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Can I say "I'm so inclined to.." to mean that "I want to do something so badly"?

I wonder why it's difficult for me to find an example of "so inclined to" in the affirmative form. On the other hand, I've come across many in the negative form, for example: I'm not so ...
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What is the natural way of saying in this situation, Mom had just been home but her son didn't pay any attention, but kept watching TV?

What is the natural way of saying to your son in this situation, Mom had just been home but the son didn't pay any attention to her or say "hello" to her, but just kept watching TV? Is it ...
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Can we have adjectives before objective personal pronouns, for example, "I have some photos of baby him"?

THis is a part of the script in the social network film Erica Albright : Well, why don't you just concentrate on being the best you you can be. Mark Zuckerberg : Did you really just say that? Erica ...
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How to express my sold items are diverse?

In Czech, I would say there is a varied offer, would that be correct? What about diverse, various, miscellaneous, multifarious? Also, I didn't find any synonyms to offer in the business sense. Are ...
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Is the way I use "their" in this sentence natural: 'Entrepreneurs are becoming more daring, and their number in the US is increasing every year'?

Entrepreneurs are becoming more daring, and the number of entrepreneurs in the US is increasing every year. How not to repeat the word "entrepreneurs" here without changing the first clause ...
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Do you say "half boarding school"?

I know that "boarding school" means students live in school and don't go home during the school year. They might go home on weekends. In Vietnam, we have 3 types of school. -Type 1: you get ...
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Is this a school badge?

Is this called a school badge? According to Oxford Dictionary badge: (British English) (North American English patch) a piece of material that you sew onto clothes as part of a uniform the school ...
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Is it natural to say "you don't want me to lose face, do you?" in this situation?

My daughter didn't want to wash her hair. If she went to school with dirty hair, her teachers would notice that and judge (quietly in their head) my wife and me to be lazy parents. To convince my ...
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Is the phrase “target improvement” commonly known and used?

In my spare time, I prep Italian teenagers for English language exams and recently I have been reading essays, articles, reviews, and informal emails that have been generated by ChatGPT. I let the ...
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Is it correct to say "the hem came unsewn"?

(source) The thread of my hem of my Tshirt got broken and a short part of the hem is unsewn. Is it correct to say:? the hem came undone the hem came unsewn the hem is falling apart.
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What does "a cat is crawling" mean? [closed]

"Crawl" has 2 meanings: 1-to move along on your hands and knees with your body close to the ground The baby crawled across the floor. 2- if an insect crawls, it moves using its legs There’s ...
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Can I say "let's eat. Hurry up!" to just one person while I am not eating or about to eat?

I know "let's" is short for "let us". For example, Let's break for lunch. = Let us break for lunch. But Oxford dictionary says "let’s [no passive] used for making suggestions ...
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Do you say "he makes money selling saliva" to mean he makes money out of his talking skills?

Sometimes, "to sell saliva" (literally translated) to mean to make money by just using his/her talking skills, normally with a negative meaning. It often used to refer to middlemen. Say you ...
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Is there an alternative to "the quality of something being..."?

I've just talked to my friend in English. Him: What's more important: the people you work with or the work that you are doing? Me: I think the quality of the work being interesting is more important. ...
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English equivalent to a Hindi proverb?

We have a phrase in our language whose rough translation is Only a jeweler can distinguish a diamond. Basically it is a complement to both parties, mentor and protege. For e.g. I was a nobody in ...
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Does it make sense to say to a person "you're good to go" when he is done with something?

In the dictionary be good to go ​(of a thing) to be prepared and ready for use; (of a person) to be prepared and ready to do something By tomorrow afternoon the document will be good to go. I’ve ...
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When you want to indicate you do not look at all women sexually

There is a belief that some men value a woman just because of her womanity, not because of a respect toward a so called 'holy' and honorable creature. Please imagine you as a man respect all women ...
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Is there another way to say instead of saying "make me"?

I watched a film and in the film, a man forced a woman to leave his office but the woman refused to do that. Then he threatened the woman more but she said "make me". I did a study. It seems ...
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How to express a door opens / closes at different ranges?

Look at the above picture, If the space is A, we say "open the door a crack", can we say "close the door a crack" in this position? If the space is B, we say "open the door a ...
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Which phrase is more appropriate, instead of "I don't know?"

I'm non native speaker. I usually have some problems with the suitable expressions used in different situations. If I want to say I don't know, for example, which phrase is more appropriate?
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Synonym for "turn around" in the given context?

Consider the phrase, My English used to be bad, however, between 2012-2015, I lived with American roommates and conversed with them in English. That's when the turn-around came. Can somebody ...
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What is the verb expressing that a child just wants their mom to be exclusively for them?

Now, a woman has a 5-year-old daughter and now she has just had a newborn baby. The daughter starts to get jealous of the baby because she just wants her mom to take care of her only not the baby. ...
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looking for a word meaning 'make look bigger or make seem more important in effect or influence'

I'm looking for a word or phrase verb meaning 'make look bigger or make seem more important than what they actually are in effect or influence'. it isn't 'to exaggerate'. I learned a word for that but ...
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Do you have idioms with "as simple as ..."? [closed]

I know that we have as easy as anything/as pie/as ABC/as falling off a log: ​(informal) very easy or very easily The whole procedure is as easy as ABC. Fooling him was as easy as falling off a log. ...
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Is it too strong to say "the soup will wash off/ away the lipstick"?

People often use "wash something away/off" with strong water force. For example, The flood washed away the bridge Wash the mud off the bikes before you put them away. A woman is wearing ...
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Is it idiomatic to say "I have to race with time" to mean I have to do a thing very fast and finish it before something bad might happen?

I am bringing in the washing when suddenly it starts to rain. I have to do it really fast or else the washing is going to get wet. If I translate from Vietnamese to English, it would be "I have ...
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Can we say "outswim / outclimb / outslide" to mean "swim /climb/slide faster" the same way we say outrun? [closed]

In the dictionary ​outrun somebody/something to run faster or further than somebody/something He couldn't outrun his pursuers. Can we just invent words such as "outswim / outclimb / outslide&...
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Do you say "pimples" or "zits" just for acne or for many other spotted skin condition as well? [closed]

I remember when I was 14 or 15, I had many spots on my neck and face. When I popped them, white mucus came out. I think I had acne back then. (Source) When it is very hot, my skin has some small red ...
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Is it correct to say "squeeze the tube using the flat side of the toothbrush"? [closed]

When my tube is almost out of toothpaste, I often apply the flat side of the toothbrush head onto the tube and run it all the way to the neck of the tube to get some toothpaste out. I just want to ...
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Are "swim across the pool" and "swim widthwise" the same?

A river has 2 long ends and no short ends. So, when you swim across the river, you swim from 1 long side to the other long side. On the contrary, a pool has 2 long ends + 2 short ends. When you say &...
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How to say that my action wasn't effective because I applied it to the wrong thing?

I'm familiar with the expression "barking up the wrong tree" but it means "complaining about something to/with the wrong person". I'm looking for a generalization of that, i.e. &...
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Can I say "keep your head tipping backwards for 2 minutes" to mean to keep the head still and in a state that it is fixed at a tipping position?

After I put in eye drops, I need to keep the head still and in a state that it is fixed at a tipping position for 2 minutes so that more drops get into my eyes and don't come out too much. The verb &...
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Do we have a verb to express "you give a seat to an old person on a train when no seat is available"?

On a crowded train, there is no available seat. An old man gets on the train looking around for a seat. You stand up and give your seat to him. Do we have a specific verb to express "you give a ...
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How to describe the widest measurement of an irregular shape fabric folded in half?

Sorry if I sound confusing. I can't describe it succinctly. Let's say I have a piece of cloth in irregular shape. I've to provide the measurement of the fabric in half. To measure, I flatten the ...
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Is it correct to say "tell your grandma that you had your hair washed today already so you don't have to do it tomorrow"?

May daughter has long hair and she has her hair washed by her mom 3 times a week or every 2 days. Say, today she had her hair washed by her mom already. She is going to her grandma's home tomorrow. ...
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How to describe or phrase "fake a laugh" [closed]

How to describe someone faking a laugh without deliberately saying it. Just hint at it.
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Is "I am all against it" a counterpart of "I am all for it"?

Tom said "I want to go into business" His wife answered "I am all for it". "All" here is an adverb and it means completely. Similarly, can Tom's wife say "I am all ...
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How to express my idea naturally in this situation?

(Here's the part where I commented on the numbers of contingent migrant workers in New Zealand and the UK. Afterwards, I proceeded to make comments on the ratio of these workers)... However, the ...
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Do you say "my car is high on fuel" as a counterpart of "my car is low on fuel"?

People say "to be low on fuel" to mean not having enough fuel. Can I say "my car is high on fuel" as a counterpart of "my car is low on fuel"? Some say the opposite of &...
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Is it correct to say "the chocolate is on/in his hair" and "wipe the chocolate off/out of his hair"?

A boy rubbed chocolate on/in his hair. I am not sure if we say "the chocolate is on/in his hair" If "the chocolate is on his hair", then we "wipe the chocolate off his hair&...
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What is an undemanding person?

A dictionary says "If you describe someone as undemanding, you mean they are easy to be with and do not ask other people to do a great deal for them." Can we use the term "an ...
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Is there another more natural way to say "do it with excitement"?

I asked my daughter to dance but she seemed to dance in a way that lacks enthusiasm. Can I say to her "do it with excitement" in this situation? Or do we have other more natural expressions?
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Is there a phrase to express a thing has already happened really soon after something has been happened?

My child has been sick for just 2 days and now he is much thinner than he was 2 days ago. Do you have a common phrase to express that idea in English? U am not sure "no sooner.. than" is ...
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Is this called a block gate?

Look at this above picture, a complex of several tall buildings has a gate. Vehicles go in and out through that gate and there is some security guards standing on watch there to make sure only ...
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Is "the clock came alive" the opposite of "the clock went dead"?

One of the meanings of the adjective "dead" is having no power/electricity/battery. But I don't see the opposite adjective "alive" meaning having power/electricity/battery. We can ...
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What are the dirty things that come out when you erase a mark called?

You use a sharpener to sharpen a pencil and you have wood shavings. Now, you use an eraser to erase a mark on a paper and you have some dirty bits. What are these bits called? Are they called dirt? ...
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What do you call a mock project in developer internship?

Some IT companies offer internships where would-be developer employees build a project. It may be quite complex, involve dozens of people on the team (backend, frontend, BAs, MQAs, AQAs, PMs, POs, and ...
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How can I express that the number of classes and screens in the application must be equal?

An Android application consists of one or more than one screen. The android developers define a special structure for each screen in an application. These structures are called "class". How can I ...
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Is it called "the filter/strainer/cover/seive of my bathroom drain"?

This is the drain in my bathroom What is the piece of metal with many holes called? Is it called "the filter/strainer/cover/sieve of my bathroom drain" in casual everyday English?
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Is it ok « It’s not a world where to grow up »

I have a song that I said something that doesn’t really sounds great grammatically but I wanna know it’s ok or a big mistake « Everytime I speak it seems too hard, it’s not a world where to grow up » ...

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