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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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“You get what you deserve nothing more nothing less”

In this world we reside, what we acquire depends on what we can acquire. In other words, if we have the money to, we can buy a house; if we have the necessary educational qualifications to, we can get ...
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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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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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A simile / metaphor for the concept that an entity is formed from a wide range of factors

I am trying to explain that health is not simply determined by biological factors. Instead it is shaped by a whole host of variables: lifestyle, education, culture, attitudes, socio-economic factors ...
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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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“To the next time” vs. “Till the next time” [closed]

Could you tell me which form is correct, and why? to the next time, name till the next time, name
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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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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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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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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 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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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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“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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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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“Trust arrives walking and departs riding.”

That is the translation (provided by Wikiquote) of the Dutch proverb "Vertrouwen komt te voet en vertrekt te paard." I don't like this translation very much for conversational use. It doesn't "feel" ...
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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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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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Colloquial expression for something working very fast?

I am looking for an expression as an alternative to fast in the following expression: Ever since they have constructed flyover/overbridge, traffic has been very fast. My laptop has been super ...
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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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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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Expression for “pulling out something from the past”

I am looking for an expression (proverb / idiom) meaning "pulling out something from the past" in disapproval. An example of this would be: somebody mentioning a thing of the past, which is not ...
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Shoplifting vs. a word for “someone who orders, eats and sneaks without paying the check”

Shoplifting relates more to the physical possession of goods. A shoplifter may pretend to be a customer or buy some and steal many (or vice-versa). But while at a restaurant such pretense won't ...
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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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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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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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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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What is a common English expression for when you were very tired or out of it and said something extremely stupid?

I kept thinking of "spazzing out" but that doesn't quite seem to be it. An example is when you're very tired and kind of dozing off and you say something or ask a question that is incredibly stupid ...
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I need a big word for 'steady', if it exists [closed]

I'm looking for some "big words" to use in a set of gifts that relate directly to the giftees and their personalities. I was able to find jocular for playful and scrupulous for diligent pretty easily, ...
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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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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 ...
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How to use refer to previous literature/researches in research papers?

I am talking about the topic Singapore English and I want to briefly survey the previous researches on the same topic. Do the following sentences sound natural in English? In literature on Singapore ...
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Word for someone who feels complete again, but not in the same way as they once were

I am writing a story about a girl who once was complete, but now has lost what made her feel whole. She has tried to replace it with the same thing but failed. Now she has replaced it with something ...
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What is the best word or expression that describes the Hindi word “Jootha”? [duplicate]

Jootha is a Hindi word which means that the food, which actually belongs to me has been tasted by someone else, without my permission. In India this is considered as a taboo and states that the food ...
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A formal synonym/expression for “saying that”

I need a more formal expression for "saying that" here. I couldn't find another formal expression Saying that rape culture is an environment where emotional and physical violence against women ...
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How to say meeting is about my questions? [closed]

I want to ask my supervisor for a meeting. I want to say meeting is about my questions about the approach. Can I use discuss for asking questions? I would be grateful for an appointment, at your ...
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Short phrase to convey “but consider the source”

Is there a short phrase (one to three words), Latin or otherwise, that conveys "but consider the source"? For example, "I heard that pigs fly on television (your phrase here)." I'm thinking perhaps ...
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Word for a decaying and renewing system, like a coral reef

Jungles and coral reefs are built in a piecemeal way: parts of them are always decaying, being patchily replaced by the fresh new bits springing up. The whole ecology acts as a single discordant ...
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Best way to describe a decrease in time taken?

I have written an algorithm that greatly improves the computation time for a particular problem, but I am divided on how to best describe this in writing. As a rough guide, a process that previously ...
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What is the name for group of people who line up to create a corridor?

What is the proper name for group of people who line up in two lines to form some kind of a corridor for other people to pass between the two?
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Can “as matter of fact” be used to express a contradictory opinion?

I'm aware you can do that with actually: actually ...used when expressing a contradictory or unexpected opinion or correcting someone. "‘Tom's happy anyway.’ ‘He isn't, actually, not any ...
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How to describe a confusion matrix correctly

In computer science, we a use a thing called confusion matrix for reporting results from supervised machine learning algorithms. It looks like this The image was taken from here. I would like to ...