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A Replacement for “Free tour guide”

In France, there are people who welcome tourists into cities in a free manner, where said tourists do not need to pay for a guided visit around town, who are introduced to the local scene without ...
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2answers
47 views

Succinct way to describe “clocking in” page on a web app

A Swedish colleague has asked for my suggestion for web app page titles. The task has left me and a fellow native speaker stumped... The answers should apply to British and American English. A page ...
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What is the English word for a 'spaghetti harvest'?

Spaghetti, traditionally, an Italian crop is now being widely grown in Britain. Can anyone say what the harvest should be called, perhaps based on the Italian.
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An aeroplane, when it leaves the ground, 'takes off'. What does a bird do?

My daughter recently had the experience of a large bird hitting her car windscreen, and smashing it, when she was doing about 70mph on a motorway. Fortunately the bird did not come through the screen, ...
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129 views

Can you shorten this sentence?

Is there a shorter phrase with this meaning: I invited him to my party verbally when I met him. I thought perhaps the phrase I invited him personally meant this until I saw personal in written ...
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81 views

What is the opposite of 'a false dawn'

What is the opposite of a false dawn, a false dawn being "a promising situation which comes to nothing". The sentence I'm thinking of would be something like: They started off well and it was not a ...
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62 views

What's the best way to say: “Brands who trust our work”

What's the best way to say: "Brands who trust our work" or "Brands that trust in our work"?
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101 views

Can you spot if this is written by a native English speaker or not? [closed]

"An effective project plan can boost the success of the project being undertaken. It measures the project’s feasibility and assesses the risk associated. The plan helps weigh the decisions that are ...
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103 views

Is the expression “Say your piece” or “Say your peace”?

I have googled this one and seen arguments for both sides. Say your piece would imply that you've had the opportunity to make your part of the statement on the subject. Say your peace would imply ...
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103 views

A title or descriptive phrase for someone who likes to share

I'm building a mobile app that has a series of achievements that may be awarded based on the users interaction. The app itself is an easter egg hunt. One of the achievements is for sharing (via ...
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185 views

“In” or “At” sole discretion

We're drafting some legal stuff, and our lawyer used this phrasing... ...whether any particular enhancement is to be categorized as such shall be made in the sole reasonable discretion of ...
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85 views

Reserve or book tickets?

In an app I am writing the user can book/reserve tickets for riding a bus. Which of the following terms does fit this process best? 'Reserve Tickets' or 'Book Tickets' Also, in some cases the user ...
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Can something be “extremely mediocre”?

This doesn't sound quite right to me, but I can't explain why. I can understand an extreme sense of mediocrity one can get from something but does that justify the usage of "extreme" with "mediocre"?
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53 views

A word that refers to a previously mentioned action [closed]

I am trying to refer back to the action "act swiftly" mentioned previously, but I am not sure if I am in the right direction. I thought of a few possible solutions as follows. An entire rephrasing of ...
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1answer
297 views

One word/phrase to describe the reaction when you eat a very spicy-hot food

I've read the discussion here about Difference between “spicy” and “hot”. I've also read this one: How to say that food is hot (temperature) without the listener thinking that I mean “spicy”?. But I ...
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2answers
128 views

Explain the meaning of the two sentences

I'm a bit confused by these two sentences: The general government consumption expenditures are used as another measure of government size, although they do not account for the full government ...
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87 views

Relatively to each other — less awkward word?

I'm rating the performance of things in different dimensions on a scale, e.g. [--, -, 0, +, ++]. This ranking only describes the relative performance in one dimension, without referring to other ...
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109 views

Another word/phrase for “meticulous” [closed]

I am looking for a word that describes a person's work as being detail oriented. For example: "His peers had confidence in his meticulous manner." Meticulous just seems too strong. The latin origin ...
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1answer
109 views

Can I use verb “to ride” referring to a car?

If I'm behind the wheel, "I'm driving". But if I am in the back seat or the passenger front seat what am I doing? Am I riding in the car?" "I rode 20 miles." (My Dad was the driver.) "We are riding ...
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139 views

Is “Neither I you” Correct?

A friend of mine said "...I never saw you during school." For some reason I wanted to respond "Neither I you." I am certain I have heard this reply before, but, looking at it now, it does not seem ...
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151 views

Is it right to say “Lack Luck”? [closed]

I have to do a project and it's about Malawi and I am not sure if it's "Lack Luck" or "Lack of Luck". Which would be better?
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150 views

Which is a better and commonly used word, Bulk or Batch?

What is a better word which can be used to refer to a large number of files as in following? Batch file processing or Bulk file processing Which is commonly used?
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50 views

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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1answer
48 views

is the phrase “leave all worries” correct?

Is the phrase "leave all worries" right ? Or should it always be "No worries" when saying to someone who is disappointed with something ?
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226 views

Is “how much ever” correct here?

"How much ever you prepare, it is your attitude in the exam hall that matters" From a previous question concerning the same phrase, I realize "how ever much" could be used.But I am asking this ...
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3answers
113 views

A word to describe an empathetic employee in regards to their business

I'm a software developer and I'm looking for the correct business term that best describes an empathetic developer. More often than not, a developer is just a code monkey. They receive a set of ...
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3answers
279 views

What's the opposite of “happy to”?

When I need to deliver someone an unfortunate news, what would be the opposite phrase to: I'm happy to inform you... or I'm delighted to give you this news...
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312 views

a better expression for 'percentage divided by 100'

The function f(a,x) returns the value in the array a specified by x, where x is a percentage of the length of the array, divided by 100. (i.e. x can be any number between 0 and 1, corresponding ...
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1answer
117 views

How to correctly express an intention to work on a certain day instead of working on another day?

How to say "I will work on Saturday instead of working on Tuesday" in a more natural fashion? I guess the verb will be constructed like "work or make" + "out or off or ?", but what is the exact ...
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1answer
39 views

Choosing a title of academic article about theoretical comparison and implementation

First, I am not looking for title suggestions. I am wondering if there is a proper expression that express very well the content of my paper. The article theoretically compares between four algorithms ...
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3k views

“Bald Faced Lie” vs. “Bold Faced Lie”

Which of these is correct? What is the origin of this expression? I've searched here on the exchange and haven't found an answer.
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1answer
332 views

What is another way of saying “and more”? [closed]

What is another of way saying "and more" in this sentence? Throughout my life, I have discovered the love for science, mathematics, and literature, all the way to visual arts, badminton, and more.
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Expression for a transaction where there was no change or advantage

I'm looking for an expression to describe a situation where there was a transaction where some kind of advantage was expected but in the end there was not actual change or advantage. I was trying to ...
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3answers
239 views

What's the word describing a person who's multi-racial? [duplicate]

I met a girl who has a diverse ethnic heritage. Part German, part Central American, part African-American, part some other European country that I forget. What word can be used to describe her? ...
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2answers
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Is it awkward to start an email with “I am [my name]. I am writing to ask you…”?

I saw a job announcement (faculty position), which usually says "questions regarding this position should be addressed to [name and email.]. I want to ask a few questions about the position, and ...
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0answers
51 views

alternatives words and sentences [closed]

I am proofreading a paper written by a collegue, which is full of "The following result was the culmination of a series of papers in the context of XXX", "It is a classical result that XXX", "This is ...
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1answer
387 views

replacement for expression “there are.” [duplicate]

So my writing teacher hates the expression "there are" in essays. Does anybody know some good substitutes for this overused expression? Thanx ya'll, much appreciated!
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1answer
508 views

Does “over the span of” have to refer to consecutive months? [closed]

I am writing an academic paper on a study. The study states that their research was conducted in various months throughout the year (Sept, Oct, Jan, Apr, etc.). Can I say the following: Morse and ...
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478 views

Alternatives to “He is of the opinion”?

Are there alternatives to "is of the opinion ..." in the following sentence? He is of the opinion that there is a something upon which we depend. Because I am not an English native speaker, the ...
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Is there a verb meaning “to come back from fishing without any fish?”

In A Grammar and Dictionary of the Samoan Language there is a verb that means "to return from fishing without any fish." Taufua, v. to return from fishing without any fish. Syn. ʻAsa. My ...
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2answers
446 views

Is it “moved into” or “moved in to”?

I suppose I am confused in general about the use of "into" versus "in to." For this case, though, consider the sentence, "I moved into my apartment today" as opposed to "I moved in to my apartment ...
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5answers
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What do you call someone who lives for himself?

What do you call someone who lives for himself? If someone lives his life solely to achieve his own life goals and not want to associate his life with others', what would you call him? I know some of ...
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3answers
241 views

Can I say “What's the sense of (something)”?

I came across this usage in a sentence from an exercise, which is: What's the sense of having a public open space where you can't eat, drink or even simply hang out for a while? Does the usage ...
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2answers
567 views

“Trawling through” or “trolling through”

There are quite a few discussions online about whether one can "trawl through" or "troll through", looking for something. From what I can see, both are fishing terms so both are legitimate in ...
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4answers
893 views

What are English counterparts to Japanese Honne (real intent) and Tatemae (public position)?

I think many foreigners who have lived or worked in Japan heard this set of words, “Honne 本音– real intent” and “Tatemae 建前– outward reason.” Actually many expatriate colleagues I had worked with in ...
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2answers
281 views

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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1answer
674 views

Opposite of benefit of the doubt?

"Benefit of the doubt" is a standard phrase in English and is a very useful one in formal discussions. Is there an equivalent expression to denote the opposite of it, formal or informal? For example: ...
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1answer
84 views

is there a word or expression which describes a mapping between the same thing? [closed]

for example, if I map 4 to 4, 4000 to 4000, is there a good word or expression which describes this kind of mapping? identity mapping? or other? thanks!
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1answer
80 views

The correct word for adoption of a law by the National Assembly?

Since I am not a native English speaker I am not sure what word should I use for adoption of a law. The closest to my language is "adoption", but "promulgate", "enact" or some other word may be more ...
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2answers
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A better, more academic way of saying 'whether or not'

This is my sentence, and I was hoping to make it sound more academic: The aim is to ascertain whether or not the actors from the two films analysed can be considered to be heroes Is there a ...