eligibility criterion for an -ing form to serve as a deverbal adjective

a dog which is barking can be rephrased as a barking dog; I am wondering whether a patient who is coughing can be rephrased as a coughing patient? similarly, can we rephrase something (such as a dog, a train, etc.) which is running as a running dog/ train, etc.? the -ing form of some verbs … Read more

What is the meaning of the phrase “made out to”, in the current context?

I have received a letter which has the following sentence. The letter is about reimbursement of my travel costs to their location. Please note that for tax reasons all invoices have to be made out to the company. What is the meaning of the term made out to in the current context? Answer It means … Read more

Does the expression “web technologies” have a euphemistic/promotional character ?

In German, I sometimes come across the expression “Webtechnologien” as a direct adoption of “web technologies”, which usually relates to software, programming, web development. I’ve always found the use of the word “technologies” slightly odd here – it seems to have a somewhat promotional character to me, whereas something like “techniques” would come closer to … Read more

Which abbreviation for the world wars is more correct; WWI or WW1?

At my daughter’s school, there is an exercise in general knowledge; this term’s is about ” The World Wars”. The question posed is which abbreviation is correct, the first with Roman numerals or the second with Arabic numerals. Later, all questions use the second. I suspect the teacher is laying a trap so I want … Read more

Is it “to play a game on someone” or “play games with someone”?

I find this expression strange because it’s clearly widely used, but seems sort of “unofficial”, the “official” version, meaning the one described in dictionaries and grammar books, being playing games with, not on. Both expressions seem to be current and valid, according to Google Books. I’m just not entirely clear on the context and the … Read more

The Origin of “Killing It”

Related to How did kil get its positive conntations. Which goes into the origin of “making a killing” and “killed the audience”, but not this specific phrase. Musicians have a particular phrase for doing something very, very well (other individuals use it too, but it seems to crop up with musicians most). Peculiarly, “killing it” … Read more

Common Expression for Coming Together [closed]

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it’s on-topic for English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. Closed 5 years ago. Improve this question Is there a common expression to describe a situation where everything comes together perfectly? UPDATE: The phrase that kept … Read more