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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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We have vs We do have

What is the difference between We have and We do have? Has it same meaning or different meanings?
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Beating one's head against the wall / a brick wall

Dictionaries say that the idiom "beating one's head against the wall" means: To attempt continuously and fruitlessly to accomplish some task or achieve some goal that is or seems ultimately ...
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What are these structures called and how do they differ?

A long serving member of the Army, he recieved many decorations including The George Cross, the most fitting conclusion to his distinguished career. People often pass away because they've simply '...
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“A determinative factor”, “A determinant” and “A decisive factor”

To me, and based on dictionary definitions a "determinative factor", a "determinant" and a "decisive factor", imply a truely "crucial factor" which can lead you to make a decision about something. ...
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Why is “more than meets the eye” grammatical in some cases?

I find this idiom very interesting, idiomatic and intuitive but not that grammatical to me. Why should we use meets, the third-person singular simple present sense? Can I change it to any other senses?...
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From (somebody's / something') side VS On behalf of (someone / something)

Please consider the following sentence: I went on a long-term mission from the company side. I need to mention that the company's authorities have sent me to this mission and they have asked ...
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What is the phrase for the management's ideology in which staffs are told to perform other's responsibilities?

It happens in lot of organization. Its a management habit in some organization who think of cutting corners , that they are saving money. These management people tend to overlap responsibilities. ...
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What does Tete-a-Tete mean?

I am wondering if Tete-a-Tete has a similar meaning as mutual relation between two entities such as the following: Suicide rate and depression are Tete-a-Tete.
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Should [good at something] be understood as active or passive?

I just wrote a psychology quiz and there was a "good at" question that I did not answer correctly. I would like to ask the thread's help on this one. The question was: Is the following a behavior ...
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Are both of these phrases grammatically correct?

Are both of these phrases grammatically correct? Preparation of medicinal plant extract. or Preparation medicinal plant extract. Can both be used as headings?
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“So am I” or “So do I”?

What would be the correct way to reply to a statement such as: "I belong to this group" Would it be "So do I" or "So am I"?
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Writing a sentence starting with “To do so” in a semi-formal essay

Can I start my essay with "To do so"? Does it sound too informal? These are the sentences: the teacher could give a lecture ... To do so, they should train ...
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the meaning of “but” in the sentence quoted

These are not like the typical U.S. trade associations, which provide important services, but often services that increase the success of efficiency of individual members at the margins. Here, ...
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What does the phrase “group into” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a schedule planner app: In the app, you can easily group to-dos into projects and drag tasks within and between them. I am not sure if the word "group into" is used in ...
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Last year I took the bus to work. Since then I've taken the train

Just read this in a textbook (not written by natives I believe). Is that correct, unambiguous? I would expect "Since then I have been taking the train".
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“I was away last week” versus “I was out of town last week”

Someone asked me whether I was at home or not last week. When I say as a response, "I was away last week", or "I was out of town last week". is there any difference in the meanings? I just want to ...
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The show must have come back/come back on

So here, my mom turns to another channel,because the show I was watching went on a break. So I wanted her to turn back to my show again. So what should be used: The show must have come back. Or ...
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Is “World Top Education” correct?

Is World Top Education grammatically correct for a section label that wants to summarize that a country's education/universities are among the bests of the world?
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What is the meaning of “worked themselves out” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in a chapter in my book which was: A whole complex of emotions and issues, traditions and loyalties worked themselves out in the revolt of 1857. I am not able to figure what out ...
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How to say sarcastically “Wait for a long time (perhaps forever)”

Which one of the following phrases can be used in the context below in natural English: A) Let me go! I won't come along with you. I don't like the company of such people. B) But believe me; ...
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Clauses with “like” and “than”

He runs just like his brother. He runs just like his brother does. He runs just like his brother runs. Which sentence is grammatically correct. Also, what about these three?: He runs ...
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Does “the overall sake” mean “for the sake of the majority of people”?

I was certain that the "phrase" (the) overall sake exist until I have typed it on Google search box to find no result containing it as a whole. So, I want to know if it exists in English and if it ...
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Usage of the phrase “give-and-take”

In accordance with the Oxford's explanations: give-and-take - willingness in a relationship to accept what sb else wants and give up some of what you want: - If the dispute is to be resolved ...
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Whether a length of time should come with “for”

I came across two sentences with a similar structure. The instance is shown below. For how many weeks is the lecture series given? How many weeks of the lecture series can non-engineering ...
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Thanks yenaled!

Is "yenaled" a word in English? If yes, kindly, give me its example from any certified dictionary. My context is: One of my friends was teaching the students on Facebook about this word. As I ...
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To burn the midnight oil

Please consider the following scenario: a) I'm really jealous of him; he's a really successful engineer. b) Instead, I'm really proud to have such a colleague! You see! He's been a truly ...
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Is “One's life of them” a valid phrase?

I want to use a phrase that takes the form of possession. It may be a matter of an apostrophe with s or a usage of a possessive pronoun, I suppose. What I want the phrase to mean and indicate is that ...
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correct usage with phrases

Why doesn't just a sense work as the subject in the following sentence? Why does it need in a sense? A sense we were witnessing someone pushing boundaries and defying conventions. You could have: ...
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“Reply about” or “Reply to”

"I'll reply about this later.", is this correct grammatically and right usage of the proposition "about"? or should I have used "to"?
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What does “How come” mean?

Is How come a phrase? What does it mean? Is it formal or informal? British or American? Can I use it in anywhere?
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The meaning of “corruption of the best is the worst of all”

I have searched the web and found out that the proverbial sentence the corruption of the best is the worst of all has some Latin roots: Corruptio optimi pessima. Which apparantly is ...
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What do you call the market for a certain job?

I am not sure, but the only phrase that comes to mind is "X market" as in "janitor market", but I think it may sound odd in certain situation. Here's an example that might help understand what I mean:...
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A very slow, weak and loose person

How would you normally in informal (not vulgar) English criticise a slowpoke how normally is very loose, weak and drags his feets when it comes to performing a task and you find it really difficult to ...
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Usage of “How I wish I could…”

How and when is the phrase "How I wish I could..." used? I came across this phrase at at least two instances: How I wish he could question the Indian powers! How I wish I could. But I have a real ...
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Is “Not even an inch” considered a correct phrase?

I found the idiom "not move/budge/change an inch" used when talking about something that won't change as someone's stubborn opinion. Example from Cambridge Dictionary: She's definite that she ...
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What is the meaning of “taking in each other's washing”

Of course your existence matters to other people—your parents and others who care about you—but taken as a whole, their lives have no point either, so it ultimately doesn't matter that you matter ...
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Which types of prepositional phrase is “toward its employees” in Philosophy guiding the organization's policies towards its employees is not bad?

The philosophy that guides the organization's policies towards its employees is not bad. The philosophy guiding the organization's policies towards its employees is not bad. The organization's ...
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Is the sentence a noun phrase/clause

Is the part in bracket He is not sure (where to start a new business) A noun clause or noun phrase
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Why use “like” In the question "What is a typical home like there?

I found this Question in a student book and I can't understand why not "What is a typical home there?"
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which types of prepositional phrase is it in “ He is a man at heart?”

He is a man at heart. I love a man at/by with heart. Are they two correct? Which types of prepositional phrases are they? I mean whether they acted as adjectival or adverbial prepositional phrases?...
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What type of phrase is “Beyond a doubt” here?

Beyond a doubt this man is honest. "Beyond a doubt" seems to be a phrase here and I believe it's a noun phrase, but I'm told it's not. Its a adverb phrase how? What is it?
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Thank you email at office [closed]

Could you give me better phrases than this? The situation is that you took 1week leave for vacation and want to say thanks to coworkers. " title: Thank you Thank you so much for your assistance ...
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What's the meaning of “It came right as”?

It came right as president Trump and the Japanese Prime minister were sitting down for dinner at the president's private resor Mar-aLago in Palm Beach, Florida. In this sentence, What's the meaning ...
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It is so lovely a day

I know "such a lovely day" is definitely correct, but what do you think of "it's so lovely a day"? Is it okay as well? This part of an exercise I did in FCE use of English, 'it's so lovely day' is ...
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“Take to the streets,” “take it to the street,” and “take it to the streets”

According to online dictionaries, take to the streets and take it to the street are idiomatic. As defined in the Free Dictionary, Take it to the street: to tell everyone about your problems. ...
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How should I understand “is its own”?

In general I do not understand the usage of "is its own" in a sentence. For example how should I understand "is its own" in the following sentence? Since the hand of a clock is its own clearly ...
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Using an infinitive in subordinate clause

The Infinitive phrase may be subject: For you to learn English is good subjective complement: My desire is for my family to be happy object: I consider it better for children to learn ...
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Preposition: its peak is (at) by the end of a/the day

What is the correct preposition and phrase here: Overall, the highest number in terms of consumption of energy is in winter and its peak is by the end of THE day in England Vs. Overall, the ...
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A phrase ”follow into" in a context

I'm a (an old style) basketball fan and when I was reading this article And I encountered this line, Walton inherited a team that was ripped to the studs by Kobe Bryant's retirement tour and ...
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In hindsight VS Come to think of it

How should I differentiate "in hindsight" from "come to think of it"? For me, both mean identical as it sounds like "now that I'm looking back"? For instance, how the following sentences semantically ...