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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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Meaning of “Pull it over”?

What is the meaning of "pull it over"? I work in a meat factory where we were cutting meat, and my co-worker, who was on the other side of the table, gave me a command "to pull it(the meat) over" as ...
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Phrase type:To qualify as A for B?

While I was reading Wikipedia article(Felony murder rule),I came across a phrase 'to qualify as an underlying offense for a felony murder'.I tried to get the essence of the phrase from the context of ...
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Phrase request: Calculating with, counting with

What is the best way to describe a possibility we are assuming? I'd like to start the sentence with something like: Counting with the rise of immigration, US population is on a rise. ...
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What is “making up one's life”?

Having evaded wretchedness, the gay young man making up his shining life in the city is one of civilization’s wonders, and Édouard Louis is a new, inspiring real-life example of such transfiguration.
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Can I say “The place where she is now is closer than what you might think”

Can I say "The place where she is now is closer than what you might think" In the example a father is telling his son about the place where his mother, no longer alive, may be. What bothers me ...
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Is this sentence is relative restrictive clause? What does the sentence mean?

From here: It’s disingenuous to suggest the Dodgers have never had a player come of nowhere quite like Taylor. I don't understand what "come of" means here. AFAIK, "come of something" means to be ...
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What does “cue in to” mean?

I can't find a definition of "cue in to" that explains the following sentences (from Google Books and dictionaries). The phrase, if it is an idiomatic phrase, seems to mean "pay attention to" or "...
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Is there an alternative for the phrase “Sorry about my English”?

Is there an alternative for the phrase below? Sorry about my English. I usually use this phrase at the end of my texts to show that I'm still learning English.
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What does “right his life off the field” mean?

From here: The bumbling Washington brain trust committed another blunder, this time blindsiding a player who was trying to right his life off the field. I don't recognize "right something off ...
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Which expression is correct in purpose or on purpose?

I'm frequently encountering the English proofreading problems. For now I am trying to figure out which one from these two is correct form: in purpose or on purpose. I tried to Google and found both ...
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What is “heavy print” and where can I find a definition?

From here September Vogue weighs in with 734 pages of heavy print, Bazaar with 488. What does "heavy print" mean? Other examples: Old habits die hard. Respondents ages 65 and over were almost ...
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What does “pass off” in “pass off in vapor” mean?

I have come across "pass off in vapor" or "pass off in fumes" at several places. But I can't seem to find the corresponding definition of "pass off" that would fit in the context. The definitions of "...
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Unsure about two phrases dealing with location

I came up with these two phrases: There isn't a mall in the same city as this bakery. and There's no "Louis" barber in the mall belonging to same city as this bakery. With the first one I ...
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what is the “spot a phrase”

I'm learning English from BBC 6 minutes English. I got this sentence and tried to research the phrase but I don't understand what it means. Please help me explain it. Can you spot a phrase that ...
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Which alternative is best alternative to 'draught'?

I came across a certain question in an examination paper. The section deals with: In each of the following questions, out of the given alternatives, choose the one which is closest in meaning to ...
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Phrase request: The terrible truth

What can one say to express the cruelness of reality? That's the terrible/cruel/harsh truth?
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Is “it's it” a legitimate phrase?

We usually say "that's it" in English. I was curious to know can we also say "it's it"? Is it used in English?
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What is this movement to dodge a swinging sword called?

Picture is from web. One person leans back and dips down to dodge the swing of a sword. What is this move called? I think I heard a movie description say "he ends back", or "he hens back," or "hangs ...
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Similar phrases to a “situation close to life”?

In Czech, when we talk about a scene in a book/movie that reminds us of our own lives, we say it is very "from life" (ze života). What are the ways to express such feeling in English?
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Do people say “studied colors”?

Playing Matrix for some kids with audio description on. A line sounds to my ear like "Now at a night club, couples in skimpy leather outfits and studied colors grind to the beat." I can't make sense ...
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A “mountain sense water”?

So I am doing a camp for vision impaired kids where I play movies for them with audio descriptions on. The other day I played the animated film Hotel Transylvania 2. I asked in a different post about ...
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Quotation Mark punctuation on thoughts

I was writing a review on Goodreads and a question emerged after these sentences. When I was just a wee little boy I would finish this book thinking "Wow. Wonderland Rocks." Today I finished this ...
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Predicate and verb phrase identical?

Do the predicate and the Verb Phrase share the same name? The term verb phrase is used to describe the verb and all the subsequent elements of the sentence that it encompasses. The term predicate also ...
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Wasn't Terribly Vs. Terribly

I have heard the term, Wasn't terribly... Meaning it wasn't very whatever. But this kind of contradicts terrible meaning something bad. So for example, The soil wasn't terribly fertile Versus ...
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Infinitive phrase as predicate nominative

I'm trying to gain a better understanding of how the infinitive phrase can be utilised and employed. At the moment, I'm experimenting with different ways I can apply the infinitive phrase as a ...
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What does swag it on mean? [closed]

I don't know what "swag it on" means, I think that's a bad phrase, because I usually hear that phrase, it sounds bad. Could you tell me what this phrase means?
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Chops of pork or pork chops?

What is the correct way to say it? I have heard "chops of pork" is incorrect, but I do not understand why? What is the rule to follow?
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Meaning of “Cling to Life”

The Windows phones still clinging to life are not Microsoft's. Does "clinging to life" mean "existing" here?
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Other than “note that” or “NB”, what is a phrase that can point out facts and that admits a shorthand in handwriting?

I wonder if there is phrase, other than "note that" or "NB" (for some reasons), such that it functions the same as "note that" and at the same time has a short abbreviation in usage? I thought of "we ...
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Asia delights or Asian delights

Should I use which one as a name of a restaurant promotion? In the menu we offer a range of Asian cuisine dishes.
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Care to elaborate?

I have faced a lot of times at a chat or some Q&A site a reply: Care to elaborate? As far as I understand, the poster is asking for more details or explanations. However in this case I'd ...
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Events being independent of one another [closed]

I'm having trouble interpreting a question. Question: Given a table with four columns, like this: sorry I've to paste an image since I can't draw tables here on this site Based on the data shown ...
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What does the last phrase 'when 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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The differences between 'take after' and 'look like'?

What is the exact meaning of every sentence? I look like my grandmother. I take after my grandmother.
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Smarter vs Smartest when referring to twins?

In the case of "Spencer was the smartest of the twins" is it appropriate to write smartest or would it be better to use smarter instead as there are only two. Thanks in advance!
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What is The meaning of “Sorry. Your decision has not been reached”

I applied for a job online about 1/2 month, and this is what I received in my mail YOUR APPLICATION HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY REVIEWED YOU WOULD RECEIVE AN EMAIL SHORTLY ON THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION ...
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Not to forget - Is this a prepositional phrase?

Not to forget that you are wholly in charge of the quality of food that you put into your babys mouth! I have learned that each sentence needs to contain subject, verb, object, etc. What is a ...
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Difference between 'prepositional phrase' and 'adjective phrase'?

Can you please help me understand the difference between 'prepositional phrase' and 'adjective phrase'? He drives the car at high speed. (Prepositional phrase) The boy in the shop is my friend. (...
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“At random” vs “Randomly”

Both "At random" and "Randomly" have the definition: "Without method or conscious decision." However, can we use them interchangeably? The explosions occurred at random/randomly. The winner was ...
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Poorly explained usage of grammar construction

The question in this context asks us to suggest a suitable rewrite for the underlined portion of the sentence [6]. That portion is numbered 29 and I've indicated it through an arrow. On the right you'...
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How to say the first time doing something, ten years ago

I know this might be simple, I just can’t solve it with google. 1. The first time I went to America is ten years ago. 2. I went to America for the first time ten years ago. The use of for the first ...
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Using “A cold yesterday” as noun phrase

In this Google Books search for "a cold yesterday", I found "Johnny had a cold yesterday." Is this usage correct? Can we use "quality-adjective + adverbial noun" to make "noun group"?
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what do you mean by “draw chalk lines around the topic”?

In a presentation's speaker note, I found a phrase; "Before we discuss the points (presented on the previous slide), let's draw some chalk lines around the topic and talk about challenges we see in ...
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What does the expression 'stands packed' mean?

The expression: 1) It's Regionals and we want those stands packed! 2) I want the stands packed with every man that remotely resembles my father links to the expressions: #1 | #2 Question: ...
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What type of phrase is “Beyond a doubt” here?

Beyond a doubt this man is honest. "Beyond a doubt" seems to be a phrase here and I believe it's a noun phrase, but I'm told it's not. Its a adverb phrase how? What is it?
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Where does “jump off the deep end” come from?

I know "jump off the deep end" means to abruptly step into something but I'd like to know what it means in terms of actual physical jumping - because you usually "jump off" something not deep. What ...
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Tense of the phrase using 'familiar with'

The phrase 'I am familiar with' (brand/style/speech/opinion) etc doesn't seem to follow the tense/verb rules. It appears to start off with present continuous but it doesn't use a present participle (...
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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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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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Describe a man standing right side of me

Assume that I am the person who is wearing white with blue shoes. I want to describe the man standing next to me. i.e: standing right to me or standing in front of me.. like that.