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What do we call Things/Objects we put together to draw?

I mean like in one word, What do we call the forms/formation/pattern of (vases, books, fruits, gypsum geometrical shapes, glass, ..etc) that we put together following a particular artistic way to draw ...
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Asking about a student's school performance rank in class (in Asia setting)

Teachers in Asia usually rank their students according to their academic performance in class. Thus, if there are, say, 23 students in one class, there will be 23 "places," place 1 being the place for ...
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do we say “he is checking in to the building” to express someone is wiping his magnetic card on the security system to get in?

check in [phrasal verb] 1 : to report to someone when you arrive at a place (such as an airport or convention) to let them know you are there Passengers must check in one hour before the ...
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is it idiomatic to say “to walk / run / climb up straight, don’t slouch” like when we say “Sit up straight, don’t slouch.”?

straight (adv): 2 POSITION in a level or correct position Sit up straight, don’t slouch. People often say "Sit up straight, don’t slouch" or "Stand up straight, don’t slouch". My question is, ...
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Do we say “lift your left leg off the floor” when you just actually fold the shin and make it parallel to the ground?

Ok, look at the picture, there are 2 movements The first movement, the person seems to lift his leg off the floor, the knee goes forward and the thigh & the shin form a triangle. The second ...
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What is it called: anti-insect sliding door & anti-insect sliding window?

Look at the picture below, Normally, people have normal sliding doors made of glass or wood or whatever. And to prevent insects from flying into the house, people often add another layers of of net-...
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Correct word choice for “ups and downs” in a road

Would using "peaks and valleys" be more correct or is there an appropriate word/term?
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“Not want to hurt” synonyms

I want to express that people act in a way that they do 'not want to hurt/harm' a company. However, I wonder if there is another way to express it without a reference to physical suffering. As people ...
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Walking to someone

Id like to know if these various sentences about walking to someone mean the same thing I’m walking up to her. I’m walking towards her. Im walking to her. I’d appreciate knowing other ways to say ...
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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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How do we express that you are riding a motorbike / a bike / a horse with your friend sitting behind you on it?

Look at the verb "ride" in the dictionary [transitive, intransitive] to sit on and control a bicycle, motorcycle, etc. ride something + adv./prep. The boys were riding their bikes around ...
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Do we say “the rope, the hair or the rubber band are broken or cut or split”?

This is a rubber band And this is a rubber band that was cut Also, look at the picture Do we say "The rubber band / rope is broken or cut or split"? or do we have other specific terms to express ...
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Dialogue consisting of questions and answers?

Is there a specific word for a dialogue between two characters in a play or novel, where that dialogue only consists of questions and answers?
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How to say when you want to delay a state: to suppress my pee / poo / cough / laugh / smile / anger / giggle / pain / excitement / etc?

How to say when you want to delay a state? hold somebody/something ↔ up to delay someone or something Sorry I’m late – I was held up at work. suppress something to prevent yourself from ...
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A boy ran into a chair & made the chair fall off, can we say “you fell the chair”?

fall [intransitive] to suddenly stop standing She slipped on the ice and fell. A tree fell, just missing his car. fall + adv./prep. I fell over and cut my knee. The house looked as ...
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What is the opposite action of “You fought with your sister over the toy”: “you sacrificed the toy for your sister.”?

fight [intransitive, transitive] to struggle physically with somebody My little brothers are always fighting. He taught me how to fight with a sword. fight with somebody Riot police ...
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What is the opposite movement of “go into the shade of the wall”: “go into the sunny area”?

shade: [uncountable] an area that is dark and cool under or behind something, for example a tree or building, because the sun’s light does not get to it shade of something The shade of the ...
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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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Location vs position

Assume, we have teacup (with handle) on the table. Then we rotate the cup so that its handle is now pointing to other direction, but the cup itself remains in the same place. Can we say in this case ...
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Please suggest me the correct sentence - “as they need” or “as they will be needed”?

I need help regarding this two sentences bellow. I am not sure which one is correct, or if either sound fluent. Please tell me about the correct grammatical rules. We will write various ...
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is it idiomatic to say “Please spare your gut for dinner”?

This is one of my child's problems. That is he often eats cakes, snacks, etc before main meals (lunch, dinner) and therefore he has no appetite when coming to lunch / dinner. My mother tongue is ...
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What are these called: to purse your lips?

purse your lips: to form your lips into a small tight round shape, for example to show that you do not approve of something Look at these 3 pictures: Are they all "purse your lips"?
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What should I say “Do not step on your spit!”?

spit: [uncountable] the liquid that is produced in your mouth SYNONYM saliva Ok, my little child has just been fed some food. Now, he spat some out onto the floor. I don't want him to step on the ...
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What are they called: the kick stands and the defensive spike of a scooter / motorbike?

A scooter / a motorbike often has 2 supporting structures to help itself to stand alone. 1- The 1st supporting structure could be a V or U shape steel one that helps the scooter / motorbike stand up ...
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What should an English writer from a non-English speaking country be called?

What should an English writer from another country be called? For instance, a Spanish person migrates to England and starts writing novels in English. Should we call him "a Spanish-English novel ...
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Is there a word or phrase for a time period in which you find yourself unable to make any progress?

I am sure this has happened to most people. For example, you start learning playing tennis, and for the first few month you progress steadily. However, after a certain period of time, you are in a ...
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I am not sure how to convey this

The media affects the public opinion in order to change election results in favour of businessmen \ to the advantage of businessmen who in return, support the media financially. I want to say ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “push something halfway / completely into something”?

Look at this picture When I tell my toddler put the straw into the milk box, she often push it completely into the box. And as a result, the straw got lost inside the box. What should we express in ...
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How do we express this position: to lie across the rail bars?

Look at the picture Do we say "they are lying across the rail bars"? Also, see this picture Do we say "the cat is lying across the bar"? Or what are the idiomatic way of saying that?
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how to express this position in English: “to put your feet up”?

Look at these pictures and People often put one of their lower legs and rest it on the thigh of the other leg. Sometimes, that action is just his habit, but it could be that he want to relax when ...
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How to express idiomatically in this situation: please slide in the middle of the slide or stay away from the edge?

Look at this picture The kid seems to slide on the edge of the slide, which is dangerous as she may fall off. I want her to slide in the middle of the slide. What should I say "please slide in the ...
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What are common adjectives to express a person who is difficult, unfriendly, likes to argue, do not cooperate? harsh or sharp-tongued or shrewish?

Some people are very difficult, unfriendly, likes to argue, disagree, do not cooperate, often talk with loud voice. What are common adjectives to express these kinds of people? harsh or sharp-...
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What is “the flesh under the cheeks & chin, before the neck” called?

Look at these picture: What is "the flesh under the chicks & chin & before the neck" called? Is it still called "the under chin or under jaw"? For example, The man is thin not fat & I ...
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how to express when a person put an object (a table, a chair, a bar of wood) down heavily and noisily on the ground?

Ok, in the dictionary stamp [transitive, intransitive] stamp (something) to put your foot down heavily and noisily on the ground I tried stamping my feet to keep warm. Sam stamped his ...
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Do we say “to sing the toddler to pee / poo” or do we have similar common terms in English?

This is common in Asia, but I am not sure if it is in Western country. That is some parents in Asia don't want to put diapers on their toddlers. Instead, they often find a suitable time to take their ...
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What's the NEET's verb form in English?

The noun NEET is called 啃老 in Chinese. Which means an adult keep getting money from the parents with no job. There's a good description at Wikipedia. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/NEET The ...
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What is the correct way to ask someone to take a photograph of us?

What is the correct way to ask someone to take a photograph for us Excuse me, can you take a picture of us? OR Excuse me, can you picture us?
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About Door Anatomy. Is it called a door frame or a casing?

casing 2 : a frame around a door or window door a : a movable piece of wood, glass, or metal that swings or slides open and shut so that people can enter or leave a room, building, ...
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Do we say “Glass Crumb” just as we often say “Food Crumb”? If not, what is the word to say?

crumb (n): a very small piece of food, especially of bread or cake, that has fallen off a larger piece She stood up and brushed the crumbs from her sweater. ok, now I want to change the ...
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Bullet passed by my head

The bullet passed by my head by a difference of a few inches. I am trying to say that somebody fire a bullet at you that barely missed your head? Or Somebody fire a bullet that nearly hit me in the ...
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What is this action called? He is teasing me?

tease [intransitive, transitive] tease (somebody) | tease (somebody) + speech to laugh at somebody and make jokes about them, either in a friendly way or in order to annoy or embarrass them Don'...
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What is it called? a teapot or water container?

This a teapot a teapot: a container with a spout, a handle and a lid, used for making and serving tea She refilled the teapot with boiling water. see the picture below And, you often see ...
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Other expressions for “Receive a phone call”?

I use "receive a phone call from someone", but always have thought other simple phrases instead of that. What is it ?
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is it wrong to say “to clean your pee” when you want to mean “to remove it”?

clean [transitive, intransitive] clean (something) to make something free from dirt or dust by washing or rubbing it to clean the windows/bath/floor to clean a wound Have you cleaned ...
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Is there a phrase like “fill me in” for remind me?

I looked for synonyms, but strangely enough there's nothing that sounds like "fill me in", but I swear there was a phrase like that, which meant "remind me". https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/remind ...
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What is it called “a 3-wheel-truck”?

ok, people say A three-wheeler is a vehicle with three wheels. A three-wheeler could be -A Motorized tricycle, motor trike, or three-wheeled motorcycle is a three-wheeled vehicle based on the same ...
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What to call a troll who persistently annoys others through jargon

Not too long ago, I've encountered this god awful 'troll' on Discord who tends to provoke others without a break. The person would compose paragraphs of endless blasphemy purposely for the attention ...
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do you say “walk sloppily” to express someone who walks in a tired or lazy manner.?

Ok, a person may walk like this -He may slouch -He may tilt his body from side to side while walking -He may arch his back forward or backward while walking. -He may look down at the ground, or up ...
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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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About Asian ancestor worship, do we say “he is praying for his grandpa” or “he is worshipping his grandpa”?

Ancestor worship is very popular in Asia. Asian people take great care in preserving the memories of their ancestors and honoring them with regular prayers and offerings. Ancestor worship is such an ...