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Questions tagged [expressions]

This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer asking the meaning of a particular expression.

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I'd like to be more polite in this situation: say 'I will go for sure'

I am an international student who just came to this country. I always worried about writing emails to my professors, because I think my English is rude. I would like to be more polite, for example, I ...
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What is the opposite of “None of one's business”?

If I want to know the connection between A and B. Can I say "What is the business A with B?" ?
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Can we use “copies” to describe 2 things have slight differences?

In computer, we can copy one file as its copy. We can say them (2 copies of the file). To keep 2 copies of the file would be waste space. Then, if one file has slight differences with the other ...
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“Welcome on my website” or “Welcome to my website”

I want to know how to say "Bienvenu sur mon site" in English. I hesitate between the preposition to and the preposition on Welcome to my website! or Welcome on my website! I've found on ...
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Case something of

In some programming languages, such as Pascal, there is a case statement written like case something of, like case name of or case place of, followed by a set of alternatives. This expression, case ...
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Why some people think that “pretty sure” means “totally sure”? [duplicate]

I was talking with a friend of mine when she told me that "pretty sure" means something like "more or less sure". I've always known that it meant "totally sure" and was astonished to find this out. ...
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Does saying “have good holidays” sound weird?

When you wish someone to have a good weekend, you say, "Have a good weekend!". But what about wishing someone to have good holidays? Does "have good holidays" sound weird? I'm just asking because I ...
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Is this sentence correct - I hope I wasted as much of your time as you did mine

I have got this sentence I hope I wasted as much of your time as you did mine. In this sentence using word I hope here I am confused, why because I hope is kind of positive word but the sentence ...
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How to describe your ambition in two parts?

I want to explain my general ambition separately in two parts. Is the following sentence grammatically and literally correct? How about using "consist" as a verb for subject (ambition)? If it seems ...
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“I am four or five in”

There is a scene in the movie Drinking Buddies where Gene and Luke are talking in a bar. Gene: I've been ten minutes out since I got here. I had one of these, and then I said, "I'm gonna have one ...
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Usage of “so” in “so I think it is a great way to spend quality time”

The sentence goes like this.. I'm busy because of my work so I don't have much time to communicate with my family. To make it up, I think it is a great way to spend quality time. I think the ...
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“I hope” vs “I want”

One says from bottom of his heart, I don't want him to be humiliated because of me. I hope that he will not be humiliated because of me. Until this day, I thought "I don't want" makes more ...
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About “Easy does it”

Why is "does" used as in this expression "easy does it", can it be "do" because an implied subject should be "you"? and can you introduce similar expressions that have such a construction? I'm ...
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Is it correct to say - The Brenners are two sisters?

“Lydia Brenner and Cathy Brenner are two sisters.” Now is it correct to say – The Brenners are two sisters? “Lydia Brenner, Cathy Brenner and Mitchel Brenner are two sisters and one brother.” Is it ...
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What is a good, common alternative for the “He is the engine of the group” expression?

In French, to say that someone is the key element of the dynamic of a group, we can use the expression "she/he is the engine of the group" (Elle/Il est le moteur du groupe). This clearly shows that ...
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How to advise someone about the danger of a television failling from his arms

Does the sentence "You drop the television!" express the purpose of advising someone about the danger (of the television falling from his arms) or the fact of not being able to believe that someone ...
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I'm at a very good doctor.

I heard someone say I'm at a very good doctor. at doctor's office. I think they mean the doctor is very well-known and good at thier job. I want to know if the expression 'be at a good doctor' is ...
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By its acronym / in its acronym?

CONTEXT: Expressing that some given acronym corresponds to a language different from the one used to give the full name of a certain entity. QUESTION: Is the following sentence (in bold) correct and ...
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Do people say “I gotta make a plane”?

In the movie The Devil's Advocate, a character says this when telling another person she has to go catch a plane. Mary Ann: Look, I gotta make a plane. Do people commonly say make a plane when ...
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Is my expression grammatically sound?

The whole sentence is as follows: I am wondering whether I have to write the paper regarding Canada or some other countries as well. The main point of uncertainty is after 'or'. I am trying to ...
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Is it correct to say “I was mistaking it with something”?

I was wondering if it is grammatically correct to say, "I was mistaking it with something"? For example: some animal is coming from far away towards you and you think it is a cat. When it is near, ...
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What is the difference between hit me vs hit me off in American English?

while I listened I song Cole Swindell - Hope You Get Lonely Tonight in a part it said this: You got my number baby hit me up, its said hit me up okay I understand what is hit and me but what is ...
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Is this retirement wish appropriate to a senior lady?

A retirement wish on retirement card from an new employee to a senior lady that does not have a lot of connection at work. Does it look appropriate? All the best for your amazing retirement! Enjoy ...
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“Good Night” / “Good Nights”

Is there an expression like "Good Nights" in spoken/written English that differs from "Good Night"? People who speak Spanish language use "Buenas Noches" which literally means "Good Nights". The same ...
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Can I use “if any” in this sentence?

I want to express that a computer is rarely updated, and that I am in doubt that there will be any update at all. I would like to say it this way: The computer is unlikely to be updated, if any. ...
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This guy MAKES vlogging HIS LIVING? (Expression)

Let's say you have seen tons of Youtube videos made by a particular guy. As we all know, there is money earned out of it, then you reacted to his way of earning money and you say: Oh my, this guy ...
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Formal way of thanking someone for pointing out a mistake

When a colleague points out a mistake you made, is it too formal to respond: "Thanks for alerting me to this mistake." What would be an alternative to "Thanks, my bad!"
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Fall into favour

I am writing a university personal statement and would like to use the expression "fall into favour of recruiters" to express my desire of being well rated in the job market once I graduate.
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What expressions are used to mean “people who usually meet to consume alcohol together”?

In my home language in a very informal situation the English term TABLE MATE is used for a group of people who get together usually to consume alcohol. Is this expression in use in English? Or else ...
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What are all the ways you can grammatically correct say: [closed]

What are all the ways you can grammatically correct say: "In a few next months I'm not going to move to another city".
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Am I glad to see you!

Am I glad to see you! It's my first time I've met this expression, but I don't completely understand why "Am" is placed before "I" and thought it would have derived from its interrogative form ...
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About the Expression “pay it forward”

I believe the meaning of the expression "paying something forward" means Repaying someone's help/kindness to somebody else in need instead of repaying to the original benefactor. I also heard ...
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When someone takes somebody's place, what does he say

When someone took somebody's else place and the guilty person realizes what she has done, what does she say? Is something like "oh, sorry, i didn't know you were sitting here" okay? Or "...you sat ...
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About “get” expressions

I want to learn English expression for conversation, so I watch videos on the Youtube. the sentence "I got you a present" show many times in videos. I search "get" means on dictionary there are two ...
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What does “her mouth was the thinnest of thin lines” imply?

It was Professor McGonagall, and her mouth was the thinnest of thin lines. I don't quite get what the expression "her mouth was the thinnest of thin lines" conveys. Is it angry, strict or something?
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It doesn't work AS WHAT THEY SAY IT IS (phrase/expression)

Let's say you have downloaded an 'adblocker' app on your phone. Then, when you are testing it, it's not working, you are now grumpy due to that because you feel that you have been fooled by the app's ...
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Biginnig of waiting or the onset of waiting?

there is one thing that i don't know. Can you guys help me plz? Situation : There is a girl who can't be together With her boyfriend because he is in army. And thinking of the moment that she has ...
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Using “I would like to thank” vs “I want to thank” in the acknowledgment page of a thesis

As stated in the title, I am in doubt between using "I want to thank" and "I would like to thank" to expresse acknowledgment for the supervisors and the committee members in a thesis. I have used "I ...
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How to wish a good feeling for a person who had a flu?

A person has messaged me after a week and he had a flue. How should I respond to the message? Do we have a common sentence for that?
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Asking whether someone has eaten, as a greeting

In our culture we generally ask people to know that whether they have eaten or not. There is no intention to offer food to them it's just as casual as saying hello to begin the conversation. Example ...
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Poor aesthetic judgement

Is there a way to say that someone has a very poor aesthetic judgement? For example, you go to a house and you think everything is tacky or just ugly. How can you call the owner of the house? I tend ...
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Does this sentence make sense? (using “be referred to by”)

The participants' codes are referred to by placing a randomly generated 4 digit number after the initial of their last names e.g. J3926 for last name John. I am not sure how does "be referred to by" ...
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When we can say “I am begin” [closed]

It's known that we can't say "I am begin" in English because it's gramitically wrong but someone told me that there are some cases where we can use it can anyone tell me what is this cases?
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Apologizing informally

Is it appropriate to say 'Sorry for making this hard for you'? Some context: We tried to set up a time to meet but we have conflicting schedules so we decided to meet later at night.
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Bad temper vs. A bad temper

I would like others to explain this to me. -He has bad temper. -He has a bad temper. Are both correct?
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What's difference between “ It is too tiring to~” and “ It is too tired to~”?

What's difference between " It is too tiring to~" and " It is too tired to~" ??
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Should I use “at every iteration” or “in every iteration”?

Which one is correct "at every/each iteration" or "in every/each iteration"? I also have this confusion when using "step" instead of "iteration". More specifically, should I use "at each step" or "in ...
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Don't (verb)… (like) OR (unlike) I did

Say my intention is to say "I did this bad things to her, but you shouldn't do it": Don't do that mean thing to her like how I did. Don't do that mean thing to her unlike how I did. This ...
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Question about “making focus on” [closed]

I just made these sentences. Are they okay especially in speaking? Ex) He explained information making focus on food section. Ex) Please explain it making focus on fundamental principle. Ex) She ...
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If I dress awkwardly, then is it out of social context?

The general meaning of "out of context" I know is with the word 'take' i.e. when you take something out of context then it means that it has a chance of being misinterpreted. As my question says: If ...