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How do I know if a word or phrase is more frequently used than other similar words or phrases? Usually there are many ways we can depict a thing by using different words or phrases. For example, I want to take in my pants. You can also say I want to make my pants tighter/smaller. Which one is more frequently used? Is there any ways or tools or websites to find out?
Oct 26, 2016 1:05 AM
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I suppose as a (very rough) rule of thumb, if a phrase requires a certain level of sophistication or education, it would in theory be used less. Educated people would be more inclined to use structured phrases that contain jargon (e.g. I want to take my pants in), whereas a less educated person might just say things as a matter of fact (e.g. I want to make my pants tighter/smaller). This is very much a generalisation though!
October 26, 2016
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