122 Questions for the topic word choice

08/06/19

Filling' up a school setting without making a bunch of new characters?

In a school setting, what is a way to allude that a school is full of students, without making new characters or overusing pre-existing ones?A school is the main setting of a book. The main and... more

08/03/19

..can stop the equipment work/working/from working?

I've just returned from an English exam and there was a sentence that made me wonder (I'm not exactly sure about the wording). The sentence ran like this :> Overheating can stop the equipment... more

07/29/19

Differences between "bitter," "acrimonious" and "astringent." Why isn't it appropriate to describe an argument as "astringent"?

>After having ___ arguments virtually every other day,the couple agreed that it was best for them to separate.>A) bitter>B) saturnine>C) astringent>D) effulgent>E)... more

07/29/19

What does "…not immune to such charges" mean?

This is a GRE text completion sentence>To claim that the prevailing account of an important incident, whether it happened last century or last week, is corrupted by disinformation is to enter... more

07/29/19

Can someone help with these two GRE verbal questions?

Requirement: fill the blank with **two** words choosen from this list, each word should give the sentence the same meaning. >1. Modern agricultural practices have been extremely successful in... more

07/16/19

How to expand my vocabulary?

I wanted to write something for a long time. But what I think is, in writing the choice of words plays a very significant role. From where I can learn this thing? I think I don't have enough... more

07/15/19

How do expert writers avoid using "I" when they have to refer to themselves in their article?

How do competent authors, in a refined and perhaps (slightly) formal way, refer to themselves without saying *I*? I've seen the term "this writer" somewhere. How is it with a native? Are there... more

07/13/19

Historical Fiction: using you and thou?

Generally speaking, English once used 'you' as the second person plural (equivalent to 'vous' and 'vós') and 'thou' as the second person singular (equivalent to 'tu'). When talking to a... more

07/11/19

How can I remember the difference between "lay" and "laid"?

I often confuse *lay* and *laid*. For instance, in selecting the appropriate word in these contexts:> She lay/laid a hand on his arm. He lay/laid across the bench lazily. We lay/laid down... more

07/07/19

Usage of 'comprise' in a linguistic manner?

> The small man did not hesitate. "I'm stealing.", he declared in a soft, simple voice, that did not **comprise** even the faintest tremble. Is this a good, nice-sounding way of describing a... more

07/01/19

How to prevent a sentence beginning with the word "The"?

I am writing a technical thesis and find myself using the word *the* an awful lot.Here are some examples (I spare the technical gibberish):> The main purpose of the presented applications is to... more

06/26/19

Using 'show' with 'treatment'?

Is it proper to say 'show special treatment' for example in "He showed him special treatment."? I know it sounds more natural to say, "He took a special interest in him because of his... more

06/25/19

Why does using this "-ing" verb construction make my writing weaker?

I had to write a scholarship essay, wherein I wrote this sentence:> Over the ensuing years I read as much as I could, *trying* to increase my knowledge and understanding of my own language.I... more

06/25/19

Will using real-world cultural vocabulary in a fantasy setting disengage readers?

__If I have certain minor rituals/garments/culture tidbits in a fantasy setting that mirror those of Earth, and I describe them using the real-world vocabulary, will that disengage readers from the... more

06/24/19

Why do we say “Japan earthquake” and not “Japanese earthquake”?

Isn’t earthquake a noun and the preceding word an adjective? Isn’t “Japanese” the adjectival form of “Japan”?

06/24/19

What is the best way to explain how to choose between "its" and "it's"?

Probably one of the most frequent grammar mistakes in the English language is: > The dog sat on it's mat. Since spelling checkers don't catch it, and it is even logical, since you would... more

06/23/19

Too much pills and liquor or "Too many pills and liquor"?

When you mix a mass noun with a plural, do you use "much" or "many"? I haven't been able to find any information about this.

06/21/19

Alternative to vs "Alternative for"?

I'm wondering whether there is a difference between these two expressions. I never know which one to use. Google seems to return the same amount of results for both, so I suppose there might be a... more

06/21/19

May & "Might": What's the right context?

>- I may not be coming in tomorrow... >- I might not be coming in tomorrow... When should I use "may" and "might"?

06/20/19

What is the best way to explain how to choose between "its" and "it's"?

Probably one of the most frequent grammar mistakes in the English language is:> The dog sat on it's mat.Since spelling checkers don't catch it, and it is even logical, since you would correctly... more

06/20/19

Can “due to” and “because of ” be used interchangeably?

Is it fine to use *due to* in place of *because of* ? How about the other way around? Are any of these sentences ungrammatical?* He was lost because of the storm.* He was lost due to the storm.* He... more

06/20/19

Is “either” only used with two options?

Does “either . . . or” apply to only two options? For example, can I say, “It can provide *either* 100, 150, or 400 amps of power”? Or should it just be “It can provide 100, 150, or 400 amps of... more

06/20/19

I like it that vs. "I like that"?

I want to express the following: You are blaming me for your lack of concern and I like that (in a sarcastic way). Which one of the following sentences would be correct? > * I like it that your... more

06/19/19

On the usage of the expression “What differentiate(s)”?

**Question one:** Which of the following sentences are grammatically correct? 1) What differentiate apples from oranges are their colors and sizes. 2) What differentiates apples from oranges is... more

06/18/19

What is the difference between "hurry" and "rush"?

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English in a [THESAURUS section for "hurry"](http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/hurry) defines/compares "hurry" and "rush" as follows: **hurry:** to go... more
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