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How can/should tell a person to not overuse the essays they're using for support?

We have a homework assignment in which we are supposed to critique other people's essays. One person seems to have overused their supporting essays in their rough draft. My question is, what do I ...
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Formal English - Phrase request

Please help me phrase the sentence below in a more formal manner. "Follow up on Purchase Orders to get the goods on time"
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Quotes on interest for SOP

I am writing SOP for my graduation applications and I am not able to find proper Quotes or idioms to begin my sop. Basically I want to convey that if someone set their goal in life close to their ...
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Synonym for “stop at nothing”

What is a synonym for "stop at nothing"? Example usage: I stop at nothing to deliver ideal and timely design solutions.
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Way to ask interviewer (/speaking examiner) to repeat slowly its question [duplicate]

The accent of a speaking examiner is sometimes difficult to understand completely. Asking him to repeat his question is a delicate action that should be handled correctly, in my consideration. ...
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Is there a single word for “Seeing the Unseen”?

Is there a single word which means “Seeing the Unseen”? Imagine one needs special equipment or accessories (for example, a microscope, telescope, or periscope) to see something that otherwise is ...
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Is there a word for 'religism'? [duplicate]

I'm searching for a word with a meaning similar to Racism or Sexism but within the context of religion. Is there a word for this meaning?
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Is there a word for a song in your head? [duplicate]

As the title says, is there a word or phrase for a song that's stuck in your head?
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Another term for “instant feedback”?

I'm looking for another term for "instant feedback". Something perhaps similar to how common the phrase "instant gratification" is used to mean instant results from an action. For context, I'm ...
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Term for “the story referred to by the title of the collection”

Many short story collections are titled something like Foobar and Other Stories. Suppose I am writing a review of such a collection and want to refer to the story entitled "Foobar". I wish to say ...
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Single word or short phrase for giving a passing mark?

I thanked my teacher for giving me a pass mark in the exam. Is there a single word or short phrase for the emphasised phrase?
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“We” meaning a group of people that I am not talking to and myself [duplicate]

Is there a word or phrase to express the idea of a group of people and the speaker, collectively, where the group of people is explicitly not the people who are being spoken to? For example, consider ...
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Better name for filter condition operators?

I’m developing a data filtering system and am a little confused regarding how to name the condition operators for this system. Which of these cases are preferable (or quite applicable) for filter ...
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If you didn't buy it online then you bought it…? [duplicate]

When you buy something over the Internet, you say you bought it online. And these days a lot of things can be bought online. So, when one of my friends saw my new wrist watch the other day, he asked, ...
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Phrasal Verb request for cover in a cursory manner

Can someone suggest a phrasal verb which means "not covering something in full detail" or treating the subject in a "cursory manner". Something which implies that the details have been omitted ...
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Need a little help with rephrasing

So, this is the sentence: Faustus’s annihilation is a sobering reminder of our own human shortcomings; the parable resonates throughout the ages, encouraging even us, as a modern audience, to ...
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What is a possible name of a course that teaches parity?

(I know, it sounds weird). So "parity," in Maths, is the fact of being even or odd. Let's say if there was an academic course that teaches you about parity, what should be its (one-word) name? ...
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A word for discrimination based on education or area of expertise

I was wondering if there is a word for "discrimination on the basis of education / area of expertise". What I mean is a word to describe someones attitude toward geeks of some kind. Example: I want ...
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Word for a person who acts like you [closed]

What is the proper word for someone who acts like you, or is doing the same thing you are doing? I was thinking about role playing, but it sounded very out of place.
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Synonym for “call bulls--t”

I am writing a column for publication in a widely circulated newspaper, and would like to use a phrase meaning something like "call bullshit". I can't think of one that captures the meaning so ...
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Other way of saying “with his/her back facing me.”

Is there another common way of saying: with his/her back facing me? For example: The person was standing in the middle of the clearing, [...back...] me. I don't want to use his/her because I ...
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Hanging Bats type of phrase [duplicate]

what kind of phrase is hanging bats in this sentence Hanging Bats populate most of the caves.
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Ways to refers to two people who were about to marry or just married [closed]

I wrote the following: A bright red carpet ran all the way from the entrance to right beneath the altar. Enclosing it on both sides, were two rows of long benches—each of them with a tiny ...
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What's the word for a word that suddenly becomes famous?

What's the right word for a word that suddenly becomes famous? I know buzzword. Are there any similar words or common phrases, like shot up word? My specific context is that I am looking for some ...
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What is a polite form of proposing a fee for a service? [closed]

For example I did agree to provide a service to my client and I'd like to tell them, how much I would charge for my services. I can say: "It'll cost $100". But is it the best way?
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the phrase “from now on” to be used in similar phrases

All of us know that "from now on" means starting from now, for example: From now on, all of us have to turn our mobiles off. But is this term assignable to such phrase? From lesson three on... (I ...
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what is it called when someone talks about something they dont know about [closed]

What is it called when someone says something inaccurate about something they know nothing about??
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I need to reword “best face forward”?

What is another word/phrase for "best face forward"? Example usage: What first attracts us to a business is its visual appeal— so why not present your business with its best face forward?
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How to call an email address for email-based submission to a blogging site? [closed]

Many online sites generate a customized address for you like CAeporFsks2373454-submission@myblogging.com. You may write an email to that address and what you write in the body of that email gets ...
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An alternative term for ' increasing competition' [closed]

The context is the tech market where there are frequently new products and companies have to face an ever increasing competition. I am looking for a similar expression to 'increasing competition' to ...
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He looks younger than his age

He looks younger than his age. How does one say a guy looks younger than his actual age?
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How to describe students who don't study hard

I want to describe a situation here: The students who study hard usually get better grade, but in contrast the students who didn't study hard usually get poor grade. However, I don't want to ...
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Hypernym of “move” and “copy” [closed]

Is there a verb to describe an action that can be either "move" and "copy", but in a single word/phrase?
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A 'polite' way to say that someone is fat [closed]

Can you help in finding an adjective or expression that you can use to tell a persons that they are fat or overweight in a as neutral as possible way. The overweight person in question is very ...
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Correct way of saying a decision has been made [closed]

What is the correct way of saying "decision has been made on a paper"? I review papers submitted by officials. Is it OK to say it like this? This paper has already been decision by Sam Rick. I ...
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What's the most neutral reply to “Can you do me a favor?” [closed]

While the answer to my question may be considered highly subjective, I can't help but feel like there's an extremely neutral way to reply to the phrase I'm inspecting. The question normally ...
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Saying that some action is optional

I am trying to find phrase or word which would properly cover following statement: You can bring back the book tomorrow if you like, and if not it is fine. I am trying to find a way to same that ...
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“Twin brothers” and “cousin brothers” [closed]

Is "twin brothers" correct? Or is it also incorrect like "cousin brother"?
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Word like “giving up” but that implies shifting to something else? [closed]

Example: I began searching in the zoology section. But I didn't find what I wanted. [...], I shifted to veterinary medicine. I think using giving up would mean giving up on the whole thing. It ...
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What are words that use to mean due date and cut date of a credit card? [closed]

Let's say my due date is on 15 of every month and the bank summarize my spending I made on 1 of everyone. For example, I have to pay all expense I made from January 2, 2012 to February 1 2012 on ...
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Send money / Request money

The person you are sending money to is the recipient of that money, but what would you call a person you are requesting money from? A requestee?
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Want a phrase/word to express the time follow and close now [closed]

I want a phrase or word to express the time follow and close now, it would have the meaning that keeps the time continuous. for me, word "later" seems be too generic, "later on" seems to have certain ...
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What is another word for “likes to try new things” [duplicate]

I'm looking for a word to describe someone who likes to try new things. Any suggestions?
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Children caught by an adult doing something wrong, relaying the blame onto each other

Here's the basic situation: two fairly young children, boy and girl, caught by an adult after doing something really wrong (i.e., for example, breaking some sort of precious vase or something like ...
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What is the word/reference for a paranoid reluctance to answer something because of bandwagoning superstition?

Let's say there's a large group of people who are under a negative influence but are forced to keep quiet about the fact or they may face brutal consequences. My idea comes from the book "Watership ...
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What could be the correct idiom for expressing that someone is baking up false allegations without evidence?

Are "barking up the wrong bush" or "sailing on the wings of imagination" close?
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Phrase Request for the beyond or something hidden [closed]

Is there any phase I would use to replace "Beyond" in my sentence below? Beyond the flavorful taste, there are many health benefits of olive oil.
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A formal phrasal verb for “continue to stick to their belief”

How do I rewrite the following sentence so it is more formal, using a phrasal verb in place of the part in bold? Despite mounting evidence, they continue to stick to their belief.
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Can I say 'I feel connected' when I think a movie tells my story?

Recently I saw a movie that tells a story very similar to mine. I wanted to tell my friends about it and said 'I felt connected'. They doubted if that is the right word to use, since the word ...
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A word or phrase for “someone who learns from their mistakes” [closed]

What would be a word or short phrase for "someone who learns from their mistakes"? I thought of insightful, but am not satisfied with it.