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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Meaning of “I won't be long”

I won't be long. What does this phrase mean, and when would it be used? I heard this phrase in the song "Cheap Thrills."
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How to say don't make a place ugly/untidy

How to say don't make a place ugly/untidy? I have seen "Don't litter" boards in Railway stations; but can we use it in other places like, "Don't litter your room/car (keep it clean)"
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“including on” vs “including”

I found the following sentence in uk.businessinsider.com: After being acquired by Google, DeepMind has been put to work implementing artificial intelligence throughout Google, including on its ...
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Does a phrase make a sentence complex? [closed]

I'm confused whether a phrase is making a sentence complex or it still a simple one? Thank you.
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About the phrase '' pay off ''

My belief paid off well. About the phrase, should I add the word "was" before "paid off"?
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What's the meaning of “certain issues of conscience”?

On certain issues of conscience, she refused to take a partisan stand. What does "certain issues of conscience" mean? I know meanings of the words- 'certain', 'issue', and 'conscience',but I'm not ...
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What is 'fewer than 1 in 10 Americans'?

This is a source. Nine out of 10 Americans say it’s important to control the information collected about them and who can see it, but fewer than 1 in 10 Americans are confident that either the ...
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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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“Go off” vs. “go” when describing an event

I don't hear "go off" very often used in conjunction with "event" to mean "to happen." What is the difference between It's amazing that our party went off so well! and It's amazing that our ...
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Possible ways of rephrasing a noun phrase functioning as Determiner

In page 118, Bas Aarts, 2011, the author gives an example: With this size zoom, image stabilisation is essential, and the SP-570UZ has two systems to reduce shake. He states 'ordinary' noun ...
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what's the meaning of “from up high” & “from down low”? [closed]

One of my friend wrote a sentence like this: We should have a correct attitude toward Trump. We should not value him from up high or dismiss him from down low. I'm not sure whether "value from ...
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What means “we might have a room going for you”

I was exchanging texts with an acquainted. We were talking about me moving to his city in December and he said that he is moving in with his friends and that "there might be a room going". He is a ...
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Informal way of saying some time expressions

I was wondering what the informal equivalent for the following expressions are: A matter of time It is a matter of time, before somebody find it As time goes by As time goes by, he found that ...
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How to greet in English formally? [closed]

I've been studying English for 1 year and I'm good at it. Anyway, I would like to know how to greet in some ways. I greet in 2 ways usually: Hi, What's up?/How are you?/What's about you? Not bad, ...
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Ears pop with pressure?

What does "even as her ears popped with pressure" mean in the following text? Does it mean her ears will be blown up almost by great pressure? Outside, everything was dark. There was only the ...
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'Alex is a son of Smith.' and 'Smith is a father of Alex.' carry same meaning or different meaning?

In terms of Data Modeling, either of the following two relationships imply the same meaning. I mean I can use any one of them. (For Specific two Individuals) IS_A_SON_OF IS_A_FATHER_OF Example Alex ...
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I Could Not Among the Misty Clouds

I could not among the misty clouds / Your unstable and painful image catch, / ‘Oh, my God’, I promptly said aloud, / Having not a thought these words to fetch. / How to make sense of ...
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how to write this sentence correctly

In a house where the TV is not watched, blessings multiply, angels enter and Satan leaves. Whereas a house in which the TV is watched becomes devoid of blessings, angels leave and is ravaged by Satan. ...
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Correct usage of the preposition “with” [closed]

I want to say: With help my friend I pass exam. Rename folder with help Resharper. [Resharper is a tool for developing.] With a sense of self-preservation I jumped over the wall. Are those ...
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What does the phrase “builds on the lore of the game” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "builds on the lore of the game" in the following sentence: It’s interesting to see how the community builds on the lore of game. The fans are ...
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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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Phrase “A existed as little as B years ago”

I'm curious about phrase "A existed as B (adverb or adjective) as C years ago" or more specifically, "A existed as little as C years ago" The original sentence is like the below. Active ...
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Substitute phrase for “no-nonsense approach” [closed]

I am writing a biography blurb and I am looking for a phrase to substitute her no-nonsense approach
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Is it “How does my soul taste?” or “How does my soul tastes”?

I'm having a debate between my friends and my English teacher, it came up during a practice conversation in class and I said that "How does my soul taste" and they proceeded to correct me by saying ...
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I bought something two days ago - quick question

I have this question that my brain cannot understand because for me it seems to be very illogical. Please, try to explain this to me. It is both english problem but also my native language problem. ...
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Knowledge consolidation synonyms, more colloquial

Let's say I've finished 1st learning/studies stage out of 3 and being asked what is my motivation to proceed to stage 2 or 3. As a part of my answer I want to say that I wish to "consolidate my ...
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What does the phrase “by holding down on each side of the screen” mean here?

Here is a sentence from an action game's description: You can dodge them by turning left and right by holding down on each side of the screen. In my opinion, the players needs to hold down the ...
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What does the phrase “rainy ruins” mean here?

I am not sure about the phrase "rainy ruins" in the following sentence: The WCIII missions were a lot of tiny islands, wet rainy ruins. The sentence above is from a game's forum.
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What does the phrase “go over or through their own body” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "go over or through their own body" in the following sentence: What makes the game challenging is that the birds can neither move backwards nor can ...
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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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Synonym for “Labor intensive” phrase

Can I request for a word which can describe the following sentences; Production of labor intensive products Human and capital intensive products
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(As you mentioned / pointed out) and (Thank you for mentioning / pointing out)

I know that when you 'point something out' you have already found something important with that and would like the listener(s) know about it too in order to draw their attention to it. Now, please ...
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Is it ungrammatical to say “good morning” when it is not morning? [duplicate]

Is there a grammatical rule that applies to saying "good morning" when it is not morning?
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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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Grammar: Phrase and Actions

Our clothes sell so well in this country that we have no need to export. Two questions. Our clothes sell so well in this country... Is this part of the sentence a noun phrase although it ...
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How to say “I did that because I was forced to do it” [closed]

Is there a phrase to use in this sentence: "I did that because I was forced to do it (by someone / by circumstances)".
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How to express “move the wheel” left or right in one word? [closed]

Specifically, I want to know if this phrase is correct, it's a piece of advice to pass the driver license test: "From my point of view, you should go more slower than faster, so, you have time to ...
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Better way to say “ensure that the job is done right”? [closed]

I'm copy editing a contract proposal and the last part of final paragraph of the executive summary says "x y and z ... ensure that job is done right." This is a bit bland. Any suggestions on how to ...