Questions tagged [phrase-request]

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Is “My concern is …” equivalent to “I think …”?

I heard from broadcast that some native English speakers introduced their ideas by "My concern is...". I am wondering is this introduction equivalent to "I think..."? Also, apart from these two ways ...
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If 'get ready' is not proper here, what should it be?

In Indian dialect, the commonest phrase you find among us is get ready when we have plan to go out. It does not matter whether we are going to party, movie, outside eating or whatever... if we are ...
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How can I describe these windows?

Let's say I have two windows in my room, both at opposite ends. While one window is connected to another room, the other one is an outer window; by that I mean that, if you open it, you will see the ...
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When you want to prevent someone from being foul-mouthed

Imagine you have a friend who often uses vulgarities and like they say has a bad mouth. You want to give them advice and ask them not to use vulgar language as a friend who wants the best for him/her. ...
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What is the opposite of 'go down the road'?

Let's say I am in my car, and I have to give directions for a place located two-three miles behind the car. How should I describe it? From what I know, if the something is located at some distance ...
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A word/phrase for “voice change”

Suppose you are going to give a lecture or simply you are going to explain something to a group of people. On the other hand, you have got a cold and your voice has changed, so you want to apologize ...
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Looking for a phrase to use when asking someone to leave a task to you

Let's say your roommate is trying to turn the newly-bought TV on but she can't figure out how to do it. What's the most natural way to ask her to stop so that you can do it instead in order to save ...
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What is a married girl's parents' home called?

Is there any name for a girl's parents' home in English language? I'm asking this because my language has the term "Maika," which connotes her (married girl's) parents' home.
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The concise way to express the idea “I don't know Python” within a sentence

I want to say that I don't know Python (a programming language), whose precise meaning is that I have zero knowledge on Python. I want to say it in a concise way, i.e., using it as a construction part ...
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What is the phrase describing “insects causing trouble and anxiety repeatly”?

He has to fight with a lot of insects around his house in every summer, which have caused repeated trouble and anxiety to him. Could I call them haunting insects indicating the effect they are ...
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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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What is a canvas tent that is used for emergency/survival called in English?

Is there something like 'canvas tent' (translation for Polish 'płachta namiotowa' suggested by Google Translate), or this has some other name? This is what I mean: It's not a tent, it can be ...
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What sentence should I use talking of people I see while taking a walk?

The following sentences seem grammatically correct to me. These are the vegetables we ate yesterday. This is the man I saw after the explosion and who came out from that room. Suppose there ...
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What is a better equivalent for “a prejudiced follower”?

Is there any specific term to describe a person who is a follower inherently because of his/her weak personality and in any discussion, debate or disagreement tries to find a leader or a majority to ...
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How to refer to the date and the day of the week of the past?

Jack comes to work every day and sees Olivia working at the office. Jack usually asks Olivia, "What's the date today?" and "What day is it today?" because she is good at keeping track of days while ...
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You are in a toilet and someone knocks on the door. What do you say to him so that he won't enter?

You are in a toilet and someone knocks on the door. What do you say to him so that he won't enter? Is there a formal and an informal phrase?
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“what if” analysis

A researcher has analyzed a certain historic event, by checking what would happen if the participants in that event have done something differently. What is a good word or phrase that describes this ...
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Phrases with the word “progress”

I study English as a second language, and noticed that some collocations in my native language and English can differ. I'm writing an essay and I want to translate one phrase into English correctly. ...
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Words to describe people that react angrily and offensively when someone disagrees with them?

What do you call a person that dislikes it and takes it personally and becomes angry and frustrated whenever you disagree with them or present a logical argument contradicting what they are saying? ...
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How to explain that a man was blessed with a baby?

My manager(male) blessed with baby, my friend is asked why your manager not coming to office. I told: Manager got baby. My friend laughed a lot. Is this sentence is wrong? If right in which ...
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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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Tool vs. Application vs. Software

I want to speak about an application in Windows which helps ESL students in listening and spelling. In this paper we present a tool that is aimed to improve the sound-to-letter skill of ESL ...
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I'm going to the SHOPS vs I'm going to the STORE (UK vs. US)

The day before yesterday I think, my daughter asked me where we were going and since I was not planning to do the weekly shopping on that day and I just wanted to buy some stuff from two stores, I ...
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Synonym of “health recovery phase”

A successfully big operation is often followed by a period of "health recovery phase" which sometimes needs at least 1 month. What's another phrase I could use? Does "health restoration phase" sound ...
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Expressions similar to “to the core”

Consider these expressions: The whole firm is a sham to the core. Their football team is gutsy and resolute to the core. What expressions similar to "to the core" can I use here?
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How do you say two or several things are about equivalent to each other in English?

How do you say two or several things are about equivalent to each other in English? For example, if I post a question here and receive two answers which seem equally good to me, and I don't know ...
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How can I replace “more and more” in this sentence?

I'm pretty sure "more and more" is quite informal but I can't think of anything better. ...to warn readers that if you give someone a taste of power, they will want more and more until...
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How to say that you feel apologetic toward someone?

I'm trying to construct a sentence in which the speaker 'feels apologetic' toward someone. I want to avoid hinting at a sense of guilt or shame etc so that rules out 'I felt contrite/ rueful/ ...
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common answer to a question about a price for alcohol

What's the common way for the seller to answer a question inquiring about a price for alcohol? I am especially interested in what preposition would be used right before the container (which is almost ...
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Acknowledging someone had an impact on your choice of career

In the acknowledgements section of my thesis, I just wrote: I would like to thank my supervisor X [...]. To a large extent, it is to his credit that I found my way into the field of Y and I am very ...
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eyeball comparison

Is it correct to use the term "eyeball comparison" to say that two things have been compared by eye? In the specific case, I am comparing two statistical distributions without doing any quantitative ...
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Expression for when the sea is not calm?

I went to the beach today but didn't get in the sea because it wasn't calm at all. I want to tell my friends that speak English about it and I wonder how should I tell them that. Should I just tell ...
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What is the accepted terminology in English for someone with a disability?

This is something that gets confusing really fast, especially to non-native speakers like me. I've seen so many terms for describing someone with a disability: handicapped; handicapable; disabled; ...
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Send someone on a tree

In Polish language there is a phrase which literally translates to "send someone on a tree". The meaning is to give evasive and/or disrespectful answer, in order to get rid of someone. An example, ...
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metal reinforcements on wood

What is the name for metal elements reinforcing and protecting wooden elements, for example on coffers, doors, wooden window shutters, even covers of finest ancient books - often decorative? (my ...
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Phrase for “a person who cares much more about other people's business than their own”

In the Persian/Farsi language we call a person like this a bowl which is hotter than the soup: A person who cares ridiculously about others' business more than his/her own business. I only know the ...
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Usage of “attach” for human

I know this term is used for tags, labels, emotional connections, etc., but I am not sure I can use it for a sarcastic purpose to express my negative idea about a person who follows me everywhere and ...
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What does “You are talking through your hat” mean? [closed]

I heard this phrase when I was following a hot loud debate by two Americans in a restaurant: You're talking through your hat! What is an equivalent expression? If you find it interesting for ...
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What do you call these problems including those can be seen on some knitted clothes?

I'm sure that you have seen such problems on some of your clothing items, specially one made from light twisted yarns or the ones that have been knitted loosely. Sometimes they are in the form of ...
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How to explain that the same answer was given before

A student out of the audience asks something similar to a question a lecturer answered previously in a dialogue with another student. What can the lecturer say in responce in this situation? Of course,...
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How to reply to thank you from worker who takes orders in restaurant?

How to reply to "Thank you" from the man who takes orders from restaurants (like McDonalds), I'm not sure but are phrases "you're welcome" and "don't mention it" OK? They feel strange in this ...
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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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Asking to get an item in the shop just to check how it works

I am wondering how people ask if they can handle a particular item in a shop, to check how it works or look at it more closely. My guess would be "Can I watch it?" but it is probably not so good.
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Equivalent of “coal plant” for oil

How do you refer to a power generation station that derives its energy from burning oil, rather than coal? I looked up "oil plant", on onelook.com, thinking that it'd also be used to mean a place ...
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What is an idiom used for when we say something unfortunate and it comes true?

There is a Chinese idiom 乌鸦嘴 or Crow's Mouth which means saying something unfortunate, and then it comes true. For example: Anthony: I think there will be a thunderstorm later [Some time passes ...
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A phrase understood as a request to step aside to not block out the view/panorama you are looking at

What may be the phrase, playful or polite, that when heard by the one it is addressed to, tells him/her that they are blocking out the sight you are looking at? For example, in Russian, it is a ...
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A word to explain thinking only in the short term

I recently went through a phase where I was super interested in something and made a pretty big purchase for that hobby. A month later my interest completely died and the money was wasted. I'm looking ...
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Location vs position

Assume, we have teacup (with handle) on the table. Then we rotate the cup so that its handle is now pointing to other direction, but the cup itself remains in the same place. Can we say in this case ...
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Using “an out of line train” to describe a train which is going out of rails

I want to describe a train which is going out of rails. In Farsi/Persian language we say an "out of line train" but I am not sure about English. I found something about out of rails not out of line or ...
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What's the shortest phrase to describe Q&A sites like Stack Exchange?

What's the shortest phrase to describe sites like Stack Exchange? It's not a forum, it's Questions-and-Answers site, which is quite a long phrase, and not very precise (because it's the site with ...