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

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Usage of “keenly aware of”

Need help on right usage of "keenly aware of", what are the similar expressions? Can I say: strongly aware of ? thanks
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have you drawn any watches?

In the book A Song of Ice and Fire I came across this sentence, the meaning of which isn't clear to me: "Have you drawn any watches this past week, Will? Yes,m'lord." What does this sentence ...
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What words or idioms are there for “beneficial constructive distraction that would establish or facilitate balance”?

What words are there for beneficial constructive distraction from a task that would improve the results or establish or facilitate balance among various tasks (all being a "distraction" in that ...
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Syntactic and semantic differences

Kindly help with explaining if the phrase "love you always" is preferable to "always love you". Is there any grammatical/idiomatic difference between the two phrases? Do both the phrases have the same ...
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what do you mean by “opening out like a fan”? [on hold]

What is the meaning of "opening out like a fan from the shores"? This sentence is from the ad introducing a city for future travelers.
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To have a game in hand

I have come across the expression game in hand in an article on England Premier League, as follows: Third-place City has a game in hand but the surprise result against Sunderland, coupled with ...
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“Would it be correct to call a person who goes to Gymnastics school a student or pupil?”

I am trying to find a exact answer of this question.
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Is the term “fresh and original” redundant?

I see this phrase all over the place. Fresh in this usage appears to be in the usage: not previously known or used; new or different. And directly lists original as a synonym. And original in ...
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What is another way to say the need for? [on hold]

What is another way to say "the need for" in regards to mental health system reform
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The meaning of “…Identity between”

There is this sentence which I can't work out the meaning. "They have a unique identity between language and thought that means they cannot conceptualize a lie. This also means that deception, ...
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Can't come up with the correct sentence

I have some trouble coming up with the right sentence for a form input where I'm asking a user's first and last name. What I'm actually trying to say is that the name the user is filling in will be ...
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Is this sentence correct English?

I am not a native English speaker. But I would like to know if the following sentence is correct? "Choose a password at least 6 characters long." Or should it be something like "Choose a password ...
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Word/phrase for mindfulness of health and nutrition?

I'm trying to explain that in the summer months, when there may be an inclination to hit the beach and exercise outside, some people may be more careful about what they eat and try to reignite their ...
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Meaning of “To be”

What is the meaning of "to be hiered" ? Whether it means the person is hiered or he is yet to be hiered?
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Phrase for order is done or order received?

I am developing a mobile application, which gets orders from client and sends it to us. What I am wondering is what kind of a statement can I use in order to inform the user that we have received his ...
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Can “your reputation precedes you” be used as a negative statement?

I have always considered "your reputation precedes you" as a gesture of complement and respect. However it occurred to me if it is possible to use it for a notorious person with a bad reputation? ...
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“Healthy” vs “healthful”— Do fruits and veggies work out?

The OED doesn't say much other than the two words have long been synonyms since the 1500s. healthful - promoting good health healthy - being in good health/condition Why do we say that ...
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Do these phrases have any sense? [closed]

To besmirch the honor of mr. Johnson. When we compare mr. Johnson with mr. Jackson, we disrespect the latter one (is it understandable that 'the latter one' refers to mr. Jackson?).
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Used with permission/by permission, which is correct?

On a lot of small print notices you see things like "ABC is a trademark of XYZ Corp., used by permission" or "used with permission". To me, "used with permission" sounds correct. Is either (more) ...
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What is the English phrases for “to bet/vote on a winning candidate”?

For example, betting Manchester United rather than a newly-promoted club. This is not limited to sport and not limited to only two participants. I've heard it's "to ride on a winning horse", is that ...
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“It had not been working as I thought” vs. “It was not working as I thought”?

I want to convey that I recently discovered that a software code was not working like I thought it was working...I'm not sure how to phrase it correctly. Which A phrase goes with which B phrase? A1. ...
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What does 'it is love' mean?

I have heard many times from many people saying 'it is love' or 'French is love' or 'Baltimore is love'. What does it exactly mean? Shouldn't they use lovely instead.?
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Origin of the phrase “mother's ruin”?

I was under the impression that the phrase "mother's ruin" came from the England in the 1800's, where many people living in London did so in absolute poverty, and gin (the so-called "mother's ruin") ...
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what's another way to say, “highly sought out”

what is another way to say " highly sought out"? I am looking for an alternative phrase for this current phrase.
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Is this the correct useage of… including; but not only,

Is this the correct useage of, "every possible accessory and trimming a body could desire to adorn their costumes with, including; but not only, brightly colored ribbons, buttons, needles of brass and ...
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phrase: “both delighted and amazed”

Am I using this short phrase correctly? Alibi bin Baz-ar and his Beetle Train from the mysterious East had arrived and the good folks of The Forest Glade were at once, both delighted and amazed…
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to be above board

I have made 2-year apprenticeship as a multilingual correspondent. One expression that I came across but is still unclear to me is: "to be above board" or "He is above board" I have looked it up on ...
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Is it correct to sat [closed]

is it correct to say that "John will be welcoming you all night for dinner and party"
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Why is there “the” in “oh the horror”?

I am wondering about the interjection "oh, the horror!". If it should be treated as an interjection directed to "horror" (there are similar expressions in other languages), why does it use the article ...
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Is it “Bride Weds Groom” or “Groom Weds Bride”? [closed]

I am designing a wedding invitation for my friend. I want to know which of the following is the correct form to print on the invitation: Bride's Name Weds Groom's Name or is it Groom's Name ...
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Is there more than a 'double' whammy?

I have three (could grow to be more) bad reasons for a situation and I wondered if there is such a thing as a triple whammy that is an extension of the double whammy. From my research online, a triple ...
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Phrases for conclusion in an essay

I want to start my conclusion in an essay by using 'So,to sum up' or 'to sum it up,' . Do you think they are formal and stylish?
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What Does Strike a Chord Mean?

I am not a native speaker. From my reading and verbal communication, I came to believe that striking a chord means connecting to someone at an emotional level. However, I recently used it somewhere ...
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What does ‘great conk of a nose’ imply?

There was the following sentence in a pretty old (October 7, 2013) article of New York Times titled, “A Jew not quite English enough,” which comments on the life and lifestyle of Ralph Miliband, the ...
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What does ‘Rock a hat” mean?

There is the following sentence in Tina Fey’s “Bossypants": ”Don Fay dresses well. He has an artist’s eye for mixing colors and prints. He wears tweedy jackets over sweater vests in the winter ...
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Why does the phrase “to take the rag off” mean to excel in the classroom?

A Collection of College Words and Customs (1851) by Benjamin Homer Hall defines to take the rag off as "to excel; to compose much better than one's classmates." I understand the phrase is quite old; ...
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Is there any word alternative for “compared to”?

I'd like to find an alternative for "compared to", in order to avoid repeating the same phrase in my scientific paper. Is there any alternative for this expression?
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A more formal way of saying “pointing out”

The goal of an edge detection algorithm is identifying pixels that belong to an edge of an object in an image ... The rest of the sentence should say something along the lines of "and point ...
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“Asked my height” or “asked of my height”?

"Asked my height" sounds strange, while "asked of my height" sounds like an overkill. "Asked what my height was" sounds terrible.
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Meaning of “under issue”

I was recently checking for the status of an application filed for a specific purpose when I came across the phrase “under issue” as in “the letter dated xxx is under issue”. My question is, how can ...
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Meaning of “appreciate the calm”

From a web development book: Instead of taking a moment to appreciate the calm, developers have taken advantage of the stabilizing front-end platform to pile on a whole new wave of front-end ...
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What does “the once and future” mean?

I've encountered the phrase “the once and future X” and I'm confused by it. It seems to be closely related to Arthurian legends: the book The Once and Future King (referring to Arthur) or the episode ...
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Bora Bora, Here We Come

Saw this phrase/expression in CIBC advertisement. The pleased client asked, "should we re-investment or expand", and the bank clerk said, "you can do both", then the old lady in the back happily ...
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Alternate Phrase for “contact us”

I need another way to say "contact us" for a form I am building.
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I won't even know where they land [migrated]

This sentence was said by Arthur in the TV show Arthur. He was teased when he wore glasses to school, and now he threw them away and said that sentence. I'm not sure what he meant when he said "won't ...
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Trust him about as far as I can throw him?

Here is a quote from The Avengers, 2012 film. Coulson : But first, we need you to talk to the big guy. Natasha : Coulson, you know that Stark trusts me about as far as he can throw me. Coulson ...
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Word or phrase describing “conforming to mean or average”?

I am exploring a statistical experiment in which participants are asked for their rating of an idea (say from 1 to 10). Then they are shown the average rating of all other participants, and given an ...
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Alternative to the phrase “not to mention”?

Despite knowing how the phrase "not to mention ..." is often used, it still grates on me to use it because I am in the act of "mentioning" even as I use it. I found it helpful to read the origins of ...
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Payable to the order of you or Payable to your order [closed]

Which phrase is correct "Payable to the order of you" or "Payable to your order".
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What does “it's all on you” mean?

I just wonder if "It is on you" can mean "It is because of you". This phrase is from Tony Stark in The Avengers, 2012 film. Common and natural saying in English-speaking countries?