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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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Used to have to meaning

I know that "used to" is used for an action that is no longer done. But I want to know if I could use "have to" with it. For example if I want to say that getting up early in the morning everyday was ...
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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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When one makes something out to be a bigger deal than it really is

Lets suppose someone is exaggerating the magnitude of a problem. For example: they face an accident on the way home and start to fabricating some stories about the event that never has happened. The ...
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You have to consider all the probabilities (A comparison between possibility and probability / likelihood)

We know that: Technically, possibility of any event is always 1 or 0 i.e. 'yes' or 'no'. If an event is possible, how likely will its occurrence be, under a given situation is probability. Example,...
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When your income and expenses do not add up

Edited: Imagine someone's income is X, but they cost X+1. Then I was wondering if someone lets me know whether the verb used in the sentence below sounds natural to indicate this message or I could ...
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Let's play on/for a ticket to… / Let's play on/for a the lunch check etc

Edited: How would you say let's play (i.e. cards, backgammon etc.) for money as a bet? Does the sentence below make sense and sound idiomatic and natural to you: Let's play on bet. I ...
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Have you noticed things always happening backward?

Have you noticed that most of the times when you are in rush to go somewhere and there is a big hurry to arrive in time, some strange things happens that may never / rarely happened before (such as ...
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How to prevent someone from entering into a subject you dislike in a conversation?

Please suppose in a dialogue between you and your friend he/she is going to start talking about a matter that you feel bad about it and you want to ask them not to enter that subject. Does the ...
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How to ask someone to get back to the main subject of the discussion?

Imagine in a conversation over an important issue, between two people, the other side starts talking about a different topic which differs with the main subject under discussion. This way in an ...
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How to say all questions are easy when you find out their answers in AmE?

How we can say: it is easy to understand what you could have done to prevent something bad from happening after it has happened or Imagine someone asks you a question and you don't know the precise ...
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Sometimes the tongue talks at your life / the head’s cost

Imagine someone had a very bad tongue / mouth [in our language "tongue" is the figurative responsible body limb for what is said and not mouth] and speaks very bluntly and without considering what ...
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Go on telling something to see what happened next and stop going on doing that [closed]

We all know then when someone is going to ask you to continue their speech we can tell them: Go on, tell me what happened next. [Source] But imagine they say something quite annoying or for ...
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When a meeting comes to end and you want to conclude from it

Imagine at a meeting all the participant come to an agreement over something, but there were some other subjects under discussion during the session. The meeting finishes and prior to announcing it, ...
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When something is wrong at the beginning of a series of some related actions

Please imagine someone is going to do an action which is a phase / step of a series of completely related actions, but whereas they have not accomplished the most primary steps properly are there are ...
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When a country doesn't recognize another country diplomatically

In my language, there is a political term which is used to indicate that in diplomatic relationships a country doesn't consider the other country as a legal or true country. The only translation I ...
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This is the way of the world

Imagine someone is very upset because of way some (very wealthy and influential) people have treated him and has lost his hope totally. He is really depressed now. A close friend who is well aware ...
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When you want to say: “There is a way to everything”

Imagine someone is going to open a locked door by using force. You see that the guy is slamming into the door and you want to prevent him from doing that and tell him that there is a way to every task....
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put a metal net around a soccer field

Please imagine a local soccer field in a neighborhood in which a bunch of youths everyday play in it. Once, when they gather together at the sight, they notice that there is a problem. Some people ...
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When you cut off all your ways back

Imagine someone is working somewhere and is considered as one of the most efficient and high-ranking employees. Once after a quarrel over something with the boss who is the owner of the organization ...
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When you trust not right person and give them something that you shouldn't give

Please imagine you trust someone who you don't know them well and e.g. ask them to deliver a considerable amount of money to your friend somewhere. Prior to sending it, you made a call your to friend ...
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What's the term when someone holds a company position only by title?

Please imagine a company in which the manager is a manager only by name/job position, does nothing and no work, or somehow has delegated the most part of his actions to his underling David who is ...
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How to ask the hair stylist to cut off your hairs less or more on some parts of your head

How would you ask the hair stylist to cut your hairs some more or some less on some parts of your head? Do the following sentences work: Cut less hair off this area. Cut more hair off this ...
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When you want to start your speech very politely

Imagine there is a discussion between two dignitaries in a meeting in which you have participated. You are the youngest present participant and your knowledge degree is the least among all the ...
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How can I tell someone that they are not allowed to express their opinions, in English?

Imagine you are discussing about a matter and someone else interferes and takes the side of the second person you were discussing with. Although it would be blunt, but I need to know the precise ...
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Labor pains are some of the worst kinds of the pains

How one should say a particular type of pain lie the labor pain is one of the most severe ones that a person / woman can experience in their lives? I was wondering if my following sentences work in ...
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You can never close the people's mouth

There is a proverb which says you can never make the people silent and they will make up any story they want about you. Is there such a proverb in AmE? I have some suggestions here: You can ...
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Let it happen, you'll cure it or forget it once

When someone is dealing with a big difficulty, there is a proverb in my language which says: "die or cure". It means if there is a way to solve the problem then do it in any possible way, and if not ...
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When you're going to indicate that usually the wealthy people are mightier

There is a proverb in my language which says: Whoever's house has a bigger roof, they will have more snow on it. Meaning that the especially wealthy people are mightier. I know two proverbs here, ...
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You have to face the consequences of your actions; good or bad (AmE)

There is a proverb in my language which says: "You have to face the consequences of your actions; good or bad." I was wondering if someone could let me know if the following proverbs sound natural to ...
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When someone takes no use of what they know (their specialty)

In my language there is a proverb which says often people take no use of what they know (especially their profession). E.g a potter (who creates mud jugs) never has a beautiful / good etc. jug himself....
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When someone has no idea about your difficulties and says “do something” or asks you not to do something

Please imagine someone is dealing with a very difficult challenge in their lives and you as the second person who is watching everything from afar and is outside of the matter just say: you have to do ...
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When a bad intention turns to a bad happening to that person

In my mother language there is a proverb which says: "someone who digs the well, is at the end of the well himself." [direct translation] It is used when someone is going to do something bad to ...