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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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Is there something wrong with using “said (that)” in this sentence?

Quick context, work as a translator. I had a short blurb I had to translate where I basically rendered it as: "Bob spoke about how Countryland was one of the countries that suffered greatly from ...
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How to use the word total properly?

Hey guys which one of the following sentence makes sense the most? • The numbers were great and totalled 95% • The numbers were great and totalled to 95% • The numbers were great and totalled up to ...
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starting a sentence with 'when reading …'

Is it possible and good English to start a sentence with 'When reading...'? Exactly it's about the following one: When reading your offer it seemed to me as if this position is made for me. bg, ...
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What's exactly the difference between “per se” and “ipso facto”?

These two seem quite interchangeable—is it so or is it just me unable to comprehend the difference?
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How to use “come true” for something other than hopes and dreams and wishes?

I'm from Italy and my mother-tongue is not English, so sorry in advance for my mistakes. This is my question: I know how to use come true in sentences like: I wish my dreams would come true. But ...
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Is it still a horizon if it is where the buildings meet the sky?

The general definition for horizon is that it's the line where the sky appears to meet the earth's surface. But what if I'm on the outskirts of a city, and behind me it's the city, or maybe just a ...
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Is it possible and correct to say submerge into?

I would like to know if it is correct to say: we submerge into current affairs such politics, humans rights, economic indicators and... I am not completely sure if this is possible, and I wish to ...
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Re: 'Sorry, no results for “outwest” in the English dictionary.' So, it's not an acknowledged word then?

Re: "outwest" Google search: About 496,000 results (the first 10 pages showing business names, except a street name and a hashtag). Google search: "outwest meaning" --> "Did you mean: out west ...
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Does the word “ominous” have a positive connotation in “ominous music”?

I have seen many occurrences of the word "ominous" in contexts that do not convey any negative meaning. Maybe the word "ominous" has a particular connotation that I am not aware of. Could you suggest ...
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What does “is its own” mean here?

In general I do not understand the usage of "is its own" in a sentence. A sentence containing "is its own" immediately becomes unclear to me. For example what does "is its own" mean in the following ...
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Can the word “mundane” be used in positive sense

Mundane means ordinary.The word is mostly used in negative sense.Can the word "mundane" be used in positive sense too? Like"Mr.K is not a wasteful man.He leads a very mundane life."Another example can ...
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Generate invoice “against” or “for” a sale order?

I am little confused about the words 'against' and 'for'. Please help me to select the correct statement from the two below: Generate invoice against a sale order. Generate invoice for a sale ...
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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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Obsequity as a noun in parallel with obsequiousness

Can one with a [sic] use obsequity as a noun in parallel with or instead of obsequiousness, with [sic] added to show you are inventing.
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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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Confused about a sentence

How do you use 'Hope ' in a sentence where you want the person to know that someone is in hope that he would help him. Is this sentence correct- He is holding on hope against you. Pls clarify. ...
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x-stor(e)y or x-floor or x-level house/building?

Which is the correct for British English? I need the correct for both a separate house and an apartment building, if this makes difference. I can't find any concrete answer online.
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Buy normally or as usual? [on hold]

What is the correct and succinct continuation of the phrase: "Find an online store and buy [...]" ? normally or as usual? I would use normally. However, as usual also seems correct. The intended ...
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Is there a word for initiating conversations with people who you come across often but have not yet talked to? [on hold]

Example: Starting conversations with people you see a lot in your workplace or classrooms but have not had the opportunity to talk to yet.
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Usage of phrase “I maintain and satiate a healthy appetite” [on hold]

I was planning on using a sentence like this in my resume/jobmarket summary: "I maintain and frequently satiate a healthy appetite in machine learning, neuroscience and mathematics." (Basically ...
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Am I using the word 'curious' correctly? [on hold]

Curious how the will of god always matches exactly the will of those who interpret it at you.
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Name for a screen lock app [on hold]

We have a screen lock app for smartphones. We are going to pick a name for it, 'ABC Lock' or 'ABC Locker'. I see both 'lock' and 'locker' are being used for this kind of apps. But I think 'locker' ...
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Using “given that…” to cast doubt on the phrase that follows?

I work in medicine, where we perform tests that are sometimes inaccurate, and at times you get clues that the result of your test is inaccurate. I recently heard an expression using "given" that I ...
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Is the primary usage of “Daddy” sexual now? Why?

Just yesterday in chat someone intentionally misquoted Glen from Chucky, saying "dad." They then followed with: It's technically Daddy but that seems a bit awkward. Google ngrams shows usage of ...
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Use of chief as equivalent of boss

According to the OLD, the noun chief can be used for a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organization. However, while it of course appears in CEO and other job ...
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Which preposition to use after “careless?”

Is there a difference in meaning or usage between careless with/about/of? I found dictionary examples of all three, but I failed to grasp the difference (if there is any): He was careless of ...
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What's the word for describing days/months/years when comparing to something else?

Here's an example of the sentence I'm trying to write: "Monday: the (x) equivalent of falling down a flight of stairs" Some examples of other sentences that are similar to the one I'm trying to ...
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Use of the word 'naturally'

Dear fellow overflowers, I was wondering I could use the word naturally in the sense of 'it goes without saying' or 'as would have been expected'. An example sentence would be: "The pasta I made ...
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What is the difference between the words “retort” and “riposte”?

I am little bit confused with the words: Riposte and Retort. When to use which one? Oxford says that... https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/retort retort: Say something in answer to a ...
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V-ed + noun or Noun + V-ed

Could you show me if there is any difference between the sentences below about using the phrasal noun? Almost half of people surveyed (47%) had been to Blackpool Finally, Chessing World had ...
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Is there a difference between: “The coming year” and “next year”?

If it were now January, would "the coming year" be taken to mean this year? If it were November would "the coming year" refer to the next calendar year or a period running from November to November?
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Re-pair or repair a pair of things

Is there a way to distinguish between repairing something in the sense of fixing it vs. "re-pairing" something in the sense of regrouping things together. For example a wireless keyboard and its usb ...
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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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The use of the word “equity” to mean "average?

The map below is of CO₂ emissions (from Our World in Data). It labels countries as being either "Below global equity" or "Above global equity". Here the word "equity" seems to have been used to mean "...
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The most common ways the word “ guess ” as a verb is used in The U.S [closed]

What are the most common ways the native U.S English Speakers use the phrase " I guess ( that ) ... " or when they replay or answer with just " I guess /guess so ( or not) " ?
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Word or phrase used to describe someone who controls someone else through possessions or financial means

Not sure if such a phrase or word to describe a person/actions actually exists. Have been using “to lord something over someone,” but this might not be the correct usage. ex1: If someone pays for a ...
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Is the word “Yuppie” negative/ironic? [closed]

"You are like a Yuppie". Is this an insult or is it neutral. I have always thought that the word itself is neutral but Oxford dictionaries categorize it as derogatory.
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Is it correct to say ‘I will go there in my own way’? [closed]

To express that I will use my own transportation means and route to get there rather than going with a group following the proposed route, can I say, ‘I will go (or get) there in my own way’? Does it ...
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Correct use of “hereby” on a formal letter [closed]

Can I use hereby in this sentece below? As requested, I hereby state that I do not have life insurance. Thanks in advance!
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Futile wandering that makes you tired and embarassed

What is the right word for going from place to place with a purpose, but turns out futile? I don't think wandering or loitering would suit the weariness results from this purposeless transport.
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When to use “That” instead of “The”?

I have been thinking about the following sentence for a while: Let's say you have a room that contains a single light source and a single table, and that you choose a point on that table. When I ...
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Euphemism antonym

I sent a club member an e-mail inquiring about a meeting that I was not informed about. She reported it to others as "she shot me a note"! Isn't that the opposite of a euphemism?
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When there is an “on” after touch?

Is it correct that I say"I touch on the book" or just "I touch the book" Sometimes I come across "touch on" in some abstract meaning, what is the difference?
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Is it natural to use “whose” to refer to a thing?

When I looked up Oxford Dictionary,i learned that “whose” is not usually used to refer to a thing and “of which” is usually used instead.But later i came across an example sentence from a dict app,...
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Can this sentenced be better phrased to remove redundancy?

I am not sure if I am allowed to ask questions like this, but as a foreign speaker, I am confused on how I can rephrase my sentence better. A counseling services specially designed for ...
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Indian English use of “only”

I am from Bangalore and people here tend use the word only to emphasise something in a sentence. For example: We are getting that only printed. What is the proper way to put it?
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Differences between “frank” and “honest”

I found a lot of people say "Frankly" or "To be frank" while the others say "Honestly" or "To be honest". I know both of them mean that sb. is going to say sth. which is true in a direct manner. But, ...
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-ic vs. -ical adjective forms when talking about categories/fields [duplicate]

I will bring forward examples coming from my field of studies. For long time I have been wondering whether there are rationales or regional variances applied to the usage of dichotomies like: ...
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Could “Instead,” be used as the first word of a sentence without any following “of”?

Would the following sentence be correct? If not, I am looking for an adverb to express the meaning of “instead”. Our team could have won the match if our coach had interchanged the goal keeper ...