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

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adjective for “wanting/in the mood to watch a movie”

Are there adjectives that describe this phrase? I will be using this term as an individual, one-word responses on a form, so sentence usage is unimportant. For example: "Wanting to date" would be "...
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Is it correct to use “I have something on hold”?

For example, some people have offered me price, and I am waiting for last person so I tell him Can you offer your price quickly? Because I have some offers on hold, that I have to reply to those ...
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Is “do for” always inherently positive, compared to “do to”?

Compare the sentences: After all he has done for me, he needs my help. After all he has done to me, he needs my help. The first one implies that the subject has done good things for the speaker and ...
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Is there any equivalent English phrase to Japanese “対岸の火事,” meaning “like watching a fire on the bank of the other side of a river”?

There was the referendum on Britain’s departure from EU, the nominations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as presidential candidates of Democratic and Republican parties, the suppression of a coup ...
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What does “take the pace out” mean in this context?

It shows in the Champions League, where the Premier League's best sides have struggled since Chelsea won the competition in 2012, especially when the opposition take the pace out of the game. I ...
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Example of describing scientific transition process

Assume a process that goes strictly from state A to state B to state C. I would like to emphasize the endpoints (i.e., A and C) and indicate that state C is probably reached only via state B. To do ...
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Phrase for being indecisive/hesitant

I am looking for a phrase that would fit this (kind of) pattern: "You know how my friends are, they always XXXXXX so I can't expect an immediate answer." "At the restaurant, when I was ...
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How do you politely say in this situation? [on hold]

Our company was supposed to undertake tasks and place in the position as contact desk for a certain event、but the negotiations ended up with being broke off. A customer is currently contacting us ...
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Is “his bad” alright? [on hold]

I've seen many people using 'my bad' for an apology, so is it alright to use 'his bad' or 'her bad' by the same token?
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what are the differences between “past week” and “last week”? [on hold]

What are the the differences in meaning between the following phrases: past week And last week Please try to explain it with as many examples as possible!
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Is “home patch” completely equivalent to “hometown”?

I heard this expression "home patch" referring to "hometown" from a recent BBC Documentary. Since I am not a native English speaker, I am wondering about whether it is completely equivalent to "...
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Is this an oxymoron or do they juxtapose each-other? [on hold]

I am currently reading the book 'Spies' by Michael Frayn, and this phrase comes up quite often: 'Everything is as it was; and everything has changed' The use of the semi-colon between the two ...
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Is it correct to say “be a pioneer”? [on hold]

I am going to use "be a pioneer" in my business. Could you let me know whether this a reasonable sentence or not?
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Phrase or word for doing something as a learning experience before doing it for real?

If I want to say 'I regard my first year for this bachelor degree as a try out year or a "pre-learning" year before starting again as a first year elsewhere'. What word or phrase would I use for 'try ...
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I dislike his/him being blunt [closed]

What is the difference between the two sentences below? Are they both grammatically correct? I dislike his being blunt. I dislike him being blunt.
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Is there a phrase for “something good that doesn't last long”?

In Arabic, the expression "Summer cloud" is usually used to mean that "this is not going to last for a long time" or "it won't last as long as you think it will". Is there an equivalent phrase in ...
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A phrase for something that you enjoy, but is quite bad for you

I used to use it, but for some reason, and it's annoying me, I can't remember it. A synonym might be "my sweet poison". Usually used when talking about foods that are bad for you. Thank you guys, it ...
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Word for turning a situation around on someone

Let me describe the situation: My wife has been having issues with a certain employee at work...long story short, this other employee now goes out of her way to try and exclude/snub/cold shoulder my ...
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Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people?

Was H. L. Mencken the first to say 'Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.", or was he paraphrasing another comentator?
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understanding the phrases [closed]

I'm not sure whether I should use fail or fails in my sentence that is written as follows "Whenever words fail us music will do the talking" I need assurance
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Does “we” count as a subject in the subject and verb agreement? [migrated]

As in this sentence - We share in the anger and frustration of our supporters and would like to assure them that we are working to conclude the matter in the best interests of Sunderland AFC. ...
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Can pride -self on use with Ving

I know that the phrase pride -self on will go with a noun, for example: She prides herself on her singing but I wonder if the phrase can use with Ving or not, like She prides herself on being good all ...
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the killed man or the murdered man

When you refer to "a man killed in a murder case", I understand you'll say "the murdered man" instead of "the killed man." Why isn't the expression "the killed man" used?
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How do you say a countable turn out?

Very few people attended the concert you can count them as opposed to countable because it's possible to count.
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If someone has the right to something, how could I say in this situation

If someone has the right to something, how could I say in this situation. My client would like an organiser to cover flight ticket fare for business class due to physical health problem. According to ...
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Word or phrase for the moment/reason/motive you reveal to someone why you had acted a certain way prior to parting ways

A massive cliche in action movies (especially James Bond), but is there actually a word for that moment when the evil villain reveals their deadly plot to the action hero before (usually attempting ...
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For a longer period of time in the future [closed]

I'd like to know if the following sentence sounds okay: Presence of contaminants in the soil is expected for a longer time in the future, or in shorter and more frequent intervals. .
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Correctly phrasing a sentence [closed]

Is the first sentence phrased incorrectly? Or should it be the second one? 1) "so what better than to enjoy that something special using our pick of elegant tableware" 2) "so what better way than to ...
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Classification for phrases like “slim chance” and “fat chance” that look like opposites but have the same meaning

How is it that "slim chance" and "fat chance" have the same meaning? Is there a linguistic classification for this phenomenon of seemingly opposite phrases that have the same meaning?
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Indicate the need for a clarification [closed]

I'm listing requirements for a job position within a company and one of the duties of the position in question is drawing attention to unclear customer requests, and the need for their clarification. ...
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What is the correct way to use “Hands Down” in a sentence, grammar-wise? [closed]

What is the correct option\s in this case? Hands down, the best value for your money! Hands down, get best value for your money! It's hands down the best value for your money! The best value for ...
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getting used to my new job [closed]

Are there good phrases to sound like a native speaker when you want to say you are getting used to your new job? A: How's your new job? B: _________________
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“replace with” vs. “replace by” in the sense of substituting strings

Given that both prepositions are acceptable in general contexts with a slight deviation in usage, meaning, and voice ("Replace with" versus "replace by" has a too wide scope), let ...
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“server, please!” — is there a comma in there?

Related to youtube/5ycx9hFGHog, I'd like to know whether it is correct or incorrect to put a comma between "server" and "please", when writing about an act of calling one's server, whether the "please"...
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How to correctly name the windows on a wristwatch?

Well, I know it can seem to be primitive, but I cannot find a sharp definition. I am working for a wristwatches catalog, and it must be stated right. Some manufacturers call it a crystal, some call ...
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What's a phrase to capture traffic, road type, weather conditions?

What is a short phrase that could be used to describe the conditions under which one is driving (traffic, road type, stop-and-go, weather)? Our product provides a "rating" to consumers of how risky ...
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What is an 'end-of-the-pier entertainment'?

Reading "Nothing To Be Frightened Of" by Julian Barnes I found this phrase. This is the full paragraph. If there were a games-playing God, He would surely get especial ludic pleasure from ...
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Using “in person” in a sentence [duplicate]

Can you use "in person" for inanimate objects, as in "the car looks completely different in person" implying the car is different than the picture?
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Explain me its usage please [closed]

At their instance, three other associates were subsequently nabbed. Here, what does, 'at their instance' mean?
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Meaning of “write-out”

I was listening to a music and in its lyrics there was this sentence: You're nothing but a write-out What does "write-out" mean? Here's the link to the music lyrics. Thanks!
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What does it mean when someone says “I'm so over myself”?

I'm not native and I listened this statement in a film, in a contention between lovers: A: "... Get over yourself" B: "... I'm so over myself" Based on the context the meaning should be obvious ...
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What is the origin of “Judas gate”?

While reading the Jack Higgins novel “The Eagle Has Landed” (1975) I came across the phrase “Judas gate”. Research on-line indicates he is rather fond of the word, going to the point of naming another ...
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“Struggle with” vs. “struggle against”

Somewhat related to: Is "to fight with" ambiguous? For some reason prepositions are presenting me problems lately. To struggle with and to struggle against basically have identical ...
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Opposite idiom for putting my foot down

I got stumped when trying to write the opposite of "putting my foot down". As an example i'll give some context. I said: "In these instances I always put my foot down, but you make me X", where X ...
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Searching for a word or phrase [closed]

I am looking for a word or phrase to express the idea of making one thing into an entirely new, better thing. To give a little bit of context, this is in reference to recycling and upcycling.
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Can a participle phrase modify a whole sentence or clause?Or they have to stick to a specific word or phrase?

new comer's here and like most other user my desire to find out more about English grammar,as in their usage and structure, brought me here.I'm looking forward to working with you all in the future, ...
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When a phrase contains a complete clause, how does that affect a sentence's classification as simple, compound, complex or compound-complex?

When a phrase contains a complete clause, how does that affect a sentence's classification as simple, compound, complex or compound-complex? "He was king of the people who hunted the whales." 'Of ...
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expression for the evening of a summer day [closed]

What is the proper way of expressing the idea of the evening of a summer day in British English? Is it just "summer evening", or "summer day evening", "summertime evening" etc? Thanks in advance for ...
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“Once in a while” OR “Once in awhile”? [duplicate]

1. Once in a while OR 2. Once in awhile Which is the correct phrase? I'm thinking it's the first one, but I'm unable to find out for certain. "a while" vs "awhile" and ...
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How to properly tell a customer he/she is not allowed to modify software interface? [closed]

How can I properly tell a customer that, although he/she knows how to do it and he/she has the possibility, he/she is not allowed, by contract, to modify the layout of the software we just sold him? ...