Questions tagged [expression-choice]

Choosing the best phrase FROM A GIVEN SELECTION for a particular context or meaning.

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Can you make the difference between 'Here you go' and 'There you go' explicit?

I think most native speakers have an implicit understanding of the difference between 'Here you go' and 'There you go', although the difference in use between these expressions is small. I'm not a ...
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He wears blue jeans vs. He has blue jeans on

Hello dear English friends, I just wondered whether the expressions "He wears blue jeans." vs "He has blue jeans on." differ in meaning. To my mind the second sentence sounds kind of wrong. I mean ...
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How can there be any indicative if-clauses?

As far as I know, if-clauses always describe theoretical situations. Sometimes the theory is very obvious and self-evident, but it remains a theory. So how can we use the indicative in if-clauses all ...
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how do I express that women who visit somewhere have no distinct age specific

I want to put more in to this sentence to say about that young women, old women all visit help desk. In other words, there is no varying age change in visiting help desk services. Women seem to use ...
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can the expression “by car” be used in the sentence below?

We are on the way to church by car. Is this a correct sentence? I am not sure if it is ok to use the phrase "by car" other than go, come, reach, get to or arrive? Thanks.
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Are 'practical' and 'intellectual' the best words to describe types of musical study?

I think the sentence below could be better put. In particular, I wonder whether 'practical' and 'intellectual' are the best 'headings' (?) for the broad areas of musical study (explained below). ...
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Correct way to say apply powder on skin of child

What is the proper way to say I’m applying talcum powder on my child’s body? I always wonder whether 'applying powder' is correct in this sense.
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Vice Chair Elect or Vice Chair-elect or Vice-Chair-Elect? Elect or elect?

The position for the incumbent in my club is referred to as Vice Chair (no hyphen). But "elect" is preceded by a hyphen. So, would "Vice Chair-elect" be more appropriate to ...
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structure of sentence with an economics content

I want to reword the following: "The ability of trade balance to withstand the acceleration of wages depends negatively on the level of employment. " Thank you so much FumbleFingers and ...
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Hours or the hours?

I would like to ask a question. Which sentence is correct? Yes, we can change hours Or Yes, we can change the hours Is only one answer correct or both are depending on the context?
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Present participle as a replacement for “that [verb]”

Are the following statements grammatically correct? If so, are they equivalent in meaning and which is more clear? "[subject] moves to a location that acts as the main [thing]..." "[subject] moves to ...
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Expressions for “a wish dedicated to one self”

I was translating a short story about a mortician (someone who does makeup for the dead) when I came across an idea I don't know how to express. In the story, the protagonist was talking about her ...
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Than vs. Than the one of

What is correct/preferable and why? a) "The error of the first model is lower than the one of the second model." or b) "The error of the first model is lower than the second model." To me, a) ...
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How to say that an incapability would have been shared by others

I'm a non-native speaker struggling with a construct that should emphasize that someone's incapability would have been shared by others. Picture a man with a stone in his shoe. He walks on and on but ...
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Phrase or word for concept of incorporation of individual preferences into single final product

What phrase or word suggestions come to mind for the concept of selecting a group of individual preferences to be incorporated into the production of a single finished product? For instance, when ...
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Question about the use of “in this spirit” expression

Is the use of "In this spirit" correct in the following context? Marcel Proust wrote ``Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom". ...
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Is there any difference between “there is no possibility to do something” and “it's impossible to do something”?

If the context is important, I'm building a website along with other people. One of my colleagues wrote the following error message: There is no possibility to edit invalid something. It sounds a ...
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Is the expression “to get understood” correct?

Can I say Get yourself understood. with the sense of "make yourself understood"? Are both correct? Is there a difference in meaning between the two?
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ending an email in relation to answering a job vacancy

I would like to end my email in relation to answering a job vacancy as "I look forward with anticipation" Kind regard Jackie (my CV will be attached) Or should I say "looking forward to hearing from ...
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how to say “etc” in a subject

I am translating some legal certificate and I need to indicate that a construction method and related factors are in accordance with a law. I am not sure what is the appropriate way to describe “...
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Used to or would?

Is it better to say "I would always lose when I played chess with my father" or "I used to always lose when I played chess with my father" ? Please justify your choice! Thank you in advance.
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“Let alone” vs. “much less” when followed by a verb

If this is Kant's position, it is certainly difficult to make sense of, much less accept. — Kant's Ethics, ed. by Thomas Hill I tend to think that "much less", used in this sense, should be ...