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

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care for minors / care of minors / guardianship of minors

Which of the phrases best describes the general responsibility for people who are under-age? care for minors / care of minors / guardianship of minors
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So far, so obvious

What is the meaning of "So far, so obvious"? Does it mean "Although out of expectation, it is actually true"?
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But I would say that, wouldn’t I?

What does it mean when after a personal statement someone says "But I would say that, wouldn’t I?"? Does it mean "any way, it is my idea"?
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Can we use “around about” like this?

Can we use "around about" together as in the following sentence? The building was built around about 2 years ago.
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Is it grammatically correct to say “Year of built”?

Is it grammatically correct to say: Year of built 1922 when talking about house or some other building? I know i should probably use phrase: Built in 1922 or just Built 1922 but I ...
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How do you mean vs What do you mean?

What do people mean when they say How do you mean? Are they asking me to explain what I just said? Then how is it different from What do you mean?
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For those that like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing they like

Can any one please explain the saying: "For those that like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing they like" Does it mean: When someone likes some sort of thing, that sort of thing is ...
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Positive connotation Trojan horse?

There's a new app from Amazon called Amazon Underground. It supposedly provides 10,000 free non-IAP games. But what's the catch? Seems like the only thing it does it get the Amazon storefront to the ...
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What's the function of 'adding to' here [on hold]

As the day drew to a close, Norwegians continued to pay their tribute to the dead, adding to the carpet of flowers outside the cathedral. I just read this and I wondered what adding to means ...
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Soft or more euphemistic way of saying “suffer”

One word I can think of is "bear". Any other words for it? I hate the idea of repeating the same word again and again. I want to use it for trivial things which make your life inconvenient but not ...
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Does “differ by” even exist?

I have a question about the preposition for differ in the following context: A differs B merely from a chemical element. Or better to say: A differs B by a chemical element. I will ...
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Sentence doesn't “feel” right, but is it really incorrect?

A friend of mine wrote this sentence: 'The material consists of crumbly blocks, but they are still sturdy enough to not fall apart during bumpy transport.' To me this grates a bit. Even though the ...
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A word to describe “the presence of someone/something has little or no significance in a given situation”?

I am trying to use a single word/simple sentence to explain a situation where adding/not adding a part to a device won't make any difference to its functionality.
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Meaning of the phrase “without breaking down” [on hold]

Computers are very reliable; they can work for a long time without breaking down. What does the phrase “without breaking down” mean in this sentence?
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The phrase “more sharp” vs “sharper”

So I was talking to my fiancee and she said "more sharp" to which I said "you mean sharper?". This is in context of talking about her current earrings being "more sharp" then her usual ones. She then ...
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Common phrases for “won't be classmates”

First, here's the context. There are these two kids who have been classmates ever since, but unfortunately they won't be classmates in the following year. What phrases can I use to describe this ...
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what does the phrase “a real word” mean?

I'm interested in how a word becomes "a real word" in English, and what constitutes that "real word" when it exists. Twentyfive questions appear in the list of questions already asked on this forum ...
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Which of the given phrases is correct?

Is the price negotiable for the job? OR Is the job price negotiable? Which is the correct phrase formation to be asked formally and please tell me the reason for its correctness. Thank you.
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What does the expression “that about sums it up” mean in the context provided in the question? [closed]

This phrase is taken from the Lost series, in particular from Episode 3, in case that rings any bells for anyone. Basically, the question that I have is, what does this phrase mean: That's about ...
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Sentence Structures [closed]

Who told Thuzar about the accident? Microscopic insects can only be seen through a microscope. The bees stung the workman to death. The Tun Foundation presented our school with a generous donation. ...
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Alternative for “found something accidentally even when it was lying really close the whole time”

Let me give you an example of the situation where I would like to use this "word/phrase/idiom/expression". A friend of mine who had a laptop for 3 months now accidentally discovers that it is ...
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Let me all know what you think

I'm wondering about a certain phrase which I use without thinking about. One of my developers whose first language isn't English pointed it out, and it left me thinking if I've been saying it wrong. ...
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What would I call this computer science dilemma?

In computer science, programming languages like Java, C++, and Python are considered to be very popular. C++ is considered low-level, Java is considered mid-level, and Python is considered high-level. ...
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What is the origin of “sewn up”?

As in a guaranteed thing. For example, "Bill has twice the sales of anyone else on the floor so the sales competition is pretty well sewn up." I've tried to think of various metaphors it could be ...
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How to ask politely for the caller's name on a phone call

In case I've received a call and I don't know the caller I want to politely ask the name of the caller. What should I say in this situation?
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catch eye but not eyes

We say “something caught my eye" but not "eyes", why only one eye is caught and the other is free? I am not a native English speaker and this seems pretty strange to me as not being an one-eyed ...
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“two children were born out of this wedlock” is the usage correct?

Stella and David married in 1995. two children were born out of this wedlock. Is the usage "out of" correct?
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What does 'Apply yourself' really mean?

For a long long time, I thought that applying oneself meant that whatever I know, I should be able to apply that to a problem that is presented to me. For example, if I was asked something, and I ...
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What is the origin of “on the way”?

Consider "on the way." (As in "are you coming home?" "we're on the way.") Is the origin from something relating to "way" meaning a lane or roadway, or, is the origin something relating to the ...
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Meaning of the phrase “difference is transparent”

Does "difference is transparent" mean something like invisible, not apparent? For example: "Like a char device, each block device is accessed through a filesystem node, and the difference between ...
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What does a “run on a bank” mean? [closed]

I've heard it in several finance movies and the sentiment is kind of clear but what does it actually mean, "a run on a bank"?
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How to explain that we stopped giving out cards for the day? [closed]

My restaurant uses a queue card (or ticket, I'm not sure what they're called) system. Question is, how should I say when I want to let my customers know that our restaurant stopped giving queue ...
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Adverbial phrase

What is an adverbial phrase ? I recently learnt 'to boot' , meaning in addition, as well. And someone was saying it is an adverbial phrase. I think I know what is an adverb, but never learnt of ...
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Idioms and common English phrases related to music? [closed]

I am writing a dissertation on musical education in developing countries. I would like to find titles for my section that are catchy. Does anyone have any recommendations for resources of ...
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“One thing to note” or “One thing to be noted”? [closed]

Just stumbled which to use when I was writing something. "One thing to note" seems to be used much more often, but clarifications from experts would be helpful.
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Similar phrases/words meaning “it is worth mentioning”

What could be the other phrases/words with similar meaning of "it is worth mentioning"? e.g. I would like to start a sentence with exactly same meaning of It is worth mentioning that [......]
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What are the sentence/ idioms and phrases often used in day to day life? Is there any good articles available listing these items?

English speaking peoples are most often using simple phrase in their day to day life. It would be help to speaking easily if those sentence or phrases known and share any link to learn those words.
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What does “being had” mean in “due regard being had to”?

What exactly is meant by due regard being had to? I can’t understand the use of being had in such sentences. I mean only that due regard to can be used instead of it.
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“Happy for you are improving”—grammatically correct?

Is it correct to say I am happy for you are improving! or does it necessarily have to be with that, as in here: I am happy that you are improving! ?
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Meaning of “using 10-dollar words to describe 10-cent ideas” [closed]

I came across the phrase "If you enjoy using 10-dollar words to describe 10-cent ideas,... " , but I am not sure what it means, specifically when related to Hindi. Do we have a similar expression in ...
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Still to be learnt [closed]

If something is still unknown and we want to say that it will happen only in the future that we learn about it, is it correct to say like this: We already know some details, but the rest is still ...
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Word for unconventional performance in playing instruments?

A whoa-dude performance performs by Salut Salon: Competitive Foursome: It uses abnormal playing positions in the instruments, while keeping the high level of speed and accuracy of the music. It ...
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Can we use “as per your asking” when replying to queries

I am very confused at this usage, very common among my friends. As far as I understand, the correct usage is as per your query or as per your request ... My friends though use as per your asking .... ...
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Trouble with translating (and specifying) foreign proper nouns into English

I'm translating a tourist guide book from Czech to English and it turns out I have yet to grasp some of the grammatical structures possible. I want the English translation to be quite simple and ...
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Verb and noun usage

Since all nouns can be used as verbs so can all the verbs be used as nouns ? Another query : Is there any sentence possible without a verb ?
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(the?) day after tomorrow

It seems to me that when used as a noun, 'day after tomorrow' is preferred with 'the.' 'The day after tomorrow is the deadline.' But when used adverbially it is not so-prefaced.' 'I'll see you the ...
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What is meaning of idiom “I COULDN'T BE BETTER”? [closed]

I have seen people using this idioms while texting when i ask how are you they reply i couldn't be better so i want to know its meaning and which others idioms and words which i can use against this ...
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Is there a word or phrase to define several words linked by hyphens, such as in “a sit-back-and-wait-for-it attitude”

some more examples: "And she gave me that aren't-I-just-gorgeous smile." "The I-did-it-my-way approach." "A from-this-day-forward-I-have-no-son scene."
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Words that act as both noun and verb

Can all the verbs act as noun and vice versa ?
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Do harbour cranes lay dormant?

I am trying to construct 'alternate text' for a photograph I am submitting for evaluation. The photo is in the 'cityscape' category and depicts the harbour at dawn with cranes that are normally busy - ...