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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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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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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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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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Are both of these phrases grammatically correct?

Are both of these phrases grammatically correct? Preparation of medicinal plant extract. or Preparation medicinal plant extract. Can both be used as headings?
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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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“as great as has”

Which sentence is more correct and why? Einstein is as great a scientest as HAS ever lived. Or, Einstein is as great a scientist as ever lived.
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Usage of “How I wish I could…”

How and when is the phrase "How I wish I could..." used? I came across this phrase at at least two instances: How I wish he could question the Indian powers! How I wish I could. But I have a real ...
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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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“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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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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Is the sentence a noun phrase/clause

Is the part in bracket He is not sure (where to start a new business) A noun clause or noun phrase
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which types of prepositional phrase is it in “ He is a man at heart?”

He is a man at heart. I love a man at/by with heart. Are they two correct? Which types of prepositional phrases are they? I mean whether they acted as adjectival or adverbial prepositional phrases?...
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the meaning of “but” in the sentence quoted

These are not like the typical U.S. trade associations, which provide important services, but often services that increase the success of efficiency of individual members at the margins. Here, ...
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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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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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Writing a sentence starting with “To do so” in a semi-formal essay

Can I start my essay with "To do so"? Does it sound too informal? These are the sentences: the teacher could give a lecture ... To do so, they should train ...
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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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What are these structures called and how do they differ?

A long serving member of the Army, he recieved many decorations including The George Cross, the most fitting conclusion to his distinguished career. People often pass away because they've simply '...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Is The preferred followed by a singular or plural noun

Would you say The preferred Swiss chocolates OR The preferred Swiss chocolate
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Clauses with “like” and “than”

He runs just like his brother. He runs just like his brother does. He runs just like his brother runs. Which sentence is grammatically correct. Also, what about these three?: He runs ...
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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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Possible ways of rephrasing a noun phrase functioning as Determiner

In page 118, Bas Aarts, 2011, the author gives an example: With this size zoom, image stabilisation is essential, and the SP-570UZ has two systems to reduce shake. He states 'ordinary' noun ...
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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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Informal way of saying some time expressions

I was wondering what the informal equivalent for the following expressions are: A matter of time It is a matter of time, before somebody find it As time goes by As time goes by, he found that ...
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On (at) a moment(')s notice?

I have been searching for a while, and I haven't seen a good discussion of this phrase. It seems to me like the preposition is in question (I've heard it both ways), and the possessive is also in ...
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How to say this in American English?

Say, someone gives you wrong or bad advice and you tell him jokingly that he should not be giving advice. How do you reply in this case? I want to say something like this: "Giving advice is not ...
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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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It's possible that I used to be like that

Situation: you just watched a video of a baby crying incessantly, which you thought that you might be like the baby when you were at that age (now you are an adult). You express this as: "It's ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to reply “I am busy”?

"Hello, how are you?" "Sorry, I am up to my neck now. I'll come back to you in a minute." "?" The phrase "take your time" comes to my mind, eventhough I don't know why. Maybe sometime someone ...
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“ . . . [N]ot . . . “ in Sentences, Phrases(?)?

“There should be so much more, not of orange, of words . . . “ “ . . . further out than you thought And not waving but drowning. . . . “ May you call these adverbial phrases? Or, may you call ...
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Meaning of X is as (adj) as he/she/it can be

A famous song by The Beatles has the following lines: He's as blind as he can be Just sees what he wants to see I have run across similar phrases more than once and now am determined to finally ...
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The use of “ to farm out something”

I would like to ask if I can use "to farm out something" as in the following way. I farmed out for a small fortune to build the website of my business through freelance web designers. or only ...
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To have [noun] of [noun]: adjectival construction or meaninful phrase with specific connotations?

In the song Faith of the Heart, as in its title, you have two nouns connected with the preposition of. Please consider the following segment for instance: Cause I've got faith of the heart. I'm ...
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Why the phrase “of a” is required here?

Source A word to the wise: Whomever is even more of a vogue word than whom. Many use it indiscriminately to sound cultured, figuring that no one will know any better. What the of a has been placed ...