Questions tagged [phrase-request]

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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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“Far ahead from where I am”

I want to get the message across that I'm not even going to worry about step B, unless I've gotten step A all figured out, and I still don't have a clue what step A is. I figure there are at least ten ...
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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 ...
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Phrase for states having a common border

In Italian, the word for two states which share part of their border is confinante (its plural is confinanti). For example, I could use that word for Italy and France, Spain and Portugal, or France ...
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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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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 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 there another expression for 'adding to the beauty of'?

Is there a one or two word expression for 'adding to the beauty of' as in placing something in a home?
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to seek an apology from someone

If we’ve offended someone and now by making an apology we need to get them to forget it and forgive us. And then be normal to us i.e. no grudge in heart for us. What sentence is the most suitable? I ...
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“What new features of C# have you used?” vs “What new features of C# have you worked with?”

Does this question sound natural: What new features of C# have you used? Or would you use another phrase, for example? What new features of C# have you worked with?
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Is there a word/phrase for the reciprocal of frame rate?

Frame rate is to frequency as ____ is to period? If a video has a frame rate of 25 fps, the video has a 40ms ____?
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use of idiom “to see eye to eye”

I wonder whether I could use "see eye to eye" when I agree with someone spontaneously like this, " I see eye to eye with you" or when I disagree with someone " I don't see eye to eye with you"
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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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How to convey that the doctor has asked his patient to perform certain medical tests?

Arvind went to his family physician. He asked Arvind to "perform" a couple of tests.Is this usage correct? Since the past few days Arvind has been feeling a little unwell and as a result had ...
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best phrase or sentence to cheer up/celebrate somebody

At work, your colleague got back his sales revenues, or promotion. Then, in this situation, you could say "what". I want to know more expression when you have to celebrate, not the word "...
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Given “A implies B”, is “B implies A” “the other hand” or “the other side”?

I asked a question just now, where x = 2 → x² = 4 is true where "→" means "implies", x = 2 "implies" x² = 4, on the other hand, x² = 4 does not "imply" x = 2 in general, where the ...
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How can I apologize and make promise that wont happen again?

I want to apologize for some mistake in official mail and want to make them sure I will not do that again. "I will take care of this next time" . or "I will take care of this onwards".
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An edible considered holy

If a holy man reads some verses, blows on something that we eat or drink such as water, can we say? Water with holy words read over. OR Water with holy words recited on.
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Does it make sense to say “with the exam passed”?

I wonder if the sentence such makes sense? "I left the school with the exam (whatever this exam may be) passed" The part I am not sure about is the phrase "with the exam passed". I would like to ...
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Can I say 'If you dont like me, Then dont put coffee for me!'?

Recently my friend from other country stated this phrase 'If you dont like me, Then dont put coffee for me!'. I was puzzled when i heard it for first time, then i asked him what is the meaning of it ...
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what is buzzword for a too many cups of coffee

Like the term Boozer is for a drunk, what is the buzzword used for a person who has too many cups of coffee or an overload of caffeine? General used amongst the digital generation sipping away in ...
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A better you, _____? [closed]

I am coming up with a slogan. A better you, _____. a bigger world a broader world a better world a bigger stage a bigger difference A bigger playground Which of them make(s) sense to western ...
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Is there a shorter way to say “Number of times reported”?

I am drawing a table. My table contains list of diagnosis along with how many times a particular diagnosis has reported in the hospital. | Diagnosis | Number of times reported | | | ...
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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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Is “Fear” used correctly here?

In the following sentence "... I did not want to prolong his stay on the witness stand for fear there would not be any time left for them to call Darry Brewer that day." Is the phrase ...
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What do you call something that's the inverse of something?

What do you call something that's the inverse of something? I am asking, because there are many different ways something can be the inverse of something, but what if inverse meant for example "...
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Similar expressions to “jump for joy”

Is there an expression along the lines of "jumping up to the ceiling" which could be used to describe a situation when someone is so happy he's jumping very high?
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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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A thread of cloth is stuck to window?

I want to describe a scene where someone has jumped out of the glass window, the windows is broken and threads of his cloths are "stuck" to broken window glasses. What would be the correct verb for ...
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“Setup work environment” vs “Configure development environment”

I need to assign a first task to a new employee, a developer. They must configure the computer, install the necessary software, etc. I need to name this task somehow and put it into a report. Setup ...
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The formal way of saying “keep away from”

What's the legal term for "keep away from" / "keep a distance from"? I'm looking for a verb that means/expresses such a concept. What I really want is not the legal term but what those people says ...
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What is the term for “participant(s) registering by their own and not sent by a company”?

I'm thinking of "standalone participant" but that feels weird. "Participator" also word that comes to my mind, but I feel it's uncommon to be heard, and also does not have distinguishing marks from ...
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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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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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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 ...