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Idiom/expression for changing the subject in a conversation

Is there an idiom/expression in English for changing the subject in a conversation (and if possible, in a sarcastic way)? For example, there is an expression in Turkish: gelelim fasulyenin ...
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3answers
134 views

What is the term for a group of liches?

What is the term for a group of liches? In fantasy fiction, a lich (/ˈlɪtʃ/; cognate to Dutch lijk, German Leiche, Norse lík and Swedish lik all meaning "corpse") is a type of undead creature. ...
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0answers
35 views

in the entire country, which option is correct? [migrated]

How do I say in the entire country of France? In all of France In whole France In the whole France Thanks in advance
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4answers
65 views

Word for speaking over others

Is there a word that can be used to describe the act of speaking over another person? Looking particularly to describe the act in the context of a debate where a speaker is unable to respond due to ...
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2answers
42 views

“here to 6” or “here until 6”?

I'm here to 6. I am currently debating this sentence with a colleague. I say this should read "until 6", not "to 6". He insists he is correct. Which way is right?
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1answer
31 views

What is it called when you change the nouns in an idiom

What is it called when you change the nouns in an idiom. As an example if I were an artic explorer I might say "Tent Sweet Tent," after comming in from a long day in the cold. The idiom is "Home Sweet ...
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1answer
45 views

“one of the planets” vs. “one of the planet's”

The sentence is The Red Sea, where the desert meets the ocean, is truly one of the planets most exotic and fascinating natural seascape environments. and Microsoft Word cannot seem to agree ...
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1answer
28 views

proposals for not-so-correct sentences

I have a question / request, that might seem a little odd. I will be leading in a few days interviews for a job, whose one of its required skills is a prefect knowledge in English. Hence I would like ...
3
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8answers
477 views

What is the word for someone that uses other people?

What is the word that describes a person who uses other people, generally for personal gain, without anything given in return? Maybe through blatancy or through manipulation. I was using extortionist, ...
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0answers
34 views

Single-word or multiword term for a grammatical tense marking another tense

I would like to know if there is an English term in linguistics that expresses the notion of a use of a grammatical tense which marks (expresses) another (grammatical) tense.
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4answers
145 views

How can the “exclusion” reaction of a machine/software be expressed?

I'm trying to express that some models of a machine (controlled by a computer) don't take specific parameters into consideration. The verbs "take into consideration", "take notice", "take into ...
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3answers
59 views

Ordered it Offline vs Ordered it Online

I'm new to this site so i don't know the proper formatting for questions here. My friends and I were having a debate whether or not saying "I ordered it offline" was a correct way to say "I ordered ...
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3answers
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Problem with projected clauses

This is the subject that's been bugging me for quite some time now, even though I believe I've managed to grasp the entire reported speech pretty well. If I want to repeat to someone what I ...
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2answers
51 views

Can *narrow minded* be positive?

As narrow is being not wide and not flexible, can it also be upright?
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2answers
59 views

Make something great out of a bad situation

I'm looking for an expression similar to "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." This phrase means to make the best out of a bad situation. I am looking for a phrase for when someone did do ...
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0answers
42 views

Is headcanon a legitimate word?

I've seen this in use in multiple locations across the interwebs. For instance: My headcanon has always been that physical aging in a Time Lord is a direct product of stress. The definition from ...
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3answers
56 views

Is there any difference in the meaning of these sentences?

Is there any difference in the meaning of the following sentences? Or do they mean the exact same thing? Thank you. By doing both, you have completed the task. By doing both, you completed the ...
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1answer
47 views

Shouldn't 'dawn' come before 'rise'?

The movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) was a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and the events in it came after the events of the first movie. Surely the titles are incorrect and ...
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1answer
25 views

Converting a specific active voice sentence to passive voice sentence

What is the passive voice form of this sentence: When are we going to get there?
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2answers
33 views

GRE : Choose any two words which when substituted in blank produce sentences with similar meaning

Sentence : Perhaps the policy prohibiting background checks was to blame for the fact that the police force, usually staffed by men of high moral values, had been infiltrated by so many__________ . ...
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2answers
52 views

What does this Churchill quote mean?

“To jaw-jaw is always better than war-war.” This newspaper article uses the above-mentioned quote by Winston Chrchill in context of President Obama's efforts at world peace. What does it mean? ...
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1answer
21 views

Is the revised sentence right?

Today, I have read a sentence as follows: Chiquita traces its origin to the late 1890s and the Unite Fruit Company. I would like to revise the sentence as follows: Chiquita traces its ...
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2answers
48 views

What is a good metaphor/ simile for your current relevant activity/ situation?

I am trying to come up with a metaphor/ simile/ descriptor for a relevant network of people depending on what you are doing (your 'activity'). Some descriptions that spring to mind are "Jungle" or ...
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1answer
33 views

“5 min after” vs. “at 5 min after”

I read the following sentence in Nature: The second test of cocaine seeking was a cue-induced reinstatement test conducted 5 min after the last of the extinction sessions. Would it be correct ...
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0answers
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What is the inverse of the “nocebo effect”?

The opposite of the "the nocebo effect" is the "placebo effect". What is the inverse? (something that is supposed to harm but actually makes feel better)
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2answers
49 views

I looked at the mirror and saw: “me” or “myself”?

Which one is right to use in the following sentence? I looked at the mirror and saw Me / Myself.
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1answer
35 views

Word Stress Within the Phrase I'm expecting someone

I tried pronouncing the phrase: "I'm expecting someone". Phonetically it looks like: [aɪm ɪkspɛkt ɪŋ sʌmwʌn] I perceive some stress on the second syllable of expecting and the first syllable of ...
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2answers
32 views

Notwithstanding the craziness

I find it really amusing when other people misuse words but my sense of humor fails when it's me. I have always used "notwithstanding" to mean "assuming that A doesn't impact B". For example The ...
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1answer
26 views

Any better terms or words for oversea office

Is there any better terms or words for oversea office? It's like a company opening a new workplace in other countries.
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0answers
11 views

transform a paragraph to independent sentences [on hold]

I'd like to know if there is rules to transform a paragraph into a set of independent sentences. for example: "The vision system extracts interest points, sequentially matches them across views, and ...
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0answers
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For 30 Years? Grammar Temporal rule [migrated]

Good morning everyone. First of all, I apologize if my English isn't perfect. A company celebrates her 30 years. If i write: For 30 years, at your service. or For 30 years, the best ...
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0answers
5 views

How do I determine the main verb in a sentence? [migrated]

I'm not a native speaker. How do I determine what the main verb is in a sentence like I used to hurt people.
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0answers
34 views

Does the word “namespace” officially exist? [on hold]

Is the word "namespace" an "official" english word?
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2answers
51 views

Which one is better?

" They want nobody's sympathy." Or " They don't want anyone's sympathy." I know they're grammatically correct, but I guess they suit at separate occasions. I mean, one means slightly diffetent. Am i ...
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0answers
34 views

What is 'Chilly bow'

Band Scooter often repeats "Chilly bow, chilly bow" in their songs. What could it possibly mean? Thanks.
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0answers
9 views

Use/non-use of articles before Adjective + Abstract noun

I have confusion regarding use/non-use of articles before adjective + abstract noun. Eg. competent handling, prolonged tread life, enhanced durability Providing COMPETENT HANDLING and PROLONGED TREAD ...
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0answers
42 views

What's the plural for the letter 'a'? [duplicate]

Many people (including me) do not know what the plural of the letter 'a' is, so please if you know, comment on this context. Thanks.
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2answers
36 views

How to use “in” or “on” with nouns and names [on hold]

There are many examples here to use "in" and "on" but I have this basic question that I can't get cleared at all. And my examples are the following: With a noun "Always in the pursuit of the ...
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3answers
58 views

Another word for 'audience'

How else can you refer to an audience, beside as audience, when you mean people who are reading a book? I have thought of: audience readership readers/reader etc To clarify: I want ...
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0answers
26 views

One-word substitution which probably starts with 'E' [on hold]

What is that one word that means 'to say something derogatory in a good way'?
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0answers
26 views

A question to native English speakers [on hold]

At work, my boss is trying to decide what to name his new website. He just can't decide which sounds better (to English-speaking ears) between: www.erotic-ninja.com or www.ero-ninja.com Could ...
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1answer
34 views

Use of until/till

I usually get confused while using those words....... For example: "The producers already confirmed that Bran Stark and his associated storyline will not reappear until Season 6." Here,will Bran ...
0
votes
6answers
70 views

How to express a certain 60-minute period

If the time was 15:34, how could I refer to the 60-minute period between 14:00 and 15:00? If I were to say the last hour it would likely mean the period from 14:34 to 15:34. So how do I express time ...
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1answer
26 views

“Take/Consider … as an example” vs “Take/Consider … for example”

For more than a decade, I have always seen/used the phrase "Take/Consider ... as an example" followed by a comma. Then, my recent visit on this page got me confused and raised more questions in me. ...
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1answer
36 views

From/Since time immemorial

Which is correct? 'From' or 'Since' when applied to 'time immemorial'? I have seen both around, and have a feeling it might be 'from', but would like to check.
2
votes
5answers
310 views

Word or phrase to describe a couple that is perfect?

What is a good word or phrase for a couple that is perfect? Would that be referred to as a good match, or is there a better choice? Also, is there a word or phrase to describe that when the ...
2
votes
1answer
21 views

What do you call a provider who works on a offshore outsourced project?

I just started working online and I want to know the proper term (noun) for that kind of worker. I work for a foreign company from home. They pay me monthly as a full time employee and we have a long ...
0
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3answers
30 views

Too less vs too little

Consider these two sentences: One week is too little to observe a measurable weight loss. One week is too less to observe a measurable weight loss. When I uttered (2) in casual speech, my ...
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votes
3answers
35 views

What does “you don't want to” mean?

And then there's the vice chair of central, Stanley Fischer, who told Sara Eisen that he is watching the economy closely. (Begin video clip) STANLEY FISCHER, Federal Reserve vice-chairman: Where ...
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votes
1answer
37 views

Use of 'for which' in this sentence

This is something a senior official wrote on a thank-you letter to someone. I'm just wondering whether the use of 'for which' is appropriate in this sentence. As presented during the seminar the ...

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