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  1. Cunning Fox

    as further as I can

    How would you formulate this sentence in proper English? "I hate Mondays and I take ages to get ready for the day. To be honest, I try to put off my departure as further as I can. Obviously, the bold part isn't idiomatic and might even be grammatically incorrect (not sure though). How would...
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    How do you pronounce the word "penchant"? Do you say it in a more or less French way /pɒnʃɒn/, the exact same way it sounds in French or just /pentʃənt/?
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    You can add me on WhatsApp

    When I'm giving someone my number and telling them to text me on WhatsApp what preposition should I use to sound natural: 1. Here's my number. You can add me on WhatsApp. (I've always used this wording). 2. Heres' my number. You can add me in WhatsApp. (I'm not entirely sure whether it's...
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    We met on Tinder

    "Tinder" is a dating app that you can downland from AppStore and use on your phone. What preposition should I use to sound natural? 1. We met on Tinder. (I've always used this wording). 2. We met in Tinder. (I'm not entirely sure whether this is outright incorrect).
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    pronunciation of bona fide

    How do you pronounce "bona fide"? Dictionaries seem to give two pronunciations /bəʊnə ˈfaɪdi ORˈbəʊnə faɪd/ (and my pathetic search-in-google attempt led to more pronunciations). How do you pronounce it? An example: "I must admit they're making a bona fide effort to complete the project in time".
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    he has a sinewy body

    As far as I know the word sinewy means "thin but strong", so if I say "he's a sinewy", the image I have in mind is this: (His body is thin and the muscles are visible. You can see his tendons). But whenever I google the adjective, Google returns way more pictures of bulkier men: (He's not...
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    the baneful effects

    Would you consider the adjective "baneful" literary/formal or archaic? Some dictionaries say the word is literary whereas others claim it's archaic. I try not to use archaic words in speech and writing hence my question. Let's take an example sentence: "the baneful effects of climate change...
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    We've met each other a couple of times with Mr. Black

    I wonder how to express the following idea correctly in English. Maybe I'm overthinking it but I do have a very hard expressing myself correctly. The situation is that I'm writing an email to a guy who certainly doesn't know my email address or even remember me. Nevertheless, I want to remind...
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    make the invoice in (the) euros

    I'm writing an email where I'm telling a trading partner to remake an invoice because its currency was incorrect. Would it be correct to say: "Could you please make the invoice in euros because I don't have a QAR bank account". I'm not sure whether "make the invoice in euros" is idiomatic and...
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    Chink in American English

    According to Longman Dictionary, chink (British English) - if glass or metal objects chink, or if you chink them, they make a high ringing sound when they knock together: They chinked their glasses and drank a toast to the couple. Could you please tell me how you'd say it in American English...
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    she’s a conspicuous lady / girl

    Hello, I Is it possible to describe someone or yourself as “conspicuous”? For example, she’s a conspicuous lady / girl - she always wears bright dresses. I don’t think it works well. Thank you in advance.
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    Purvey lies

    Is "purvey" a common verb to use in meaning of "to gossip"? For example, She purveyed lies about my family. He purveyed nasty details about my dating life. They purveyed embarrassing stories about how I messed up that day. Do these sound good to you? Are there any BrE and AmE differences...
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    Quicken steps

    Hello, I'd like to know whether the following sentence sounds good to you. I found it in an article on the internet. The article wasn't written by a native speaker for sure. Could you please suggest a more idiomatic expression if the bold part doesn't sound good? "I quickened my steps to catch...
  14. Cunning Fox

    an arm and a leg

    Hi, I'd like to know whether the idiom "an arm and a leg" is still used nowadays (to me it sounds chiefly British and like something straight from the 18th century). I've always used "cost a fortune" with the same meaning. :-D My own Example: This English textbook cost me an arm and a leg! I...
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    Add insult to injury

    Hello, I'd like to know whether the idioms "add insult to injury" and "rub salt in the wound" are still used. Is there any other way to say the same in a figurative manner? Thank you in advance. Regards, Cunning Fox