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Alternatives for “It's been long since we met”

Let's assume person A and B have been apart for decades and they finally meet now. Then A might say "It has been long since we met." and this is correct. But I'm wondering, as alternatives, if ...
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Better way to say “ensure that the job is done right”? [closed]

I'm copy editing a contract proposal and the last part of final paragraph of the executive summary says "x y and z ... ensure that job is done right." This is a bit bland. Any suggestions on how to ...
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Alternative words and phrases for “school finishing” in this context [closed]

"My school finishes at 4pm." What can be the alternatives for "finish"?
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Server / cashier / waiter

I am writing a document where a person is serving the guests and takes their payments. I need one word to be consistently used across the document. For now I used a server. Is it appropriate? I am ...
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Mandatory /obligatory drug effects

Medications are not always effective, so I'm trying to write that "their effects are not mandatory or obligatory, " but I'm not sure if either of these terms are right. For example: Aspirin effect on ...
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Is it okay to use the forward slash in informal dialogues?

Is it okay to use '/' in a dialogue of an informal story? If not, what is the alternative? My sentence: They all wanted to come; to support you and/or to witness the event.
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Is there a viable and satisfactory alternative word for the verb “feature”?

Is there a viable and practical alternative word for the verb "feature"? Feature [intransitive, transitive] 1 to include or show something as a special or important part of something, or ...
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Alternatives to “Cliche”

What is a good word or phrase to characterize "a very predictable or unoriginal thing", especially an everyday, mundane, common, non-artistic thing? I thought of "cliche", but it seemed to mostly ...
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Can “being attend to” be expressed as “in attendance”?

EDIT: I structured my question around the misconceived assumption that "requests" could be "attended to", whereas what I meant translates to requests being processed. In Portuguese, when someone or ...
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Can I replace “I Like” for “It goes down well” in any situation?

I trying to understand when should I replace the expression "I like" for the phrasal verb "It goes down well". Apparently, the expression is used to say that something works and/or get a good ...
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A kids-friendly, nontechnical alternative to the term “arithmetic operations”?

The term "arithmetic operations" from basic grammar school mathematics is highly formal and technical in my ears. In my native Danish language it translates into: The arithmetic operations = De ...
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What is an alternative word to the phrase “In the case of”

I found the following sentence in one of my dictionaries. The amount of fruit in fruit juices must be 6% in the case of berries and 10% in the case of other fruits. I would like to know a simple ...
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Is there a better way to say “space for improvement”?

In the following sentence, is there a better word to use instead of space? "A lot of space remains for improvement and future work" To add some context, the sentence is from a paper on database ...
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Which alternative is best alternative to 'draught'?

I came across a certain question in an examination paper. The section deals with: In each of the following questions, out of the given alternatives, choose the one which is closest in meaning to ...
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From when to when/what time to what time?

Is 'from when to when?' or 'from what time to what time?' proper/natural English? Would their usage come up in a conversation between native speakers as a super concise way of asking when something ...
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A positive alternative to the adjective “plain”?

I need to know if the adjective "plain" sounds neural or negative in some manners? If the latter is true, can you give me a better, positive alternative to the word? "Simple" would not work either, I ...
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Late this week/month/year

To my knowledge, 'late' can be placed in front of time period terms (day/week/month/year) to indicate the final part of a duration. However, there are a number of constructions (especially ones ...
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Alternative (polite)phrases to “it's a shame…” to avoid possible offending

In English, the "shame"has the following meaning a condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute However, it's common to hear people say something like (1) It's a shame we can't take them home ...
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An alternative for word “chutzpah”

For a long time I have been looking for a good alternative for word "chutzpah". It seems that while in the Unites States it is pretty common, in other English speaking countries it is not used as ...
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How to inoffensively ask a girl if she uses drugs? [closed]

A friend of a friend asked me recently, how to inoffensively ask a girl if she uses party-drugs or if she wants to use them right now? He did not want to ask her if she "blows noses" if you know what ...
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(Subject) changed (object) to be?

Please have a look at the constructions below: The table of values were changed to be more accurate. I am fairly confident that the above sentence is good English, with the meaning that the ...
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Have/ get me considered?

Something had me considered or something got me considered? I would like to use the past particle form of 'consider' in the object + participle construction. To express that I was considered for a ...
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Go 'grab' someone

Say, if someone phoned me and asked to speak with someone else, can I say 'All right, I will go grab him for you.' to mean 'I will physically bring him over/tell him to come to speak with you on the ...
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To now or From now

Please have a look at the following construction. I would like to get this over and done with as soon as possible, so please put me down for the closest time to now/from now. So basically, I want to ...
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Scopal Ambiguity that arises from 'one of our…'

Before you read on, I just want to let you know that this question is one that relates to the balance of logic and grammar. So I know that are multiple ways to describe a first-cousin relationship. I ...
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What are some alternative ways to say “read the following for more”?

Do all these mean the same: Read the following for more. Refer to the following for more information. Further reading.
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Alternative ways to say “after something”

In describing an algorithm, I feel I repeatedly use "After doing this, the algorithm do that". I look for alternative ways to say such sequences. For example I wrote: After obtaining the Post-...
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Suggest an alternative to be used in place of “However”

The last line of the following paragraph sounds fishy. Could you suggest another transition word for the word however? I learned many things over the course of my three month internship at a ...
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Make someone understand the difference between somethings

I wrote: For example, to teach the student the difference between short and long vowels, like /ԑ/ and /i:/ (as set and seat) or /ɪ/ and /aɪ/ (as twin and twine), appropriate word lists can be ...
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Is it a natural way to say, “we accept credit card payment” when payment is used in this way

I saw a notice in a local restaurant, "we accept credit card payment". I am wondering if it would be better if the restaurant wrote, we accept payment by credit card.
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Is this construction with “We are observing…” normal in English?

I wrote: In recent years, efficient multi-lingual dependency parsers, such as MaltParser, have been developed. Consequently, we are observing the appearance of dependency treebanks in the ...
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Can I reduce “that corresponds” to “corresponding”?

I wrote: ID: the identifier of a word in the sentence that corresponds to the order of the word in the sentence, starting at 1 for each new sentence. Can I replace "that corresponds" with "...
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How can I relate or combine these two sentences?

I have the following sentences. As it was already discussed, we avoid using absolute paths to locate an anchor node. We rely on stable attributes such as the content, id, class, etc. How ...
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Alternatives for “based on”

In many sentences like the following I use "based on" to relate something to another thing. Are there alternatives for "based on"? for example other ways to state the following sentences? A ...
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possible alternative for “she doesn't want me to see the kids”

For the sentence: She doesn't want me to see the kids Is this form correct too? : she wants me don't see the kids Any difference or preference? Thanks
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A synonym for this idiomatic expression 'on the way'?

On their way Home / on the way home, they raped her. Is there a synonym for 'on the way." I don't want to use an idiomatic expression, I have looked for possible synonyms but in vain.
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Simplification: specific developmental disorders of school skills

My friend asked me to translate her thesis synopsis into english. An original text was ugly and its translation is not better. Even it sound much worse: Bachelor thesis deals with the influence of ...
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Does this sentence make sense?

I'm trying to write a subtitle for my report but my English vocabulary is letting me down. Could you please help? I'm trying to let the below sentence mean something like, "Here's my list of ...
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Alternatives to “raw signals”

I have some data that was directly measured by a sensor (it wasn't processed). I believe we can qualify this data as "raw data", but an English native speaker told me that it seems like a poor word ...
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Difference between “the other” and “another”

I have just imparted to you two pieces of advice. Whether you will eventually choose one over the other is a matter of personal choice, so good luck. (from a radio show) What is this "the other?" ...
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change the word order in “confer a degree on him”

When I looked up the word "confer" I found these example sentences: "The university conferred a degree on him" "A degree was conferred on him by the University" What if I need to say about "...