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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Idiom or phrase to express too late to be remorseful

Are there any idioms or phrases to express a situation where it is too late to be remorseful. I am thinking of the ship has sailed or flogging up a dead horse or look before you leap. But, i dont ...
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“About it” versus “about that”

Is there any difference about it and about that, or are both the sentences correct? As soon as I see Tom, I will tell him about that. As soon as I see Tom, I will tell him about it.
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What does “blaring YMCA — the song” mean?

What does YMCA stand for? It doesn't seem to stand for Young Men's Christian Association that I Googled. Kaitlan Collins tweeted on Nov 8: “The crowd outside the White House celebrating Joe Biden’s ...
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“Miss the opportunity” vs. “miss out on the opportunity”

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the phrase miss the opportunity and miss out on the opportunity? For example: I'd hate to miss the opportunity to go abroad next summer....
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When answering the phone, do you say “this is it”?

When you are answering the phone and being asked “Is this (your name)’s phone?”, do you say “Yes, this is it.”? I feel this is unnatural but I am not so sure.
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“the Department of Sociology of Oxford University” or “Oxford University Department of Sociology ”

"The Department of Sociology of Oxford University" or "Oxford University Department of Sociology " Could I say the above phrases? Are they correct?
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Could someone explain to me this sentence? I do not understand the structure

I found this sentence below in one essay but I do not understand the structure. "Plant-derived plastics, biodiesel, wind power and solar power are all things that are a step in the right ...
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Trying to make sense of ' to come flooding in'

Orders came flooding in for hemp oil, seeds, lotions, shampoos and conditioners. I'm trying to translate a sentence very similar to this one, and it seems to me that the verb is 'to come in', and '...
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Why the odd phrase “wasn't [some distance](10 feet / 5 meters / 2 blocks) away” came to be used instead of simpler and straightforward options?

Why the odd phrase "wasn't [some distance](10 feet / 5 meters / 2 blocks) away" came to be used instead of simpler and straightforward options? As I asked in the question, it is and must be (...
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What does the phrase “scornful pity” mean? [closed]

I'm aware of the individual words themselves, but I'm confused as to the collective meaning. Please, feel free to provide an example.
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How does the phrase “sheet music” constructed?

How does the phrase "sheet music" constructed? When I encounter this phrase, I am completely lost as to what it meant. My analysis is that noun sometimes can function as a modifier to the ...
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Looking for a natural phrase to the following context

I have a friend of mine who promised me to do some task, but at the end of the day, the time wasn't enough for him to complete the task. He sent me messages of which he says that he's really sorry. I ...
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“Eventually, by being unemployed they would not be able to cope with their living expenses.”

Could I say the sentence below? "Eventually, by being unemployed they would not be able to cope with their living costs" or should I use "could not" instead of "would not be ...
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“It would be great if there were and other sessions like that in the future! ”

Could I say the sentence below, or it sounds totally wrong? "It would be great if there were and other sessions like that in the future!" Should I say "more" instead of "and ...
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Which one is correct: “I'm average in height”, “I'm average height” or “I'm an average height”?

Could you tell me which one is correct: I'm average in height I'm average height I'm an average height meaning I'm neither tall nor short.
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Is it correct and natural to say “the movies is showing a great movie today”?

Could you tell me if it is correct and natural to say the movies is showing a great movie today? For example: Let's go catch a movie today. The movies is showing a great movie about space today. If ...
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Is correct and natural to say “pick someone up to the airport” meaning to go to the person's place and bring them to the airport?

Could you tell me if it is correct and natural to say pick someone up to the airport meaning to go to the person's place and bring them to the airport? For example: I'm free tomorrow, so I can pick ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between the phrase “take someone's word for it” and “take someone at their word”?

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning and usage between the phrase take someone's word for it and take someone at their word? For example: Sara told me that she would keep her ...
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A study in scarlet

What is the meaning of following sentenece "as free as an income of eleven shillings and sixpence permit a man to be
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He is just working at his English

Could you help me to understand whether this phrase is idiomatic or it's bad English, especially the second sentence? If it's not so good, please write your version in common English. Don’t disturb ...
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why is it right to say “”mark someone's emergence as a crusader"?

The Everglades: River of Grass. Published in 1947, the book educated the nation about the dangers facing one of the most fragile ecosystems and marked its author's emergence as a famous conservation ...
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What does this phrase mean? “Not if you've done it before, it isn't.” [closed]

I was watching a movie and heard the line "Not if you've done it before, it isn't." and it just confused the crap out of me. I'm not used to this phrase. What can it possibly mean?
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On “drive something home”

After developing an idea and expressing the reasons for that, I want to make an example for it. I want to use the "An example can drive this notion home" before the example. Is this ...
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What does natural man or natural woman mean?

Songs like "You Make me Feel Like a Natural Woman" and "Kisses Sweeter than Wine" use this phrase. "I begged her and I pleaded like a natural man..." in Kisses Sweeter ...
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What is the difference between “Will you get to know” and “Will you know”?

For example, what is the difference between "Will you get to know your daughter" and "Will you know your daughter"? In what situations do you use "get to"?
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What is the conversation-beginning version of “good night”?

Is good evening used at the beginning of conversation, and good night at the end? what would you use for beginning version of "good night"?
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Are they the same meaning?

In the following sentence, is the meaning of the evidence to base policies on the same as the evidence on which policies base? [...] but what they often lack is the evidence to base policies on. If ...
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Get your fingers caught

Can "You'll catch your fingers in the door!" be used instead of "You're going to get your fingers caught in the door!"? You want someone to stop closing the door again and again ...
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Difference between “last year” and “over the last year”

In this sentence, The investment in equipment last year ___ a significant increase in sales. Between "is causing" and "has caused", I think I have to use "has caused". ...
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The demons assailed me; and fever came, and delirium, to people the waste with shadows. --“to people the waste”?

In the following paragraph, I cannot figure out the meaning of the part in bold, and the grammar concept behind that (It comes from the story "Told in the desert"): The red demons of thirst ...
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There wasn't a single color I didn't see

I was talking about 'Gardens by the bay' which is in Singapore. I said: "There were flowers from practically all over the world. It was so colorful there wasn't a single color I didn't see." ...
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What does the phrase “to spin the Payload Event Wheel” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "to spin the Payload Event Wheel" in the following sentence from the description of the game FRAG Pro Shooter: Starting in November for ...
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in terms of communication

This is the first time I reach out to my teammates. And I want to ask them how they like to communciate in the future, with email, imessage, groupme, etc. How should i phrase my sentence?
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What does the phrase “wall-run around threats” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "wall-run around threats" in the following sentence from the description of the game Super Glitch Dash : There are some spots where you ...
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“Would you like to go on a holiday together?” — is this correct English?

One person asks another person: Would you like to go on a holiday together? or Would you like to go out together? I take it that "with me" or "with us" is implied. Is that use ...
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Are the phrases “comes down to” and “boils down to” interchangeble?

I do get the meaning of the phrases separately, but I would like to know if they can be used interchangeably at least in some scenarios.
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What does “though if” mean

I know "as if/as though" means but never heard that sentence starts with "though if". Can anyone help me with this ? Thanks in advance
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Verbs after “In case”

As a grammar hint, it is stated under the entry for "In case" within Longman Dictionary of Contemporary that we have to use simple present/past or should after in case, for example: They ...
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Correctness of “Live by rumors”

Is the preposition used correctly or should there be another one? And is the phrase clear? I want to say that the person believes in rumors, not facts. Live by rumors.
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What does the phrase “pitch is in flight to line up your swing perfectly” mean?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "pitch is in flight to line up your swing perfectly" in the following text from the description of the game "Ballistic Baseball":...
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What does the phrase “Elven for AI” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase Elven for "AI" in the following text (not available online): Grimes has a fascination with AI. So much that the “Æ” in her son’s name is ...
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“to be in a shape of” or “to have a shape of” dinosaur

Which phrase, if any, of the following, is correct with regard to each single element of my puzzle design: element has a shape of a dinosaur element is in the shape of a dinosaur element is of the ...
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day three part of speech of three

In the phrases, day one, day two, day three etc what part of speech is one , two, three? I know that day is a noun, and cardinal numbers are conventionally used as determiners or as fused heads in ...
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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 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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“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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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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