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How can I say “Do something in exchange” in a different way?

I'd like to know alternative ways to say: "Do something in exchange" when someone helps me. If possible can you guys give me three or more examples? For example, "Thanks for helping, what can I ...
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Colloquial definitions of 'nice', possible alternatives?

I (and my family) use the word 'nice' in a very particular way which I seem to have trouble conveying to other people; so I've come here to see if there is anything remotely analogous. I describe ...
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What is the correct form of won't or are not going to?

What is the correct form? I hope in the future we won't go to school in the morning I hope in the future we are not going to go to school in the morning
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Different ways to say you are leaving work for the day [on hold]

What are some formal ways to tell the boss or colleagues in the office you are leaving for the day? I am new to this, I googled and found this link but I want some more professional or creative way to ...
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Does 'hook up' imply a superficial relationship?

I am a non-native speaker. I would like to express that something happened two years after a character has formed a relationship with a loved one. This is what I wrote: Two years after I hooked ...
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An alternative word to 'Delegate'

Context: I'm programming a system for exams, each exam has people on it, in the industry we would call one of these people a 'Delegate'. Unfortunately in the programming language c# 'Delegate' is a ...
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An alternative to 'political manifesto'

I'm writing a list of political policies, which I'd like to see the government enact. On my blog where I'll publish it, I don't want to call it a political manifesto because... that word has ...
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How do I say “my car is broken” idiomatically? [closed]

Hmm: the version I give has never sounded quite right to me, but as a non-native English speaker, I don't know how native American or English people say this. So I'd be really glad if you could ...
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Is there a single-word English alternative to “Bravo” [closed]

"Bravo!" Is an exclamation of appreciation with Italian origins (I believe) Is there an English single word with the same meaning? We have phrases with the same intent, such as "Nicely done", "Well ...
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Does it make sense to say “plummets upward”?

According to Google, the word "plummet" means "fall or drop straight down at high speed." So, if I want to say that something quickly shoots upward, would "plummet upward" make sense, or sound normal ...
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More fitting alternative for 'air-raid'

I wonder what one would call an alarm that is set off when the impact of a (nuclear) missile is imminent. Air-raid doesn't really fit, for the bombardement is not carried out by planes but rather by ...
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What's an alternative to “Stack Exchange”? [closed]

What's an alternative to Stack Exchange that uses 2 words and has roughly the same meaning?
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“Supposing” as a conditional

Consider the following sentence: But supposing they phone to find out where you are? What shall I tell them? Why is it not possible to replace the word phone with would phone? Is supposing ...
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Alternative to saying “This may be a dumb question, but…”

I am looking for an alternative to saying This may be a dumb question, but.... I would like to find another way to tell someone that I respect his/her time and realize I should probably already ...
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how to rephrase “have [a list] as …”

I am writing this sentence: The file name should have the year and month as the last two segments. (e.g. myfile_2005_1.txt) This is a simplification, because the year and month parts should ...
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A neutral word to describe ones ability to bypass social expectations in interpersonal interactions?

My assumption is that humans rely heavily on an embedded framework of social contracts when engaging in social interactions. This is for sure both biological and cultural in origin. I'm searching for ...
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Alternatives to “The following (standards) shall be followed:” [closed]

Can anyone suggest a good alternative to "The following (standards) shall be followed:"? I'm trying to avoid using "following" twice in a sentence.
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Formal alternative to the phrase 'Not taken seriously' [closed]

I'm writing a legal essay and the sentence is For example, a young person’s reluctance to seek redress, and that youth are often not taken seriously, their words often not repeated in court rooms. ...
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Alternative word for “statistics”?

Statistics seems to mean both numerical records (e.g. "baseball statistics"), and also the analysis of that data (e.g. average, ANOVA, confidence intervals, etc.) In my work at the moment, I need to ...
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Alternatives to “which is good because”?

I'm currently trying to translate from English into a foreign language. Unfortunately I can't find any way to translate "It's 50 km away, which is good because there's not much here", so if anybody ...
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How do I express the action of working as a teaching assistant (i.e. TAing) professionally? [closed]

In many emails and in-person conversations I have used the word 'TAing' as verb to quickly communicate that I am working as a teaching assistant. For example: I'm TAing Finite Elements this term. ...
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Laugh to world to world laugh to you is grammatical [closed]

I want to know this statement is grammatical? Laugh to world to world laugh to you I had this statements too: Laugh to world then world will laugh to you. & World will laugh to you ...
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Alternative phrase for “makes sense” (used in arguments)

An idea I have for an alternative is 'is consistent'. But I'm looking for something that's better. I am looking for a succinct answer that implies consistency, and to be used in arguments.
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“Twice (adj.)-er” vs. “two times (adj.)-er” vs. “twice/two times as (adj.) as”

Suppose we are comparing a particular characteristic (that takes comparative -er) of two items, A and B. Compared to B, A displays double that characteristic. There are multiple ways we can express ...
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Alternative for “Remain Open”

This is my first question on English SE. I'm rewriting a technical manual and I'm stuck at some terms which I'm going to ask here in the following days. I'm trying to find a better alternative for ...
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Alternative for “to recap” to end a presentation [closed]

I need a find alternative to "to recap" so as to conclude a presentation in a decent way. Can you please provide your alternatives?
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Alternatives for Semi-Formal Attire

Working on a wedding invitation, small conflict between interested parties resulting in the need for an alternative to the wording "Semi-Formal" Attire. The conflict arises from the overall theme of ...
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“Visitor” instead of “Dish” [closed]

I have two small questions. I'm translating a gastronomy website and the original text sometimes refer to the dish as the visitor. For example: The next visitor of our table was mackerel with ...
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Does the word 'Conscripter' exist and if doesn't what is the alternative?

I recently came across the word 'Conscriptees'(Thanks to Pirates of the Carribbean 4) and looked up the meaning for it and found that it referred to the victim of a 'Conscription' which in turn means ...
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What is an antonym for “prior” that is shorter than “subsequent?” [closed]

In a software application, two drop-down lists are presented. The first is labeled "relative period" and is populated with "Prior," "Current," and "Subsequent." The second list is labeled "interval" ...
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More gentle way to say “you can go” [closed]

If some body asks me "Are you coming to had coffee?" I usually reply. No! You can go I think using 'can' verb is not correct and seems to be harsh? How can i reply for them in gentle manner.
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Alternative for “Walled Garden”?

I'm trying to find an alternative to "walled garden" to help people to visualise the long-term storage of data in a software system I'm building. Although this is in a software/IT environment, I'm ...
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Familiar form of address for a young, subordinate, woman that connotes respect (Female equivalent to 'Son')

A(n often male) paternal figure could use the term 'son' in a fatherly way without referring to his biological Son. Imagine a man has been verbally abused by a customer at work. His manger might say ...
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Alternative to “consumer” that encapsulates viewer/reader/listener/etc

I'm looking for a word that refers to one who xes a piece of media or describes the action of xing a piece of media, where x is the act by which one experiences that work, and where "piece of media" ...
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Waving his flag around the globe?

I'm onto translating an article about a chef who has several restaurant around the globe and the original sentence (Turkish) included an idiom like following to indicate the chef's omnipresence and ...
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A chink in the English language [closed]

The idiom "chink in one's armor" refers to an area of vulnerability Wikipedia Unfortunately, while a 'chink' can be a weakness, in recent times it has become a derogatory statement. This makes ...
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“To take tangible/concrete steps”

I need to translate a line including "taking concrete steps towards sth" with a direct translation. As I took the translation from the dictionary, it doesn't seem to be really used by the native ...
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Non-vulgar way to express that you “f-word love” something

So I wanted to say that I really love some web service, (I could pretty much say this about stack exchange too!) and I wanted to keep the power of my words, but I have a bad habit of using f-word in ...
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Avoiding 'but' in apologies and arguments [closed]

I just recently came across a reddit thread that started when a user gave following advice When apologizing, replace the word 'but' with a pause. One of the comments even said (exaggerated) ...
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Alternative “spend on something”, “amount of money”

For example: The company have spent $500 on clothing and books. The amount of money we need to pay for these stuffs is around $300. I'm writing an essay so academic or formal is preferable
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Secular phrase of “bless you”? [duplicate]

In English speaking countries it's common practice to say "bless you" to someone who sneezes. The etymology of this practice has been covered in a previous question: "Bless you" & ...
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Is there a word for “making someone notice you”?

The other day, I was in my car, waiting for a traffic light behind a pedestrian crossing. A friend of mine crossed the street right in front of me. For some reason, I didn't try to get his ...
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Is there a single word version of “large body of water”?

I am in need of a more concise word than "large body of water", something that can be used to describe a sea, ocean, gulf, etc. - is there such a word? The particular usage I am looking for is to ...
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Alternative to “old-fashioned”, with a distinct and positive meaning?

Is there an alternative way to say "old-fashioned" but with a distinct positive meaning? It could be used as a compliment in the following scenario: Woman: I want a man who can write sentences ...
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Alternate phrase for “be damned” to avoid profanity

How could you rephrase something like this usage of "be damned" to avoid profanity, but without losing the emphasis conveyed by the idiom itself? I'm going to ask this question on StackExchange, ...
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Alternative word usage for “I have a degree in”

In my resume, I'd like to say something other than "I have a degree in" Are there other ways to state this?
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Unless in third conditional sentences

"Jane wouldn't have found a job unless she had gone to London" is a natural-sounding sentence and has two different meanings, depending on whether Jane really did move to London or not: (1) "Jane ...
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An alternative to the word pray, without a religious connotation

When I write, I try my best to leave religion and words that carry some divine connotation out of it. I recently stumbled upon the phrase in one of my texts "[...] but pray it never happens.". I was ...
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Sieve vs filter? Are they opposites?

If I have a set of numbers, and I say I will filter the primes, that means to me that I will remove the primes, and return the remainder. If I have a set of numbers, and I say I will sieve the ...
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Is this correct way of replying with available dates for an interview

I trying to reply for an email with my available dates and times for the interview "I'm available on the dates and times mentioned below. Please let me know if any of them works for you." Does this ...