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How to express taking paid time-off in a sentence

I would like to have a sentence to indicate a person is on two days of paid time-off. Could I form a sentence like, "He is on two days paid time off." "He is on paid time off for two days". ...
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How to combine “a book about X” with “people are interested in how X works”? [closed]

I would like to know how to correctly combine the sentence 1. with the sentence 2. People are interested in how these algorithms work. I am writing a book about algorithms... [here I need to ...
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How to find a word to fit a meaning?

I need to find a word that would have a reasonably close meaning to: a collection of facts and arguments used to arrive at an explanation [of some (thing|concept|idea|...)] More generally, I ...
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Word/ phrase for : 'to uplift/ enhance one's mental level/ creativity/ knowledge' [closed]

I'm looking out for a word or a short phrase(<15 chars.) that somewhat conveys : 'to uplift/ enhance one's mental level/ creativity/ knowledge/ skills'. 'To take one's mental level to the next ...
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Another way of saying “it doesn't always pay to be right”

Someone was wrong about something. I explained to the person very kindly and with "social tact" how they were wrong and why the right answer was, in fact, the right answer. Subsequently this person ...
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Make someone run out of patience

If you keep trying someone's patience, eventually they will run out of patience and do something to punish you. What is your "negative achievement" called at this stage? You have managed to make some ...
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Looking for concise and precise terms for feedback rating options

I am designing a user reputation system that will be an essential piece of an online marketplace for peer-to-peer item rentals. The user reputation system is based on the collection of feedbacks given ...
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Is there a word/phrase for Pre-Academia?

I'm looking for a word that means pre-academia. Academia is the establishment of those engaged in higher education (mostly graduate students and up), so pre-academia would be those engaged in lower ...
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a word / idiom for pulling something closer for a sniff?

This is where I am: "Gliding at a low altitude, his fingers reached for a flower, plucked it and pulled it closer to his nose" / ... to smell" I'm not looking for anything too exotic, but would ...
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Terser, tidier way to say you'd like “no further progression of [someone's] macular degeneration”

I'm editing a church prayer sheet, and one of the requests is that someone's specific eye disorder won't keep getting worse. The original phrasing, unfortunately, was pretty awful: "Pray for Macular ...
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“Degree of Proximity” or “Proximity of Blood” or “Relation Proximity”?

I'm translating a civil record to English, which has a table of information about a family registry. One of the titles is "Degree of Proximity", however I'm not sure which of the expressions suits the ...
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What's a term for “useless numbers or data”?

I'm looking for a single word or short phrase that can describe any numbers or statistics that have very little practical value, and are useful only to the extent of "hey look, a number!" Here's an ...
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Word for Inability to Write

When school's off for more than three or four days, I usually don't write much (I prefer to type at home!) and so when I come back and hold my pen[cil], my fingers refuse to move like they normally ...
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mistakes in set phrases; “…you have to celebrate the victory of your spoils…”

Is there a word for mistaken use of a set phrase? For example, I heard an interview with an athlete in which he said "...you have to celebrate the victory of your spoils." Of course, this is not how ...
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more ways to say “In his druken state”

As I need to use the phrase a lot in a piece of document, I don't want to sound too repetitive ... so anyone with any suggestions as to alternative phrases and/or any phrases that suggest that someone ...
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Native English [Brit./N.Amer.] ways to greet someone after the event?

Suppose you forgot to wish someone an occasion, and you're wise after the event, how do you go about offering your wishes given that a couple days have gone by since? "[Wish you a] Happy ...
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What's a synonym for “ready to ship”

We have a service that essentially dropships products for merchants, but most of them don't know what that means. We've found better results with the phrase "ready-to-ship products", yet this too ...
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A word of phrase for a letter that delivers an “opening charge”

What is a good word or phrase for a letter that issues an "opening charge" to a group of people. In my specific case, I need word for a kind of letter that gives authority and encouragement to a ...
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Another way to say “Worked On”

Does anyone know a way to say "Worked on"? I'm wanting to say that I worked on a certain project on my resume but I have drawn a blank.
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Idioms/phrases for “I won't get in the way?”

Example: "Me and Jake? Don't worry I'm a lesbian. You have [...]." (Meaning she's not going to get in the way). I can only thing of having a clear track. Not sure if it's common, though, since ...
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Word(s) to describe the direction of a threshold

Two types of thresholds exist. Type One Values below the threshold are good, and values above the threshold are bad. Type Two Values above the threshold are good, and values below the threshold ...
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Which sentence is most suitable in the context of history? [closed]

The day of sorrow becomes the day of happiness. The day of sorrow changes into the day of happiness. The day of sorrow turns into the most peaceful day. Detail context: The day when one country ...
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Does a phrase “I'm gonna raise a whim flag on this one” make any sense? [closed]

Does the phrase “I’m gonna raise a whim flag on this one” make any sense? Put simply, I want a phrase to have the same meaning as “I’m going to resign from further engagement in this matter”.
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How to distinguish “timesheets pending for approval” & “timesheets awaiting for your approval” in phrases?

There are two buttons. Button A is for the timesheets submitted by user but still waiting for someone's approval, I want button A displays like this: Pending Approval (3) Note: (3) means the ...
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Word combination with “eternally”

I am currently thinking of engraving text for our wedding rings. Idea is to engrave some nice combination of two words (one word per ring) in order to get phrase close to “forever together”. I do ...
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Hurt someone and say “sorry” - Is there a word to describe this type of behaviour and/or people? [closed]

People unintentionally hurt others whilst in the middle of an argument, it could happen anywhere: in public or even in the privacy of one's bedroom. When they finally realize their mistake, they end ...
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phrase request: describe authorship which overruns logical stopping points and/or fails to omit extraneous ideas

How can I describe authorship where the author often oversteps logical stopping points, or where the author introduces superfluous, tangentially related content? Here are some more details to ...
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Referring to two or more choices [duplicate]

Example: I wasn't sure if it was A, B, or C. [...], I still knew I would fail. I thought of either way but I think is not grammatically correct. What should I chose if I'm referring to two or ...
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Is “song spoiler” a correct word?

There is a friend of mine who sings the song, she isn't a professional singer. It's just that she likes singing. But she ruins the lyrics, comes up with her own, she sings one stanza correctly but, ...
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Term for a person who conducts practice lessons

Is there a word in English for a person who conducts practice lessons in a university? In Russia, we call these kinds of lessons "семинар", and people who conduct them "семинарист". Unfortunately, ...
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Something like “ragtag group”

I'm looking for a word/phrase that means "a team quickly put together from miscellaneous people". It is NOT "ragtag group"/"motley crew". I think it is "[something] team"
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Ancient greek philosophy - looking for a quotation of the kind: “I am scared for the future, I don't trust the youth of today”

I am looking for a famous quotation that was written by an ancient greek philosopher and that basically convey the following idea: I am scared for the future, I don't trust the youth of today Do ...
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Is this a Grill door? how do you narrate if some one opens or closes it?

Is this a grill door? if not what do you call this type of doors? Old elevator systems uses this door. If a hinged door is opened, we use "push open", "pull open", "heave open", "dash open", "bang ...
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Searching for a synonym or an alternate Phrase

I am looking for a synonym or a phrase that means, that after reading a particular thought my perspective / way to look at life has changed in a good manner. Basically this is for my new blog ...
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another way of saying “being of”

I am looking for a way to replace the word "being" in the phrase "being of poor character". My instructor is very adamant that we not use being unless it is used as a noun. In this particular case, ...
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The right way to talk about my thesis?

Is either of these grammatically and semantically correct? As part of my undergraduate thesis, I undertook a project under ... or I undertook a thesis research project under ... If not, ...
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What is an alternative to the phrase “what you don't know won't hurt you”? [closed]

I am looking for an alternative phrase to replace "what you don't know can't hurt you."
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Word or Phrase for the beginning or end of an event or period of time?

I'm looking for a single word to indicate a point in time which is either the beginning or end of an event. Edit, for a better example: A bell rings at the start a round of boxing. A bell rings at ...
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How to phrase 'people have become acutely/increasingly aware of X' [closed]

I'm trying to convey the idea that people's behavior on the Internet is a reflection of our increasing social self-awareness, almost like a communal entity. For context, here is the paragraph I'm ...
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What phrase or word can I use to describe a bad mix of action?

This is in a Saudi YouTube series that I'm subtitling; I came across a colloquial word which means literally 'a mixture of melon juice, mango juice and corn', and figuratively expresses a bad course ...
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What do you say when you wish someone to do well the next time they run?

A friend of mine was leaving to start running as an exercise and I said "Have a good run!". Then I found out it is an idiom with a different meaning. What is the right thing to say in that case?
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How to phrase “define analyses” using only nouns?

English is not my mother tongue, and I am wondering how to best phrase define analysis using two nouns. It could be define analyses, too: it doesn’t matter whether it’s plural or singular. To me, ...
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Receivables/lend

If I lend an amount of $100 to my friend, I can refer to the amount as receivable. Suppose she returns $100 (or $70) after one week, what should I call this amount? It is the "return amount which is ...
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Word to describe a company's brand, products and services

I'm trying to find a word or phrase that sums up a company's brand, products and services. I'm thinking something along the lines of "company initiatives," but that doesn't seem to sum up the three.
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“Become acquainted”, “be connected” with the connotation of “take the initiative”

Would the following sentence be idiomatic and correct? At the conference, she became acquainted with more than 20 scholars, exhibiting excellent networking skills. I was thinking saying ...
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Is there an alternative (more poetic term) to avoid making the choice between “simpler” and “more simple”?

I am trying to translate a Greek essay in English. Let me give you the text above and below the word "simpler": Actually the first, more systematic - and most effective - propagandists were, ...
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To put more “weight/power” into a conclusion

I am trying to find an expression which would meet my needs. In the report that I am currently writing I would like to explain that I have done a certain action in order to "put more weight/power" ...
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“Had changed destiny”

I want to write something that means the same thing as "had changed destiny." I was going to use those words, but something didn't seem right. I googled that phrase, and came up with only one thing. ...
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Formulation: “I like to see the beauty in ugly things” [closed]

What would be a good way to express the following: "I like to see the beauty in ugly things"? (This is related to drawings, paintings and photography.)
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A phrase to describe the idea of 'high literature'?

We have terms like 'high culture' and 'high art'. They are used to describe things deemed of a higher quality, or held in higher esteem, than products of popular culture. We also have terms like 'art ...