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Alternatives to “to build on an idea”?

I'm looking for an different way to express a sentence such as: I build on the fact that human beings are equal. The synonyms I found don't correspond with the meaning of starting from a concept, ...
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which types of prepositional phrase is it in “ He is a man at heart?”

He is a man at heart. I love a man at/by with heart. Are they two correct? Which types of prepositional phrases are they? I mean whether they acted as adjectival or adverbial prepositional phrases?...
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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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Literary device for sound ending similar to the next word's beginning

What literary device is it if a word begins with the sound the previous word ends in? such as 'doubt' and 'truth' in: Doubt truth to be a liar.
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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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Is using ‘a' here is correct?

I would like to write a sentence where I need to use ‘a' two times. I would like to know if my sentence is correct or not. In addition, based on a comment by @J.R., how could I use and/or with a past ...
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American English phrase for “overwhelm/harm with mistaken/excessive benevolence”

I am looking for a proverb / expression in American English where someone is overly kind to someone else tending to help them make an easier situation for them in the manner that they feel better, but ...
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Phrasal verb for carbonated drinks exploding out of the can after being shaken?

What's the phrasal verb for carbonated drinks exploding out of the can after being shaken? "Exploded out" doesn't sound right, because it doesn't sound idiomatic. I also checked pop off, but it seems ...
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Is there a verb that means “tracks and changes”?

Is there a verb that means "tracks and changes"? I don't think there is so can you find a way to formulate the following sentence in a way that doesn't sound too weird and incomprehensible? For ...
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Which is correct, “differently than” or “differently from”, or neither?

Which is correct, "sort compares strings differently from awk", or "sort compares strings differently than awk", or both are bad, and I should rephrase it?
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What is the word for “event executor”?

If a company runs a service as "one who arranges, holds, and executes planned events", what's the term of it? "Events executor" seems a rather grim name, "Events arranger" seems lack of fume because ...
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Which phrase would be proper to use in written American English?

I need to say that there arises a question after making some points in my essay, so which one is better? Here probably arises a pertinent question as to why he would want to be a bio-engineer now, ...
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How to politely ask someone to repeat what they said after they've already repeated it once?

If you do not clearly hear what another person said, you can say "Excuse me" or "Pardon me" to ask them to repeat it politely. But if you still don't get it, what should you say to ask them to repeat ...
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What do you call a situation where you have choices but no good choice?

How do you call a situation in which you seemingly have a choice, but whatever you choose it will be to your disadvantage in one way or another?
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Is there a word for a limited term of employment for a specific project?

I am looking for a word or term for the concept of being employed only for a specific project. In my native language, we have a word that just means "project employment", it is commonly used to ...
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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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What do you call the act of swiping a finger on your lips and blowing it to mimic a crazy person?

What do you call the act of swiping a finger on your lips and blowing it to mimic a crazy person? I am referring to the act of blowing your finger with your lips and making the "BLBLBLBLBLBLBL" sound. ...
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Word do describe a person who only has knowledge about their own field

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe a person who does not know much about anything but the field they are majoring or have majored on. For example, a computer scientist who does not know ...
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“Need to” or “have”? Politeness

I want to know how to reply when I want to check it would be proper and right in a polite manner. I'd like to ask whether I understood well. For example, Do I need to hold the figure in both ...
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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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What to call a list of banknote + quantity

When transfering cash, especially with large sums or in cashier/accounting jobs you are often tasked with filling and/or signing a piece of paper that is essentially a list of nominal values their ...
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Formal way of saying “cutting”

Say there is a very long article, I took it, then cut/shrink/excerpt it to a much shorter version. What the proper way to express the meaning/action of cut/shrink/excerpt, but in a respectful way?
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Doing something to take the regret away or reduce it

Is there a phrase or idiom in English to mean that you are engaging in something to make yourself not feel as bad about having done or not done something?
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Is there a word for major software developers?

Is there a word for major software developers? There are amateur developers who work alone, there are indie developers who work for small companies and then you have Adobe who is a major developer. Is ...
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What do you call the facial expression where the mouth and the eyes are wide open?

I am thinking about "in awe", but that doesn't necessarily imply that the eyes are wide open and the mouth is also wide open, so if there's no such word is there a phrase that you can use to convey ...
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Is it correct to say moon starry nights?

I'm trying to say very briefly that the night was starry and there was the moon also. Question Is it correct to say moon starry night? If not, do you see any option? Edit Maybe mooned starry ...
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How to say “just a precision” properly in English?

How to say "just a precision" properly in English? By "just a precision", I mean: I said statement X, but I would like to add a statement Y which refines statement X (= make it more precise). ...
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Is there a noun/phrase to call someone living far away from their hometown?

Let's say that Jacob is a student of a high school coming from a place 150 miles away. Because it's inefficient to commute between his school and his home, Jacob decided to rent an apartment near his ...
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Tit for tat, why tit and why tat

I was wondering why the term tit for tat contains the word tit as in titts, and what does tat mean anyway? Thank you.
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Is “to get a view on” idiomatic in this context?

I do this study in order to get a view on that social phenomenon. Is "to get a view on" idiomatic in this context? Or, any other suggestions?
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looking for an expression related to “hire”

I met John through his parents, who are good friends of mine. For a high school student, his passion for and grasp of econometrics were so impressive that I _____ my econometrics research project that ...
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Similar words for 'most talked about' story

Consider this expression: One of the most talked about stories of the offseason is the move of Player X from Team Y. Similarly in the fields of politics or movies. What words can I use in this ...
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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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What do you call these type of desks?

What do you call these type of desks? They are extremely long and they are fixed, I am thinking they must have a name since they're so different from regular desks. Is it the case? If not, what words ...
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Is there an idiom or a phrase that means “he's a talented writer”?

Is there an idiom or a phrase that means "he's a talented writer"? I can think of a few way of expressing it, but none of them sound particularly good or idiomatic even. Most of them sounds weird. ...
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inquiring about a subject of a sentence that you've just overheard

Imagine you have just entered a room and saw your friends talking about something. One of you friends is finishing her sentence (your friends are talking about aircraft, but you don't know that): ...
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What's a good idiom or phrase that expresses that someone is corrupt and is working for a company or someone?

What's a good idiom or phrase that expresses that someone is corrupt and is working for a company or someone? There are political shows where it was used, but I don't remember exactly what the ...
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Using “a far cry from” not for achievements

Is "a far cry from" used for describing situations, in which someone is trying to achieve some result? This phrase looks fine to me (though I am not sure): He was a far cry from being a school ...
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Is there a noun/verb for the process of growing new leaves on a tree?

Deciduous trees shed their leaves (or defoliate) in the fall. What happens in the spring? I'm looking for words like bloom/blossom, but these refer to flowers, right? Are there similar verb/noun ...
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Is “call in a taxi” correct?

Is "call in a taxi" correct? I thought "call in a taxi" was correct, because you would say "call in a supply package", but after looking up Google, I barely get any results telling me that it's not ...
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using “all the” and “the whole” with non-countable nouns

This comes as kind of tricky for me. Looking up the definitions in dictionaries seems to clarify things a lot. But when you run into a practical situation, you still get confused. I don't have much ...
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What's the idiomatic way of describing a question by its recipient?

What's the idiomatic way of describing a question by its recipient? Is "pointed on [someone]" idiomatic? He willingly answers his teacher's questions that are pointed individually on him, but ...
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“set to” vs “set with”

Could you please tell me what is the correct and idiomatic phrase to say: Set a/the variable to 10 Set a/the variable with 10 I suppose that the second phrase is incorrect. This is for ...
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What's the correct way of expressing the action of opening a bridge?

What's the correct way of expressing the action of opening a bridge? Do you think we can make it by the time of the opening of the bridge? Do you think we can make it by the time of bridge ...
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A person who is always in front of the computer

I have a friend who is always in front of the computer and spends a great amount of time surfing the internet or doing anything related to the computer. How can you describe this person in a word?
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“an off track door”

To describe a sliding door or bifold door coming off its track, I would say The door has come off the track. But it seems increasingly popular to omit the definite article and just say The door ...
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The variable “approaches” or “goes away from” 0?

I have some candidates for the former case(x -> 0): The variable approaches zero. The variable approximates to zero. The variable are closing zero. The variable becomes more and more equal to zero. ...
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Is there a verb that means “make a complete 360”?

Is there a verb that means "make a complete 360"? Turn around means make a 180, but I don't know any verb that means "make a complete 360". What's the best word or phrase to say that idiomatically? ...
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Use of the word 'feed' for visitors

Do we feed people? Does the word 'feed' fit best when we talk about guests or visitors? Here is the sentence: This organization feeds thousands of people who attend training sessions here. Shouldn'...
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Is there a phrase or word that means “put on too much makeup”?

Is there a phrase or word that means "put on too much makeup"? I remember there was a phrase and I think it had the word "paste" in it, but I don't remember it. I also think there was a verb that ...