Questions tagged [phrase-request]

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Permission to stay home by doctor because of having an illness

What is the name of the paper that a doctor writes for someone letting his/her school, workplace, etc know that he/she has been sick for a period of time and needs to rest (off from work or school)?
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What is a word or an idiom for “an act that makes alive something inanimate”?

I am seeking after either a word or a phrase or an idiom to convey that an act brings alive something inanimate. Is there such thing in English? Much appreciated for every suggestion. I think about ...
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The English equivalent of a saying

A saying in my language would literally translate like this: ‘As long as one lives one is learning!’ I would like to know whether there is an equivalent in English for this saying.
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An idiom for encouraging sucking up

How can I encourage a person to suck up even to the meanest of people, when doing so would benefit the person sucking up? In Arabic, an expression draws this image: If a dog has something you need, ...
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Can we use “shot” for “serum”?

I was in the hospital the other day. A doctor prescribed me serum. How could I say this? Can I use "shot"? Like "I got a shot yesterday"? And what can a nurse say when they do this to you? "I (the ...
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How do you describe a chilly/fresh smell of water?

The good smell that you experience once you get out of the car at a beach in wintertime. Would "the chilly smell of the sea" work? Or fresh / odor / some other words?
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“Stretched too thin”: Would the meaning of the phrase change without “too”?

My colleague, a native-English speaker, in his message apologized for not replying to my emails right away. I know that he is an awfully busy person and besides his professional activity and family, ...
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What is the opposite of real-time?

In computer science there is the term real-time. Is there any word to say something is not real time? Non-real time doesn't sound good to me.
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There's a thing for measuring a child's height. What is it called in English?

I'm not sure whether this is a growth chart, height chart or height measurement. Its photo is at this website.
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What's the name of the sound that a hungry stomach makes?

When the stomach makes a sound like croaking of a frog or similar to it (mine just did, it's trying to speak to me), that alert when you are hungry, is there a name for it? I mean the name for this ...
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What is the name of this thing in English? [duplicate]

What is the name of the thing where objects are well connected and pass through different sections to finally help do one thing at the end in a creative way. Where an object moves along a specific ...
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What is the opposite of the word 'smelly' for the following context?

XXX fertilizer is an organic degradation that can produce non-smelly waste and increase the plant growth. Is "non-smelly" appropriate?
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Generic headline term for “first three quarters of the year”

Suppose I have a headline to translate: ZZZ sales up 20% in the first three quarters of 2014 Is there a generic and shorter way to indicate the same? I know of Q3 2014, but that would mean "in the ...
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how should I ask a barber for a bald haircut

I want to ask my barber to make my hair bald. Which one is correct? I want to go bald Bald haircut by bald, I dont mean completely bald. I want to keep little bit of hair. would this be fine "take ...
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Term meaning “to listen to somebody secretly”?

I know spying on somebody means to watch somebody secretly, but is there a term that means to listen to somebody secretly? For example, you are in a room talking with someone and there is someone else ...
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Word to describe something that is not the “last” one

Suppose you have a series of objects (first-second-third-fourth). Here the fourth object is the last object and the first object is the first object. But what is a word to call first, second and third ...
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Is this question grammatically correct?

I want to ask; What are the first 3 question marks on your head while you enter into a store for the first time? Is this sentence correct grammatically? Isn't it clumsy or wordy? Is there a better ...
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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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How is this instrument that makes sound from air movement called in English?

what is the following instrument called in English? Essentially, this instrument is composed of 5-6 vertical small wood-sticks, aligned one beside the other, and all attached by threads. You attach ...
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Usage of “call” when arranging a phone call

Imagine I'm one the phone with somebody and want to postpone the call. I know i can say I'll call you tomorrow or Call me tomorrow But what if I don't want to specify who is calling who? Can I ...
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How else can I convey the following: sorry for repeating myself?

I wonder what else (that sounds more natural to a native ear) I can say about being sorry for repeating myself. Can anyone help?
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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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How do you express any radical root of a number?

I'm writing a reference for my piece of code, and one of the sentences is bugging me. The line I'm trying to express is something like: The value is raised to the power of the reciprocal of x. Did ...
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What is this action called while you are putting on your shoes?

How do you describe this step of putting on shoes? Suppose you want to teach a kid how to wear their shoes. "...and then ____." Can I say: "and then pull up the heels"? PS: Some people (...
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What expression should I use in this case?

In Italian, when somebody wants to say that something is true also for them, or they know something because they experienced the same, they sometimes say non lo dire a me (litrerally, "don't say it to ...
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What to respond if someone knocks on the door when you are using the changing room?

When I am in the changing room, sometimes others knock on the door to check whether the room is empty. As a non-native English speaker, I am curious what do you respond in this case? I tried to say "...
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Can “give birth” be used figuratively?

Reading a question, I was reminded of an Italian expression: La montagna ha partorito un topolino (literally, "the mountain gave birth to a little mouse"). Similar expressions are ha partorito un ...
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idiomatic way to describe an action, in which a main theme for a string of many similar subsequent actions was established

What's the idiomatic way to describe an action, in which a main theme for a string of many similar subsequent actions was established? On the very first lesson he told me that his hobby was ...
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How do you say that some time had elapsed?

I want to express simply that some time had elapsed. Is the following correct? It was passed 10 minutes. Are there any alternatives?
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What is the verb for putting the cap of a bottle on?

Lets say I want to ask someone to put the cap of either a soft drink or a ketchup bottle on, One way of saying that is Can you please put the cap back on. However I want to know what is the verb ...
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Alternative (polite)phrases to “it's a shame…” to avoid possible offending

In English, the "shame"has the following meaning a condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute However, it's common to hear people say something like (1) It's a shame we can't take them home ...
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Naming a section on responsible persons in a study report

Imagine you have a pharmacological study report, and one section of the report lists the persons who performed the study. That section is basically a table: name \ position \ responsibility. How would ...
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“Breastfeed your baby longer” -I'm stuck with this sentence

I want to say that it is scientifically proven that breastfeeding helps babies grow better. As a doctor I know that human milk also gives immunity to babies and that is the reason, I want to advise ...
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How to describe the following greeting gestures?

"Clasping hands" would fit all the 4 hand gestures but I want to differentiate between the four. I'm especially interested in how to describe the first picture. The context where I want to use this ...
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A/the clinic(s) that open(s) out of regular official hours of a hospital

I was requested to write that [A/the clinic(s) that open(s) out of regular official hours of a hospital] as a noun phrase, supposedly a concise and natural-sounding one. There are several issues for ...
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Short phrase to indicate two tables are placed next to each other?

Found this post making a joke on the use of JOIN in a Japanese restaurant. This instruction intends to tell customers not to rearrange tables, by placing them next to each other, thus making a "bigger ...
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Phrase meaning “to justify themselves, even when they know that they're wrong”

What is the phrase that can be used to describe the situation when someone tries to justify himself, even when he knows that he's wrong. The situation is when the person didn't complete his duty, and ...
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How do you describe someone who is very good at maintaining a home/doing household chores?

Females that are mostly home-based do house-hold chores very effectively and they're tend to be more pro at it. I looked up on the internet and the word I came across was "fine-fingered". I intend to ...
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What is the action of riding a swing called?

Swinging is itself an action. I believe I could say: I swung on the swing. or I am swinging on the swing. or Do you want to swing on the swing? Except all of those sound horrible to me. ...
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How you describe your position with respect to direction of traffic?

Lets say I am wainting on the road for my friend to pick me up. He calls me and asks me which side of the road I am on. Now, I can't say left or right since I don't know which direction he is coming ...
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Similar words for 'most talked about' story

Consider this expression: One of the most talked about stories of the offseason is the move of Player X from Team Y. Similarly in the fields of politics or movies. What words can I use in this ...
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What is the word for “practice/habit of giving false hope”?

Like the title says, I want to know what the word/expression for "practice/habit of giving false hope" is. The context is, for example, the owner of a factory who doesn't want to pay his employees. So ...
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What is the right verb to use with the word “marks”

Is it right to describe that I knew my exams results like this: My marks had showed up / had been announced Or is there a better way?
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Which phrase should I use to interrupt a person who is speaking?

When instant-messaging with a friend of mine (born in the USA), I used to say wait to interrupt her because I didn't understand something she said, or because she was talking about something for which ...
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Is “I mostly agree with what you said” correct?

How can I say that I mostly agree with somebody's statement.
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Phrase for someone who worked for one company but now works for a competitor

In Italian we have a sentence, passare alla concorrenza It means that someone who worked for company X starts working with company Y, who is a competitor of X (they sell the same goods for the ...
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Word(s)/phrase(s) for “making you seem smarter than you really are”

Are there words (or phrases) that mean "makes it seem as if you are smarter/more educated/more refined/etc. than you really are" (while you know you are not)? For example, like a word suitable to fill ...
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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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an idiom or verb for “pretend to great learning”

What is a verb to describe the act of pretending that you know a lot of things? In other words, is there a verb that describe how a 'sciolist' behave? He always [pretends to great learning]. ...
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Is there any expression/word for “almost inaccessible”?

Inaccessible means, with respect to a place -"unable to be reached". But I want a word or expression that signifies that a place is "almost inaccessible but can be reached ultimately with great effort"...