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What to say to comfort someone if he thinks he had made something bad?

Say, someone unintentionally has broken something owned by someone else. But this something was not important to the owner. In German, to comfort the person, the owner would say: Das ist nicht ...
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what are the difference among photograph, photo, picture, image, drawing and sketch?

obviously the following image (img_1) is NOT a photo. while the following image (img_2) seems to be a photo. similarly, photograph, photo, picture, image, drawing and sketch would be used somewhere. ...
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What is the opposite expression of “a broken spoon”: “a normal spoon” or “a good spoon”?

Ok, say, you child is hold a broken spoon like in this picture Then you say "Sweetie, throw this broken spoon away, I will give you the good one / normal one" What is the opposite expression of "a ...
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in the context of referring to a post, shold I use “uses” or “is using”?

this post says This post gives a tutorial on folding a paper box, which uses a term head wall in step3 of part2 which is a case of "use". In that context, shold I use "uses" or "is using"?
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Is the wall of a box closest to the player called the **head wall**

This post gives a tutorial on folding a paper box, which uses a term head wall in step3 of part2. Construct the head wall, when the side walls are assembled. Is the wall of a box closest to the ...
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What exactly A hook is in the context of a cardboard box?

This illustration is being use the term "hook" to describe some parts of a cardboard box. which I am not sure I get the point correctly. is it the part pointed out by the red arrow?
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What are these types of images called? illustration with notation?

Is this type of images (img_1) called sketch map with notation? while this type of images (img_2) called physical map without notation? while this type of images (img_3) called physical map with ...
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Comb vs Braid (or any specific hairstyle.)

We usually have to braid our hair to school. What sounds a better out of the two options below: Do you comb your hair on your own? (Like anything, can be a braid, a ponytail etc, nothing too fancy)...
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Give gas vs throttle

He gave too much gas and fell. He gave too much throttle and fell. What sounds better out of the two? A person accelerated his motorbike too much and fell. Is there a better way to put it, more ...
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Do we say “to lean the roll of mat AGAINST / ON the corner of the room” or “to lean the roll of mat IN the corner of the room”?

lean [transitive] to make something rest against something in a sloping position lean something against something Can I lean my bike against the wall? She leaned her head against his ...
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The most referring to the majority of people

Let's do what benefits the most. Is this correct usage of the most when the meaning is the following? Let's do what benefits the majority of the people.
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Is “make a difference” fit to this conditions?

I want to make a slogan in English. What I want is, my brand slogan is grammatically correct and accordance to below conditions. Following brand names, like: [BRAND NAME]. [slogan] Sentence ...
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How do we express that you are riding a motorbike / a bike / a horse with your friend sitting behind you on it?

Look at the verb "ride" in the dictionary [transitive, intransitive] to sit on and control a bicycle, motorcycle, etc. ride something + adv./prep. The boys were riding their bikes around ...
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Do we say “the rope, the hair or the rubber band are broken or cut or split”?

This is a rubber band And this is a rubber band that was cut Also, look at the picture Do we say "The rubber band / rope is broken or cut or split"? or do we have other specific terms to express ...
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file-sharing vs. file sharing?

I wanted to write the sentence below: "Do you use file sharing services?" Should I write "file-sharing" instead of "file sharing"? Does it matter? I want to use "file sharing" as an adjective. The ...
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How to say when you want to delay a state: to suppress my pee / poo / cough / laugh / smile / anger / giggle / pain / excitement / etc?

How to say when you want to delay a state? hold somebody/something ↔ up to delay someone or something Sorry I’m late – I was held up at work. suppress something to prevent yourself from ...
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A boy ran into a chair & made the chair fall off, can we say “you fell the chair”?

fall [intransitive] to suddenly stop standing She slipped on the ice and fell. A tree fell, just missing his car. fall + adv./prep. I fell over and cut my knee. The house looked as ...
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What is the opposite action of “You fought with your sister over the toy”: “you sacrificed the toy for your sister.”?

fight [intransitive, transitive] to struggle physically with somebody My little brothers are always fighting. He taught me how to fight with a sword. fight with somebody Riot police ...
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Can we say “I turned the switch off and the light went out” and “I flipped / flicked the switch off and the light went out”?

flick ​[transitive] to press a button or switch quickly in order to turn a machine, etc. on or off SYNONYM flip flick something He flicked a switch and all the lights went out. flick ...
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terms related to veiling

What is the best construction of a sentence to talk of a lady who's covered herself fully with a sheet or any other stuff like a gown? She is wearing a veil. She is observing a veil. My question is ...
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Is the sentence “You {verb}, I {verb}. I makes a difference.” correct?

Inspired to this sentence: KEEP CALM AND {verb} I want to create my own, this is my current work: You {verb}, I {verb}. I makes a difference. Example usage to that sentence template: You {...
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Do we say “the monk has no hair” or “he is hairless” or “he is bald” or “he has a shaved head”

bald adjective: having little or no hair on the head He started going bald in his twenties. young men who go prematurely bald hairless adjective: without hair You are walking with your ...
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cost-effective vs affordable

Which expression is right? Overall, the journey by a train is comfortable, cost-effective and safe. Overall, the journey by a train is comfortable, affordable and safe. I got this after searching on ...
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When you say someone is cheeky and funny under a kindergarten setup, is that generally understood in a positive way?

My daughter comes back from kindergarten and says one of her friend is funny and her class teacher is cheeky. The dictionary assigns both positive and negative meaning to those words, Funny can be ...
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Can a single thing be “mixed”?

Pastry is a food made from flour, fat, and water that is mixed together, rolled flat, and baked in the oven. It is used, for example, for making pies. Source: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/...
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“The reason for someone doing someone” or “the reason why someone did someone”?

Tell me please which one of the following sentences sound more natural? He refused to tell us the reason for him dropping out of school. He refused to tell us why he dropped out of school. I ...
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What should I say “Do not step on your spit!”?

spit: [uncountable] the liquid that is produced in your mouth SYNONYM saliva Ok, my little child has just been fed some food. Now, he spat some out onto the floor. I don't want him to step on the ...
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What are these called: to purse your lips?

purse your lips: to form your lips into a small tight round shape, for example to show that you do not approve of something Look at these 3 pictures: Are they all "purse your lips"?
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Commute - IS the usage in the sentence right?

Here is my sentence. I have my own car that I use to travel to work. If I say that I have my own commute, will it be right?
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Are these usages better off without the prepositions?

Is it better to not add the preposition when using any of the usages below in daily conversation and in writing? Why? Will the answers vary from person to person? spend time (on) doing something / ...
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is it called a knot?

knot: a join made by tying together two pieces or ends of string, rope, etc. to tie a knot Tie the two ropes together with a knot. Tie a knot in the rope. (figurative) hair full of ...
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Word for something which isn’t spreading and under control

What could be the words for a scale/mark on a certain part of the skin which is small and not spreading(on any other part of the body) like the word ‘limited’? Example: “Your psoriasis mark, it’s ‘...
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Can the verb “live” be used in the sense of surviving something?

I have come across the usage of live that seems to mean survive, but I checked a few dictionaries and none of them give the definition. I have come across this usage in this video. It is at 4 minutes ...
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Close vs closed for door, which one is correct?

I know that the opposite of 'open' for door is 'closed'. While 'close' means near. But I found a sentence while reading a novel that says: He heard the door to the private room open and close ...
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High school student vs. high-school student

I thought high school should have an hyphen in the middle when used as an adjective. Therefore: I'm in high school (noun) I'm a high-school student. (adjective) But after a Google Book ...
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How to Talk About Making Pancakes

I've found the following definitions and I'm wondering how they're used with pancakes and other objects. flip 2 : to cause (something) to turn or turn over quickly [+ object] She was sitting in the ...
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Terms related to eye vision

What is the particular word we use when we talk about focusing to read a word using our eyes with more stress? What I want to ask is that there is a piece of writing that is blurred or the light is ...
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Do we say “triangular hole” or “triangle hole”; “circle hole” or “round hole”?

triangle noun BrE /ˈtraɪæŋɡl/ ; NAmE /ˈtraɪæŋɡl/ a flat shape with three straight sides and three angles; a thing in the shape of a triangle (British English) a right-angled triangle (...
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Introducing a paragraph with “that way”

May I use "that way" at the beginning of a paragraph, referring to the idea which was mentioned in the previous paragraph? For instance: That way, it is possible to conclude that...
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agreat vs. a great vs. greater

Here is a quotation from the movie Great Expectations Part 2 (1999; Director: Julian Jarrold) If the danger would be 50 times agreat I should still have come to you. The meaning is clearly "...
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How do we express this position: to lie across the rail bars?

Look at the picture Do we say "they are lying across the rail bars"? Also, see this picture Do we say "the cat is lying across the bar"? Or what are the idiomatic way of saying that?
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Is it idiomatic to say “push something halfway / completely into something”?

Look at this picture When I tell my toddler put the straw into the milk box, she often push it completely into the box. And as a result, the straw got lost inside the box. What should we express in ...
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Due to vs given

Good morning! May I use "due to" like "given", as in the following example? If not, is there any other word (except "given") I could use in order to replace it? I like to visit new people, ...
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how to express when a person put an object (a table, a chair, a bar of wood) down heavily and noisily on the ground?

Ok, in the dictionary stamp [transitive, intransitive] stamp (something) to put your foot down heavily and noisily on the ground I tried stamping my feet to keep warm. Sam stamped his ...
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Cool air comes in through the window

It's pretty cold outside, and someone has opened the window. (Car, or maybe a room). Close the window, it's pretty cold outside. I know that this is one way to describe it. But is there a way to ...
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Do we say “to sing the toddler to pee / poo” or do we have similar common terms in English?

This is common in Asia, but I am not sure if it is in Western country. That is some parents in Asia don't want to put diapers on their toddlers. Instead, they often find a suitable time to take their ...
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Plural or singular when referring to a team

The Lions are a shadow of their former self. The Lions are a shadow of their former selves. I am not sure if both are correct, because technically you can say "their self", but something tells ...
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Earlier or Before

I had to wake up at 6:00am but my mom woke me up at 5:45am instead (and intentionally). So what sounds better: She woke me 15 minutes earlier. She woke me up 15 minutes before. (six) What ...
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Using “on which” in a sentence

Is using on which in the following sentence correct? The administrator should prepare a pre-defined list of websites on which the XYZ policy should be applied. I first used where, then switched ...
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Are “I am relaxing” and “I am relaxed” the same?

"Relax" is a complicated verb because of its meanings. re‧lax /rɪˈlæks/ ●●● S3 W3 AWL verb 1 REST [intransitive, transitive] to rest or do something that is enjoyable, especially after you ...