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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 [on hold]

I saw the sentence "I got you a present." on the video. Is that means "I gave you a present"? I think get is means "receive".
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Email closing expressions

I would like to know if it is common or correct to finish an informal email saying: A hug, Thank you!
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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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On my own vs By myself [duplicate]

I would like others to tell me the difference between these expressions. On my own vs. By myself Thank you!
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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 ...
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Does a native speaker say “recharge oneself”?

If I feel I'm lacking some kind of skills and I'm desperate to learn something, can I say "I need to recharge myself"?
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Is your coffee bottomless?

Which of the following is more natural for a customer to use at a coffee shop? a. Do you offer free refills on coffee? b. Is your coffee bottomless?
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Question about “Which vs and it(or he) is”

I often get confused about which one to choose when I speak English. Please help me. Ex) The thing that I was talking about is this one which is item number 3. Ex) the thing that I was talking ...
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A feeling that you missed something that you had to do(expression)

Let's say you got only an hour to finish your work. Then, that hour is now finished, but you feel that there is something you didn't do. Few minutes after that, you see that you have really missed a ...
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Question about “About that”

Can I say... About that you talked about the other day, I have a question about that you talked about the other day The issue is about that you were late last night. Are they good to use?...
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Is this phrase correct?

"We are going to our houses?" (the house is not the same for both speakers) I feel like there is something wrong with it. As if it's incomplete, or missing something..
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What does “I cannot be more thankful” mean?

What does "I cannot be more thankful" mean? I want to say that I am very thankful for having this opportunity. Can I say something like the following? ... and I cannot be more thankful for having ...
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Is the turn of speech “stand: September 16, 2018” correct?

I'm writing on my website: This German / English Word List in Excel contains 1593 German words. If you need more words, you can have my German-English word list with 27449 words (stand: September ...
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Do these sentences for recommending others to search on Google, sound patronizing? [closed]

And are they natural? In what situation will you use it? Why not google it? Why don't you google it? I think you can google it. You'd better google it. I'd google it if I were you.
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Looking for the English equivalent of “to cross a hairline bridge”

In my native language, we have this idiom - "to cross a hairline bridge", meaning, one has successfully avoided getting in trouble or a dangerous situation miraculously. Is there an idiom or ...
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Word “Complicated”

When you say a place is "complicated", what does it mean? When I hear the word "complicated" I think of problem that is hard to solve, a place like maze, situation that requires lots of explanations. ...
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Word “position” for map?

Can word Position be used to describe my location in the map/directory? I often saw "You are here", "Here", and "Your Current location" signs, but haven't seen "Your Current Position" or "Present ...
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Job was completed, job has completed and job has been completed?

I have written an email which I believe the sentence was incorrect. Mr. A, Mowing at the job site has completed. It could be better if I say: "Mowing was completed at the job site" or "mowing has ...
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Looking for an expression or idiom for a weak person who can be easily bullied or intimidated

In my native language we have this expression for a weak person - " a low fence " implying that anybody can jump over it. Is there a similar expression or idiom in meaning in English for this type of ...
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Word for a value incremented by certain amount?

When we take a number and multiply it by 10 we get a value ten times the original. Then, what do we call the result of adding 10 to a previous value? i.e., what can I put in place of the ellipsis in ...
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Is “How much more miserable should he be?” grammatical?

I know it is safe to say "How miserable should he be?" but I wonder I can add much/more/e.t.c in the sentece to emphasize the level of misery. Such as how much miserable should he be? or ...
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I have an idea!/ I've just got an idea(expression) [closed]

Let's say you and your colleagues are figuring out how to save time doing your daily work. And then you suddenly come up with an idea, how do you say this if it happened abruptly? Guys, I have an ...
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Idiom for trying to avoid misfortune, but it happens anyway

Is there an idiom, proverb or expression in English describing a situation in which a person is trying really hard to avoid misfortune (by taking precautions) but what exactly he`s trying to distance ...
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What's the proper way to ask if you're expected to go to a meeting? [closed]

I received an e-mail in which I was CC'd by my boss. In it is a timetable of meetings and shoots. I'm the junior of a 4-man team so I don't really expect to be part of these meetings but since I ...
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What does “here goes nothing” mean? [closed]

I regularly hear the phrase "here goes nothing". For example when someone starts up a computer after doing stupid configuration and is not sure if it will start. But I'm not sure about what it means,...
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Proper usage of the expression “words fail me"

I am trying to use the expression “words fail me” and I want to know if these sentences are formed correctly: Look at this mess, words fail me. This comment is so ridiculous that words fail ...
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“John Brown has died” - why is this tense used?

Whenever I see information about someone's recent death (usually well known, if this makes a difference), the expression used is John Doe has died. Why is this tense used? What about the ...
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How to apologize

"I apologize for not have spoken to you in person yet." "I apologize for not speaking to you in person yet." Basically, I’m trying to say: "I’m sorry I haven't had the time to speak to you ...
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I don't understand how I Wsh work

I learned about i wish i had vII -> something i regret that i didn't do something in the past and i have now effects of that And about i wish i had wihout vII -> I regreat that i have to do something ...
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“I'm new here and would appreciate your guidance”

I'm a Hong Kong English learner. There's a Chinese phrase usually used when introducing yourself to a new group, that means "I'm new here and would appreciate your guidance." Would it sound strange to ...
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correct usage of “moved up"

I am not a native speaker. Is that appropriate to say: The assignment was discussed a while ago, that was before you moved up/promotion. Is "move up" has a positive meaning, can I say: That ...
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Does the English language have a word explaining a song in your head that you can't stop singing?

Sometimes after listening to a popular song you can't stop repeating it in your head. Is there any term for this in English? You can't say the same in Russian using one word.
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The expression of “Over and beyond”

I have come across this phrase: Functional foods - products which have health-promoting properties over and beyond their nutritional value - have become a significant food industry sector. [ https:...
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Need help understanding the meaning of a word and looking for other ways to express the idea

Author: The report noted that “Personal causes of unemployment have received, heretofore, a disproportionate amount of attention” (citation) and called for policy measures reflecting an ...