Questions tagged [phrases]

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

85 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
1answer
401 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
33 views

Has lifted or is lifted?

Which is correct? Can you imagine the weight that has lifted off of her shoulders? or Can you imagine the weight that is lifted off of her shoulders?
1
vote
0answers
26 views

Is there any difference between “visit someone” or “come to visit someone”?

Is there any difference between visit someone or come to visit someone? For example: My old friend visited me yesterday. My old friend came to visit me yesterday. I have heard English native ...
1
vote
0answers
19 views

does phrase “keep something from sb.” has some hidden information?

"The Farewell," which features as predominantly Asian cast, tells the story of a young woman named Billi (Awkwafina) whose family decides to keep news of a terminal diagnosis from the family's ...
1
vote
2answers
41 views

Picking out Adverb Phrases from the given sentence

He strove with all his might to escape According to my Wren and Martin textbook, with all his might is an adverb phrase in the given sentence. But what is to escape? Is it an adverb phrase as well?
1
vote
1answer
64 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
78 views

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....
1
vote
1answer
432 views

“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.
1
vote
1answer
217 views

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,...
1
vote
1answer
112 views

“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, ...
0
votes
1answer
9 views

The meaning of a phrase

Does anybody know the meaning of a phrase "a dirt lawyer" I've got as a part of a homework where i need to describe the meaning of the phrases, but i've never heard this one before and i've searched ...
0
votes
1answer
20 views

Lead in & Lead to, what's the difference?

So, as the title says, what's the difference between "lead in" and "lead to", as can be seen in this example taken from the novel The Name of The Rose: "Thus it happened that we turned westward... ...
0
votes
1answer
20 views

does the phrase “to get all sad” is used anywhere? If so, can you give me an example?

I am translating a short story from Turkish to English and in one of the places where the emotions are supposed to be really intense I cannot achieve the same meaning, at least I think I don't. In the ...
0
votes
0answers
30 views

Can “spin on” mean “keep spinning”?

Can "on" indicate repetition on itself? For instance, does the sentence the planet spins on express the same thing as the planet keeps spinning?
0
votes
1answer
23 views

on foot Vs. on feet

I'm coming home on foot? is equal to I'm coming home on feet? I've heard non native speakers mainly say both. I'm not sure if "on feet" is correct or not.
0
votes
1answer
17 views

Alter in a sentence

I want to say about changing a tradition, formerly elders used to gift goods to children, whereas nowadays their gifting money, can I say "gifting money is altered gifting goods"?
0
votes
0answers
30 views

What does the phrase “moody, rock-inflected soundtrack” mean?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "moody, rock-inflected soundtrack" in the following sentence: In the game meet the neighbors, and tend to gardens—all while listening to its ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

What does the phrase “clunk open latches and clack switches” mean here?

Please help me understand the meaning of the phrases "clunk open latches" and "clack switches" in the following sentence (not available online): In the game you’ll clunk open latches and clack ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

What does the phrase “chaotically unravel” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "chaotically unravel" in the following sentence (not available online): This is a quest to uncover the ancient truth about Black Stone, the ...
0
votes
0answers
18 views

Can I say “as acknowledged”?

Can I say "as acknowledged" when I want to express "to think of something as well known"? For example, This theorem, whose proof is not related to this course, will be given as acknowledged. Is ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

What clause elements has this sentence? (That doesn't sound like him.)

I've been struggling to analyse this sentence in terms of its clause elements. "That doesn't sound like him." What I mean by the clause elements are the following: verb, subject, object, subject ...
0
votes
0answers
23 views

What does the phrase “source real products” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the expression "source real products, mock up your space, and bring it to life with AR" in the following sentence: Morpholio Board lets you source real ...
0
votes
0answers
23 views

What does the phrase “mock up” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the expression "source real products, mock up your space, and bring it to life with AR" in the following sentence: Morpholio Board lets you source real ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

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'. ...
0
votes
0answers
6 views

“not only a popular but also ..” VS “a not only popular but also …”

(1) It is not only a popular but also pragmatic research. (2) It is a not only popular but also pragmatic research. Which one is correct?
0
votes
0answers
12 views

As usage with be verb

Do you see any mistake in the sentence below? The question is as topic title. İ mean topic title is same thing of my question. Thanks
0
votes
1answer
18 views

Is there any difference between “that is it” and “that is what it is” in the sense of it is a fact?

Is there any difference between the phrases in the following context. I couldn't pass the exam. That's what it is. I couldn't pass the exam. That's it. What I am trying to say that I didn't ...
0
votes
0answers
26 views

Idiom “Do the best”

Does the second sentence mean the same as the first one? They are doing all possible to further the passage of the Senate. They are doing the best to facilitate the passage of the Senate.
0
votes
0answers
23 views

What is grammitcally correct when trying ot schedule an appointment

.. Any ‘ol way.. just let me know when you are/will be free upon your return.
0
votes
0answers
20 views

What does the phrase “ragtag rebels” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "ragtag rebels" in the following sentence: Your ragtag rebels will fight in turn-based battles with monsters. The sentence above is a description of ...
0
votes
1answer
37 views

What does the phrase “pull down on” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a task management app: The app allows you to add tasks in several ways and in one of them you can pull down on a list to put a task to the top. I am not sure about the ...
0
votes
0answers
213 views

Grate on someone's ears / nerves

What does the sentence below mean? His voice grates on my ears. His voice grates on my nerves. Please have a look on Longman's definition below: To grate on (to annoy someone):  - Mr ...
0
votes
0answers
24 views

Can I understand that “as long as” is 1st Conditional and “If only” is 2nd or 3rd Conditional?

When I think about this sentence "As long as you study English, you can improve your English", it means "If you study English, you can improve your English", and it is 1st Conditional. When I think ...
0
votes
0answers
52 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
44 views

{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 ...
0
votes
0answers
34 views

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.
0
votes
1answer
91 views

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, ...
0
votes
0answers
99 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
23 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
35 views

I don't know what the author trying to say

I was doing my revision, and I found these sentences in the grammar book I was using: 1) I know that a spider is a type of arthropod that makes webs to trap and eat prey. 2) I know what you mean, ...
0
votes
1answer
26 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

Is it implant into or onto?

Is it implant into or onto? I am asking, because the example I have in mind seems to invite the use of the alternative wording "implant onto". Here's the example: The surgeons implanted a mole ...
0
votes
0answers
165 views

“on the verge” Vs “on the edge” Vs “At the edge” Vs “at the verge”

I know this can be flagged as off topic, because it a bit broad, but let me give it a try. Is there any difference between these phrases: on the verge of on the edge of at the verge of at the edge ...
0
votes
0answers
137 views

“A determinative factor”, “A determinant” and “A decisive factor”

To me, and based on dictionary definitions a "determinative factor", a "determinant" and a "decisive factor", imply a truely "crucial factor" which can lead you to make a decision about something. ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

What is the meaning of “worked themselves out” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in a chapter in my book which was: A whole complex of emotions and issues, traditions and loyalties worked themselves out in the revolt of 1857. I am not able to figure what out ...
0
votes
2answers
83 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
112 views

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
0
votes
1answer
27 views

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?...
0
votes
1answer
26 views

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, ...
0
votes
0answers
947 views

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?