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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Nominalizing adjectives regarding nationalities

When we talk about nationalities, "Americans" and "the Americans(or the American people)" are two ways of saying the same thing with the latter having a collective sense. The same is true for "...
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A Word To Use To Describe A Person's Non-Physical Presense

What word could I use to describe a person who is dominating not only physically but also in knowledge, experience, and comprehension? Someone who has a vast amount of experience? Example of a ...
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Word for the ability to deliver clever replies?

What do we call the person who comes back with clever replies when someone insults them? Also what is this ability (personality trait) to cleverly thrash rivals on-the-spot called? Example: ...
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Word in a sentence [on hold]

Can someone please tell me the usage of these two words (nitpicking, cherrypicking) in a sentence? Or is there any other forum in stack exchange where I can ask for usage of word/phrase in a sentence? ...
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Better way to communicate the sentence “Unlabelled miscellaneous utterances”

I have utterances and they are all neatly labelled but I have a section for Unlabelled miscellaneous utterances And I think that name is far too long, is there any better way to write this?
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I am not Cinderella or the Cinderella? [on hold]

As in title. Which one is correct I am not Cinderella or the Cinderella? probably without the but want to be sure :) Thanks
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Using 'for' twice in a small sentence

I have something like this in my draft- ..thank you for coming for the event. Something does not feel right about using for so near to each other in this sentence.
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The word “Last” [on hold]

How do we use the word last? I last saw him in December 2017. Is this correct? I last met him two years ago and haven't heard of him ever since.
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Names of rooms for a Revolutionary war/Early America era? [duplicate]

I'm working on a story set in the Revolution/Early America era, and the family in the story is an upperclass family, with a mansion in the south. I've heard Drawing room, Parlor, Sitting room, and ...
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Difference between change (n) and coins (n)

I am interested in any differences between the two nouns change and coins in actual usage. These nouns have different but similar meanings. I am only interested in the difference of the meaning of: ...
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Someone belittling others [on hold]

What do we call someone who belittles others, especially belittling their efforts or saying disparaging comments?
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Difference between a word combination “retail fuel company” or “fuel retail company.”

Please give me your opinions to a word combination "retail fuel industry/company/network/logistics" or "fuel retail industry/company/network/logistics." What is primary in this word combination a word ...
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Placement of preposition [on hold]

I bought two discounted tickets on Standard airlines to Honolulu Or I bought two discounted tickets for Standard Airlines to Honolulu Out of the two , Please tell me which one is correct with regard ...
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Meaning of to go to their succour [on hold]

I read this in my history book: In fact, as DG Tendulkar writes, "Gandhiji was equally concerned with the sufferings of the minority community in Pakistan. He would have liked to be able to go to ...
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What is the meaning of “fat out”? [on hold]

I was assigned a task from my manager which says "fat out this card" May I know what does 'fat out' means?
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Is “radius” a sub-category of “diameter”? [closed]

The question sounds a bit cumbersome, but it arises from this description of a product: Outer Diameter: 78.74mm (radius) If the word "radius" is a sub-category of "diameter", then the description ...
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Help with usage of 'as' and 'since'?

I have this question where the answer key says the answer is 'as' but not 'since', which is my answer. Here is the sentence: ______ their stomach is no longer needed, it begins to disintegrate ...
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Can “does” be contracted? [closed]

In conversation sometimes I’ll say something like this: What’s that do? which uses “s” as a contraction for “does”. Is this a “real” contraction, or is it incorrect usage of a contraction?
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Verb “telescope” in mathematical formal use

I have recently seen the verb "telescope" applied in a mathematical context, as a synonym of "derive" or "compress". Like in the following sentence: "This expression can be telescoped as follows:..." ...
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“Summer Back” is before or after the summer [closed]

I'm trying to find a good name for a game. You see, the game is about summer already being here. I thought 'Summer Back' because I don't like to use 'Summer is Back'. I wanted to know if I say '...
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Does the term “reduce” necessarily require the object being reduced to already exist?

I'm curious about the term "reduce" and whether it requires pre-existence. For example: If the government were to "reduce" arms sales, would that mean the government would decrease the amount of arms ...
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Retrospect(ive) vs. Hindsight?

I use both words, but only now does it occur to me, what's the actual.difference? Specifically this kind of usage: "in restrospect" (or "retrospectively") "we should have thought of that"vs"in ...
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Help with grammatical mistakes [closed]

I think there are some grammatical mistakes in this sentence. Am I correct? If yes, could anyone help me identify them please? Company is a voluntary association of persons formed for the purpose ...
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Can I say “Enjoy your meal” in this context? [closed]

If someone says to me, "Me and my girlfriend are about to make dinner," can I answer, "Enjoy your meal!" to this sentence?
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One hiatus in the current understanding of [scientific field]

Is the usage of the word hiatus correct in the title? I read this in a formal document and I am slightly surprised by hiatus being used in this context. I understand the intention of the sentence as '...
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He points out a tic in her German or a run in her stocking

I don't understand the third sentence in the following paragraph .Please explain to me. "Some days she broods; some days she forgets. She is only human herself. At odd moments, Heinrich gently ...
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Why do people seem to get so triggered at the word “plebeians”? [closed]

While having online conversations people seem to get triggered when the word plebeian is used to describe the commoners or common people. They seem to think its bad or something. What's wrong in ...
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“Crossing someone out on a list ”

I know that it usually is "crossing someone out", like: I:Why is her name crossed out? Person: Because she is not going. But my question is whether it will sound natural in "on the list" is ...
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What does it mean by latest appointment? Does it mean earliest or last?

When someone says: 'What's the latest appointment available today?' Does it mean last appointment available today OR first available appointment today after time now? I was under the impression ...
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Working Culture vs Work Culture

I've seen both usages in articles published by reputable media like NYT and the Entrepreneurs. I've seen both being used to refer to what seems to me to be the same thing. It's so puzzling to me. An ...
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One word for nightclub and bar

Would you use bar to describe both or is there a better word? The distinction is often that a nightclub has a dance floor and a bar doesn't. Looking up the synonyms I got disco, club, joint and pub. ...
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A word for the property of scaling distance between two endpoints?

Scalability is defined as the capacity to be changed in size or scale. In Computer Science, the term is often used in a context such as scalable networks, scalable algorithms, etc. However, I want ...
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What word can we use for a formal written warning?

I received a notice warning me about punctuality attendance, because sometimes I’m late to work. What is the formal term for this notice?
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A word for moving between two things continuously? [duplicate]

What is a word that can be used to describe movement between two things? E.g Who wants to 'punctuate' between heaven and hell while there is a paradise ? Is the word 'punctuate' correct in the ...
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South American users or South America users

I work with IT user support in South America and I'm writing my CV in english. In my job, I assist users from Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru, whats the correct form to put this on my CV : Support ...
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“Wear and tear is” or “wear and tear are” [closed]

I just wrote the following sentence: Normal wear and tear is not considered damage to the property. MS Word suggested that I change the sentence to: Normal wear and tear are not considered ...
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For who you are OR as you are? [migrated]

I'd like to construct this sentence, which one is a better way to put it? I like you for who you are OR I like you as you are What is the difference between for what sth is vs as sth is? Thank ...
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What does “Disturb not X” mean?

I already know what the word disturb means, but I do not understand what disturb not means. I’ve seen titles that start with this, like Disturb Not the Dream and Disturb Not the Sleep, etc. What does ...
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Is one-way communication a countable or uncountable noun?

I was wondering whether one-way communication is a countable or uncountable noun. I've seen both usages (e.g. The Guardian leaning more towards uncountable while The New York Times is more towards ...
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How to use the word difficulty correctly [duplicate]

Is it correct to say: The city is difficult to turn into an economic center. OR it must be: It is difficult to turn the city into an economic center. Thank you.
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what are the two parts of a binary called?

How would you fill in the blank for the sentence "Some people do not want to conform to one ______ of the gender binary." All the words I can think of imply a spectrum, rather than two options (pole, ...
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What is the difference between respond and response [closed]

Respond vs Response What is the different between respond and response? and how to use it in a sentence?
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Why do we need “The” here? [migrated]

The logging industry The defense of the forest Those are my mistakes in a recent essay. Although I've got the correction for them, I still don't really understand the way it works. I suppose "The"s ...
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'Don't do as I do and…' meaning

Let's say you're writing something along the lines of don't do as I do and get a haircut. Would this mean you got a haircut and you don't want readers to do the same, or you didn't get a haircut and ...
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Is “one” a pronoun in these usages?

In the question "Can you use “including” after an uncountable word?" on the SE.ELL site, forms such as He listened to all of the music, including the bad ones. are discussed. My answer there ...
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What does it mean if a person tells one else to “Just shuck it”?

Ok so obviously this is a new thing. Before school let out for the summer I picked my nephew up from school and when he got in the car we started to talk then he told me that another kid told him to "...
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'A world without stroke' or 'A world without strokes'?

We are currently debating the structure of this sentence. A world without stroke. Should stroke be pluralised? 'A world without cancer' - Sounds odd when plural. 'A world without heart attacks' - ...
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How did “pissed” come to mean “drunk” or “angry”?

How did "pissed" come to mean "drunk" or "angry" in expressions such as: "I'm pissed" OR "I'm pissed off"? All dictionaries I consulted just gave that definition. So, does it have anything to do - ...
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Using “subway” as name for London Underground?

Here in America, I was taught in the mid-60s by disc jockeys playing the Petula Clark song that in the UK "subway" means a pedestrian tunnel beneath a street, not an urban rail transit system. But on ...
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Abstract or Annotation?

What is the right word for a short summary at the beginning of the thesis? Professor insists on "Annotation" though the meaning of it in the dictionary is "A note by way of explanation or comment ...