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A phrase is a group of words that make a unit of syntax with a single grammatical function.

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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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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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“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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a specific word/phrase for covering the scope of a colleague who left the work

For quick position summary for my resume, I am trying to iterate a meaning to effect of Starting as junior quality engineer [monitoring compliance with policies], selected by department manager to ...
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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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There is a reduction (“be prepared”) that I don't understand

A visit to any one of them will be a friendly experience, although to open an account, be prepared to prove your identity in a number of ways. — British Council What I don't understand in ...
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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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How to say that someting can be any, but only in a certain range?

I mean, I want to say that the number can be in any fixed-point format, but this "any" is limited to the range from Q1 to Q31. I tried something like this: The number can be in any fixed-point ...
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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 ...
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Go through the tour with a guide?

I have to describe an app. This app has two main features: It is mobile city guide. So you can go through the tours by using the app (GPS, map, etc...) You can book a guide (person) and go through ...