/staff, but who ...
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“Look up” vs. “Look for” phrasal verb

I had a task on an English exam to match phrasal verbs with their definitions. I matched: "look up a word" - "search" "look for the clues" - "try to find something" but according to my teacher, ...
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Origin of the journalistic sense of scoop

The most common figurative usage of the the term scoop is related to news: In journalism, a scoop or exclusive is an item of news reported by one journalist or news organization before others, and ...
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“Cheat” or “cheater”?

In Australia, most people of my age call someone who cheats in any form (sport, relationships, whatever) a "cheat", not a "cheater". In American English, I only hear the latter ever. Why? Is there ...
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What is more common: harbour or port?

What is more common to say: The ship arrives in the harbour or port of Lisbon?
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Is it bad English to substitute the word 'says' with 'goes'?

In the Midwest, I notice that some people substitute the word 'says' with 'goes' and this has always bothered me. For example, I will hear someone say something such as "So my mother goes, "you should ...
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“Mathematics (…) greatly intrigue her.” Is it grammatically correct?

I was looking at the news and came across Alison Harcourt, who is an Australian grandmother still working as a tutor and mathematician from young (here). I decided to make an anagram related to it, ...
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English Grammar: Nouns: Personal vs Neuter

I have 2 examples: 1, She kisses her baby on its cheeks. 2, My cat is happy because she has caught many mice. Why is the possessive adj "its" used for "baby", but not "her/his"? And the same ...
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How do we say something started to happen frequently [migrated]

I see my friend doing exam. He never look for answers when he doing his exam (rarely cheat on exam) and until the 3rd exam he looks for the answers on his notebook during his exam then he started to ...
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What does “calculated income tax” mean?

"Dividend on share of profit which is exempted from calculated income tax" I'm Japanese and I'm trying to translate my husband's withholding tax certificate into Japanese to apply for his visa in ...
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When was the concept of “junk” first applied to finance?

The term junk, used figuratively referring to something of little value, has been used in different contexts in recent decades. According to Etymonline junk food is from 1971, junk art is from ...
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“Writer-to-be” (and other such instances) in the sense of “future writer”?

Is it correct and common to use "...-to-be" in the sense of "future ...", for instance "a writer-to-be"? I would say it is but I can't find any reference on the web.
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What is the difference between “transportation” and “transport” (noun)?

I know the meanings of "transport" and "transportation",are they just synonyms as Merriam-Webster appears to suggest or is there any difference in usage?
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Which is the meaning of “palm-to-forehand”?

I am reading a science-fiction short story and I met this sentence that I can't understand. You can read the whole sentence in the attached file. "Palm-to-forehand" What does it means? Think you ...
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Using the word “summer” as a verb with “I” as subject

As per online Dictionary summer means noun the warmest season of the year, in the northern hemisphere from June to August and in the southern hemisphere from December to February. Eg: "...
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Usage of the word 'thence'

can we use thence the way we use therefore. As when an occurence led by an action. For example: "my mom forbid me to go to Amy's house" thence I cannot go". Is this gramatically correct. So the ...
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Is this use of “made” past tense or subjunctive tense?

I'm a senior Computer Engineering student, and I'm taking a required Ethics course this semester. We just wrote our first paper, and each of us had to grade the paper of another student in the class. ...
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Why do people in various professions like software engineering and management tend to use the word “finalize” instead of “finish” [closed]

As per title of the question, I see this a lot. "We will release the product when issue 51 has been finalized." "We are waiting for it to be finalized." Is this just a case of people trying to sound ...
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Type of usage/ term

His features contort with obvious pain as he tells his story, his memories of Caroline clearly something he holds precious. What makes the bolded section dependent? What's it missing to form a clause....
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What is the difference between “Academy for” and “Academy of”?

It appears that both "Academy for" and "Academy of" are in use (even though the latter returns far more Google hits). Could anyone help me in nuancing the two use cases? Specifically - would you ...
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Is “practitioner” applicable to disciplines other than medical sciences?

While Cambridge Dictionary defines "a practitioner" as "someone involved in a skilled job or activity", it seems to me it is hardly used outside the context of medical professions. Is that so indeed? ...
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When did “optics” begin to mean “appearance” or “perception?” [duplicate]

Before this century I had never heard the word optics used to refer to the way a situation is perceived. E.g., "The official hiring his son created terrible optics." And when I first heard it used ...