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

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Is “largely…” a participle phrase

The earnings of company grew by 5.4%, largely contributed by the strong performance of the manufacturing segment. Is the above sentence grammatical ? "largely.......segment" is it a participle phrase ...
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What does “There are always people who love to sweat” mean in this context?

I was reading a review on Amazon which said the following: To sum up, this method works fine for me and I can recommend it wholeheartedly. But then again, there are always people who love to sweat.....
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Replace Sentence with phrase or particular word?

I have following sentence, "This morning the sun was shining" What can possible replacement. I tried In a fine morning In clear morning but both of these doesn't look suitable. Any suggestion ...
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Translation of “building the sense of concern of others and what surrounds us”

I am trying to translate a French phrase*, which literally says: Building the sense of concern of those and what surround us Or, in "better" English: Building the sense of concern of others ...
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Meaning of “I'd say tomorrow.”

Consider: Got 3000 words to write this morning before racing north to Edinburgh for the BBC Q&A for new writers at the Filmhouse this afternoon. Speakers include the BBC's Creative Director ...
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What is the meaning of “Couldn't we leave before noon”?

Man: We're planning to leave for the trip at about 2:00 Woman: Couldn't we leave before noon? Question: What does the woman ask? A) If they could leave at noon B) If it is possible to go by 12:00 ...
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To which word does “all” belong? (in my case)

In the following sentence, to which word (rescuers or hope) does 'all' belong? "Rescuers had abandoned all hope of finding any more survivors." If it belongs to the rescuers, why doesn't it appear ...
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Usage of “even if temporarily”

Is it correct to say the following sentence? By drinking, I am trying to forget things, even if temporarily. Or I should put it inside parenthesis? Like By drinking, I am trying to forget ...
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“Discrete word” meaning?

I wonder what does the phrase "discrete word" mean. I came across this phrase in a context which someone wants advice someone else in a polite way, and the sentence is: I will have a discrete ...
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from where & from which, during which & during which time [closed]

Could you explain the differences between: 1. from where & from which; 2. during which & during which time. Thanks!
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About 'on a dare', 'dare' in passive and 'daren't'

She learned to fly on a dare. (oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com) Does this mean she was dared by someone to fly? Was she challenged by someone? Is it ok to use 'dare' in passive voice like I did ...
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Is “in one go” British English or just English?

I'm playing a game on a forum that involves guessing who posted. An American English speaker said that because the poster wrote "in one go" (meaning "in one sitting"), they were probably British or ...
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Can I write - sit parallel

I wrote this sentence - His name was criticized severely and now his name sits parallel with all sort of corruption. I wrote this sentence. And I want to know what you think about the usage of "...
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what does “suit up” mean

I am reading the script of a TV series "How I Met Your Mother" The script has this sentence: Hey, you want to do somethin' tonight? Okay, meet me at the bar in 15 minutes. And suit up! Where's ...
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We're out of time. We're running out of time

What is the difference between "We're out of time." and "We're running out of time."? Are they both correct phrases? And they have same meaning? Could you please tell me what is the difference.
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What does “Your supreme selfishness is our gain” mean?

Here is a quote from 127 Hours, 2010 film. Aron : Can I say a big hi to Mom and Dad in Englewood, Colorado? The Host : Mom and Dad! Never forget Mom and Dad. Right, Aron? ARON : Umm. Yeah. Sorry I ...
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Where does “they can't lay us off if they can't find us” come from?

In some film, I saw a man wearing a T-shirt written "they can't lay us off if they can't find us" with some picture on the middle of it. I also found a mug with that same sentence and picture carved ...
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Is there a negative counterpart of the phrase “thanks to”?

The thing to which the phrase "thanks to" is attributed usually produces positive consequence. I wonder if there is a negative counterpart. EDIT: Many thanks. I have now learned that thanks to can ...
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Is “too important a tool” a noun phrase?

The reason is that state banks are too important a tool for the government. Do the words in bold form a noun phrase?
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Is “round” a verb in this phrase?

These days, advertisers not only offer free samples, but free cars, free houses, and free trips round the world as well. Is round a verb in the phrase trips round the world?
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What's the meaning of “you take it, you fly it, and you have something going for it”?

From CNN Student News The following paragraph introduces the size of an asteroid that has just zipped by the Earth. Now, let's think about the size of this. Because here's the baseball diamond ...
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“through” in “come through”

From NPR Safe harbor laws are introduced to protect those minors who are forced to prostitute themselves. New York has probably one of the most comprehensive safe harbor laws. Massachusetts, ...
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How is the phrase 'as…as' used?

My question is, there is some phrase which (at this moment) I cannot exactly remember, but the syntax is following - as _ as Here, (__) is some word. Such phrases are very confusing to me. Can ...
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What's the meaning of “out” in “build out”?

From NPR Critics suggest these big ISPs aren't building out their networks enough to keep pace with the huge growth in demand. I haven't found the definition of "build out" in the ...
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Some questions about “sign onto carve a canal”

From NPR It's the very first words of the article. Finally, this hour, a Chinese company has signed onto carve a canal across Nicaragua creating an alternative to the Panama Canal. I think "...
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Can “walk away” be used in the situation where the person does not actually walk?

From NPR Then Underwood started the car, closed the garage door, and walked away. I thought walk away usually meant a person move away using his/her feet, but here doesn't. Underwood used the car ...
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“record amounts” and “only possible because”

From NPR INTRODUCTION: This passage mainly describes a record-breaking rain in Britain. Prime Minister David promised that money is no object in the flood response, but in the mean time, hundreds of ...
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give the facility a pat on the wall

From NPR Omar Hurricane is a researcher using the laser. He's at Lawrence Livermore Lab and he goes to work not through those big front doors but through an underground service tunnel. That long walk ...
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How to understand the phrase “stand to gain”?

Australia could stand to gain from Canada's decision. The country unveiled in 2012 its Significant Investor visa program to allow immigrants a residency visa if they invested 5 million ...
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“buzz building” & “pull a scoop on”

From NPR: The Beatles' Yearlong Journey To 'The Ed Sullivan Show' Remember now, the Beatles' U.S. arrival is still more than a month away. With the buzz building, NBC's Jack Parr pulled a scoop on ...
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What's the meaning of “across the pond”?

A statement found on NPR - "Across the pond" the Beatles had already cracked the top 10... What's the meaning of "across the pond"? Does it mean "on the opposite side of the Atlantic" or "in every ...
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What does “so far, so good” mean

How can I translate the phrase: "so far, so good" Example: So far, so good. Let’s see how the web server configures the web application
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What are “marginal conditions”?

From NPR: One Prediction Of Sochi Doom That Hasn't Happened The passage describes a snowmaker company put in many snow-making-machines and man-made lakes to insure Sochi has enough snow at the course ...
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What's the meaning of “run in”

From movie Titanic(1997), you can find a transcript here Ismay: So you've not yet lit the last four boilers? Smith: No, I don't see the need. We are making excellent time. Ismay: The press knows the ...
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Is “as fast” a kind of abbreviation?

From Friends(Season 02, Episode 04): Transcript the turns aren't as fast but when Snoopy falls. . . funny. The turn is referring the movement when skating. Is the phrase as fast is a kind of ...
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How to explain the phrase “set up” here?

It's from Friends(Season 02, Episode 04): Transcript Here The episode reveals that Phoebe had married a gay man long before, because he just needed a green card. But one day he came to see Phoebe and ...
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What's the meaning of hit play?

From NPR: Wheels On The Bike Go Round And Round (To Make Music) The story tells that Baber--a music writer, create music out of bikes. BABER: When you first tell people you made a piece of music ...
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What's the meaning of “take forever”?

From NPR: Wheels On The Bike Go Round And Round (To Make Music) The story tells that Baber--a music writer, create music out of bikes. BABER: For instance, when you pluck a spoke on a wheel, you'...
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Asking about how someone is feeling

When you ask someone how they are feeling when they have a broken arm, does it make sense to ask Do you feel any better? It feels like this is used more when they have a cold. So I'm wondering if ...
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“lining up” or “lined up”

It's hard to imagine now those big crowds lining up in the frigid cold eager for the change to work in a bustling factory for $5 a day. I usually see line up used like this: somebody line somebody up,...
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Analyzing “So am I”

"I'm hungry." "So am I." Please reveal the reason behind saying "So am I". It seems it has an interrogative structure. Is it wrong to say "So I am" ?
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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's the meaning of “take their word for it”?

From NPR, Charleston Mayor: Company Behind Chemical Leak Run By 'Renegades, It was an interview with the mayor of Charleston, W.Va., about the city's water supply that had been contaminated. The ...
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What's the meaning of “gun shy” and “come back in here”?

From NPR: One problem we would have here is to calculate the damage because I believe the damage is incalculable and it's going to ripple into the future, because it will cost us convention ...
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What's the meaning of “day six”?

From NPR: Hundreds of thousands of residents of West Virginia are enduring day six without tap water and schools in four counties of the state remain closed. What's the meaning of day six above? ...
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Paraphrase for 'Recover your senses'

I want to translate the phrase 'recover your senses' to my native language: How long a time does it usually take before you "recover your senses" in the morning after rising from a night's sleep? ...
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“work from” or “work in”

Does the following phrases have the same meaning? work from a studio vs work in a studio work from home vs work at home I mean, when can I use the phrase "work from"? What's the difference between "...
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Which of the following is a phrase fragment?

Which of the following is a phrase fragment? A) Since the weather forecast is beautiful this weekend. B) Let's ask our parents if we can go tubing. C) Did you just say that? D) A great dog, that’...
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What's the meaning of “in the 90s”

From NPR (describing how the honeybees keep warm): They (honeybees) actually kind of cluster together and form a bee ball around the queen and then vibrate their wings and that keeps the whole nest ...
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“logistically very difficult” phrase

Does the phrase "logistically very difficult" sound correct in the following fragment? Given that it would be logistically very difficult to conduct the experiment