Questions tagged [phrase-request]

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Opposite of “setting on fire”

What do firefighters do with buildings on fire? What is opposite of "setting on fire"? "putting fire down"? Please give more than one suggestion.
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Which makes more sense? [closed]

I'm writing a song, but I'm torn between what truly makes sense for this verse. The verse is, "Too early, to be swept away from, mothers." Should it be, "Took away", "Picked away", "Torn away", or ...
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How to say “Stay where you are” in this context?

I'm writing a kind of a little senario. A child was running. There was a stone in the road so he felt. His leg hurt. A doctor was passing by and said: You will be okay. You just need to sit here ...
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What do you call it when a voter intentionally makes his ballot invalid in protest (by putting crosses in all boxes, for example)?

Some voters turn out at polling stations and then invalidate their ballots on purpose to express, for instance, their dissent with how elections are carried out. It could be expressed by making ...
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What do you call candidates in elections who don't actually have a chance to win and only create an illusion of competition?

In Russian, there's a phrase which can be literally translated as 'a technical candidate' that refers to people who are allowed to elections only to serve as, put bluntly, election props that create a ...
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Idiom to express “solution to any kind of problems”?

I want to know if there exists an idiom that conveys the meaning of one solution fitting all problems in all scenarios? What swim into my mind are two phrases: 1) silver bullet, 2) one size fits all....
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Other ways of asking “what’s in the news?” [closed]

“What do they write in newspapers about?“ - does this sentence sound right for a native speaker? If not, what are the alternatives?
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A request to refer to the bottom of the document

I have created a table in a "Word" document and described each column of it. Description came out to be too big, so I decided to move it down to the very end of the document. But I want the users to ...
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What expression somewhat similar to 'that said' can I use to separate a whole group of sentences from the next?

I want to begin a sentence with 'All said put aside, [...]'. Google can't find one single instance of using this phrase. What can I use instead? And what's grammatically wrong with it (if anything)? '...
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Other ways to express knowing someone

Say I love a someone very much and I spend a lot of time with them. I’d like to know others ways to express knowing them. I have a few words in mind like building up a connection, a bond, intimacy, ...
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How to ask someone to spar?

I remember reading this many times, probably in novels, this form of asking someone to spar: ...to exchange some... maybe something like, “Do want to exchange some blows?” I'm not using it in a ...
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Did you see your kids/Have you seen your kids/Have you been seeing your kids

If I had a friend who is divorced from his ex-wife, who he has two kids with. He sees the kids once in a while as they are living with the ex-wife. If I hadn't seen him for two weeks and then met with ...
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Can I say: “The train departs at 16 past every hour“?

In German, we can say "jede Stunde um 16 nach". I just overheard someone teaching there was no such possibility in English. Yet I found "hourly at 45 minutes past" in one answer here. Is the following ...
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Looking for a phrase meaning “making unnecessary distinctions”

I’m looking for a phrase I once read from a philosophical composition, which roughly means “drawing a line between things that shouldn’t be distinguished from each other.” What I can vaguely recall is ...
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What is the name of the person whose role is to be the first contact for complaints?

What is the general name of first contact person who is initially approached/contacted for any complain? If for example, I am part of an industry and I work in chemical engineering department and I ...
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The colloquial expression of future prediction using tree falling analogy

I once heard a vivid expression which expresses that you can't precisely predict the future, which goes something like this: you can't anticipate each branch you will hit when falling off a tree ...
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What is it called when at university there are two subjects being held at the same time?

For example, I need to enroll in two different courses at university, but there is a schedule in which both are held. Is it an 'overlapped schedule' or something similar? Is there a proper expression ...
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Please post good answers- is it a request or an order?

Please post good answers Is the above sentence an order or a request? Since it is an imperative, it may be an order. Since the sentence begins with please, it seems to be a request. I think it is ...
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the meaning of “would” in “wish”-clauses

I've come across the following passage from Mina Murray's diary (from Dracula ). Mina is worried that her finance hasn't written to her for quite a long time. No news from Jonathan. I am getting ...
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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 [closed]

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 ...