106 Answered Questions for the topic word choice

Word Choice Writing Style Characters


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
Word Choice Grammar


..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
Word Choice Gre Synonyms Word Usage


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
Word Choice Gre Meaning In Context


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
Word Choice Gre Adjectives


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


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
Word Choice Writing


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


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


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
Word Choice Literature Word Usage


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

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
Word Choice Esl/esol Speech Verbs


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
Word Choice Grammar Writing Essay


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
Word Choice Language Writing Technique


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


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”?


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
Word Choice Grammar Determiners


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


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
Word Choice Grammar


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
Word Choice Grammar


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
Word Choice Grammar Pronouns Clauses


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


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
Word Choice Writing Esl/esol Speech


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
Word Choice Writing


If I'm writing in US English, am I not allowed to use the metric system?

For example, can I say this if my book is written in US English (in non-dialog):> The car was going at least 140 kilometers per hour!Or should I convert them to miles or what have you?It's for a... more


What is the こと in sentences such as あなたのことが好きだ?

*There were a lot of great answers here. I gave the checkmark to ento's answer because I felt it most completely explained all aspects of this use of こと. But many of the other answers are... more

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