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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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“Mama had a baby and its head popped off”

This is a short children's song prevalent throughout the U.S. at least during the early 1980s. I couldn't find anything conclusive w/r/t the etymology of the song, but perhaps my Google-fu is too ...
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All of … use or omit of?

While writing a sentence , I used all of my books , I got stuck with the usage of "of". Which of the two shall I write: all of my books vs all my books
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Is there a name for this type of construction?

2-part question: (1) Is there a name for this type of construction in English? Examples: "We can't go, can we?" "I am here, aren't I?" "We mustn't get ahead of ourselves, must we?" "You are ...
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What is this type of “double-entry” phrase called?

What are the word combinations called? (Blank AND Blank) they are often used... Law and Order Judge and Jury Cops and Robbers Bait and Switch Cease and Desist Stop and Go Checks and ...
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Complete the job, as directed. There is a comma. why?

The following sentences both say that you have been directed to do a job: Complete the job, as directed. vs Complete the job as directed. But which of the two sentences above will assert ...
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What is the origin of “burning a hole in my pocket”?

It's an old expression, but when someone used it today it made me wonder about how the phrase came to mean what it does. Coinage would not seem to bear an association to being on fire, though if ...
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The correct espression for something’s surface is parallel to the ground level?

Like the title says, I thought it was something like “the kitchen table is now level” but I’m not sure anymore.
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what is meant by “ I but a tell ” [on hold]

I've been searching the meaning of this sentence " I but a tell ", but I couldn't even find any answer, Does anyone know about it?
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How should I word this? [on hold]

Please let me know which is the best way to word the second sentence: Please find for filing in the above reference matter our representation. Request for Hearing was file electronically today. ...
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What's the origin of the phrase “to be young and in love”?

What's the origin of the phrase "to be young and in love"? I speculate that it's a quote from something influential, but I can't find a source. Anyone know?
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How do I list related phrases? [on hold]

I am listing evidence that a person had a certain background and I'm not sure how I should list it. Would it be this be the correct formatting/punctuation? Joe had a tragic life; his parents ...
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Common way to express that my guess is right [on hold]

How do you say to express your guess is right? Example You guessed Yankees would beat Red socks, and actually Yankees won. How do you express that your guess was right?
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Is it correct to say, “an example for this is . . .”.?

I'd like to find out if the phrase "an example for this" is English usage. More specifically, I'd like to know if the preposition "for" is correct. The sentence was written by a German person. I'm ...
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Good men in robes

It is time for good men in robes to rethink their responsibilities while heeding Edmund Burke's warning: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." ...
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Another phrase for 'Here I was' [on hold]

In conversation, we often say Here I was, followed by A, and B, and then something like, but .... used in contrast. This form of expression does not seem to translate well to the written word. ...
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Genre restrictions [on hold]

How to say correctly: 'law of the genre', 'rules of the genre' or 'genre principles'? For example: — In your fashion magazine no suffering at all. There are no hungry children, old age people... ...
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Lookig for a better/stronger sentence [on hold]

Could anybody let me know a stronger/improved sentence for the one shown below: One of my interest is in applying machine learning to real world problems
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What does the phrase “to die for good” mean?

Earlier I saw a new web clip to the vampire diaries season 6 episode 7, where Alarick says: If you kill me, I am dead for good this time. Please, explain to me what this means.
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In the rap Baby Got Back, does Sir Mix-a-Lot's anaconda want buns or not? [duplicate]

In the rap Baby Got Back, Sir Mix-a-Lot claims: My anaconda don't want none unless you've got buns, hun. Which at first glance would appear that his pet snake doesn't want any (food, presumably) ...
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How would you say “put aside the exceptions”?

In Hungarian we say "eltekintünk a kivételektől" which means that we don't care about the exceptions when we create our model of sthg. Now I don't know how should I say this in English. I thought that ...
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“To show for” correct usage

Came across this sentence in a newspaper article. "But as the months passed by quickly with little other than grand announcements and declarations to show for, the case for more hands at the wheel ...
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What is meant by the phrase “No heroic measures” [closed]

Heard this phrase a few times not entirely sure what is meant by it. Thank you
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Word for “Approve or Deny” [closed]

I am looking for a word to describe someone who approves or denies something. However, the word must start with a "C". Here is how it is so far: # CueCreator <-- The person who creates the Cue # ...
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regarding the phrase “carry perspective” and “carry standpoint”

I've encountered a phrase that I can't make out as yet despite my futile attempts to look it up in several dictionaries, along with browsing several online articles containing such phrase. It's in a ...
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What does “at their doorstop death” mean?

I read an article on Time, entitled: Liberal Group Blames Republicans for Ebola in New ad. “I think any Republican who attempts to chalk this ad up to politics is a Republican who is too afraid ...
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What can I use instead of “One Day” [closed]

I am writing a book review and I am unsure on a substitute of the phrase "One Day,..."
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“Despite not being” vs “despite of not being” [closed]

What's the different between despite not being and despite of not being? Example: She wore a turtleneck sweater and a floral skirt that reached just above her knee. Despite (of) not being ...
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Is there a slang word or phrase for someone who is always playing dirty tricks or unpleasant practical jokes on his friends and acquaintances?

context: He will surreptitiously introduce a frog into your handbag. You leave your car keys on a desk, he sees it and hides it somewhere. He may offer you M&M type candies that will leave your ...
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Provide proof or provide a proof (mathematics)

what I want to express is that I want to prove Theorem A. My supervisor told me that I could use the formulation: We provide a proof of Theorem A. A friend of mine, who is a Bachelor of Education ...
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what's the right expression to say ' you can take our wine in cups'?¿ [closed]

I want to indicate that in our restaurant we offer the wine in bootle (as always), but you can take cups of wine too. How to say This cups of wine? thanks.
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What does the phrase “behind deadline” mean?

If someone (or something) is behind deadline, does it mean that she/he has already missed a deadline or does it mean that she/he is about to miss a deadline ?
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What's another phrase for “word for word”? [closed]

It's a sudden random question I have but I distinctly remember there being another phrase, probably of another language, which means exactly the same as "word for word". What is it?
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Dangling modifiers

To succeed in any endeavor, commitment is necessary. Anything wrong with this phrase? A dangling modifier?
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a word for “switch on and off” [duplicate]

I'm trying to say: In simulations specific effects can be switched on or off to determine their impact. This switched on or off seems to me rather clumsly. Is there a single verb with that meaning? ...
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The meaning of the expression 'Hippie stoner' [closed]

Could anyone please help me get the idea of the expression 'Hippie-stoner'? The context in the book is the following: 'He's a lawyer, not a producer and he wears a suit everywhere, but Lindsay claims ...
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'Cultural amnesia' : what does it mean?

I came across this word while browsing and could not browse its definition. I understand amnesia, have heard of retrograde amnesia,but cultural amnesia appears jarring to my mind.
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What is the meaning of “I could really use a break from this place”? [closed]

I ask this because I am unable to understand the uses of could and can ?
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What is one word or phrase to say “I will set an object or I will remove the object's placeholder”

I'm trying to name a method in a programming language and can't figure out what it should be called. I'm looking for a single word or phrase that means "If you give me an object I will place it on ...
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Communicating Last Full Week to users

I'm trying to communcate the idea of 'Last full week'. That is, the most recent Sunday through Saturday range that has totally finished. October 2014 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 ...
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Is there a difference between: “The coming year” and “next year”?

If it were now January, would "the coming year" be taken to mean this year? If it were November would "the coming year" refer to the next calendar year or a period running from November to November?
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The most fitting way to start a phone conversation with a potential employer [migrated]

I'm currently looking for a job and making a mental plan of what to say, potential questions and answers to them etc. and I was wondering what would be the best and most fitting way to start a phone ...
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Perseverance of the whole in spite of the loss of individual elements

Is there a word, phrase or expression that can be used to describe the following kind of situation: The arrangement of well placed pieces on a chess board; one guarding the other, which in turn is ...
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Why do people say “too little too xyz” instead of “a little too xyz” [migrated]

I've heard people say for example "It was too little too late". But isn't it more suitable to use "a" instead of "too" there? English is not my first language so I am sorry if this is an obvious ...
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“subject to” vs. “subject of” - What is better / What is correct? [closed]

I am not an English native speaker so please excuse me if the following is a dumb question. If you want to express that something belongs to something it is commonly a good way to use the word ...
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Should I use “such that,” “so that,” or “in a way that”?

I'm trying to edit a user guide in which the word such is used frequently to describe the way things have to be done. For example: Step 1: Position the frame on the cone using the sliding bar, ...
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What does it mean to show sympathy for the other ticket [closed]

In the movie "All The President's Men", the vice president says that at the airport. What does it mean? What is "the other ticket" referring to?
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What does “in my bones” mean? [closed]

I can't get the meaning of the phrase "in my bones". Help me make a suitable sentence using it. Does it have a positive connotation?
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How can I say that this occurs to each matrix individually and not to all of them together?

I am translating a mathematical paper into English and I'm having trouble with this passage. What I wrote was: "Comparing Equation A and Equation B, for example, for n=12 we note that the coefficient ...
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Another term for “Master Slave”

In technology, the "master" controls one or more devices known as the slave(s). For the novel I am writing, I prefer avoiding the connotation of Master/Slave. Is their a word, term or other phrase ...
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Which sounds more right in a website name/address: [product]available or available[product]? [closed]

I want to get a website name and an address, and they have to communicate that a product that's represented on the site is instantly available. For example if I sell bread, which is better: ...