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There is currently a debate on Duolingo about the proper translation of a sentence to English (the original language isn't the point of this question). The sentence, literally translates to "She is ...

I have a question about the usage of "referring to". Let's assume that you are in a meeting and you are giving a presentation. You have to explain about a couple of things that are in the table chart ...

Let's assume we have n methods of doing X, When i ask "When to use which ?" i expect the answer to be something like : "Use A when ... , Use B when ..." By asking this question I want to ask "When ...

Is is right to say "I have a pen" or "I am having a pen" ? I keep hearing people using the latter.

In my view, we can use the word "NO" to substitute "NOT" to express a bit stronger negation. For example, "He is no singer." put a bit emphasis on negative, compared with "He is not a singer." But ...

Say my intention is to say "I did this bad things to her, but you shouldn't do it": Don't do that mean thing to her like how I did. Don't do that mean thing to her unlike how I did. This ...

I am making a video game and I need to explain to the user how a skill tree works. Basically, when you increase the level of the "up" skill, the skill "below" becomes unlocked, however "up" and "...

I would be very happy if I could have such an opportunity to see you in person, so please let me know whenever (if?) you will have a chance to visit this area. Is this natural sentence with manners? ...

If I feel I'm lacking some kind of skills and I'm desperate to learn something, can I say "I need to recharge myself"?

I just made these sentences. Are they okay especially in speaking? Ex) He explained information making focus on food section. Ex) Please explain it making focus on fundamental principle. Ex) She ...

The general meaning of "out of context" I know is with the word 'take' i.e. when you take something out of context then it means that it has a chance of being misinterpreted. As my question says: If ...

Which of the following is more natural for a customer to use at a coffee shop? a. Do you offer free refills on coffee? b. Is your coffee bottomless?

The sentence is "I shall be great deal too far off to trouble myself about you ". The sentence has the context by which I can guess the meaning, but for studying English, I try to make a analysis. ...

I often get confused about which one to choose when I speak English. Please help me. Ex) The thing that I was talking about is this one which is item number 3. Ex) the thing that I was talking ...

Let's say you got only an hour to finish your work. Then, that hour is now finished, but you feel that there is something you didn't do. Few minutes after that, you see that you have really missed a ...

Can I say... About that you talked about the other day, I have a question about that you talked about the other day The issue is about that you were late last night. Are they good to use?...

Considering a situation where I once met a guy just for a day and we somehow developed a bond due to the circumstances we were in—helping each other and sharing mutual ideas... but never ...

When do we use this expression "let's just say" and what does it exactly mean?

"We are going to our houses?" (the house is not the same for both speakers) I feel like there is something wrong with it. As if it's incomplete, or missing something..

This is one of the things that I don't really know the proper name for, because I've never heard anyone say it, but I know how to explain it. Let's say a toddler is searching through your backpack, ...

I asked a friend to meet up in person. He said we can meet tomorrow. What is the correct way to ask if he still going to come to the meeting? Should I use: Is the meeting still on? Are we ...

Which word would we use if we were going to use a "specific time" or "specific place" instead of the noun? How would you fill the blanks bellow? 1)From tonight (................) . (on / onward / ...

Sometime when I shout at my kids, they get scared and also they get sad. How do express this mixed feeling in writing? I wrote as below where Tommy refers my son. Is that the correct way? Tommy, ...

I want to know how we say in English when we want to say that almonds or other dry fruits are "hot" for our body. I am an Indian, and in India, we use the word garam which literally means hot in ...

For me it seems that in the following case expression seems not to be fitting, I think the second example is shorter, simpler and may even be more correct. dugite - Elegant bindings for working with ...

Can I say "good job. You describe the event very clearly"? I am not sure I can use the word clearly like this. However, it sounds okay to me! Thanks in advance

In one of the episodes of Rick and Morty, The Ricks Must Be Crazy, Rick says "Greetings" to a crowd. It's not the first time I hear this expression, which seems to be used as a greeting. What's the ...

Can I use the word fit like this: 'Pick an envelope that fits everything' as in Pick an envelope that is suitable in size and shape for all the papers you have to put in there 'The tires won't fit my ...

It sounds a lot more nuanced than a simple 'goodbye'. What subtle feelings or emotions does it encapsulate?

What does "I cannot be more thankful" mean? I want to say that I am very thankful for having this opportunity. Can I say something like the following? ... and I cannot be more thankful for having ...

I'm wondering the following conversations, extracted mostly from a comedic video at the following timestamps links: a,In this one it says you walk, no you say, but it's similar concept,c. The phrases ...

I've searched online dictionaries but I couldn't find the meaning of be from money. The example is: To anyone who doesn’t know who Matthew is, they just come across as a well-heeled, ...

I'm writing on my website: This German / English Word List in Excel contains 1593 German words. If you need more words, you can have my German-English word list with 27449 words (stand: September ...

When you say a place is "complicated", what does it mean? When I hear the word "complicated" I think of problem that is hard to solve, a place like maze, situation that requires lots of explanations. ...

I know it is safe to say "How miserable should he be?" but I wonder I can add much/more/e.t.c in the sentece to emphasize the level of misery. Such as how much miserable should he be? or ...

Looking for a natural English phrasing, I am stuck at what I should put in the blank below. I'm pretty sure I heard the expression before but I can't seem to remember it, and I racked my brains hard ...

And are they natural? In what situation will you use it? Why not google it? Why don't you google it? I think you can google it. You'd better google it. I'd google it if I were you.

In my native language, we have this idiom - "to cross a hairline bridge", meaning, one has successfully avoided getting in trouble or a dangerous situation miraculously. Is there an idiom or ...

I have written an email which I believe the sentence was incorrect. Mr. A, Mowing at the job site has completed. It could be better if I say: "Mowing was completed at the job site" or "mowing has ...

Can word Position be used to describe my location in the map/directory? I often saw "You are here", "Here", and "Your Current location" signs, but haven't seen "Your Current Position" or "Present ...

The British rock band Marillion has a song called Fugazi, which is also the title of the album. This is one of their lines: Do you realise, this world is totally fugazi. By context I can deduce ...

In my native language we have this expression for a weak person - " a low fence " implying that anybody can jump over it. Is there a similar expression or idiom in meaning in English for this type of ...

When we take a number and multiply it by 10 we get a value ten times the original. Then, what do we call the result of adding 10 to a previous value? i.e., what can I put in place of the ellipsis in ...

He took him for a ride. This is a phrase used to indicate cheating. But I want to say to my child that I will take her for a ride in my car. How should I say this? Can I say - "Let me take you for a ...

Let's say you and your colleagues are figuring out how to save time doing your daily work. And then you suddenly come up with an idea, how do you say this if it happened abruptly? Guys, I have an ...

Is there an idiom, proverb or expression in English describing a situation in which a person is trying really hard to avoid misfortune (by taking precautions) but what exactly he`s trying to distance ...

I received an e-mail in which I was CC'd by my boss. In it is a timetable of meetings and shoots. I'm the junior of a 4-man team so I don't really expect to be part of these meetings but since I ...

I regularly hear the phrase "here goes nothing". For example when someone starts up a computer after doing stupid configuration and is not sure if it will start. But I'm not sure about what it means,...

I am trying to use the expression “words fail me” and I want to know if these sentences are formed correctly: Look at this mess, words fail me. This comment is so ridiculous that words fail ...

Whenever I see information about someone's recent death (usually well known, if this makes a difference), the expression used is John Doe has died. Why is this tense used? What about the ...

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