Questions tagged [phrases]

A phrase is a group of words that make a unit of syntax with a single grammatical function.

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Alter in a sentence

I want to say about changing a tradition, formerly elders used to gift goods to children, whereas nowadays their gifting money, can I say "gifting money is altered gifting goods"?
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What does the phrase “moody, rock-inflected soundtrack” mean?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "moody, rock-inflected soundtrack" in the following sentence: In the game meet the neighbors, and tend to gardens—all while listening to its ...
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What does the phrase “clunk open latches and clack switches” mean here?

Please help me understand the meaning of the phrases "clunk open latches" and "clack switches" in the following sentence (not available online): In the game you’ll clunk open latches and clack ...
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What does the phrase “chaotically unravel” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "chaotically unravel" in the following sentence (not available online): This is a quest to uncover the ancient truth about Black Stone, the ...
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Is this phrase correct, if yes, what does it mean?: “arise out of reason’s slumber”

Here is the full sentence: In the first three internationals as well as the Trotskyist one, the absence of a positive Marxist understanding of the status of their intellectuals is connected ...
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Can I say “as acknowledged”?

Can I say "as acknowledged" when I want to express "to think of something as well known"? For example, This theorem, whose proof is not related to this course, will be given as acknowledged. Is ...
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What clause elements has this sentence? (That doesn't sound like him.)

I've been struggling to analyse this sentence in terms of its clause elements. "That doesn't sound like him." What I mean by the clause elements are the following: verb, subject, object, subject ...
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What's the difference between “happen to be” and “used to be”?

Can they be used interchangeably in following example? Put that thing back where it used to be. Put that thing back where it happen to be.
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What does the phrase “peer down” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "peer down" in the following sentence: You peer down on a grassy field of play, and drag three of the same thing closer together. For more context,...
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What does the phrase “buff your units” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "buff your units" in the following sentence (not available online): Planeswalkers are among the most powerful beings in this game and thanks to ...
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What does the phrase “source real products” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the expression "source real products, mock up your space, and bring it to life with AR" in the following sentence: Morpholio Board lets you source real ...
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What does the phrase “mock up” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the expression "source real products, mock up your space, and bring it to life with AR" in the following sentence: Morpholio Board lets you source real ...
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Does the question sound rude? how to ask in English?

How to form a question without sounding rude. If I see someone coughing, should I say: Is it rude to wear a mask? or Is it rude if I wear a mask? And is it rude in the American culture?
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“I want him arrested.” Is “arrested” a participle that act as an adjective modifying “him”?

A participle act as an adjective. But adjective mostly come before noun. This sentence only has pronoun. And "arrested" comes after pronoun. If "arrested" does not act as an adjective, What is its ...
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How do you analyse the verb phrase elements in the sentence 'I have been having difficulty sleeping'

For the sentence 'I have been having difficulty sleeping', how would you analyse the verb phrase elements : VP have been having? 'have is an auxiliary - required to create -en form of the verb 'been'. ...
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does phrase “keep something from sb.” has some hidden information?

"The Farewell," which features as predominantly Asian cast, tells the story of a young woman named Billi (Awkwafina) whose family decides to keep news of a terminal diagnosis from the family's ...
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“not only a popular but also ..” VS “a not only popular but also …”

(1) It is not only a popular but also pragmatic research. (2) It is a not only popular but also pragmatic research. Which one is correct?
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via survey or via a survey? Which one is grammatically correct?

I've found a similar topic related to "via the Internet", but I'm still wondering if you can use the phrase without a preposition - "via survey." I conducted primary research via survey. vs. I ...
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What does 'nothing went right' means?

I wanted know, what does means these sentences below: Nothing went right today. Nothing went right again.
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How to write with respect about saying that original work is done by someone else?

I used a Mirza Ghalib Urdu poetry to create almost similar poetry (the pink image contains the poetry I created in Hinglish language. It's just a rough illustration to represent the poetry I created.) ...
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What does 'you'd be' mean? [closed]

This is the sentence: You'd be really cool Felix. What does 'You'd be' (You had be) means in that sentence?
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“all the time” or “during the time” which is correct or better as an antonym of “until”?

Don't open the cover until the light goes out. I am trying to rewrite the above sentence I created without using "until". My examples are as follows: Don't open the cover all the time (that) ...
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If it is necessary = If need be. How 'it's necessary' could become 'need be' here?

[If it is necessary = If need be] How 'it's necessary' could become 'need be' here? +or does 'be' simply mean 'to exist' in "If need be"? (Can I use it in formal writing&speaking?) +Is there ...
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As usage with be verb

Do you see any mistake in the sentence below? The question is as topic title. İ mean topic title is same thing of my question. Thanks
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Could someone help me understand the phrase “not for (the) want of trying”?

So..I understand the meaning of the phrase "not for (the) lack of trying" and then I've learned that "not for (the) want of trying" has the same definition. But how?! Is there a way to understand how ...
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I am sorry, I am <name> and I am happy usages

When someone asks our name, we use I am [name]. Also, we use I am to express our feelings, like I am sorry, and I am happy. So do we use I am for both our identity and our feelings?
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Finding Correct word

I have doubt on a phrase. Situation: Let's think like that,I want to change the position of a box. I want to take permission from the owner of the box. What should I say? Where should I put the box?...
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What is the term for the grandson of my aunt?

How to call the grandson of my aunt? Should I call him cousin or something else? What is the generally accepted term?
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What does the phrase “notch your arrows” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of "notch your arrows" mentioned here. I found the lexical meanings of the word notch here, but they don't seem to fit in the given context. Thank you for your ...
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What does the phrase “slice your timeline” mean here?

Does the word "slice" simply mean "cut" in the following sentence? The new tool palette includes cursor modes—Hand, Zoom, Blade, and Track Select—that enable you to quickly zoom in, move, and even ...
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Is there any difference between “that is it” and “that is what it is” in the sense of it is a fact?

Is there any difference between the phrases in the following context. I couldn't pass the exam. That's what it is. I couldn't pass the exam. That's it. What I am trying to say that I didn't ...
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Idiom “Do the best”

Does the second sentence mean the same as the first one? They are doing all possible to further the passage of the Senate. They are doing the best to facilitate the passage of the Senate.
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The use “that is it” and “that is all” in context

Tell me please if there is any difference between that is it and that is all in the following sentence. I have only done half of my homework, that is all. I have only done half of my homework, ...
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Is the phrase “an extensive amount of hard work” correct and does is sound natural?

What I want to indicate in my writing is that I understand I need to work really hard as a student in the program. I'm using this sentence: I am aware that studying in such an intense and demanding ...
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Why this phrase is right: The hardened professional smuggler?

Why this phrase is right: The hardened professional smuggler? I think because hardened = professional, so it is weird to see the phrase: the hardened professional smuggler. But I know that phrase ...
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What is grammitcally correct when trying ot schedule an appointment

.. Any ‘ol way.. just let me know when you are/will be free upon your return.
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Exclamation with “What or How”

How does it say correctly with exclamation? How she looks! or What she looks!
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What is the opposite phrase of “ALL CAPS”?

As far as I know, we say that the words in which every letter is in upper-case as "ALL CAPS". Then how can we say for not "ALL CAPS"? Something like "Not all caps".
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meaning of the phrase [duplicate]

Can this phrase be used this way?: to mock at someone who said some kind of nonsense or the way what he did or the way how he looks. Or is it possible? For example: I can't with/from your stupid ...
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Carrier fibre: what is it?

I was reading a thesis and saw this sentence, Recover (Spain) takes post-industrial cotton waste and shreds the fibre to upcycle it into yarn. By colour sorting the waste materials, they have ...
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What does the phrase “edges the fabric” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "edges the fabric" in the following sentence: Depending on the look you want to go for, hold your felt sides together using a running stitch (where ...
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What is the meaning of “indicate otherwise?”

"First, the Handlins cannot adequately demonstrate that the White servant's position was improving during and after the 1660's; several acts of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures indicate ...
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What does the phrase “snap into place” mean here?

I find the phrase "makes drawing operations snap into place" confusing in the following sentence (which is unfortunately not available online): Generally, I prefer to work with a coarse grid that ...
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“somehow” or “ in any way”? [closed]

Tell me please which one of the following sentences sounds the most natural. Can I help you somehow? Can I help you in any way? What I am trying to convey is a willingeness to know if there ...
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Is the usage “it is not until now……” grammatically correct?

I have heard a lot of sentences including the phrase "until now" at the begining of sentences. But when I search its inversion format in Google, I hardly find any related sentences which begin with ...
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To beat someone in a competition/debate/etc in a humiliating way

What is the most common informal/casual idiom / expression / verb to imply making someone feel defeated in a humiliating way in AE? For instance, let's say two youngsters are playing soccer against ...
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What does the phrase “ragtag rebels” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "ragtag rebels" in the following sentence: Your ragtag rebels will fight in turn-based battles with monsters. The sentence above is a description of ...
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Is there any difference between the phrase “all the better” and “so much the better”?

Is there any difference between the phrases? For example: If can come earlier, it is all the better. If can come earlier, it is so much the better. By the way, do I have to include it is as ...
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Is there any difference between “sideways” and “to the side”?

Is there any difference between sideways and to the side? For example: Stop leaning sideways/to the side! The car in front of us suddenly moved sideways/to the side. I feel that in the ...
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Is it considered natural to open an answer with 'On the contrary!'?

Person A: He says that you like sweet foods. Person B: On the contrary! I do like salty foods. Is it considered natural to open an answer or comment with this phrase, or it should be a part of a ...

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