Questions tagged [word-choice]

This tag is for questions about choosing the best word FROM A GIVEN SELECTION for a particular context or meaning. The selection to choose from must appear in the question. If you do not know the word already, use single-word-requests.

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Term for meeting top level criteria by meeting all lower level criteria

I'm trying to find the word for meeting a summary-level (top level) requirement/criteria, by meeting all lower level criteria. For example, assume the only requirements for being a car were 1) 4+ ...
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Does it sound strange/incorrect? [closed]

One of my students has translated a poem into English (AmE). Could you please look at it and say if any changes should be made? It’s really important to her.
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Using 'while' to start an essay [closed]

Is it ok to start writing an essay with the word 'while'? For example, an essay based on environmental pollution starts like this: "While many scientists keep warning us about the imminent ...
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correct verb tense after "ever since"

Which is the better verb tense choice in this sentence. I had taken to using analogies ever since my professor told me to or had told me to.
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Is it better to say "a unique shared interest" or "a specific shared interest" of a group of people?

For example: The interior of a home is a unique, shared interest of the people living in it. Or: The interior of a home is a specific, shared interest of the people living in it. Another example:The ...
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Are primary forms the same things as primitive forms?

Which of these is better or worse than the other? (Note that the pronoun it is here referring to some 3D object.) You apply all the transformation data so that it won’t reset back to its primitive ...
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Why is "but" used in this context by Tolkien? [closed]

First chapter of The Return of the King: Then men fell back before the command of his voice and questioned him no further, though they gazed in wonder at the hobbit that sat before him and at the ...
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Using upon/despite in a sentence

Recently I came upon this question in an English test: All the people hated Sally. However, ____ learning that Terry was the defense lawyer in this court case, they were on Sally's side. The given ...
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Should I refer to the students as "them" or the "students?" [closed]

I am writing a short summary for my CV, and I am wondering, should I refer to the students as "them" or the "students?" Please tell me which summary sounds better - summary 1 or ...
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Alternative to "always good to hear from you" [closed]

English has a lot of conversation-closers (valedictions?), each with slightly different denotations and connotations. Which conversation-closer would you use to express to a friend that you will ...
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Verifier or Verificator [closed]

We are building a software to verify the correctness and the safety of computer programs, I would like to know the name of this software should be a "program verifier" or a "program ...
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Verb for well wisher acts [closed]

I am looking for a verb for the doings/thinking of a well-wisher of a family. A father who frets about the future of the family and kids and goes out of the way to provide for them. For example, ...
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Percentage increase of 3% or percentage increment of 3% [duplicate]

I'm drafting a research paper and I'm not sure about the correct form in this context, please
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She or her or herself? [closed]

For Sarah, the sessions involve observation with she and an assistant in the classroom, then the assistant asking questions and giving the teacher feedback, and then she asking the teacher about the ...
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Does "fair complexion" mean light or white skin color? [closed]

I am having trouble understanding definitive meaning of describing one's skin tone as "fair complexion". Is it meant to be used strictly in reference to white skin? Can it be used in other ...
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Is "head data" a true alternative to "header data"?

Our software uses the term "head data" for which I think should be called "header data". If I look up the German translation "Kopfdaten" on Leo, I only get "header ...
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Expression similar to "embracing one's homosexuality" [closed]

I'm trying to find an expression that refers to the opportunity to "experience" one's sexuality. Example: By disclosing his homosexuality, he is able to .. (live out his sexual identity?)
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Is ‘platform’ used correctly in the intended sense in this context? [closed]

Dating websites and dating apps are today very popular, but we don’t know how successful finding relationship via such platforms is. What percent of those using dating platforms find the right partner?...
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"Carried" vs "carrying" [closed]

When the tank carried/carrying the toxic gas derailed, the firemen tried to isolate the village from all traffic. Why is "carried" wrong in this sentence? And why should it be "...
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A person who threatens with legal troubles

What are some best words/phrases/sentences to describe a person who warns you of complaining to authorities or sue in court for trivial things when they appear to be breaking the law, even though ...
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What is a word that also means "cascadingly"?

I read this online, When the TTL controller cleans up the Job, it will delete the Job cascadingly but the word cascadingly does not strike me as a word and I believe this could be rephrased, but I ...
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What’s the word for when you know how to build something but don’t know how it works? [closed]

Is there a word for when you can build something like an engine but don’t quite know how it works; you are just replicating it from instructions written decades before. Basically like a hyperdrive ...
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What's a word for a person being fed on by a blood sucking animal?

I am looking for a word that means "The one being fed on by an animal" For example, if a mosquito or leech is sucking someone's blood, what is the best word for this person? Suckee? Victim? ...
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Is there any word or phrase for “which was back then”?

The first time I worked with the Internet was about 30 years ago. I was curious enough to care about something which was back then so new and fascinating. I kind of remember that there was a word or ...
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Is this considered a lie or are they telling the truth? [migrated]

So if person A is fed false information by person B, and person A goes on to tell this information to person C in the best way possible in the exact way they heard it are they lying? Person A would be ...
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Term for "wiggly argument"? [closed]

What kind of adjective would you use for an argument that doesn't stand on a very firm ground? It came to my mind "wiggly argument" (like it wiggles) but apparently that term is not used.
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How do I know what to use "in society" or "on society"? [closed]

Grammarly sometimes says "in society" is correct, but sometimes it says "on society" is correct. "In my opinion, using animals for scientific and commercial experiments has ...
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Is This Sentence Grammaticaly acceptble? [migrated]

Can I say [I insisted on that the event was a turkey]? I know that we say: sb insists on sth. But I didn't know before yesterday that we can say: sb insists that So is it common or correct to say: ...
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Is it considered rude or inappropriate to frequently address others as "friend" - often in a disingenuous fashion?

Recently, I have encountered (what I think is) a fairly common usage of the word "friend" that I consider to be insincere and offensive, but when I brought this up with the offending party, ...
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Difference between roaring 20s and raging 20s?

One article A recession in America by 2024 looks likely from The Economist has a subtitle named: From the roaring to the raging 2020s From Google's online Dictionary(which is from Oxford): roaring ...
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What is the word to express the fact that 'it will not require doing something'?

Creating a spare disk will 'x' the need for more disk space. What is the replacement for 'x' — I can think of 'prevent', 'negate', 'skip', but I am looking for a better word to convey that 'it will ...
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"a tall price" vs "a high price" [duplicate]

One of the meanings of "tall" from dictionary.com: large in amount or degree; considerable: a tall price As I understood from this definition, "tall" in "a tall price" ...
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Whereas for some applications ..., ... for [other|others] [closed]

How should I end this sentence? A: Whereas for some applications this is relevant, it has limitations for other. B: Whereas for some applications this is relevant, it has limitations for others. ...
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How do I distinguish wanting something to happen vs predicting it will happen?

This question comes from arises from cases of shipping as in (romantic) relationship - ping; The Psychology of Shipping and The Psychology of Shipping. What happened was that I saw this forum where 1 ...
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Words and expressions request for order

My mom bought home some fruit last week and before we are able to finish them all she got some more today so she told me, translated to English from my first language, that I should eat the fruit that ...
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What is a good verb to be used with ‘possibilities’ in this context? [closed]

After showing all the restrictions, I will investigate the possibilities that still … for activism. The verbs coming to my mind are hold and maintain. But I don’t know if these are good choices, and ...
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Word request for a in-game page

So I'm playing a video game,the gameplay is similar to that of street fighter where I just control one fighter and try to defeat the opponents. When the fight is over, whether I won or not, a ...
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A word or fixed expression to describe "an important event or trial in life where whatever decision one takes will determine their whole future"? [duplicate]

I am looking for a word (noun, adjective ... even an idiomatic phrase ... it is irrelevant) that describes an important event or trial period in one's life, that whatever decisions they make and what ...
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Word for count of undesirable events

TLDR: name for count of hiccups? I'm trying to find a short¹ word for the count of undesirable events, up to some number of experiments, and tending to increase with the number of experiments as ...
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Use of “fat” and “fatty”

Hoping to understand why “fat” is used as an adjective and noun rather than “fatty” (at least in everyday English). For example: “cat fat” (noun) and “fat cat” (adjective). “That is a fat cat”. Not “...
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"The shadows born" is the use of "born" correct in this sentence? [closed]

I'm writing a story that will be published on a couple of websites. It is a fantasy story that talks about creatures called "The Shadows". I'd like to title the story "The Shadows Born&...
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How to describe a person who withholds information to make the situation seem worse than it is?

What's an appropriate word or a phrase to describe a person or the behavior of the person, who doesn't want to say things that can be advantageous to you, by hiding the truth. For example if cops ...
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What is the connotation of “The Hitchhiker's Guide to XYZ”?

I am a software engineer, I have read some book/articles with the title "The Hitchhiker's Guide to XYZ", e.g. "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Python" or "The Hitchhiker's Guide to ...
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Which is correct, "opt out of" or "opt out from" and why?

Which is correct, opt out of or opt out from and why? Eg. This customer has opted out of this programme OR This customer has opted out from this programme Both prepositions are used in Wikipedia: ...
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Which word can be used to describe the lesson that introduce the content or usage of one chapter?

Recently I have been working on the 'mathematics introduction lesson'. I want to find more theories and articles about this kind of lesson. However, I can't even get useful information by searching on ...
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I need a word whose meaning is somewhere on the spectrum between 'too scared' and 'too dumb'. Or a phrase/idiom

The sentence (from a screenplay) writes: "Bart, we’re literally here buying you drugs cus you’re not able to buy your own high" I want to replace the words "not able" with ...
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Answering "I don't have a criminal background"

There is this request for information in a form, given as a (negative) statement rather than a question, but requiring a response of 'Yes' or 'No': I don't have a criminal background (Y / N) To my ...
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What is the opposite of "Member"?

The relation between a user and a group is: The user is a member of the group. What is the converse relation? The group is a ___ of the user. What word suits here? Does team or union work?
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displaced vs replaced

I generally know the difference between the 2 words. For example: The housing project was replaced by a new high-rise vs. Residents of the housing project were displaced when developers decided to ...
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Should I use "portion" or "proportion"?

I have some balls, and some percentage q \in (0, 100%) of them are green (for example, q = 30% or 1/3). Should I say "A portion q of the balls are green" or "A proportion q of the balls ...
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