Questions tagged [phrase-request]

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The developed approaches can be applied or can be used

I would like to know the correct way to express that the new methods can be applied to different areas and not to a specific filed. For example, The developed approaches can be applied to ...
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What do you call a legal statement that states a fact rather than stating a rule of conduct or procedure?

What do you call a legal statement that states a fact rather than stating a rule of conduct or procedure? I can't think of a word. Is there any such word? If there's no such word, which words would ...
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“Your age” in the phrase of “a boy your age” modifies “a boy”?

But I'm amazed at how a boy "your age" understood what my job was. I'd think that's a modifier because in the how clause, the subject of understood seems to be "a boy", not "your age". Yet, I'm not ...
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Can I use “Verb+ing” in the middle of my sentence

I would like to understand how can I add further information to my sentence using verb+ing. Here is my example, Model A extend stage C from, fitting only one dependency relationship, to stage D, ...
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Pouring from empty to empty

How to translate to english from a foreign language an idiom that uses two different words that have the same meaning “empty”, to say “pouring from empty to empty”, which means if you pour something ...
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Prepositional phrases vs participle phrases

After eating rice in the kitchen, I usually go to school. vs Eating rice in the kitchen, I usually go to school. In either sentence , After eating rice in the kitchen, eating rice in the kitchen, ...
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Is there a noun or a noun phrase describing the “let stand” part in “Prepare the solution, let stand for 10 min”?

I'm translating a table of deviations in a biotech manufacturing process. One of the sentences concerns an occurrence in which a solution was found not to conform to prescribed limits. Protein ...
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“It can be seen as”

I would like to have a synonym of (It can be seen as). I understand the meaning of this sentence but would like to use a synonym without changing the meaning. Example This estimation equation can ...
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how to avoid repeating same words in one sentence

I have one sentence which should explain two different things. These two things have the same works. I would like to express the idea without repeating the words. Model A is established in order to ...
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“Stay hungry” or “Keep hungry”?

If I had two choices, either to "Eat something" or "Stay/Keep hungry", when food is offered to me when I was in a state of hunger. I want the phrase to be in the same format as "Eat something", I ...
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How to express when someone takes a kind of cloth (blanket, rug etc) and air them

I’m trying to find an expression for the following case. In some neighbourhoods, people take their blankets or rugs out of their windows or to the balcony and they “shake” them or whatever the right ...
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How do I say it when I would like to talk to someone on the internet by word of mouth?

Let's say I am using skype, but I cannot video call someone because my camera will not work. Is it correct to say it like: I can only voice call you? Tell me please the most common and natural way ...
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Idiomatic way of describing the fact that someone has had some alcohol [closed]

What's the idiomatic way of describing the fact that someone has had some alcohol? For example, a husband is coming back home from work and starts talking to his wife. He is not drunk, so he speaks ...
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If a worker did not follow instructions, what do we call the document he is asked to compose to explain his actions?

If a worker did not follow instructions at work, and this has affected the performance of the company, he/she is often asked to write a kind of an explanatory letter to the management. What do we call ...
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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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How to combine two phrases in one sentences

I have a type of dependency between variables. I would like to express that the type of dependency can be set to one or a set of different patterns. The types of dependency patterns are almost ...
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Phrase for “what's up” but using numerical code

Some time ago I've heard phrase What's the 599? Where "599" is some three-digit number I don't remember, which one and why it is used. Maybe it was 322. The meaning of the phrase is "How it is ...
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What do you call a process of diploma work presentation and answering questions

What do you call it in English when you are presenting your diploma work, in front of juries (which are teachers, Dean and other VIPs ) to get a master degree, during your presentation those juries ...
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What can you call a low quality “best 10 everything” website?

Sometimes when you google something like "best camping stove" or "best coffee maker" (just examples) you can see low-quality websites that look very similar, full of amazon affiliate links. And if you ...
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How do you describe the following spot?

Actually, i work at a supermarket, so when a customer asks me about a specific product, i struggle to describe this spot, which is at the back end of the isle. Sometimes i say, it is on the corner ...
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What is a word that would describe some who is strong yet is not afraid of showing his/her emotions to others?

I'm trying to describe someone who is mentally and physically strong, but who is also able to show his/her tender side and emotions.
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How do I ask someone for how long they studied in a school

How do I ask someone for how long they studied in a school in the past? (The are not studying any more.) Is it How long have you studied there? or How long had studied there? or some other ...
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“based on” or “due to”

I have two methods. Each one of them, due to its main idea, requires a specific type of estimation strategy. I would like to say that using a correct English sentence. The estimation strategy of ...
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Describing an action in the very early stage of “something”

What is the appropriate sentence to describe something that someone was used to do at the early stage of coming to the USA? I would say: "When I came to the US and want to ask Walmart's employees ...
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Is there an interjection for an evil laugh besides “muahahaha”, “bwahaha”? [closed]

Is there anything more subtle or less obvious? I don't mind if it's equivocal.
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Meaning of “greet people to the table”

How do you say greet people and invite them to the table? I thought "greet people to the table" meant that, but my English teacher told me, I can't and I can only say "greet people at a table", so ...
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Does “job nature” mean “job circumstances and surroundings”?

I don't know if there is such a phrase exists, but I translated it literally from my native language to English. So, I would like to know if it is correct and means "job circumstances and surroundings"...
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We've gotten to the starting point

Let's suppose that a dispute started from disagreement about some statement(s). It has been developing to further statements and finally returned to the origial one(s). May we say: So we've ...
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Your suggestion is great! As it always is

What is the correct way to say Your suggestion is great! As it always is. Your suggestion is great! As it is always. Your suggestion is great! As always. Your suggestion is great! ...
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I'm good at it - pseudo passive voice request

This question is derived from another one that has recently appeared in the Spanish Stack Site. There, OP has translated a Spanish sentence into English and it's a good translation but it's not an ...
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either or with more than two alternatives

How to say a phrase like this: Either "specifically" or "explicitly" or any other adverb is just wrong in that sentence. "Either" is usually used with two alternatives. What is used when we have ...
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Are there synonym phrases for “It is/was exactly the opposite!”

The question is quite straightforward - I did not include my research as it only resulted in synonyms for the word "opposite". The context is that something is completely different to what you ...
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I'd like to be more polite in this situation: say 'I will go for sure'

I am an international student who just came to this country. I always worried about writing emails to my professors, because I think my English is rude. I would like to be more polite, for example, I ...
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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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Can I say Family affairs to mention as reason for leave?

My question is very similar to this where I want to communicate the reason why I won't be able to join the call/party or come to office but without giving any impression to my colleges that there are ...
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Resume - Adding a line which shows “have access to so-and-so individual”

I am trying to include a bullet point on my resume which says the following: I can reach out directly to the senior GM if required. or ... have a sort of direct access to higher management ...
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How to express “balancing time between several activities”?

What would be the best expression to say that I have been rather busy and therefore struggling to find time for many important things such as work, school etc. Something like: I have been trying to ...
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To do a spoiler or to spoiler?

How can I say "to say something to someone that reveals something significant about a piece of media or a piece of software"? Should I say "to spoiler", "to do a spoiler", "to spoil"…? Are both ...
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Idiomatic expression for “close to the average, yet not the average”

What's the idiomatic way of describing someone's ability level as being very-very close to the average, yet not the average? For example, Jack's reading ability is one fraction of a millimeter ...
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Make clear where the reply should be given

As part of a task I make, I sometimes use a site I moderate to contact the users, asking them to reply on a specific page on that site (the one I link). The sentence I actually use is the following. ...
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Synonyms to “running joke”

Is there a synonym to the phrase "running joke" in any context? I feel like I've heard something like onrunning and I'm not sure if there isn't a connotation of an inside joke, that could serve as a ...
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How to use purple correctly in my sentence

I would like to explain that there is a limited type of an object. For example, suppose that I have an object. Suppose further that the color of this object is very limited, for example, 2 colors only....
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Is the phrase “not before, neither now” correct/common?

I thought that phrase was quite common, so I was shocked to find very few Google results. Maybe the phrase is written wrongly? Or it should be phrased in another way? Here's an example sentence with ...
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making announcement about giving up on main meals

Let's say I am making an announcement to the members of a chess club, at which we gather together every week for having lunch first and then playing chess. I want to inform them that this month there ...
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How to ask someone to speak lower and louder?

Which sentences are the correct to ask someone to speak using a lower voice or a louder voice? Can you please speak lower? Can you please speak louder ? Can you please low your voice? Can ...
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“Get to know” usage

Can I use this phrase for complete strangers? For example, my friend and I are sitting at the table in a coffee shop. There is a girl sitting at another table. I want to come to her, introduce myself ...
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How to include one's affiliation within a text?

Mr James, who works for BBC, has reported on this. What else can we use in lieu of who works for BBC? How else can we express the same meaning? Can we say from BBC? What is the most formal version?
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“Slick in the eye”?

Is there such phrase in English as "slick in the eye" to have the meaning as "directly to the eye"? For example: "A glass bead hit him right in the eye." or "A glass bead hit him slick in the ...
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What are some terms for “spoiled crop”?

Are there specific terms for crop that has been ruined in some way? I'd especially enjoy a word/phrase for produce/crop that has over-ripened or rotted away.
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“If time remains” vs. “if any time remains”

I actually have three questions: If any time remains or if time remains, which one is true? For example: If (any) time remains we will take a look at that or "we take a look at that"? (In ...