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

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Is it correct to say “We […] will be present at <destiny> at <time> […]”?

I am writting an email in English for a website. As you can see, my English isn't quite perfect. And one of the emails must be saying something similar to: We confirm that we will be present at ...
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“As for me” in the beginning of the sentence

Could I use "As for me" in the beginning of the sentence? For example, when somebody asks the whole group of people what was done, and one in that group answers what he did: "As for me, I did that ...
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A direct, ironic response to “How are you?” indicating that the person is in a bad mood [on hold]

Imagine person A asks person B, how B is doing. B is doing bad and he or she is upset with the question (after all, nobody wants to admit that he or she is screwing his or her life up). What kind of ...
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semantic difference for the forms: “x of y” vs. “x of the y” vs. “y x”

As a non-native speaker, I have a problem understanding the difference in meaning of the following forms: "… of …" "… of the …" "… …" To be more specific, let me give some instances: "theory of ...
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A phrase for two characters that are unmistakably similar

I am looking for a phrase that compares two characters that share very similar attributes and characteristics. Prufrock and Hamlet truly are [ ... ] I don't want something like "very much ...
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Phrase for “putting one's plans into action”

I am looking for a phrase, metaphor, or cliche to mean "putting one's plans into action". I am using it in the following sentence. As the events of the play proceed, however, Hamlet becomes ...
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What's the meaning of “there is not a good reference for”?

This is the context : "For most projectors however, including SONY projectors that have been used for a few months, or more and the bulb has aged, there is not a good reference for use in calibrating ...
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What is the name of the grammatical construct that expresses a “loophole” in a requirement?

Is there a grammatical term for "loophole" phrase? By "loophole" I mean a phrase that weakens or conditions the main clause. Examples: The system shall calculate aircraft altitude, when necessary. ...
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Use of “don't mention it” for “you're welcome”?

In which American regions is "don't mention it" used for "you're welcome"?
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Phrase for “false conceptual framework”

Edited again: A certain political issue is typically framed by both sides of the debate by a question that I consider invalid as it implicitly assumes the acceptance of some false premises. I once ...
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Looking for the source of “SJO” or “South Jersey Original”?

Looking for source of "SJO" or "South Jersey Original" used to describe a person from Southern New Jersey whose behavior (usually idiosyncratic) is startling or otherwise worthy of note.
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I'm looking for an antonym for eye opener [on hold]

E.g: The movie is a real eye opener. The movie is a real ___________ .
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What's a good adjective or phrase to describe your feeling when confronted with absurdity? [on hold]

Say, you're supposed to be very angry at something but the situation is SO ABSURD that it becomes funny and you end up laughing at it instead. It cannot be having mixed or ambivalent feelings about ...
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Is there a phrase for - “making hard work of easy stuff”

I am looking for a phrase or a flowery way to say that he made hard work of what should have been a cakewalk. To give more context - sometimes the commentator says that the team should have finished ...
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What does the phrase “Terminated Indefinitely” mean? [on hold]

What does the phrase "Terminated Indefinitely" mean in the busness world? Additional Information: This is in the context of a project that has been halted.
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Word that describes embracing imperfection

What is the English word for people who embrace their mistakes and flaws? It is to be used as a name for a team/group. I have thought of the word 'flawed' but it's kind of too literal. I'm looking ...
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Reactions and expressions, not a native speaker here [migrated]

At first sight he couldn't mull exactly about which sort of noise he heard, but he could swear that it wasn't made by the wind. What word can replace sight, to match better with noise? At first ...
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collocation with over, down, out [duplicate]

I'm completely confused when it comes to the combinations with over | down | out: Thank you for coming over | Thank you for coming down | Thank you for coming out. Come over here | Come ...
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Could you guys point out if I did any mistakes on this amateur fiction book? [closed]

this is my first time posting here and before of anything, I want to apologize for any mistakes I make on this post. I am new to reading fantasy and fiction books. I am writing one which is called ...
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Does this “look out for” and “look in for” make sense?

He looks out for all the possible support he can gain from the villagers, and at the same time looks in for inner courage that will prepares him for the worst result. (He wants to be elected by ...
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“Beamed on” an answer [closed]

I occasionally use the phrase "beamed on" to describe being intently focused on something. I wish to know if this is an expression that anyone outside my immediate circle is familiar with? After some ...
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What does “by any stretch of the imagination” mean? [closed]

Example sentence would be: She was never a great player, not by any stretch of the imagination.
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“It has to be them”

Bit of context: In a documentary a guy finds two bears he raised the year before; at the beginning he doesn't recognize them but eventually he shouts, "It has to be them!" To my Spanish ears the ...
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Difference between I see and I understand [closed]

What's the difference between "I see" and "I understand" ?
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Difference between “This makes no sense” and “This doesn't make sense”

Are the expressions "This doesn't make sense" and "This makes no sense" equivalents? If not, what's the difference?
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What is a word or expression for a person who feels free? [closed]

As in they feel unrestrained, like they could do anything?
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“Go to the bank” in a where question

An excerpt from an ESL material but I find it unconvincing: A: Excuse me. I want to go to the bank but I'm lost. B: Turn that corner. The third building is the bank. A and B are strangers. The city ...
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Is there an established phrase like “Claim a false dollar to get a rightful cent”?

For example person A believes that person B is occupying 1 acre of person A's land. Person A claims that person B is occupying 10 acres in the hope that a court of law will award a fraction of the ...
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It is necessary to launch my audit application

I am requesting access to MS-Access. It is necessary to launch my audit application. Background: I received this e-mail from an internal employee. He's requested that MS-Access software be ...
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How to understand the phrase “go to great lengths”?

I just learned a phrase "go to great lengths" which means to try one's best. But I've no idea where does this phrase come from, or why it's like this. How to understand "great lengths"? Why using ...
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How to say “I have sent your words to students” in formal way? [closed]

I'm a teacher and I've asked another teacher about his opinion over a matter and he replied. I have told students about his opinion and now I am replying back to him again. I don't know how to say ...
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When should I write “some stratagems” and when “some stratagem”?

Instances of "some stratagems": 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 Instances of "some stratagem": 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 Is "stratagem" plural noun itself? (like phenomena) If so, is it possible to use "s" to make it plural ...
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Opposite of “out of date”? [on hold]

Can anyone think of a phrase we would use to describe a situation where something is the opposite of "out of date"; that is, it's "too new"? For example, a banana that's been sitting around for ages ...
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How would I punctuate the phrase “making that which needs to be better better”? Is this phrase grammatically correct?

How would I punctuate the phrase "making that which needs to be better better"? I'm guessing that the phrase is grammatically correct, and that the punctuation is as follows, along with an example ...
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What does “alright” mean when it's at the end of a sentence?

a. Life has no meaning alright. What does "alright" mean in the sentence above? I can't find it in the dictionary!
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what does “exist at all” mean?

I need help about a certain phrase. I couldn't grasp the exact meaning of "exist at all" in the following sentence: This is the basis of nuclear fission reactors, where unstable nuclei of very ...
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What does it mean when someone has “golden pipes” and how did it originate?

I believe I saw this mentioned in an article/blog post I read a while ago. From what I remember, the article was about a person's amazing singing voice. However, I looked it up recently and didn't ...
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“It worked for me in high school and it's been a reflex ever since”? [closed]

A: Just go out with me one time. If you are miserable, I will never hint at the subject again. B: I don't think it's smart. A: I know that I am an asshole. It worked for me in high school, ...
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Why do we say “Fever broke”?

When someone is suffering from fever, at some point in time when it stops or it starts getting better, we say the fever has broken. His fever broke last night. He's going to be alright. What's ...
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Not true in general, but possibly true in some cases

Is there an abbreviation, an English or a Latin expression for "not true in general, but possibly although not necessarily true in some cases"? I suppose such a phrase may be used frequently in law ...
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Things saved in the memory of the gone people — are called?

We all love to save things, collect items, items/things those remind us of the departed souls or gone people, gone from life may or may not be dead. What are those things called ? They might not be ...
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Keep the good work up / Keep up the good work - Are they both grammatical?

I have always heard “Keep up the good work”, but “Keep the good work up” also sounds fine to me. Is it acceptable?
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how to say it if you used a wrong window on you instant messanger? [closed]

Can I use - oops wrong window? Sorry, I meant someone else? or...? I'm talking about very informal situation when you are (text) chatting through Skype or other IM with several friends at the same ...
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“If only to do” vs “only to do”

He eats, if only to survive. He eats only to survive. Do these two have differences? And is if only to the reduced form of if it were only to? Thanks.
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I'm tired of writing out the phrase “himself or herself”. What are my options? [duplicate]

Because of English's lack of a gender neutral third person singular possessive pronoun, whenever the need for such a referent presents itself in the course of writing, we seem to be left with ...
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Phrase type help needed

In the following sentence: I thank you for arranging the wedding. What type of phrase is for arranging the wedding? For is a preposition, but the fact there is not only a noun following it but ...
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Alternatives to “yet on the other hand”

I just read "yet on the other hand" in a published research article and it seemed off to me. Is it just me? Is there a better alternative? Specifically: The yet seems to be redundant to on the other ...
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What is the proper term for placeholder messages?

What is the proper English term for placeholder messages that you find in software, in the following format: "No Search Results" "No Message Selected" "Unable to Connect" "Nothing to Show" etc ...
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A term describing the replacement of a specific word in a saying with one that ryhmes

I understand this is quite a complicated title, however I have failed to discover a word (or a few words) to adequately describe the creative language used when changing a saying (or well-known ...
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“at the cost of” vs. “at the expense of”

I usually use "at the cost of", but my editor made it "at the expense of". For example, the following sentence: The counts in Table 2 are all based on implementations that are optimized for ...