A phrase is a group of words that make a unit of syntax with a single grammatical function.

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Breaking sentences up

What is the right term for breaking or dividing a sentence into fragments, wherein each fragment still contains a thought/meaning? e.g.: Sports can ostracize people/ who are not very good at them./
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What is the difference between “iam” and “am?” [on hold]

Iam always confused in choosing between "am" and "iam" when i want to talk about myself, so what is the difference between the two?
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Where do I put this phrase in a phrase structure tree?

I am not sure where to put the AdvP in this sentence when drawing a phrase structure tree. This is the sentence I would like to create the tree for: "The car Sam bought last week won the big race." ...
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What matters vs. what matter when starting a sentence

I am wondering if it would be better to write in the sentence below, "what matters most is" or "what matter most are," since what follows are two clauses. Or should "what" stand as the singular ...
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What is the first word/phrase you think of when you hear about ARROGANCE? [on hold]

I'm doing my PhD research in cognitive linguistics. The subject of investigation is the concept of Arrogance in British worldview. So I’d really appreciate if British citizens could share their ...
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Too blessed to be stressed [on hold]

What is the meaning of the phrase "too blessed to be stressed" ?
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Generic term to describe how the lack of a normal limiting factor will allow an undesirable overuse of another resource

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe the natural forces or factors that would normally either encourage or discourage a particular course of action if that factor is either present or not ...
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“Acted together” or “played together” or ? in a movie

I am looking for a correct and common phrase to describe that people were actors in the same movie(s): An example is: "Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon acted together in The Odd Couple and Grumpy Old ...
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vocabulary about returning ones favor

You're asking someone to postpone something, or do something on behalf of you and at the end you want to say to him I will try to recoup it later. I will try to work on your behalf later. I'll return ...
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Meaning of “I'll have it nicely dried”

I can't understand the meaning of the phrase "I'll have it nicely dried". Does it mean the same as "I'll dry it very well"?
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What's the correct form?

Which is a correct answer? I'll be there in a ... time. A) day or two B) day or two's C) day's or two's
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Chasing something that doesn't exist

I'm trying to find a word or short phrase that would describe chasing something that doesn't exist. My restriction is that it can't be referencing something that would only make sense in our world ...
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What phrases, words and verbs are acceptable to end a person's quote? [on hold]

I am a translator and I need ideas on phrases and verbs to end a quote. For example, "The whole world is concerned with generating alternative energy," the President stated. Words like the one in ...
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Usage of 'that of' [on hold]

Vishal invested 2/11 th part of his monthly income in stocks share and that of 4/11th part in mutual fund This is a mathematical question (source). I am confused about the usage of 'that of' ...
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What do you call the following phrases?

In the following examples: A boy with blue eyes and black tshirt stood in the corner. An old man who knew how to live a life the right way looked through the window. What would you call ...
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Fairly deep phrase meaning

I'm having difficulty with understanding the below phrase: sorry, I've been in a fairly deep recently Is this statement cut off as not making greater sense to me? That was a response to my ...
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Sum and difference 'is known', or 'are known'? [on hold]

Which of the following is correct? Given two numbers whose sum and difference is known, ... Given two numbers whose sum and difference are known,...
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What do we call a person who walks into a ditch/trap himself without anyones provokation or enticing him [on hold]

Without being careful, or may be with some arrogance, if a person walks into a troublesome situation, what are the phrases or words to describe him?
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Phrase similar to “in the offing”

The meaning of "in the offing" I guess is "something that is likely to happen in the (distant) future" Is there any phrase that describes something that is likely to happen soon?
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How did “stone-cold” come to mean completely?

It seems like such an odd arrangement of words that would, in a certain context, mean "completely." Otherwise, it just means "cold." And my Google-fu has failed me; I'm unable to locate an ...
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'a same matrix' or 'the same matrix'?

Synchronizing only a seed between the local sites and fusion center can let the pseudo-random number generators generate the same matrix A. Or Synchronizing only a seed between the local sites and ...
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What does the phrase “a wash on time” mean? [closed]

As the title states, the specific usage being "It's a wash on time". The context is an assembly language program: add $r1, $r0 #It's a wash on time
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shout down the road to something [closed]

What does it mean when we say "something shouts down the road to something else"? Does it mean "to pave the road for something"?
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what would be subject line in email to inform friends that i have started company? [closed]

I need subject line to inform friends that new company has been formed by me.
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correct grammar [migrated]

Which would be correct: Male and female ATHLETE that HAS shown good sportsmanship? OR Male and female ATHLETES that HAVE shown good sportsmanship? Thank you.
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any word can replace 'respectively'? [duplicate]

Given 'The two boys are from the rich and poor family, respectively.'. Then, can I say 'The two boys are from the rich and poor family each.' to remove the ugly comma? Any other suggestions are ...
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'eat extra two apples' or 'eat additional two apples'?

Should I say 'We want to eat extra two apples' or 'We want to eat additional two apples' ? OR both are correct? Any other suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
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what is the word/phrase that corresponds to 'fusion center'?

I have a sentence: Data have to be transmitted from AAA to the fusion center. AAA could be the phrase 'the local places'. However, I think 'the local places' is not a good phrase that matches the ...
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“These kids I tell you” or “kids I tell you” expression meaning

I have read them in few disconnected articles and in conversations but could not understand them completely. "These kids I tell you" or "kids I tell you" expression meaning. What do they mean ?
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Around how old is “a woman of a certain age”?

"A woman of a certain age" is a common saying. It means more than "a woman of a given age", "a woman who could be any age" or "female, without respect to age". It's usage instead seems to suggest a ...
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She has to be somewhere else later

This is the situation: Ann is going to meet Fred at 6pm. She will give him something and then she has to go because she has another meeting somewhere else at 7. Could you please give me some tips for ...
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Can “tact” be used to replace “tack”?

Fellow Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota took a similar tact as she spoke at the rally. I believe the CNN writer meant to use the word 'tack' like in the phrase ‘take a different ...
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Catchy “Guess It” Line [closed]

Every Sunday I would like to ask a "Guess It" question, but how can I make it catchy and exciting? I'm trying to let them guess a toy part. It doesn't have to long, I just want a lively, catchy line. ...
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What is the meaning of “ever the academic?”

I found this phrase in a story I intended to translate. I've searched it on Google but there's nothing about this phrase. Does it really have a meaning?
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“A little this and that”

When ordering a sandwich today, I said, "Could you give me a little lettuce and onions?" because I wanted small amounts of lettuce and onions. However, when I thought about it later, I wasn't sure if ...
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a word for functionalism as decoration

a word for an element of a design, or an object, that appears overtly functional but is decorative. ie, 4x4 rugged styling that is not functional; plastic bull bars. Lots of buckles or oversized, ...
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Phrase for a test to make sure nothing happens

I'm sure I've heard this phrase said before, but I can't seem to remember it or find it by searching. A positive test is one where you make sure something specific happens - I hit a button and make ...
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What does “There's got to be more to you” mean? [closed]

from song Violet Indiana-air kissing.
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What is a word or phrase that means “both achievable and challenging?”

The adjective "achievable" places an upper-bound on difficulty, whereas "challenging" is a lower-bound. I would love a word or phrase that binds difficulty in the sweet spot between these two. In ...
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Opposite of “As early as possible”

My manager asked me to finish the project as early as possible Here there is no fixed deadline available but the manager wants me to finish the project soon. Consider the case where there is a ...
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commercial line — strange?

I don't know if it's only me, but I found this sentence (actually a phrase) extremely annoying. The fact that you can travel with it as a laptop and use it as a drawing tool ... "Use it as a ...
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What is the meaning of “creaming somebody's spinach over somebody”

I have been watching "Family Guy" recently and Peter says: "my wife's been creaming her spinach over him" What does it mean? I went from top to bottom of Google and found nothing. It's really weird ...
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What does “rather to” in the sentence “the contrary is rather to be supposed” means?

I know the meaning and usage of the phrases "rather than" or "would rather", but how to explain the sentence "the contrary is rather to be supposed"? And how to use the phrase "rather to"? It would ...
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what does it mean: “sup butter-bean” [closed]

I guess it's something when you did not succeed with something but I'm not sure. Can you explain meanings and in which contexts that can be used?
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meaning of “is by no means given”

What does "though the latter is by no means given" mean? Does the "latter" refer to "renewal"? Not only do many of these incursions into the cityscape possess a ‘temporary aspect’ in their ...
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Can starting with: “The bottom line is” be considered redundant if the reader can clearly see that's, in fact the bottom line

My questions is, can the expression "the bottom line is" be considered redundant in an example like so: "[A long, detailed text or answer.] The bottom line is, it doesn't really matter." ...
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Is there one words or a better phrase to specify daily need goods [closed]

like something to describe the commodities we use on a regular basis like stationery , coffee mugs bags, etc.
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“You are presented a” / “You are being presented a”

I need to employ a similar phrase in an essay but I am not too sure whether this even exists. I think I read it a couple of times in tech blogs but I am not sure if these articles have been written by ...
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Using adjectives with 'All the more' [duplicate]

I'm trying to complete this dialogue but I've encountered a bit of trouble with the usage of 'all the more'. The dialogue is below. Our bond is based on trust. We have no contract. Trust? Then ...
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To condition the entry on

I'm looking for the most natural way of saying that someone will agree to something if their demands are met and I'm not sure if each of these phrasings would sound grammatical and natural for the ...