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    Vocaburary comparison

    I'm here to ask you if I use these words correctly. Let's start:

    1. aesthetic
    - Because of my aesthetic, the style of the shirt that I should be wearing is slim fit.

    WOULD IT MEAN THE SAME THING AS

    -Because of my love for fashion, the style of the shirt that I should be wearing is slim fit.

    2. immaculate
    -Because of her hard word, she was able to make immeculate sales report.

    WOULD IT MEAN THE SAME THING AS

    - Because of her hard word, she was able to make perfect sales report.

    3. Rational
    - Because of the loss of her dog, she could not think rationally.

    WOULD IT MEAN THE SAME THING AS

    - Because of the loss of her dog, she could not think reasonably.

    WOULD IT MEAN THE SAME THING AS

    - Because of the loss of her dog, she could not think logically.

    4. competence
    - Because of I did not perform well during the interview for a company, they began to question my competence.

    WOULD IT MEAN THE SAME THING AS

    - Because of I did not perform well during the interview for a company, they began to question my competency.

    WOULD IT MEAN THE SAME THING AS

    - Because of I did not perform well during the interview for a company, they began to question my ability to do well for a company.

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    Re: Vocaburary comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi man View Post
    I'm here to ask you if I use these words correctly. Let's start:

    1. aesthetic
    - Because of my aesthetic, the style of the shirt that I should be wearing is slim fit.

    You could. But it's much more natural to use the word 'style' here.

    WOULD IT MEAN THE SAME THING AS

    -Because of my love for fashion, the style of the shirt that I should be wearing is slim fit.

    You could say this too. The causality between you loving fashion and what you should wear is not clear. It would probably be better to say "because I follow fashion".


    2. immaculate
    -Because of her hard work, she was able to make write/receive (? unclear) an immaculate sales report.

    You could say this but it sounds slightly strange to me.

    WOULD IT MEAN THE SAME THING AS

    - Because of her hard work, she was able to make write/receive (? unclear) a perfect sales report.

    I prefer this version.

    3. Rational
    - Because of the loss of her dog, she could not think rationally.

    Yes.

    WOULD IT MEAN THE SAME THING AS

    - Because of the loss of her dog, she could not think reasonably.

    No. Someone who's unreasonable is not being fair. Someone who's irrational is not being logical.

    WOULD IT MEAN THE SAME THING AS

    - Because of the loss of her dog, she could not think logically.

    Yes.

    4. competence
    - Because of I did not perform well during the interview for (with?) a the company, they began to question my competence.

    Yes.

    WOULD IT MEAN THE SAME THING AS

    - Because of I did not perform well during the interview for (with?) a the company, they began to question my competency.

    Yes. Here competence = competency.

    WOULD IT MEAN THE SAME THING AS

    - Because of I did not perform well during the interview for (with?) a the company, they began to question my ability to do well for the company.

    Sounds repetitive. I would rephrase the part in purple.

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    Re: Vocaburary comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
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    First of all, I would like to thank you for your response.

    Secondly, I have more questions for you:

    1. aesthetic means how you look or the way you look, yes or no?
    2. immaculate means flawless or free of error. If something is free of error, does it not make it perfect? Therefore, why can't I use perfect and immaculate interchangably?
    3. If I rephrase the requested sentence, would it sound better like this: Because of I was not well-prepared for the interview with the company, they began to question my ability to do well for the company?

    Thanks again!

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    Re: Vocaburary comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi man View Post
    First of all, I would like to thank you for your response. You're welcome.

    Secondly, I have more questions for you:

    1. aesthetic means how you look or the way you look, yes or no?
    2. immaculate means flawless or free of error. If something is free of error, does it not make it perfect? Therefore, why can't I use perfect and immaculate interchangably?
    3. If I rephrase the requested sentence, would it sound better like this: Because of I was not well-prepared for the interview with the company, they began to question my ability to do well for the company?

    Thanks again!
    Most synonyms aren't "perfect synonyms". They're in the same cloud of meaning but they cannot be simply interchanged.

    There are nuances to their meanings and there are also words that are used only for particular things/situations and if you're talking about something else you need a different word. Words have different connotations, which also means that not all synonyms are made equal.

    1. Aesthetic (noun) does not mean how you look. It refers to one's taste or set of beliefs one uses when approaching the question of what is beautiful and/or pleasing.

    You can speak of your aesthetic. But if you use it to speak about buying a shirt, it sounds pretentious. If you're a designer designing the shirt, then it would make more sense to speak of your aesthetic there.

    2. See explanation above. It seems to me strange to use this word in your context.

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    Because of I was not well-prepared for the interview with the company, they began to question my ability to do well for the company.
    You need something else there, if anything at all. Repeating "the company" so close together is not good. You can just end at "do well".

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    Re: Vocaburary comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Most synonyms aren't "perfect synonyms". They're in the same cloud of meaning but they cannot be simply interchanged.

    There are nuances to their meanings and there are also words that are used only for particular things/situations and if you're talking about something else you need a different word. Words have different connotations, which also means that not all synonyms are made equal.
    If that is the case, would please telling when "immaculate" should be used in the sentence? What kind of situation would be most suitable for "immaculate" to be used in the sentence?

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