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How do we express that you are riding a motorbike / a bike / a horse with your friend sitting behind you on it?

Look at the verb "ride" in the dictionary [transitive, intransitive] to sit on and control a bicycle, motorcycle, etc. ride something + adv./prep. The boys were riding their bikes around ...
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Do we say “the rope, the hair or the rubber band are broken or cut or split”?

This is a rubber band And this is a rubber band that was cut Also, look at the picture Do we say "The rubber band / rope is broken or cut or split"? or do we have other specific terms to express ...
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How to say when you want to delay a state: to suppress my pee / poo / cough / laugh / smile / anger / giggle / pain / excitement / etc?

How to say when you want to delay a state? hold somebody/something ↔ up to delay someone or something Sorry I’m late – I was held up at work. suppress something to prevent yourself from ...
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A boy ran into a chair & made the chair fall off, can we say “you fell the chair”?

fall [intransitive] to suddenly stop standing She slipped on the ice and fell. A tree fell, just missing his car. fall + adv./prep. I fell over and cut my knee. The house looked as ...
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What is the opposite action of “You fought with your sister over the toy”: “you sacrificed the toy for your sister.”?

fight [intransitive, transitive] to struggle physically with somebody My little brothers are always fighting. He taught me how to fight with a sword. fight with somebody Riot police ...
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What is the opposite movement of “go into the shade of the wall”: “go into the sunny area”?

shade: [uncountable] an area that is dark and cool under or behind something, for example a tree or building, because the sun’s light does not get to it shade of something The shade of the ...
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What should I say “Do not step on your spit!”?

spit: [uncountable] the liquid that is produced in your mouth SYNONYM saliva Ok, my little child has just been fed some food. Now, he spat some out onto the floor. I don't want him to step on the ...
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What are these called: to purse your lips?

purse your lips: to form your lips into a small tight round shape, for example to show that you do not approve of something Look at these 3 pictures: Are they all "purse your lips"?
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is it idiomatic to say “Please spare your gut for dinner”?

This is one of my child's problems. That is he often eats cakes, snacks, etc before main meals (lunch, dinner) and therefore he has no appetite when coming to lunch / dinner. My mother tongue is ...
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What are they called: the kick stands and the defensive spike of a scooter / motorbike?

A scooter / a motorbike often has 2 supporting structures to help itself to stand alone. 1- The 1st supporting structure could be a V or U shape steel one that helps the scooter / motorbike stand up ...
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What should an English writer from a non-English speaking country be called?

What should an English writer from another country be called? For instance, a Spanish person migrates to England and starts writing novels in English. Should we call him "a Spanish-English novel ...
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Is there a word or phrase for a time period in which you find yourself unable to make any progress?

I am sure this has happened to most people. For example, you start learning playing tennis, and for the first few month you progress steadily. However, after a certain period of time, you are in a ...
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I am not sure how to convey this

The media affects the public opinion in order to change election results in favour of businessmen \ to the advantage of businessmen who in return, support the media financially. I want to say ...
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How do we express this position: to lie across the rail bars?

Look at the picture Do we say "they are lying across the rail bars"? Also, see this picture Do we say "the cat is lying across the bar"? Or what are the idiomatic way of saying that?
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Is it idiomatic to say “push something halfway / completely into something”?

Look at this picture When I tell my toddler put the straw into the milk box, she often push it completely into the box. And as a result, the straw got lost inside the box. What should we express in ...
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how to express when a person put an object (a table, a chair, a bar of wood) down heavily and noisily on the ground?

Ok, in the dictionary stamp [transitive, intransitive] stamp (something) to put your foot down heavily and noisily on the ground I tried stamping my feet to keep warm. Sam stamped his ...
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how to express this position in English: “to put your feet up”?

Look at these pictures and People often put one of their lower legs and rest it on the thigh of the other leg. Sometimes, that action is just his habit, but it could be that he want to relax when ...
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How to express idiomatically in this situation: please slide in the middle of the slide or stay away from the edge?

Look at this picture The kid seems to slide on the edge of the slide, which is dangerous as she may fall off. I want her to slide in the middle of the slide. What should I say "please slide in the ...
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What is “the flesh under the cheeks & chin, before the neck” called?

Look at these picture: What is "the flesh under the chicks & chin & before the neck" called? Is it still called "the under chin or under jaw"? For example, The man is thin not fat & I ...
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Do we say “to sing the toddler to pee / poo” or do we have similar common terms in English?

This is common in Asia, but I am not sure if it is in Western country. That is some parents in Asia don't want to put diapers on their toddlers. Instead, they often find a suitable time to take their ...
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What's the NEET's verb form in English?

The noun NEET is called 啃老 in Chinese. Which means an adult keep getting money from the parents with no job. There's a good description at Wikipedia. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/NEET The ...
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Do we say “Glass Crumb” just as we often say “Food Crumb”? If not, what is the word to say?

crumb (n): a very small piece of food, especially of bread or cake, that has fallen off a larger piece She stood up and brushed the crumbs from her sweater. ok, now I want to change the ...
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What are common adjectives to express a person who is difficult, unfriendly, likes to argue, do not cooperate? harsh or sharp-tongued or shrewish?

Some people are very difficult, unfriendly, likes to argue, disagree, do not cooperate, often talk with loud voice. What are common adjectives to express these kinds of people? harsh or sharp-...
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Bullet passed by my head

The bullet passed by my head by a difference of a few inches. I am trying to say that somebody fire a bullet at you that barely missed your head? Or Somebody fire a bullet that nearly hit me in the ...
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About Door Anatomy. Is it called a door frame or a casing?

casing 2 : a frame around a door or window door a : a movable piece of wood, glass, or metal that swings or slides open and shut so that people can enter or leave a room, building, ...
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What is this action called? He is teasing me?

tease [intransitive, transitive] tease (somebody) | tease (somebody) + speech to laugh at somebody and make jokes about them, either in a friendly way or in order to annoy or embarrass them Don'...
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What is it called? a teapot or water container?

This a teapot a teapot: a container with a spout, a handle and a lid, used for making and serving tea She refilled the teapot with boiling water. see the picture below And, you often see ...
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Other expressions for “Receive a phone call”?

I use "receive a phone call from someone", but always have thought other simple phrases instead of that. What is it ?
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is it wrong to say “to clean your pee” when you want to mean “to remove it”?

clean [transitive, intransitive] clean (something) to make something free from dirt or dust by washing or rubbing it to clean the windows/bath/floor to clean a wound Have you cleaned ...
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Is there a phrase like “fill me in” for remind me?

I looked for synonyms, but strangely enough there's nothing that sounds like "fill me in", but I swear there was a phrase like that, which meant "remind me". https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/remind ...
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What is it called “a 3-wheel-truck”?

ok, people say A three-wheeler is a vehicle with three wheels. A three-wheeler could be -A Motorized tricycle, motor trike, or three-wheeled motorcycle is a three-wheeled vehicle based on the same ...
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do you say “walk sloppily” to express someone who walks in a tired or lazy manner.?

Ok, a person may walk like this -He may slouch -He may tilt his body from side to side while walking -He may arch his back forward or backward while walking. -He may look down at the ground, or up ...
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What to call a troll who persistently annoys others through jargon

Not too long ago, I've encountered this god awful 'troll' on Discord who tends to provoke others without a break. The person would compose paragraphs of endless blasphemy purposely for the attention ...
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About Asian ancestor worship, do we say “he is praying for his grandpa” or “he is worshipping his grandpa”?

Ancestor worship is very popular in Asia. Asian people take great care in preserving the memories of their ancestors and honoring them with regular prayers and offerings. Ancestor worship is such an ...
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If your little child didn't want to wear his bottoms, what would you say: “You're so ashamed” or “Shame on you” in a form of joking?

I am teaching my little child to speak English, but I am not a native speaker. So, Sometimes, when I face a situation, I may use structures or words that are weird. Native people wouldn't say like ...
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How to express this action in English? “Please, don't face up drinking like that” or “Please, don't drink with the bottle being upside down like that”

Ok, My little daughter always drinks by facing up & holding the water bottle upside down like this picture. This is not good because she may choke on the water. I want her to drink like the man ...
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Do we say “to slide down with your legs going first” or “to slide down legs-first”?

Ok, my little daughter likes going down the slide. But the problem is that sometimes she wants to slide down head-first like in this picture, which is very dangerous. head-first, headfirst /...
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What is it or are they called? a ladder or stairs?

ladder a piece of equipment for climbing up and down a wall, the side of a building, etc., consisting of two lengths of wood or metal that are joined together by steps or rungs to climb ...
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What is the round seat that often belongs to a sofa set called?

Look at the picture. There is a round blue seat that belongs to a sofa set. People can sit on the sofa while putting their legs on it for relaxation. Sometimes, we can see them in the lounge of a ...
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Looking for an idiom for boring but critical part of work

I sincerely hope this is relevant: I am looking for an idiom for a boring but essential part of work, that goes hand in hand with the core interesting parts of it. On the lines of "peas and carrots" ...
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What are vocabulary relating to “umbrella”?

um‧brel‧la /ʌmˈbrelə/ ●●● S3 noun [countable] 1 Image of umbrellaan object that you use to protect yourself against rain or hot sun. It consists of a circular folding frame covered in cloth → ...
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How to express “to slide out of your hand”?

In the dictionary slip [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to slide out of position or out of your hand His hat had slipped over one eye. The fish slipped out of my hand. The child slipped ...
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What are these called? a pillar and a wooden bed?

Look at the picture. This is a room in a high-sky building for children to play. It was designed like in the picture. There is a wooden platform for people to sit or lie on. Should we call it "a ...
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Do we say “She fell on her head”, “She fell with her head onto the floor”, “She fell and hit her head onto the floor”, “She dived into the floor”?

Ok, look at these pictures A man may have been in a standing position & suddenly fell off with his head coming into contact with the floor first before other parts of his body (back, legs, etc). ...
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do we say “She tripped over her dress / skirt” or “she was entangled in her dress / skirt”?

When a women wears a long dress or skirt, one or both of her feet may accidentally step on it & that may make her tumble. See this picture trip 2 ●●○ verb (tripped, tripping) 1 FALL (also ...
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Is it correct to say “postpone a partially done task”

We can definitelly say "to postpone a task" if the task hasn't been started yet. Could you please explain whether it is correct to say "to postpone a task" if there is already some progress on the ...
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How to express this action: “a large heavy object may be laid accidentally on your toes”?

See this image, a large heavy stone may be laid accidentally on his toes squash [transitive] to press something so that it becomes soft, damaged or flat, or changes shape squash something/...
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How to express this action in English? Could you sit further to the side?

OK, look at this picture The man is sitting in the middle of the sofa & you want to sit next to him on the right (as depicted in the picture). out of the way ​ no longer stopping somebody ...
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What is it called? A basin or vessel?

Look at this large bowl-shaped container which is very popular in Asia but not in Western countries. It can be used to contain water or you can wash your hands or face using it. In the dictionary, ...
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Is there any English phrase that includes “past mistakes” and eleborates them in a single sentence?

I did not want to make past mistakes, which was to... I did not want to make past mistakes as to... I just want to make a sentence that says that somebody did not want to repeat past mistakes and ...