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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 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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Is “When to use which” Correct ?

Let's assume we have n methods of doing X, When i ask "When to use which ?" i expect the answer to be something like : "Use A when ... , Use B when ..." By asking this question I want to ask "When ...
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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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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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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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what is the correct expression of the two below?

Is is right to say "I have a pen" or "I am having a pen" ? I keep hearing people using the latter.
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What is the meaning of the expression “…where rules are a convenience”?

I encountered the phrase "Paida fun is free-wheeling player fun, where rules are a convenience." in the context of roleplaying games. As a native German speaker, I am uncertain of the meaning of ...
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Short universal single expression for saying a kind of congratulations

My friend tells me that their physics teacher is such a good man, he's always so thoughtful of them to learn the lesson and answers all their questions patiently and as simply as possible, while our ...
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What does 'make provision' mean in politics?

I was reading Endgame by Frank Brady (Page157) on Bobby Fischer and came across the following paragraph, The Bureau obviously had trouble believing that someone would travel so much simply for the ...
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The use of a superlative in the form “one smart of a cat”

I'd like to write in a translation a kind of superlative like "he was one smart of a cat" to avoid writing "he was one hell of a smart cat". Is it grammatically correct? Do you have any better ...
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“can” or “could” in the following sentence?

In the following sentence, why is "can" appropriate than "could"? Is it a grammar thing? please explain. The more satisfied you are with your job, the more effort you could put into your work.
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Difference between these expressions

Could anyone enlighten me on the difference between these expressions: 1) "So, what about it?" 2) "Oh, what about that?" Is "what about that" the same as "how about that"? Or is there a difference? ...
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How to say that something is intuitively right?

Here the 'something' means a theory or a principle. My sentence is While this principle can only be appropriately understood in terms of rigorous theorems (see below for some), it is in ...
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Take out innocence (phrase)

How do you correctly express this in English: Unsupervised internet browsing of a child can take out their innocence when they get exposed to pornography. I believe this is a useful phrase. ...
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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 “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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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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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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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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idiom or expression for a spiteful/vengeful person

I am looking for an idiom or expression to describe a spiteful and vindictive person; a type of person who tends to hold a grudge against their offenders for a long time, being unable to forget past ...
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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 exactly the expression “make an argument” means?

I wonder what exactly the expression "make an argument" means on this phrase: "Machiavelli makes the argument that in a strictly military sense a fortress is invariably a mistake." I'm not sure if it ...
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Which expression is correct: 'for working with' or 'to work with'

For me it seems that in the following case expression seems not to be fitting, I think the second example is shorter, simpler and may even be more correct. dugite - Elegant bindings for working with ...
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“If you are to survive, you must believe"

I have read this phrase in a Book(American Gods): “If you are to survive, you must believe" And it sounds very strange to me. I actually didn't get the actual meaning of the phrase. This sentence: "...
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In English speaking, how does one correct a misspoken word?

What English expression is used to immediately correct a misspoken word in English speaking? The cube root of 1331 is, 12; _____, 11. I'm thinking of these, but I have no idea which one would be ...
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The usage of the word “clearly”!

Can I say "good job. You describe the event very clearly"? I am not sure I can use the word clearly like this. However, it sounds okay to me! Thanks in advance
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Meaning of “You say” as in “-Sorry I can't party I'm busy -You say you're busy”

I'm wondering the following conversations, extracted mostly from a comedic video at the following timestamps links: a,In this one it says you walk, no you say, but it's similar concept,c. The phrases ...
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From + noun + on / onward / forward / forth / ahead

Which word would we use if we were going to use a "specific time" or "specific place" instead of the noun? How would you fill the blanks bellow? 1)From tonight (................) . (on / onward / ...
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Meaning of 'upon which'

I am not a native English speaker. I read this phrase in a book, '... more beloved than everything UPON WHICH the sun rises,...' Could anyone clarify what this phrase means? And what is the meaning of ...
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Describing an air-conditioned room on a hot summer day

How to describe the feeling when you enter a room with running air-conditioner in a hot summer day? Can I say, "Oh, it feels so cool in this room!" (suppose pleasant cool) Or, "I feel a little cold, ...
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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've seen this expression “not to worry” used sometimes, but why do these invented expressions sound unnatural?

I've seen "not to worry" used to mean like "Don't worry" sometimes in conversation, so I think I could invent some similar expressions like that like Not to mind. It gonna be all right. (meaning ...
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“A determinative factor”, “A determinant” and “A decisive factor”

To me, and based on dictionary definitions a "determinative factor", a "determinant" and a "decisive factor", imply a truely "crucial factor" which can lead you to make a decision about something. ...
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To say something indirecty to someone through telling it to a third person

Please imagine the person "A" is not going to tell something directly to the person "B" in a company. "A" says it to "C" who has a more friendly relations with "A", but in the manner that "C" (who is ...
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'greater understanding' without the preceding article 'a'

I'm aware that by default it is ...a greater understanding. However, I would like to know if I could leave the indefinite article out in the following case: The goal of this programme is simple: ...
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Cambridge English Certification

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post a question like the following (and if not, I'd be happy to be redirected to a better one, maybe still on StackExchange), but since I have no other ideas,...
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“It is ok” synonym expression

I have used the expression "It is ok." when the character is calming down herself, so she would stop from getting annoyed or angry. But I have used it a lot, that's why I want another synonym that can ...
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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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Improving “A brings doubt about if the true motive behind A can be justified or legitimate”

The current artificial manipulation and control on the number of the lawyer license holder, which includes limiting total law school entrance quota to 2000 students per year and retaining the ...
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I guess this way of saying is old fashioned, wrong?

This is a line of one of the Sherlock Holmes' stories and I guess the bold part would be old fashioned. May I check with you, please? I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained ...
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Difference between 'appears to be' and 'proves to be' or 'turns out to be'

Is there a difference between 'appears to be' and 'proves to be'? Can I say, when describing the result of a long calculation, that the result appears/proves to be zero? I am certain that the result ...
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How to tell patrons to ask their waitress about the compostion of the “Traveler's Dinner” offer?

I'm the owner of "Traveler's Coffee" Café in Russia. We make an ad for our new offer – "Traveler's Dinner” – for fixed price. The composition of the offer will change every week. We have many foreign ...
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“Yet another” thing“s”?

The global warming causes yet another problems. I think 'problemS' is suitable as this sentence is meant to be followed by a list of problems, not just one problem. However, as far as I know, '...
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Is there any concise expression for love between a man and a woman?

Love may be understood as the strong feeling between a man and a woman, as in the case of Romeo and Juliet, but it can also be interpreted as the feeling between a man and another man, or a man to an ...
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Tense of the phrase using 'familiar with'

The phrase 'I am familiar with' (brand/style/speech/opinion) etc doesn't seem to follow the tense/verb rules. It appears to start off with present continuous but it doesn't use a present participle (...
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Perfect tense replacement for “supposed to”

So I heard that one cant or perhaps shouldnt,not entirely sure, use this in perfect and past perfect tense so I am looking for something that exprsses similar meaning.
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'Several contributions can be worked on and included' is this sentence correct?

Consider the following sentence: Several contributions can be worked on and included. In this sentence, I am trying to express the fact that the work can be more interesting if the author can work ...
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What means the expression then on in this case?

"She says that she knows that moments are rare I suppose that it's true Then on she goes to say I don't care and she knows that I do" Then on means that she said he doesn't care immediately after ...
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Every why has a wherefore

Is there such a proverb "Every why has a wherefore" in current English? Does it sound natural to you? If it exists, then what is its precise meaning? Also, I wonder if you could provide me with some ...
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From (somebody's / something') side VS On behalf of (someone / something)

Please consider the following sentence: I went on a long-term mission from the company side. I need to mention that the company's authorities have sent me to this mission and they have asked ...