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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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Parsing …, I must say

“I see you are not to be distracted. Very well, the Stone. Professor Quirrell did not manage to take it from you. I arrived in time to prevent that, although you were doing very well on your own, ...
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a poet and a writer OR a poet and writer - Which expression is correct?

Are there any rules for this phrases? I don't see the difference between these phrases. ① Although better known today as a poet and a writer, Kelly wrote the lyrics to more than 534 popular songs. ② ...
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have on outdoor clothes/outerwear

Let's say you are currently wearing clothes only appropriate for indoor or should I say ''only good when your at home clothes'', and then your mother has asked you to: have on outdoor clothes or ...
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What is the correct order in the phrase “ If I just could get…” or “ If I could just get…”?

I want to know the correct order of the words just and could in phrases like If I just could get without any trouble I would appreciate it or If I could just get ... Which part of grammar ...
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What's it worth [closed]

I found a phrase 'What's it worth?' written after a question asking is someone is willing to do something. Am I right in thinking that it's another way of saying 'What do you have to lose?'
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Is it correct to say “Mother is my life”?

I need this phrase for some design as today is Mother's day. Basically, I want to say: My mother is my life. This is the graphic I designed which inspired me Is “My mother is my life” ...
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How do we interpret “How do you know?”

It may seem a rather strange question, however, not all foreign learners can understand and interpret the phrase (or part of it) "How do you know?" correctly. I mean, when we ask "How big is it?" - ...
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Can I say “I have been dedicated my work”?

I know "I am dedicated to my work" is a correct sentence. Then, in order to express for a long time and imply that it is about to change something, can I say "I have been dedicated my work for 30 ...
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What does “As in” in here?

“Didn’t you hear me? A bride, Cinder. As in, a princess.” “As in, not going to happen. He’s only, what? Nineteen?” Source I looked it up, and it seems to mean "for example" or "such as"; but ...
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Next up vs up next

When you watch TV programs such as British Got Talent, the TV hosts sometimes say: ''Next up is the talented singer from...'' (performers number or sequencing method kind of thing) Whereas, when ...
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Turn into, Change to or Become

Is this a correct statement? As the parameter increases, the distribution turns from right-skewed into left-skewed. Or should I use As the parameter increases, the distribution changes from ...
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What's the right way of saying this?

I want to know the right way of saying the following phrase: 1, "Account holder name." 2, "Account's holder name." I would like to know which of previous phrases is correct and if there is a ...
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Relative by blood

Does English has a term called ''relative by blood''? Let's say you are reminding your relative that: ''I ain't just like the others, coz I am your relative... by blood'' There's ''blood relative'...
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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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Usage of vice versa

First sentence: If I know the value of A, I can reach the value of B. Second sentence: If I know the value of B, I can reach the value of A. How can I combine these two sentences in one sentence ? ...
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Demoted by two(ranking)

Let's say my hometown used to be the number 1 in terms of cleanliness, but now we are third in ranking. Then I say: "We're not number 1 anymore, we got demoted by 2 and now in number 3 in ranking." ...
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Before Every Rise, There's (a) Fall

I'm using this as a tagline to my project. I'm not sure if there should be an article before the word "Fall" here. Is the article appropriate, or not? "Before Every Rise, There's a Fall" or "...
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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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Worth all of these(phrase)

Buck, said in the movie to Captain America: (when Captain America tries to save his friend despite some costs) ''I dont know if I'm worth all of these Steve...'' I know the meaning, but did I get ...
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Opposing cars pass each other?

Let's say this is my hometown's narrow road. Further, can I say: "My hometown's road should be widened, because everytime opposing vehicles pass each other, they are always having a hard time to ...
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Verbo-nominal complexes

I got this one question for my English exam but I don´t understand what is meant by those expressions. Please could someone explain to me what the expression verbo-nominal complexes stands for. ...
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'had began’ vs. 'had begun' [closed]

In the short story "In the Eye of the Beholder" by Jeffrey Archer there's a sentence that goes: By the time Gian Lorenzo had began his apprenticeship, Paolo had been appointed captain of Roma. ...
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Let's head for vs Let's head to

I wanted to use something different than "Let's go to the party", so I tried "Let's head to the party", but then, I found other examples with "Let's head for the party." I wonder which one is more ...
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'have the time' vs 'have time'

I would like to use the phrase "Have you had time to look at my draft?" in American English, and I'm wondering if I need to use "the" before time. I couldn't found an explicit answer to my question. ...
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Who was/were “going by”?

For decades, China was the world's largest importer of waste — a status that many countries took for granted, going by the reaction to Beijing's surprise decision to stop taking in 24 types of ...
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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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Can the phrase “have got to know” have two meanings

Recently I have stumbled across a phrase mankind has got to know his limitations but could not really understand it. I'm confused by "has got to know" and how I should distinguish some words here. ...
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What is the right phrase to express “I speed up and repair slow computers”?

I want to express that I speed up and repair slow computers but I am not sure what phrase I should use. If I wouldn't want to use the word "Slow", then the phrase Computer speed up and repair ...
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Do you understand mom/mother?

Why can we use 'dad' and 'mom' standalone, but should use a pronoun or an article with 'father' and 'mother'? For instance when brother and sister are speaking. Do you understand mom? Do you ...
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“Are we supposed to be out here?”

“Are we supposed to be out here?” I ask, noticing the deep feet prints we’re leaving in our wake. What does “Are we supposed to be out here?” mean?
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Thanks yenaled!

I am very sorry to ask you people about this question. My question is: Is "yenaled" a word in English? If yes, kindly, give me its example from any certified dictionary. My context is: One of my ...
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Blah, blah, blah

We use "blah, blah, blah" to mean "and other words that mean very little". For example, The critics always say, "There’s no melody, the words are stupid, blah, blah, blah." What's the origin of blah, ...
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It shouldn't take a fool to see that I believe. Meaning

"It shouldn't take a fool to see that I believe". Trying to understand this phrase from Iron Maiden's song. I can't catch the meaning of it. It shouldn't be "No need to be fool to see that I believe"...
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Use of “purpose” in a question

During study Business-English I am wondering about the use of "purpose" in a "What" Question. For what purposes should this be ? What purposes should this be for ? Are both sentences / ...
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accord sth with sth? [closed]

North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency also confirmed the visit, saying Kim was "accorded cordial hospitality with utmost sincerity to him in token of warm comradely friendship and ...
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“briefed them on ” or “on the meeting”?

The White House said in a statement that the Chinese government briefed them on the meeting Tuesday. Which part is connected "on"?
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hold onto something

I don’t know if she’s just mad that they left her out of the practical joke war or if she’s just trying to put on a brave face, but for the first time since I’ve met her, I feel a connection with ...
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How to use compare word in a sentence

I would like to write one good sentence about comparing outputs of two models. Here is an example, This part aims to compare the output of the first model with the output of the second model. Is ...
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for or to in a sentence

I would like to understand the way of using for and to in my sentences. For example, In the following sentence, I would like to say that I use this experiment to test the performance of my model ...
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Happy to hear that!/ Great to hear that!/ Glad to hear that!

I'd like to express (via text message) that I'm happy/glad to hear that you'd like to work with us as a volunteer. I omitted the rest of the sentence (about volunteering work) because I have mentioned ...
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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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sufficient requirement vs sufficient condition

First of all , is this sentence correct? If not , how could I rephrase it? -I hope this is a sufficient requirement to make me have a good and interesting chat with you Does " sufficient requirement ...
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Is it “sloped ceiling/roof”, “sloping ceiling/roof” or “slanted ceiling/roof”?

Googling these terms shows all of these terms appear to be in use. Which ones are correct/commonly accepted?
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Adding too much information makes your main point less standing out, what is a good phrase for that?

I'm a Ph.D student, my adviser always asks me to add more things to my paper. So yesterday, when I argued with him, I was saying "You know, I just think adding too much information can actually make ...
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It might be a stupid question but

I have read and heard these kinds of sentences or utterances many times: "It might be a stupid question but can fish breath?" "I don´t know how to say this but you should change your life!" I don´t ...
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…what they once were(phrase)

Now that conservationists are around, things are returning to what they once were. If synonymous with: Now that conservationists are around, things are returning to what they were before. Are the ...
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Not stopping at a STOP sign

Is there a street verb or an idiomatic saying that's used to say that a vehicle passed the (red traffic) light or a STOP sign without stopping?
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“Mail something”, “Send something in the/by mail”

Are the following phrases correct? To mail a package To send something, other than an envelope, in the mail To put something, other than an envelope, in the mail for someone To send something, ...
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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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“Not much to it” meaning

What does "not much to it" adds to a sentence? Is it something like "it was nothing, there wasn't meaning to it" kind of thing? Context: "Me and her hung out a few times shortly after mom passed away,...