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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An idiom/expression to imply “rebuilding and beautifying a destroyed area”

Please imagine a large destroyed area which has become ruined due to a war or an earthquake or simply because it was uninhabited for a long time or even from the outset. I wonder what idiom/verb or ...
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Paying/spending just from pocket money

I wonder what idiom, expression or set-phrase do you normally use to carry the message of spending money from pocket without earning any money (without having any business)? Please have a look on my ...
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A rich and family which is living in comfort and luxury

I Wonder what do you call a family which is most of the time rich and all its members are living a good life and have whatever they need? The idiom/expression/set phrase or even the adjective in my ...
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What does the phrase “patrol cleared areas for supply caches” mean here? [closed]

Here is a sentence from a space action game: When you are away from the battlefield, you can send your co-soldiers to patrol cleared areas for supply caches, while mining resources and ...
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Is “throw in X at Y” idiomatic?

Is "throw in X at Y" idiomatic? I am wondering if I am using the phrase idiomatically or not. It's difficult for a non-native English speaker to determine if a phrase is idiomatic or not, so I rather ...
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What does the phrase “clipped out of the air” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a golf app's description: Never be overconfident of your shot. Otherwise you will soon see it get clipped out of the air by your opponent. The app mentions that players ...
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Meanings and uses of the words “numerous” and “innumerable”

My question concerns proper use of the word numerous and of the word innumerable. I am in a problem which is rare: which one to choose even if I consult thesaurus. This is what I have learned so far: ...
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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, ...
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What does the phrase “entrenched software” mean here?

I am not sure the meaning of the phrase "entrenched software" in the following sentence: The company was more concerned about persuading professional designers who’d been using entrenched ...
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When someone acts obstinately / stubbornly towards you

I have a very long-lasting question about some quite close concepts which I am sure they have some equivalents in current English. I really appreciate it if you could do me a favor and let me find the ...
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What does the phrase “building hopping chop” mean here?

Here is a sentence from an endless runner game: Building hopping chops is a good strategy to avoid unexpected dangers. The player is advised to leap to the side when she sees any danger or goes ...
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What does the phrase “juggling panels in real time” mean here? [closed]

Here is a sentence from a puzzle game's description: In the game, time is far from linear, but for successfully completing some puzzles you need to juggle panels in real time. I know the lexical ...
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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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Modern substitutes for saving your (presence / reverence)

Edited: I wonder in modern English what we can say prior to uttering something that might sound offensive or disapproving to the person/people you're talking to? I know two phrases: Saving your ...
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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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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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