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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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Which subject does the participle phrase refer to in the sentence?

Small wonder, when he would fuel himself with seven pints of lager and his “magic” Coke, swigged from a litre bottle topped up with vodka, to “get his nerves in shape”. I have a question about this ...
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Substitute phrase for “no-nonsense approach” [closed]

I am writing a biography blurb and I am looking for a phrase to substitute her no-nonsense approach
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“Take to the streets,” “take it to the street,” and “take it to the streets”

According to online dictionaries, take to the streets and take it to the street are idiomatic. As defined in the Free Dictionary, Take it to the street: to tell everyone about your problems. ...
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How would you ask a person to remove one hand from a shirt?

My wife is studying nursing in Canada and she was puzzled the other day as to how to ask a patient to only remove a single hand from one of the sleeves. The entire sweater could not be removed because ...
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Is “What is on on TV” correct?

I am from Poland and my private teacher said that the phrase "What is on TV?" is grammatically incorrect and she told me about phrase "What is on on TV?" which is according to her grammatically ...
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how to use “To start with and To finish with” in a sentence?

Is it correct to use these two phrases at the very beginning of a sentence, followed by a coma. For example,"To start with / To finish with, let's cook the eggs!" Thanks for your help.
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Impressive swelling capacity of grain when being cooked

How to describe a grain-food i.e. rice having impressive capacity to swell when being cooked. Especially when it has more capacity when compared with others (varities) of its' kind on same measure ...
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Is it “lock a deal” or “lock up a deal” or “lock in a deal”?

Let's lock (up/in) that deal. I can't find any lexical support for any of these usages. I especially looked at the Free Dictionary's phrases, but nothing under lock up or lock in is relevant. There'...
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“I've never used to before”, is it right form? [closed]

"I've never used to before", is it right form? I wanna know how to say when something that didn't enjoy at previous time.
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As much as possible to the left/right?

How can I tell someone to stay to the right? Or go to the right? Should it be: Stay(go) as much as possible to the right/left. Stay(go) as far as possible to the right/left. If none of the ...
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Help me explain the phrase “After you” [closed]

A friend of mine who's learning english asked what the phrase "after you" means and I said it is used in polite situations as another way of saying "I will do something after you do it" I've never ...
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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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Use of the phrase 'The fact that '

Is the use of the phrase The fact that correct here? The fact that you made a joke about black Americans by comparing them to people who smoke weed and are always high, shows the preconceptions ...
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“Go off” vs. “go” when describing an event

I don't hear "go off" very often used in conjunction with "event" to mean "to happen." What is the difference between It's amazing that our party went off so well! and It's amazing that our ...
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Is it “How does my soul taste?” or “How does my soul tastes”?

I'm having a debate between my friends and my English teacher, it came up during a practice conversation in class and I said that "How does my soul taste" and they proceeded to correct me by saying ...
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What is armchair science?

I sometimes read the adjective armchair used together with some scientific discipline. For example, armchair physics, armchair biology, armchair chemistry. From the usage I've seen I get at least ...
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How to tell “that I am not against/countering your opinion” politely? [closed]

The one situation that happens most of the time, when I converse with my Boss was that When he misunderstands some point and talks from that view and if I want to correct him, He mistakes me that I am ...
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“Hobby time” is it meaningful phrase?

For one of my FB post I titled "Became a hobby time Android app developer" Here, I got a doubt, is "hobby time" correct phrase?
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Please teach me whether the infinitive phrase is grammatically correct or not

At Studfiles, I have found [People who will go to the concert next month must buy tickets in advance. →People going to the concert next month must buy tickets in advance.}, but I wonder whether to-go ...
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What does the phrase 'I speak the most Italian' mean and what's its structure?

After re-watching the Inglorious Bastards for the 100th time, I stumbled upon this phrase said by Pitt's charachter: 'I speak the most Italian'. I understand what the phrase means, but I'm not sure ...
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all the way (through) meaning in given contenxt

I haven't watched the movie all the way through. I haven't watched the movie all the way. I haven't watched the movie all the way to the end. I haven't watched the movie to the end. Do all these ...
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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've ever had as a company?

We now have the best cars and trucks we’ve ever had as a company The last part of the sentence, "as a company", is confusing. Please help me what this sentence means. Does it mean We now have ...
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What's the meaning of `show a hack`?

When I read a article: Today, I’ll show a hack to keep using sketch. What's the meaning of show a hack? EDIT I can guess the show a hack general meaning, but I don't know why the meaning can use ...
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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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Using an infinitive in subordinate clause

The Infinitive phrase may be subject: For you to learn English is good subjective complement: My desire is for my family to be happy object: I consider it better for children to learn ...
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What could two sections in my thesis be named instead of “current functionality” and “proposed functionaliy”?

My supervisor does not like names of two chapters in my thesis (for whatever reason). My thesis is focused on output data management from web processing services (just to add some context). These ...
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“peeked over the balcony,” “peeked out the balcony,” or “peeked out of the balcony”?

What's the correct construction? Say, you're inside the house and are peeking to see what's in the balcony? Example sentence: Faking courage, I peeked over/out/out of the balcony.
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Can I use the phrase “It just so happened that…”?

Recently I learnt a phrase "it just so happens that....". I would like to know if I could use "it just so happened that..." to refer to a past situation? For example, It just so happened that I met ...
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Use of present tense vs future tense

Because I feel that I am going to say so I always use following line: "I will say/suggest that you must not go there." Is above line correct? or, should I use following line: "I say/suggest that ...
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Can the `administered by` be replaced with `depend on` in the bellow scenario?

From the bellow link: https://github.com/openstack/docs-specs/blob/master/specs/pike/admin-guide-repos.rst The growth of the number of OpenStack projects that are administered by an operator base ...
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The meaning of “just” here [duplicate]

8:00 pm : I started to drink. 9:00 pm : I finished drinking. 9:02 pm : I was heading out the door. 9:03 pm : I met old friend Suzi and we decided to drink more just two of us. 9:30 pm (now): We ...
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Should I use “hold on,” “hold out,” or just "hold in the following sentence?

Tom held (on/out) long enough so Mary could have an orgasm. What's the correct alternative and why?
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<Not about to V> vs <About to V>

Not about to Not going to (do something), typically because of unwillingness. Be unwilling to do something I'm not about to work this sunday. Jane wasn't about to pay all that extra money. About to ...
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urge someone towards / urge towards

I looked it up online and found a sentence: She began urging him towards the front door. So we have “urge somebody towards”. I’m wondering if I can say: He’s urging towards the bus. Or do I have ...
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What is the connotation of “up” in phrases like “eat up” and “wait up”?

What do you feel "up" in "eat up" and "wait up" indicates? Does it sound like "be quick" (eat up) or "I'll be quick" (wait up)?
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A word to say I'm “full of expectations and impatient to see it”?

When I watch series and I just "can't wait" until the next episode, is it OK to say "I'm stretched how it's going to end"? A simple translation from google gives me tight and uptight.
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Does the expression “was found to be” make sense?

In the following sentence, what do you think of saying "was found to perform better"? In a study that compared PostGIS with Oracle Spatial, PostGIS was found to perform better It sounds odd to me ...
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What does shrug off mean here?

What is the meaning of the phrase in bold in the following sentence. I just shrugged off when he fired me. Does it mean to stop talking about it? I found: Phrasal Verb: shrug off. 1. To ...
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Is there a phrase “many a weekend”?

I just watched a video on youtube and there was a line: I spent many a weekend and evening stacking shelves. I would like to ask is there such a phrase as "many a weekend"? It seems grammatically ...
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The meaning of “stand down” in this sentence

I saw this in the Oxford Online Dictionary: This shattering statistic crashed into Downing Street, where brows were being mopped and arrangements stood down. This is a usage of the phrase "stand ...
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differences between phrases

As native speakers, do you find any difference between the following: came into my mind occurred to me crossed my mind They all sound the same to me. Does the same apply to you?
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“Not Bad” or “Good”?

After a project, my supervisor said that our work was "not bad". First, I thought that he meant that our work was in the middle (not bad and not good). But then my coworker later said that he ...
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Is “as of current” same as “currently”?

I saw a writing by a friend of mine who uses as of current. I normally see as of followed by a specific date, like as of 2017. I am curious to know if as of current is a proper usage for as if.
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Correct way to concisely identify items using the order in which they were submitted

I'm looking for a concise way to say some thing like The item that was submitted for first|second|third|... The best I could come up with was The first|second|third|... submitted item I guess ...
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What does “come out” mean in “ 'I came out top in the test,' he bragged”?

What does "come out" mean in " 'I came out top in the test,' he bragged"? There are lots of meaning of come up. I just don't know which meaning I should look at.
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Are the phrases “I've had an experience” and “I'm experienced” equivalent?

Is there any difference between I've had an experience in something and I'm experienced in something ?
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the meaning of “take on” translation confusing [closed]

I know ''take on'' has the meaning of "undertake" , however what make me confused is that the translation is too flexible. it can be translated to "undertake","begin to do","to accept /to address" ...
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the meaning of “take on”

I have refer to the dictionary. It has the meaning of "take the responsibility of .." The background is: the scientist has invented an kind of technique. He can translating the painting into virtual ...
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the meaning of “*'s worth of”

here is a sentence: stork will be talking about his knowledge of vision, optics and computers——an entire 30-page CV's worth of scientific achievements——has let him look into Vermeer's light, and ...