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

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<A good appetite> and <a good metabolism> VS <good appetite> and <good metabolism>

Dictionaries say both "appetite" and "metabolism" are variable nouns. Do you think we can say these sentences interchangeably? I have a good appetite. I have good appetite. And ...
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"Taking a jolt from" meaning in this context?

I am studying a video about global warming, the professor starts with this expression: "So fossil fuel combustion is​ ​basically taking a jolt from that battery of the biosphere." Which, I ...
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The question is about the use of correct participle(s) in a sentence

Original sentence: 1) “Only a small percentage of immigrants arriving in the US ever returned to their native countries.” Now, if I like to re-construct the original sentence, which [participle clause(...
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How do I tell some not to "redose"?

Which one is correct? Do never redose it Do never redose Never redose it Never redose Context: don't redose the drug you took
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Is it natural and correct to say "do a particular amount of money on something" meaning to pay or receive money for a service?

Is it natural and correct to say do a particular amount of money on something meaning to pay or receive money for a service? For example: The most I can do on that car is 1000 dollars. By that I mean ...
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Are "as of writing" and "at the time of writing" both correct?

I see that 'at the time of writing' is grammatically correct (Is 'at the time of writing' correct?). Is this replaceable with 'as of writing'?
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What does "act on" mean here?

Hegel used the concept of mediation in its most general meaning seeing in it the most characteristic property of mind. He said that the mind is as forceful as it is powerful. In general forcefulness ...
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What does "private payment service providers" mean? [closed]

Lannquist,2020, p.6 said that Retail CBDC can serve as a counterweight to market power of private payment service providers Retail CBDC is the CBDC can be used by citizens and companies while ...
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what are the nouns that can be used to describe something that is out of reach at this moment but a good idea overall

hey I got situation in work, when we got tight schedule and planning and another piece of work is coming through, and it's useful but its out of priority in the moment for my team. And not for ...
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"In terms of" VS "From...point of view"

In terms of: If you talk about something in terms of something or in particular terms, you are specifying which aspect of it you are discussing or from what point of view you are considering it. ...
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Someone else's (perspective / point of view)

Someone can think this is a legal issue that just has to be solved. But it might look different ................... a. from someone else's point of view. b. from the point of view of someone else. ...
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What is the grammatical name and function for the expression "at the gate"? [closed]

I want the grammatical name and function for the following expression: Meet me at the gate.
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Is it appropriate to use two "of"s in quick succession?

For example in this phrase: Creation of library of gas turbine components in MATLAB/SIMULINK Is there a better way of phrasing this? Note: Substituting creation with creating is not desirable here ...
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Can you say "apply for the award of a qualification"?

In my country, we have an official list of academic words and phrases translated into English. One of these phrases is apply for the award of a qualification, which is supposed to mean 'send in an ...
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Is it correct and natural to say "communicate through chat or call"?

Could you tell me if it's correct and natural to say communicate through chat meaning to talk to someone though texts or by talking to them over the phone? For example: I'd like to get a job that ...
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Is "in the interim" synonym of "in the meantime"

The context is to wish someone a good recovery after knowing they have been unwell and delayed the project timeline. After assuring them not to worry about work for now, is it okay to say In the ...
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What does "though somewhat dated, as, to a greater extent, are those..from the same decade" mean in this sentence?

Sentence : Jack's various essays from the 1950's are still readable, though somewhat dated, as, to a greater extent, are those by Neville Braybrooke and Christopher Hollis from the same decade. ...
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What is the correct phrase for solving mathematical problems?

While attempting and solving maths problems, do we "Do" those problems? Is the usage "While doing algebra in high school" the correct phrase to convey that I have been taking a ...
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To go in cycles

“If ever you wanted proof football goes in cycles, then surely it was the sight of Leicester being confounded by an opposition playing 4-4‑2” https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/oct/30/leicester-...
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Is there a grammatical categorisation for 'so to speak' and 'as it were'?

When speaking and writing, we often use phrases such as 'so to speak', 'as it were', 'if you will', 'to say the least', and 'to name a few'. I understand how to use these; however, I can't identify ...
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Is the negation "if not that, then something" correct?

As in the question, if I answer someone for example "if not that coat, then I'd not recognize you" is that correct? I understand that there are other forms like "if it wasn't for that ...
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Does "peer down on somebody" include the meaning of contempt?

Does "to peer down on somebody" mean "to look at somebody with contempt, as if you think you are better"? The context is this: The sculptures peer down on visitors to America's ...
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Is the expression "my very first option" correct?

If I'm planning to apply to enter a university, and I have several options, is it correct to say: "X university is my very first option" to emphasize that one specific university it is my ...
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"The Lakers have been winning in a row"

I wonder if we can say, "in a row" without specifying how many times in a row. For example, do you think sentences like the ones below can be said by native speakers? The Lakers have been ...
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Is there a word for phrases that have an adverb and an adjective starting with same letter in it?

Is there a word for phrases that have an adverb and an adjective starting with same letter in it? Example: Moderately mindful Brilliantly bold Cunningly clever etc.
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Analyzing multiple prepositional phrases in "I am sitting in the car across the street."

Consider the following sentence: I am sitting in the car across the street. Do we say that there are two prepositional phrases in the sentence modifying "sitting" (in the car, across the ...
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How do we discriminate binomials with ordinary pairs of words?

There's an interesting topic that I've seen on my book i.e. Binomials [expressions (often idiomatic) where two words are joined by a conjunction (usually 'and')]. The book gives a lot of examples and ...
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Placing long phrases at the end of sentences/clauses

I have seen the following sentence in some article: Where some understanding exists of how brain processes produce mental phenomena-for example, pain, thirst, vision, smell-it is clear that specific ...
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Is it correctly phrased or it is just a legal terminology?

All work completed after project inception will be billed as it is completed at the end of every calendar month as Work in Progress (WIP) until the conclusion of the project. My classmate showed me ...
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Correct use of the phrase "[XXX], but not only"

In an essay, if someone did something for various reasons, some (but not all) of them being historic reasons, is the following sentence correct: "For various reasons--historic, but not only--he ...
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Dare say (believe/dare to do something)

If he gave them Harry, who'd dare say he'd betrayed Lord Voldemort? He'd be welcomed back with honours... My research: "Dare say" could also mean "regard something as probable" ...
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A phrase for "with no attached qualifier"

If an artist is described alternatively as "a pop artist," "a rock artist," or "a blues artist," but never as "an artist," that is, with no attached qualifier, ...
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Can modifying phrases (adjectival and adverbial) be stacked/chained?

He walked on the road with pace. In the example above, there are two prepositional phrases: 'on the road' and 'with pace.' These both function adverbially, modifying 'walked.' Is this grammatically ...
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What does the phrase "sets your offense should run" mean here?

What does the phrase "sets your offense should run" mean in the following sentence from the description of a basketball simulation game: Every decision is under your control, which includes ...
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"To hear someone's side," without "of the story": correct? Understandable? Not too informal?

It seems like "to hear someone's side of the story" is significantly more common than "to hear someone's side" without "of the story." In the context of an essay, is the ...
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Is "before getting into analysis proper" correct? [closed]

In an essay, if we want to review comments already made on a given subject before proceeding to an analysis of said subject, is the following phrase correct? "Before getting into analysis proper, ...
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Subject+got+object+past participle

I have always thought it means someone did something for you but recently i came across this structure can mean that you did some thing yourself. What do you reckon Eg i got the task complete/...
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"He gets awake " "He gets waken up"

As with can use "get" with both "an adjective" and 'past participle". SO can i say "He gets awake = he awakes. He gets woken up= he wakes up.
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“He keeps me telling a truth” “He keeps me waking up at night”

Instead of saying “He keeps telling me a truth” “He keeps waking me up at night” Can i say “He keeps me telling a truth” “He keeps me waking up at night”?
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Choose whichever [one] you prefer

Apple or banana, choose whichever you prefer. Apple or banana, choose whichever one you prefer. If the options are only "Apple" and "Banana", which of the above phrases is correct ...
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"Earliest" vs "earliest one"

Are both the following sentences correct? These books were the earliest ones to feature such thing. These books were the earliest to feature such thing.
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Be staying or to stay what is the difference in meaning

I'm going to be staying. I 'm going to stay. Is there a difference in the meaning? May the first one indicate that it won't be for a long time?
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Is there any difference between "next time" and "next time around"?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between next time and next time around? For example: If you pay for the dinner this time, next time/next time around it's on me.
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In hand and with the other hand, what is correct?

I would like to know which version of this sentence is correct ? I don't know if it's ok to write "with the other" or if it's best to write "in the other" ... Ben is pasha-style ...
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What is "more carefully than I do" in "My wife drives more carefully than I do", grammatically?

Consider this sentence: My wife drives more carefully than I do. I want to understand the grammatical role of the phrase, more carefully than I do Is it an adverb, and adverb phrase, an adverb ...
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The meaning of " intellectual desert" [closed]

I have seen the phrase "intellectual desert" in the Cambridge Dictionary but I still don't understand its meaning. Can you explain what this phrase means?
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Goodbye Friday night!

Do you use expressions like "Goodbye Friday night!", or "Goodbye my holiday!" when you have some changes in your life plans under some circumstances? For example, you have some ...
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Can you tell me the difference between 'all over the world' and 'throughout the world'?

Could you tell me the difference between these phrases: 'all over the world' and 'throughout the world' as well as give me some examples?
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to raise cain: Does this exist and what does it mean? [closed]

I remember reading the phrase "to raise cain" in the English edition of "Skulduggery Pleasant". Are my memory and Derek Landy (the author) correct in this use of the English ...
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Get sleep or Get to sleep?

I can accept if get to sleep is correct according to this. However, I wonder if get sleep is OK to use because I've seen people using get sleep on the internet. Or are they different?

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