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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Why is “personal reasons” always plural?

Why is the phrase "personal reasons" is preferred to "personal reason"? Example: I'm on leave due to personal reasons. I hardly have seen anyone saying "I'm on leave due to a ...
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thank you phrase

I'm looking for a sentence to end the acknowledgement section of my book, I was thinking to: And to you who are reading these lines, thank you. Does it sound good in english?
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“between A and B” vs “between A or B”

The following is the headline of an article from ClutchPoints, sports news web site. Matt Nagy speaks out on making the call between Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles While the phrase "between A ...
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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 quickly understand mutliple continuous parenthetical phrases?

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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The meaning of “corruption of the best is the worst of all”

I have searched the web and found out that the proverbial sentence the corruption of the best is the worst of all has some Latin roots: Corruptio optimi pessima. Which apparantly is ...
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Is “bump over” okay here?

The guy fell and the police car bumped over him. I was told on another forum that "bumped over" would not be natural here, but is it still okay to use it instead of "ran over"?
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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 clear that” or “make clear that”

I've only learn the former one "make it clear that" but "make clear that" is seen everywhere. Do they mean the same? Are they both grammatical and acceptable?
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What is the difference in meaning between the phrase “so there it is” and “so there is that”?

What is the difference in the meaning between the phrase so there it is and so there is that? For example, would it be possible both in the sentence below? If so, what would be the difference? The ...
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“My sister and I” versus “I and my sister”

I've been told to put "I" at the last part of the subject, as in "My sister and I walk to school." Is saying "I and my sister walk to school." wrong?
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“Outdoor socializing is in, business trips are out.”

It’s an article from NY Times predicting people’s life after the coronavirus. Below is a paragraph: Thousands of stores and companies that were vulnerable before the virus arrived have disappeared. ...
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What does the phrase “try filling in” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "try filling in" in the following text from the description of the game Genshin Impact: You can use earth elemental combat skills to ...
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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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What does “content writing” mean?

Isn't the phrase "content writing" weird? Why do we have the word "content" here? Isn't it obvious when we say "writing"?
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Which is the proper use of an age group: 65 years OR older or 65 years AND older

For use in scientific journals: Is it "more correct" to use the phrase "65 years or older" to describe an age group or "65 years and older".
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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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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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Presses on the accelerator

Michael is in a car and is backing away from some cops, trying to flee from them. Michael then sees that there is another cop behind him, so he turns the speed up a little (he's still backing) to hit ...
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compare “book the first” and “the first book”

I started to read a book. In first pages It says: "A Series of Unfortunate Events Book the First The Bad Beginning" Why it says "Book the First" instead of "The First Book&...
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Usage of “stand for” and “stand up”, which one is correct?

I came across this sentence somewhere and could you tell me which one is correct? It takes a lot from within to stand for who we really are. It takes a lot from within to stand up for who we really ...
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What does the phrase “shape up” mean here?

What does the phrase "shape up" mean in the following sentence from the description (not available online) of the game "Griddie Islands" Help these tropical getaways shape up. ...
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What does the phrase “slid down tubes” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "slid down tubes" in the following sentence from the description of the game "Minion Rush": For six and a half harrowing minutes,...
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Right way to say this

I was watching a TV drama along with my friend recently when this scene came up. Scene goes something like this : Two guys were having a conversation when a third person overhears ...
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Befuddled about “to have to wake up to” [closed]

Which one do you guys think is correct? Or are all of them accurate? A: ... on any occasion when you don’t have a predetermined hour to have to wake up to the next weekend. B: ... on any occasion when ...
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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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Which is correct: “had gotten along with” or “had got along with”?

I once texted a sentence like "It reminded me of a friend whom I had got along with," and someone pointed out that I should use "a friend whom I had gotten along with." It's a bit ...
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Difference between “outside” and “on the outside”

Is there any difference between the following sentences? I have coffee on the outside. It is referring to some coffee shop. I have coffee outside. Can anyone explain to me which of these ...
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Can “mess around” be used in this context?

So I stepped out on my porch and yelled at him to get the (swear word) off my lawn. At first he thought I was joking, but then he ran. He could tell I wasn't messing around. Is "wasn't messing ...
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Is «ado» used often?

The following expression seems to be quite common: without further ado Despite “ado” is a word with its own meaning I do not hear native speakers use it much separately. Is it the word that is ...
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Use of present perfect passive “has not being” or “was not being”

Industrial sector has not being attractive enough to absorb excess labour in the agricultural sector. (Wanted to explain an Ongoing process from past to present) Industrial sector was not being ...
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Can a phrase be a part of a clause?

I want to know if a phrase can be a part of a clause. For instance : Atul did not come to the class yesterday. Did come is verb phrase in this sentence. But Atul did not come is a clause because it ...
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What is the grammatical name/grammatical funtion of this sentence ending?

All the students sympathized with their class monitor whose father was involved in an accident What is the grammatical name and the grammatical funtion of the highlighted part of the above?
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What’s that supposed to mean vs what does that suppose to mean vs what’s that suppose to mean

I, for some reason, can’t figure out the grammar of the following phrase - “What’s that supposed to mean?”... Why isn’t it “What does that suppose to mean?” or “What’s that suppose to mean?” I know it’...
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Does this phrase make sense here?

When the client feels the invoice isn’t fair enough for the quality of design:. In the above sentence, I used the word fair for invoice. Basically I want to say that the client feels the quality of ...
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Is there any difference in meaning and usage between the phrase “even better” and “better still”?

Could you tell me if there there any difference in meaning and usage between the phrase even better and better still? For example: You'd make a lot of progress if you learn five new words a day. Even ...
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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 should follow “cause” (the verb)?

I wrote the following sentence, but I am not sure it is correct. All the moderators asking for blacklisting a tag would not probably cause the tag being blacklisted. Is it correct to use the tag ...
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How are the word piece, song and work used to describe music?

After researching the use of the words: piece, work, song, I am becoming confused about how these words are used to describe music (or how they relate to music). So far, it seems that a work of music =...
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Does the phrase “a dragging experience” make any sense?

I am trying to come up with a pun for a specific situation. In a playground, there is a kid sitting down at the edge of a merry-go-round with his legs sticking out touching the ground. While it spins ...
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What is the difference between ‘The meeting is/has finished’ and “meeting over” or “meeting done”?

What is the difference between ‘The meeting is/has finished’ and "meeting over" or "meeting done" and can use like "meeting completed"? Could anyone please advise which ...
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How do you analyse the verb phrase elements in the sentence 'I have been having difficulty sleeping'

For the sentence 'I have been having difficulty sleeping', how would you analyse the verb phrase elements : VP have been having? 'have is an auxiliary - required to create -en form of the verb 'been'. ...
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What does the phrase “tool manufacture and food for your livestock” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "tool manufacture and food for your livestock" in the following sentence (not available online) from the description of the game "...
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What is the meaning of I have been broken

If you see, I was broken makes sense to me. It means you're having a very difficult time due to say some tragedy. But I want to say it like Once you are broken, it will always xyz. But to me, it seems ...
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How can I write this?

The officer walks down the hallway. He notices that one of the doors is ajar. He pushes it open silently. And enters. Questions to this: Is the part in bold okay? Would you phrase it differently? I'm ...
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What does “leave work until the last minute” mean?

I saw a new phrase today in ''Interchange'' Book #2 page 21: Some people leave work until the last minute, this is a bad habit that can cause trouble. What does this phrase mean?
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The meaning of “out from”

When I was learning English by watching CNN news, I saw a news with the title “ The polls show Biden is a clear favorite 100 days out from an unprecedented election”, I want to know that is “out from” ...
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What does the phrase “spin each puzzle around” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "spin each puzzle around" in the following sentence from the description of the game "Spek": Shapes merge and separate as you ...
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How do you use phrase named “get along ”?

I have learned one English phrase recently but i am facing doubt of it's using. According to dictionary "get along" means be friend or deal with something. So aren't these question right ...
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Is this phrase okay to use to convey bathing with bucket and mug?

In India, most people use this kind of thing for bathing (Shower is for rich people and luxury. Not everyone can afford it here.). A bucket of water and a mug. Now, I want to say that "Yesterday,...

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