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Questions tagged [phrase-request]

This tag is for questions seeking a phrase that fits a meaning. If you are looking for a word, or don't care, see the "word-request" tag too.

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“Review” a course?

I want to find a word to express relearning something. For instance, after taking a lecture you may find that something is still confusing and you go to learn it the second time by reading the ...
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Does “he squandered his car on drink” sound natural?

I am struggling with how to express the idea that somebody sold out some article of his possession (computer, car, house, etc.) and used the money to buy himself alcohol to drink. For example, -- ...
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“Break the doubt with certainty”, is there such a phrase?

If I wanted to confront someone, suppose a girl, whom I doubt of doing certain things, but still not sure if she is the one who actually did them. So, I go to her and say: I'm here to overcome my ...
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Two names of one concept?

In many disciplines we can find some confusing concepts and most of the time they are actually of the same definition and they are just talking about the same thing. For instance relative entropy is ...
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Phrase for “don't look for it only where it is easy to search”?

I'm looking for a phrase for "don't look for it only where it is easy to search"
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Is there any English word(s) used to describe person who likes to make a fool of other people?

What word can I use to call someone who thinks he can fool everybody because he thinks they are not so clever as he is?. In my research I got these: Adjectives - condescending, patronizing, snooty, ...
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The name of a bike from a dockless bike share company?

I need a word which means the bike I ride, and the bike is one provided by a dockless bike share company like Ford Gobike or something. The context would be: I ride a ** bike. I prefer the ** ...
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The use of words 'right' and 'rightful'

If I am supposed to do something for someone as it is their right that I do this for them. I have to do four things, for example for that person. I say: It is your right upon me that I do four ...
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Sibling order: "my sister NEXT TO ME

Let's say you are the eldest in a family of 5. You, sister and brother. Your sister has a child now, and you are describing how you are related to your nephew to one of your guests. You say: This ...
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Sitting position with backside visible

A few days back I posted a question [I am making a sentence presenting the image in picture. I want to say that one shouldn't sit the way that the knees are wide open. Does this construction suits ...
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best phrase or sentence to cheer up/celebrate somebody

At work, your colleague got back his sales revenues, or promotion. Then, in this situation, you could say "what". I want to know more expression when you have to celebrate, not the word "...
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Is it correct to say “four hours French” in this context?

Is it better to say "French pupils have four hours French in a week" or "French pupils have four hours' French in a week" or "French pupils have four hours of French in a week" to speak about their ...
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sitting position… knees open or what?

Image cropped from https://yurielkaim.com/7-fat-burning-leg-exercises/ I am making a sentence presenting the image in picture. I want to say that one shouldn't sit the way that the knees are wide ...
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Looking for another way to say this phrase

Say two people are talking about relationships A and B. A is complaining to B that her relationship isn't going well because she and her boyfriend have many differences, that they do not have much ...
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You can do …, but you can't do

Is there a smarter way to say You can do <...>, but you can't do <...>. ? Sounds very dumb to me. I think it's better to avoid such self-repeating.
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what is buzzword for a too many cups of coffee

Like the term Boozer is for a drunk, what is the buzzword used for a person who has too many cups of coffee or an overload of caffeine? General used amongst the digital generation sipping away in ...
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The way for a captain of an airplane to address passengers without mentioning his name

What's the usual way for a captain of an airplane to address passengers? Is it like "Hello, captain [family name] is speaking"? Is it possible to do the same, but without mention the name?
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to estimate time and labor efforts for a task completion

Could you please tell me whether the selected sentence Ability to estimate time and labor efforts for a task completion sounds natural? I don't want it to sound informal, instead I want it to be ...
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What's the correct positive answer for “Isn't it?”?

When one tells me a sentence and then asks me "isn't it?" and I want to answer that I agree with him. Then what's the correct answer? Yes, it is. or No, it is. Because if I say "yes" ...
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“it is in run”? Ways to express a functioning policy

What are the ways to express a policy is currently in place in a country? Could I say: UBI is currently in run in Alaska.
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What's the adjective word for “full of resource, lots of sample”?

I was wondering if there are any adjective for the following: "full of resource that I can refer from" example conversation: Person A: I'm not sure which computer language I should start ...
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How to politely ask people to give up their seats on a train in the USA? [closed]

Say we're a family of four, and would like to sit together on a train in the USA that does not have assigned seating. How can I ask people to give up their seats without sounding rude?
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Substitute for “prospection of” something

I'm doing a comparative analysis to determine the best device to be used in an academic project, and this analysis shall be recorded in a document. For example, from all wireless keyboards available ...
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Put the bedsheet on the wrong way(the wrong side up) [closed]

A bedsheet/sheet with patterns put on the bed,and the pattern is inverted(someone put it on the bed the wrong way) So what would you use to describe that?Is there an expression to express that? (...
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The developed approaches can be applied or can be used

I would like to know the correct way to express that the new methods can be applied to different areas and not to a specific filed. For example, The developed approaches can be applied to ...
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What do you call a legal statement that states a fact rather than stating a rule of conduct or procedure?

What do you call a legal statement that states a fact rather than stating a rule of conduct or procedure? I can't think of a word. Is there any such word? If there's no such word, which words would ...
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“Your age” in the phrase of “a boy your age” modifies “a boy”?

But I'm amazed at how a boy "your age" understood what my job was. I'd think that's a modifier because in the how clause, the subject of understood seems to be "a boy", not "your age". Yet, I'm not ...
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Can I use “Verb+ing” in the middle of my sentence

I would like to understand how can I add further information to my sentence using verb+ing. Here is my example, Model A extend stage C from, fitting only one dependency relationship, to stage D, ...
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Pouring from empty to empty

How to translate to english from a foreign language an idiom that uses two different words that have the same meaning “empty”, to say “pouring from empty to empty”, which means if you pour something ...
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Prepositional phrases vs participle phrases

After eating rice in the kitchen, I usually go to school. vs Eating rice in the kitchen, I usually go to school. In either sentence , After eating rice in the kitchen, eating rice in the kitchen, ...
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Is there a noun or a noun phrase describing the “let stand” part in “Prepare the solution, let stand for 10 min”?

I'm translating a table of deviations in a biotech manufacturing process. One of the sentences concerns an occurrence in which a solution was found not to conform to prescribed limits. Protein ...
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“It can be seen as”

I would like to have a synonym of (It can be seen as). I understand the meaning of this sentence but would like to use a synonym without changing the meaning. Example This estimation equation can ...
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how to avoid repeating same words in one sentence

I have one sentence which should explain two different things. These two things have the same works. I would like to express the idea without repeating the words. Model A is established in order to ...
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“Stay hungry” or “Keep hungry”?

If I had two choices, either to "Eat something" or "Stay/Keep hungry", when food is offered to me when I was in a state of hunger. I want the phrase to be in the same format as "Eat something", I ...
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How to express when someone takes a kind of cloth (blanket, rug etc) and air them

I’m trying to find an expression for the following case. In some neighbourhoods, people take their blankets or rugs out of their windows or to the balcony and they “shake” them or whatever the right ...
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How do I say it when I would like to talk to someone on the internet by word of mouth?

Let's say I am using skype, but I cannot video call someone because my camera will not work. Is it correct to say it like: I can only voice call you? Tell me please the most common and natural way ...
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Idiomatic way of describing the fact that someone has had some alcohol [closed]

What's the idiomatic way of describing the fact that someone has had some alcohol? For example, a husband is coming back home from work and starts talking to his wife. He is not drunk, so he speaks ...
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If a worker did not follow instructions, what do we call the document he is asked to compose to explain his actions?

If a worker did not follow instructions at work, and this has affected the performance of the company, he/she is often asked to write a kind of an explanatory letter to the management. What do we call ...
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Does using ‘a' here is correct?

I would like to write a sentence where I need to use ‘a' two times. I would like to make sure whether if my sentence is correct or not. In addition, based on a comment by @J.R., how could I use and/or ...
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How to combine two phrases in one sentences

I have a type of dependency between variables. I would like to express that the type of dependency can be set to one or a set of different patterns. The types of dependency patterns are almost ...
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Phrase for “what's up” but using numerical code

Some time ago I've heard phrase What's the 599? Where "599" is some three-digit number I don't remember, which one and why it is used. Maybe it was 322. The meaning of the phrase is "How it is ...
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What do you call a process of diploma work presentation and answering questions

What do you call it in English when you are presenting your diploma work, in front of juries (which are teachers, Dean and other VIPs ) to get a master degree, during your presentation those juries ...
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What can you call a low quality “best 10 everything” website?

Sometimes when you google something like "best camping stove" or "best coffee maker" (just examples) you can see low-quality websites that look very similar, full of amazon affiliate links. And if you ...
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How do you describe the following spot?

Actually, i work at a supermarket, so when a customer asks me about a specific product, i struggle to describe this spot, which is at the back end of the isle. Sometimes i say, it is on the corner ...
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What is a word that would describe some who is strong yet is not afraid of showing his/her emotions to others?

I'm trying to describe someone who is mentally and physically strong, but who is also able to show his/her tender side and emotions.
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How do I ask someone for how long they studied in a school

How do I ask someone for how long they studied in a school in the past? (The are not studying any more.) Is it How long have you studied there? or How long had studied there? or some other ...
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“based on” or “due to”

I have two methods. Each one of them, due to its main idea, requires a specific type of estimation strategy. I would like to say that using a correct English sentence. The estimation strategy of ...
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Describing an action in the very early stage of “something”

What is the appropriate sentence to describe something that someone was used to do at the early stage of coming to the USA? I would say: "When I came to the US and want to ask Walmart's employees ...
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Is there an interjection for an evil laugh besides “muahahaha”, “bwahaha”? [closed]

Is there anything more subtle or less obvious? I don't mind if it's equivocal.
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Meaning of “greet people to the table”

How do you say greet people and invite them to the table? I thought "greet people to the table" meant that, but my English teacher told me, I can't and I can only say "greet people at a table", so ...