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Is it correct to say "don't let the door loose from the magnet"?

Look at these above pictures! The door in my room is kept from moving freely with a magnet on the wall. It is important to keep it sticking to the magnet all the time because strong winds might slam ...
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Is it correct to say "don't go Err like that before talking"?

One problem of my daughter is that she often says "Err Err Err" for a while (3 or 4 seconds) before saying a full sentence. Probably, she makes that sounds because she can't remember the ...
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How do we express we want someone to do what we say without any negotiation?

When I ask my children to do chores, they often say they will do them under a condition like giving them some money or cake or letting them watch TV, etc. How do we tell someone we want them to do ...
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"someone eats too much"

It seems someone eats too much. [meaning - "constantly"] It seems someone has been eating too much. [meaning - "we all see your weight"] Is it natural to use that phrase, when you ...
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expressions for 'controlled/run by a right or competent person'

I'm looking for expressions that mean 'to be controlled/run by a right, competent, or trustworthy person' as in a business, organization or company. Does 'to be in good hands' do this?
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Replace an impolite phrase for making up facts on the fly

I was talking to a group and something happened and I had to quickly enhance my narrative to fit some new facts. I wanted to say "I am not bull-shitting this is true" but realised I didn't ...
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Is it correct to say "don't pull out these bits of wool/cotton"?

My sweater is made of wool or cotton and there are some bits of wool or cotton sticking up on the sweater. What are these bits called? My children often try to pull these bits out, which may ruin my ...
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Is it correct to say "don't have random food and drink sold in the street"?

"random" ("not known or not identified") often refers to a person Some random guy gave me a hundred bucks. You don’t want some random dude telling you how to live your life. Can &...
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What is a common verb to express to put more pressure on the fold when folding a piece of paper?

I want to bend a piece of paper to fold it and I want 2 parts of the folded paper are as flat as possible. In order to do that I will put more pressure on the fold of the folded paper to make the 2 ...
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Is it correct to say "tuck the flap down"?

Look at the picture above, we have the flap of the envelope. We need to put a letter in the envelope, some glue on the flap, bend it down and stick it to the envelope. Normally, we need to glue the ...
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Is it correct to say "You lost some threads of the story"?

According to this dictionary, the noun "Thread" is used as a singular noun. 4 [singular] : an idea, feeling, etc., that connects the different parts of something (such as a story) The ...
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Do we have structure "somebody/something turns somebody off something"?

I don't know why dictionaries only have this structure turn somebody <-> off ​to make somebody feel bored or not interested People had been turned off by both candidates in the election. The ...
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Is it correct to say "We will win by 6 goals to nil against them. There is a first time for everything"?

Team A lost by nil goal to 5 to team B in a soccer match. (I am not sure we say "lost by 5 goals to nil" or "lost by nil goal to 5"). Also, it seems that British people say "...
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Is the passive voice of "he took a photo of me" "I was taken a photo of by him" or "I had my photo taken of by him"?

We have this active sentence "he took a photo of me" If I follow grammar books, its passive will be "I was taken a photo of by him" (if the choose the object "me" to be ...
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Can we say "Her eyes stick to her phone like glue" to mean "Her eyes are glued to her phone"?

Normally we say "Her dog sticks to her like glue." to mean her dog stay very close to her. And we say "Her eyes are glued to her phone" to mean she gives all her attention to her ...
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Do we use the noun "scrape" to refer to a damage caused by being scraped on the wall? [closed]

We often use the noun "scrape" to refer to skin injury caused by rubbing the skin on something rough. For example, "I scraped my knee on the wall and now I have a scrape". Now, ...
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Is it correct to say "I can not watch TV because you are in my sight"?

I am watching TV and some kids are walking in front of me and happen to block my vision and I can not watch TV. Is it correct to say "Could you get out of my sight? I can not watch TV" or &...
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Is it correct to say "The mom should lie outside and the little kid inside because the kid often tosses around in his sleep and fall off the bed"?

I have a bed and 1 long side of the bed comes in contact with the wall. A mom and a kid are lying on the bed. The kid is lying outside and close to the other side of the bed. The mom is lying inside ...
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Do we have a verb to express that we talk and share very personal information with someone?

We often share our secrets or very private personal information with someone that we trust like our best friends or people that we know very well. Do we have a verb to say that we talk with someone in ...
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How to write "from among these [items], we discuss..." correctly?

I'm struggling with the correct way to express myself here. Suppose I have a list of items in one sentence. In the next sentence, I want to express that I select some of these to talk about in detail. ...
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Can we say "an illness /a condition/ a job... is fussy" when it needs to be precise and in great detail like a fussy eater?

Some illness or conditions or jobs need their patients/ people to take care of themselves in great detail and if they do just a tiny mistake, they will suffer. For example, can we say? -"Gut ...
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What might be another expression for "to build that loss into something"?

The sentence is from a business talk about the amount financial loss, which is caused some of their products being damaged during transportation. The man from the company says: "Of course we ...
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Is it correct to say "You can not put this dress on from top down. Put it on from bottom up"?

There are some special dresses that we can not put the dress on by putting it over our heads, but rather put our legs in the dress first and then pull it all the way up to the chest. Is it correct to ...
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What is the noun to express the state of a simple person?

The adjective "simple" might have many meanings. Some dictionaries say "a simple person is stupid". 8 STUPID [not before noun] someone who is simple is not very intelligent I’m ...
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How to ask about the purpose behind a queue in public?

Recently I was wondering which queue to join in a public place. So how one should ask the last person about this?
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Be on a short leave or short leave?

I am trying to figure out what is the most natural way of saying that I will be off for a few days: I will be on a short leave from X to Y?
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What work does the infinitive " to fly " do?

To fly, wings must creat more lift. In what sense "to fly"is used in this sentence. Whether it is used as an adverb, an adjective or a noun
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Can I say "to range by alphabet"?

Can I say "to range by alphabet"? Or is it "to range in alphabetical order"? Suppose we have the words 'apricot', 'bush', and 'acrobat', and I place them in the following order: '...
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Correct word/phrase request for not hearing an alarm because you're sleeping deep or peacefully

Suppose I set an alarm for 5 am in winter and you're sleeping. Usually it is difficult for me (and maybe many others especially in India) to wake up early in the morning in winter. You want to sleep ...
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Is it correct to say "I waved the car back off"?

I was in a car and waved my hand to signal the car behind me to move back just a bit so that I could reverse. The dictionary suggests us to use this structure wave + somebody/something + adverb / ...
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Is it correct to say "the tiny ball is just around the corner of the drawer"?

Look at the diagram above. A drawer was taken out and is on the floor. The little boy is looking for the tiny ball. The ball happens at the back of the drawer. The boy is standing on the right side of ...
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Is it correct to say "I have no guts to go out with you" because you are so sad now and don't want to think about or do anything else?

A woman found out that her husband cheated on her. She was so sad that she didn't want to do any fun activities like she used to do before. Her friend asked her to go travelling, but she refused. My ...
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Do we have some wordplay with "tiny" that is the same way we say "easy peasy"?

In this Youtube clip, at 1:58, the witch says something like "It's tiny pity...wind see ..." or something like that. I couldn't get it. What did she say? Do we have some wordplay with "...
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Is it correct to say "This Lego toy is interesting. You can mix and match different Lego blocks to create different stories"?

My children love this kind of Lego toy because it is very flexible. For example, a prince/princess is not a whole piece as they made arms, legs, dresses, hair (the parts) separately. And, you can &...
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Is it natural to say "She is complicated. She is long on temper but short on patience"?

Suppose there is a woman who is not simple and often wants many different things in life, which makes her life more complicated because she has to manage so many things she possesses. Is it correct to ...
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What is the adjective that says a big brother lets his little brother win against him and often give more food to his brother than to himself?

A big brother lets his little brother win against him and often give more food to his brother than to himself. The brother is willing to give up his stuff and give it to his little brother. He won't ...
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What do you call documents and other material serving as the basis for a decision?

In my language, we have a word – beslutsunderlag – for documents and other material that are used as a basis for decisions (generally decisions made by an authority of some sort). For instance: when a ...
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Can you say "apply for the award of a qualification"?

In my country, we have an official list of academic words and phrases translated into English. One of these phrases is apply for the award of a qualification, which is supposed to mean 'send in an ...
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Is it correct to say "place the the yogurt box's lid face-down on the table"?

Look at the picture, What is the piece that people stick on top of the yogurt box to cover the top called, for example, "the yogurt box's lid"? And look at "the lid", the side that ...
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Word/phrase for "non-stick figures" [closed]

I am looking for a word or a term for "non-stick figures": For example at https://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0339.html you can see stick figures and in the last row of the comic at the ...
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Is it correct to say "I am blowing my hair dry"?

There is a phrase blow-dry verb Definition of blow-dry transitive verb : to dry and usually style (hair) with a blow-dryer intransitive verb : to dry hair with a blow-dryer So, we can say "I ...
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Does "talking nonsense" also mean saying words that no-one can understand? [closed]

According to my study, it seems that "he is talking nonsense!" means he is saying a belief or an idea that is not true. For example, Bob says "men can give birth". Most people can ...
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How to describe the widest measurement of an irregular shape fabric folded in half?

Sorry if I sound confusing. I can't describe it succinctly. Let's say I have a piece of cloth in irregular shape. I've to provide the measurement of the fabric in half. To measure, I flatten the ...
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Is it correct to say "My daughter is too shy. She is always around her mom and doesn't want to play with other children"?

This is the problem of my daughter. When she is out in a playground, she always follows her mom and does not to play with other kids. Maybe, she is too shy or something. She might have some separation ...
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Is there a word, phrase, or expression that refers to a dying person by directly describing a physical state (e.g., weak breath)?

In Chinese, we have the phrase "气若游丝" which, translated literally, means "breath being as weak as a wisp of silk" to describe a dying person. The characteristics of this Chinese ...
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How to describe "burst into laughter and spit out water" in more idiomatic English?

Today I texted my friend to talk about something. I was drinking water when I got his reply which was so surprisingly funny and I burst into laughter and spit out the water in my mouth. I am wondering ...
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Is correct to say "her hair is black by nature/in nature" to mean that she or her hair was born that way?

When we want to say that a person's feature because that the way it is, do we say "by nature" or "in nature"? For example, "her hair is black by nature/in nature" to mean ...
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Holidays or holiday? [duplicate]

Ahead of a period of school holidays, should someone say to someone else: "Happy holidays!" or "Good holidays" or rather "Have a good holiday!" or "Enjoy your ...
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Do we have a verb that expresses "to be hit or beaten by a group"?

A student was hit by a group of people. Is it correct to say "The student was group-hit / group-beaten / gang-hit by a gang"? Do we have a verb that expresses "to be hit or beaten by a ...
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"Check, please" VS "Check out, please" [closed]

When I finish a meal in a restaurant, which expression to pay for the food is more idiomatic? Check, please. Check out, please. If they're both not idiomatic enough, please list the alternatives. ...

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