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Making up illogical, unreasonable and unimportant excuses/objections

What do you call the the action of making up or seeking very illogical, unreasonable and unimportant ("excuses") or/and ("objections"). I wonder what idiom/expression/verb do you normally use for that?...
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“a right way” or “in a right way”?

I heard a lot people omit the "in" while saying "in a right way". for example if a kid play with a knife, someone would told him/her "you are not using the knife a right way" is it grammatical and ...
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“Where all are you going?” Grammar and alternatives

How do you ask someone which places (multiple) they’re going to: is “where all are you going to?” correct grammar? What’s a correct, better and concise way to ask this? The intent is to ask about the ...
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Is miscarriage or stillborn a better choice stylistically of an idea?

I used an expression for describing a really bad idea that already from start was bound to fail: ...that was a miscarriage for an idea... In an answer, a person pointed out that he'd prefer ...
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Does “race origin” mean somewhere one was born?

this wiki page says He is the first person of Asian origin to receive the ACM Turing Award, in 1994, the highest award in computer science, for his work in the field of artificial intelligence. ...
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Does “other people” mean people that are not his/her parents in common sense?

I am not sure whether this is Longman official online dictionary, and I think this sentence may need some improvement. This was my first experience of living with other people. Technically, most ...
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From this / By this / With this

He argued that we are so helpless at birth that if the first human had been put into the world on their own, they would immediately have died. From this, he concluded that human beings arose from ...
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Can I say I am glad to write to you again or please to contact you again

I would like to write an email to one of my friend, who I did not contact for a long time. So, is it OK in English to say: I am glad to write to you again. or I am pleased to write to you ...
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If something seems too good to be true, it probably is (not?)

I've bumped into the following expression a few times already: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. To me, the correct way to say it would be: If something seems too good to ...
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Which of the below sentences is correct to express “you might like X but I do not”?

I was trying to mock one of my friends saying "Unlike you, I do not have this trait" but then I thought, I should have said "Like you, I do not have this trait". Till now, it seems to me that both ...
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How to express “a person who talk really quickly & carelessly” in English?

When I teach English to some children and adults, I realize that some speak slowly but carefully and make less mistakes whereas some speak really quickly, carelessly and make more mistakes. Can I say ...
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Write address in a full sentence

How do I write address properly in a full sentence? Ex) I am Michael Jordan who is living on 111 street at ABC district in Chicago in Illinois in the U.S.. Can I repeatedly use “in” there? Any ...
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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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“used to” or “used for”, which one should I use when I want to explain what's a tool for?

this question comes from this post make_blobs() is used for Generating isotropic Gaussian blobs for clustering. when I want to talk what the function make_blobs() is for, should I "used to" or "...
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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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How to express a scenario more likely than the other clearly and concisely?

I just replied a comments in a post, then I realized that this expression may need some improvement. A book using "we'll provide" makes more likely as if I am sitting in a classroom than "we ...
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Does `a developing sense` mean that the sense/idea approaches but not achieves the advanced?

From this book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" Interest and advances in deep learning are still growing rapidly in both the computer vision and the ...
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Meaning of “is getting on me..”?

What's mean "is getting on me"? For example: "Mom is always getting on me about not finishing my breakfast."
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At the beginning of a chapter or an article , is “we provide” or “we'll provide” better, or no difference?

From this book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" Abstract Computerized algorithms and solutions in processing and diagnosis mammography X-ray, ...
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Given that at least one of options is not, which one is appropriate? “both” or “neither”

this post is discussing "easier to read" topic. Is "have greater readability than" or "easier to read than" not idiomatic? Appending to this sentence, Which following one is more appropriate? ...
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Is “back then” or some other saying better than “About this time” to express when did an event happen?

From this book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" About this time, Dr. Le Lu joined my group. An expert in computer vision, Le brought the passion and ...
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Which expression is more idiomatic? `easier to read`, `has more readability` or some expression else?

I asked a question in this post. Is “to have xx systems achieve xx-level” easier to read than “to achieve xx-level of xx systems”? When I got an answer for that question, I felt readability may ...
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Is “to have xx systems achieve xx-level” easier to read than “to achieve xx-level of xx systems”?

From this book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" Finally, I identify the remaining knowledge gaps that must be over- come to achieve clinician-level ...
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Is there any word or expression to describe feeling something really deep (you don't know what that feeling is)?

Sometimes you feel kind of like you're lost in time or something—you forget about your issues and everything for a few seconds. This happens especially when you see a beautiful photograph or listen to ...
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An expression / a proverb to say: “liars often forget what they said”

As you may confronted some liars, you possibly would confirm that usually they forget what they have made-up and then related to you in the past and it's not unlekely that once they will forget in the ...
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Why we use 'no sooner' instead of 'not sooner'?

I think 'not sooner than' is a right form and 'no sooner than' seens pretty odd to me. Does anyone know where the phrase 'no sooner than' came from? Is it just a tradition?
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Can a customer “rip off” a restaurant?

I often hear the expression, "Rip-off restaurant or company". But I wonder if we can say "customers rip off a restarant by trying to eat more than they paid for." I think people woulbe able to ...
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What would you call someone who continues to be the “first one” to achieve something?

I want to write a sentence which tells someone is continuing to "be the first one to do/achieve whatever" and keeps breaking records. For example, there's a singer in my country who became the first ...
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Is there a better way or some templates to ask a question based on some other articles or books?

Recently I asked some questions from a book like this From this book "the-name" citation of some contents the question ... then I realized this is grammatically incorrect, since From ...
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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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Playing for bragging rights

What does playing for bragging rights mean in English and is it common and understood in everyday speech by all people? I have found some dictionary definitions, but I couldn't understand its precise ...
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Is “a factor of K-fold” a idiomatic saying?

This book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" uses an expression "a factor of K-fold". As we learned about the current state of research on deep learning, ...
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Is it grammatical idiomatic to say “pick us something”, I guess so and I need a double check

it sounds the lecturer is saying the value of our function at this point is therefore clearly just f(x). we're going to use the same logic as before, so we now need to pick us second point ...
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What does it means to had requirement on “Ability to see beyond immediate assignment to achieve results.”

I see one job requirement posting on a mechanical engineering job searching website that it said "Ability to see beyond immediate assignment to achieve results." What is is meaning?
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What does the expression “go get your play on” mean here?

I came across the expression "go get your play on" in the description of the new games that are worth playing. The expression is the last sentence of the games that are chosen by editors. I got the ...
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The meaning and the usage of the expression: “I dare say”

Some dictionaries have defined the expression "I dare say / daresay" as spoken one and some other ones have defined it as a formal expression! Meanwhile, some dictionaries consider it to be old-...
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The meaning and the usage of the expression “Dare I say…”

Macmillan dictionary says: Dare I say: Used when you are saying something that you think other people may not like: This famous novel is a little, dare I say it, dull. Or as Longman says: ...
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The meaning and the usage of the expression “Don't you dare”

To me, "Don't you dare!" is an expression that communicates a warning to someone. For instance: Don't you dare talk to me like that! Don't you dare follow me! (ete...) But I wonder if you ...
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Get up enough nerves to do something

I wonder what does the expression "get up enough nerves to do something" mean as in the following context? My mother was feeling very bad as she sat on the couch looking at all of her children, but ...
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When guide someone to think something which one is more appropriate, “find” or “find out”?

I answered a question just now, but I am not sure I expressed appropriately. I am trying to guide the guy who posted this question to look into source code take a look at the source code, you'll ...
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Need (destitution) makes the strongest people foxlike

I wonder if there is any English proverb alluding to this fact that destitution and poverty (generally 'need'), makes strongest and the most powerful people to act in a different (always negative) way?...
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Why does it not use “is heard asking” but “heard asking”?

He is then heard asking: "Is it just me?" I can't understand that sentence meaning. Does that mean that he heard about asking or he heard and asking? And is it possible "He heard asking"? I think "...
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What's are some natural expressions to say when you pick up the order? [closed]

Suppose I ordered some food online. What are some natural (and preferably concise) expressions to say when I arrive at the store? Here are some that I can think of (they may not be natural or ...
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To learn about a concept intuitively and visually, is it clear and idiomatic to ask that `what does the concept look like`?

The question comes from this post. Assume I haven't seen this figure before and I want to learn about eigendecomposition intuitively and visually. Is it clear and idiomatic to ask that what does ...
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I would like to check if someone did something, which expression should I use “did you do” or “have you done”?

This post is discussing an OpenCV problem. there is a guy made some comments. I guess he did't run the code himself. to make sure he ran the code himself and his comment is valuable. which ...
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On (at) a moment(')s notice?

I have been searching for a while, and I haven't seen a good discussion of this phrase. It seems to me like the preposition is in question (I've heard it both ways), and the possessive is also in ...
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I can't even with this place (meaning)

In this movie clip (at 2:01), actor Jack Black says: That was so intense I, like, can't even with this place. What does he mean he can't even with the place?
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What does “don't tell it to nobody” mean?

What does "don't tell it to nobody" mean? does it mean "tell it to everyone"? And Grammar says GRAMMAR: Negatives Don’t use nothing with another negative word such as ‘not’. Use anything. You ...
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An idiom/expression to imply “rebuilding and beautifying a destroyed area”

Please imagine a large destroyed area which has become ruined due to a war or an earthquake or simply because it was uninhabited for a long time or even from the outset. I wonder what idiom/verb or ...
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On the usage of “tell on”

‎" I suspect he must have told on our secret information" (I suspect he must have revealed our secret information) ‎" I suspect he must have told them on our secret information" (I suspect he must ...