Expressions are words or phrases used to convey an idea, or else a particular term used conventionally to express something.

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Is “my class” generally understood as “the class I'm attending” or “the class I'm teaching”?

Example: I refused her invitation to join her swimming class. For a native English speaker, does it read as "I refused her invitation to join the swimming class she's attending" or "I refused ...
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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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Could you please do X vs. Could you do X please

I'm an English teacher, and I heard a student say "could you please open the window" the other day. To my ears, "could you please open the window" as a construction sounds exasperated, even ...
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Expression for Yes/No/Unclear(?) in medical score-based diagnosis

This is a repost of a question in CrossValidated which received no attention. http://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/169085/yes-no-unclear-count-score-based-decision-quest-for-terminology In ...
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What word would you use to describe a situation where words are not necessary?

Example: "Their love was so strong that it was unspoken. Words were (replace) 'not necessary' for them to display their affection towards one another.
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What would this sentence be considered?

"I wonder why X's don't have (insert subject) and you do" Is it a question? Statement? A question imbedded in a statement? Or would it depend on the tone that was used? Thank you in advance.
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Scottish(?) sayings: 'For any sake' and 'Not for any favour'

Are 'For any sake' and 'Not for any favour' just confined to Scotland? I have never heard them said in England.
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Colloquial terms for “[please do X] according to your own ethical assumptions”?

When I want to ask someone to do something that has some costs (like personal involvement, time, money), but want to leave it to that person to decide how much to spend on that - how do I express that ...
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Topic sentence and controlling idea

English speakers relaxing at home,for example,may put on kimonos,which is a Japanese word.English speakers who live in a warm climate may take an afternoon siesta on an outdoor patio without realizing ...
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Usage of “so to” in the place of “to” as part of infinitive construction

Example: We make wine by hand in small lots and taste the wines constantly so to profit from its constant change. I would normally drop the "so" and phrase it like "we do it to profit" Are both ...
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Is there a word for this act?

Let me give you an example where I want this "mystery" word to fit. There are two person "A" and person "B". A had installed an air conditioner in his house long ago and has called in the customer ...
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What does it mean to be the 'strong, silent type'?

If someone says you're the strong, silent type is it a compliment?
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Is there one word for people who always keep others above themselves?

For people who go an extra mile to make others comfortable, be it friends, family, etc. I need an adjective or a noun, most probably one word, that can describe people who always keep others above or ...
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how to express trials and extenuating life experiences, that led to screw ups in my past [on hold]

how to express trials and extenuating life experiences, that led to screw ups in my past. examples: bad grades in freshman year, laziness, drug use. and how i have rebounded and made myself a ...
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What would you call the husband of a widow? [duplicate]

I'm confused as I've been googling a bit and have seen "dead husband", "former husband", ... and even "ex-husband"... So what would you use for ______ in polite conversation: The ______ of the ...
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Single word for “ready again”?

Is there a single word for ready again ? Could it be re-ready? Example: I have multiple statuses: - not ready - ready - error - re-ready? Example: First document is unsigned, then signed, after ...
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How to say “unavoidable problems”

There was a deadline to submit an application. But I could not submit due to holiday in our institute and again unavilability of official staffs after the holidays. So I would like to write a letter ...
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One word to describe a situation where two people have their first and last meeting in the same place

There are two people who had their first date in a place. Six years later, they'll be meeting in that particular place for the last time because one of them is going to die. In the six year time ...
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Use of 'write down' [closed]

Can the expression write down be used in a context where I will write down my opinion or statement so that we can remember it in the future? Like a promise or statement with weight? 'The United ...
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Soft or more euphemistic way of saying “suffer”

One word I can think of is "bear". Any other words for it? I hate the idea of repeating the same word again and again. I want to use it for trivial things which make your life inconvenient but not ...
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round of improvements?

The context here is a bank discussing a long-term project it's conducting. It has certain deadlines to adhere to, but it says that after the deadline has expired, they will need to do several rounds ...
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“a quiet head”? I need a more natural sounding equivalent

I am racking my brain for a solution to this. I am translating a text discussing a long-term project performed by a bank. In this case, the bank is very worried that it won't achieve all of the ...
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Is there a neat expression for this situation?

I'm stuck for an expression that describes this example, which is similar to a "self-fulfilling prophecy" but is more complicated: Someone claims, falsely, to be a dentist. Someone who likes ...
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What is the meaning of this life quote?

I am trying (but failing) to understand the meaning of this life quote: Trying is a part of failing. If you are afraid to fail then you are afraid to try. Can you explain what it means?
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What term describes words like “scapegoat”?

I have heard that there is a term for words like scapegoat, i.e. words that are translated directly from another language into English, but do not make literal sense out of their original ...
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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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Does “differ by” even exist? [on hold]

I have a question about the preposition for differ in the following context: A differs B merely from a chemical element. Or better to say: A differs B by a chemical element. I will ...
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Lost Out of Sky - Local Usage (India) or Typo

I was reading a news story about a jet crash in the UK from a site hosted in India, and I believe the author may also be from there. In it, I saw the sentence: The jet which appeared to have lost ...
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Periodical change of quantities from zero to a specific value

I need to find a word which will describe the periodic change of a quantity from zero to a positive value. I explicitly need to differentiate this word or expression from the periodic change of the ...
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'The picture hung crooked on the wall'

Is it more correct to say 'The picture hung crooked on the wall' or 'The picture hung crookedly on the wall'? My instinct is that the first one sounds better to me as a native speaker, but someone ...
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How to express “I'm at company”?

I know "I'm at home" and "I'm at school" are both native expresstions. However, I googled "I'm at company" and just get about 16,700 results, which means it's not a common expression. How will a ...
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'Scenic box'… is it correct?

I would like to use an expression that refers to a theatre space, a stage space, or any space for performing theatre: the space for a 'scene' in general. The expression is 'scenic box'. Is it ...
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Word for when satire is no longer satire

Is there a word for when a satirical piece of work ceases to be satirical because the concept under scrutiny has now become widely accepted.
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Is there a word to describe the following emotion?

Heiii lovely people, could anyone perhaps tell me whether there is a word to describe such an emotion. An emotion when you feel sad or disappointed due another person's success because: A. you desire ...
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What expression could I use for the meaning “I understand” in biz e-mail?

What expression could I use for the meaning "I understand" or "I see" in business e-mail? For example, A seller informed me that a shipment which I request will be arrived at tomorrow. And I would ...
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In anything but…meaning and usage

I am reading some documentation and cannot fully understand the meaning of 'In anything but..' In anything but the smallest applications it makes sense to organize the service definitions by ...
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Did I hear “indiscreet or in discreet vs indiscrete or in discrete”? [on hold]

I was watching "Miss Marple" on pbs and there is one conversation between inspector and a lady as one of house member. A lady was showing specific room to an inspector who is looking for some pictures ...
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Becoming the subject of bad news

I'm looking for a term or saying with the meaning of becoming the subject of bad news. In a sentence: "If you [do something bad], you risk becoming [the word or term I'm looking for]" Cheers!
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What is the origin of the phrase “Sharp Showers” in UK Met Office Forecasts

The UK Meterological Office is the government body responsible for weather forecasting here. On TV and radio forecasts, they have taken to using the phrase "sharp showers" to indicate sudden, heavy ...
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A site where human bones have been discovered

Is there a shorter way of saying "other sites where human bones have been discovered"? I mean a site that is not a burial site, e.g a person has an heart attack, falls down on the ground and dies but ...
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Phrase for being robbed/deprived of my money [closed]

Here is the situation: I provide services to a client through a company's platform. The company provides a software that keeps track of the amount of time I spend and automatically bills the client ...
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“there's a powder at aspen” expression means what?

I'm reading a book where "The Advice Guy" says "Tell your boss the roport will have to wait. There's a powder in Aspen!". I got, here, what "take a powder" means, but what about "there's a powder ...
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Alternative for “found something accidentally even when it was lying really close the whole time”

Let me give you an example of the situation where I would like to use this "word/phrase/idiom/expression". A friend of mine who had a laptop for 3 months now accidentally discovers that it is ...
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Word/phrase/allusion for spreading false intel to catch a mole

If I want to find the leak in my agency, I tell twenty people twenty stories and wait to see which emerges. If I want to find out who's selling my contact info to spammers, I give every company a ...
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Looking for a word that fits for a young grown woodland

I'm looking for a word for a young wood of forest. In German you would say "junger Bestand". What ist the english expression - young stand, young stock?
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What is it driven by? VS what is it motivated by?

Assuming those two are same meaning for me, but I would like to know how people pick a word among many thesaurus? Of course, it is depends on context but when you make a simple question like this. I ...
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On the usage of the phrase “an enormous fund of time”

In an English translation of Haruki Murakami's story "Sleep", there is a sentence that goes like this: What, then, of the enormous fund of time I had consumed back then reading books? The original ...
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Another phrase for “The land and its people”

I am writing a book on tourism and have a section that talks about the land, its cuisine, language, culture, festivals etc. Is there a phrase that can act as a section header? I am avoiding a cliché ...
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What can I say instead of [go miles]

I want to say in my personal statement "At the time, it gave me hope, optimism and certainty that this is what I want to do and that I’m going to [go miles] in my career.
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How can we describe a broad sense of taste?

How can we describe a broad sense of taste? Can we say that we have a versatile taste? Or is it more correct to say that we have a diverse taste? Taste here is with reference to food.