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 “many a man” singular while “many men” plural?

Recently I came to know that there is a construction "Many a man" which is equivalent to "many men". But I also noticed that the former construction is considered as singular, e.g. Many a man has ...
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What does the phrase “arranging the coloured triangles of floating three-dimensional geometric figures” mean here?

Please help me understand the meaning of the phrase "coloured triangles of floating three-dimensional geometric figures" in the following sentence (not available online): In the game, your task ...
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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.
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What does “not one of them“ mean?

Does "not one of them" mean “more than one of them” or “none of them”? Example: Not one of them thought it necessary to avoid dogmatic statements about unicorns because he had never seen one of ...
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What does the phrase “late game” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the following sentence from the description of the game "Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes": Recent updates to the late game allow your Empire team to go to the ...
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Can 'in depth' ever be a noun?

In the 'Introduction' to James Thurber's 'My Life and Hard Times,' I came across this sentence: 'He gained in depth and skill as he went along, of course.' I don't get how 'in depth' is used here. ...
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What's the meaning of “all but unsuring runs by publicity-hungry outsiders” ? Thanks!

Here is the entire phrase : "As the 2020 race, the party deferred to measures of popular sentiment to determine who should make the cut for the debates, all but unsuring runs by publicity-hungry ...
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What does “is accounted for” in this mean?

I partially get the idea of the sentence but I'd really want to know the actually meaning of this phrase here. Plus, for that last clause I don't really get its sentence structure as well. Lastly, ...
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Can one say “depends how you take it” to express “depends on your view”?

Is there a phrase to take it [somehow] which says something like to interpret it/utilize some information in one's own way? I have found 1 mention of the phrase about which I'm not sure if it is ...
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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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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 ...
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Usage of “in spite of”

Is his required while using in spite? Is it In spite of his being young, he got the job. or In spite of being young, he got the job.
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What does the phrase “woodsy home” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "woodsy home" in the following text: You can see that as with Sneaky Sasquatch woodsy home, how you experience the updated game is up to you. You ...
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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... ...
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“Would you mind if I [do something]?” versus “Would you mind me [doing something]?”

Is there any difference between the following sentences? Would you mind if I smoke a cigarette outside? Would you mind me smoking a cigarette outside? Would you mind if I prepare a tea cup for you? ...
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what is meant by “in an otherwise” in a sentence?

Here is the statement: This is not a temporary rupture in an otherwise stable equilibrium: the crisis through which we are living is a turning point in history.
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What does the word “stage” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "swirling vortex at the stage’s end" in the following text (not available online): As you move peacefully along, stars of different colours will ...
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Me personally and I personally

In this example (not sure about the punctuation because I heard it): When you get a new box, the question is do I keep the box or do I throw the box out - me personally I keep it. How come the ...
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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?
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“brought in” vs. “introduced”

We brought in advanced technology from abroad. Can I change the phrase "brought in" to "introduced" here? Thank you.
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What does the phrase “plot your route” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "plot your route" in the following sentence (not available online): *In the game, you’ll plot your route by the stars, tapping to thrust towards ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 “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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You wouldn't do this, would you?

From "Rick and Morty" S01E02: Jerry: You wouldn't by any chance have some sort of crazy science thing you would whip up that might help make this dog a little smarter, would you? While the ...
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What does “as a matter of” mean here?

If it is agreed that the action in question is within the scope of the functions of the Organization but it is alleged that it has been initiated or carried out in a manner not in conformity with the ...
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What does the phrase “down in the mud” mean here?

It would be a great help if you could make the meaning of the phrase "down in the mud" clear to me in the following text: Right, he’s got a long way to go. He’s a bounty hunter, so he’s down there in ...
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What does the sentence mean here?

Please help me figure out the meanings of the following sentence: But Apple tends to build in parameters on their devices so you’re watching with most of those variables dialled in. I am confused by ...
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What does the phrase “freakier side and geekier side” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "freakier side and less the geekier side" in the following text: I wanted the show to play into this post-revolutionary time, to lean a little bit ...
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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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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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“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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Construction to express: a present perfect action up until now and its future state

My pool has been closed for 10 days now and will continue (to be closed) for more than 2 weeks. Is it correct that way? Also, is there any construction that would sound better?
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How to know the relative frequency of equal or almost equal phrases in casual speech?

For example: Once in a while Now and then Dictionaries don't provide labeling for every phrase in terms of whether it's formal, informal, slang, etc.
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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....
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Is there a phrase in English for working days like “one day in work, and one next day off”?

Do there have many phrases to describe for the working days of the week? Like usually I have seen: "5 working-day", as known as Monday to Friday. "6 working-day", as known as Monday to Saturday. I'...
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'put on hold' or 'kept on hold'

I was trying to write a formal email to my manager stating that the change controls are put on hold. For 'put on hold', I meant that the change controls are on 'hold' status and are no more processed. ...
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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 ...
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What does the phrase “pinging around” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "pinging around" in the following sentence: But it’s not only about pinging around a screen in the vain hope you take down another wrestler’s power ...
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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 ...
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What does the phrase “swashbuckling makeover” mean here?

I hope someone would help me understand the meaning of the phrase "swashbuckling makeover" in the following sentence: Or discover hidden treasure in Pirate Cove – plus a swashbuckling makeover. (...
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What does “more flapper than sage; more purse than flag” mean?

Persiflage refers to the sort of light banter one just breezes through, breezy talk to shoot the breeze, mere raillery: more flapper than sage; more purse than flag; a trifle, a siffle, mere piffle. ...
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The use of the phrase ‘all but’ in this context

“So far, 686 people have been tested in the U.K., with all but three negative” In this article, the use of the phrase ‘all but three tested negative’ doesn’t make sense to me. In my head it should ...
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Could you tell me “the extent to which” is a noun phrase or a clause in this sentence?

I have a sentence in my textbook confusing me. The sentence is: Another influential factor for brokers is the extent to which the authority is centralized or decentralized. My concern is what the ...
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“I didn't start yet” vs. “I haven't started yet”

I was recently having a conversation with a non-native English speaker, and found his use of the phrase "I didn't start yet" wrong somehow. I corrected it to "I haven't started yet", but I don't fully ...
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How to use the word “lucky” properly?

Imagine i'm walking in the street starting looking for a florist and i come across one straightaway. Should I say or think: "How lucky!" or rather "How lucky for me! or How lucky I am? Is there any ...
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You keep me hanging on

What is actually the phasal verb in a sentence: You keep me hanging on "Keep on" or "hang on"? What do we have here? Double phrasal verb? I am trying to figure this out for a while today... This is ...
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'Call up' - what does 'up' mean?

call up : to make a phone call to a person or a place Call up and make a reservation for eight o'clock. Can you call up for me and tell them I'm sick? In these sentences, I don't know what does '...
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What is the difference between “go up to something” and “go over to something” in the sense of approaching something?

What is the difference between the following sentences? He went up to the table to grab some cake. He went over to the table to grab some cake. If the phrases have identical meanings, could ...

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