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Roommate left for a long time and suddenly returned. Bathroom was messy on day he got back and he complained to landlord

I feel like it's too late to recover the situation at this point but am wondering what I could've done differently to avoid this conflict. I share a bathroom with a roommate in a house. Without ...
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How to explain to family that I don't want to keep fixing the same tech problems?

Firstly, I have a very good relationship with my family and there are no issues on that front. However, due to me working in a technical capacity professionally all of the technical questions / issues ...
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How do I teach my elder sister responsibility without ruining our relationship?

I am 23, sister is 25. Some important backstories to note: My elder sister was kind of spoiled as a child. She was never demanded to do chores as a young and it reflects in adulthood where she is not ...
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Are there any common hand signals/gestures one can use while wearing a mask that can communicate simple things to others?

I live in New York City — The Big Apple! One of the largest cities in the world! — and also the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. As such, I’ve been wearing a mask daily for ...
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Day out w his parents [closed]

Good afternoon, so his parents [70yo]is going out on a boat tmr at lunch time to celebrate as the situation is getting a bit better here in Australia And I am wondering what I [30FM] should bring over ...
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Online course for critical thinking [closed]

Can you please suggest some sites which offer free certification course on critical thinking?
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How much protection from me coming out as a transwoman does my child need? [migrated]

I am a transwoman or feeling like that. My wife says she accepts my coming out and my needs in this direction but wants that neither she (which is desirable and not the topic here. She says it's for ...
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How should I interact with a person who deeply believes in astrology and judges me through that lens?

I am sure that a lot of us have met people who are very deep into astrology, to the point that sometimes they judge other people almost solely based on that. I myself am not an enthusiast of said ...
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Why did the girl who had a crush on me rejected me? [closed]

I met this girl in my new college. We had some similar interests that no one else in the entire college has that we know of. We got to talking during this quarantine, I found her relatable in more ...
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How do I refuse doing something for my possibly narcissistic grandmother?

I live with my possibly narcissistic grandmother, she is about 75 years old and has progressive hearing loss. Basically, it's almost impossible to get her into therapy now, and if she is truly ...
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How do I regain rapport with a recruiter whose phone screen meeting I missed?

Background Today I had a scheduling mishap for a phone screening with a recruiter. She had the meeting scheduled at 1:30 p.m., and I sincerely thought it was scheduled at 3:00p.m. I work in an area ...
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Tactfully asking a date you are interested in having further dates with to slow down physical escalation

United States, situation that arises out of expectation of traditional gender roles. Say that Bob goes on a couple if dates with Alice. Alice suddenly and unexpectedly escalates the relationship to ...
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How to correct my dad's misconception of my partner?

My dad appears to have a long-standing misconception about my partner of nearly 10 years. He seems to believe she does very little to contribute, either in terms of labour or financially. Neither of ...
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How to tell my friends to forget all our past conversations and trust me from now on?

I am 21 years of age and I've been a stupid teller of lies in my past. I've almost never lied in situations where it can be hurtful or destructive. I usually have had spun yarns about past life ...
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How to be persistent but not annoying when dealing with property manager

I'm trying to get my property manager to move me (total household = me + minor child) from a 1 bedroom unit to a 2 bedroom unit. I actually thought this would be a simple request but it's not ...
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Asking housemate’s partners to contribute toward bills during pandemic?

I share a 5 bedroom house with 4 others. We all get on and they are nice people. As the Coronavirus spread in the UK I was put on furlough (temporary leave paid for by the government, as long as I ...
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Meeting new people and telling them my field of work X and they say they could never understand X or hated X in school? [closed]

I'm a graduate student in physics. When meeting new people (mutual acquaintances, workout groups, meeting random people while out and about), eventually the question is often asked: what do you do? I ...
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How to respond to strangers who shout compliments across the street?

One sunny afternoon, I was walking down a relatively large downtown street in Canada, when I head a loud voice from across the street: Nice shirt! Looking good! I immediately turned my head and ...
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How do I approach my mentor with concerns related to my group project's team members?

So, here's the situation - We're a group of four students in freshman year of college, being mentored by a student in senior year for a summer-long project. My group members though, don't seem to ...
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How can I convey negative feedback in a positive and constructive way?

Imagine walking into a restaurant to look at a menu and instead of saying "I'll have a think about it" and wander off, you instead said "actually, I've found a place for cheaper so I'm going there now"...
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What are some possible ways to maintain multiple friendships/friendship circles?

Context I'm in my early twenties. Most of my friends are either at the tail-end of their university degrees or have recently started working (I fall into this group). I have around 2 social friend ...
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How can I tell a coworker about my feelings for her without damaging our working relationship?

A coworker and close friend of mine is in a serious relationship; one day she may well marry her current boyfriend. Even so, I’ve had strong romantic feelings for her for approximately a year. I’ve ...
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Is it appropriate to ask “when do you sleep normally” to a new friend? [closed]

A and B are from America and new friends to each other. They met in an online chat room in the evening and talked for a while. B worried about it's a little late and asked when do you sleep ...
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How to prevent family from treating you like a child?

I am 24 years old, financially independent for the last 5 years and I live on my own as well. I'm a straight A student, happily engaged. Yet all members of my family communicate to me like I'm a ...
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Dating under Covid-19 [closed]

My state (Massachusetts, US) is currently on lockdown. While the official policy is only that gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, many people I know are entirely refraining from seeing ...
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Using the name as a reference to someone unfamiliar to the hearer [closed]

Imagine a dialogue: You: What did you do yesterday? Someone else: I was out with Charlie. You: Who is Charlie? Do you find it appropriate to reference someone unfamiliar to the hearer by ...
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How to deal with my project manager?

I've been a software developper at an IT company for the last 3.5 years now and I've pretty much enjoyed it so far. About 9 months ago, I've asked to work on another project as my former attributions ...
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How to deal with unwanted touching from a friend? [closed]

Background: A few nights ago we were partying at that a friends house. The guys had quite a lot to drink and I ended up being the last girl to leave. My closest guy friend currently or not now ...
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How to tell other video game players it's not okay to ask for certain items repeatedly?

Background: In a certain video game, people can trigger a certain event, using items they have to work for to get (It is considered a moderate deal to get the items.) The event is wanted by all ...
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How can I communicate with my family and friend that they would appreciate the way I am?

I don't know...one day I was told by a friend that I was being too persnickety. I don't know that word to be honest so I looked up. Persnickety means someone being picky or fussy. I don't think I am ...
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How can I refuse to kiss my mother while minimizing the hurt feelings?

Note: this has nothing to do with the current pandemic. I don't like physical contact, especially kisses and especially when I don't fully trust the person touching me. Also, my current relationship ...
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How can I deal with good friends who suffer from a lack of self-esteem — and rightly so?

I have a few friends, very good ones amonst them, that suffer from low self-esteem that leads them to lack drive and evergy in both everyday and professional lives. Over the years, I tried to help and ...
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Can't get through to someone who needs help

I've known someone through a social activity group for about a year. At first he seemed a bit odd, but more or less harmless. He's a smart and funny guy and it can be good talking with him in short ...
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Is “I'm sorry” appropriate when offering condolence?

I think it's conventional to say "I'm sorry" when offering condolence -- for example, "I'm sorry to hear your mum died", or, "I was sorry to hear your mum died". Although it may be conventional I ...
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How to ask a female friend to stop harassing my boyfriend?

Back Story: When we were in high-school, a male friend of mine (let's say X) developed a crush on another friend (Y). Ever since he told her about this, she started acting as if she owned him. She ...
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How to tell my CTO that his design ideas are not good?

I have been working remotely with a developer that has become my main and only partner in a business project - a website - I have. I am the CEO and I'd like him to be the CTO if this becomes a bigger ...
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Helping with Business Grammar

We have some employees who frequently communicate with customers. These employees are native English speakers and yet somehow their written communications come across as though they really struggle ...
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Classmate is being deported - how could I politely offer to buy their furniture?

My classmate is being deported from the U.S. due to visa issues and has no intentions of returning in the coming years - they plan to join a lab at university in their home country. They're really ...
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Meeting after a breakup - how to explain I now understand the problems we had?

A little backstory: I am a 25 year old man. About 3 years ago I started dating a woman and we lived happily. Some points it seemed too perfect. I mean we never argued. Maybe this caused the breakup. ...
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Why people don't take their responsibilities

I have a brother, 17 years old. He never likes the school. He doesn't do any homework, repeats courses, and he remains the same. He doesn't eat well, and only wants to talk with their friends. I've ...
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How can I assist my girlfriend to be independent and career minded

I am currently dating my girlfriend who is originally from Eastern Europe. She has many personality qualities that I admire such as reliable, honest , and emphaphetic / caring. I really enjoy spending ...
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How to deal with non-answers to simple, direct questions, from customer support

Background I've read this question and this other one. My question is about a different situation, because it's the other party's paid job to answer customer questions. Situation A few days ago, I ...
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How can you get closure from ending a toxic family relationship?

My cousins (all in the same family) and I bicker, a lot. I don't like that they tend to harass my grandmother when she shares political posts. When this happens, I tend to call my cousins out for ...
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How to deal with rude remarks from strangers on the street?

Today as I was waiting at the traffic light a old lady came and yelled at me with very rude and loud voice "You have to press the button!!!". I pass there every day and it makes no difference whether ...
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How can I continue a conversation in an old, unreplied message thread?

I am sometimes too busy or too tired and for whatever reason, I tend to miss replying to people's texts, especially if it's non-work-related. I also juggle several instant messaging applications, so ...
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How do you point out major design flaws gently?

I left my old uni society for a year to work in industry, and in that time the team that succeeded me have designed and built most of the aircraft I was working on. Had it not have been for the ...
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Turning down a request for help

I have a neighbor who volunteered to do a task to benefit the neighborhood. The task is laborious, and I publicly thanked her for volunteering. Now she tells me she can't do it because "she can't ...
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How to tell the secretary that some of their emails are not needed?

My office is doing teleworking. My team's secretary is forwarding every day several (5 on average) emails that I already received through a general mailing list. I want to tell them that we already ...
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How can I be honest and supportive?

I've been dating someone. They're still employed, but recently got a job offer for a job that is a 1.5 to 2 hour drive away, which they like more and pays better. We're still living apart. They haven'...
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How to apologize for an unintentional personal attack?

Background: I'm quite attached to people whom I know for a long period of time. However I met this girl A about a year ago. We share quite a common family conditions, we both accept the family ...

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