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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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Discerning Phrases

" . . . The Book of Disquiet, an astonishing work that, in George Steiner's words, . . . " In this, I think I may see an adjective phrase, then, what may you call this phrase, in grammar? " . . . ...
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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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Meaning of the phrase “little too”?

Does the phrase 'little too' mean same as 'very', or is it mild form of very ? For instance, I am little too comfortable talking to you. Does it mean same as 'I am very comfortable talking to you' ?
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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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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 there a phrase such as “Anxious of”?

I want by the following sentence to express that death causes anxiety for souls: And why do souls become anxious of it?.. It refers to death I have looked for the phrase, but it gets corrected ...
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When you are doing something despite your inner feelings / personal interest

I am looking for a quite polite or rather formal phrase / expression to use when I want to say: "Although I don't want to...(the negative statement; e.g. don't want to go,) but (the positive ...
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What does the phrase “tight level design” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "tight level design" in the following sentence from a combat game's description: The tight level design and many opportunities for vertical gameplay ...
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(As you mentioned / pointed out) and (Thank you for mentioning / pointing out)

I know that when you 'point something out' you have already found something important with that and would like the listener(s) know about it too in order to draw their attention to it. Now, please ...
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A current equivalent for “I'll eat my hat if…”

When I was going to emphasize that something seemed to be truly unlikely to take place, I used to say: "I eat my hat if...", but I just noticed that it is an old-fashioned phrase! As an example, I ...
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What does the phrase “slide into first” mean here?

I heard a phrase "slide into first" in an arcade racing game's description. This was used as the introductory sentence that was followed by speed boosting and drifting tips. I know the lexical ...
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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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{Something} as expressed by {someone}

Confidence and self-respect as expressed by members of a group. Few things are funnier or more shocking than moral indignation as expressed by a total bastard. But he does still have a heart ...
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What does the phrase “pull off sick wheelies and flips” mean here?

Here is a made-up sentence from a racing game: In order to earn speed boosts, you should catch air and pull off sick wheelies and flips. I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "pull off ...
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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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When one has a spouse that they do not deserve him / her

There is a hyperbole which says always a best husband/wife belongs to somebody who really doesn't deserve him/her! For instance, a quite gorgeous girl with a high educational degree and good family, ...
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What's the meaning of `try something in a bottle`?

What's the meaning of try something in a bottle? In there : TRY AIRSHIP IN A BOTTLE what's the meaning of it?
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“In charge of” vs “Responsible for”

I would appreciate it if you could let me know what phrase can ne used in the following blanks: 1- Everybody is ................. their own actions. So you cannot blame others for what you did in ...
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Does it make sense to say “with the exam passed”?

I wonder if the sentence such makes sense? "I left the school with the exam (whatever this exam may be) passed" The part I am not sure about is the phrase "with the exam passed". I would like to ...
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“Off the top of one's head” or “by heart”

I wonder which expression can be used in my following example? Our teacher was a really smart person. At the second session, he know everyone's name ................ off the top of his head from ...
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When you are going to formally or politely express your regret

I would appreciate if you do me a favor and let me know which structure can be used in polite/formal speech in my following context: Restrictions and punishments there which violate ...
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Can I say 'If you dont like me, Then dont put coffee for me!'?

Recently my friend from other country stated this phrase 'If you dont like me, Then dont put coffee for me!'. I was puzzled when i heard it for first time, then i asked him what is the meaning of it ...
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What does the phrase “by holding down on each side of the screen” mean here?

Here is a sentence from an action game's description: You can dodge them by turning left and right by holding down on each side of the screen. In my opinion, the players needs to hold down the ...
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What is the difference between “reflect on” and “recall”?

For example, I often "recall" or "reflect on" my schooldays. Is there any difference? If not, which one is more common?
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The phrase “in duplicate”

What does the following statement mean ? Admit card should be submitted in DUPLICATE. a) 1 original & 1 photocopy. b) Both originals. c) Both photocopies.
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Similar expressions to “jump for joy”

Is there an expression along the lines of "jumping up to the ceiling" which could be used to describe a situation when someone is so happy he's jumping very high?
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What's the meaning of `pronounced bye-frost`?

When I read the document: Bifrost (pronounced bye-frost) is a set of Ansible playbooks that automates the task of deploying a base image onto a set of known hardware using ironic. What's the ...
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What does the phrase “trades” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the word trades in the following (made-up) sentence: In the game you will find that Blades trades open worlds for quests through scary dungeons. The ...
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Synonym for “Labor intensive” phrase

Can I request for a word which can describe the following sentences; Production of labor intensive products Human and capital intensive products
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What does the phrase “rainy ruins” mean here?

I am not sure about the phrase "rainy ruins" in the following sentence: The WCIII missions were a lot of tiny islands, wet rainy ruins. The sentence above is from a game's forum.
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Which phrase would be proper to use in written American English?

I need to say that there arises a question after making some points in my essay, so which one is better? Here probably arises a pertinent question as to why he would want to be a bio-engineer now, ...
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What does the phrase “go over or through their own body” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "go over or through their own body" in the following sentence: What makes the game challenging is that the birds can neither move backwards nor can ...
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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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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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Alternatives to “to build on an idea”?

I'm looking for an different way to express a sentence such as: I build on the fact that human beings are equal. The synonyms I found don't correspond with the meaning of starting from a concept, ...
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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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What does “he was there for” mean in this sentence?

I really don't understand the usage or the meaning of "he was there for" in this sentence : Tony shook his head, as though he couldn’t wrap his mind around events he was there for, and partially ...
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What does the phrase “builds on the lore of the game” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "builds on the lore of the game" in the following sentence: It’s interesting to see how the community builds on the lore of game. The fans are ...
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What does the phrase “brains to spare” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "brains to spare" in the following sentence: Factor in a smattering of stylus minigames - including a terrific dash to piece together a cantankerous ...
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A person full of complexes

I wonder what would you normally call someone who has a chip on their shoulder informally? (What I am looking for can be considered as an offensive idiom/expression/adjective by most people.) Such ...
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What's the meaning of “learn the books backwards”?

My daughter's reading the story Dan the Dunce and there are the following paragraphs: Onec upon a time there was a Princess. She was bored. So she decided to get married. "But my husband must be ...
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What does the phrase “baize to secure early lead” mean here?

I cannot figure out the meaning of the phrase "battle of the baize" in the following heading of a news item: Varsity 2017: Warwick win battle of the baize to secure early lead I am not sure if the ...
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wash the dishes ; a phrase?

I don't know either the following constructions are a phrase or a clause? 1) wash the dishes 2) do the laundry 3) take out the garbage In my opinion, they are all phrases or verb phrases ...
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“… a little less problems” — is this phrase grammatically correct?

Is this sentence, "I wish I had a little less problems" grammatically correct? Especially the phrase, "... a little less problems". I know there are other ways to say the same thing like, "I wish I ...
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How to ask someone for cycling?

I moved into a new apartment and don't have any friend in this apartment. I want to make new friends but don't know how to initiate the conversation. I thought asking someone for cycling would be good ...
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Whether a length of time should come with “for”

I came across two sentences with a similar structure. The instance is shown below. For how many weeks is the lecture series given? How many weeks of the lecture series can non-engineering ...
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What does “As in” mean 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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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 does the phrase “slide two fingers across the screen” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "slide two fingers across the screen" in the following sentence: In N.O.V.A. you can slide three fingers over a door to open it, slide two fingers ...
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What does the expression “go get your play on” mean here?

I came across the expression "go get your play on" in the description of the new games that are worth playing. The expression is the last sentence of the games that are chosen by editors. I got the ...