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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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Which is better: “women-led”, “woman-led” or female-led"?

I am editing a report by a non-native English speaker on coffee production. In one sentence he wrote about working with , in reference to various coffee growers: small farms & cooperatives. My ...
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Can gunshots be drawn?

I know that it is a saying where cowboys can draw their pistol, but this does not refer to them hand-drawing their pistol (on paper, perhaps). But can we say that shots are drawn (as in, gunshots)? I ...
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Word for 'update progress'

I want to name a button, in an app, that opens a window where the user can update a book's progress (in terms of pages, like 10 or 20 pages). Can someone tell a more appropriate name for that button?
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Is the “the” necessary

I am sure this question has been asked somewhere else before, but I don't know what terms I would need to search to find it. A Native Russian speaking friend, who is learning English asked me a ...
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How do you explain the sentence “What do you make of the argument that…”?

At first I thought that the sentence "What do you make of the argument that..." is just to ask someone for his opinion on something. However, I have also seen some translation explain that such ...
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Frazil: Could this similarly be used to describe the ice which forms in liquids too close to the back of the fridge?

Frazil: Soft or amorphous ice formed by the accumulation of ice crystals in water that is too turbulent to freeze solid. . Could frazil similarly be used to describe the ice which forms in liquids ...
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Usage of “specific number(s) of ~”

Let's say you have a sentence below. "These presents are only for the people who have 2, 4 or 6 coins." How can I paraphrase the sentence using "specific number(s)"? (1)"Presents for the people who ...
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“We hope” versus “We will hope”

Is there a difference between "we hope" and " we will hope"? I read in "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone" by Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle: "'And Mr Holmes knows it?' 'Mr Holmes always knows whatever ...
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Word choice between will and would

Sometimes rules may not have a positive influence on children if those parents who set strict rules focus too much on children's obedience. Children will/would rely heavily on rules and may not be ...
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Where should i place “piece” when talking about it being from a collection?

I came across the following sentence, and I'm not sure if I should change it or it is grammatically fine as it is. Let's say BRAND is a brand of jewelry such as Pandora, Tiffany, etc.. I am ...
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What verb to use with the noun “groundbreaking”?

I need some help with the noun groundbreaking. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Edition, it is The act or ceremony of breaking ground to begin a construction project. My question ...
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what is the meaning of perforation here? [on hold]

"After the test is over , at the perforation point , tear the OMR answer sheet , hand over the original OMR answer sheet to the invigilator and retain the carbonless copy for your record." I can ...
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College Board Study Guide [on hold]

This question is part of a test to enter ITSE in Panama. I think that there is a mistake in the question, but the person in charge of the project says the test has been in use for years and is correct ...
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Do these sentences sound natural? [on hold]

Our dreams do come true if they are stronger than our fears. or When your dreams are stronger than your fears they come true
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Is the word “salient” gradable?

The entry on Cambridge online dictionary provides two meanings: The salient facts about something or qualities of something are the most important things about them [not gradable] most ...
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Is this correct usage of to throw light on?

Suppose it's dark and you see a person/ an object lying on the road or somewhere and you tell your friend " throw light on it". Is this correct? Because the only usage of "to throw light on" I have ...
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Some polite/alternative way of saying “due to the lack of”? [on hold]

I have been writing my SOP for grad school and I'm looking for polite ways of saying "due to the lack of". Currently, I have this sentence: I analyse and solve system defects that occur in lieu of ...
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I'm learning figurative language in reading class

What kind of figurative language is an author using when he says the boats, " hiccuped, growled, and whined"?
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Deriving 3 new words: 'inspiritance', 'to inspiritise', and 'inspiritised'?

I write extensively about alleged spirit entities that temporarily incorporate into humans thus taking control of their physiological and psychological processes. This has nothing to do with being ...
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“Incumbent” as “current”. Usage and its etymology

Empirical research on neighborhood change, however, has produced no conclusive evidence that incumbent residents are in fact displaced under circumstances of gentrification. (source) This is ...
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Shouldn't expression “would do the exactly the same thing” be “would do exactly the same thing” or what is correct form to use?

Is use of "the" so close 1 word between as "the exactly the same" correct if saying for example "would do the exactly the same thing" versus "would do exactly the same thing" or even maybe "would do ...
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what is the difference between shoeshine and shoe-shine [closed]

How do you use the word shoeshine? I have come across both shoeshine and shoe shine on the web.
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In which vs which? Differences [closed]

What's the difference between in which and which? How do we use it?
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What does “in-ordinary to the Queen” mean? [closed]

I've seen phrases like "Physician-in-ordinary to the Queen". "Oculist-in-ordinary to the Queen", what does mean? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physician_to_the_Queen
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Access or Access to

What version is right? 1. I need access to from new email? 2. I need access from new email? Thank you. I didn’t find answer in another site.
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The author said, wrote, stated, illustrated [closed]

Is there some kind of a rule or an agreed upon set of standards on the usage of "The author X." X being wrote, stated, brought forth...etc. Assuming that what the author did is not obvious. For ...
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Correct usage of 'otherwise', 'or', 'instead', 'instead of' [closed]

Can somebody please help me understand the proper usage of these words__otherwise,or,instead and instead of; by putting them in a couple of sentences as examples.
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Essay - Ielts Task 2 [closed]

The growing number of overweight people is putting a strain on the health care system in an effort to deal with this problem is to introduce more physical education lessons in the school curriculum. ...
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How to say I ranked 2nd in a competition?

I am writing my resume and, in the group projects section, I want to say - in a very short way - that I participated in a competition and among 5 teams, mine ranked 2nd. To express that, can I say, ...
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How can I use equation or formula or expression under different situation?

I have noticed that these three words all have the meaning that use several letters, numbers or symbols to represent some. But I always misuse them in some context? Such as how to describe a ...
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“to weaken by age”

Would it be grammatically correct to so say: Humans weaken by age. The desire is to express that age is the root cause of a human becoming weak. Intuitively I would have thought that to ...
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Appropriate use of the word “irrespective”

Is this correct and appropriate use of the word? "The information is presented in a way that everybody can understand, irrespective of technical skill level." The reason I ask is, it seems like it ...
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is the usage of the words 'Thanks !' (with an exclamation mark) correct in an email signature [closed]

is the usage of the word 'Thanks !' (with an exclamation mark) correct in an email signature. For Example **Dear ABC, Bla bla bla. Thanks! Regards, XYZ**
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Proper way for adding a “Summary” or “Bottom Line” in the Beginning of a Sentence

I'm struggling to find the right way to address my audience in starting of my course description page with a go to the point Summary, i'm not sure how to express whats in my mind but this is an ...
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The correct word

What’s the difference between the words “ relative” and “relation”? I think they are synonyms and mean a person of the same family. But are there any differences in their usage?
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Was 'Nance' used as a generic way to refer to someone's wife in the 19th century?

In the Adventures of Tom Sawyer novel (chapter XXVI) we can read the following: “You don’t know me. Least you don’t know all about that thing. ’Tain’t robbery altogether—it’s revenge!” and a wicked ...
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What is the meaning of bank in this sentence?

I read a sentence in a chapter named 'Silk Road' in 'Hornbill' book which was: The trail hugged its bank, twisting with the meanders as we gradually gained height and the valley sides closed in. The ...
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Should I use lies or lay?

Gun rights advocates claimed that the fault (lies or lay?) with people who have mental health issues.
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Usage of though

"You asked us to, and loath though we were to invade a lady's privacy, we did so." Can anybody tell me what though means here and can I write the sentence in another order like that for instance You ...
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In awe of difficult times/hardship?

In awe of difficult times. Is this correct ? i know that in awe of is an expression of admiration and respect but can it include difficult times? If not what is the word for expressing the feeling ...
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Can an increase be negative? [duplicate]

I'm working on an email to my supervisor with feedback about department meetings. I want to say: Our meetings have been increasingly less productive recently. I could probably re-word it to say "...
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Origin of the verbal form of morph

Morph as a verb is a recent coinage, but as as Google Books clearly shows, its usage literally shot up from the start and has increased constantly. Morph: as a noun, in biology, 1955; as a verb, ...
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Is 'I envy you' out of use?

Some native speakers of American English (not necessarily certified to teach English to ESL students) claim that the expression 'I envy you' is rarely in use. Instead, 'I'm jealous' is preferred, they ...
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Is “rescrew” a word or local dialect? [duplicate]

I heard people saying something like this: We have to "rescrew" [e.g.] a tissue box holster to the wall. I'm not sure, is the syllable "re" common? It seems this is not too commonly used. What ...
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Why can't the word “can” be used in future tense (will can)?

I'm curious about why the English word can cannot be used in future tense (e.g. will can). An example unrelated to English is French term je pourrai, but that's exactly what I mean. Compare German ...
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“Pregnant” as a taboo word

This recent article from The Sun states that the term pregnant, in this specific case referred to Meghan Markle, is considered vulgar by the Queen. According to a recently-resurfaced Us Weekly ...
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Another phrase/word for recovering/rebounding from setbacks?

Is there a better way of saying "rebound/recover from setbacks" within less than 4 words? Or even a single word for it?
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“Had Come” or “Came”

My mom and I are editing my book and we got stuck on a sentence: "It seemed like such a big question for someone her age — at least she thought so — for it had only been a few seasons after she was ...
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How do we use show and show up? [closed]

I am quite confused as to when to use the words show and show up. I have been thinking show is an action conducted by a person, and show up is used when someone appeared, like "He has been showing ...
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What does 'softwork' mean?

I am not native English speaker. I heard this word for a first time from a American-English speaker, artist from Portland, Oregon. From the context of her story I understood its meaning is similar to ...