Questions tagged [phrase-request]

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Do we have a word to express we can not move something easily because of its friction?

The latch of a door of an abandoned house can be moved but not easily because the door has been closed for years. Maybe, the latch is rusty. Is it correct to say "The latch is in friction. I can'...
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Can we use “must have been Ving” to guess things that started from a point of time in the past and have continuously progressed to now?

You see your friend rather chubbier than the last time you met him. You guess that he started eating pizza a few months ago and kept doing that until now. Is it correct to say "he must have been ...
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What is the difference between “his head was drooping as he was falling asleep” and “his head was flopping as he was falling asleep”?

These from the dictionary droop ​[intransitive] to bend, hang or move downwards, especially because of being weak or tired the drooping branches of the apple tree She was so tired, her eyelids were ...
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How to tell someone to “experience it to the maximum”?

What is the most natural way to say something like "put your senses on the maximum level"? Could I say: a) Breath it in with all of your senses? b) Pull it in with all of your senses?
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Is it correct to say “My bunny's ears are weird. One stands up and the other hangs down at once”?

If a bunny is happy, its ears stand up, and if it is not happy, its ears hang down. Is it correct to say: -"My bunny's ears are weird. One stands up and the other hangs down at once" -"...
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Is it correct to say “you have been being stoned” to mean you are criticized very hard by many people?

You say or write something that make others upset and they start to criticize you very hard. This particularly often happens on a social network. Say, you posted on Facebook saying that "women ...
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Answer to the question of “Mind if I ~? ”

Q1. I saw this dialogue in a book: A: "Mind if I see your notebook?" B: "Sure." In this context, "Sure" was used to mean "I don't mind, go ahead." Right? But ...
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Is it correct to say “I have new hair” or “I have a new haircut”?

You often wear your hair short. But now your hair has grown longer. You have just had your hair cut short (similar to the style that you wore before). Is it correct to say "I have new hair" ...
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Is it correct to say “he lay on the bed rolling himself up because of cold”?

Look at the above picture, is it correct to say "he lay on the bed rolling himself up because of cold"? Or Do we have a common word to express that lying position?
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The other phrase of ‘happily’

I want to express I dance and the dance is showing someone else’ happiness instead of ‘I dance happily.’ So does ‘I dance in his happy way’ sound natural to native English speakers?
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Is it correct to say “would you like to play Snow White and 7 Dwarfs?”?

Say you have just read your child "Snow White and 7 Dwarfs". Now, you want to perform a play about "Snow White and 7 Dwarfs". Is it correct to say? -Would you like to play "...
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When a politician stresses a particular issue (corruption, poverty, illegal immigration, and so forth), what do you call it?

When a politician stresses a particular issue (corruption, poverty, illegal immigration, and so forth), what do you call it? I considered 'talking point', 'selling point', 'agenda', but none of them ...
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Is “paywall” suitable for an offline event?

I learned that A paywall is a method of restricting access to content And after reading the Wikipedia page I thought the content implies only digital content, like journals and news. It also appears ...
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What is the handle of a gift bag called in everyday conversations?

What is the handle of a gift bag called in everyday conversations? For example, "The strap/strip/string of the gift bag"
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can “take” be used in the continuous tenses?

Kid A and B are fighting over the toy. Both hands of A and B are on the toys. Is it correct for the kid A to say "Mom, he is taking my toy" But that situation is rare, normally, it will ...
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Do we have a phrase to express “to form arms in a shape of a cup”?

We have the structure "cup your hands" meaning "to make a shape like a cup with your hands". It seems like we don't have the structure "cup your arms" to mean "to ...
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Is it correct to say “the mattress is bulging, get it flat”?

You put your mattress on the bed but it is not flat or level Is it correct to say "the mattress is bulging, get it flat"?
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When can we use “light”as a countable noun?

I don't know why some native speakers say that "I shone light on his face" is wrong. They said I had to say "I shone a light on his face" or "I shone the light on his face&...
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Is it correct to say “circle your temples with your fingers/knuckles”?

When people have a headache, they put their fingers or knuckles on 2 spots on their temples each. Then, they move the 2 spots around with their fingers / knuckles around without lifting the fingers / ...
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When you hectically visit multiple places in a short span of time (when you need to buy something, for example), what do you call it?

When you hectically visit multiple places in a short span of time (when you need to buy something, for example), what do you call it? Is it called "running around [places]"? Like She was [...
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Is it correct to say “the hem of your T-shirt is folded up. Let it down”?

Look at the hem of my T-shirt above. Is it natural to say "the hem of your T-shirt is folded up (not nice). Let/put it down" in everyday English?
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Asking for a Bus

I am having trouble with these Phrases... Is there a bus to the city? Is there a bus to town? "Is there a bus into town?" I'm not sure if they are correct because I would usually say... &...
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What do you call a money printing machine?

What do you call a money printing machine? And what do you call the method of inflating the money supply by resorting to simply printing it (my supposition is you can use the same phrase for both ...
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Is there a saying in English that expresses “Life is a mercy to get born”?

Life is a mercy to get born It's coming from this thinking that this life is an opportunity, but this opportunity is given to us based on absolute love (mercy). "To get born" in this ...
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Alternative way to say “closest to the direction pointed at”?

A blind-folded person extended his arm and the angle to which the closest person whose body is pointed towards was chosen. The blind-folded person was Eric and the chosen person was Robert. Next to ...
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Is it correct to say “let's have a jumping/spinning race” to see who jumps the highest or spins the fastest?

We say "let's have a running race" to see who runs the fastest. Now, we want to see who jumps the highest or spins the fastest. Is it correct to say "let's have a jumping/spinning race&...
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What do you call government inspectors who inspect food establishments?

What do you call government inspectors who inspect food establishments (like cafes, food courts etc.) on whether they follow legally mandatory food safety guidelines (it's clean, chefs wear gloves, no ...
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“Begin with the end in mind” alternatives?

Is there an alternative word/phrase (preferably shorter) to describe "begin with the end in mind"? I am looking for a term for that approach or style of doing something. Let's ignore that it ...
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Is it correct to say “Her belly button sticks in/out” in everyday English?

In some cultures, if you have a belly button that looks like a hole, your belly button is thought to be beautiful, but if it protrudes, it is not beautiful. Is it correct to say "Her belly button ...
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When you hand over something banned before getting on a plane, what verb should you use?

I feel a bit embarrassed to ask this but when you hand over something banned before getting on a plane, what verb should you use? Like, 'surrender' or 'give up'? And, speaking of it, what do you call ...
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Is it correct to say “hang the balloon on the door handle by its string” when that balloon can fly up?

There are 2 types of balloons. One can not fly and the other can. For the one that can not fly, I think we can say "hang the balloon on the door handle by its string" However, "hang&...
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Is “follow in” the correct phrasal verb to use in this sentence?

They stepped into the house and issues followed in. (ISSUES BEGAN) Is the use of followed in correct in this context? If not, how can I rewrite it with a better phrase?
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Is it natural to say “prop the paper up against the book”?

If you put a paper on a not-so-smooth table, it is hard for you to write on it. In that case, you might want to put the paper on something that is a bit soft and smooth like a book or a a bunch of ...
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It it correct to say “I let the balloon go and it landed on the ceiling”?

There are 2 types of balloons. One can not fly, if you let it go it will land on the ground. The other one can fly, if you let it go it will fly into the air. Look at the picture above, the balloons ...
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Does the phrase “Did you grow up on a farm” disapprove of a person who does not act like a civilized man?

A native English speaker lived in Wellesley, MA. in the USA said to a child. "Don't eat with your face in the bowl. Did you grow up on a farm?" Is "Did you grow up on a farm?" ...
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What's the phrase or word used to say that you bought a dog from a pet store and started raising it?

What's the phrase or word used to say that you bought a dog from a pet store and started raising it? I am thinking that "adopt" would be the word, but I am wondering if there are phrases or ...
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Is it correct to say “She held the scooter backwards”?

Look at this picture A child is holding a scooter like the picture above. Is it correct to say "She held the scooter backwards" or "She pushed the scooter backwards"?
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Email formal way to express that you are ready to share information [duplicate]

I am requested some explanations on some topic in professional email exchanges, and I don't know if I can end the mail with : "Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information". ...
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Idiom or phrase to describe no choice [closed]

Is there any phrase or idiom to describe a situation where someone has no any other choices but only one final choice . The context of the sentence: There is no evidence to associate the accused to ...
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Does “cut something sideways” mean “cut it horizontally or vertically”?

I heard some native speakers say "cut the chicken/cake/piece of wood sideways". Does "cut something sideways" mean "cut it horizontally or vertically"? How do we know ...
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Fruit is cut into smaller pieces like a chip and then boiled dried in sugar. Are they called “papaya/banana…chips” or “papaya/banana…jams”?

We cut fruit such as papayas, bananas, mangoes, etc into thin pieces which has the same size as a potato chip and we boil them dried in sugar (Note: I am not sure if "boil something dried" ...
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What are words to express your nose, ears, eyes' ability? [closed]

What are words to express your nose, ears and eyes' ability? Can we use "clear", "sharp", "delicate", "keen" to express our eyes and ears' ability?, for example,...
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brink of error vs brink of mistake

How to fill the gap "Musician should teeter on the brink of ___ while playing." error mistake failure Is any of these alternatives more "idiomatic" for the expression? The ...
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What do you call a surgery without anesthesia?

What do you call a surgery without anesthesia? I think there are several phrases you can use to refer to "surgery that happens without anesthesia", but I don't remember the idiomatic ...
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Is it a right format to write on the website: A message from the creators of the (website name)

Can you please tell me is it a right format to name a section or video on the website: "A message from the creators of the (website name)." For example: A message from the creators of the ...
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What would be a well understood opposite for “honorable mentions”?

As "honorable mentions" is defined to be a commendation given to a candidate in an examination or competition who is not awarded a prize. What would be an expression used for the opposite ...
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What are some other idiomatic ways of saying getting into trouble?

Request: what are some other idiomatic way of saying getting into trouble? Or some alternatives (slangs, idioms, phrases)? In context like: I've gotten into trouble, so I can't contact you right now. ...
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Does “the scratch is on the left of your eye” mean “it's on the left part of your eye” or “it's on the left part near your eye”?

When we say "you have a scratch on the left of your eye", Does it mean "the scratch is on the left part of your eye" (which is very serious, you need to see a doctor) or "the ...
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Is it correct to say “don't pull out your hangnail/ dead skin” or “don't pull off your hangnail/ dead skin”?

The first 2 pictures show hangnails and the 3rd picture show dead skin. I think people say "to pull out hairs" (source from dictionary) because a hair has its root (maybe about 1 or 2% of ...
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Idioms or phrases to describe continuous occurrence of bad things

Are there any idioms or phrases to describe a continuous occurrence of bad things, but after a lapse of time. For instance, a man was killed, leaving his wife and son. Few months later, the wife was ...

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