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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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What is a “Hobbesian trap”?

A recent Economist article (see The drug war hits Central America) uses something called a Hobbesian trap like this: Central America has fallen into a Hobbesian trap: the better-off make ...
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Does “expecting” mean “pregnant” exactly?

The term expecting is often used as if it means "pregnant", as shown by Merriam-Webster (for the verb expect) 3 : to be pregnant : await the birth of one's child —used in progressive tenses she's ...
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clarification of the definition of “Pangaea”

I found these definitions online: Pangaea is a hypothetical supercontinent that included all current land masses, believed to have been in existence before the continents broke apart during the ...
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Usage of word factitious

Can I use the word factitious when expressing a false art? I wanna write the following: "Don't force factitious art. Sometimes poetry isn't enough to express feelings and music failes to convey ...
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Can a start be anticlimactic?

Anticlimactic is often used to refer to a disappointing ending to an exciting series of events. So, (not being a native speaker) I cannot decide whether it sounds natural to use the word at the start ...
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What is the differnce between can and get to do something?

Could I replace"got to do" for "could do" in the following sentence? "Because he had all this land we could just drive, so we got to do all these things that none of our friends ever got to do." ...
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Tips by Jon or tips from Jon or anything else?

If I give someone some tips, what would it be? Tips by Jon or Tips from Jon or anything else?
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What is the correct way to write this sentence(using vision and embodiment)

I wanna make a statement of my work which is design and writing that i make the clients vision into reality by using the words (vision,embodiment) but I don’t know what is the best way to write it ?! ...
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Onload for load

Comments on the use of “onload” for “load” as in “He will onload the truck.” Is it to avoid confusion with “unload the truck”? It seems “onload” is superfluous. You simply “load the truck”. “Unload” ...
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Usage of “As of X” when X is not a time/date

I've seen this link and I know what "as of X" means when X is a time/date. Is it gramatically correct to use "as of X" when X is not a time/date? For example, Is it ok to use "as of" in the following ...
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Is it proper to write “Be watching”

Examples: Be watching for an email within 24 hours to begin ordering. Please be watching for this Questionnaire coming your way in March or April.
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Is “drool” used correctly here? “I am all drools for this library”

I need to understand, is 'drool' also used to express how you are in awe of something. Like, is this sentence right? I am all drools for this library. It has a great collection of books. Correct ...
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Why has the word “discombobulate” stuck around? [on hold]

I was thinking of there being very silly sounding words. The first one that popped to mind was "discombobulated"... and then that was it. Is it just me, or are silly words not really around anymore? ...
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not sure about the beginning of a letter of motivation [on hold]

I have a question about how to start a motivation letter ... my first sentence should sound something like: I was very excited after learning about the PTC Fellowship in Geneva and hereby apply as ...
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“No coach in X history has divided the opinion of fans as much ”Person's Name“. ” Does it make sense?

I am writing an article. Let me put forth some details so that the context is clear. This person is a coach of a team and fans have a divided opinion on him. Half of them likes him, adore him, but the ...
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Use of `even` to emphasize the desired outcome of a request

Is the word even correctly used to emphasize that arranging a call is the preferable outcome? I'd greatly appreciate if you could even find some time to discuss this on a call with me. In this ...
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Is it "introduction to or introduction of [on hold]

Is it "introduction to the speaker or introduction of the speaker
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Does “unioned” exist in the context of math?

In mathematics, if you have the sets A and B, you can build a new set C which is the union of A and B. I would like to say, something like Set C consists of the unioned sets A and B. but the form "...
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Is it “I can't see good” or “I can't see well”? [on hold]

Which is the proper word, well or good? Also, explain why it is correct.
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Does “world's largest” require a “the”?

Consider the following phrases: Example 1: CompanyX is the world's largest and leading authority for online dating. Example 2: CompanyX is world's largest and leading authority for online ...
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is this sentence gramaticaly correct or not

These items were not sent together with the main consignment. I want to know if we can use verb send in passive form?
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Another word/phrase for something being very “push-button”?

What's another word for something being very "push-button"? What this means is a set of tasks that are made in a way that is very easy and as easy as "pushing a button". Another phrase is like ...
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Can I use the word “history” to refer to a written record?

I am writing a story with the following line: “I have a history somewhere,” she said, returning to the bookshelf. I have vague memories of seeing the word used like this before, but I'm not sure ...
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Foreshadow vs Adumbrate

The good news was foreshadowed by several disturbing events. The good news was adumbrated by several disturbing events. I am trying to see which word is better to use. Is there a (subtle) ...
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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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Adverb+verb or verb+adverb

Every time I get confused when I see phrases like these: This picture constantly reminds me of you. She was speaking slowly. When do we put an adverb before a verb and when after? Thank you for your ...
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Do we ask for check or cheque in restaurants?

I know there is a related question asked here. But its slightly different than it and seeking more information. I live in India, I have been to America couple of times. In my first trip it was ...
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What is the passage of time? [on hold]

Regarding the term/phrase the passage of time: Is it simply referring to time passing (i.e. moving forward / passing by)? A metaphor to invoke imagery of a passageway (path, tunnel, channel, corridor, ...
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Where does “blah” meaning “idle talk” come from?

Blah, as suggested by the Wiktionary has an uncertain origin: Sense “Idle, meaningless talk” (1940), probably imitative or echoic in origin. Perhaps, but cf Greek "barbarbar” ‘unintelligible ...
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What is the meaning of “spread” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: This year's interim budget is being regarded as a big spread for farmers. Does it mean "extent or amount of something" or "a large meal (although not in ...
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“A scored 66%, 10% more than B?” What is B's score? [closed]

It sounds like a maths question but what I care about is the usage of the term 'percentage'. Can anyone tell me, how to go about the correct way to use when the meaning of the sentence is: B scored ...
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How to say you were in third place among the whole country in your CV? [closed]

How to say I were in the third place in the last year of the high school among my whole country students who have applied at that year .
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Austen's usage of the word “condescension”

I looked up the definition of "condescension" both in Merriam-Webster and the Oxford dictionary, both of which imply a negative connotation to the meaning, where the act of emphasizing one's ...
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What are the differences between an accident, an incident, a mishap and harm? [closed]

All is in the title. I don't understand the differences between those words. I would say that in increasing value it gives : Incident < accident < mishap < harm But is that right?
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Push back meaning? [closed]

What's the literally meaning of push back against? Could please provide a definition and a sentence?
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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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Can “no-fault” be used as a noun?

All outputs from Cambridge Dictionary, Merriem Webster Dictionary and others like oxforddictionaries state it as an adjective. My question is can it be used as a noun? If yes, could you provide ...
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Should've kept or should've keep [closed]

Let's say I want to say something I should've do, do I use the past tense or normal I should've kept the information / I should've keep the information Which one is right and why? Thank you so much!...
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Do people use misery and misery guts the same way? [on hold]

I m wondering whether I can use misery and misery guts the same way, such as in this sentence : You re such a... Does this mean the same thing? I understood that both means to be in a bad mood
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Additional 'for' in a sentence

I will be releasing a text ad in the local newspaper and this is the matter I've written. We're looking to partner with doctors. HAIR CREAM company looking for M.B.B.S Qualified DOCTORS for ...
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Slang usage of “fish” meaning US Dollar.

I've come across the slang use of fish referring to the US dollar. Being unfamiliar with this usage I checked a few dictionaries and this is what I've found: Slang. a dollar: He sold the car ...
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Can a person say “and I them”?

I know the phrase "and I you" can be perfectly acceptable grammatically, but I'm writing a poem and am wanting to use "and I them" but I'm not sure if it's correct. For example, if someone said "They ...
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When using the verb 'mobilize', does one have to follow it with a noun? [on hold]

Is it correct to say 'some men in the village mobilized'? I am unsure as to whether one can use mobilize without having a noun follow.
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Alternative to saying [closed]

I would like to follow up on the below email. Please confirm when payment will be made? Thanking you in advance for your assistance.
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If 2 is double and 3 is triple, what is 1?

I am just assuming that there is no term for "1" because it would just be implied. If someone were telling you to check the door to make sure it was locked, they would ask, "Did you check the door?" ...
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Exact meaning of sell as a going concern

how do you interprete the sentence below "He sold the cafe as a going concern." Logically, shouldn't the above sentence be : he bought instead of sold ? Do you understand bankrupcy or anything ...
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…instead of stayed put like boys

This is a sentence from Colleen McCullough's novel The Thorn Birds: Girls were no flaming use at all; they just ate a man out of house and home and when they were grown up they went and worked for ...
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Ending a sentence with “however” [closed]

today I got into a discussion with a colleague of mine about if it's correct to end a sentence with "however". Here's the case: "I've attached the following document. I don't think it'll be useful, ...
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Use of “please call again” in a high street shop

The 1963 Broadway musical "She loves me" is set in a Budapest parfumerie in 1934. In the play, every time a customer leaves the shop, the employees sing a short jingle: Thank you madam, please ...