What do you call it when someone searches through your stuff?

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, then you tell him: Stop -blank- my things! Can you guys provide more than one expression? Answer … Read more

An adjective for something that has been achieved with a lot of effort through years

I am looking for an adjective that describes something that has been achieved hardly after a lot of effort through years. For instance, hardly-achieved experience OR hardly-gained knowledge. Is there any specific word for that? Edit: By hardly I meant through hard and laborious work. It’s not something rare. Anybody can achieve it, but only … Read more

What is the period called when you first buy a car and you have to go slower?

What’s the period called when you first buy a car and you have to go slower than usual to get the engine working properly in the future? Can it be used in another meaning? Because in my language you can use the same word to define a period where you have to pay particular attention … Read more

Is there a word that describe both parents of me and my spouse?

Is there a word that could describe both my parents and my spouse’s parents, instead of saying “my parents and my spouse parents”? For example, My parents and my spouse parents (Replacement??) are going together for this pilgrimage tour. Answer How about “Our parents are going together for this pilgrimage tour” (with context supplying that … Read more

“Doesn’t talk please VS Don’t talk please”

Why can’t we use “doesn’t talk” instead of “don’t talk”? when referring to he/she why is “doesn’t talk” wrong? e.g. When you are talking in class and your teacher said: “don’t talk please.” Why didn’t she use “doesn’t talk” in that case? Answer When someone gives a command like this, it is called an “imperative … Read more

A term for a situation when something illegal, unjust, immoral and socially unacceptable becomes a standard pattern of an individual’s behavior

When I was a teen, in a summer camp we enjoyed a sort of game that we played during so-called naptime after the midday meal. Split into pairs, the boys decided who would be horses and who horsemen, then the latter, blindfolded and having a pillow in their hands, mounted their companions and the fight … Read more

How would you say “to scold” in a less formal way?

Luke’s mother scolded him for having spent too much money last weekend. I’ve read in the Cambridge Dictionary that to scold is an old-fashioned term in British English, so I guess it wouldn’t be used in a less formal context. How would you express the same idea in an everyday language? Answer Less formally, you … Read more