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

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When his joke is really unfunny

Could you tell me suitable words to express this situation; A guy told you a joke, but it's not funny at all. In Japanese, we say "He slipped." or "His joke was so cold that the air got frozen." ...
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How can I use phrase “Running Amok” , can I use “My running amok”?

I want to use "running amok" like "my running amok". Is that right or not? I want to use this phrase literary. Like "my running amok" or "my amok run" or "my run amok" etc. Please correct me.
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“I'll go with the candidate I'm used to” or “I'll go with the candidate to whom I am used?”

I'll go with the candidate I'm used to. I get that this is colloquial, but, c'mon. Ending a sentence with a preposition? However, is the alternative correct? I'll go with the candidate to whom ...
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To fail one another: meaning/translation [on hold]

"To fail one another" I have found the expression in a review on the novel Never let me go as well as in ecclesiastic contexts. What does it mean? If someone has a German translation, it would also ...
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What phrase is used to determine that your departed loved one has left an empty spot?

"You left an empty spot (or space)" "Your empty space is showing" Which of these is grammatically correct? If none of the above, how would you lay that phrase out? P.S. They don't have to be dead. ...
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Usage of “Don't remember”

In my language I can say "I don't remember I've ever watched that film" or "Never in my life have I remembered watching that film" to suggest that as far as I can remember I've never done something, ...
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What does the title “Man Friday” mean? [on hold]

I was reading this book Gujarat files and suddenly I came across this word Narendra Modi’s Man Friday (describing Amit Shah) What does this title mean? And also is the word 'title' I used correct word ...
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How do i say these titles better “Program Success Factors” and “Realized Benefits” [on hold]

How do i say these titles better Program Success Factors Realized Benefits I am doing a presentation for a CEO about a project. Needs to be strategic
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Is it correct to use “rescued to a place”?

I want to write a sentence in which someone is rescued and then taken to a safe place. Can I write it in following way: ? The man was rescued to a safe place.
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Is the meaning of **I'll keep an eye out for it** understood outside of the UK ? [on hold]

I sometime write in emails : I'll keep an eye out for it OR I'll keep an eye out for your email Im in the UK and i think that the majority on english speakers in the UK would understand this, ...
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Use of the phrase “Doesn't count.” [on hold]

Two people are playing backgammon. One tosses the dice. The other thinks that the one who tossed the dice cheated. Will it be meaningful for him to say "Toss them again, this doesn't count."
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Should I use a comma after “noted that”?

Should I use a comma after "noted that" in the following sentence? Tom and Dick, while driving the car, noted that at speed bumps, the suspension was making noise. A preliminary Google ...
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Origin of the phrase “go west” (to die)

I was curious, what is the origin of the phrase "to go west" or "to pass into the west" (as in the sense of to die)?
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What is a gift called that is given to you to possess and keep but can be taken back at any time?

I have this gift that was given to me as a present for my birthday, but was informed that is not mine permanently but to keep until my friend wants it back. What is that kind of gift called?
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“More can be done yet” - correct use and position of the word “yet” [on hold]

I want to say, despite the good progress, there are more that can be done. Are the following use and position of the word "yet" correct and convey the intended message? "More can be done yet." or "...
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I know this/that [closed]

When someone tells you something that you already know, which is the correct response ? "I know this" or "I know that"? thanks
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What is another way to say “Helped me find clarity in my life”?

I'm trying to say that a certain experience helped me realize what I want to do with my life because it helped me better understand myself. I'm trying to find an expression that communicates this that ...
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What is another way to say “I needed to explore beyond my comfort zone”? [on hold]

I'm writing an essay for medical school applications. Both my parents were physicians, so it is what I was familiar with growing up. Instead of pursuing medicine in college, I decided to pursue ...
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Usage of “except verb” phrase [closed]

I found a dictionary said the form of "expect + verb" is "A verb form after except usually depends on what came before" so are these answers correct? 1) He can't do anything except make things more ...
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Is there an expression, “to have purvey of”?

I am looking for a way to say that one "has full view of." For example: "When touring the construction site, we had ____ of the building's electrical and plumbing systems." What comes to mind is "...
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Active to passive in this sentence

I'm trying to convert the following sentence from the active voice to passive. It has two verbs, and I don't know how to link all parts. A recent study found that posting photos of oneself ...
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Meaning of “available soon” (from a test item)

stackexchange! I've been referring to this site for a while now and have finally decided to join you all. This is a semantics and use question about the phrase "available soon" that appeared as part ...
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Does this adverb prepositional phrase modify the adverb, or vice versa?

The McGraw Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage (pg. 42) gives "We got there late in the evening" as an example of an adverb prepositional phrase ('in the evening') modifying an adverb ('late'). ...
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what is the correct way to write birth day greetings [closed]

what is the correct way to write birthday greetings "Happy birth day"or we can write Wish you a "Happy Birth Anniversary" to living person??
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in place vs on site

I am reading a book on building construction which describes different constructural members in one chapter. Some of them are not prefabricated items ie. they are formed/fabricated in place/ on site. ...
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“He is no different than you and I” or “He is no different than you and me”

I have no difficulty in normal cases knowing whether to say "you and I"or "You and me." But this situation confuses me. On one hand, I can justify I by saying there is an implied "are" at the end: ...
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Origin of “Come for the X, stay for the Y” [closed]

What's the origin of the phrase "Come for the X, stay for the Y", such as a toxicologist saying "Come for the inland taipans, stay for the platypodes"? I tried looking up onelook, but it wasn't able ...
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cut you off with honey

When two people are having a conversation and the person who is listening has to say something very important and has to butt in, he'd say respectfully '(If you'd let me) cut you off with honey'.. ...
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Is there a specific term for sentences written with symbols or emoji only?

Is there a specific term for sentences written with symbols or emoji only instead of words? An example would be a string of emoji on a facebook comment of a post.
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Use of integral [closed]

Which is correct? Dr. X is integral to their mission v.s Dr. X is integral in their mission
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A word for performing an act due to motivation from a prior event? [closed]

a word for performing an act due to motivation from a prior act? for example, moving in together because you have just married
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correct use and best definition of “as in”

I am translating an English text, which has the following sentence: The operative word is “protect”. As in protecting our religion. First I would think that “as in” is a set phrase. But there is ...
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What is the opposite of “acquired taste”?

I've been breaking my head trying to find an opposite term for the phrase/expression "acquired taste". I vaguely know that "acquired taste" refers to something (a taste) that you start liking after ...
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What does it mean to “own” a feeling?

I cam across this below sentence in this website: When you feel an idea you don’t prefer (like fear, self doubt, sorrow, sadness, etc.) the first thing is not to ignore or suppress it, but to ...
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Due to lack of or due to a lack of

They abandoned the project due to lack of mobilisation. They abandoned the project due to a lack of mobilisation. Do you need the article here?
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An English phrase for this Danish phrase?

In Danish we got a good-humored phrase which goes like this: Spis lige brød til Literally speaking it means: eat bread to or eat some bread This of course makes no sense in English in ...
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What should you call your siblings who are each others' twins?

If you had a twin of the opposite sex, you would say "X is my twin [brother/sister]". It's understood that you are one of the two twins. But if you had two siblings who were twins of each other, and ...
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Don't somebody sure

I came across the phrase: "don't somebody sure" and would like help describing its grammar. The whole sentence is: "Yeah, that's right," somebody else would say, "you better hold on to ...
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Phrase similar to pull one's weight

I need a phrase to express gratitude for the additional work on a specific topic someone did while I was busy. I was thinking Thanks to X for pulling a lot of weight doing Y while I was busy but ...
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What do you call a person who drinks alcohol with someone?

Someone you are drinking beer with. Someone who goes out for drinks with you. Not necessarily a close friend but is present during a drink with you.
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have wanted to do/ have been wanting to do

Could anyone tell me the difference between "have wanted to do" and "have been wanting to do"? I often say "I've been wanting to go there!" when someone invite me to the restaurant that I got to know ...
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“It's say to say”

I recently came across an online forum where a reader responded using the phrase, "It's say to say..." where I would expect to see, "It's safe to say...". I thought perhaps it was a typographical ...
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What is the Origin of “wouldn't say boo to a goose”?

According to http://www.theanswerbank.co.uk/Phrases-and-Sayings/Question284368.html this is the origin of the phrase "wouldn't say boo to a goose": Because of the supposed stupidity of the bird of ...
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Meaning of 'upon which' [migrated]

I am not a native English speaker. I read this phrase in a book, '... more beloved than everything UPON WHICH the sun rises,...' Could anyone clarify what this phrase means? And what is the meaning of ...
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What does the phrase “lead on” mean?

What does the phrase "lead on" mean and how would it be used in idiomatic English? I came across the phrase in a text describing a user interface test, which talked about avoiding bias by "avoiding ...
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What word fits in this situation [closed]

When someone applied for something and reasons for the application are not enough or not subject to even consideration, how do you say in English instead of unacceptable? Does this sentence make ...
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“positively/negatively related to” OR “directly/inversely related to ”?

It seems there are two ways to describle when variable X increases as variable Y decreases: X is negatively related to Y, OR X is inversely related to Y. when variable X increases as variable Y ...
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A single word to describe an object is difficult to stand, walk or balance on due to it's size

I am looking for a word that describes an object that is difficult to stand, walk or balance on due to it's size. The object itself is firmly in place and does not move or wobble, but is still ...
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What's a word or short phrase for someone who knows what's going on around them

I am looking for a word that quickly describes someone who knows everything that is going on in the in the city they live in. This person does not engage in gossip concerning other people's personal ...
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What does “it just wasn't meant to be” mean? [closed]

I looked up this phrase on Google and got basically no clear results. What does this phrase mean and which context is it used in?