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What is an idiom for making a situation worse in your efforts to make a different one better?

Maybe it doesn't exist, but I feel like there's an idiom for a situation where, in an effort to solve one issue, you exacerbate or create a second related issue, probably directly. Out of the frying ...
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"In this regard" vs "in regards to this"

I am not a native English speaker but have had English as the medium of instruction throughout my education. While writing an email application, I wrote this line as a concluding statement. "Let ...
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Literature Authorities On Past Participle Following A Noun

Can anyone cite something from an old time well-known writer (preferably Shakespeare) in which that writer put a noun before a past participle and used the combination as a noun phrase or part of noun ...
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Is it alright to say "give him my love" to a friend for his/her child?

I have understood the meaning of the phrase "give him my love" from doing a google search. I am not sure if the phrase can be used in the context described in the question. Is that sound ...
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How would you diagram "He delights in his toys"

Settling a friendly argument: The sentence "He delights in his toys" seems to me to diagram with "in his toys" as an adverbial from the verb "delights". How would you ...
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Why does "I'm sure" used in a sentence sometimes reduce apparent certainty?

Take these two sentences as example: This road is closed during football games. I'm sure this road is closed during football games. Why does the first sentence convey more certainty, when the second ...
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'This is not what you think' Is there any way to frame this sentence without using 'not' or any other words meaning the same

You would need to come up with sentences meaning the same as this without actually using not or similar words/synonyms and actually the sentence shouldn't be showing any negative vibes or emotion
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English equivalent of Russian "понаберут по объявлению" [duplicate]

In Russian, there's an idiom "понаберут по объявлению". Directly it can be translated as "[they] recruit by ads". The intention behind this idiom is to derogate the one who was &...
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THis is a question regarding the use of "I ,me or mine or myself" [closed]

What is the correct way to write the following sentence: It is a favorite past time of my son and I, especially when attending ball games. Is it "my son and me" or "my son and I" ...
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Remove duplicate use of "and" with different strengths?

I wrote the following sentence in English: Part of a development group responsible for releasing security solutions for Google’s Security product and investigating devices while understanding their ...
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Is "feed someone" a derogatory expression?

I'm not a native English speaker. I'm not sure if the following expressions are offensive: I want to feed you. Please feed me. I found an excellent creator here. Let's feed them! Because I'm fond of ...
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Is this poem grammatically correct and does it suit English poetry structure? [closed]

Anida You haven't heard my reply, coming out from it, a single lie. Hence, deserves it do not I, who you are accusing in sinful tie. Shall my soul be cleaned when I die? Or gods have turned a blind ...
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About the definition of the word “study”

I and some friends were debating about whether the following question is correctly formed or not. Are the multiple choices are accurate and suitable for the question? We all agree that answer number “...
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‘Two people have a baby’ interpretation

Why do some people say ‘Two people have a baby’ can mean ‘two people have a baby each’ but others say it can’t mean ‘two people have a baby each’ if there’s no ‘each’? Two people have a baby. A: It ...
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Was unprecedented or is unprecedented?

I am writing about the GME short squeeze that happened in January 2021. At some point, I want to say that short squeezes are nothing new in finance, but the way it was triggered was not seen before. ...
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Is there a term for "inner circumference"?

A box will have an outer circumference and a smaller "inner circumference". Is there a common word or technical term for an "inner circumference"? This presumes that a "...
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Urban myth but for non-myths [duplicate]

What's some slang for "common public belief" that doesn't have any implications about the truthfulness of the belief? Similar to "common sense", but I'm looking for a phrase that ...
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Is it okay to say that hello what's up you [closed]

I donno how to describe this sentence
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A word for a person who waits until the next time they see you to tell you something, vs. a person who goes out of their way to tell you right away [closed]

For example, if I knocked on someone's bedroom door to ask them for a favour, vs. if I just waited until they came out by themselves and then ask them. What do you call a person like that?
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An antonym for 'Gestalt'?

Gestalt, as defined by Lexico, is "an organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts." Is there a word that effectively conveys the opposite, that is, a whole being less ...
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Is this a correct sentence? Y's vs his [closed]

I chose Professor X first because my principal research interests relate greatly to his, and my secondary research interests relate mostly to Professor Y's. My principal research interests revolve ...
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Instance implies time, but often used as “example” or “case” - what’s a good alternative word without time connection

Since instance implies occurrence which implies time, then what are good substitutes other than case or example? Circumstance is also tied to an event which may directly relate to time too. I am ...
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Hidden messages by reversing speech audio [closed]

I want to create an audio file, of a monologue. When playing normally it should sound like a coherent sentence. But, when played in reverse some words would transform into other words. I'm not looking ...
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Subjunctive "be" inversion [closed]

Can i invert the protasis bellow : If you not be, ... Into : Be you not, ... Will it not —in an archaic sense— be mistaken for imperative and will it convey the same conditional notion?
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Was the word "inoculation" regularly used for introducing a disease for purposes other than inducing immunity?

While researching the history/historiography of the British potentially spreading smallpox via blankets at the siege of Fort Pitt during Pontiac's War, I came across General Amherst's letters. These ...
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Which one is more correct? [migrated]

Do never redose it Do never redose Never redose it Never redose Context: don't redose the drug you took
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question about “was/were to have done”

When to use “was/were to have done” and what's the difference between it and “should/would have done”?
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What is the word for a widely shared understanding that is counter to scientific analysis? [duplicate]

In a discussion with a friend he noted that the colour magenta is not a real colour. I have also heard of this and you can read more on that on Mentalfloss. I would like to know if a word or phrase ...
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Is "switch to other business" idiomatic?

People often perform a double-click on a Zoom link and switch to other business. In the above sentence, I intend to say people click a Zoom meeting link, and although their computers are attending a ...
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Interpretation of ‘One person is needed three times.‘ [closed]

One person is needed three times. Can this be interpreted in two ways? The same person is needed three times. A person is needed, another person is needed and the other person is needed. (Three ...
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What is the name for a barrier where a railway line crosses a road?

What do you call the barrier outlined in red in the picture below? So far, I have found names like lifting barriers, boom barriers...
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What is the function of "about?" [closed]

What is the function/part of speech of "about" in the sentence below? Gaming is about to look clearer.
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Unusual usages of usurp

Google gives the definition of the word usurp as Take (a position of power or importance) illegally or by force. and cites the Oxford English dictionary. This definition means that someone who takes ...
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Can I use adv. at the end of sentence?

Which sentence is correct? The sun set was unforgettable at the beach." Or The sun set at the beach was unforgettable."
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I'm trying to find useful definitions of Lethargic [closed]

I haven't been able to find credible dictionaries online, and I have yet to find a definition of lethargic that makes sense. Does anyone know what I could do?
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Phrasal verb "sort out" used in a different way?

So, I was reading an article, and just saw this sentence here: I figured I'd sort out the train into the city instead of hopping in a cab. Is that a common usage of "sort out"? It seems like ...
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Can the word "cater" be followed by an object before a preposition?

Just as the question title says, can the word "cater" be followed by an object? I know what the word means and the prepositions that typically follow it. I just want to know if the ...
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Is "luggage" becoming a countable noun?

When I learned English, I learned that "luggage" an uncountable noun, meaning the collection of all your bags and suitcases (and/or their contents). From https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/...
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Relationship Dutch/English and Spanish/English

Until a few years ago I had only been able to speak one language (English) but I have always had an interest in etymology/language and recently have learned a good amount of Spanish/Dutch in ...
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How to interpret a statement having "if anything" in it

The excavation also tells the story of the 7 stages of the civilization, from development to maturity to decay, the last of which hints at a strange piece of history, with more questions than answers. ...
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Is there such a thing as "advanced" and "simple" English?

Whenever I speak to my mum at home, she keeps claiming that my English is "simple" and I need to use harder vocabulary and speak "advanced" English. Is "advanced" English ...
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20 years long or 20-years-long or 20-years long? [duplicate]

I would like to write that I have 20 years of experience in a certain area. So, the sentence should be like: "I'd like to share my *** passion...". My question is - how should I write the ***...
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Theatre plays and 'the' article? [closed]

I am confused. Is it ok to use the "the" article in front of theatre plays name? Like: I saw the Romeot and Juliet. Is it a mistake if a student uses it? I could not find any proper answer ...
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Why do we use plural form of the verb with "does" (e.g. it does not vary)? [closed]

In academic writing, one often has to use do vary, do not vary, does vary, and does not vary. Although this should have been ingrained in my brain, I stumble every time I try to write either of the ...
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"Resistance decreases with temperature". How to interpret this sentence?

If someone says "resistance decreases with temperature", is it possible to interpret the relationship between resistance and temperature? Does it mean that as temperature falls, resistance ...
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Commas Around a Disjunct After a Coordinating Conjunction?

Which punctuation is correct for this sentence? : "I took the dog to the park this morning and, of course, he needed a bath afterwards because he rolled in the mud." "I took the dog to the park this ...
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What does the phrase "meaning up" means/states? [closed]

What does the phrase "meaning up" suggest? I want to ask native English speakers how they sees "meaningup.com" at first glance. I am a web developer and a friend of mine wants to ...
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'They told me that I will/would not be employed from Monday.' Which is correct?

Consider the case where I am talking (about my being dismissed) on the previous Thursday. My work will stop at a time still in the future and it appears that 'will' can be used. But by a rule I have ...
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Synonym for blindly, without worry

I'm looking for a synonym for blindly and without worry, but without a negative connotation of a word like mindlessly. I would blindly hand my necklace to Tom to deliver. (without fearing he would ...
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Is it....she couldn't get leave or she couldn't get a leave [closed]

Is it she couldn't get leave or she couldn't get "a" leave

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