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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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“I love you so”

I've encountered (in songs, mostly) the phrase "I love you so". I understand what it means, but I can't make grammatical sense of it. It's very different in meaning from "I think so" or "I told you so"...
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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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Meaning of “lazy common sense” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: Lazy common sense holds that the minority must understand the historical injustice done to Hindus by their ancestors and atone for it. How would you ...
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Can the phrase “air pocket” be used figuratively?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: With its most ordered plane's fate undecided, Boeing may well be heading towards an air pocket. Merriam Webster dictionaries define "air pocket" as a ...
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What is the meaning of “war capacity of an aircraft”?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: The photocopying of sensitive documents on the war capacity of the Rafale combat aircraft and their leakage is a conspiracy. What is the meaning of "...
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The meaning of the “at the of”

In the following article by The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/2387900/New-man-at-the-of-IMG.html I stumbled upon the following phrase (in the title of the article): "New man at the of ...
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Which PG rated movies use the F-word? [closed]

I've noticed a lot of PG movies in the 80s and in the 70s use the F-word. Can anyone know?
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Meaning of - Forgivable lapse in your circumstances

What does the above sentence mean ? Context: Me - I got up late today. Friend - It is a forgivable lapse in your circumstances. Is the above sentence correct? I feel it is not but I'm not able to ...
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Meaning of “on the block” in this context

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: Like all playgrounds, even YouTube has its popular kids on the block. According to most of the dictionaries, "on the block" means "up for auction". Does ...
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Does the phrase “more obvious” mean “just barely noticeable among many” in certain contexts?

Let me add some context here: In Frank Herbert’s Dune, there is this sentence: “I know the Dark Things and the ways of the Great Mother,” Jessica said. She read the more obvious signs in Mapes’ ...
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What does the last phrase 'when a sphere' mean?

link to the book At the Mountains of Madness I encountered this sentence and can only guess what it means, but I want to know for sure They were normally shapeless entities composed of a viscous ...
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Have your birthday in December,Birthday in December

Someone was conducting a survey on people who have December Birthdays. So he said: 1.What does it feel like to have you birthday in December? 2.What does it feel like to have a December birthday? 3....
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One political utterance

During a debate in the House of Lords on affairs in Morocco, at a moment when that country, for the fifth time in seven years, had brought half Europe to the verge of war, he had interpolated the ...
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How to know the relative frequency of equal or almost equal phrases in casual speech?

For example: Once in a while Now and then Dictionaries don't provide labeling for every phrase in terms of whether it's formal, informal, slang, etc.
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Are “respect, honour, esteem” synonymous to “lose face”?

According to Oxford Dictionaries, "lose face" means: Be humiliated or come to be less highly respected And esteem, honour, and respect were given as synonyms. They seem contradictory to me if not ...
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Meaning of “no more right”

Man has no more right to say an uncivil thing than to act one According to me the meaning of this phrase is: Man has equal right to say an uncivil thing and to act an uncivil thing. Am I right?
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“I think it strange that ..” — is the phrase correct or does it miss a verb before 'it'?

I think it strange that there is no one on the street at this time of the day. In the above sentence, I think, a verb is missing; and should be corrected as; I think it is strange that there is ...
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How to say in english something like this

When you talk about conditions, for example: I would rather have done something than ..... and someone tells you: You don't need to make such a choice. (you already are in a good position, so ...
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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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“Pay off” vs. “pay up”

Merriam-Webster - Definition of "Pay Off" (transitive verb) to pay (a debt or a creditor) in full Merriam-Webster - Definition of "Pay Up" (transitive verb) to pay in full According to the ...
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Between “the” and “firefighter” which one do you native speakers think of firstly when you say “the firefighter”?

"The firefighter saved a kid from the fire." I've just learnt a sort of curious notion. Generally, it is said that 'the firefighter' is a noun phrase "NP". But, somaone said that's a determinative ...
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Do the phrases 'at all costs', 'no matter what happens' or 'in any case' mean the same thing?

I wanted to express my strong will and eagerness to achieve something (e.g 'I will destroy them',) So I came up with these 3 phrases : 'at all costs', 'no matter what happens' or 'in any case' to at ...
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If he was half as crazy as his father , then he was

From the book "the 100 year old man who climbed out of the window~" On the page 37 If he was half as crazy as his father , then he was capable of anything was how Mr. Wholesale Gustavsson saw it,...
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Phrase for describing a cable without a connector at the end

I've been translating a truck scale description in a business offer letter, and the specification table there, listing the five parts comprising the prospective order, says on line five: Cable for ...
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What does “all that” mean in this context?

Source: 6 Minute English - What’s in a name? That's what we're talking about in this 6 Minute English. A husband taking a wife's name after marriage. All that, six related words and our quiz ...
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What is the phrase used here: He wore his arms off grabbing things first

I read an article and there are two sentences in it: "He wore his arms off grabbing things first. He wore his legs off pushing in every place first." I look up "wear off " in the M-W dictionary, ...
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Opposite for as much as possible

what's the opposite for the phrase Students try to do as much as possible can i say Students try to do as less as possible ?
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“concern of ”or “concern about”

I want to say I'm worrying about something Which one should I use,either “concern of something” or “concern about something”? Thanks for your answering.
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Does this sentence make sense? - would expect to receive

Could someone please check if the following sentence makes sense/correct? As discussed earlier, there is one more video in the pipeline you would expect to receive by the end of September. It ...
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can you say “ he will be joining the company in the position of”?

Can you say "he will be joining the company in the position of.."? If not, what is better?
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Take out innocence (phrase)

How do you correctly express this in English: Unsupervised internet browsing of a child can take out their innocence when they get exposed to pornography. I believe this is a useful phrase. ...
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Is “the result of which…” correct?

I wonder if I can use "the result of which" in a sentence. My sentence is as follows: "John lacks the ability to focus for a long period of time, the result of which is reflected in the poor ...
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Alternatives for “It's been long since we met”

Let's assume person A and B have been apart for decades and they finally meet now. Then A might say "It has been long since we met." and this is correct. But I'm wondering, as alternatives, if ...
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Are the phrases “such so that” and “such that” synonymous?

The following sentence come from Drag Shergi Mysteries : The Complete Collection by Kimberly Vogel: The room was such so that there was a lounge at first. Now, I read this sentence and was ...
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Phrasing in résumé/CV

I want to list this in my résumé: In an invited talk, I explained the application of X technique and then demonstrated with example A. My current phrasing is Invited talk on the application of X ...
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Adjective preposition phrase vs adverb preposition phrase

I'm good Chicago is on the northest tip of Illinois. I'm confuse, in first sentence, "Good" as an adjective, modify subject "I", or linking verb 'IS". If "Good" modify subject "I", then what the ...
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How to use 'my own self' in this sentence?

Would you say "My own self is doing his homework" or "My own self is doing my homework"? Or is it wrong to use "my own self" in this way? Technically, I think it should be possible even if not widely ...
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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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Understanding phrases

The girl running in the wood is my sister. In the above sentence, 1. The girl running in the wood 2. Running in the wood 3. In the wood What types of phrases are these?
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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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What does it mean by “in craftsmanship”

In an article about Bach, the author wrote: No one ever showed so many ingenious and unusual ideas as he in elaborate pieces such as ordinarily seem dry exercises in craftsmanship. I could ...
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what's the meaning of - He looks like he's on something

In the context of him being angry and disoriented, it means he's on some drug, right? Google didn't help me
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Better way to say “ensure that the job is done right”? [closed]

I'm copy editing a contract proposal and the last part of final paragraph of the executive summary says "x y and z ... ensure that job is done right." This is a bit bland. Any suggestions on how to ...
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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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The bigger the sales and the higher the sales /are

Let's say you are asked about how teamwork can affect the sales of a company. You say: I believe the stronger our team is, the bigger our rewards and the higher our sales will be. (My construction) ...
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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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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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Set store by improved or improving?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: The Narendra Modi government has set much at store by India's improved ranking in terms of the EDB index. Shouldn't there be "improving" instead of "...
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“Born and bred” split over the sentence

The phrase Michael, born and bred in London, is a scientist from Cambridge. is clear. He was born and I grew up in that city (I do not know the origins of the word bred, but I trust it to mean ...
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Which one is correct? “to ask someone for a date” or “to ask someone on a date”?

It is not easy to decide for a non-native speaker, so I want to ask which one is the right one: "To ask someone for a date" or "to ask someone on a date"? Or are both of them correct? Thanks