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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Was used for tricking/was used to trick

Which of the following sentences is best? Enchanted Turkish delight was used for tricking Edmund into betraying his brother and his two sisters. Enchanted Turkish delight was used to trick Edmund ...
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“One of X and Y” or “One of X or Y”

The following sentences are error messages a software gives out, when insufficient parameters are provided. ('searchterm' and 'pageindex' are possible parameters.) "You need to specify at least one ...
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“Definitely” + “will be able to”

Can "definitely" somehow pair with "will be able to"? For example: If you go to school, you will definitely be able to meet her.
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When are 'each' and 'every' not equivalent?

'I gave each child an apple' and 'I go there every year' sound correct to me, while the same sentences with 'each' and 'every' swapped sound wrong. Why is this so?
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Get good luck or have good luck?

I am taking an online course that uses the term ". . . you will GET bad luck" when I believe the proper usage is "you will HAVE bad luck." Does anyone know whether the course materials are correct or ...
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Can something “impose a threat”?

I have come across "imposing a threat" several times in writing. Having myself always used "pose a threat", I find this usage strange. Ngrams indicate that "pose/posed a threat" is much more common, ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “there are 5 Japanese tofus on the dish” to mean “there are 5 pieces of Japanese tofu on the dish”?

When you look for an English noun in an English dictionary, sometimes you see the noun being used as an uncountable and a countable noun. And normally, we use it as an uncountable noun when we want to ...
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Are there nuanced differences between the following expressions? [closed]

"Close the door." "Latch the door." I realize both verbs are synonymous and can be used interchangeably, but I'm struggling to explain and emphasize the minor difference. Edit: My apologies for ...
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What is the meaning of telling a story transparently?

What is the meaning of telling a story transparently, https://www.masterclass.com/classes/joyce-carol-oates-teaches-the-art-of-the-short-story ?
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Which is correct word - lockdown, quarantined or isolated?

As coronovirus has spread so much my country has gone into something called lockdown (I suspect if that’s the Law/Legislative term). But in newspapers I usually find things written like 25 people ...
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Lockdown vs lockout. does lockdown means lockout? when to use lockdown or lockout? It's really confusing, they actuallly mean the same

Lockdown An emergency impacting a school campus that prevents the safe evacuation of a school building and requires steps to shelter students and staff from danger. Lockdown procedures may also be ...
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What's “rider” in this sentence?

I’d like to ask about the use of a word that I’m not sure about in the sentence from Shoscombe Old Place by Conan Doyle. He is about the most daredevil rider in England—second in the Grand ...
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Can items themselves be mandatory, or only their related processes?

I distinctly recall being told that "uniforms are not mandatory, but the wearing of them is". The person was explaining that (in their opinion) many people get this wrong. They went on to say that ...
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Better way to say: “Coronavirus is a case for an emergency fund”

I have this word in my mind that I believe is used for occasions like the current pandemic and saving or building up an emergency fund. You could say something like: The coronavirus crisis is [X] ...
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What is the wind in this context?

From http://www.paulgraham.com/kids.html, I hate to say this, because being ambitious has always been a part of my identity, but having kids may make one less ambitious. It hurts to see that ...
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Which one is correct? “Why is art a culture” or “Why art is a culture”? Someone please explain. Thank you! [migrated]

I'm just a little bit confused today. If I were to ask a question, would it be "Why is art a culture?" or "Why art is a culture?". Is there a difference? I'm thinking the correct one is the former but ...
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Single word for a person who did product managing, coding (developing), designing and testing [closed]

I want to combine code + design to Codesign because code and design have the same de. But I can't combine code + test. Can't combine design + test . I want to use only one word to express one person ...
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Pronouncing Diacritics Aloud [closed]

When pronouncing diacritics aloud, how would you say words with a tilde or macron? For example, how would you spell jalapeño and/or Māori? Would you say “n-tilde” and “a-macron”? I assume that’s ...
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Usage of the expression “to go bad”

Is it correct to say "weather goes bad" meaning that it no longer keeps fine?
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Spelling diacritics in Spelling Bee? [closed]

When you’re spelling words with diacritics like a circumflex (î), cedilla (ç), and diaresis (ï), (and others), for a Spelling Bee, how do you pronounce them out loud? I FINALLY understand accents (a-...
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Is this sentence correctly using the word “propagating”?

I'm using propagating as another word of saying spreading. The sentence "However, my upper-level executive clients encounter technical issues propagating to the customer base and affecting the ...
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Difference between “greater than” and “greater then”? [closed]

What are there a difference between the following sentences? They are pronounced the same or? Maybe it depends on the dialect? A: Are you sure 'x' is "greater than" 'y'. B: Are you sure 'x' is "...
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Another evidence

My son wrote: Another evidence of spring is the blooming flowers. I want to explain why this is wrong but I can’t. My best attempt is that it feels wrong. I want to correct it as: Another ...
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What is the difference between Accord, Treaty, Agreement and Pact?

In international affairs, some terms are frequently used. What is the exact definition of these words? I have found that some people are using two or more terms to express same meaning. I've ...
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Express amazement at the news, what news or such news! which is right?

So I receive a piece of info instead of saying "no sh*t, Sherlock", I want to express amazement at the news in a sarcastic, biblical friendly way, e.g. what news! or such news! but those just sound ...
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Is it “a globalization” or “globalization”?

The phrase I intend to use it for is: Apart from a globalization in my worldview, ... The above reads better to me than: Apart from globalization in my worldview, ... But I've never seen an ...
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Is there an abbreviation of “can not”? [closed]

I’ve been using carnt but I don’t think it’s proper English, thanks for any help you can provide
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Does anyone know how to compile a list of words that differ by adding/removing one letter?

Examples of couplings being cold and cod, or amber and ambler. Any ideas on how to get a complete list of these would be much appreciated.
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What's the difference between all and each?

What is the difference between these sentences: All experiments are carried out four times Each experiment is carried out four times and which one should I use if I want to say I carry out the 1st ...
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Why there's usage of similar words in a sentence in typical novels?

For example in a novel I'm currently reading, one character is being described as being"cunning" and"sly" in one sentence as ,"She was beautiful, she was cunning and sly, she had a charm no woman ...
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Is there any phrase where corporate means “shared by all” rather than “of corporation”?

According to Oxford dictionary, corporate has a sense of "shared by all members of a group" and the dictionary gives an example "corporate responsibility’. However, I've found that when people see the ...
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Is there a verb meaning to accompany a superior person to help him/her through out his/her travel?

I tried to find the verb for the action of a person traveling along with a superior person (in rank or age) to help throughout the journey. I couldn't find out one. Example: Jack _____ his mom to ...
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What is the difference between “change” and “unstitch”?

I'm English learner. As what the dictionary defines "unstitch" means to change, spoil, or destroy something that has existed or been done previously. Example: In two years she has unstitched almost ...
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Does “finally”imply anticipation?

Is the sentence "He fought the cancer but finally died." appropriate, or does finally always imply anticipation like in "Finally it`s christmas."
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Can the word “greening” be used in the sense of “being green” or “turning green”?

As far as I know, poetry can and often does break some limits of sentence and word structure if it is required by its rhythm or rhyme. I am translating one, and the perfect ending of a line would be ...
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When to use “cite” or “citation”?

Is there a difference in choosing whether to use "cite" or "citation"? For example, when performing a bibliographic search or a bibliometric study, one finds "citations per year", "cites per document",...
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Does “for despite” just mean despite?

For despite what the great Sensei Tsuji's tone may lead us to believe, Japanese cuisine like Japanese culture generally—has always been ready to assimilate foreign ideas that have demonstrated their ...
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Why do scammers frequently call their products a “system”?

Whenever I hear radio ads for various weird liquid vitamin bottles and similar scams (or very likely scams), they always call these bottles "systems": Our system is guaranteed to be effective! ...
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How can I say to lightly understand something? Does faintly understand work?

I want to say something along these lines: "With Coronavirus spreading globally, people are starting to faintly understand the situation that the slaves were going through every day ... the fear, the ...
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Pronunciation of have and behave

Have -> /hæv/ Behave -> /bɪˈheɪv/ Why 'have' is pronounced as /hæv/ and 'behave' as /bɪˈheɪv/? Origin of 'behave': late Middle English: from be- ‘thoroughly’ + have in the sense ‘have or bear (...
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Could “shazam” be used to describe a ninja?

I'm translating some products description from Japanese to English. The product in question is characterized by its compactness and portability. In Japanese, they use the word ドロン (doron), that seems ...
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Why does “too many” sound wrong here?

I can’t believe I make too many mistakes in Turkish. I’m a native English speaker trying help a friend understand why it sounds off to use “too many” here but I can’t seem to figure out why. To me, “...
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Are Subjects Joined by And Singular or Plural?

Fresh air and peace of mind are on the cards. are we supposed to use "is" here or "are". could anyone tell me about the usage, please?
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What is “38 years too gay” supposed to mean?

Pete Buttigieg, Hosting ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ Jokes About Presidential Bid: “Turns Out I Was About 40 Years Too Young And 38 Years Too Gay” He also made several jokes about his young age, and the ...
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The meaning and usage of “whereas” [migrated]

I often see the word Whereas being used in formal letters in the University or at academic level. For example, Whereas by Charter of Her Late Majesty Queen Victoria, dated 20th April, 1880, the ...
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why are host and hostile lookalike while they are of different meanings?

My friend just asked me this today. What should I tell him? Are these words somehow related or were they related in the past and not anymore now?
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What is the meaning of the word ' period' in the following context? [duplicate]

I am learning English by reading the New York Times. It is difficult, of course, but a challenge at the same time. In the international edition it said: The president is unfit for this crisis. ...
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What does “apply to” mean here?

Taylor Swift:She won by being a female applying to the kind of female males want us to be in the horrendous 1950s world. Context: I can’t believe she gets to be the first female senator in Tennessee....
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Words “transitoriness” and “transientness” not in all dictionaries

I know that many adjectives can be transformed into nouns by adding -ness suffix. Usually, I check if the word is present in a dictionary (preferably Merriam-Webster). This time I was not satisfied ...
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What's a word/phrase that can describe going from a detailed perspective to a more general one?

I had a few ideas but I'm not sure any of the words I thought of would get the point exactly right. Anyway, I thought of using the phrase "zoomed out" as in: He zooms out of a description on how ...

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