Questions tagged [phrase-request]

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Is there any term about morning laziness?

As we all know, some people are lazy when they wake up in the morning. Is there any term in English expressing "laziness in mornings", maybe like "hangover without alcohol"?
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Does the saying “speaking English like a Spanish cow” exist in English?

In French we have an expression which is: Parler (une langue, l'anglais par exemple) comme une vache espagnole which literally translates to: Speaking (a language, like English) like a Spanish ...
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Terms to refer uniquely to each of the grandparents

In Swedish, there are different words to refer to grandparents which explain whether they are on your mother's side or your father's side. The words are (and literally translate to) Mormor - ...
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How to improve: “not a friend, not a foe, just so”?

I was recently trying to explain to my U.K. friend lyrics of a famous song by a Soviet poet, V. Vysotsky, "Song About a Friend". I found an excellent translation here. However, I find a major ...
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What is a table/list/overview/… of an edge or thumb index?

There is the "Table of Contents" and the "List of Figures (Tables, Symbols, Abbreviations,...)". What is the denomination for a table/list/overview/... of an edge index? Is it the same phrase for a ...
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Expressions similar to “to the core”

Consider these expressions: The whole firm is a sham to the core. Their football team is gutsy and resolute to the core. What expressions similar to "to the core" can I use here?
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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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Alternatives to 'I have got it'

Let's say I am carrying a couple of bags or something like that and some random stranger offers to carry one of them. Do you want me to hold one of these? I have seen in movies that if you don't ...
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Does English have an expression for “Straw Enthusiasm”?

In Polish there's an expression Słomiany zapał which is a play on words, Straw enthusiasm and Straw going ablaze. The idea is that straw burns with a very bright flame but the fire dies out very ...
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Terms regarding “travel allowance”

You made a journey by train, where the ticket cost $100 and no additional costs arose. Afterwards somebody (who is in no way liable to give you a cent for the journey) is so kind as to give you some ...
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How would a native say “just looking around”

You are walking around in a shopping mall or some sort of store, even though you might buy something, you don't have anything specific in mind and you are walking around the store, to have a look. If ...
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Is “what the hell” considered offensive?

Is "what the hell" used as just an expression, or is it considered offensive? In what situations is it "okay" to use it? If it is offensive, is there a more "polite" alternative which expresses the ...
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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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Saying for distracting someone with other activity?

There's a Polish saying jak pies je to nie szczeka, which (literally translated) means "when dog is eating, it is not barking." What is the English saying with the same meaning, used to mean that if ...
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What's the saying that those who scream loud aren't the most dangerous ones?

There is a Polish saying Im pies mniej szczeka, tym bardziej gryzie. Literally translated: The less dogs barks, the more it bites which means that not those people are the most dangerous, ...
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“Thank you in advance” - how to replace?

When writing emails, I often ended it with "thank you in advance". Even more, I used to have it in my signature for a certain time (mea culpa). However, recently I've been told that it is not ...
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Expression to differentiate between listening problem and understanding problem?

If during conversation, I face problem in understanding what the other speaker is saying, I may come with following polite statements: "Sorry...?" "Sorry, could not get you..." "Pardon me....
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What can I say politely when something bad happens? [closed]

I am looking for a short phrase that I can say when something bad happens. For example, when my mouse breaks or my computer is hanging. I know the expression damn it but I need something more polite.
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What is the saying to use when someone has long worked for an accident to happen?

What is the English saying/phrase to use when someone has long worked for something bad to happen to him? For example he was so long involved in risky activities, or he was treating other people ...
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A single term for city and town, but not village?

Is there a single term (word or phrase) for city and town, as opposite to village? In my language there's no distinction between city and town, so having one word for both of them is quite natural (...
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Can you reply “you too” to wishes such as “Good luck”?

Suppose someone is saying to you: I wish you Merry Christmas! or Good luck! Is it meaningful to reply "You too"? Or should you respond "Same to you"?
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What's the shortest phrase to describe Q&A sites like Stack Exchange?

What's the shortest phrase to describe sites like Stack Exchange? It's not a forum, it's Questions-and-Answers site, which is quite a long phrase, and not very precise (because it's the site with ...
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A brief response to salespeople's leading questions?

How to respond shortly to suggestive questions such as: Do you want to buy this one or this one? Those are very popular among tradesman and are of manipulative nature. I don't want to explain each ...
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How can I negate or confirm a question tersely using negation?

From a logical point of view, the answer no negates the negation, and yes confirms it. But how would a native speaker react when s/he asked "Don't you love me any more?" and got yes or no as answer? ...