Questions tagged [phrase-request]

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If I put on a shirt then put on a coat, am I wearing two-tiered clothes?

What are possible ways to describe my action of putting on two clothes, and what are possible ways to describe my situation after putting on two clothes one on top of the other? What ways of ...
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How do you say 'the choice fell on [smb]' in a more native-like way?

As I understand it, you would rarely say 'the choice fell on [smb]'. What is a more natural way to put a chosen thing or person at the end of the sentence (as an object) in order to emphasize it?
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can we use “trip over the floor” to express “you fall because your flip flops, sandals, etc have too much friction on the floor”?

Ok, this is the symptom that people who wear flip flops or sandals have. That is flip flops or sandals have too much friction on the floor. So when a person in flip flops etc walks, they may fall ...
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How to express this action in English: “lean over with your butt up”?

Ok, how to express these actions in English "lean over with your butt up"? look at these pictures: and many are paying in that position
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Is the phrase “an extensive amount of hard work” correct and does is sound natural?

What I want to indicate in my writing is that I understand I need to work really hard as a student in the program. I'm using this sentence: I am aware that studying in such an intense and demanding ...
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Expression for physical stress-reaction

I'm looking for an expression that describes an unconscious physical reaction to an extremely stressful event where one would put both hands on the top of their head. My phrase would look something ...
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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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“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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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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Is there a better way to say “I don't know everything he's thinking right now”?

I *, but if I were to guess I would say "he's doing this because he's hungry." Is there a better way to say "I don't know everything he's thinking right now"? I was thinking of writing the sentence ...
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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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Dating a diploma: “executed at” vs “done at” vs “given at” vs “signed at”

I am translating a typical French diploma into English. The translation will be certified, so I am trying to use the proper terms. The diploma ends with a date: which indicates when the diploma was ...
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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 is the phrase for 'people always giving free advice'?

There are always these people who are giving their opinion and ideas about anything just to show how intelligent they are, even if they are not asked. But the advice is either absurd or too ...
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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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How to distinguish between American Indians and Indian Indians in native English (language) parlance?

How to distinguish between American Indians and Indian Indians in native English (language) parlance? Can I say Indian Indian to say Indian from Asia compared to the Native Americans?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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words to describe the sound bombing makes?

I report in English in a conflict zone. I often need to describe the sound bombing and airstrikes make when slammed into their target, mainly nearby. The only word I use in such situation is "...
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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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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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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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What do you call the act of drinking a whole bottle of, say, water in one go?

What do you call the act of drinking a whole bottle of, say, water in one go? It doesn't have to be water.
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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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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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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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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: “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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How to express this idea

If I found there is an error in a quote I offered in my previous email, and then l rewrote the right price in a new mail, how to express the receiver should view the price as correct, the price in the ...
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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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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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Word to describe something that is not the “last” one

Suppose you have a series of objects (first-second-third-fourth). Here the fourth object is the last object and the first object is the first object. But what is a word to call first, second and third ...
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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 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 an English equivalent for the Italian saying “It's another pair of sleeves”?

In a meeting an Italian told a puzzled English audience: "It's another pair of sleeves". It's an Italian way of saying: "it's another thing", or "this new argument is something different or off topic"...
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How to say that a point should be skipped so that we can move on to a better (or deeper) question?

My question is in the context of essay writing. My essay will discuss the viewpoints presented by this video from BBC. In the video, the question "How should we include transgender athletics in sport?"...
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Apologizing informally

Is it appropriate to say 'Sorry for making this hard for you'? Some context: We tried to set up a time to meet but we have conflicting schedules so we decided to meet later at night.
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Phrase request: Scale units

Can you help me to think of another ways to say: "The gauge has a scale with units at a distance of every 10 cm."? Are the following sentences correct: "The gauge scale is divided by 10 cm ...
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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 ...