Questions tagged [phrase-request]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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“set to” vs “set with”

Could you please tell me what is the correct and idiomatic phrase to say: Set a/the variable to 10 Set a/the variable with 10 I suppose that the second phrase is incorrect. This is for ...
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Is there a verb that means “make a complete 360”?

Is there a verb that means "make a complete 360"? Turn around means make a 180, but I don't know any verb that means "make a complete 360". What's the best word or phrase to say that idiomatically? ...
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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 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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How to refer to a foreign-language student's ability to use his/her good listening comprehension in conversations?

What's the idiomatic way of describing a foreign-language student's ability not only to understand things, but also to use that knowledge and understanding in conversations? For example, Her ...
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keep title short

Suggestion to use contracted terms in titles (of a book or something) to make them shorter (not too long): Prefer contracted terms to keep titles short. Does the selected phrase sound natural?
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The meaning of “to be a matter of”?

Happiness is a matter of health in body and soul. The sentence is meant to say that "happiness is defined by health in body and soul". Does "is a matter of" mean that? Is it idiomatic to use it in ...
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Is “for a soon-clear reason” a correct phrasing?

I a part of my paper I am going to call this thing I am talking about "XYZ". The reason why I call it XYZ would be clear very soon in the paper. So can I say the following? For a soon-clear reason, ...
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A phrase meaning “as frequently/often happens”?

I am looking for a phrase meaning "as frequently/often happens"? ---- , she believed it when she heard such sort of rumor.
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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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Is “fell 50 feet down the ship” grammatical?

I am wondering how to put "the height from which someone fell" and "from what location someone fell in the same phrase, and trying to do that I struggled to find the correct phrases to put them into ...
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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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How to say this in American English?

Say, someone gives you wrong or bad advice and you tell him jokingly that he should not be giving advice. How do you reply in this case? I want to say something like this: "Giving advice is not ...
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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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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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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 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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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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What to say when somebody isn't interested in our product?

Let's say you have a new product and want to send a free sample to a few influencers. How to respond (in a kind way) when somebody rejected you, especially when that person gave the reason why? I'd ...
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How to tell patrons to ask their waitress about the compostion of the “Traveler's Dinner” offer?

I'm the owner of "Traveler's Coffee" Café in Russia. We make an ad for our new offer – "Traveler's Dinner” – for fixed price. The composition of the offer will change every week. We have many foreign ...
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Other than “note that” or “NB”, what is a phrase that can point out facts and that admits a shorthand in handwriting?

I wonder if there is phrase, other than "note that" or "NB" (for some reasons), such that it functions the same as "note that" and at the same time has a short abbreviation in usage? I thought of "we ...