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Expressions that mean it's OK to fail or failing is part of success? [closed]

Is there a list of expressions (about 3 words, longer or shorter) that mean "it's OK to fail"? I'm asking for a list of expressions because I am looking for a domain name and most good domain names ...
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Is using the expression “pain in the ass” considered rude [closed]

Is using the expression "pain in the ass" considered rude ? I'd like to use this expression in a public talk about diffucult outdoor activities, like for instance: "crossing this river was a major ...
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What is the importance of just in comparative sentence?

Do these two statements mean the same thing? Pizza tastes as good as pasta. Pizza tastes just as good as pasta. To me, 1 sounds like pizza tastes at least like pasta or better while 2 ...
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I think I believe I feel statements should be introduced properly

In English, a subjective statement or a likewise question is often introduced by either of these phrases: I reckon [that] … – Do you reckon [that] …? (dialectal) I think [that] … – Do you ...
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How to use “ the look of confusion” in a sentence?

Can you say "I saw the look of confusion on Max." or do you have to say "I saw the look of confusion on Max's face." ?
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Is “strong medicine” idiomatic?

Is the expression “strong medicine” idiomatic? I am referring to drugs that contain a high concentration of chemicals and are used for soothing severe pains or treating severe diseases. A drug whose ...
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“Going down the rathole” vs. “Going down the rabbit hole.”

I hear/read the phrase "going down a/the rathole" used as a synonym for the phrase "going down a/the rabbit hole," the later taken from chapter 1 - "Down the Rabbit Hole" of Alice's Adventures in ...
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“And that's what I did” vs “and so I did”

Example sentence: The course selection period had ended. But I could still go to the class and sit in, and that's what I did. The course selection period had ended. But I could still go to ...
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Can “eyes squint” in this context?

I was going through a similar sentence and noticed that I wrote "my eyes squinted..." to describe my reaction to seeing a bright light in darkness. Is this correct? I know eyes can't "squint" but the ...
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When there is no item to display in your activity Section, What should I say?

"You have not performed any activity" OR "You have not performed any action" OR "There is no item in your activity tab" Any other suggestions are also welcome.
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Expression to introduce an immodest statement

Portuguese has the expression "modéstia à parte" (literally: "modesty aside"), which is used to (still rather bluntly) introduce statements where the speaker praises himself. Is there something ...
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Asking for confirmation when someone wants to change an upvote [closed]

I am building a user facing software. I want to ask for the user's confirmation if they really want to change their vote. For example: A user once upvoted a post and then he wants to downvote it. ...
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“As the” vs “being the”

What is the difference between the two? Example: As the oldest member of the club, he should be the most responsible one. Being the oldest member of the club, he should be the most ...
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“It was nothing” vs “it wasn't anything”

How do native English speakers decide when to use the former or the later? Example: No, it was nothing official. She just stopped coming to work. No, it wasn't anything official. She just ...
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What do we call “easily readable books”?

I just wonder if there is a good expression to refer to an "easily readable book", like a simple short story or pocket book?
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Phrase or word for concept of incorporation of individual preferences into single final product

What phrase or word suggestions come to mind for the concept of selecting a group of individual preferences to be incorporated into the production of a single finished product? For instance, when ...
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“This is …” vs. “I am …” on a Voice Recording

I know that it's better to use "This is Neeku." instead of "I am Neeku." on a phone conversation. However I need to record a voice sample about my skills and experience, etc. for an interview and ...
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Can you clarify the structure “impress somebody with/by something”?

I found this structure in ldoceonline.com but I am a bit confused about it. Ok, to impress somebody with/by something: to make someone feel admiration and respect about something (Source) ...
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Expression for “dividing something with others”?

In a play, a girl finds some stolen treasure and divides it among her friends. I ask for an expression which is used to describe this heroine that wants to share with her friends. Within the dialog ...
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What is an expresion for “getting older in appearance”?

"The children in school grew up so fast. They, like their parents, went about their professional career. In a flash they became gray and grizzled, and were getting tired of life." Is there a ...
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Difference between “What time do you come to class every day?” and “What time do you go to class every day?”

Could someone please explain me the difference between the following? A: What time do you go to class every day? B: At 8:00 A: What time do you come to class every day? B: At 8:00 I ...
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What's a more appropriate word than verbatim or literal in this context?

The XML file is being transcribed verbatim to generate the form on the web page. Perhaps literal fits better than verbatim, as the former denotes a looser correlation (in my opinion) than the ...
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Question about the use of “in this spirit” expression

Is the use of "In this spirit" correct in the following context? Marcel Proust wrote ``Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom". ...
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Kinds of trips and their verbs

There is an exercise in a book I use which asks students to put the words for the kinds of trips in a chart, under three columns: Go, Take and Go on a/an. The problem is that after students do it, the ...
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How to use a “not” while requesting?

I am getting confused to use a "not" while requesting. e.g. I request you not to think in this way. I am not sure whether it is correct? But, I need to be clear how to use "not" in such situations.
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What could be an appropriate word in between long-lived event and short-lived event?

I am wondering a word to express the moderated values between long-lived and short-lived events. For example, I would like to describe heat wave durations. My durations are 1hr, 2hr, 3hr, .., 10hr. I ...
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what is the meaning of bucketing water?

It's been bucketing water the whole day. What does this sentence mean? Is it formal use of language?
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“Sensor outputs” or “sensors' outputs”?

I acquire measurements from several sensors, and I need to filter these signals. Is there a difference between the two sentences below? The sensors' outputs are filtered. The sensor outputs are ...
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Is there an English equivalent to “Presque vu”

Is there an English equivalent to "presque vu": the feeling that something is on the tip of your tongue? Usually, I hear "on the tip of my tongue", however, I am curious to know if there are other ...
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How to correctly use the expression “safe travel(s)”?

A colleague of mine recently reached out to me. I asked if he would like to meet up sometime to which he notified me that he would be traveling the remainder of this week. In what context is it okay ...
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When to use “be worth VERBing” and when to use “be worthy VERBing”?

Consider this sentence: This movie is worth watching. This movie is worthy watching. I am confused about these two words worth and worthy. When should you use “be worth VERBing” and when should ...
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Is this expression “he is a man who unified many different kinds of culture” correct?

There is a man. He used to live in many different country learn different kind of philosophy like Western and Eastern philosophy. He also used to live with very poor people and with very rich people ...
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Is it correct to say “to sacrifice A for B” or “to sacrifice A over B”? [closed]

Let say you want to give up A so that you can take B. So,if that, then what should I say? to sacrifice A for B or to sacrifice A over B Ex: Do you think ignorant people sacrifice the important ...
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“Nice to meet you all” versus “nice to meet all of you” [closed]

When we want to say nice to meet you to many people, I often hear people say “nice to meet you all” and seldom hear “nice to meet all of you”. Is there any difference between these two? nice to ...
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complex words indication

Splicing factors have oncogenic properties. However, their expression patterns and practical priority in gastric cancer and the difference of them between gastric cancer and colorectal cancers are ...
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On the referent of 'during that time' / 'meanwhile'

Can during that time refer to a relatively long time? Or can during that time be used regardless of whether the span is long or short? For example, I think (1) is ok: (1) I waited for a bus for 10 ...
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Usage of “no longer are” vs “are no longer”

I'm writing some code and as I wrote a comment I realized I don't know which of the following forms is the correct way to phrase it: The moment there no longer are any valid blocks, the loop ...
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I lost my temper in Domino's pizza the other day and ended up pushing the bloke “behind the till” [closed]

I lost my temper in Domino's pizza the other day and ended up pushing the bloke behind the till. What is the meaning of "till" here ? Is it preferred to use such formations in general ...
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“The problem is that…”. Good or bad English?

I wrote a technical article in which I used (probably overused) constructions of the form "The main point is that...", "The problem is that...". As I am a native Italian speaker, these sentences have ...
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'before' vs. 'until'

Which is more appropriate? I had lived in New York for three years until/before I graduated from college. Perhaps, there may be a more appropriate expression, but if you have to use either of ...
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“next two weeks” vs. “in 14 days from now”

Which one is most appropriate and why? I will have my laptop next two weeks. Or I will have my laptop in 14 days from now.
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The solution of so/but/since and because? [closed]

What do you think about the options of this case, i hav chosen the A", it's a little tricky?
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What to do now- Is the statement incorrect

A novice to this "learning forum". I was working on sth that was a solution to a SQL query and it did not work out. So I uttered- What to do now. My manager, who is from Italy and whose ...
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Does the sentence “Do you find your partner through your heart or brain?” express the following meaning? [closed]

Here is the meaning behind the question which I want to ask people: Ok, so how do you choose the one you love? There are two types of people. The first type of people use their feelings or emotions ...
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An English expression or not

I'm a little bit confused about below expressions. Can anybody tell me which expression that sounds more English native? Thank you very much! There are lots of restaurants opening/opened along the ...
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'Knows all the knicks and knacks of…' is this correct?

So I want to write about a company that specializes in a particular field. They've been in this field since a while now, so they know everything there is to know about the field and related to it. but ...
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Idiom for: “We should attend it even if we have to borrow money.”

I'm translating a script and I should cut this line down by about half it's syllables. I should match to the lip movement of the actors on video, and so that would be about 7 syllables. It doesn't ...
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A shorter form of question “Did it happen by coincidence?”

Imagine one person saying: "Oh, both Mary and John called me at the same time". Another asks: "Did it happen by coincidence?". I want to find the shortest possible way of asking the same ...
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I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?

Provided "should" and "had better" are near synonyms (stronger advice in "had better" than in "should" or in more formal "ought to"), I know I can say You shouldn't have done this! But how about ...
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What is the expression for a list of low importance items, part of a more important speech?

Summary: I am trying to find an expression equivalent to annonces parafiales in French I am looking for an expression which means "list of items of low importance, appended to a more important ...