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How do you say that “nails are nailed all over the surface of a cylinder”?

I want to say something, but the resulting sentence is way too long and awkward, so I was wondering if there was a way to express that nails are nailed all over the surface of a cylinder. Here's an ...
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What do you call the act of a political staff of taking ideas from a think tank?

What do you call the act of a political staff of taking ideas from a think tank? I thought about the idea "get inspiration from", but it wouldn't work, because taking the recommendations and turning ...
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Is “One's life of them” a valid phrase?

I want to use a phrase that takes the form of possession. It may be a matter of an apostrophe with s or a usage of a possessive pronoun, I suppose. What I want the phrase to mean and indicate is that ...
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Is there a phrase that means “the consequence of which if not abiding to it”?

Is there a phrase that means "the consequence of which if not abiding to it"? This made up phrase is really awkward sounding, because of the part "if not abiding to it", which is like a parenthetical ...
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Is there an idiom or a phrase that means “diarrhea prone intestine”?

There's an expression for heartburn if I am not mistaken and it's "upset stomach" as in "I have an upset stomach, so I can't drink beer". However, I can't think of a single idiom or phrase for people ...
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A verb or an idiom for “half believe, half doubt”

Is there any word or some idiomatic expression that would mean "half believe, half doubt"? For example, Having listened to that weird story, children half believed it, half doubted. Meaning that ...
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What's the polite way to say “I need to urinate”?

What's the polite way in the UK to say "I need to urinate" (both for men and for women)? Or maybe there's no problem with that sentence? N.b. I'm asking about situations in which I know where it's ...
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Word or phrase for “still going on” in this context

Talking about university admission: Admission is still going on. Can I say : Admission is still in date? And, admission is out of date, for showing contrast? Please explain. Thank you.
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A term for reaching the height that an airplane is going to keep at during most of the flight

What's the right expression in English to describe an airplanes' reaching the height that it is going to keep at during most of the flight? For example: -- Excuse me, stewardess, can I have some ...
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Positive sentence for “it won't take long”

How would you rephrase "it won't take long" to a positive sentence? Is "it will take short" idiomatic? More context: "it" refers to any activity like shopping, or hair cutting, or tidying up.
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A short and positive phrase for “it doesn't take long”

In German, there is a very idiomatic sentence Das geht schnell. with the meaning It takes only a short while. I've got some good answers relating the scenario described at the end of my ...
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Which types of prepositional phrase is “toward its employees” in Philosophy guiding the organization's policies towards its employees is not bad?

The philosophy that guides the organization's policies towards its employees is not bad. The philosophy guiding the organization's policies towards its employees is not bad. The organization's ...
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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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Is there a verb that means “repurpose a religious building for the needs of a different religious group”?

You know when buildings initially made for a particular religion is used by a group of a different religion? I am not sure if it happens in real life, but how would you say it? There must be a way to ...
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What's the most effective way to say “work for free, not for money, but for experience/training”?

Is there a way to say this? It has become a standard practice for small startup to take advantages of people with little work experience. They make you work for 3 months for free and then they let you ...
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economy based on selling non-raw materials

What's the best way to describe a sector of economy that is based on selling technologies or anything else, but not on selling raw materials? "non-raw-material economy"?
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What's the American version of “fellow member”?

Fellow member means: Someone who is a member of the same organization or society as you. Collins Dictionary The dictionary states that it means that in British, so what is its exact synonym in ...
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Is there a concise way to say “all of the X, one of each”?

So when you want to buy all of the donuts in a shop, but only one of each. You say: I want all of the donuts. The employee then ask you "all of them?" You tell him "No, one of each." Is there a faster ...
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Anything wrong with “Let me come up with a more interesting exercise”?

In the previous year I did a coding test problem when applying for a job; one of the problem requirements were of little sense to me, so I decided to replace it with a slightly different thing which I ...
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Can “in which” be used instead of “which” to express something in a more stronger way?

I have used "which" in a situation where two entities use things, but one entity used a different thing in the second time while the other entity stuck to the same thing it used in the first time. I ...
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Idiomatic phrase to suggest having a drink “to honor” the first time being together

"Let's drink to our meeting!" How would native English speakers suggest celebrating their first time together by having a drink "in honor of the meeting"? Say, a man met a woman while on vacation in ...
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How do I ask for pick up and drop off services from the hotel [closed]

I booked a hotel which offers complimentary pick up and drop off services. I'd like to know the English I need over the phone when I arrived at the train station where they can pick me up. Also I'd ...
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Asian appearance, look or face?

I want to express the meaning that I look like a typical East Asian. Can I say that: 1) I have a (typical) Asian (physical) appearance? 2) I have an Asian look? 3) I have an Asian face? Or any ...
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How can I tell someone that I want to be his or her friend?

Let's say I'm new to a school or a place and I'd like to know the name of my colleague and I want him or her to be my friend. From a movie, I heard a sentence like that: Can we know each other? ...
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Expressing the short time that passed since I received some information

Let's say something recently happened (Alice called Bob) and a few seconds ago someone told me that Alice called Bob. What's the most natural way to express this: I just knew that Alice called Bob I ...
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How to ask for email response in very kind way

I am writing an email to my work team. I am sharing with them a new suggestion. I would like to have their opinion on this new idea. Therefore, I would like to write a nice sentence asking for their ...
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Family dependence [closed]

Suppose a young person is going to separate from his family and live alone! He is talking to an elderly who is familiar with he and his family regarding this matter; the person is going make sure if ...
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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 it correct to say moon starry nights?

I'm trying to say very briefly that the night was starry and there was the moon also. Question Is it correct to say moon starry night? If not, do you see any option? Edit Maybe mooned starry ...
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Expressing the idea of having a very busy time

I need another excuse of "I was very busy" as people became tired of hearing it. So, I thought of expressing the idea of having a very restricted/limited time for all the tasks that I have been ...
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to have a lot of guts

Are there any other expressions to say "I have a lot of guts"? The situation is you want to express that you have enough courage and conviction in a job interview.
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“Review” a course?

I want to find a word to express relearning something. For instance, after taking a lecture you may find that something is still confusing and you go to learn it the second time by reading the ...
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Does “he squandered his car on drink” sound natural?

I am struggling with how to express the idea that somebody sold out some article of his possession (computer, car, house, etc.) and used the money to buy himself alcohol to drink. For example, -- ...
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“Break the doubt with certainty”, is there such a phrase?

If I wanted to confront someone, suppose a girl, whom I doubt of doing certain things, but still not sure if she is the one who actually did them. So, I go to her and say: I'm here to overcome my ...
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Two names of one concept?

In many disciplines we can find some confusing concepts and most of the time they are actually of the same definition and they are just talking about the same thing. For instance relative entropy is ...
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Is there any English word(s) used to describe person who likes to make a fool of other people?

What word can I use to call someone who thinks he can fool everybody because he thinks they are not so clever as he is?. In my research I got these: Adjectives - condescending, patronizing, snooty, ...
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The name of a bike from a dockless bike share company?

I need a word which means the bike I ride, and the bike is one provided by a dockless bike share company like Ford Gobike or something. The context would be: I ride a ** bike. I prefer the ** ...
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The use of words 'right' and 'rightful'

If I am supposed to do something for someone as it is their right that I do this for them. I have to do four things, for example for that person. I say: It is your right upon me that I do four ...
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Sibling order: "my sister NEXT TO ME

Let's say you are the eldest in a family of 5. You, sister and brother. Your sister has a child now, and you are describing how you are related to your nephew to one of your guests. You say: This ...
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Sitting position with backside visible

A few days back I posted a question [I am making a sentence presenting the image in picture. I want to say that one shouldn't sit the way that the knees are wide open. Does this construction suits ...
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best phrase or sentence to cheer up/celebrate somebody

At work, your colleague got back his sales revenues, or promotion. Then, in this situation, you could say "what". I want to know more expression when you have to celebrate, not the word "...
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Is it correct to say “four hours French” in this context?

Is it better to say: "French pupils have four hours French in a week" or: "French pupils have four hours' French in a week" or: "French pupils have four hours of French in a week" to ...
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sitting position… knees open or what?

Image cropped from https://yurielkaim.com/7-fat-burning-leg-exercises/ I am making a sentence presenting the image in picture. I want to say that one shouldn't sit the way that the knees are wide ...
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Looking for another way to say this phrase

Say two people are talking about relationships A and B. A is complaining to B that her relationship isn't going well because she and her boyfriend have many differences, that they do not have much ...
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You can do …, but you can't do

Is there a smarter way to say You can do <...>, but you can't do <...>. ? Sounds very dumb to me. I think it's better to avoid such self-repeating.
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what is buzzword for a too many cups of coffee

Like the term Boozer is for a drunk, what is the buzzword used for a person who has too many cups of coffee or an overload of caffeine? General used amongst the digital generation sipping away in ...
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The way for a captain of an airplane to address passengers without mentioning his name

What's the usual way for a captain of an airplane to address passengers? Is it like "Hello, captain [family name] is speaking"? Is it possible to do the same, but without mention the name?
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to estimate time and labor efforts for a task completion

Could you please tell me whether the selected sentence Ability to estimate time and labor efforts for a task completion sounds natural? I don't want it to sound informal, instead I want it to be ...
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What's the correct positive answer for “Isn't it?”?

When one tells me a sentence and then asks me "isn't it?" and I want to answer that I agree with him. Then what's the correct answer? Yes, it is. or No, it is. Because if I say "yes" ...
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“it is in run”? Ways to express a functioning policy

What are the ways to express a policy is currently in place in a country? Could I say: UBI is currently in run in Alaska.