Questions tagged [phrase-request]

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Do we say “She fell on her head”, “She fell with her head onto the floor”, “She fell and hit her head onto the floor”, “She dived into the floor”?

Ok, look at these pictures A man may have been in a standing position & suddenly fell off with his head coming into contact with the floor first before other parts of his body (back, legs, etc). ...
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How to say that creating account take place on a registration form?

I write user guide on English (foreign language to me). Web Application have form on separate page for new user registration. I need to build sentence to say about this, but can't find right words. ...
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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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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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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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Using in general at the end of a sentence

Consider this sentence: In this experiment, we just want to corroborate our previous results. If we want to emphasize that we want to corroborate the results as a whole (e.g., if one or two ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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I think that I used “A few” too often in this text - is the another way to say the same thing?

I am describing a part of literature in introduction of my paper with the following way(I studied on effect of blade thickness in CFD methods): A few authors experimentally investigated the effect ...
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Brain is equally important as brawn in sports

Any idioms/expressions/phrases which conveys the same idea in the title? Example: In badminton, it's not just how fast or hard you hit the shuttle but you also need to play with smartness to defeat ...
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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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Short universal single expression for saying a kind of congratulations

My friend tells me that their physics teacher is such a good man, he's always so thoughtful of them to learn the lesson and answers all their questions patiently and as simply as possible, while our ...
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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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“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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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What is it or are they called? a ladder or stairs?

ladder a piece of equipment for climbing up and down a wall, the side of a building, etc., consisting of two lengths of wood or metal that are joined together by steps or rungs to climb ...
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What are vocabulary relating to “umbrella”?

um‧brel‧la /ʌmˈbrelə/ ●●● S3 noun [countable] 1 Image of umbrellaan object that you use to protect yourself against rain or hot sun. It consists of a circular folding frame covered in cloth → ...
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How to express “to slide out of your hand”?

In the dictionary slip [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to slide out of position or out of your hand His hat had slipped over one eye. The fish slipped out of my hand. The child slipped ...
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do we say “She tripped over her dress / skirt” or “she was entangled in her dress / skirt”?

When a women wears a long dress or skirt, one or both of her feet may accidentally step on it & that may make her tumble. See this picture trip 2 ●●○ verb (tripped, tripping) 1 FALL (also ...
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Is it correct to say “postpone a partially done task”

We can definitelly say "to postpone a task" if the task hasn't been started yet. Could you please explain whether it is correct to say "to postpone a task" if there is already some progress on the ...
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How to express these actions in English: She is hanging / swinging on the roof of the castle?

These are the actions. There is a plastic castle for children to play like this picture My question is that How to express these actions in English Action 1: a child puts his both hands on the ...
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How to express this toddler behavior: “She always stares and seems to beg for food of other kids” or “She always sponges food from other kids”?

This is one of the common behaviors of toddlers. Toddlers may not want to eat food that their parents give to them. But when their parents take them to a group of other kids or people who are eating ...
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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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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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Expressions to refer to some point in the future

Which of the following expressions is idiomatic and\or grammatical? I think I will be busy until I become 45 or something. By that time, my children will be mature enough to depend more on ...
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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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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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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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Is there a phrase that means “open like a swing door”?

Is there a phrase that means "open like a swing door"? By "open like a swing door" I mean both door panes open up without sliding open and remains open like we see in the picture. I am not sure if ...
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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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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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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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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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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 “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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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 “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 ...