Questions tagged [phrase-request]

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The output of an adapter

I'm trying to name a function in a software package. Let's start with some backgrounds. The package provides supplemental functions to multiple upstream packages that train random forests. To avoid ...
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How to use the adjective “absent”?

Can the adjective "absent" which has a negative meaning to it be used with the phrase "there is" or "there are" as, in their affirmative form, these are meant to assert the presence and not the ...
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An idiomatic word meaning “very good” in this context [on hold]

The country's ranking in global output has been _____ for quite some time now. What is an idiomatic adjective, or adjectival phrase, meaning "very positive" or "very good" or "very high", to put in ...
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'As the dot on the i' used as an expression

Since I am not a native speaker, I would like to know whether you use such an expression 'as the dot on the i'? If not, which expression could be similar? For example, after a series of unfortunate ...
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To think…I think

I am wondering if this is the correct usage To think I thought I had seen everything when she slipped on her own spit, I think I cannot be surprised anymore. I am wondering if this is the only ...
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Is there a word or phrase that means something along the line of “guaranteed to be reliable”?

The product is guaranteed to be reliable by 10 years of use by the military. I can't think of a word or phrase we can use and that means something along the line of "guaranteed to be reliable". ...
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What is the adjective/phrase that best describes an inconsistent/irregular weekly earnings pattern?

This is a word- or phrase-request question. Question: What is the pair of adjectives that best describe a [consistent/regular] weekly earnings pattern and an [inconsistent/irregular] weekly ...
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What is the equivalent idiom for the German “Existenzberechtigung”?

"Existenzberechtigung" is a German word used to assert something has a reason/justification to exist, but most often used negated to say something has no reason to exist / should not exist because it ...
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How to ask properly about the stage of a student at the university?

How to ask properly about the stage of a student at the university? Are the following ways considered natural? In which /what course are you? (meaning about the year. 1st course, 2nd course, 3rd ...
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“Dear {Ms, Mr, Mrs,Dr, Prof etc} Psmith,” - what do you call the part in braces?

Dear {Ms, Mr, Mrs, Dr, Prof etc} Psmith, In the example above, how do you name the particle in curly brackets? I'm writing a questionnaire asking, also, how a person would like to be addressed in ...
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How to say it in English “Khana nikalo”?

I am trying to speak English but I am stuck with the following situations that I have to frequently use. I am a Hindi speaking person. Example, Khana nikalo In Indian villages we keep all the food ...
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Is there a word that means holding your gun low?

Is there a word that means holding your gun (rifle, handgun, machine gun, etc.) low? By that holding a gun under the belt in order to "aim inaccurately", "shoot" a gun towards any direction (back, ...
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Conveying the idea of a sole item

I'm having a hard time finding a phrase I'm contended with in regard to a sole item. I tried using "the only one" but for some reason it rings as referring to a person, not an item (but hey, maybe it'...
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An idiom to mean: to accept / expand someone's statements in formal speech

Let's assume you and someone else (say: Dr. Adam) are giving speech in a meeting. Dr. Adam says something and after his remarks and statements, you'd like to say: I accept Dr. Adam's statements ...
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What do you call the thing that holds Iron Man's suits?

What do you call the thing that "holds" the iron man armors? I say "hold", because it doesn't seem to be a container, but more like a sort of stand. Not sure if there's a name for it, because it's not ...
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What is an alternative for “until now” in this context?

Actually the title is not exactly what I mean, but I cannot find a better way to describe this question. Consider this sentence: That's the only response I've got for my question ____. If I put "...
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Ending a conversation with someone you don't want to talk to

Is there an expression/word for to get someone to stop talking by lying to them or an excuse or otherwise cunning ways so that you end the conversation with them? As in the contexts below, John ...
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Is there a phrase that means “open like a swing door”?

Is there a phrase that means "open like a swing door"? By "open like a swing door" I mean both door panes open up without sliding open and remains open like we see in the picture. I am not sure if ...
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Types of tablet… a tablet secretion

What would one call a tablet which isn't swallowed? What verb would be used when taking it? Would the following phrase be correct? To suck the secretion of tablet...
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How to rephrase “do not necessarily translate into”?

I have to talk about a particular issue (small), but I can't seem to be able to hit the mark. I need to paraphrase/rephrase this sentence: Higher unemployment rates do not necessarily translate ...
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A proverb / saying that says: keep away from people because they have potential to harm you

I am looking for a derogatory proverb including a negative approach toward social associations that conveys the meassage that it would be better to stay away from most of the people! Because many of ...
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Is there another phrase or way of saying “preceded someone to a room”?

Is there another phrase or way of saying "preceded someone to a room"? I thought of "leading someone to a room", but I think it doesn't imply that you went inside the room first, can "leading someone ...
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Use these books as a reference

Let's say I want my student to elaborate their knowledge, their skills: Use these books as a reference. I'm not necessarily mean that they must thoroughly study these book, I rather mean that they ...
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Is there a phrase that means “give a lot of attention to”?

Is there a phrase that means "give a lot of attention to"? I am trying to think of a good idiomatic sounding phrase I can use, but I can't really think of one. The best phrases I could come up with ...
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If something costs 45 euros and I will have 100 euro note how to say that I'll need 55 euro back(change)? [duplicate]

From googling I don't see that it's common to say 'I need change from 100 euros'. So what's the proper way to say this?
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Personality trait for “someone who waits to find who's in a position of power and then gets behind them”

The question :) Bonus points if the word implies that they try not to antagonize anybody. It's like a guy betting on the horse that's winning, but keeping his options open about changing his bet
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To get so rich that you are not in need of anymore money

I wonder if there is an informal idiom to say that someone made so much money that became needless of any more money and retired themselves (meaning that from then on they work only for fun / pleasure ...
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Is “versatile” a good adjective for “highly transferable” and “wide applicability”?

I am trying to say that a worker has a skill set that is highly transferable, and has wide applicability. I used the adjective "versatile" to express the ideas. I wonder if that is the best choice ...
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looking for an expression meaning “depending on you”

After working as a patent agent for more than four years, I aspire to become a patent attorney. Without an educational background in law, I am not qualified to take the bar exam in China. My ...
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How can I describe being temporarily stupid?

I am looking for a word/phrase that means "being temporarily stupid/silly" and fits in these situations. Situation A Some guy solves a math problem using a very complex method, and some other ...
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How to split the bill in a formal way?

What is the polite and formal way to say if I would like to split the bill? That was a time I went to a casual business meeting and the person was kind enough to pay for my bill. And all I said is ...
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to seek an apology from someone

If we’ve offended someone and now by making an apology we need to get them to forget it and forgive us. And then be normal to us i.e. no grudge in heart for us. What sentence is the most suitable? I ...
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“What new features of C# have you used?” vs “What new features of C# have you worked with?” [closed]

Does this question sound natural: What new features of C# have you used? Or would you use another phrase, for example? What new features of C# have you worked with?
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Is there a word/phrase for the reciprocal of frame rate?

Frame rate is to frequency as ____ is to period? If a video has a frame rate of 25 fps, the video has a 40ms ____?
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Given “A implies B”, is “B implies A” “the other hand” or “the other side”?

I asked a question just now, where x = 2 → x² = 4 is true where "→" means "implies", x = 2 "implies" x² = 4, on the other hand, x² = 4 does not "imply" x = 2 in general, where the ...
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An edible considered holy

If a holy man reads some verses, blows on something that we eat or drink such as water, can we say? Water with holy words read over. OR Water with holy words recited on.
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A better you, _____? [closed]

I am coming up with a slogan. A better you, _____. a bigger world a broader world a better world a bigger stage a bigger difference A bigger playground Which of them make(s) sense to western ...
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Is “Fear” used correctly here?

In the following sentence "... I did not want to prolong his stay on the witness stand for fear there would not be any time left for them to call Darry Brewer that day." Is the phrase ...
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What do you call something that's the inverse of something?

What do you call something that's the inverse of something? I am asking, because there are many different ways something can be the inverse of something, but what if inverse meant for example "...
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Similar expressions to “jump for joy”

Is there an expression along the lines of "jumping up to the ceiling" which could be used to describe a situation when someone is so happy he's jumping very high?
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A thread of cloth is stuck to window?

I want to describe a scene where someone has jumped out of the glass window, the windows is broken and threads of his cloths are "stuck" to broken window glasses. What would be the correct verb for ...
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“Setup work environment” vs “Configure development environment”

I need to assign a first task to a new employee, a developer. They must configure the computer, install the necessary software, etc. I need to name this task somehow and put it into a report. Setup ...
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The formal way of saying “keep away from”

What's the legal term for "keep away from" / "keep a distance from"? I'm looking for a verb that means/expresses such a concept. What I really want is not the legal term but what those people says ...
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What is the term for “participant(s) registering by their own and not sent by a company”?

I'm thinking of "standalone participant" but that feels weird. "Participator" also word that comes to my mind, but I feel it's uncommon to be heard, and also does not have distinguishing marks from ...
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Does it make sense to say “with the exam passed”?

I wonder if the sentence such makes sense? "I left the school with the exam (whatever this exam may be) passed" The part I am not sure about is the phrase "with the exam passed". I would like to ...
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Alternatives to “to build on an idea”?

I'm looking for an different way to express a sentence such as: I build on the fact that human beings are equal. The synonyms I found don't correspond with the meaning of starting from a concept, ...
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Which is correct, “differently than” or “differently from”, or neither?

Which is correct, "sort compares strings differently from awk", or "sort compares strings differently than awk", or both are bad, and I should rephrase it?
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Is there a verb that means “tracks and changes”?

Is there a verb that means "tracks and changes"? I don't think there is so can you find a way to formulate the following sentence in a way that doesn't sound too weird and incomprehensible? For ...
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Which phrase would be proper to use in written American English?

I need to say that there arises a question after making some points in my essay, so which one is better? Here probably arises a pertinent question as to why he would want to be a bio-engineer now, ...
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What is the word for “event executor”?

If a company runs a service as "one who arranges, holds, and executes planned events", what's the term of it? "Events executor" seems a rather grim name, "Events arranger" seems lack of fume because ...