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

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Enter the world [closed]

I am planning a big career change. In the emails to the people I want to ask for internship, I wrote "I strongly desire to pursue a career in AABBCC and currently looking for internship opportunities ...
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“These are [one/ones] of the foundations…” - which “one” should I use?

I'm having a hard time picking between These are one of the foundations of.... and These are ones of the foundations of.. Or is there a more idiomatic way to express it?
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Is the expression “Liver's ability to detoxify alcohol was tested…” [closed]

Is the expression "Liver's ability to detoxify alcohol was tested..." grammatically correct? Can it also be used for genes, for example: "C-MYC's role in cancer is well known". This is, can gene ...
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Why can't I put 'a' or 'the' before 'different clubs'? [closed]

Is there a specific rule saying that 'a/an' and 'the' should not followed by the word 'different'? "I go out to different clubs with my boyfriend". I know there are some fixed expression for using ...
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Is “school is off” correct [closed]

Is the expression "Today school is off" correct? I only know the expression "Today school is closed".
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news for nose meaning

I had heard the expression "have a nose for news" but when I was watching a tv show (web of lies) the expression was "news for nose". The exact quote goes like this: GEORGE WEBER NOT ONLY HAD A ...
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is it is correct to mention PhD in brackets or with upper line to express ongoing degree.(PhD) ̅ [closed]

is it is correct to write PhD as suffix in brackets or with upperline to express the degree is ongoing. is there any reference for this type of expressions
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How to describe both non-verbal and non-gesture communication?

Suppose we had a technology that reads a person's brain wave and interprets it. Then it sends the interpretated message to the screen in front of another person. What is the word used to the ...
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An expression for someone who causes “pain” and for those who receive this “pain” [duplicate]

What do you call a person who gives only pain to his dear ones (whom he cares about the most)? What do you call a person who gets only agony from the person he cares most?
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Is there words that mean “meet the criteria”?

I'm making a comic strip and looking for a funny word in the theme of hair, maybe something that means "make it meet the criteria". It is hard for me to explain, as my first language isn't English. ...
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What is correct: still to be/continue to be/should be/must be? [closed]

I want to build a sentence referring to the past, present and future: The Bible was, and continues to be, instrumental in spreading God's message to mankind. The Bible was, and should still be, ...
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“responsible for” in negative context [closed]

Can you use "responsible for" in a negative context? Like the "Kids were responsible for starting the fire". As they were guilty of burning down the house.
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expression meaning - brash talk does not always mean a pink slip [closed]

What does this expression mean? brash talk does not always mean a pink slip
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A phrase to describe a “collection of false exaggerations”

I am looking for a phrase to describe a "collection of false exaggerations", something that can fit well in the following line: I am really shocked to see this, it seems that everything you told ...
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Motivated or Motivating

Which answer is correct? The renovation project has been led by a highly _____ group of designers. A) motivated B) motivating If not B, why not?
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Word for long chain of causes [closed]

What may be the conceptual, phenomenal word for a long chain of complex causes and reasons, that doesn't believe in coincidences, accidentalities, karma etc.?
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Correct punctuation to accompany 'I' and 'we' in this example?

I am writing a poem and I want to know how to punctuate this line in relation to people's individual motives and not doing anything with a sense of togetherness. --When everyone uses 'I's' but never ...
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Giving Custom to?

A rather old-fashioned farewell after visiting a store would be Thank you for your custom On the other side of the coin, if you're talking about having visited a store and made use of it, would ...
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“You look like your brother” or “Your brother looks like you”? [closed]

My friends are always saying stuff like, "You look like your brother ," or "Your brother looks like you." My brother is 4 years younger than me and I really can't see the resemblance; but it got me ...
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“We proceed to a further generalization…” removing stuffy language from a technical paper [closed]

I am a math major, but sometimes I read the stuffy language in these papers and I really crack up. The worst part is, when I start writing I do exactly the same thing. Certain phrases used over and ...
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How to express the quality of being fried? [closed]

I want to express the good quality of being fried of some dumplings, the way their almost redness and crispiness etc... What words or expressions would you use to do that?
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Does 'Digressing others' make sense? [closed]

One of my friends said the other day: 'Digressing others is a part of my job' Does this phrase make sense?
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What is the meaning of “gassed for”? [closed]

I was reading a comment on ELU and it is... ... when you've been gassed for your oral surgery. Is it an idiomatic thing to say "gassed for or gassed up"?
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Word for arson by secret police

Is there a word or phrase for when, during a protest meeting, the secret police lock the doors and set fire to the building?
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How do I translate this italian locution? [closed]

Often in Italian we use this locution: venire meno Now I wanted to translate it and I didn't come with an 'immediate' translation. Somebody knows the English equivalent?
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Is “come from” the right choice for part of a file? [closed]

Good morning, everyone. I have a file and I divided it into three parts, say file F is divided into three parts A, B and C. Is it right if I say "Part A comes from file F" or "Part A is derived from ...
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What does “Yeah, you did” mean?

This has been a question since I watched the episode Ted Mosby, Architect [HIMYM, Season 2] long time back. Yesterday I came across this again and I still don't get it. What does "Yeah, you did" ...
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What does “bodded ill” mean? [closed]

Quoted from here: "Not to make an impression but anyone that bodded ill with the Duchess, did not sit with with Ealora" I was wondering what the expression "bodded ill" means. Thank you. P.S. As ...
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Would you guys change the following sentence suitable for my cover letter? [closed]

I need your help guys:) I am applying for an instructor position at a university in the States. Would you please change the following statement appropriate for my cover letter? "My bachelor's degree ...
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Expression and phrase [closed]

Is it grammatically correct to say "I do not have as much optimism as I'd like to have."? - A statement issued by Speaker Joehner and reported by the Hill on 7/18/2014.
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'Marked by' vs 'having' in dictionary definitions

I've read definitions that differ from each other only by the words marked by and having. E.g. 'Marked by a calm demeanor' and 'having a calm demeanor'. I see this often enough that I suspect ...
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difference between or used with/without bracket

What is the key differences between these sentences: Namespaces defined using object literal notation may be easily extended (or merged) with other objects (or namespaces) such that the properties ...
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What does a phrase “Plunder for all!” mean? [closed]

A fleet of ships is going to attack other fleet and on the meeting of capitans of the ships from first fleet one capitan tells "Plunder for all!". What does that mean? Added I've looked plunder in ...
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Beneath/Behind his innocent looks, he is an aggressive person/ lies an aggressive person [closed]

[Beneath/Behind] his innocent looks, [he is/lies] an aggressive person Is there a better way to frame this sentence and are there better adjectives?
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Word that describes interaction between things

The best word I've been able to come up with is synergy, but I'm pretty sure I'm using it wrong, and if I'm not, it isn't commonly used to describe this. Here's my example case: If I have an ...
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accommodate somebody somewhere [closed]

I am writing a letter to an official body and I need to say that my friend will be staying in my flat. Is it correct to say that "I am able to accommodate my friend in my 2 bedroom flat at address" ...
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Why would you want to do that? [closed]

I recently shared with several coworkers that I wanted to go to a particular class. My coworker responded to me with the following question: "Why would you want to do that?" I responded with a ...
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The Present Perfect vs The Past Tense in English [closed]

Would you agree that the present perfect is used more than the past tense by native speakers to emphasize the situation at hand? Some languages, like Arabic and Japanese, use the simple past much ...
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What should I use? “The ways of something” or “The path of something” [closed]

I am always learning stuff about computers and I switch between saying "The Path of the Computer Knowledge" and "The Ways of Computers" every time. When I use those expressions I want to express that ...
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Meaning of “dress style”

Does dress style mean attire, or is it specifically a style of dress worn by women? For example: "What is the proper dress style for the interview?"
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Does this sentence “He's too thin to carry it” make any sense to you? [closed]

Does this sentence "He's too thin to carry it" make any sense to you? This is really bothering me for quite a long time!
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Is that expression correct? [closed]

Is it right in English to say: people show back again in you life
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A more professional way to word this Sentence [closed]

Was not absent from his residence during this period.
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What the fox say? nothing

Someone already posted this question. My question is basically the same but I also found another music video "Iggy Azalea - Black Widow ft. Rita Ora". In the beginning of the music video the diner ...
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which one is more appropriate, “Following” or “Further to”

Is it OK to say "Following the task that has been given to us, I would like to invite you to a meeting"? Or should I say "Further to the task that has been given to us, I would like to invite you to ...
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The meaning of “ haut to trot”?

What's the meaning of this expression " Modelling : She's haut to trot !"
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Appointment in one year

I should find appropriate English phrase/expression for very late(?) appointment. Let's take a situation when someone should wait until the surgery operation for a one or too years just because there ...
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Usage of “Revised Document”

I offer two Word templates and recommend to use one of them in order to get a well-designed document. Using the expression revised document is correct in this case? For example: It is ...
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Is this proper use

I was watching the movie Man of Steel and in it is this passage: "There's only one way this ends Cal; either you die, or I do." Now this sounds wrong to me. There's two outcomes. "There's only on ...
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What's a better way of saying “rarely used”

I'm writing an article about using rarely used English words and how to learn and use them. As an example I'd like to find an alternate way of saying "rarely used" I believe there should be one word ...