Questions tagged [phrase-request]

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Correct way to ask someone to answer their phone?

Are you going to take that? Are you going to answer that? Are you going to pick the call? Which of the above phrases can be used or is there a better way of saying that?
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Can I get in when I'm already in the subway? Or go further, or go to the center?

Would anyone help me with this: If I'm already inside the coach of the subway, standing near the doors. I think there are some passengers that will get off soon. What should I say to my friends to ...
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Is it correct to say “building a bathroom fixture”, meaning with several toilets?

I'm searching for the correct term to say that I'm going to build a bathroom, by bathroom I don't mean a single bathroom in a house but the kind you see in a school or a mall (several toilets and ...
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Talking about colors. Orange juice and a juice of orange color

"Orange juice" is a juice from an orange, but what if I wanted to say that the juice is orange in color? Can it be also "orange juice"? What are the different ways to talk about a color? I think of "...
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Interpretation and meaning of “”They were speaking to each other halfcircular words at the semiround table."

I translated a sentence to English: "They were speaking to each other halfcircular words at the semiround table." In original language, this sentence is: "Разговаривали друг с другом за ...
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phrases for showing to be victimized

I wrote: There is a policy in the current government to show itself victimized by suggesting some men who won't pass the Gaurdian Council's filter. It's the literal translation of a quote by a ...
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“I'll show it (on? by? with?…) a simple example.”

Suppose, I have conjectured some general law ("The longer the tail is, the cleverer is the owner", say). How to express the idea that I am going to confirm this law by considering a simple specific ...
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X exists eternally. Which of the following ways to express this idea is better?

X never appeared. X has never appeared. X never came into being. X has never come into being.
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To repeat the same action as a routine

Ís it correct to say,"to live just because" instead of "to live just by doing" in order to give to understand that somebody does something just by routine, without any willpower?
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How to say the similarity in a specific property

I wrote OXPath allows node and form field selection based on visual features by exposing all CSS properties via a new axis called style, which is absent in XPath. (In this respect / .....), CWrap ...
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A clause for an undetermined area which can covers a line

I wrote: We don't suppose a fixed area to cover the top edge of a pallet car, because minor changes in the angle or the focal length of the monitoring camera, or minor differences in the ...
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‘without effort’? sth can be done easily

I want to say something can be done very easily. It is from the sentence: "These lemmas enable us to find the best polynomial approximation of some simply structured functions without effort" I ...
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What is the correct way to ask someone to take a photograph of us?

What is the correct way to ask someone to take a photograph for us Excuse me, can you take a picture of us? OR Excuse me, can you picture us?
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Is there any phrase to describe the situation when you try to do something but it always fails?

I would like to ask how to describe a situation when you always try to do sth but it always fails. You always turn things upside down, is "I am just so in luck" enough? Edit: for instance whenever ...
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A neutral expression to understand that more cannot be done at a late stage?

I sent an informal inquiry about an open position in a certain field of research. The application deadline was rather soon (less than one week), so the response was essentially "please apply if you ...
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Ways to refer to a research topic

I look for a construction to start a sentence about previous studies on something, something like In the field of reading comprehension, some studies investigated the effect of visual structure on ...
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Is “to finance hotel investments” clear?

I want a title which mean providing the necessary money for investing in hospitality development. Does to finance/financing hotel investments refer to what I want to say?
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Rephrasing without using because

Can this statement be rephrased without using the word "because" or sounding elegant The fee is discounted substantially because organizations are expected to have a long term contract, a minimum ...
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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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more informal synonym for “compose one's thoughts?”

Is there a more informal and idiomatic synonym for compose/collect/organize one's thoughts? I was thinking of "get my thoughts/ it/ my head together" or "get my thoughts in order"- are these ...
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How to change “was established”?

In my CV I described one of the companies I worked in the past as follows: The company was established by the participation of two Turkish companies in order to undertake works in Romania. In March ...
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In the long run, right will out

There is a common proverb in our language which says: "Always someone who's right and has the right, will achieve it because it was his / her right." The only equivalent I found is: In the long ...
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Can “gyroscopic” be rephrased as “circular path”?

I would like to know the best term to use instead of the word "gyroscopic". In English dictionaries, they usually explain the physics meaning behind the gyroscopic phenomenon which I find really weird....
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Name of unshaved armpits

When people say "pubic hair" most will understand that they mean the unshaved bikini zone (I'm, however, not sure whether this applies only to women). But what common expression is there for unshaved (...
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Wishing “God speed”

Do we say, "god speed" when we wish somebody a good ride? What other wishes are there of the kind?
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“last week, this week, next week” what comes later in this series?

Having a series of one week difference after each week, what comes after "next week"? Is it "next two weeks" or "in two weeks from now"? last week, this week, next week, ("next two weeks", "in two ...
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How to tell someone to use an item well?

My dad and I had this dispute on what to say when I want to tell someone to use an item well. My dad thinks that "Have a good one" is a way of saying it (but I disagree). I suggested that "Use it well"...
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Which should I use? Has or Have? [duplicate]

I'm not sure whether to say ' SWTC has over 14 years' experience ' or ' SWTC have over 14 years' experience '. Can anyone help please? Thanks.
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correction of sentences [closed]

Which is correct and why ? 1) Only when you have your children will you understand how difficult it is. 2) Only when you have your children you will understand how difficult it is.
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How to describe a place/society where criminal/offenders lives in a single word except prison/jail? [closed]

Would be great if someone here suggest a single or at max two words for where offenders/criminals live. I was thinking of something like "Infringed Element Society" but its a quite long phrase.I am ...
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Correct usage of the preposition “with” [closed]

I want to say: With help my friend I pass exam. Rename folder with help Resharper. [Resharper is a tool for developing.] With a sense of self-preservation I jumped over the wall. Are those ...
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Is there a word or phrase that could fully describe this sphere made of flags?

Is there a word or phrase that could fully describe this sphere made of flags? I don't think there's a word for this, but I don't even know if I can describe it properly into words. A sphere whose ...
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What is two different expression to saying that she had to fulfill her promise in the future? [closed]

What is two different expression to saying that she had to fulfill her promise in the future? For example, she had made a promise to buy me gift later, and so the question follows.
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What is another common phrase for I value something [closed]

What is other common phrases for "I value "something""? "Something" can refer to anything. For example, one can be I appreciate your effort.
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What's a word/phrase for “a place what's so dark you can't see anything in it”?

Example sentence: He didn't know why he killed the victim. Maybe the reason was hidden in a __ corner within himself. I checked dark on Thesaurus, but the synonyms only refers to light, not to ...
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Looking for an expression for “inaudible” [closed]

I'm looking for an expression that allows me to say when someone's voice becomes inaudible or silent, something like a phrasal verb.
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How to say Author B supports Author A in a better way?

Author A proposes 3 factors that can collectively solve a problem. Author B supports Author A. In their paper, Author B (who is more renowned for their work on the issue) cites the work of Author A (...
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When a rapist deflowers a girl by force and is going to explain what he has committed to someone else [closed]

How would a native speaker say that they have deflowered a girl? In other words, a rapist who has had sex with a girl by force is explaining the event to his close friend I am looking for the informal ...
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Hospitality - the receiving party is <..> [closed]

I'm looking for a word, or a phrase, to describe being the (in my case very pleased) recipient of hospitality. I know 'hospitalised' is not it, but it was too humorous not to mention in this context. ...
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Word for “All of these things”

What's a word that means "all of these things" or "all of these things together" ? In the context of it leading up to something or an outcome. For example: All of these things lead to me eating ...
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What would be the correct adverb (or an adverbial group) for “play it back”? [on hold]

If I wanted to write a manual on how to capture some quick happenings with a camcorder, what adverb or an adverbial group would be the correct in this case: Make a short video clip and then play it ...
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When two individuals from the same sex have a very close / good relationship together (sexually / non-sexually)

Please imagine a girlfriend-boyfriend relationship which a very close or even romantic (meaning sexual or non-sexual) relationship exists between them. For me, there is a very common way to describe ...
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Deliberate destruction of a person with drugs. A synonym to chemical lobotomy? [closed]

The author Susan Lindauder alleges that some inmates at an institution are forcefully administered with heavy drugs like Haldol, Ativan etc., until their brain functions are damaged to such a degree ...