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how to write approved request email [on hold]

i would like to write a approved request email for one notebook for my company ,this email i want have the reason to support my request,Thanks all.
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58 views

Wishing someone a safe flight back to home [on hold]

What are the options for wishing somebody that leaves my country to go back to his/her homeland a good/nice flight? Are the following idioms suitable? Have a safe/nice flight Safe travel
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2answers
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the usage and etymology of the expression “I bags that”

This expression is used when you want to reserve or secure the right to do or to have something: he bagged the best chair. I see this listed as Australian slang but also have noticed references its ...
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48 views

Is there a word or phrase for this kind of visitation-oriented room?

Let me give two examples: Bank You are a customer in a bank office making a loan. The room might look like a regular office, but really this part of the office is very limited. This part of the ...
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28 views

Beneficaries? Meaning (so not beneficiaries!)? [on hold]

Wat is the meaning of the word beneficaries (not beneficiaries!)? Dictionaries are no help here.
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62 views

What is a layman's term for "uniform distribution [on hold]

I'm creating an implementation of a Lindenmayer system (L-system) in the Clojure programming language and I'm trying to figure out a name for a utility function which takes a number of arguments and ...
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43 views

Should I use “this” or “the” [migrated]

I have received an email about one project and I want to ask for more details. Which sentence is correct and why? Could you provide me more information about this project ? Could you provide me more ...
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1answer
48 views

Does “I'm very fine” sound ok or not?

When someone asks 'how are you?', can I say 'I'm very fine'? When I was in Oxford, Uk, they said it sound awkward because FINE does not go with VERY here,but I found the sentence on my kid's English ...
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1answer
36 views

Is there a nice phrase for 'flaw in the process'? [on hold]

Is there a nice phrase for conveying the meaning that 'flaw in the process'?
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Is there an English equivalent to the Indian proverb-“If you have the ability, even grass can be your weapon”?

The original Indian saying (in Tamil) is வல்லவனுக்கு புல்லும் ஆயுதம் (Vallavanuku Pullum Aayudham) Translation : For the capable, even grass can be a weapon Meaning: If you have the ability and ...
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1answer
79 views

What's the meaning of “triggeronomy?”

I never heard of the word "triggeronomy." What does it mean? “She’s bright,” Harlan said. “Mrs. McReady at school says Shan’s the brightest pupil she’s taught in her whole career, and that ...
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2answers
37 views

Past Participle of Outbound?

I was just wondering is there a past participle of outbound? Outbounded sounds incorrect or is there another word I should use. The usage is in the context of "we had 4 outbound packages today"? Any ...
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Checking whether the sentence is grammatically correct [duplicate]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not, where is the error? Lost in his thought with a vacant look in his eyes, he laid on the couch. I was wondering if the use of laid is wrong.
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1answer
41 views

A word for “love of metaphor”?

Does there exist an adjective that can be used to describe someone with a love for metaphors, metaphorical language, and/or symbolis?
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1answer
30 views

Uncertain grammar areas

Any language has areas were the usage is uncertain. English, it seems to me, has a lot of uncertain areas. Just to give two examples: none, singular or plural? - dice, noun, singular and plural form? ...
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20 views

Punctuation Mark

I just wanted to know the exact name of a punctuation mark which is used below a word or words to indicate the repetition i.e. Impact of war on youth. // // // // elders. What is the specific name ...
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Is there any curse/ swear equivalent for this Persian curse? “ May your head be covered by soil!”

There is a curse/ swear in Persian that literally means " May your head be covered by soil" and implies that " you'd better die and be buried /be underground!"( you are not important). We use it in ...
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1answer
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'It's just the way it is' - functional / notional descriptor

Given a set of expressions, when responding to questions about rules and regulations. 'It's just the way it is.' 'It's the rules.' 'It's just not allowed.' What would be a good ...
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1answer
54 views

a or the before “better” [on hold]

I am bit confused on what to put - 'a' or 'the' before "better" for example better life better job better work
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1answer
24 views

Am I thinking right about “Front”, “Near-Front”, “Central”, “Near-Back”, “Back” position of IPA vowel chart?

See this Standard IPA Vowel chart Source I am confused of the "Front", "Near-Front", "Central", "Near-Back", "Back" position of the tongue. If you draw a straight line from the position ...
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1answer
25 views

verb + direction/location - is there a name for this common combination?

Apologies if this is off topic or has been answered before, but I can't find the answer to my question. We commonly encounter verbs that have a direction/location added to them to change the meaning, ...
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28 views

Could you clarify /e/ and /ɛ/?

This is quite confused! In the Standard IPA Vowel chart, there are /e/ and /ɛ/, see the bellowed picture (Source) However, many American English Vowel charts don't have /e/. So, I think that Some ...
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3answers
104 views

Succinct phrase for “work well under pressure”?

So I was working on my resume, but it literally took me two hours to come up with a succinct phrase for "work well under pressure". So far I could think of phrases like " pressure performer " or ...
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Is there a word that's used to describe when a person takes the words of someone else's and says the exact opposite for comedic effect?

On YouTube, in the comment section of a video, there was an argument and one person in the argument kept saying they "parodied" a sentence in the original comment. But instead of mimicking and ...
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Is/could “noctophyte” be a word?

Let me preface this by saying that I am trying to come up with an interesting-sounding name for gamedev purposes. I'm looking for a potentially imaginary word that can be given a logical definition. ...
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Tense of character sketch [on hold]

When writing a character sketch of character from a short melodrama, in which tense should we write, past indefinite or present indefinite?
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1answer
28 views

What does the phrase “Modern industry has established the world market, for which the discovery of America paved the way” mean?

I understand each separate word but the meaning of the whole phrase is obscure to me. I particularly do not understand what "for which" is used for. Thank you.
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46 views

“Early in the piece” or “early in the peace”? [on hold]

I've heard people say "this early in the piece" or "this late in the piece"... but I'm not sure what it really means, and whether it should be "piece" or "peace". What does the phrase mean? Should ...
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4answers
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Is there any English proverb parallel to any of these Persian proverbs?

There is a Persian proverb, which I would translate it as follow: Whenever you catch a fish is fresh. Which is often used to suggest that it is never too late to do the right thing.
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1answer
30 views

Subject / verb agreement [on hold]

None of the boys play / plays on the team. Each of us want/ wants to have a piece of the pie.
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1answer
64 views

Is “whichevereth” a word? [duplicate]

Whichevereth does not appear to be listed in dictionaries. With only a few Google hits, across a selection of informal texts and snippets, it is perhaps used to indicate that the speaker does not ...
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1answer
31 views

be + to + verb and be + verb

What's the difference between the following sentences? All I wanted was + to + break your walls All you ever did was + wreck me One of them with to but the other one without to. And Could ...
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2answers
39 views

What words can express the act of sharing in a collective sense, as opposed to a distributive sense

I would like words or very concise statements that express the act of working together and sharing items/resources to a common location for the benefit of a group of people that the items are being ...
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1answer
26 views

Question regarding the usage of comma and preposition

Please someone help me to check these two sentences: A motivated hydrogeologist and keen on sustaining the environment and water resources, and on assessing the potential impacts of climate change ...
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2answers
37 views

what does “sharpen profile against something/someone” mean?

Here is the sentence: "each definition of biopolitics must sharpen its analytical and critical profile against the blind spots and weak points of competing suggestions."
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1answer
43 views

Kneecapped what other uses the word have? [on hold]

I want to know the meaning of "kneecapped" in this sentence: "...acquisition costs appear to have kneecapped the growth.."
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Should one hyphenate 'shoulder width' in this context?

I believe that in this context: Place your feet shoulder-width apart. it makes sense to hyphenate to avoid confusion. I see that apart is listed as an adverb in the dictionary and width as a ...
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697 views

Nylon bag vs plastic bag

I was buying some carry out and I asked for a nylon bag. The cashier, who is not a native speaker, gave me a look and offered a 'plastic bag', which is what I wanted to begin with. I don't know why I ...
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78 views

In sentences with “too” and “enough” what word does the to-infinitive modify?

When a to-infinitive is used with words like "too" and "enough" what word does it modify? For example The animal moves too quickly to be captured. The bag is too heavy to lift. He is ...
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1answer
29 views

grasping the meaning of the phrase

In your opinion, is the following sentence (the first part of it) grammatically correct? "It boggled him Truman manned the Oval Office while they spent the last of their meager savings on two ...
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2answers
51 views

The word “still” as an adjective — does it have a connotation of 'somehow related to death or the dead"?

I realize that the definition of "still" (used as an adjective) goes like this: someone or something that is quiet, calm or not moving. examples: the still water of the lake still wines (vs. ...
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2answers
85 views

must vs have to: British usage and academic rules

I am teaching 'have to' vs 'must' (British English usage) and, according to the book, the difference is as follows: must: it's necessary to do it (because the speaker says so) have to: it's ...
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914 views

Proverb meaning “to give something to somebody who does not recognize its value”

Can you please tell me an English proverb which means "to give something to somebody who does not recognize the value of that thing"?
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1answer
44 views

“You who is” OR “you who are”

In the following sentence should it be "you who is" or "you who are"? I can make a case for either in my mind. For example, if you turn the sentence around a little bit, you could say, "Tonight, you ...
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1answer
35 views

What are common words called, such as “the”, “and”, “to” etc? [on hold]

I remember there was a fancier term for these common words, that search engines ignore.
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1answer
70 views

How to differentiate meanings of “awesome”? [on hold]

I often use the literal ("old?") meaning of "awesome" in an equivocation: I smell awesome right now. Then they say: No, you smell terrible. And the punchline comes: I'm using the ...
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29 views

When “you're” is incorrect? [duplicate]

I saw a meme that said, "I'm smarter than you're." It obviously seems wrong (just from the context of the joke), but why? If you're = you are, then what makes such a construct grammatically incorrect ...
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1answer
84 views

Is there an equivalent of “bless you” for coughing?

This guy over here... he keeps coughing. I want to say something like "bless you" to express the I-feel-for-ya-man kind of sympathy token, but I've got nothing. No good way to say it. "Nice ...
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0answers
23 views

'one can not do this any more than one can do that' [on hold]

I find it strange there are stacks and stacks of web sites and pages devote to explaining some very obvious idioms, like ' no more than', 'any more than', and the like; but I could not find a single ...
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22 views

Lack of time *and* Time is precious [on hold]

I'm certain that there exist a unique phrase that means both "Lack of time" and "Time is precious". When I try to remember what the phrase is, I'm constantly having the association of a precious ...

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