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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What do you call it when you do something intentionally "different" just so you have an intended outcome?

I have a few examples of this I can think of to explain my question. Scenario #1 - You want to help somebody with their question but you don't know how to help them. You know other people know how to ...
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What to change Caucasian to on forms?

I recently was called for jury duty in Wisconsin and was surprised to see Caucasian as a race choice. I called the clerk and she said most people check other and write white. What other designation ...
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Why is "I too" so rare? [duplicate]

It would be interesting to hear the reasons why "I too" is so rare. It is usually replaced by "me too", although this is techically wrong when it denotes the subject. Perhaps it is ...
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Award vs. Reward [closed]

The team members were ______ after winning the league. a) rewarded b) awarded c) a and b I think it's c, but I was told that's wrong. It's really confusing.
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Witness a cruel moment [in/of] nature?

I'm imagining a scene where a few wolves attack a few deers. What would be the correct form here? I witnessed a cruel moment [in] nature. or I witnessed a cruel moment [of] nature.?
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The chart shows the unemployment situation in Australia in the year 2012 [closed]

The line graph illustrates the Australian out of a job in 2012. The time added into four quarters of the year. Overall, the percentage of unemployment has fluctuated sometime. Urban areas unemployment ...
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Combining ‘Mathematical’ and ‘Geometrical’ into a Single Word Form [closed]

I have need to unite ‘mathematical’ and ‘geometrical’ into a single word. At present I am stuck with using, for example: …mathematical cum geometrical methodology as a solution to… An example of a ...
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What word would best describe this scenario (giving a true but evasive answer)? [duplicate]

What could be the word to best describe this following scenario: Parent 1: Why did you give the child a high-sugar drink when I specifically asked you not too? Parent 2: It's fine everybody, the ...
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What is valid "related tasks names" or "related task names" as name of list? [migrated]

I want to name list. List contains related tasks names. What is valid (I assume that both is good and first is more natural). related task names related tasks names My language is little different ...
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A word meaning both masturbating and consoling oneself?

In Chinese, 自慰 means '(of a person, genderless) to masturbate', and it also means 'to console oneself'. I took it as an extension of 'God helps whose who help themselves' for a certain period of time. ...
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"Many more glitches" or "much more glitches?" [duplicate]

So I was thinking a few days ago about a conversation I had with a few people on Discord where I mentioned that, as someone who uses both Windows and Mac, I felt like macOS is much more stable than ...
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Can I say "Thanks to this answer."?

At the end of some of my posts (like this) I want to say thank you to another answer that helped me. I just end my post with the sentence 'Thanks to this answer.' (adding a link to this answer part). ...
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Difference between make 'an' effort and make 'the' effort [closed]

Consider the following sentence. Yet I still enjoy making ____ (an/the) effort to bake at home from time to time. Here, what is the difference between an and the? Is effort here a specific or common ...
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Why is it some adjectives don't seem to accept negative prefixes and only are used with the negative adverb "not"?

I am specifically thinking of the word angry. If un- is generally used as a negative prefix applied to words of Germanic origin, why not angry, since I believe it comes from Old Norse? Is there a rule ...
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Why "in some way" is grammatically correct in these contexts? [closed]

In relation to the military covenant, the Government has tried to make progress on issues such as "particular groups who have been disadvantaged in some way," he said ( http://www....
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What are examples of synonyms for desired destiny?

It doesn't have to be synonyms, it can also be phrases or other ways of describing it as well. To clarify the context and what I mean by desired destiny. I'm writing something related to Macbeth. So ...
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Intransitive use of "to wake" vs. "to wake up" [closed]

He woke in bed. He woke up in bed. Is there a difference between the two? How does the lack/addition of "up" affect the connotation, if at all? Is one preferred over the other depending on ...
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Does pervasive concepts make sense? [closed]

Is it correct usage to say "these are pervasive concepts or ideas throughout the story/writing piece?." Are there other words I could be using?
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Possessive noun [duplicate]

Can someone enlighten me on the usage of possessive nouns? I know that we could only put apostrophe s behind living things. For example: My son’s friend. But we can’t write “the table’s legs”. It has ...
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Where do my interests lie? [migrated]

Would I write that ‘my interests lies with…’, or would I write ‘my interests lies in…?’ If it’s the latter, should my interests lie within vs. in? I do not need instruction on using lay or lie. Ex. ...
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"Watch" vs. "Watch as"

He watched them run. He watched as they ran. What's the exact difference, in terms of the information/scene conveyed? He was watching the runners in both cases. Do they have different connotations? ...
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Is there a difference between a roof and a ceiling when we talk about the inner surface?

It seems that we use the words “ceiling” and “roof” for an upper surface of a building. However, we say “a roof” when we look from the outside, and “a ceiling” if we look from the inside. However, H. ...
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Is there any difference between "wobble", "shake" and "tremble" when it comes to the voice?

Can I use "shook", "wobbled" and "trembled" interchangeably in the following context? I remember a native speaker once said that "wobbled" didn't work here. But ...
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Other ways of conveying the idea of building/making a snowman

It is conventional to impart the idea of creating a snowman with the verbs "to make" or "to build". Would it be expedient to use for the same purpose verbs applicable to the ...
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It is a rare and (often heard, seldom heard) song

I want to know which one would be the appropriate answer to this sentence: The session will include a playlist of her rare and .......... heard songs. seldom often What I really need to know is ...
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What word is "inexplicable" posing as in this sentence?

Background: I post occasionally on Next Door, in a neighborhood which is well educated. I ignore typos, and even mistakes such as your for you're and it's for its. and, with less good cheer, imply ...
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What would be a word for this scenario?

What would be a good word/term for someone who refuses something despite not having their own option. Just rejection with no solution. I hope I made it clear enough.
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Especially in X "class" or "classes"?

I'm writing a document and am confused whether I should write "class" singular or "classes" plural. Grammar online checker seems to allow both. What is the reasoning behind? ...
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Is there a more proper word for the concept of 'interyear'?

I am describing a difference in one value between two different years. I'd like to put this into a single word and it came to my mind to just use the prefix inter- along with year. I mean, it feels ...
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what is the difference between "doing something" vs "having something done to you" [migrated]

I know this sounds like an impressively easy answer but here's the problem. I am in a pickle due to grammar and I can't for the life of me find my answer anywhere online. I have had a friend make the ...
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What’s the scope of a verb with the plural of a noun? [migrated]

When using verb with the plural of a noun, does the verb apply to each one individually or to the group collectively? The men are working hard Does this mean that each man is working hard, or that ...
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if someone refers to the wife in the conversation, is that rude? [closed]

I'm not native speaker and my husband is native speaker one day after we argued I heard he was talking to his sister. I could hear her voice too, she said, stop fighting you and the wife? That ...
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stop/reduce/mitigate global warming [closed]

If we work together, we can (stop/reduce/mitigate) global warming. Which word is better?
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Is the term "animate object" still used?

Is the term "animate object" still acceptable to use, for example for a grasshopper? I remember objects being broken down into either animate objects or inanimate objects back when I was in ...
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Informal English sentence correction [duplicate]

What you gotta hose for? Is is correct, can I use this sentence in informal english? How can I say this sentence formally?
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In the Capitalization of City, Town, and Village [duplicate]

So here is my question: Let's say, I have a place known as ABC, and it is a city. I know that whenever I call it city of ABC, the word city isn't capitalized, unless it is revering to government of ...
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Does 'develop' in "In Chapter 2 we develop essential aspects of elliptic curve cryptography." strike you as not the right word? [closed]

The quote in question comes from the Introduction, page 12, to this book: In our quest for comprehensiveness, we have chosen to present all the basic elements of cryptography needed to understand the ...
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What does mean walk to do [migrated]

What does mean walking to do in the sentence below? They have 2 years and 7000 mile of walking to do. Does the meaning changes if I omit to do or replace with done?
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Verbs to describe someone's eye movement when they suddenly notice something

I'm trying to describe a situation arising when two people are having a conversation. Suddenly one of them notices a phrase said by the other, and he keeps it in mind without making any remark about ...
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What is the difference between "bustling," "vibrant," and "lively"? [closed]

Part of my homework for a class was to describe the type of city I would like to live in. Just so that you don't think I'm completely unimaginative when it comes to description, this was not for a ...
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What's the meaning of "scrambled up"?

I read a letter in which one professor wrote that he was scrambled up a very steep learning curve to understand nature of his new work. If the professor was qualified for the new job why he scrambled ...
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I want to ask about use of "use" or "using" [migrated]

Sample sentence: App to connect photographers with users who need photographers using/use website. Question: Are both options correct?
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Word or term for "Returning somewhere after a long time and it is no longer familiar"?

I'm trying to figure out if there is a specific word, or more likely a term, for the concept of "returning somewhere after a long time away from it and it is no longer familiar to you." For ...
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How to say the share of count/amount? "Number share"?

I am writing an academic paper in economics. I wonder what words I should use in following situation. If for example we have many firms in the market. We can say the share of employment of, say ...
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Out of one’s hands / Beyond one’s control: synonyms?

I am writing something about legal defences available to a defendant. I would like to know if these two expressions (title) can in this case be synonyms and if one is more used than the other. Context:...
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Corpus vs. corpse

I found this definition on Wikidiff: "The difference between corpus and corpse is that corpus is the body while corpse is a dead body" While in Collins and Merriam Webster I found this ...
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Should you capitalize fantasy creatures?

I am currently writing a novel with a mix of sci-fi and fantasy setting. So my question is that, I have one creature that is a cosmic beast with a species name "crossiax." Should I ...
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The machine is (worked-made ) by wind power? [closed]

I am not sure but i think that correct is to say that the machine is worked by wind power, what is your opinion ?
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Verb used with the word "dumbbell"

I wonder what verb should be used with the word "dumbbell". Some sources suggest the verb "to lift". But my point is "lifting and lowering a dumbbell repeatedly as an exercise&...
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Which is proper "you" or "yourself" in the sentence included in the body?

The interview pool was very competitive, with all candidates, including you, presenting impressive strengths, talents and experience.

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