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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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Go down the hall meaning? (For giving directions)

When I asked for the directions to the HR's cubicle, I got this reply: Go down the hall then take the first left, You will find the HR's cubicle there. (I don't remember exactly what he said.) I ...
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A phrase to describe someone's immediate liking toward some negative activity?

How to describe someone's immediate liking toward some negative activity? For example, in the example below, I was told that "He took an instant liking to bullying" doesn't sound well: When this ...
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what's the meaning of “in the spirit of Hegel”?

I want to know what "in the spirit of Hegel" means. What does it mean in the context of philosophy I tried spirit but it didn't help me understand.
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What is the meaning of 'a little too + adjective'? [duplicate]

What is the meaning of the phrase "a little too + adjective" ? For example: This is a little too hard for me. Does it mean same as: This is slightly hard for me. ? How are the following ...
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Uisng “go so far as to” with location not thing

The phrase "go so far as to" say or do something, is common. But if I want to describe extreme distance such as traveling to a distant country. Can I use something like: I could not imaging I could ...
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Where/what you get yourself into

a person is inquiring about another person's decision on being included in a bridesmaid thing, then he asked: Inquirer: Are you sure you know where you get yourself into with this whole ...
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How to quick understand in continuous parentheses?

The problem comes when I try to understand (multiple) continuous parentheses, for example: Summary of text leading up to this: someone purpose to eliminate 13 majors about humanities since they are ...
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Do we have to use adjective complements just after adjectives?

Examples: I had already been very sorry but with your behaviour, I was extremely disappointed. (Instead of "but I was extremely disappointed with your behaviour") I was good at software ...
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What does “wish can stay longer yet too busy” mean?

What does this sentence, "wish can stay longer yet too busy", mean in simple English? What phrase does it use? The "can...yet" confuses me.
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Should [good at something] be understood as active or passive?

I just wrote a psychology quiz and there was a "good at" question that I did not answer correctly. I would like to ask the thread's help on this one. The question was: Is the following a behavior ...
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What's it worth [closed]

I found a phrase 'What's it worth?' written after a question asking is someone is willing to do something. Am I right in thinking that it's another way of saying 'What do you have to lose?'
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What's the right way of saying this?

I want to know the right way of saying the following phrase: 1, "Account holder name." 2, "Account's holder name." I would like to know which of previous phrases is correct and if there is a ...
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Use of “purpose” in a question

During study Business-English I am wondering about the use of "purpose" in a "What" Question. For what purposes should this be ? What purposes should this be for ? Are both sentences / ...
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What's the meaning of “It came right as”?

It came right as president Trump and the Japanese Prime minister were sitting down for dinner at the president's private resor Mar-aLago in Palm Beach, Florida. In this sentence, What's the meaning ...
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It might be a stupid question but

I have read and heard these kinds of sentences or utterances many times: "It might be a stupid question but can fish breath?" "I don´t know how to say this but you should change your life!" I don´t ...
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The meaning of “within view of”

I have always understood "with view of someone" to mean can be seen by someone. But I have seen several sentences where the phrase seemingly means can see something from a vantage point, e.g.: The ...
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Help me explain the phrase “After you” [closed]

A friend of mine who's learning english asked what the phrase "after you" means and I said it is used in polite situations as another way of saying "I will do something after you do it" I've never ...
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What does “all that” mean in this context?

Source: 6 Minute English - What’s in a name? That's what we're talking about in this 6 Minute English. A husband taking a wife's name after marriage. All that, six related words and our quiz ...
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Use of the phrase 'The fact that '

Is the use of the phrase The fact that correct here? The fact that you made a joke about black Americans by comparing them to people who smoke weed and are always high, shows the preconceptions ...
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How to tell “that I am not against/countering your opinion” politely? [closed]

The one situation that happens most of the time, when I converse with my Boss was that When he misunderstands some point and talks from that view and if I want to correct him, He mistakes me that I am ...
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all the way (through) meaning in given contenxt

I haven't watched the movie all the way through. I haven't watched the movie all the way. I haven't watched the movie all the way to the end. I haven't watched the movie to the end. Do all these ...
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“If you are to survive, you must believe"

I have read this phrase in a Book(American Gods): “If you are to survive, you must believe" And it sounds very strange to me. I actually didn't get the actual meaning of the phrase. This sentence: "...
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we've ever had as a company?

We now have the best cars and trucks we’ve ever had as a company The last part of the sentence, "as a company", is confusing. Please help me what this sentence means. Does it mean We now have ...
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can't understand in what situation to use want vs wants

I have a sentence "Creative mind that want to develop in every possible way" I reacted to the word "want" and thought it should be "wants" but I don't really know why, or if it's even correct to ...
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What does shrug off mean here?

What is the meaning of the phrase in bold in the following sentence. I just shrugged off when he fired me. Does it mean to stop talking about it? I found: Phrasal Verb: shrug off. 1. To ...
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Are the phrases “I've had an experience” and “I'm experienced” equivalent?

Is there any difference between I've had an experience in something and I'm experienced in something ?
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Other than “note that” or “NB”, what is a phrase that can point out facts and that admits a shorthand in handwriting?

I wonder if there is phrase, other than "note that" or "NB" (for some reasons), such that it functions the same as "note that" and at the same time has a short abbreviation in usage? I thought of "we ...
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What type of phrase is “Beyond a doubt” here?

Beyond a doubt this man is honest. "Beyond a doubt" seems to be a phrase here and I believe it's a noun phrase, but I'm told it's not. Its a adverb phrase how? What is it?
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Tense of the phrase using 'familiar with'

The phrase 'I am familiar with' (brand/style/speech/opinion) etc doesn't seem to follow the tense/verb rules. It appears to start off with present continuous but it doesn't use a present participle (...
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Is The preferred followed by a singular or plural noun

Would you say The preferred Swiss chocolates OR The preferred Swiss chocolate
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How to reply “I am busy”?

"Hello, how are you?" "Sorry, I am up to my neck now. I'll come back to you in a minute." "?" The phrase "take your time" comes to my mind, eventhough I don't know why. Maybe sometime someone ...
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Clauses with “like” and “than”

He runs just like his brother. He runs just like his brother does. He runs just like his brother runs. Which sentence is grammatically correct. Also, what about these three?: He runs ...
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“ . . . [N]ot . . . “ in Sentences, Phrases(?)?

“There should be so much more, not of orange, of words . . . “ “ . . . further out than you thought And not waving but drowning. . . . “ May you call these adverbial phrases? Or, may you call ...
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Meaning of X is as (adj) as he/she/it can be

A famous song by The Beatles has the following lines: He's as blind as he can be Just sees what he wants to see I have run across similar phrases more than once and now am determined to finally ...
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Should I use “about” or “on” with “I was taught a lot X how to”?

I was wondering what was the correct wording in that specific case, it seems to me that the rule is to say "I was taught a lot about" but with the following "how to" the more natural thing that comes ...
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The use of “ to farm out something”

I would like to ask if I can use "to farm out something" as in the following way. I farmed out for a small fortune to build the website of my business through freelance web designers. or only ...
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How to know the relative frequency of equal or almost equal phrases in casual speech?

For example: Once in a while Now and then Dictionaries don't provide labeling for every phrase in terms of whether it's formal, informal, slang, etc.
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To have [noun] of [noun]: adjectival construction or meaninful phrase with specific connotations?

In the song Faith of the Heart, as in its title, you have two nouns connected with the preposition of. Please consider the following segment for instance: Cause I've got faith of the heart. I'm ...
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Why the phrase “of a” is required here?

Source A word to the wise: Whomever is even more of a vogue word than whom. Many use it indiscriminately to sound cultured, figuring that no one will know any better. What the of a has been placed ...
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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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Discerning Phrases

" . . . The Book of Disquiet, an astonishing work that, in George Steiner's words, . . . " In this, I think I may see an adjective phrase, then, what may you call this phrase, in grammar? " . . . ...
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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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Is it considered natural to open an answer with 'On the contrary!'?

Person A: He says that you like sweet foods. Person B: On the contrary! I do like salty foods. Is it considered natural to open an answer or comment with this phrase, or it should be a part of a ...
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How to use 'used to' two times in a sentence

How to say this "When I used to go to the college, I used to play Volleyball". Or is it ok to use used to two times in a sentence? I know I can also use something like: "When I was in ...