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Is it correct to say "I wish I could play in the garden" or "I wish I were allowed to play in that garden"?

This question is all about grammar. Say, a garden is forbidden and no children are allowed to play there. At the present, a child might say "I can't play in the garden" and "can't" ...
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Can we say "I splashed snow/sand/dirt/flour/etc" instead of "water"?

Normally, we say "I splashed water". And, I am sure we can say "I splashed mud" but not sure with other things. My question is that: can we splash things that are not water such as ...
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What is the correct adjective to express that you feel sympathy for people in a movie that you burst out crying?

You watch a film. In the film, there is a little girl lost his parents and now she becomes an orphan. Is it correct to say I was so moved/emotional/ etc that I burst out crying when watching that film?...
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Do we say "turn off the phone" or "hang up the phone" when trying to call someone but he doesn't pick up or his phone is busy?

Normally, we hang up the phone after we already establish a connection and might have a conversation with the person at the other end. Say, I have a mobile and I am trying to establish a connection ...
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Can we say "I am preparing food for you"?

Prepare: to make something or somebody ready to be used or to do something For example, I am preparing a room for you I have just cooked potatoes and meat and my children can eat them together. Is it ...
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first directive: a crude, first order estimate?

Here is an interesting sentence from Spectroscopy for Amateur Astronomers by Trypsteen and Walker (pg 30): Of course, other factors, such as the slit width, telescope parameters ... influence the ...
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What is a balcony on the top floor or the rooftop of a building called?

I know a room or an apartment on the top floor or on the rooftop can be called an attic or a penthouse depending on the room or the apartment. I wonder what a balcony on the rooftop or on the top ...
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Is having something on used only for clothes?

I said to somebody that I have braces on. I meant to say that I wear braces. Would what I said sound odd to a native English speaker? If yes, then how else could I have said it?
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A shorter version of the wording "from this point onwards"

What is a shorter version of the wording "from this point onwards" when we talk about some part of a document or program code? Possible context: From this point onwards we assume that all ...
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In an essay about three books: alternatives to "the three books here studied"?

In an essay about three books, there will obviously be repeated references to this set of three books. What could be alternatives to "the three books here studied"? Is something like "...
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Is it correct to say "a cut on / in my skin", and "a cut on / in my arm"?

According to my research, it seems that people say "there is a cut in the paper/ in the dress" and "there is a cut on my arm/ on my leg". I wonder why people say "a cut in the ...
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How to relay the news that "autumn will be along soon" with phrasal verbs derived from "to come"? [closed]

What are the suitable ways of relaying the idea that "autumn will be along soon" using phrasal verbs stemming from "to come"? I've got a few suggestions, some (maybe all) of which ...
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Can we say "It's sunny outside" when it doesn't have much sunlight?

Normally, dictionaries say "sunny" means "with a lot of bright light from the sun" Say, normally, there will be a lot of sunlight from about 10am to 2pm. Usually, from 8am to 9am,...
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What is the right way to ask a customer to wait till his/her food is prepared at the table?

The problem I face when creating this sentence is that the idioms wait on/at a table mean to serve food and drinks. How can I make a sentence where I am the cashier at a cafe and I want to ask the ...
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What's the expression for the type of strike where employees work by applying all regulations to the letter to slow down their execution?

I read on Wikipedia, translated with Google Translate: [During a "grève du zèle"], employees stick to performing their duties by applying their description and all regulations to the letter,...
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Is it correct to say "the truck will be able to fit under the garage door"?

I think this youtube video from India and the readers are native or near native speakers. The truck has a piece on its roof and it can not go through the garage door. At 8:40, the video says "...
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"Job seekers" or "job searchers"? American English

I want to describe people who are searching for a job with a noun. I wanted to use "job searchers", but it looks like this noun is not so popular according to Google search. What is a better ...
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The hairgrip is in her hair but on her head. Is it idiomatic to say "put in your hairgrip" or "put on your hairgrip"?

We say "put on your hat". Similarly, can the word "hairgrip" be used like a hat, a T-shirt, etc? The hairgrip is in her hair but on her head. Is it idiomatic to say "put in ...
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How a time gap between two dates should be phrased?

I recently wrote this in a document as a summary of a task: This process verifies the structure and makes sure "date2" is equal to supplied "date1" minus 1 month. The phrase is ...
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Is there an expression or idiom to express that your brain has temporarily stopped working because you've been overwhelmed by something?

I am looking for an informal idiom or expression to imply that my brain has stopped working temporarily because say I have dealt with a heavy math question or I have gone through an overwhelming ...
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What are the alternatives for "In the name of God"?

I did a little digging, here. What I found is not what I want. I know in the western culture, this is not prevalent to start a speech or lecture by a sentence like "In the name of God", but ...
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Is it correct to say "I peeped around the door frame at her"

I put my head around the door frame to secretly look at a woman. Is it correct to say "I peeped around the door frame at her"? or "I looked around the door frame to peep at her"?
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What word to use as a translation of the Dutch "handelingsperspectief"?

I'm translating a piece of text form one of my co-workers and we couldn't come up with a proper English word for the Dutch term "handelingsperspectief". According to various sites a ...
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What is the phrase expressing an action of put things in the sun so that the sun light kills germs on them?

When I bring vegetables home from the supermarket, I put them in the sun for hours so that the sun kills germs or coronavirus on the vegetables. Is it correct to say "I sunbathed the vegetables&...
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What is the opposite of "your pee is dark" in everyday conversation, for example, "your pee is clear"?

I often say this to my children: If you drink little water, your pee is dark (1) And they reply: If you drink much water, your pee is light (2) Because they know the opposite pair "dark-light&...
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What is a term or phrase that captures different kinds of indicators?

If you are monitoring and recording trends in unrelated things, then how do you clearly say this without really mentioning the specific things you are looking at? For example, a statistician or an ...
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Is it correct to say "she might hit her elbows on your face" or "she might hit you on the face with her elbows"?

My wife is exercising while my child is running around close to her. Is it correct for me to say "stay away from her or else she might hit her elbows on your face" or "stay away from ...
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A man is about to kiss his girlfriend in a crowd. Is it correct for the girl to say "Stop it. We have eyes on us."? [closed]

In the movie "Stillwater", a woman is about to kiss a man then the man says “we got eyes on us.” when he sees a little girl looking at them. (see the movie script) And the man is American. ...
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Is it correct to say "She is not always washing hands before eating" to express a present annoying habit?

We often use the present continuous tense with "always" to express present annoying habits, "She is always losing her keys" (her present habit that annoys me) "She is always ...
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Are these interchangeable, "I will arrange a meeting for this Friday at 9am" and "I will arrange a meeting for 9am this Friday"?

I am not sure if these sentences are similar "I will arrange a meeting for this Friday at 9am" (1) and "I will arrange a meeting for 9am this Friday" (2)? Let's have a look at the ...
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Is there any words or technical phrases describing the things that do not belong to a specific cluster of things?

Suppose we have 20 things; We form a cluster encapsulating 15 items of these 20 things. So, we would have 5 things that do not belong to that cluster of things. I was wondering if I can refer to the ...
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What is the difference between "I crushed the cockroach dead" and "I crushed the cockroach to death"?

I remember someone said to me that "the man crushed the box flat", so that is the structure "to crush + N + adjective". And it seems most dictionaries say "to crush + N + to ...
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Can I say "Oh boy" to a girl?

I've known that "Oh boy" is similar to "Oh my goodness", but can I use it when speaking to a girl? Also, what are the popular alternatives?
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Do we often use "hang in there" in more physical situations?

In dictionaries, they often use "hang in there" for more figurative meanings. hang (on) in there: (also hang tough especially American English) spoken to remain brave and determined when ...
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How do I describe the phrase “It do can I”?

If I change “I can do it” to “it do can I” How do I describe this way of writing? I think “I wrote it backwards” or “I wrote it back to front” can be misleading as a mirror writing because it can mean ...
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third speed of the fan

I have a fan with three different levels of speed, level 3 being the fastest speed. How should I ask someone in English to turn on the fan so that it would be the third speed? I was thinking of "...
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What is the opposite of "earliest time" [closed]

I want to say When is the last possible time to start the program? I feel like there is a better way to put this in words. I know for the opposite I can say When is the earliest time to start the ...
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to come second best, but not in racing

Would it be natural in English to use "You came second best" applying it to a situation not related to physical running? For example, you are holding a list of one class' students' test's ...
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Can I say "Reduce costs by up to 50% less"?

I want to talk about an achievement and say that sometimes costs are reduced by 20%, sometimes by 50%. I created a solution to reduce costs by up to 50% less. How should I phrase this?
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What do you call (too) elaborate words and expressions?

What do you call (too) elaborate words and expressions? Like when you use literary words no one really uses or intricate comparisons (like, if you watched the TV series The Walking Dead, the way ...
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Is it correct to say "Vitamin C pills bubble up and dissolve when they are in the water"?

The market sells some Vitamin C pills and when you put it into a glass of water, it dissolves itself and causes tiny bubbles in the water as shown in the picture above. Is it correct to say "...
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Word or phrase to describe people who work in think tanks / policy institutes?

Is there a word/term/phrase that specifically describes people who work in think tanks or policy institutes (doing socioeconomic research)? "Researchers" don't work for me since academics ...
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idiomatic English phrase for 'intuitive operation'

I have a new microwave. There are many commercial stickers on it advertising this newly-made model. Here is rough translation into English of some of the phrases from those stickers: 5 modes of ...
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What's the phrase that mean "eating without restriction"?

She let off loose after marrying him and gained 40 pounds. Is it let off loose or is it another phrase? I don't remember the phrase used to mean "eat without restriction". It was a slang I ...
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Is there an idiom that says not to change a perfectly good thing?

Is there an idiom/word/proverb that says not to change a perfectly good thing or something that works?
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How can I ask a question of somebody when I wonder where he or she was placed in the competition?

Under the circumstances where someone i know took part in a competition, an exam or a race and got the results which i don't know yet, I wonder where he or she was placed. So I might ask him or her a ...
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getting rid of "figures", "phenomena" and "features" in describing a common trend

I've noticed that in describing some common trends in English such nouns like "figure", "phenomenon" and "feature" are massively used. Is it possible to avoid using them ...
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What is the phrase used for a "theory of mine" or a "theory I made up or came up with"?

What is the phrase used for a "theory of mine" or a "theory I made up or came up with"? There's a phrase for this, but I don't remember what it was. Was it "pocket theory"...
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with urgency or urgently?

I believe my question refers to collocations and also to which is the most common way of saying that I will send a message alerting people that they have to solve a situation urgently. I've done some ...
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Is there a transitive phrasal verb for dance?

I am looking for a transitive phrasal verb that means "danced X dance" He spun out the Duck dance in front of everyone. I don't think spun out a dance is idiomatic. I am looking for ...

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