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Is there a proper translation for the following Chinese term?

The term is 「鑄造建材」. It appears in the following Chinese Text ...因此在當地發展勞動密集型、低技術或高污染的產業,如製衣、鑄造建材等,生產成本往往較高,導致產品價格高企,無法與廉價的進口貨競爭。... The English translation is Therefore, the development of labour-...
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Is it insect repellent “mats”, “tablets” or "mat tablets?

Is it insect repellent "mats", "tablets" or "mat tablets? I have found all of the above three versions during my search.
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The meaning of running an instance during an online search

What does "Searx ... lets anyone run their own instance" mean? Based on my search "an instance is a single copy of the software running on a single physical or virtual server. If you ...
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What's the official grammar term for such clauses?

What's the official term for these clauses of sentences? "Descriptive clauses"? The male of this airborne species of fireflies has a special biochemical light at the end of its body, that ...
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I got confused by learning the wrong Grammar terms. What are the real ones and where to learn them?

When I started to learn English, I did it with half a century old Soviet book called The Practical English Grammar by Izrailevich and Kachalova (Практическая грамматика английского языка. Израилевич и ...
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Are these rules, principles or something else?

There are some consideration different to typical grammar rules, such as Positive statements are often preferred, putting negative as early as possible, less is more (concise), etc. Is there a term to ...
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grammar term to refer to a “turns” in meaning?

According to Cambridge Dictionary, "hairpin turn" means "a bend in the road that is so sharp that it almost turns back in the opposite direction" and "turning point" ...
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Main parts of a post

I'm learning a Merriam-Webster tutorial. When talking about writing, I guess there are some terms to refer to main parts of a post. Here are some words I can imagine. is the title of the post is the ...
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What is A rule when talking about grammar?

According to Cambridge Dictionary, a rule is an accepted principle or instruction that states the way things are or should be done, and tells you what you are allowed or are not allowed to do from ...
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word/phrase/term to refer to a teaching approach

Some teachers intentionally slow down their speech to let students hear them clearly, in the meanwhile, they keep the contraction to let students learn the pronunciation point. For example, when ...
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Longsleeve shirt, long sleeve shirt, or long-sleeved shirt?

Hello: Is it longsleeve shirt? long sleeve shirt? Or long-sleeved shirt? It's so confusing.
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familiar when hearing but don't remember to use when talking

A kind of situation happens a lot to me where I've seen and heard a word lots of times, such as "identify", but I don't remember to use it when I talk; instead, the word comes to my mind is &...
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Do slippers and slides (sliders) mean the same thing?

I wanted to know if slippers and slides mean the same thing, so I did a search and the following is what I found. It doesn't really say if they are one and the same. Are slides and slippers the same ...
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Slides versus sliders

Wikipedia explains that "a slider (maybe it will be better to make it plural?) is a form of footwear. They are backless and open-toed, essentially an open-toed mule. Slides can be high-heeled, ...
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Is it foot towel or feet towel?

Some online links use "foot towel" to describe "a small, rectangular towel typically used to dry the feet upon emerging from the shower or bath", while other links use "feet ...
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Is this called “a checkpoint” in English? Picture included!

Could someone tell me what this is exactly called in English? I tried going with a "checkpoint" but I couldn't find further information and I need it for work urgently.
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Can a phrasal verb be considered an expression?

I know that 'to bang on about something' is a phrasal verb but can it also be considered an expression?
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Meaning of “tap dry” in “wash the 96-well ELISA plate using a plate washer and tap dry”

From a qPCR instruction: Wash the plate once with 300 μL of IX PBST using a plate washer and tap dry. What is the meaning of tap dry? This is an ELISA plate (biotechnology). The phrase comes up ...
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Looking to name a specific semantic relation

When one makes a choice, he is faced with some alternatives: "go by car" or "go by bus"; "prefer sightseeing" or "go shopping", "buy a house" or "...
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name of IPA /ɚ/

The IPA symbol /ə/ is named "schwa". For example, the "i" in "philosophy" /fəˈlɑːsəfi/. A similar symbol is /ɚ/ or /ər/, the sound of "er" in "water". ...
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the tag of “LANGUAGE” in the Cambridge Dictionary

There are two different meanings of "complement" on the Cambridge Dictionary. to make something else seem better or more attractive when combining with it and a part of a clause that ...
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“disapproving” tag in the Cambridge Dictionary

From the Cambridge Dictionary disapproving: showing that you feel something or someone is bad or wrong I understand the meaning of it though I don’t understand the tag in the Cambridge Dictionary. ...
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meaning of “idiomatic”

From Cambridge Dictionary idiomatic: containing or consisting of an idiom I guess I understand the definition/explanation of it. In a post, Timberfall, an English learner asks the usage of "Have ...
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What is the term for a text box where users can type anything they want

What is the term for a text box on a webpage/form/etc. like a comment box where a user can type anything they want? The term I'm thinking of doesn't sound right. I want to call this a free form text ...
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Soccer terminology regarding woodwork

Which of these are more common / correct in soccer terminology? Or is it something else? Shot to the post. Shot on the post. Shot on the woodwork. Shot to the woodwork.
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A term for a statistics in games

In some games there are statistic about how many times user have done something. Examples: Cookie Clicker: Cookies baked Cookies forfeited by ascending Legacy started Building owned ...
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False equivalence or false equivalency?

If you compared two objects that have a few commonalities but are essentially incomparable, would you call the comparison a false equivalence or a false equivalency? Like would you say comparing ...
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“Capital letter”, “uppercase letter”

If you're teaching someone to read and write. What is the most common way to say... a "capital letter" or "uppercase letter". Which would be the difference between them.
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What is the term for decade, century, millenium, etc? [closed]

What is the terminology for a decade, century, millennium, etc?
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What is a “grammar point”?

I found lots of posts use a phrase "grammar point". For example, If you study the grammar point comparison forms of adjectives you will find that ... where comparison forms of adjectives appears ...
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grammatical term to refer to words like “Apple's”, “Book's”, “Boss's”?

As per a post, a specific type of phrases like "Apple's taste", "Book's cover", "Boss's car" are called Possessive Nouns. I understand this though I am not sure if it is a grammatical term. How do I ...
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What is equivalent to a “midterm” if it happens at 1/3?

An event that occurs halfway through is referred to a midterm event. Like a midterm exam. What if it occurs at 1/3 of the time, or at 2/3.
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What is the grammatical name and function of this part of the sentence?

In the sentence Conciously postponing a decision is not the same as indecision. what is the grammatical name and function of the part in italics?
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What is difference between mild ,modest and moderate? [closed]

As often seen in different stats especially in context of covid-19,some times we see term "mild" and sometime "moderate" One more apparently same term althought not in context of covid specifically, ...
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What do “Glad our discussions are resonating with you” mean?

I was texting with a friend after talking with her about some topics and then she answered with: Glad our discussions are resonating with you. What does it mean? First I thought it means that I ...
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“cognitive” meaning in simple words? [closed]

What is the meaning of "cognitive" ?in simple words? Does it means,ability to memorize or ability to learn or any other meaning?
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What's the term for 'positive' or 'negative' ways to describe things?

What is the (grammatical or syntax) term for adjectives you can use them in two ways, with 'not' or without 'not' to say the same thing (more or less). For example: 'not-good' instead of 'bad'. Also '...
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Intuition vs insight vs instinct vs gut feeling vs sixth sense?

Do all of these mean almost a same feeling? If yes, can we also add"suspicion" to this list,as also having same meaning as those in title If not, please kindly explain in simple words with examples, ...
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End of a mine/tunnel under construction

What is the term for when miners and construction workers find the end of a tunnel or mine? I thought that it was called daylighting, but I am not sure. It is a specific term related to when the first ...
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Should it be bachelor programme, bachelor's programme, bachelor program… or what?

Which of the following is/are correct: 1 a bachelor's programme 2 a bachelor's program 3 a bachelorprogram 4 a bachelor programme 5 a bachelor program Personally I'd go with (1) or possibly (4), ...
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Wording for three different behaviors for a count-down timer hitting the maximum range

Imagine you have a timer that is set to a certain number of hours and minutes to elapse before going off. Now, if there's a button above the hour window and minute window and you click it, the value ...
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Is “past infinitive” a canonical name in English grammar?

An ELL post uses a term "past infinitive" If the speaker uses the past infinitive here (to have started) they are setting the temporal focus later than the time the lesson should have started. I ...
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Write to / in / into a file

Which of these sentences are correct: We need to write this data to a file. We need to write this data in a file. We need to write this data into a file. Are there any other options?
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Terms for two different kinds of payments in a private school

In a private school they separate the payment that parents have to make into: 1) paying for utilities - that is, paying for electricity, textbooks, lunch, teaching tools, uniform, etc; and 2) ...
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what is an “independent subject”?

I am learning the concept of complete sentence. An ELL post (Is "It is" a complete sentence?) says A complete sentence must contain at least one main clause that contains an independent ...
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“time adverbs” vs. “adverbs of time”

I suppose these 2 sentences are both grammatical and idiomatic. The word already is a kind of time adverbs. The word already is a kind of adverbs of time. My concern is that which one appears ...
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What is “intervening noun phrase”?

intervening noun phrase An ELL post says Another place where bare infinitive is preferred is when there is an intervening noun phrase as in help people break the cycle of poverty. I guess "break ...
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What does “Pareto-inferior to x” mean?

I want to translate one chapter of a book from English. Who can explain to me what is "Pareto-inferior to x" at the end of third page? I think it is a mathematical term. I got some ideas about what it ...
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Word for ring pressed/sewn in cloth to strengthen hole?

Cloth and leather (clothing, sails, trampolines, shoes, boots) often have holes through which to thread lacing or rope. In many cases these holes are reinforced with a metal or plastic ring to prevent ...
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Is it clear and idiomatic to refer to one of different meanings of a word as “one piece of meaning”?

Oxford Dictionary (https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/just) gives a bunch of definitions about “just” there are 3 sub-items in 4th item, one of them is pointed out by blue rectangle in the ...

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