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Past or present tense when reporting the views of another?

When reporting the views of another person, what tense should I use? Here are three fragments of a paragraph from a text I am currently writing: "Another objection is that Friedman overestimates the ...
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How to paraphrase distribute evenly possible

For the phrase "distribute as evenly as possible", can we use a simpler one, something like "distribute evenly possible" or "distribute possibly evenly". I know they are wrong, but I can't figure out ...
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Paraphrasing a sentence including so many “I”s [closed]

Consider the following sentence, [...]but it feels like, if I were to do otherwise, I would be lost, so I did what I could. Using "I" all the time doesn't sound very "native" way of doing this, ...
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What does it mean by “wasn’t everybody saying”? [closed]

"As Mr Trump’s opponents called this a disaster, his supporters lambasted their criticism as hysterical—wasn’t everybody saying a year ago that it was sinister to have so many generals in the cabinet?"...
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what does magisterial mean in “magisterial skills”

I often hear it in football commentary when a player(Lionel Messi) scores and the commentator(Ray Hudson) yells "Magisterial, Leo". And I saw a video on Youtube titled "Lionel Messi Magisterial Skills"...
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Is annoying a synonym of boring?

I know boring means uninteresting or dull, and annoying means irritating or bothering, for me they are totally different, so I was surprised to see "bore" being translated as "使厌烦"(which means ...
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What is a word for “being forced into submission”?

I have a quote in my essay but I don't remember where I got it from, so I need to remove and paraphrase it. Here's my original sentence: The belief that, as Christian women, queens should behave ...
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How should I understand these lines from As You Like It?

I am currently on my second reading of As You Like It. I am having a really hard time comprehending lines 22-25 in Act 1, scene 2. Here are those lines as they appear in the version I am reading (The ...
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Polite way to say: As far as I'm concerned? [closed]

Is there a way we can use the phrase "as far as I'm concerned" in a polite way in an email? eg: As far as we are concerned the task was carried out according to stated standards.
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Adjective/phrase for a situation that requires fast and accurate decisions

My sentence is At the individual level, it seeks to provide an objective risk estimate for medical decision making in the highly charged and emotional environment of intensive care I want to rephrase ...
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Which one has the same meaning?

It was quite clear that this place was not big enough to house all the family members. -between the two sentences below, Which one has the same meaning as the one above? It was quite cleat that this ...
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Short for “I would like that we…”

I wanna say the following: "I'd like that we had (something)". Can I say: "I'd like we had (something)"? I remember something like this from English classes.
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Problems with paragraphs [closed]

Problems with correct sentences I would like to study related algebraic problems in the complexity framework,one of the challenge in this would be to find suitable parameter for these problems. ...
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Quotation marks and types of dialogue

I'm editing the autobiography of a German-American woman who grew up during Hitler's reign. There are several instances where she uses quotation marks in a way that I'm not sure is correct. 1. Life ...
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Phrase for something that takes a very long time and a lot of resources to understand

I want to paraphrase this sentence into something smaller - "Laypersons cannot understand findings from papers in this field, no matter how much time they spend. To understand them, experts are ...
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A more professional use of “make” [closed]

How would you paraphrase "One of the objectives is to make Dubai branch a self-sustaining organization." to make it sound more professional by avoiding the use of "make".
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How the phrase “take the pain of gain” might be understood and paraphrased here? [closed]

In the following sentence: "I had to stay short [position in stocks] and take the pain of gain no matter what." my comment is added in the brackets [] 1) What does the pain of gain mean at all? 2)...
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There is a fatality about all physical and intellectual distinction

I am reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and I came across this paragraph There is a fatality about all physical and intellectual distinction, the sort of fatality that seems to dog ...
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Is it correct to say “Level stars counts”? (in a video game)

In a video game, we are using a sentence to tell the user that if he fails to reach end of the level, he will lose the stars he collected in that level. Which one is better? Level stars counts ...
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How to express the paradoxical situation in idiom or proper sentences? [duplicate]

I would like to know how to express the situation described below either with a better paraphrase, or perhaps by using a relevant idiom. We've introduced a something with the expectation that ...
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How can I “streamline” my inquiries to customers? [closed]

Usually everyday I tell each patient, "Did you want a 3-months supply on all your current and future maintenance medications? As far as your prescriber and plan allow, we can go ahead and fill your ...
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How to paraphrase “the next day”? [closed]

I'm writing a text in past tense, and I wish to dexribe it day by day, but writing 'the next day' in the beginning of each sentence seems awful. Any suggestions? Upd: the comments were really ...
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A question about “… from whose known good sense he fully expected to have”

I have a question about a sentence from the novel Persuasion, written by Jane Austen. Mr Shepherd, a civil, cautious lawyer, who, whatever might be his hold or his views on Sir Walter, would rather ...
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What is the term for paraphrasing an idiom (for humorous effect)?

For example, paraphrasing "Devil's advocate" as "Satan's lawyer" or saying that something would "cost several limbs". I'm pretty sure there is a term but I can't remember it or Google it successfully.
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what is another way to say “ I have done task A task B and task C for free for this project”? [closed]

I want another way to say: "I have done task A task B and task C for free for this project" I wish to sound more professional.
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How to paraphrase a sentence

I have read a sentence in my language and i wanted to translated into english. the sentence read: One's belief is never consummated except unless he realizes........ and I want to paraphrase the ...
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the meaning of 'case' in this sentence

I don't understand the meaning of case in this sentence: That may be wise policy, but it will also create an impression that many more potential problems exist than is the case. I also don't know ...
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Phrasing a sentence [closed]

In this section, nonlinear effects of two-photon absorption in a photonic crystal cavity are examined. In this section, nonlinear effects of two-photon absorption are examined for a photonic crystal ...
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What kind of tense should I use in this paraphrased sentence?

Our English teacher wants us to paraphrase some sentences from an article (published in 2000, written by Froning) used as evidences in our critical paragraphs, and here is a model answer for me to ...
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Summarizing a paper to give a different meaning

A recent news article published an article based on certain research. They included the link to the research. However, both the title of the article, and the conclusions it drew, ran contrary to the ...
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What is name for saying “I feel X” as differentiating it for simply stating “X”

I am looking for the term describing the difference between: "The hotel is perfect." "I feel the hotel is perfect." I am making a case that sentences with only this difference can be considered ...
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To be sound in doing something?

I've looked up each and every possible meanings of sound. I've reduced the options to two or so. But I still find it hard to ascertain the meaning of sound and the way its is used in this context. ...
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Is there a one-word for an act of proactively introducing oneself?

I work for a technology company, and we are associating with another company. So this guy from the other company wrote me an email introducing himself and offering to help me out with anything I ...
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In any but the most vestigial and nostalgic way…?

Once again, here I am with a question raised by the highly unintelligable Hitchens... It can be equally useful and instructive to take a glimpse at the closing of religions, or religious movements. ...
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How would you paraphrase “have sth before sb” in the given context?

How would you paraphrase "have sth before sb" in the following sentence? This elevation is, moreover, essentially rooted in the nature of our spirit, it is necessary to it, and it is this necessity ...
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in order followed by a sentence

Is this sentence correct? The matrix naming must be arranged in the order that they are supposed to be calculated. I mean from the aspect of in the order that. I feel when someone reads this ...
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word for widestly (adverb of widest)

I am going to paraphrase this sentence: It is one of the mostly used methods in .... and I want to replace mostly with widest, but it is an adjective, not an adverb: It is one of the widestly! ...
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Paraphrasing “There was also found”

Look at this sentence: There was also found a significant interaction effect between gender and age groups The part "There was also found" gives about 50 million records when you google it with ...
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“To take tangible/concrete steps”

I need to translate a line including "taking concrete steps towards sth" with a direct translation. As I took the translation from the dictionary, it doesn't seem to be really used by the native ...
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Two concerns about this passage

Junior youth groups on the island are particularly thriving, urged on by the support of village chiefs who see how the participants are spiritually empowered. Encouraged by the unity and dedication ...
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How to paraphrase: “key questions include”?

I’m not a native English speaker and it seems I can’t find enough suitable and different phrases for introducing lists. I’m writing an abstract for a scientific conference and would like to avoid word ...
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What verb goes with “mood” in the context of a polite social inquiry?

How would I best ask someone to share their mood with me? It needs to be snappy and easily understood. For example, given these three choices of verb: share your mood express your mood convey your ...
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How can I ask about a confirmation? [closed]

Two heroes are available. Hero #1: Please, send me an URL to that site. Here #2: Go to www.bla.bla. Is it true that you look for? Is the phrase "Is it true that you look for" correct? How ...
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another term for “ 'international' hotel” [closed]

I have an article which informs the readers that our company [a local provider] helped a "foreign hotel". This "foreign hotel" is not an international hotel. My original article title: A Local ...
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Is “I believe x does not equal y” the same as “I don't believe x equals y”

Given x and y could be any phrase, do these phrases always mean the same thing? If not, what's the difference? I believe x does not equal y I don't believe x equals y
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Paraphrase of “A big part of the secret…”

A big part of the secret is an extensive and expensive network of sporting academic underpinned by science and medicine. Source I don't understand the part of "sporting academic underpinned by ...
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Paraphrase for “we need to be like the farmer who puts back into the soil what he takes out”

I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer who puts back into the soil what he takes out. I don't understand "who puts back into the soil what he takes out". Please ...
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I am needing to rewrite a question [duplicate]

The question I need to rewrite has to be open ended, versus a yes or no. The question is, "Would you suggest more visuals in any of the rooms?" Visuals refer to pictures and other motivational ...
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Use of 'in which …' to modify a noun

Consider the sentence Why did the Egyptians not develop sculpture in which the body turned and twisted through space like classical Greek statuary? Could someone please explain the use of "in ...
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Please paraphrase a sentence from “Lord of the Flies” [closed]

In Lord of the Flies, there is a paragraph: This toy of voting was almost as pleasing as the conch. Jack started to protest but the clamor changed from the general wish for a chief to an election ...