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

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share me or with me

I heard people saying - Can you please share me the slides or Can you share me the note etc. I think it should be - Can you please share the slides with me or Can you share ...
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I need help with the correct usage of You and Me/I [on hold]

when is it right to say "you and me" and "you and I"?
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“In my younger years, early days, early years, and earlier years”?

I just wanted to express the period from when I was born to my recent days until I realized something. I initially put "in my earlier years." Then I wasn't sure if the meaning of the phrase that I ...
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What does “to put it charitably” mean?

There was the following sentence in the article titled “Why Rick Perry may be out of luck” appearing in the New Yorker (August 19): "Last Friday, the Texas Governor was indicted on two counts: ...
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What's an idiom for something that you've heard many times?

I'm trying to write something for my blog, and I need an idiom that will replace me saying, "I've heard people say that all the time, it's the same old story."
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IMHO, I am great? [on hold]

I am not a native English speaker. I was wondering if the phrase "in my humble opinion, my proposal is interesting because ..." is contradictory? I am trying to say that something I proposed/said ...
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Supermarket English [on hold]

Please check if these sentences sound natural. If not, please correct them. We currently have a special on apples. Double-bagged paper, please. We do not accept bills larger than a twenty. Can I ...
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Is the phrase “There are many hungers it is better to deny than to feed” correct?

The "it is" seems out of place to me. I'd rather have it written as "There are many hungers that/which are better to deny than to feed".
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Synonym for: It may take longer than expected (ie. a meeting)

For instance: I have a meeting today that is scheduled until 15h00 but it may take longer. In dutch we would say: Het kan uitlopen. How would I say this?
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Article and plural for a title of a section

Which one of the following titles is better? (1) The Specifying of the Planning Horizon (2) Specifying of the Planning Horizon (3) Specifying of Planning Horizons The context is : a ...
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Gentleman famous phrases [on hold]

So my question was about gentleman famous phrases. I would like to know some, as english is not my native tongue. If you know phrases they repeat often, and also how to finish a mail with a classy ...
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BMX vocabulary? [on hold]

I need more words/phrases describing the BMX riders motion. Especially, when the riders are flying through the air or when he's riding through the Megaramp. For example, Rockets down the ramp and ...
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In academia, to express gratitudes to someone in the Acknowledgement or the Comment [on hold]

In academia, when writing an article, in the Acknowledgement or the Comment, if we hope to express gratitudes to someone in a short sentence. Should we say: Thanks to + someone for suggesting ...
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Similar idioms to “When the cat's away, the mice will play”

I wonder if there is any similar idioms to "When the cat's away, the mice will play." I searched on a few websites (the free dictionary, dictionary.com, and cambridge.) but there was no suggestions ...
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Meaning of “by some margin”

Could you please explain the meaning of this? I have it in a sentence - The speaker was, by some margin, the youngest person in the room. I am a translator from English to Czech and I can´t find it ...
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What is it called when you say something but it does not imply for the other?

I'm really lost for words... For example, I like people with short hair. But then someone could say, so you hate people with long hair? But, of course, I did not give any information on people with ...
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What is the basic meaning of 'blueprint'?

I just want to know the meaning of blueprint. Some websites say it's a method of printing, some say it merely means a pattern or design used by engineers or architects to document their ideas. I ...
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what does it mean to “betray contempt for” someone? [closed]

I came across this phrase in a quotation from Carl Sagan, "they betray contempt for the intelligence of their customers". From the context, it seems to mean "to show contempt", but I couldn't parse ...
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What does “the balcony is really far away” mean?

Yesterday, I watched MasterChef America. There were two teams competing in the challenge of cooking and serving food at a football game. There were 100 voters and the red team won the blue team by 51 ...
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Is “after all” necessary in the following paragraph?

Of all the people who wanted to join the trip, Anna was the the last I expected would come. We barely knew each other at school after all, and I was pretty sure she wasn't interested in me. ...
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He didn't so much as thank me OR to thank me?

I have heard both ways 'He didn't so much as thank me' and 'He didn't so much as to thank me'. Which is correct and is the other wrong or can it be used colloquially? Thank you.
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I don't like potatoes or ice-cream [closed]

I am struggling to find the correct grammar for a fairly simple sentence. "I don't like potatoes or ice-cream". This appears to be incorrect because it is a contraction of the two clauses "I ...
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I am trying to find something to express 'In the spotlight'

I am building a cold case discussion forum and want a phrase like IN THE SPOTLIGHT for cases that will be highlighted....or I would like to 'heat up'....help?
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“At the service of” versus “in the service of”

In doing a translation on duolingo, another translator had translated a phrase to say "at the service of X". I edited this to "in the service of X" and left a comment that as a native speaker, hearing ...
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Can a person have a “dextrous mind”?

Can we say that a man has a dextrous mind? This would mean that he has a highly skilled brain which is capable of excelling at a certain mental activity, or that he as an individual is capable of ...
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“Has proven” or “Has proven to be”? [duplicate]

Is there a difference between "The medicine has proven effective" and " The medicine has proven to be effective"? Both seem to make sense, but I usually see "has proven to be" followed by a noun ...
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Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde unknown ( Biblical?) Reference [closed]

Okay, so I am an avid reader, and have recently undertaken a challenge to read Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, along with Robert Louis Stevenson's other literature. Having recently completed Jekyll & ...
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Not too expensive v.s. affordable

I'm building a website and I need to choose between 'not too expensive' and 'affordable'. The sentence: Reliable, stable, secure, great support and of course not too expensive! or Reliable, ...
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Comma between a double adverbial phrase introducing a sentence

Is a comma required when there are two adverbial phrases introducing a sentence? Like so: One day, after I had my breakfast, the postman came. Or is it fine to omit the first comma? One day ...
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Phrase for having nearly completed something

Is there is a phrase for when you're very close to achieving something you've been working on? When the detective gets that final clue, but hasn't quite solved the mystery yet. When you've done 90% ...
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What does “idiot-proof-ness” mean? [migrated]

I'm looking specifically for the meaning in this sentence: But I would say the biggest advantage of Optional syntax in Java isn't in readability: the advantage is its idiot-proof-ness.
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What does this quote about “pasty-skinned programmers” mean? [closed]

“Note to self: Pasty-skinned programmers ought not stand in the Mojave desert for multiple hours.” -John Carmack ("Pasty Skin" means not healthy and pale skin.) What does this quote mean?
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What's a “drop-in activity”?

What are "drop-in activities"? I often run across this phrase while reading about museums, recreation centers etc.
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What does “quite a” (as in “He’s quite a guy”) mean, and when should one use it? [migrated]

What does the following sentence mean? He is quite a guy. In which situation would quite a be used?
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Rising out of its own momentum

The bellow rose and fell, then it blared out one last time, rising out of its own momentum as if it were escaping finally, after centuries of waiting, into silence. The beady night noises closed in ...
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what is 'Oblique half sentences'? [closed]

I love comic books and I met these sentences in a comic book. "Do not speak in oblique half sentences. Bad habit. Helped stop what?" What is 'oblique half sentences'? I googled it a lot, but I'm ...
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“Go a long way to” + gerund vs infinitive

Which one is correct? If they all are correct, which construction is the most preferable? Why? The fund will go a long way to solving their problem. The fund will go a long way to solve their ...
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what should I use after “improvement”?

In 2014, the organization of the “media-capital” prize in the business journalism field is the main project focused on improvement the financial literacy of the population. Or can you help me ...
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Usage of “If any” [migrated]

I have seen this pair of words several times and could roughly catch the meanings in the contexts encountered. However, I do not understand properly and hence can't use it. What does 'if any' really ...
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What is the meaning of not in “as often as not” and “as likely as not”?

Am I failing to get a point here? Collins English Dictionary: as often as not: quite frequently as likely as not: very probably Considering the meanings of these phrases, to my eye, ...
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Is the phrase “Best of luck ahead! ” grammatically correct?

"Best of luck for your future ahead!" - can this phrase be shortened to "Best of luck ahead!".
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A phrase for “extremely bad luck”

Is there a (short) phrase or idiom meaning that someone had extremely bad luck? In the context of a sports match: as you would have a "perfect game" or the even more specific "perfect hand" (when ...
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Is “Do it faster than with any other product” correct?

I'd like to describe a procedure that take less time with a product A than any other product B or C.... Note that I don't want to say that product A is faster but just that doing something is faster ...
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Appropriate contexts for the phrase “impedance mismatch”?

I rather like the phrase "impedance mismatch". I understand it was derived from the realm of electronics, and it's now also commonly applied to problems with object-relational database mapping. I've ...
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Can I use “and” many times in one sentence?

I was always under the impression I should not use and more than once. I have this text: I appreciate that all my previous work experience is within office based industries however I am a quick ...
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What is the meaning of these phrases in the given context?

I was reading a novel, and came across a couple of sentences which I couldn't really get the meaning of. The particular sentences are marked in bold, and I've added some background, for the context. ...
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Meaning of “hinder parts” in the 17th century

While reading the works of William Laud in the edition by William Scott, I came across a description (No 2 on page 345) where it seems the Scots are upset about a ritual in which a priest turns his ...
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What does “circumstantial consequence” mean?

How can of the phrase "circumstantial consequence" be explained? I vaguely understand the probable meaning, but it doesn't quite come into focus. Is it something like (unintended) side effect?
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What's a British equivalent to the more American expression 'Kiss my ass'? [closed]

I have the feeling that 'kiss my ass' isn't as widely used in the UK as it is in the US. I'm looking for a more British sounding equivalent.
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Programming concision: “To replace the use of deprecated methods, for more up-do-date methods”

I was refactoring some old code and a lot of it used deprecated methods which had to be re-written to use more appropriate non-deprecated methods. When writing a changelog, it felt awkward writing ...