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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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What is the difference between “for once”, “this time” and “this time around”?

What is the difference between for once, this time and this time around? For example: My previous attempts to pass the exam failed, but for once I somehow managed to pass it. My previous ...
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You keep me hanging on

What is actually the phasal verb in a sentence: You keep me hanging on "Keep on" or "hang on"? What do we have here? Double phrasal verb? I am trying to figure this out for a while today... This is ...
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'Call up' - what does 'up' mean?

call up : to make a phone call to a person or a place Call up and make a reservation for eight o'clock. Can you call up for me and tell them I'm sick? In these sentences, I don't know what does '...
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can't understand in what situation to use want vs wants

I have a sentence "Creative mind that want to develop in every possible way" I reacted to the word "want" and thought it should be "wants" but I don't really know why, or if it's even correct to ...
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What does the phrase “pull down on” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a task management app: The app allows you to add tasks in several ways and in one of them you can pull down on a list to put a task to the top. I am not sure about the ...
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What does the phrase “knowing humor” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "knowing humor" in the following sentence: "The whole thing is shot through with the knowing humour from the TV show, plus that same over-the-top ...
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How to say someone couldn't hold themselves not to laugh?

From the jerking at the corners, one could tell he had a hard time holding the laugh until he finally let it on. Are jerking at the corners (meaning the mimics funny things pressure us into) let on ...
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Apologizing informally

Is it appropriate to say 'Sorry for making this hard for you'? Some context: We tried to set up a time to meet but we have conflicting schedules so we decided to meet later at night.
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The meaning of “within view of”

I have always understood "with view of someone" to mean can be seen by someone. But I have seen several sentences where the phrase seemingly means can see something from a vantage point, e.g.: The ...
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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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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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Picking out Adverb Phrases from the given sentence

He strove with all his might to escape According to my Wren and Martin textbook, with all his might is an adverb phrase in the given sentence. But what is to escape? Is it an adverb phrase as well?
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What is the difference between “go up to something” and “go over to something” in the sense of approaching something?

What is the difference between the following sentences? He went up to the table to grab some cake. He went over to the table to grab some cake. If the phrases have identical meanings, could ...
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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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Do we have to use adjective complements just after adjectives?

Examples: I had already been very sorry but with your behaviour, I was extremely disappointed. (Instead of "but I was extremely disappointed with your behaviour") I was good at software ...
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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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“as great as has”

Which sentence is more correct and why? Einstein is as great a scientest as HAS ever lived. Or, Einstein is as great a scientist as ever lived.
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Is The preferred followed by a singular or plural noun

Would you say The preferred Swiss chocolates OR The preferred Swiss chocolate
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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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Is “Thanks for understanding” proper English?

I usually see this in non-English speaking countries. Examples: The park is closed for maintenance. Thanks for understanding. I'm currently out of office, please address my backup. Thank you ...
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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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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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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'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 “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 “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 “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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How to quickly understand mutliple continuous parenthetical phrases?

The problem comes when I try to understand (multiple) continuous parentheses, for example: Summary of text leading up to this: someone purpose to eliminate 13 majors about humanities since they are ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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Does it make sense to say “with the exam passed”?

I wonder if the sentence such makes sense? "I left the school with the exam (whatever this exam may be) passed" The part I am not sure about is the phrase "with the exam passed". I would like to ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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