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either or with more than two alternatives

How to say a phrase like this: Either "specifically" or "explicitly" or any other adverb is just wrong in that sentence. "Either" is usually used with two alternatives. What is used when we have ...
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Are there synonym phrases for “It is/was exactly the opposite!”

The question is quite straightforward - I did not include my research as it only resulted in synonyms for the word "opposite". The context is that something is completely different to what you ...
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I'd like to be more polite in this situation: say 'I will go for sure'

I am an international student who just came to this country. I always worried about writing emails to my professors, because I think my English is rude. I would like to be more polite, for example, I ...
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What is it called when someone acts one way then acts another way in front of someone else and gets you in trouble?

My sister has made me mad so many times by not saying or doing something alone with me but then goes and says it to me in front of my parents, and I have been getting in trouble for it.
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Can I say Family affairs to mention as reason for leave?

My question is very similar to this where I want to communicate the reason why I won't be able to join the call/party or come to office but without giving any impression to my colleges that there are ...
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Resume - Adding a line which shows “have access to so-and-so individual”

I am trying to include a bullet point on my resume which says the following: I can reach out directly to the senior GM if required. or ... have a sort of direct access to higher management ...
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How to express “balancing time between several activities”?

What would be the best expression to say that I have been rather busy and therefore struggling to find time for many important things such as work, school etc. Something like: I have been trying to ...
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To do a spoiler or to spoiler?

How can I say "to say something to someone that reveals something significant about a piece of media or a piece of software"? Should I say "to spoiler", "to do a spoiler", "to spoil"…? Are both ...
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Idiomatic expression for “close to the average, yet not the average”

What's the idiomatic way of describing someone's ability level as being very-very close to the average, yet not the average? For example, Jack's reading ability is one fraction of a millimeter ...
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Make clear where the reply should be given

As part of a task I make, I sometimes use a site I moderate to contact the users, asking them to reply on a specific page on that site (the one I link). In some cases, I get a message via email, and ...
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Synonyms to “running joke”

Is there a synonym to the phrase "running joke" in any context? I feel like I've heard something like onrunning and I'm not sure if there isn't a connotation of an inside joke, that could serve as a ...
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How to use purple correctly in my sentence

I would like to explain that there is a limited type of an object. For example, suppose that I have an object. Suppose further that the color of this object is very limited, for example, 2 colors only....
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Is the phrase “not before, neither now” correct/common?

I thought that phrase was quite common, so I was shocked to find very few Google results. Maybe the phrase is written wrongly? Or it should be phrased in another way? Here's an example sentence with ...
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making announcement about giving up on main meals

Let's say I am making an announcement to the members of a chess club, at which we gather together every week for having lunch first and then playing chess. I want to inform them that this month there ...
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How to ask someone to speak lower and louder?

Which sentences are the correct to ask someone to speak using a lower voice or a louder voice? Can you please speak lower? Can you please speak louder ? Can you please low your voice? Can ...
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“Get to know” usage

Can I use this phrase for complete strangers? For example, my friend and I are sitting at the table in a coffee shop. There is a girl sitting at another table. I want to come to her, introduce myself ...
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How to include one's affiliation within a text?

Mr James, who works for BBC, has reported on this. What else can we use in lieu of who works for BBC? How else can we express the same meaning? Can we say from BBC? What is the most formal version?
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“Slick in the eye”?

Is there such phrase in English as "slick in the eye" to have the meaning as "directly to the eye"? For example: "A glass bead hit him right in the eye." or "A glass bead hit him slick in the ...
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What are some terms for “spoiled crop”?

Are there specific terms for crop that has been ruined in some way? I'd especially enjoy a word/phrase for produce/crop that has over-ripened or rotted away.
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“If time remains” vs. “if any time remains”

I actually have three questions: If any time remains or if time remains, which one is true? For example: If (any) time remains we will take a look at that or "we take a look at that"? (In ...
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Invite over something

I'm planning to ask someone out for a chat over a coffee or something light. Is following lines correct and common english(US)? Can I invite you for a chat over coffee/tea? Can I invite you for a ...
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American equivalents of “repeat on” to describe food?

repeat verb 3 British [no object] (of food) be tasted intermittently for some time after being swallowed as a result of belching or indigestion. ‘that cucumber repeated on me for hours’ (...
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How to describe this kind of “highlight” in a video?

I want to describe some amazing (little) part of a video, although it may not be directly related to what the video want to convey. From my current search the word highlight is used for articles. So ...
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Is “driving in turn” a real/natural phrase?

Two people are going on a long trip (let's say 8 hours). The first guy drives the first 4 hours, and the other one drives the remaining 4 hours. Is it then OK to say they are driving in turn? Also, ...
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Introductory phrase describing the fact that the speaker and some others were surprised

To my biggest surprise and that of the others, he suddenly started speaking fluently in Japanese. or To my and others' biggest surprise, he suddenly started speaking fluently in Japanese. or ...
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What expressions are used to mean “people who usually meet to consume alcohol together”?

In my home language in a very informal situation the English term TABLE MATE is used for a group of people who get together usually to consume alcohol. Is this expression in use in English? Or else ...
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What do you call those hats that only cover the top of your head?

I'm not really referring to the Jewish hats. More like this one (usually worn by Chinese, I think): What's the name? I typed types of hats on Google, but it doesn't show in the images.
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Came across for taste

If I accidentally order a food and I loved its taste, can I say the following? This food came across unbelievably tasty!
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Word or short description for someone who roams around in his local city and knows about local lesser known places, events, things to do etc

Just like we use travellers or wanderlust or globe trotters etc for people who enjoy travelling out of their own city, I want a word for people who enjoy roaming about their own city and knowing local ...
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A phrase to validate one's awareness (or knowledge) about some event

I am looking for a phrase to validate other person's awareness about something in a formal and polite way, like: "Your alarm went off and disarmed right after. Are you aware of this?" Or: "...
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How to express the comparative degree of being in the south?

How to express the comparative degree of being on the south? -- Why is it not snowing now? Isn't it winter? -- Because we are not in New-York. We are in Miami! It's much lower down south! I ...
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How can I say that a program runs at high load on the computer?

I've found "demanding", but I'm not sure if it sounds natural when talking about computers..
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Saying or expression for “the mistake made by a clever person is worth a thousand mistakes”

In Arabic, we literally say: The mistake made by a clever person is worth a thousand. That is, is worth a thousand mistakes made by other people who are not clever. We use it to mean that people ...
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A term to mean a student who keeps order in the classroom

Is there a word in English for a student in a classroom, typically in elementary, middle, or high school, who would be in charge of keeping order in the absence of the teacher? This person is to tell ...
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An expression for challenging someone to prove their worth

A proverb that is common enough here and whose origin I'm not aware of, literally goes like: If you are a cock, crow aloud at daybreak; and if you are a hen, then lay your egg and shut up! I would ...
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How do I say that an investment program is set to last until 2025?

I have a sentence in Russian: Компания в рамках инвестиционной программы до 2025 года продолжает дальнейшее наращивание мощностей и объемов производства. My translation: The company is ...
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Name of a messenger service inside a big governmental agency, ministry

What do we call the department inside a govt. ministry that undertakes the relay of documentation, official letters, for instance, from outsiders (requests, application by companies, individuals)? ...
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Answering the “What is <the title>?” question with using only a class noun or a noun phrase

-- What is "The Catcher in the Rye"? -- It's a novel by the American writer J. D. Salinger. In the example above, the answer is given with using the class noun ("novel") and the identifying ...
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How to emphasize the fact that the second event is separated from the first one by a big time span?

How to emphasize the fact that the second event is separated from the first one by a big time span? For example: The arguments that you are presenting are quite ridiculous. Look, you delve into ...
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What do I call a curve of drug concentration vs. time if the concentration axis is on a log scale?

I have a number of curves of drug concentration vs. time. The time scale, on the horizontal (x) axis, is normal, while the concentration scale is logarithmic (the equidistant notches say 1000 ng/mL, ...
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One of the main ideas of this text

There is a chunk of text which can be summarized in one or more ideas. The idea is used as something that you learn, by reading that text. What is a word or what would be the best way of saying: one ...
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Describing the fact that the mentioned subject is not in the area of your responsibility

-- What can you tell me about Johnson's progress? Is his professionalism growing? -- How can I say anything about him? On the very second day of his employment, you moved him to the sales ...
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Describing the best attainment in someone's progress: Is “what I mostly pleased by with regard to his progress” okay?

Jack's sense of rhythm has improved a lot over this year, and his improvisation technics have increased, too. However, what I mostly pleased by with regard to his progress is his ability to keep ...
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Idiom request: “If the town's streets are crooked, then it's wrong to walk in straight lines.”

If the town's streets are crooked, then it's wrong to walk in straight lines. This is a literal translation of an Arabic expression. It subtly encourages people to follow suit when immoral behavior ...
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A word or phrase to describe a voiced guess

Here is a situation: One teacher conducts the same activity in class during the first ten minutes of each lesson: she shows the back side of a flashcard to the students, describes what is depicted ...
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How do you describe an anomaly in the car body! deformation? Sunken?

Suppose you had a very slight car accident and a point of the car's door looks as if it's pushed in, something like this However, without any scratches, just a simple anomaly that can be easily fixed....
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Using in general at the end of a sentence

Consider this sentence: In this experiment, we just want to corroborate our previous results. If we want to emphasize that we want to corroborate the results as a whole (e.g., if one or two ...
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Word/Phrase for searching for some support for something

How can we state that we are searching for some supporting evidence for something? For example, in the following sentence: This may cause some errors in the evaluations. However, we do not aim at ...
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What do we call the plastic that has bubbles on it?

As a child, I used to burst the bubbles on this thing: What do we call this thing in English? And how can we express the action of bursting bubbles on it (I mean the verb or phrase that we can use ...
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How to say one street branches from another?

My house is located on a side street that branches from a main street. If I wanted to formally write my home address, how should I do it? I'm thinking: [Side street name], branching from [main ...