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Can the word 'pottery' be omited in this sentence?

I have read today a sentence I haven't understood, simply it doesn't have sense to me: Ceramics can be pottery made of hardened clay. I have looking for the meaning of pottery and ceramic and are ...
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Translation for “Wir freuen uns auf Sie!” - Is “We are looking forward to you” formal and friendly enough? [closed]

I need to write an email which my company sends out automatically. The goal is to remind users to log in to our online platform. The tone should be formal but also friendly. In German the equivalent ...
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Is there difference between “I recommend he (should) become a florist.” and “I recommend him to be a florist.”

I recommend he (should) become a florist. I recommend him to be a florist. I see no difference between them. Would there be any difference by meaning? I'd appreciate your help.
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The usage of “at intervals”

The ponds are linked with each by waterfalls at intervals from higher terraces to the lower ones. The sentence is a translation from Chinese to English describing a huge pond formed by several ...
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English equivalent of the Russian idiom “притянуть за уши” + opposite of “to abbreviate”

I have encountered a couple of problems regarding the proper translation from the Russian language into English. Here are 2 cases: There's an idiom that literally translates as "pull the ears&...
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English equivalent of a Spanish expression that translates to “iron fist, crystal jaw”

There is an expression in Spanish Puño de hierro, mandíbula de cristal whose English translation is iron fist, crystal jaw. But that doesn't make sense to an English person (I suppose) because I used ...
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Is it rude to say “foolishly wrong”?

Is it rude to say "If you thought it, then you'd be foolishly wrong!" ? Especially regarding the formal or semi-formal format of speech. When I searched for a translation into my language (...
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An English word, a noun, for a concept/situation/condition a group of men may find themselves in

I'm in an unsuccessful so far search for an English word, a noun, for a concept/situation/condition a group of men may find themselves in, having to live, say on a deserted island or in a far-off camp,...
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What is the English equivalent of the Filipino word “po”, used to add respect?

I am Filipino and I want to figure out the English term for "po". It's a term we add meaning respect. For example: Anong kailangan n'yo po? Which translates to "What do you need?"...
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“I wish I had never woke up” or “I wish I had never woken up” - which is correct?

I would like to say in Spanish "desearia nunca haberme depertado" but in Google translator it appears like "I wish I had never woke up", is that correct? I thought it was "I ...
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Difficulty in understanding the sentence

I translate games into my native language and am currently working on a new project and have difficulty understanding a certain sentence. The sentence is: Anyway, there's always more eggs to crack ...
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What is the meaning of “self-seocissive”? [closed]

I'm not certain this is the right place to ask this, so if not please let me know. I'm grading research papers for an international competition, many of which are written by students for whom English ...
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Difference between “marked bags” and “labeled bags”

I have a Russian sentence in which lab tubes with different biomaterial should be placed into bags, and these bags should be промаркированы (promarkirovany), that is, there should be some writing on ...
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“Bags should only be filled 1/2 full” - does the word “only” work as “not more than” here?

A translator translated the Russian sentence from an instruction Пакеты наполняют не более чем на 1/2. as Bags should only be filled to 1/2 full. The Russian sentence literally says "Fill the ...
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Is there a name for this type of food (matambre arrollado) in English?

Matambre arrollado is a type of meat filled with bacon, eggs, carrots, green peas, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, pepper, parsley, chili pepper. Does this type of food have a name in English?
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Can a company have a “sector”? “The company's meat sector produces over 400 tonnes/day”

I have a Russian sentence: Общая производительность мясной отрасли компании превышает 400 тонн в сутки. Which, put literally, translates into In total, the company's meat sector produces more than ...
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Is “drawable” a correct word?

In French, we have the word "dessinable" which is an adjective for something that can be "dessiné" or in English that can be drawn. However, when I search the term "drawable&...
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What's the meaning of “my hand has been played”?

What is the meaning of "My hand has been played"? And is it similar to "I've been played?" This is the context: "How did you get my phone number?" "...She told me ...
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What does “the pitch is woven into” mean in this sentence?

This is an article from thebalancesmb.com on how to make money by blogging: 6. Create a blog to advertise a specific product/service. Blogs are fast becoming the trendy alternative to the classic ...
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Which other word can I use instead of “bet”

I'm developing an application about gambling and I need an other word than "bet". The users can create their own bets then every other players can place a bet on a proposition. For example : ...
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Opposite of supplier - someone who does not deliver, but take goods away

I have an application that manages input/delivery/unloading of goods (from truck) on specific warehouse. There is user role of "supplier" for clients that supply and deliver this goods. ...
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How would you say a “pila” (Spanish) for water in English?

I am translating a story from El Salvador. In this country, there is a kind of multi-usage water container called, pila. People use the "pilas" to retain water (for days or months), wash ...
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Does a native understand “Go ahead leaf by leaf as in the book” as a Croatian speaker would?

Does a native understand this Go ahead leaf by leaf as in the book. the same way a Croatian speaker would? I translated Croatian in my head into English. In the Croatian it is said that a book has &...
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How to interpret the construction “…something of evidence, the evidence being …”?

While reading an article I stumbled upon this: The p-value is used in the context of null hypothesis testing in order to quantify the idea of statistical significance of evidence, the evidence being ...
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Ambiguity between “you are” and “you would be”

Is it possible in English to create ambiguity between the expressions "you are" and "you would be" as an equivalent of the Italian expressive construct "saresti"? This ...
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How to translate Brazil's academic degrees in the USA classification?

I'm a master's student and I already have a postgraduate degree called in Brazil "postgraduate Lato sensu". I can't classify this in my CV and ask for some help. Specifically, this course ...
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Why is “spigot” possibly racist?

In the movie Groupers, there's an exchange like so (about 73'55" in). Now, will you please turn off the spigot? Ooh, that's racist. Spigot is not racist. As I googled spigot, it's a faucet/tap ...
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Does the following sentence make sense? [closed]

I have been trying to translate some Chinese text into English using google translate. Since google translate sometimes gives poor translations, I would like to seek your help to ensure that the ...
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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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Could you please suggest appropriate terms for the translation? [closed]

I've been trying to translate some Chinese text into English with the help of google translate. Since google translate sometimes gives very poor translation, I would like to seek your help to ...
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Translations of older or historical professions from German

Should the German term "Bauernvogt", literally meaning "peasants' bailiff" be kept as "Bauernvogt", translated to "peasants' vogt", "vogt of peasantry"...
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Calculating the “factor difference” of fluorescence values - what phrase to use?

I have a section in a document that describes a formula used to calculate a "factor difference" (Russian "кратное различие", literally "-fold difference") between two ...
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“Sell extremely strong onions to opponent” Asian idiom or mistranslation

This anime clip I found on Facebook has the following caption: “Pretending to lose 2 rounds to sell extremely strong onions for opponents”. I’m assuming the “sell extremely strong onions” part is a ...
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Skilled worker / specialized worker?

If a skilled worker is a "Worker, generally holder of a certificate of professional competence, who possesses a trade either through a long training period or through professional education",...
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names for accounting documents

I have an accounting system, and I'm looking for the correct terms for some documents... As a seller, some of the documents that I can issue are "invoices" and "delivery notes". ...
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What is out there in the sentence what is it like out there where they glow?

This is a quote from a song in the animated movie Tangled. I find translating this kind of sentence especially difficult: (A) What is it like out there where they glow? She is looking through the ...
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Why is it 'Alexei' but 'Sergey'?

Why is it 'Alexei' but 'Sergey' (at least, according to Wikipedia)? Shouldn't there be uniform rules on how to transliterate Russian names? How do I render the endings '-ей'?
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How do you say something equivalent to French expression “public facile”?

In French, there is an expression that says "public facile" ... means somebody who will easily approve/enjoy pieces music or other arts if they are asked their opinion. I would tend to translate it ...
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Is the sentence “Time to take don't walk” correct? What is it mean? [closed]

A friend saw the following sentence in a notebook with travel theme, but we couldn't get what it means. It is actually like a journal to write out your trip experiences, but it brings some ...
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What does “In front of a dirty double-mirror they found me” mean?

In the song "I" by "Kendrick Lamar"i hear this : As I look around me , So many wanna down me , But an enemigo never drown me, In front of a dirty double-mirror they found me , And I love ...
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The meaning of the sentence “We don't all have to go down the line here”

“We don't all have to go down the line here! I'm not playing around!“ The context of a cartoon situation is: a guy waving a fake gun (but everyone thinks tis real) yells at his hostage the following ...
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How to avoid the use of the word “exceedance”?

From my translation from Russian: The following safety information that may suggest changes in the benefit-risk ratio of the drug product is subject to expedited reporting to the regulatory bodies ...
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What is English equivalent for Russian “я хочу” in the meaning “я хочу посмотреть их сегодня вечером”?

The context is: Have you looked my links? я хочу (я хочу посмотреть их сегодня вечером). Is it possible to use short answer? (i want, i wish) and also is it possible to say "i will" in some ...
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does the phrase “to get all sad” is used anywhere? If so, can you give me an example?

I am translating a short story from Turkish to English and in one of the places where the emotions are supposed to be really intense I cannot achieve the same meaning, at least I think I don't. In the ...
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Meaning of a sentence 'I've got you under my skin'

I'm watching a series in which it is pronounced in English: I've got you under my skin. The translation to Spanish subtitles was: Te llevo bajo mi piel The most normal translation of get is '...
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Difference bwtween heavier than and weightier than

It's from this question. Can "he" and "man" refer to all genders? The ancient Chinese writer Si Maqian said, "Though death befalls all men alike, it may be weightier than ...
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Can “he” and “man” refer to all genders?

All men must die, but death can vary in its significance. The ancient Chinese writer Sima Qian said, "Though death befalls all men alike, it may be weightier than Mount Tai or lighter than a ...
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Usage of 'would'

Consider the following sentence The program was able to communicate with humans using simple software that would recognize when certain key words were used. I want to translate this sentence. ...
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How can “jemand muss funktionieren” be translated to english?

The german term Jemand muss funktionieren is often used to express that somebody has to continue doing his stuff (work, house work, ...) because otherwise there are negative consequences (e.g. for ...
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How to translate “cocotte en papier” in English?

I'm surprised how I never been able to found an online translation of "cocotte en papier" (which is the thing pictured below), or people able to answer IRL, other than via less precise terms as "...

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