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You've spent too much time playing that stupid game or you've been spending too much time playing that stupid game?

Is this explanation legit? Can you think of example of present perfect referring to how much you've done something? "You've spent" too much time playing that stupid game. "You've been ...
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"Good day" in modern AmE

The phrase "Good day" used in old-fashioned English, as a greeting or when one was going to say goodbye during the day. Perhaps it is still in common use in Australian English though. I am ...
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Is this expression " I kind of don't think so" correct?

If someone asked me whether I agree with him and I want to say I don't that agree with the idea. Can I say " I kind of don't think so" or "I kind of think so"? The "kind of &...
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How do you express the idea that someone drives (rides) their car (bike) in the opposite direction?

Suppose that in the US, where right-hand traffic is the practice, someone is driving on the left-hand side of the road while they should be on the right-hand side. How do you describe this kind of ...
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What do you call a person that is both kind and evil?

Every now and then, we could read in news that an 'always-warm-hearted' man is actually a murderer. For another example, a great contributor in stackexchange who has devoted himself/herself to the ...
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Is it natural to say someone excels in his class? [closed]

If Tom is a top student in his class, can I say 'Tom excels in his class'? Are there other alternatives?
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How do you express the idea that someone is getting worse and worse grades in their tests/exams?

Let's say William is performing worse and worse in his tests/exams recently, how do you describe this situation? Is it natural to use the word 'regress'? William is regressing in his studies.
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How does one say that someone pours some drink on another guy?

Image two people A and B are talking in a bar or somewhere else. A says something that hurts B. B gets angry and suddenly holds forward his\her wine glass so that the drink in the glass splashes on A'...
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How can I express the idea that the content of a book is all about a certain topic, say the oil industry?

How can I express the idea that the content of a book is all about a certain topic, say the oil industry? My first reaction was to use 'be dedicated to', but that phrase is used only when the author ...
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If appropriate, do something

As a developer and technical writer, I often write different kinds of manuals, and sometimes I need to write sentences that look something like this: If appropriate, [here goes a description of what ...
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"Check, please" VS "Check out, please" [closed]

When I finish a meal in a restaurant, which expression to pay for the food is more idiomatic? Check, please. Check out, please. If they're both not idiomatic enough, please list the alternatives. ...
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Other ways to say "His English has got rusty"

His English has got rusty after years of disuse. Are there any other ways to express this? Here's what I came up with. Not sure if it sounds natural to you. He has experienced a decline in his ...
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the group formation process

1.In regard to the group formation process, I happen to have some advice that you might want to take a squint at. Above is a sentence I wrote in my letter to the club chairman. In one of our after-...
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Usage of tribute after a longer period / alternative word/sentence

Last year, a very popular actor, Irrfan Khan from India died. Tomorrow is his birthday (January 7). I wanted to make a pencil drawing to show my respect and love for him and his work in movies, and to ...
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In front of the air conditioner's blown air

Could you possibly let me know whether the bold part below sounds idiomatic to you? If not, I would appreciate if you could tell me how would a native speaker phrase it in a natural way? That was ...
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When someone has not changed facially and you run into them suddenly

How to tell someone we haven't seen for a long time (say a couple of years) that they have not aged at all and look exactly the same as they looked back then. I have heard the following sentence: You ...
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How to say I need to smoke cigarette too much just because you have not smoked for a long time in AmE

I was writing a short story about an American in which the guy who has quit smoking, feels a strong craving for smoking after a couple of days that he has given up smoking. I wonder what is the casual ...
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How to say there is no water available?

I am well aware that this is quite rare, but how do you normally imply there is no water available either due to some internal piping issues in a bulding or because the whole municipal water system is ...
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Ways of asking someone to move over

Could you please let me know how the two short request sentences below differ when it comes to ask someone to move over? Stand aside please. Step aside please. I cannot explain the reason, but I ...
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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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He/she is a real human

Could someone please let me know whether we can call someone "a real human" as a complement about his human values (like: kindness, forgiveness, faithfulness, generosity, sacrifice, etc.) (...
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How to say this in an idiomatic way when we decide to go to someone's house for a while when we are going past their house?

How can we say this in an idiomatic way? When I am going past someone’s house and I stopped at their house and decided to go to their house for a while.
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How can I avoid ambiguity in the sentence "I cut the middle of the hose"?

How do I describe exactly in what way this hose was cut? We have at least two ways to cut a hose in the middle. To simplify it, I'll use a bottle as an example. 1) Cutting the hose from the opening. ...
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A woman is full of needs

I was wondering how should I imply naturally that "a woman is full of needs" in English? Is it natural by itself or it sounds vague to you? I would appreciate it if you let me know that it is natural ...
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How to blame bad luck?

What is the fixed expression which can be said by an unlucky person to show their disappointment after a bad outcome / happening in English? In Russian people have the slang: "ёлки-палки" which is a ...
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Get what's mine

I am going to say: "finally, I'll take what I think I should have in life (money, power, etc.) from this life." E.g. I'm talking to my friend and say: I think I am not where I should be in life. I ...
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What's your hobby?

Edited: I have encountered lots of ways to ask someone how they pass their idle time and what they like to do as a "pastime". I'm quite confident, this term is considered as an old-fashioned term ...
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Next time, I'll treat you in another way

Imagine two guys are fighting and A has grabbed B by the collar. B: let it go A: Hey, I'll excuse you this time! Make sure this will not happen again! Next time, I'll treat you in another way. ...
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How to ask for a sequence of detailed steps guidance clearly and politely?

I asked a question just now. Please give a specific setting path, from which menu command to submenu command. I am worried about if I say it clearly and politely. I meant to express that ...
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Word used to describe the first several parts of an educational material

What word should I use to roughly describe the parts of the beginning of an educational material? Context: Example1. There are 10 videos of a math series lessons. And I want to express roughly that ...
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Does "Do I misunderstand something?" sound natural?

What's the natural way to express that you are not sure if your opposite opinion/conclusion is 100% correct, and politely ask if you misunderstand something. Does "Do I misunderstand something?" ...
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Looking within yourself versus at yourself

I would like to know what the difference is, if any exists, between the expressions Look within yourself and Look at yourself Don't both refer to using introspection to find out what you think ...
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"What has gotten in her mind?" to inquire about a sudden change of thoughts

For example, if X was crying because of Y's harsh words to her, but suddenly, and while Y was standing in front of X, X stopped crying and started staring at Y calmly but intensely. Then, Y would ...
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What is the correct term for this?

I was in my hall and heard my brother's mobile phone ring, but as soon as he could come upstairs, the phone stopped ringing. What term/phrase is used when the other person disconnects before you pick ...
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Appropriate sentence [closed]

There is a task. Put words in the sentences into correct order. For /a day/ of/for/ task/ and/ time/ spend/ more/ for/ it/ example/ limit / don't/ some/ set/ one/ hour/ a My sentence: For example ...
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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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Is "print this book for me double-sided and coil bind it" OK?

I want to ask a friend to print a PDF file for me on both sides of the page and then bind it with a metal coil at one edge. Can I say the following? Please print this book for me double-sided and ...
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Which is the correct preposition in the following sentences? [closed]

I'm disappointed at you. I'm disappointed with you. I'm disappointed in you. I’m disappointed by you.
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How do I say "Fix the way I look like"?

I'll explain the phrase I am looking for using this example. Imagine that I put on the T-shirt, jeans and jacket. I'm going to walk with my friend. and suddenly she says: "your sleeves look scruffy, "...
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How to phrase a requirement where two of four explicitly listed things are needed

Let’s say there are four things hat might satisfy your desires: apples, oranges, mangos, and kiwis. If you’re content with having just one of the fruits above, you might, in a sentence, tell someone, ...
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Formally say "thank you for taking the time and effort in doing something"

I hope the question is not too silly, but I think it may help others too. I want to thank the professors that are writing reference letters to me. I thought I'd put this at the end of my email ...
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To hold a child in the hands

I have two related questions concerning holding a child in the hands. What is the right phrase a child usually says to his parent when when he wants to be held in their hands? In Russian it is "Хочу ...
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How to ask about a person's academic qualification?

The literal translation of the sentence I use in my mother tongue to ask about academic qualification is "How far did you study?" Does this sentence sound normal to English ear? If not, please ...
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every moment of nature/ every moment of being in nature

I wanted to advise somebody to enjoy every moment when they spend time in nature. How can I put it in words? 1) my advice is to enjoy every moment in the nature 2) my advice is enjoy every ...
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How to ask about folder size

In an email message, which would be better to say: How much is the folder size? or: What is the folder size?
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How long more must I wait?

Will it be grammatically correct to say "How long more must I wait?" instead of "How much longer must I wait?". Do they convey the same meaning and stress? I just wish to avoid the most common phrase....
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What are the ways to say that I was in a place without the possibility to connect with my phone?

What the ways to say that I was in a place without possibility to connect with my phone? For example in such situation: Wife: Why did you not answer my call when I called you?" Husband: "I ...
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When a woman leaves a lipstick mark on the rim of a cup

I need to know whether the sentence bellow sounds natural in English or not. If not, then how shall one indicate it in a more natural way: Her lipstick mark left on the rim of the cup. ...
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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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How to indicate that every medicine can have many side effects, although it can heal an illness?

Let's suppose someone e.g. an athlete is abusing some medicinal products such as petites, steroids or some human/animal hormones like HHT etc to arrive at a short term goal, not knowing that it can ...
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