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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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Use of the word ‘circumambulate’

Is this a correct usage of the word circumambulate? “I circumambulated the building before finally entering.” Thank you in advance for any help.
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the verb “signal” - use of it in a sentence

Is this sentence correct: "By not dressing appropriately for the gathering, you are signalling to others that you would rather be somewhere else." Does "signal to" even exist as a phrase? If not, ...
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Can I use “didn't” with “had” by reframing a sentence? [closed]

''Thank You' to everyone. I didn't have the time to reply. ' This sentence is obviously correct. But can I reframe it in the following way ? ''Thank You' to everyone I didn't had the time to reply ...
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What do broad and narrow mean in the context?

What does broad and narrow mean in a general context suppose Broad traits are x, y, z and narrow traits are a, b, c, broad issues are f, g,h and narrow issues are k, j, h? If a trait suppose X cant be ...
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What does this sentence mean? I don't understand “only ever” here

Dear friends who I normally only ever get completely leathered with,
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“Brief moment” is what type of (incorrect) expression?

"Bow down", "momentary pause"small little" and "brief moment" are what types of expression? As an editor, I constantly have to correct this in people's writing.
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'I like how my family is supporting me with this?' 'I like how my family is supporting me in this?'

Which one is correct? 'I like how my family is supporting me with this?' 'I like how my family is supporting me in this?' So this is in context of they(the family) is supporting me with the ...
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Is re-email an actual word?

I saw this sentence: The file has to be sent as a CSV file by re-email Is this the proper way to say "send the file by replying to this email"? I haven't found "re-email" in dictionaries, so I'm ...
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Tumblesauce for somersault: Has anyone else heard of this term outside of Jewish communities?

I grew up calling "somersaults" tumblesauces. A Google search turns up a Jewish women's forum deliberating on whether this is a Jewish thing (I am Jewish too by the way.) So, has anyone else here ...
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Can 'whom' be used in this context? [closed]

I would like to know if whom can be used in this sentence: I commend the authors for discussing the discrepancy between minority medical students and the disproportionate percentage of whom apply ...
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“not near as drunk” vs “not nearly as drunk”

I actually looked at the "drive safe/ly" answers before I posted this question and remember, at the time, seeing how these were clearly two different questions. Now, however, they seem the same. I ...
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When to use 'the amount of' and not e.g. 'increase physical exercise' / 'increase the amount of physical exercise'?

When do you need to use the number of or the amount of with a noun? For example, "If people go to gyms more, they will increase their physical activity." OR "If people go to gyms more, they ...
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One word for “someone working far away” [closed]

To say that since you're working in different location which is far away you won't be able to handle this activity.
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Which one is correct: Most big change or most big changes

I was watching A Conversation with Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates today, and when Barack Obama begins to talk, he says: Most big change, most human progress, is driven by... I am not a ...
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A collective term describing both pick-up and drop-off?

I am looking for a single term that describes both dropping off and picking up terms. For example, a bus stop can be of three types(for any particular bus company) Pickup only Drop off only Pickup ...
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eligibility criterion for an -ing form to serve as a deverbal adjective

a dog which is barking can be rephrased as a barking dog; I am wondering whether a patient who is coughing can be rephrased as a coughing patient? similarly, can we rephrase something (such as a dog,...
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What is the meaning of “remove” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in a chapter named "The Browning's version" which was: I'm still in the lower fifth. I can't specialise until next term - that's to say, if I've got my remove all right. According ...
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“Keep” vs “Record”

we have a meeting with our customers and I have to take the minutes of the meeting. but can I say the sentences below to express I take the minutes of the meeting? 1. "I have to record the content of ...
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“Observe” vs. “Observate”

I know I'm splitting hairs over here but can someone confirm with me the difference between "Observe" and "Observate". https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/observate I feel there is a very ...
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Which preposition to use with “sentiment” to describe an opinion on a topic?

Which preposition(s) can be used with “sentiment” in the following context? The general public’s sentiment [preposition] environmental issues changed over time. I am aware of the following options,...
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Can 'too'be used immediately after the subject?

Let her too wake up to a hot coffee. (or) Let her wake up to a hot cup of coffee too. Here I am trying to convey that what she does for you everyday, you do it for her too. I want to use the ...
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In a math problem, what does the word “long” refer to?

For example: Bill drives 346 miles from home to the beach. He stops for lunch after driving 180 miles. How long does it take him to drive the rest of the way home?
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“mark the bar” or “clear the bar”

Think of this sentence: According to critics, the theory does not mark the bar as a theory I am trying to say: it barely comes close to what can be called a theory. I thought "clear the bar" ...
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how to use a prepostion after “finding”

there: Anybody can give me a kind reply for the preposition that could be properly used after "finding". My sentense is: I will give you feedback on findings of/on/about/in any significant change of ...
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Why we say “graphic art”, “graphic novel”, but “graphical user interface”? [duplicate]

We say "graphic arts", "graphic novels", but "graphicAL user interface"? Is it just a convention, or there is some logic behind it?
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What can I say to tell “both are okay” politely?

We are going to invite foreign engineers for a workshop in Japan. I would like to ask them whether they prefer to have dinner with us or by themselves. We will have two opportunities at different ...
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Does the word 'filter' make sense when it is applied to at most one element?

I recently came across a Stackoverflow question, and in the comments there was a discussion about the usage of the word "filter". In the comments, someone said this: Filtering at most one value ...
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Meaning and usage of “which datum it might announce on the notice board”

The context of the phrase: Participants are not allowed to come late. In such case they just don’t come. When you arrive, you will find the next meeting is next Friday (which datum it might ...
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The modern usage of the term scantily clad

The term scantily clad is commonly defined as inadequately clothed, under dressed, or wearing something that covers too little of the body, but I've seen the term used simply to describe people who ...
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Disorganized or Unorganized?

Does anyone here know the difference between unorganized and disorganized? As far as I know, disorganized refers to something that was once organized and now isn't, and unorganized refers to ...
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Is there a difference between using “over” or “across” to cross a river?

We had to use the bridge to go _______ the river. What should be the preposition: over or across? People are divided in their opinion. Some say over, while others say across. Some even say that it ...
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Which should be used: “in” or “with”?

Which term ("with" or "in"? Or either one?) should be used in the following sentence: "I do a course (in/with) the open university."
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Would you place an implant “in” or “on” your jawbone?

In the sentence, "The doctor will place the implant on your jawbone" would you use "on" or "in"?
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Should it be “cheaper price” or “lower price”?

Should it be "cheaper price" or "lower price"? I'm specifically referring to American English. "Cheap prices provide more access to customers...." Shouldn't it be "Low prices..."?
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X being Y versus X is Y

I was recently chastised by my supervisor for describing something as being something else. The problem: "Species A has genes X1, X2 and X3, Species B has genes Y1 and Y2. Protein X3 being the ...
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Can I do anything else with aspersions other than cast them? [closed]

My wife is always accusing me of casting aspersions and I'd like to do something else with them. Please advise.
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What is the meaning of “relate better to”?

Is it same as "having a better relationship with" ? e.g. I do not think the arena's architecture should relate better to the context. This frees their imaginative capacities, and lets them relate ...
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Using of “due to” and “because of” [duplicate]

I'm actually unable to stand straight due to laughter. OR I'm actually unable to stand straight because of laughing.
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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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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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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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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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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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Onload for load [closed]

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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not sure about the beginning of a letter of motivation [closed]

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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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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Why has the word “discombobulate” stuck around? [closed]

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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What is the passage of time? [closed]

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, ...