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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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No one or Anyone [duplicate]

My coworker uses this sentence to explain to our patients about our HIPPA Policy: "We cannot give your information out to no one." The "no one" part catches me every time. I'd like to know if it's ...
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Which sentence is correct? first one or second one? [closed]

For their viewers, it's not matter which university they graduate from. For their viewers, it's not matter which university they were graduated from.
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Why is it “Universal Time Coordinated”?

The UTC is a measure for coordinating activities in multiple regions of the earth in timing. It means "Universal Time Coordinated". What does that mean grammatically? Can you unravel this message with ...
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Can you begin a sentence with “but”? [closed]

Is it grammatically possible to begin a sentence with "but" ?
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What is the meaning of “award the envoy” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in a chapter named "The Ghat of the only World" which was: No one had a greater influence on Shahid's poetry than James Merill; indeed, in the poem in which he most explicitly ...
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“in a mood” or “in the mood”?

Could someone explain to me the difference between these two phrases (if there’s any at all) According to Cambridge Online Dictionary to be in the mood means to feel like doing something I am ...
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When to use “by” or “to”?

Should I use "by" or "to" in the following? If you create the image for the user and it's approved, it's then visible and usable by all members. OR: If you create the image for the user and it's ...
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Single word for 'less expensive' [closed]

Is there a good single word for 'less expensive'? I often see people using 'cheap' to describe it, but I feel it does not express the intention. For example, I prefer to say 'Flight tickets are less ...
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How long has the singular noun 'archive', as opposed to 'archives', been in current use?

My question arises through the fact that, when Michel Foucault introduced 'archive' as a singular noun in his 1969 Archaeology of Knowledge, he was more or less inventing a new word. 'Archif' and '...
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Can gunshots be drawn?

I know that it is a saying where cowboys can draw their pistol, but this does not refer to them hand-drawing their pistol (on paper, perhaps). But can we say that shots are drawn (as in, gunshots)? I ...
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Word for 'update progress'

I want to name a button, in an app, that opens a window where the user can update a book's progress (in terms of pages, like 10 or 20 pages). Can someone tell a more appropriate name for that button?
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Is the “the” necessary

I am sure this question has been asked somewhere else before, but I don't know what terms I would need to search to find it. A Native Russian speaking friend, who is learning English asked me a ...
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How do you explain the sentence “What do you make of the argument that…”?

At first I thought that the sentence "What do you make of the argument that..." is just to ask someone for his opinion on something. However, I have also seen some translation explain that such ...
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Frazil: Could this similarly be used to describe the ice which forms in liquids too close to the back of the fridge?

Frazil: Soft or amorphous ice formed by the accumulation of ice crystals in water that is too turbulent to freeze solid. . Could frazil similarly be used to describe the ice which forms in liquids ...
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Usage of “specific number(s) of ~”

Let's say you have a sentence below. "These presents are only for the people who have 2, 4 or 6 coins." How can I paraphrase the sentence using "specific number(s)"? (1)"Presents for the people who ...
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“We hope” versus “We will hope”

Is there a difference between "we hope" and " we will hope"? I read in "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone" by Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle: "'And Mr Holmes knows it?' 'Mr Holmes always knows whatever ...
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Word choice between will and would

Sometimes rules may not have a positive influence on children if those parents who set strict rules focus too much on children's obedience. Children will/would rely heavily on rules and may not be ...
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Where should i place “piece” when talking about it being from a collection?

I came across the following sentence, and I'm not sure if I should change it or it is grammatically fine as it is. Let's say BRAND is a brand of jewelry such as Pandora, Tiffany, etc.. I am ...
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What verb to use with the noun “groundbreaking”?

I need some help with the noun groundbreaking. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Edition, it is The act or ceremony of breaking ground to begin a construction project. My question ...
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what is the meaning of perforation here? [closed]

"After the test is over , at the perforation point , tear the OMR answer sheet , hand over the original OMR answer sheet to the invigilator and retain the carbonless copy for your record." I can ...
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Is the word “salient” gradable?

The entry on Cambridge online dictionary provides two meanings: The salient facts about something or qualities of something are the most important things about them [not gradable] most ...
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Is this correct usage of to throw light on?

Suppose it's dark and you see a person/ an object lying on the road or somewhere and you tell your friend " throw light on it". Is this correct? Because the only usage of "to throw light on" I have ...
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Some polite/alternative way of saying “due to the lack of”? [closed]

I have been writing my SOP for grad school and I'm looking for polite ways of saying "due to the lack of". Currently, I have this sentence: I analyse and solve system defects that occur in lieu of ...
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I'm learning figurative language in reading class

What kind of figurative language is an author using when he says the boats, " hiccuped, growled, and whined"?
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“Incumbent” as “current”. Usage and its etymology

Empirical research on neighborhood change, however, has produced no conclusive evidence that incumbent residents are in fact displaced under circumstances of gentrification. (source) This is ...
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What does “in-ordinary to the Queen” mean? [closed]

I've seen phrases like "Physician-in-ordinary to the Queen". "Oculist-in-ordinary to the Queen", what does mean? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physician_to_the_Queen
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Access or Access to

What version is right? 1. I need access to from new email? 2. I need access from new email? Thank you. I didn’t find answer in another site.
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How to say I ranked 2nd in a competition?

I am writing my resume and, in the group projects section, I want to say - in a very short way - that I participated in a competition and among 5 teams, mine ranked 2nd. To express that, can I say, ...
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How can I use equation or formula or expression under different situation?

I have noticed that these three words all have the meaning that use several letters, numbers or symbols to represent some. But I always misuse them in some context? Such as how to describe a ...
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Appropriate use of the word “irrespective”

Is this correct and appropriate use of the word? "The information is presented in a way that everybody can understand, irrespective of technical skill level." The reason I ask is, it seems like it ...
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Proper way for adding a “Summary” or “Bottom Line” in the Beginning of a Sentence

I'm struggling to find the right way to address my audience in starting of my course description page with a go to the point Summary, i'm not sure how to express whats in my mind but this is an ...
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The correct word [closed]

What’s the difference between the words “ relative” and “relation”? I think they are synonyms and mean a person of the same family. But are there any differences in their usage?
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Was 'Nance' used as a generic way to refer to someone's wife in the 19th century?

In the Adventures of Tom Sawyer novel (chapter XXVI) we can read the following: “You don’t know me. Least you don’t know all about that thing. ’Tain’t robbery altogether—it’s revenge!” and a wicked ...
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What is the meaning of bank in this sentence?

I read a sentence in a chapter named 'Silk Road' in 'Hornbill' book which was: The trail hugged its bank, twisting with the meanders as we gradually gained height and the valley sides closed in. The ...
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Should I use lies or lay?

Gun rights advocates claimed that the fault (lies or lay?) with people who have mental health issues.
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Usage of though

"You asked us to, and loath though we were to invade a lady's privacy, we did so." Can anybody tell me what though means here and can I write the sentence in another order like that for instance You ...
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In awe of difficult times/hardship?

In awe of difficult times. Is this correct ? i know that in awe of is an expression of admiration and respect but can it include difficult times? If not what is the word for expressing the feeling ...
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Can an increase be negative? [duplicate]

I'm working on an email to my supervisor with feedback about department meetings. I want to say: Our meetings have been increasingly less productive recently. I could probably re-word it to say "...
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Origin of the verbal form of morph

Morph as a verb is a recent coinage, but as as Google Books clearly shows, its usage literally shot up from the start and has increased constantly. Morph: as a noun, in biology, 1955; as a verb, ...
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Is “rescrew” a word or local dialect? [duplicate]

I heard people saying something like this: We have to "rescrew" [e.g.] a tissue box holster to the wall. I'm not sure, is the syllable "re" common? It seems this is not too commonly used. What ...
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Why can't the word “can” be used in future tense (will can)?

I'm curious about why the English word can cannot be used in future tense (e.g. will can). An example unrelated to English is French term je pourrai, but that's exactly what I mean. Compare German ...
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“Pregnant” as a taboo word

This recent article from The Sun states that the term pregnant, in this specific case referred to Meghan Markle, is considered vulgar by the Queen. According to a recently-resurfaced Us Weekly ...
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Another phrase/word for recovering/rebounding from setbacks?

Is there a better way of saying "rebound/recover from setbacks" within less than 4 words? Or even a single word for it?
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“Had Come” or “Came”

My mom and I are editing my book and we got stuck on a sentence: "It seemed like such a big question for someone her age — at least she thought so — for it had only been a few seasons after she was ...
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How do we use show and show up? [closed]

I am quite confused as to when to use the words show and show up. I have been thinking show is an action conducted by a person, and show up is used when someone appeared, like "He has been showing ...
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What does 'leg time' mean?

When talking about deliveries or any other standard arrival or departure terminology I often hear the following, which have an obvious meaning. ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival ETD: Estimated Time of ...
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“Half of my heart is at my hometown” What is the part of speech of “half” in this sentence?

In this case, half would be a noun or would it be an adjective? I see it describing the way the heart finds itself, in half.
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Is there one word for “not challenged enough”?

I was typing an essay and wrote unchallenged to mean that the subject didn't feel challenged, but then I realized that unchallenged means "undisputed" and the definition that I thought isn't really ...
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Is this the right usage of “doubles down as”? [closed]

This is the sentence, While the apps primary purpose is to display websites but it also doubles down as a PDF reader. Is the usage of "doubles down" correct? Does double down mean have an ...
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Interchangeability of 'sunk into the ground' and 'sunken into the ground'

This question differs from "sunk" or "sunken"? in that the other question, in my understanding, is about the act of sinking (as in the process of changing state from being above to ...