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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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How do archaic words affect on English native speakers?

I wonder why I need to know words like thereby, thereunto, wherewithal, hereonafter, thenceforward and others. I understand that I am unable to use them while writing an essay, because these words are ...
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Is sentence of using God's name correct or is there a better phrasing?

I just snapped this up from a youtube comment. It was regarding Respawn Entertainments and their Titanfall series. I’m a born again Christian and the Campaign used God’s name as a cuss word a lot, ...
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What do you call the amount of money that is added to your bill if you don't pay on time?

In Russia we have this system where if you don't pay your bills on time, the service providers will keep adding on 1/130th (or something like that) of your debt everyday, as a form of punishment. In ...
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High/low accuracy

Usage of accuracy with values gives me always a headache when I try to think how can I write about higher/lower accuracy so that the reader understands correctly how it affects the values. This is ...
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Is it awkward to use the verb “to mint” with “law”?

Would it be awkward to use the verb "to mint" with "law" ? For instance: "Minted in 1962, this law ..."
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Is there a word for the opposite side of 'tip'?

I would like to write something like 'A marker is mounted on the tail of the surgical instrument'. Is 'tail' a formal word to describe the other side of 'tip'? It sounds kind of informal to me and I'm ...
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Using adjective as adverb

I've heard a line in a song contained "...I slept peaceful on your shoulder...". Is this correct from a native speaker point of view? Is peaceful here an adverb without a -ly form, or does it relate ...
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Is this sentence correct? - “Every one of them could not solve it.”

Thank you for checking out my question. Even though I asked a similar question earlier, another confounding issue showed up here. Is this sentence grammatically correct or, at least, acceptable? ...
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Would Limnlight make sense instead of limelight? [on hold]

I am familiar with the term limn: limn /lim/Submit verbLITERARY past tense: limned; past participle: limned depict or describe in painting or words. suffuse or highlight (something) with ...
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How to offer someone of a higher office your support [on hold]

Could you advise please how to address a superior from higher management: Please do let me know if you are aware of any outstanding issues and I will try to help sort them.
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What do you call the land area around a pond?

Usually "shore" and "beach" are used when talking about a large body of water. But what if we talk about a pond? Is the area around it still called a beach/shore?
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Is the following use of the verb set grammatically correct? [on hold]

Someone brought the mail in and sets it on the table?
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Verbs followed by a description \ 2 Verbs in a row

I have a question regarding the usage of Verb-ing and V1 when we have 2 verbs in a row, or a verb with a description. For example: "My mom doesn't let me bring a cat home." "Let's go eat." "I ...
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'After met' or 'after meeting' [on hold]

Just now, I found a movie poster created by non English speaker. The title of the movie in the poster is 'AFTER MET YOU'. Is that good or appropriate?
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What do the bold numerals in parentheses mean in Merriam Webster Dictionary? [on hold]

Here is the specific word I am referring to: The bold numerals in parentheses are under the 2nd definition. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/just Are those sub-sub senses? Or are they ...
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Bring or get? Which sentence is better? [on hold]

I left my bag in my friend's room. How do I ask for it Can you bring it tommorow ? OR Can you get it tomorrow?
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Use of the word “wrong” in causal learning exercises

I am an "event learning" consultant and practitioner and have been since 1974. When something goes "wrong" -- an injury, explosion, loss of revenue, etc. high hazard industries are required to ...
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Is there a word that can mean “education” and “formation” depending on context? [on hold]

There is a Russian word образование that can mean education and formation depending on context. It will be great if there a word in English that also can have two of those meanings. Not necessarily ...
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That's enough vs it's enough.? [closed]

Which statement is correct "That's enough" or "it's enough"
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What is the correct way to use “impeded”? Can I say, “Natural product discovery pipelines are impeded due to the rediscovery of known molecules”?

I feel that impeded is being used incorrectly in the above sentence but I lack the grammatical knowledge to back up this feeling. Would this be a better way to say it: "Y impeded X"* A commenter ...
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Why is there not a secondary definition for “bolt hole” that includes holes for bolts?

When I look up the definition for "bolt hole" on Google or in most dictionaries, I am surprised to find that the definition does not include something similar to "a hole for bolts". The current given ...
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What to call a library of shared libraries in programming

There are (for example) three dynamic libraries that is files libxx.so, libyy.so, and libzz.so (or .dll files xx.dll, yy.dll, and zz.dll on Windows). What do you call the collection of all three ...
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“Which” with an independent clause

I've seen the classic "that" vs "which" debate. However, I'm unsure about which to use in the case of joining a clause with "and". For instance, in Proper Confidence: Faith, Doubt, and Certainty in ...
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Use of climate and its derivatives as adjectivized forms with another noun

I am working on the area of Ecology and the word climate and its derivatives show up in almost every writing. Climate/climatic/climatology/climatological My question is, what is the correct word to ...
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What is the video saying at 6:10, was it “write off” or “ride off”? [closed]

The Video starts automatically at 5 mintues 32 seconds (for a bit of context) The word is mentiond around 6:08. He says: "...plus you've got a sheet of metal down there to protect it on the side to ...
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Does the verb “beware” imply that the risk to avoid is going to harm the first or second person and never a third one?

The definition of beware is: Be cautious and alert to risks or dangers. OK, so there is a risk or danger someone needs to avoid, but who is the one in risk? In the sentence Beware of the dog ...
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When should I be using sans, anyway?

People often use sans, the French word for ‘without’ in English. What I don’t get, is when should that switch be made. When should I say sans when I really want to say without. Are there any general ...
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“the effect of the music is nuanced by the social situation of listeners” [closed]

What is meant by 'nuance" here? By what i understand nuance refers to subtle difference in meaning or expression but that doesn't seem to go here.
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Belie means conceal or reveal? [closed]

"Government claims that there is no poverty are belied by the number of homeless people on the streets". This is an example from Oxford Dictionary. I think here the word belie reveals that the claims ...
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Meaning of the phrase Conquer your desires

Conquer is defined by dictionary.com as - verb (used with object) to acquire by force of arms; win in war: to conquer a foreign land. to overcome by force; subdue: to conquer an enemy. to gain, win,...
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Meaning of Update

Do you think "update" means the person puts the new information over the existing one, so that the previous history can't be seen? I heard someone said "update" meant we cannot see the previous ...
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Are 'belie' and 'hide' interchangable? [closed]

Her energetic activities in the function belied her old age. He could not belie his identity with all the makeover. Is the usage of belie correct?
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Usage of word “Former”

Is it fine to use the word "former" when pertaining to an object? Example: John's former laptop.
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What is the word to describe the relationship between two presidents not immediately before/after one another?

Donald Trump is Barack Obama's successor as the 45th and current President of the United States. But what about Trump and Bill Clinton, for example? Can we say Trump is Clinton's successor too?
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Can I use the word “foreshadow” in this case?

"The novel, written in 1913, foreshadows the atrocities of the First World War." According to dictionaries, "to foreshadow" means "to predict something or to give a hint of what is to come." But I ...
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I am fine, or I am well, or I am good? [on hold]

In grade school, eons ago, I was taught to say "I am fine." Today, most people say, "I am good." Recently, I received scorn for an old man saying, "I am fine," as it was argued that "fine" would ...
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What Does “Pop” And “We'll Get Her Right Between The Curl” Mean In This Sentence?

Cleaver.Cleaver.Chop.Chop First The Mom Then The Pop.Then We'll Get The Pretty Girl.We'll Get Her Right Between The Curl. This is from the poster of an movie I am about watch just for its ...
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Clarity on the definition of the word “predict” [closed]

When someone says "I look forward to your predictable path" and "please continue down your very tired and predictable path" and "your arguments are right out of a playbook", what's the meaning of '...
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Usage of subsidy for non-monetary purposes

To quote from the oxford dictionary, the definitions of subsidy are: A sum of money granted by the state or a public body to help an industry or business keep the price of a commodity or service ...
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What does “I’m a lip speaker rather than lip reader” mean?

There was a heated argument going on in the British House of Common over the question whether the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn really uttered the word “stupid woman” at Prime Minister, Theresa May ...
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Describing an object as having steampunk design elements

Consider this sentence from my novel: The steampunk-esque device was a gift. The Google n-gram viewer shows no results for either "steampunkesque" or "steampunk-esque." However, when searching the ...
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Is “with” optional after “conferring”?

Consider the sentence: I answered the question as a novice, without conferring with Sir Thomas More or Sir Francis Bacon. Is the with optional? Could the sentence also be written as: I ...
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What is the difference between 'Corporate' and 'Corporation'?

I've done an extensive search but didn't find anything on that. Is 'Corporate' (as a noun) simply a shorter form of 'Corporation'? Also, if a condition dictates that 'a company name can't include ...
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Alternate usage of didn't you know [on hold]

Consider this sentence.. Didn’t you know I was asleep? Now if this sentence has to be put disrespectfully/too loose a manner/informally towards someone, can it be done like so..? Didn’t your head ...
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Fearless and priceless

In' Fearless, painless and harmless"less" means "without" and in' priceless' it means too precious to be priced,the opposite of 'worthless'. Can we express the idea "without price" other than the way '...
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Being a persistent or persevering learner?

If someone is studying something for a longer period, concentrated, focused: is he rather a "persistent learner" (which yields more hits at google) or a "persevering learner" (which seem to be used ...
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“Inspite of and despite” Am I using it correctly? [duplicate]

This is my first question here so I have a doubt regarding some the usage of some words in English although it's my 3rd Language. So are the following sentences correct? Using "Inspite Of" _ Inspite ...
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I hope vs I don't want [migrated]

one says from bottom of his heart, I don't want him to be humiliated because of me. I hope that he will not be humiliated because of me. Until this day, I thought "I don't want" makes more sense, ...
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Better way to say “take smaller steps in order to reach larger goals.”

Is there a better way to say "I understood I needed to take smaller steps in order to reach larger goals" in the context of advocating for change? It just seems a little...cliched and dry. I also don'...
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Better way to say “ensuring high attendance?”

Is there a better way to say "ensure high attendance?" I thought about "ensure excellent attendance," but that didn't sound right either. The essay I'm writing isn't very formal, and the latter doesn'...