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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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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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“make it a point to get to know my teammates in Lithuania” Redundant?

Hello as always thank you for your constant support from the bottom of my heart. I happened to be reading an article about a basketball player in Lithuania, and encountered naive phrase which I wrote ...
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Can “In a sense” be used as “On the one hand”?

Is it okay if I start a sentence with the phrase "In a (or one) sense" instead of "On one hand" while comparing two things? If so, what about usage of "On the other hand" in starting the counterpoint?
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What does the phrase “weigh down” mean here?

Here is a sentence from an adventure game: In the game, you use your enemy's corpse as bridges and to weigh down pressure plates, providing cover from spears-firing traps – sometimes for ...
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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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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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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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what's the meaning of 【catch basins】right here?

I just not sure about the sentence below, which I read in an online article discussing the American atheists: "The shift away from any dominance of any one religion is good for a secular society ...
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Is it implant into or onto?

Is it implant into or onto? I am asking, because the example I have in mind seems to invite the use of the alternative wording "implant onto". Here's the example: The surgeons implanted a mole ...
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Concerning the meaning of “week for week, month for month, year for year”

Does the expression in bold within: “The human ability to understand capitulates when faced with the sheer number of deaths, week for week, month for month, year for year,” Judge Bührmann said. ...
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What does this “put nose in someone's life” mean?

"Why should I put my nose in his life" I read this in article of apathetic co-worker. What exactly it mean?
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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 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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What's the negation of “Sooner or later”?

I find the following sentence in need for the "Sooner or later" but in its negative form. The sentence: This is what I don't intend in disclosing. Not sooner or later. The speaker wants to ...
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What does the phrase “add stakes” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a platform game app: Without any doubt, it’s a great way to add stakes to the platforming. The game has a revised gameplay in which a player can start from the most recent ...
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The usage of the phrase “every other”

We know that "every other" means not each one in a series, but every two. For instance: The conference used to be held every year, but now it takes place every other year. But can we say for ...
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Does saying “have good holidays” sound weird?

When you wish someone to have a good weekend, you say, "Have a good weekend!". But what about wishing someone to have good holidays? Does "have good holidays" sound weird? I'm just asking because I ...
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Correct usage of the phrase “which, in turn.”

His empire created the foundation for the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, which in turn, had their own great works.
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The more buckets are allocated, the less the load factor gets

I was writing an answer on StackOverflow and came up with this sentence The more buckets are allocated, the less the load factor gets. (x ?) It sounds a bit off to me because of "the more buckets"....
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How to quick understand in continuous parentheses?

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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“on the verge” Vs “on the edge” Vs “At the edge” Vs “at the verge”

I know this can be flagged as off topic, because it a bit broad, but let me give it a try. Is there any difference between these phrases: on the verge of on the edge of at the verge of at the edge ...
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Difference between 'way back then' and 'way back when'

Can anyone here please tell me the difference between 'way back then' and 'way back when' ? Thanks, Vivek
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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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“Could you” question vs “Would you” question

I read in a book that in a situation where you are asked to join a club activity so politely that you cannot turn it down, “Could you join us?” is more polite than “Would you join us?”. Why is that? I’...
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“Looking for answers in…” - does “in” mean “related to”?

I found a similar phrase in a title where they used "in": Looking for Answers in Life? Although I have read the article to figure out what in does really mean, in the end, I came up with two ...
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This is one of the hardest books in the world to understand

That's the original sentence. This is one of the hardest books in the world to understand. What do you think the function of "to understand" is ? I think it is connected to a whole noun phrase "...
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Is this Name? vs Are you Name?

My friend requested me to meet him on Skype. And I searched him on Skype with his ID. The ID is matched but the account name isn't in English. So, I just want to make sure that he is Peter or not. I ...
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Usage/understanding of “holding it all”?

In the Off Camera Show (timestamp), Brit Marling says today many people take many photos a day as a way to say I'm here, I'm alive and I'm holding it all. Is this a way to express someone has ...
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Noun phrases after the en dash

Some polls showed the party could win just seven percent of the vote - their lowest share in history. Some polls showed the party could win just seven percent of the vote - the party's lowest ...
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Can we omit age from “at the age of 10” and say “at 10”? Is that informal?

I am wondering what's the difference between I started to walk at three and the following variants: I started to walk at the age three. I started to walk at age of three. I started to ...
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The usage of “run a mile” in a sentence

The phrase "run a mile" means: To try to avoid a situation or a person because you are embarrassed or frightened. Based on this definition, I wonder if you could let me know whether the following ...
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Difference between warm wishes and wishes?

When should I use Thanks! for your warm wishes or Thanks! for your wishes? As I understand it, thanks! for your warm wishes means that your wishes are taken heartily. Also, I can use thanks! for your ...
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Does it sound natural?

Some were made to cry. Others, to make others cry Does it sound natural? If not, how would you write it? I feel like there is something wrong with it, it's a literal traslation from my mother tongue (...
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“If you are to survive, you must believe"

I have read this phrase in a Book(American Gods): “If you are to survive, you must believe" And it sounds very strange to me. I actually didn't get the actual meaning of the phrase. This sentence: "...
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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 ...