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What to do in such a situation

I know that phrases like "How to do something" are NOT questions. For example, it's incorrect to ask: How to say "Hello" in Chinese? Let's consider the phrase: What to do in ...
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What is a simple word/phrase to refer to the act of 'Toppling something over'?

As a non native English speaker, I am sometimes in an interesting situation when communicating with my 4 year old in English. Recently he has been 'knocking over' the Christmas tree, and I am at loss ...
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can we say “Don't run. Be careful, you may trip over the stone slabs”?

Some gardens often have some large thick flat pieces of stone for decoration or easy walk as shown in the above picture. In everyday conversation, can we say "Don't run. Be careful, you may trip ...
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How can we express the most eye-catching TV show or program in a single word or phrase?

There are some programs or TV shows that catches a lot of viewers attention. What we can tell such programs or shows in a single word? Can I use compelling programs/shows in such case?
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Is it a real phrase, 'to run on a reformist etc. agenda'?

Is it a real phrase, 'to run on a reformist etc. agenda'? When trying to convey this meaning, it just pops up in my head, but I found very few matches on Google News (but one of them was on the ...
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Is it correct to say “the slide is angled, keep it level”?

There is platform for children to put a slide on, but it is put slantingly as the above picture. I want to keep it level. Is it correct to say "the slide is angled, keep it level"?
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What is an adjective to express a woman who keeps arguing, never listening to, often scream at them, and create a very bad noisy environment?

A woman never tries to create a peaceful environment, people give her some good reasonable advice but she keeps arguing, never listening to, often scream at them, and create a very bad noisy ...
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Is it correct to say “could you bend your legs in/back to give us more room?”?

Your son is sitting on the bed with his legs straightened, which occupies quite a lot of space, and you want him to bend or fold his legs towards his belly to give space. Is it correct to say "...
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Is this called “a display stand with a base”?

Note that: The information on the panel could show menus of a restaurant as the above picture. Or, it could show some instruction that you often see in university or school. Or, people may put some ...
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Is it correct to say “a coil is made of many loops”?

loop 1 /luːp/ ●●○ noun [countable] 1 SHAPE OR LINE a shape like a curve or a circle made by a line curving back towards itself, or a piece of wire, string etc that has this shape loop of wire/rope/...
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Email subject for an email including information for campus residents who have poor internet connection

I am sending an email to all students, but it is for campus residents who have poor internet connection. Which one is a good subject? To campus residents who have poor internet connection To campus ...
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What's the phrase for slightly/fully closing one (or both) eye(s) in order to see things in a better light?

I have found various expressions for partially or fully closing one's eye or both but mostly those are used for showing suspicion (scowl), disapproval (scowl), anger (glower), concentration (scowl), ...
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Alternative to “I sense a bit of [anthropology]”

Often I'm looking for a creative way to express something like: "I sense a hint of anthropological approach / existentialism etc." I take any suggestions to alter this sentence. Most ...
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Is it correct to say “if a child eats a longan directly, he doesn't know how to check for its seed with his teeth. He may choke…”?

A longan has its skin, flesh and a seed as shown in the picture. To eat a longan, you can -take the seed out of the flesh with your fingers and then eat the flesh. This way of eating is a bit slower. ...
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Is it correct to say “you can jump down from that much height” or “you can jump down from that high”?

This sentence is from a dictionary I told you that you'd feel awful if you drank that much wine. So, I think we can say "Wow, you're so fit/athletic, you can jump down from that much height"....
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A footstool with no legs is standing on its side. Is it correct to say “place / lay the stool down upright”?

We have this structure in the dictionary lay somebody/something + adj. Eg, The cloth should be laid flat. And "upright (an adjective): placed in a vertical position" So, I think we can say ...
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Is it natural to say “You're showing too much flesh on your chest. Change into new clothes!”?

The woman in the picture showed too much flesh on her chest. It is either too sexy or not good for her lung in winter, for example. Say, you have a teen daughter who wears things like that. Is it ...
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Is this a correct usage: 'all expenses met by foundation'

I attended a course abroad. It was an expensive course, but my school's foundation paid for everything. It was a reward for some tests. I want to mention this in my CV. How can I state it in a formal ...
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Is it correct to say “Be careful of the bits sticking up. They may poke you in the eye”?

Your child made a ring out of a twist tie but for some reasons, the 2 ends of the tie were not folded and stuck up as shown in the picture. Is it correct to say "Be careful of the bits sticking ...
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Do we have an everyday word to express the state of our mouth before crying, for example, “he twisted his mouth as if he almost cried”?

When a child is about to cry or he almost cries, his mouth is twisted. Do we have an everyday common word to express the state of our mouth before crying, for example, "he twisted his mouth as if ...
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Is it correct to say “my son often stages a sit-down to get things he wants or insist you to make it up to him”?

There are 3 common situations: 1st, some children often sit on floors, cry and kick their legs when their parents don't give things they want like cake, candy or some toys. 2nd, when they hurt ...
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You want him to move or go to a position that is behind your back. Is it correct to say “move/go behind me”?

Say, your daughter is standing in front of you and there are some bad people (maybe some robbers or gangs) threatening you. It’s safe to ask her to move to a position behind your back so you can ...
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Do we call the outer layer of a longan “shell” or “skin”?

Usually, the outer layer of a longan is quite hard and noone eats it. You have to remove that outer layer before eating the flesh inside. Do we call the outer layer of a longan "shell" or &...
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How to say naturally when you look at your child's face and have a feeling that he has done things suspiciously?

You look at your son's face and he smiles at you in a suspicious way. That makes you have a feeling that he has done things suspiciously like sneaking sugar in the kitchen. How to say naturally in the ...
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Is it correct to say “she'll help you to change into new clothes” when you refer to clothes that haven't been worn since the last wash?

Say you have 2 Tshirts and 2 pairs of pants that you have been using for 1 year. They are not too old nor new. And you often wash them at the end of each day after using. It seems that people say &...
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Is it idiomatic or colloquial to say “space the washing so they can dry faster”?

Some people hang out their washing in such a way that there is not much space between the clothes, which take them longer to get dry. Is it idiomatic or colloquial to say "space the washing so ...
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How to express that “you dig your fingers into something soft and then pull a piece off it”?

How to express "you dig your fingers into something soft (such as styrofoam or a loaf of bread) and then pull a piece off it"? For example, can we say "I pawed / tore / ripped a piece ...
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What's the correct way to say the action of someone playing on a swing?

I'm doing an English assignment and came across the part where I want to tell the time I had an accident on the swing, but can't get my head to think of the correct word to describe the action of ...
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Calculating the “factor difference” of fluorescence values - what phrase to use?

I have a section in a document that describes a formula used to calculate a "factor difference" (Russian "кратное различие", literally "-fold difference") between two ...
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Alternatives to “got out”?

So I told him to get the .... out of my car. At first he thought I was joking, but then he got out. Could you please provide me with some alternatives to got out here? Does left sound odd? The one ...
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Phrase used to indicate lack of care

similar to "good riddance to _!". It is a prefixal clause used to indicate disregard or irreverence
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Is it correct to say “The toy is forwards on the chair, place it sideways on the chair”?

Is it correct to say "The toy is forwards on the chair or The toy is lying forwards on the chair" in the first picture and I want place the toy on the chair as shown in the picture 2, so is ...
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Do we say “to shake / beat dust out of / off the blanket / pillow / carpet etc”?

I am not sure what prepositions I should use when referring to dust of blanket / pillow / carpet / sofa / cloth / clothes / jeans etc. Which of the followings are correct: -to shake or beat dust out ...
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Is “on here” as common as “in here”?

We can say "the toy is in here" when we see the toy in the box. Can we say "the toy is on here" when we see the toy on the box? Is "on here" as common as "in here&...
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Is it correct to say to a child “hold the chocolate by its cover/packet, not by the chocolate itself so you won't spread germs on it”?

You bought your child a chocolate bar and you ripped its cover/packet open but still left some packet/cover on the chocolate. You wanted your child to hold the chocolate by holding the cover/packet ...
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Is the child correct when saying “the balloon is flying on my hand”?

I taught my child a lot of expressions to a point that he can create his own words. Today he said "the balloon is flying on my hand" when he was holding a balloon by its neck and it was ...
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What is the natural way of saying in this situation, Mom had just been home but her son didn't pay any attention, but kept watching TV?

What is the natural way of saying to your son in this situation, Mom had just been home but the son didn't pay any attention to her or say "hello" to her, but just kept watching TV? Is it ...
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Is it correct for you to say “slide that way” or “take that slide” the same way we say “go that way” or “take the stairs”?

Your son is playing on a structure that has many slides as shown in the picture while you are standing on the ground pointing at a slide. Note: there could be many slides. Now you point at a specific ...
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What are possibly synonyms for “hands-on experience” on a technical subject?

I would like to know what are possibly synonyms for: "hands-on experience on ..." to be placed on technical documentation or a resume, for instance I have a phrase with some duplication as &...
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Word request for “someone meant to do something doesn't do it”

Talking about a surgeon, one said that Dr. Sam never did any surgery himself, rather he get it done by his assistants, that is to say, he is a surgeon only in copy and pen. In our native language we ...
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My child stands with her feet on my feet, I hold her hands to balance, I walk and move her. Is it ok to say “She's walking on my feet”?

My child stands with her feet on my feet, I hold her hands with my hands to keep balance, then I walk and thus move her along as shown in the picture. Is it correct to say "She's walking on my ...
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What is the word to express “to raise your both arms up and rotate them several rounds from back to front or the other way round”?

This is a very common warm-up exercise that most people do but I don't know how to say it. You raise your both arms up and rotate them from back to front or the other way round as shown in the picture....
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Do we say “the cap doesn't fit on the mouth of the bottle” or “the cap doesn't fit the mouth of the bottle”?

fit [intransitive, transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) to be the right shape and size for somebody/something I tried the dress on but it didn't fit. That jacket fits well. My shoes fit ...
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X lead you to Y

Is the following sentence correct grammatically? The knowledge that I have gained through reading various reports on the future of the workforce and the experience that I have had precipitated a ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “you can throw the ball by swinging your hand from bottom up / from top down” in everyday English?

There are 2 ways to throw a ball. -You can throw the ball by swinging your hand from bottom up as the man in red in the picture. or -You can throw the ball by swinging your hand from top down as the ...
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Are they correct to say “She's got 2 butterfly hairpins in / on her hair” and “She's got a hairband in / on her hair”?

Look at this picture Do we say "She's got 2 butterfly hairpins IN / ON her hair"? Look at this picture Do we say "She's got a hairband IN / ON her hair"?
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Is it okay to say “you screw the nut on the bolt to secure the net in the panel”?

This is a plastic basketball net for little children to play So, we have 3 things: the bolt which is a part of the net (ie, the bolt is sticking out from the net), the nut, and the panel with a hole ...
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Is it natural to say “please play with your Lego in one place, don't play a bit here a bit there as you may lose your bricks”?

I came up with this structure "to play a bit here a bit there" I am not sure if it is what native speakers often say. Also, Is it natural to say "please play with your Lego in one place, don't play ...
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Are these expressions valid, “do you want to put the box over yourself?”, “do you want me to put the box over you?”, etc?

Some children like to play like this. That is they cover themselves with a big box. Are these expressions valid: -do you want to put the box over yourself? -do you want me to put the box over you? ...
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What are some common expressions with brick Lego when talking to a child, e.g, “to put a pyramid together”, “to take the pyramid apart”?

What are some common expressions with brick Lego when talking to a child? For example, Can we say "to put a pyramid together", "to take the pyramid apart", and "to build / make a pyramid with ...