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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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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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"?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is this phrase correct, if yes, what does it mean?: “arise out of reason’s slumber”

Here is the full sentence: In the first three internationals as well as the Trotskyist one, the absence of a positive Marxist understanding of the status of their intellectuals is connected ...
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Is “Thanks for understanding” proper English?

I usually see this in non-English speaking countries. Examples: The park is closed for maintenance. Thanks for understanding. I'm currently out of office, please address my backup. Thank you ...
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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 ...
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via survey or via a survey? Which one is grammatically correct?

I've found a similar topic related to "via the Internet", but I'm still wondering if you can use the phrase without a preposition - "via survey." I conducted primary research via survey. vs. I ...
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What's the difference between “happen to be” and “used to be”?

Can they be used interchangeably in following example? Put that thing back where it used to be. Put that thing back where it happen to be.
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What does the phrase “buff your units” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "buff your units" in the following sentence (not available online): Planeswalkers are among the most powerful beings in this game and thanks to ...
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What does the phrase “peer down” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "peer down" in the following sentence: You peer down on a grassy field of play, and drag three of the same thing closer together. For more context,...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Does the question sound rude? how to ask in English?

How to form a question without sounding rude. If I see someone coughing, should I say: Is it rude to wear a mask? or Is it rude if I wear a mask? And is it rude in the American culture?
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“I want him arrested.” Is “arrested” a participle that act as an adjective modifying “him”?

A participle act as an adjective. But adjective mostly come before noun. This sentence only has pronoun. And "arrested" comes after pronoun. If "arrested" does not act as an adjective, What is its ...
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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 ...
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“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?
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Writing a sentence starting with “To do so” in a semi-formal essay

Can I start my essay with "To do so"? Does it sound too informal? These are the sentences: the teacher could give a lecture ... To do so, they should train ...
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What does 'nothing went right' means?

I wanted know, what does means these sentences below: Nothing went right today. Nothing went right again.
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What does 'you'd be' mean? [closed]

This is the sentence: You'd be really cool Felix. What does 'You'd be' (You had be) means in that sentence?
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How to write with respect about saying that original work is done by someone else?

I used a Mirza Ghalib Urdu poetry to create almost similar poetry (the pink image contains the poetry I created in Hinglish language. It's just a rough illustration to represent the poetry I created.) ...
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“all the time” or “during the time” which is correct or better as an antonym of “until”?

Don't open the cover until the light goes out. I am trying to rewrite the above sentence I created without using "until". My examples are as follows: Don't open the cover all the time (that) ...
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Usage of “How I wish I could…”

How and when is the phrase "How I wish I could..." used? I came across this phrase at at least two instances: How I wish he could question the Indian powers! How I wish I could. But I have a real ...
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I am sorry, I am <name> and I am happy usages

When someone asks our name, we use I am [name]. Also, we use I am to express our feelings, like I am sorry, and I am happy. So do we use I am for both our identity and our feelings?
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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
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If it is necessary = If need be. How 'it's necessary' could become 'need be' here?

[If it is necessary = If need be] How 'it's necessary' could become 'need be' here? +or does 'be' simply mean 'to exist' in "If need be"? (Can I use it in formal writing&speaking?) +Is there ...
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Could someone help me understand the phrase “not for (the) want of trying”?

So..I understand the meaning of the phrase "not for (the) lack of trying" and then I've learned that "not for (the) want of trying" has the same definition. But how?! Is there a way to understand how ...
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Finding Correct word

I have doubt on a phrase. Situation: Let's think like that,I want to change the position of a box. I want to take permission from the owner of the box. What should I say? Where should I put the box?...
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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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What is the term for the grandson of my aunt?

How to call the grandson of my aunt? Should I call him cousin or something else? What is the generally accepted term?
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What does the phrase “notch your arrows” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of "notch your arrows" mentioned here. I found the lexical meanings of the word notch here, but they don't seem to fit in the given context. Thank you for your ...
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What does the phrase “slice your timeline” mean here?

Does the word "slice" simply mean "cut" in the following sentence? The new tool palette includes cursor modes—Hand, Zoom, Blade, and Track Select—that enable you to quickly zoom in, move, and even ...
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The use “that is it” and “that is all” in context

Tell me please if there is any difference between that is it and that is all in the following sentence. I have only done half of my homework, that is all. I have only done half of my homework, ...
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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.
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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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Is the phrase “an extensive amount of hard work” correct and does is sound natural?

What I want to indicate in my writing is that I understand I need to work really hard as a student in the program. I'm using this sentence: I am aware that studying in such an intense and demanding ...
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Why this phrase is right: The hardened professional smuggler?

Why this phrase is right: The hardened professional smuggler? I think because hardened = professional, so it is weird to see the phrase: the hardened professional smuggler. But I know that phrase ...
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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.
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Exclamation with “What or How”

How does it say correctly with exclamation? How she looks! or What she looks!
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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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What is the opposite phrase of “ALL CAPS”?

As far as I know, we say that the words in which every letter is in upper-case as "ALL CAPS". Then how can we say for not "ALL CAPS"? Something like "Not all caps".
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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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meaning of the phrase [duplicate]

Can this phrase be used this way?: to mock at someone who said some kind of nonsense or the way what he did or the way how he looks. Or is it possible? For example: I can't with/from your stupid ...
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Is there any difference between “sideways” and “to the side”?

Is there any difference between sideways and to the side? For example: Stop leaning sideways/to the side! The car in front of us suddenly moved sideways/to the side. I feel that in the ...
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Carrier fibre: what is it?

I was reading a thesis and saw this sentence, Recover (Spain) takes post-industrial cotton waste and shreds the fibre to upcycle it into yarn. By colour sorting the waste materials, they have ...

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