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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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Go down the hall meaning? (For giving directions)

When I asked for the directions to the HR's cubicle, I got this reply: Go down the hall then take the first left, You will find the HR's cubicle there. (I don't remember exactly what he said.) I ...
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A phrase to describe someone's immediate liking toward some negative activity?

How to describe someone's immediate liking toward some negative activity? For example, in the example below, I was told that "He took an instant liking to bullying" doesn't sound well: When this ...
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What does “I cannot be more thankful” mean?

What does "I cannot be more thankful" mean? I want to say that I am very thankful for having this opportunity. Can I say something like the following? ... and I cannot be more thankful for having ...
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to think things through for oneself

I came across the following sentence and I would like ask to if it is grammatically correct? There is a phrase " to think through" which means to think carefully over something and there is a phrase "...
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Take credit for work they didn't contribute to(phrase)

In this World, some people do act like they did something amazing, wherein they didn't even have contributions to it. Putting it this way: ''Some people take credit for work they didn't even have ...
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Switch back (to) use(ing)

I was trying to find some information on using "to + Ving" The following was the closest I got, but I still have a question. In the following snippet out of context: ...which causes him to switch ...
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What does 'to assume the first chair' mean? [closed]

No further back than 1834, Professor William P. Dewees assumed the first chair of obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania. What is the meaning of 'assume' here? What does 'to assume the first ...
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what's the meaning of “in the spirit of Hegel”?

I want to know what "in the spirit of Hegel" means. What does it mean in the context of philosophy I tried spirit but it didn't help me understand.
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What is the meaning of 'a little too + adjective'? [duplicate]

What is the meaning of the phrase "a little too + adjective" ? For example: This is a little too hard for me. Does it mean same as: This is slightly hard for me. ? How are the following ...
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Pulling teeth vs Pulling nails

So, my friend said "getting a compliment out of X is like pulling teeth". Somehow I always remembered that expression as "pulling nails with a plier". He pointed that the expression doesn't exists. So ...
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Phrase:I can't remember what (_something_) WAS THAT/IS THAT

Let's say you are watching a video clip, then while watching, there is a portion that suddenly reminds you of a book. You know that book but you can't recall its name. And you say: "I can't ...
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What are the meaning of “put to bare” in the sentence and the meaning of the sentence?

the context is as follows ...or complex moment where ethical reasoning skill will be put to bare where they will have opportunity to discuss online their reactions to that particular film... First,...
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“Call in sick” meaning [closed]

I always drank until past midnight, and there we'd sit, at 5 a.m. in the morning, waiting to get on the clock, waiting for some regular to call in sick. In here what does "to call in sick" mean
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Is 'to avoid company' a correct expression?

I am trying to convey the next message: Being an introvert doesn't mean [avoiding company/to avoid company]. Is it correct to use 'to avoid company' in the meaning of 'to be alone, to keep ...
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What is the meaning of “Although we may seem worlds away, I hope you know I am right there with you.”?

What is the meaning of this sentence? Can anyone explain it to me please: Although we may seem worlds away, I hope you know I am right there with you. I tried to google it and I understood that ...
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“To solution, …” and also “To this problem, … ” are these even proper phrases?

Consider this phrase: "To solution, an equation is derived to describe the particle motion." And also this phrase: "To this problem, the new proposed method can reduce the weight of the payload ...
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What does “high to take care” mean?

I need to translate an item from a questionnaire: “My parents were too drunk or high to take care of the family.”, but I don't understand the part "... or high to take care ...". How to understand the ...
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Why isn't a possessive pronoun used in some phrases before the word 'mind'?

Is there a reason why we don't normally put a possessive pronoun before the word 'mind' in some phrases? For example, it is not used in the phrases come to mind keep in mind but it is used in some ...
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“the US hegemony” or “US hegemony”?

Which sentence is correct, why? There are countries that think they must follow their own interests by forming an alliance against the US hegemony. There are countries that think they must ...
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in the name of vs on sb's name

a fully paid ticket on the applicant’s name will be required a driving licence in the name of William Sanders I think these two phrasings (on the someone's name and in the name of someone) mean ...
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Any more than that?

"the mental constitution of crowds is not to be learnt merely by a study of their crimes, any more than that of an individual by a mere description of his vices." is "any more than that" in this ...
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Uisng “go so far as to” with location not thing

The phrase "go so far as to" say or do something, is common. But if I want to describe extreme distance such as traveling to a distant country. Can I use something like: I could not imaging I could ...
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Meaning of the phrase “little too”?

Does the phrase 'little too' mean same as 'very', or is it mild form of very ? For instance, I am little too comfortable talking to you. Does it mean same as 'I am very comfortable talking to you' ?
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Where/what you get yourself into

a person is inquiring about another person's decision on being included in a bridesmaid thing, then he asked: Inquirer: Are you sure you know where you get yourself into with this whole ...
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Meaning of “roll down” in “Bill and I rolled down the runway not knowing whether this airplane would leave the runway in a controlled manner”

In a book I'm reading there is a phrase "roll down" as follows: When we checked the airplane again in the morning, it had been repaired - it turned out two wires had been crossed. My RIO, Bill ...
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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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expression “to be the date of birth”

In her akward TED talk, Christen Reighter talks about physiological exams for her bodily autonomy. She mentions: I wanted to give that doctor every piece of evidence that I was not the date of ...
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“Asking price” vs. “Asked price”

Why is the phrase “asking price” instead of “asked price”? Asking price: is the amount of money asked by a seller, so why isn’t "asked price” instead of “asking price” because the price is asked not ...
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I know there is difference between “grow” and “grow up”, but it is hard for me to tell when it comes to an example

It is said in some dictionaries that "grow" means to increase in amount, size, number, or strength, while "grow up" means one changes from being a child into being an adult or to stop behaving in a ...
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multiple phrases connected with comma

I aspire to help organizations achieve their goals by solving the issues in the areas of customer focus, employee engagement, adapting for change, managing in complex environment and work-life ...
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“This is that, as a native English speaker”?

Sometimes I stumble upon sentences like "As a native English speaker the most natural way to say..." (https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/201348) or "It [the expression] sounds more natural, as a ...
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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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'used to' in a sentence

Is it correct to end a sentence with 'used to'? Ex : You have to find a new shop when you are no longer able to go to the shop that you have used to. or should it be; You have to find a new ...
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how to write an offer like this one?

In "kids" offer, you can get the "kids meal" and another meal. For this other meal, you can choose between "Chicken meal" or "Beef meal". I feel like using the phrases (Another meal) and (for this ...
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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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'I'd appreciate you copied me in the e-mail'? [closed]

Is it correct to say: 'I'd appreciate you copied me in the e-mail?' If not, then why and what is the correct phrase?
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Paraphrase of a sentence

In computer science, there are two structures which are arrays and lists. New elements can be expanded, which means that we can add new elements to the lists. However, the arrays are fixed-size ...
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What does “wish can stay longer yet too busy” mean?

What does this sentence, "wish can stay longer yet too busy", mean in simple English? What phrase does it use? The "can...yet" confuses me.
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noun phrases functioning as adverbials

Could you tell me which one is correct and the meaning of each sentence: Yesterday, I went to the place you had recommended. I went to the place you had recommended yesterday. I went to the ...
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Describing affection to one person only and not anyone else

What is the word or phrase for showing affection to one person only and not anyone else? For example my parents are buying things only for my brother and not me.... What is the word or phrase for ...
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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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“A better future tomorrow” vs “a better tomorrow”?

I need to write something like this on a poster: Save (the?) Environment Today For a Better (Future) Tomorrow Basically I want to say: Save environment (resources) today so that we can live better ...
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What is the meaning of 'Past the point'?

I'm not a native english speaker and I'm still learning english, I've heard this word from the movie I've watched recently its called 13 reasons why and the sentence goes like 'And I'm glad I was past ...
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Does the phrase of “I love when” is considered normal in English?

When I want to show my love to something that is done by someone, can I say "I love when you wear belt / when you sing / when you talk quietly." Does I have to add some word (maybe pronoun like ...
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Saying “You neither” as a response

I want to know if it's correct to say "you neither" in the context below This is an informal conversation between "A" and "B" A: You didn't wake up early. B: You neither (meaning B is saying ...
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Are these three phrases identical in meaning?

Watch out for Look out for (be on the lookout for) Keep an eye out for I'm interested in whether these phrases have identical meaning or whether they are different. From most that I've found out, all ...
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If I say 'I wish the world full of love', does it sound awkward?

I try to say "We wish the world full of love, not hatred full of mercy, not discrimination full of possibility and hope, not exclusion" during the podium speech, and I am not sure if this sounds ...
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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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How to describe directed mimics?

Is there a phrase for making a specific expression towards someone? How can I say something like: Jonas made his sexy face towards the cashier? Jonas threw his sexy face at her? Jonas ...
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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 ...