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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What does the phrase “while holding down one paddle” mean here? [closed]

Here is a sentence from a rowing game app: It is not possible to turn in air, so take jumps in a straight line while holding down one paddle if you have to turn abruptly while landing. I am ...
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A person full of complexes

I wonder what would you normally call someone who has a chip on their shoulder informally? (What I am looking for can be considered as an offensive idiom/expression/adjective by most people.) Such ...
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What does the phrase “get three assists with your player” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a football game app's description: In the game you will be asked to get three assists with your player. I know the meaning of the word assist, however the meaning of the ...
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What does the phrase “stay closer to home” mean here? [closed]

Here is a sentence from a game advertisement text: Whether you’re looking to escape on holiday or are staying closer to home, these fun games will certainly send you on a long adventure ride. ...
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What does the phrase “weigh down” mean here?

Here is a sentence from an adventure game: In the game, you use your enemy's corpse as bridges and to weigh down pressure plates, providing cover from spears-firing traps – sometimes for ...
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what's the meaning of 【catch basins】right here?

I just not sure about the sentence below, which I read in an online article discussing the American atheists: "The shift away from any dominance of any one religion is good for a secular society ...
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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 ...
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Concerning the meaning of “week for week, month for month, year for year”

Does the expression in bold within: “The human ability to understand capitulates when faced with the sheer number of deaths, week for week, month for month, year for year,” Judge Bührmann said. ...
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What does this “put nose in someone's life” mean?

"Why should I put my nose in his life" I read this in article of apathetic co-worker. What exactly it mean?
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What's the negation of “Sooner or later”?

I find the following sentence in need for the "Sooner or later" but in its negative form. The sentence: This is what I don't intend in disclosing. Not sooner or later. The speaker wants to ...
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The usage of the phrase “every other”

We know that "every other" means not each one in a series, but every two. For instance: The conference used to be held every year, but now it takes place every other year. But can we say for ...
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Correct usage of the phrase “which, in turn.”

His empire created the foundation for the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, which in turn, had their own great works.
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The more buckets are allocated, the less the load factor gets

I was writing an answer on StackOverflow and came up with this sentence The more buckets are allocated, the less the load factor gets. (x ?) It sounds a bit off to me because of "the more buckets"....
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“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 ...
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“Could you” question vs “Would you” question

I read in a book that in a situation where you are asked to join a club activity so politely that you cannot turn it down, “Could you join us?” is more polite than “Would you join us?”. Why is that? I’...
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What does the phrase “add stakes” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a platform game app: Without any doubt, it’s a great way to add stakes to the platforming. The game has a revised gameplay in which a player can start from the most recent ...
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Is this Name? vs Are you Name?

My friend requested me to meet him on Skype. And I searched him on Skype with his ID. The ID is matched but the account name isn't in English. So, I just want to make sure that he is Peter or not. I ...
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Usage/understanding of “holding it all”?

In the Off Camera Show (timestamp), Brit Marling says today many people take many photos a day as a way to say I'm here, I'm alive and I'm holding it all. Is this a way to express someone has ...
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Can we omit age from “at the age of 10” and say “at 10”? Is that informal?

I am wondering what's the difference between I started to walk at three and the following variants: I started to walk at the age three. I started to walk at age of three. I started to ...
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Noun phrases after the en dash

Some polls showed the party could win just seven percent of the vote - their lowest share in history. Some polls showed the party could win just seven percent of the vote - the party's lowest ...
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The usage of “run a mile” in a sentence

The phrase "run a mile" means: To try to avoid a situation or a person because you are embarrassed or frightened. Based on this definition, I wonder if you could let me know whether the following ...
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“Looking for answers in…” - does “in” mean “related to”?

I found a similar phrase in a title where they used "in": Looking for Answers in Life? Although I have read the article to figure out what in does really mean, in the end, I came up with two ...
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Does it sound natural?

Some were made to cry. Others, to make others cry Does it sound natural? If not, how would you write it? I feel like there is something wrong with it, it's a literal traslation from my mother tongue (...
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We have vs We do have

What is the difference between We have and We do have? Has it same meaning or different meanings?
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Beating one's head against the wall / a brick wall

Dictionaries say that the idiom "beating one's head against the wall" means: To attempt continuously and fruitlessly to accomplish some task or achieve some goal that is or seems ultimately ...
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Why is “more than meets the eye” grammatical in some cases?

I find this idiom very interesting, idiomatic and intuitive but not that grammatical to me. Why should we use meets, the third-person singular simple present sense? Can I change it to any other senses?...
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“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. ...
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What does the phrase “group into” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a schedule planner app: In the app, you can easily group to-dos into projects and drag tasks within and between them. I am not sure if the word "group into" is used in ...
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Last year I took the bus to work. Since then I've taken the train

Just read this in a textbook (not written by natives I believe). Is that correct, unambiguous? I would expect "Since then I have been taking the train".
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Is “World Top Education” correct?

Is World Top Education grammatically correct for a section label that wants to summarize that a country's education/universities are among the bests of the world?
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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 ...
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Does “the overall sake” mean “for the sake of the majority of people”?

I was certain that the "phrase" (the) overall sake exist until I have typed it on Google search box to find no result containing it as a whole. So, I want to know if it exists in English and if it ...
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How to say sarcastically “Wait for a long time (perhaps forever)”

Which one of the following phrases can be used in the context below in natural English: A) Let me go! I won't come along with you. I don't like the company of such people. B) But believe me; ...
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Usage of the phrase “give-and-take”

In accordance with the Oxford's explanations: give-and-take - willingness in a relationship to accept what sb else wants and give up some of what you want: - If the dispute is to be resolved ...
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Is “One's life of them” a valid phrase?

I want to use a phrase that takes the form of possession. It may be a matter of an apostrophe with s or a usage of a possessive pronoun, I suppose. What I want the phrase to mean and indicate is that ...
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correct usage with phrases

Why doesn't just a sense work as the subject in the following sentence? Why does it need in a sense? A sense we were witnessing someone pushing boundaries and defying conventions. You could have: ...
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To burn the midnight oil

Please consider the following scenario: a) I'm really jealous of him; he's a really successful engineer. b) Instead, I'm really proud to have such a colleague! You see! He's been a truly ...
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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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“Reply about” or “Reply to”

"I'll reply about this later.", is this correct grammatically and right usage of the proposition "about"? or should I have used "to"?
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The meaning of “corruption of the best is the worst of all”

I have searched the web and found out that the proverbial sentence the corruption of the best is the worst of all has some Latin roots: Corruptio optimi pessima. Which apparantly is ...
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A very slow, weak and loose person

How would you normally in informal (not vulgar) English criticise a slowpoke how normally is very loose, weak and drags his feets when it comes to performing a task and you find it really difficult to ...
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What do you call the market for a certain job?

I am not sure, but the only phrase that comes to mind is "X market" as in "janitor market", but I think it may sound odd in certain situation. Here's an example that might help understand what I mean:...
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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
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Which types of prepositional phrase is “toward its employees” in Philosophy guiding the organization's policies towards its employees is not bad?

The philosophy that guides the organization's policies towards its employees is not bad. The philosophy guiding the organization's policies towards its employees is not bad. The organization's ...
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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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Thank you email at office [closed]

Could you give me better phrases than this? The situation is that you took 1week leave for vacation and want to say thanks to coworkers. " title: Thank you Thank you so much for your assistance ...
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It is so lovely a day

I know "such a lovely day" is definitely correct, but what do you think of "it's so lovely a day"? Is it okay as well? This part of an exercise I did in FCE use of English, 'it's so lovely day' is ...
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How should I understand “is its own”?

In general I do not understand the usage of "is its own" in a sentence. For example how should I understand "is its own" in the following sentence? Since the hand of a clock is its own clearly ...
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Preposition: its peak is (at) by the end of a/the day

What is the correct preposition and phrase here: Overall, the highest number in terms of consumption of energy is in winter and its peak is by the end of THE day in England Vs. Overall, the ...
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A phrase ”follow into" in a context

I'm a (an old style) basketball fan and when I was reading this article And I encountered this line, Walton inherited a team that was ripped to the studs by Kobe Bryant's retirement tour and ...

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