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

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I'll have a or the regular hamburger

Which of the following statements is more common in ordering what you want in a hamburger shop? 1) I'll have a regular hamburger and a small French fries. 2) I'll have the regular hamburger and the ...
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What would you call that feeling of something crawling on the body

Morgellons is a controversial and poorly understood condition in which unusual thread-like fibers appear under the skin. The patient may feel like something is crawling, biting, or stinging ...
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Is it the “second half” or “second part” of the century?

I faced this problem when interpreting the transcript of records today. The subject is: "European History of the second half/part of the XX century till today" So is it better to say "part" or ...
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What does “flavor” mean in the field of Information Technology? [closed]

I often notice the word flavor being used on the Web. I'm from Russia, and this word is generally translated into Russian as the equivalent of 'impression', 'taste' etc. However, these translations ...
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Quite apart from [closed]

What does "Quite apart from the times" mean in the following sentence: Quite apart from the times, I have had to take tests at various points in my life. Does it mean Indicating taking tests ...
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Is there a phrase for “a close distance”?

I'm trying to describe a sense of distance that makes one feel his/her personal space is invaded. The context would be "She turned around, only to see him grinning at her from _____." I tried "a ...
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Phrases that express “to look around nervously”

I'm trying to describe a situation where someone is on high alert, scanning his surroundings looking for potential threat. It seems to me that "Look around" lacks the sense of tension I want. "Scan" ...
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What is the opposite of “arch” as a verb when talking about movement?

When on all fours (hands and knees): If the verb to bend the back upwards (forming an arch shape) is "arch", what is the verb to bend the back down (forming a valley)? Or is there a short phrase that ...
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Alternate phrase for “I would be happy to” [closed]

I had an interview at a company 5 weeks ago. I received feedback that they "liked" me but need to interview a couple of additional candidate. I am going to send them an email to let them know I am ...
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Correct usage of “to find oneself at daggers drawn with sb.”

I am looking into the usage of the phrase to find oneself at daggers drawn with sb. It seems to require a person at the end of the phrase, but I would like to use it in the following way: ...
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Adverb position in app notification

In our application, when one deletes a room, a notification message pops up. It says "Your room has been deleted successfully". I have been taught that adverbs are often supposed to precede the verb, ...
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A formal way of saying 'rub it in'.

I am trying to find a formal phrase equivalent to the colloquial expression'rub it it.' rub it in (informal) if someone rubs it in, they keep talking about something that makes you feel ...
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A word for support that is superficial, but not operational

I'm looking for a word to describe support that is shown only on a public level; it is declarative but not operational, more like an encouragement. For example, I might support all organizations that ...
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Correctness of the usage of the phrase 'by (or in) virtue of'

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? Are there any alterations I must make? I am very much observant in virtue of my tendency of being silent.
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a combined total of x and/or y [closed]

On a wiki a user has replaced all instances of the phrase a combined total of 100 x and y with a combined total of 100 x or y Which one is more correct/appropriate to use? Is it situational? Are ...
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Non-finite Adjectival Clause or Adverbial Clause

I came across the following grammatical terms and example sentences on Wikipedia: As an adjectival phrase modifying a noun phrase that is the object of a verb, provided the verb admits this ...
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In the 2011 film “bad teacher”, there is an exchange between several characters [closed]

Squirrel: I am so excited we're gonna be across-the-hall mates. But I'm so sad… it's because your relationship ended. Elizabeth: Who are you again? Squirrel: Amy Squirrel. Elizabeth: ...
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“What happened to ____?” versus “What happened _____?”

I seem to remember my parents, who came from Dublin, Ireland, saying a phrase like "what happened it" or "what happened him" rather than "happened to it" or "happened to him". But it might have been ...
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What does “I chap easily” mean?

I remember hearing this line in an old American comedy TV program A guy starts kissing his boss's hand because he gave him a promotion, and the boss says "be careful (or was it, Stop it, I think, but ...
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Origin of the phrases “out back” and “out front”?

I'm going through the Song of Ice and Fire books, and although it's mostly written in what appears to be British English, very occasionally Americanisms sneak in. One example that I just noticed is ...
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Phrases for (someone) making a short visit/appearance

When I need to visit to any place for a very short time, say, for 10-15 minutes A politician coming late and leaving in minutes at a fundraiser. An acquaintance just dropping by to say ...
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Compounds and Phrases - differences

What are differences of compounds and phrases and what do they have in common? I know there is the "nuclear stress rule" (phrasal stress on the last word of phrase) and the "compound stress rule" ...
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What is the difference between 'You are listened to' and 'You are heard'?

I've never heard anyone using the phrase 'listened to', unless a noun is added at the end of the phrase. When one listens to all complaints given by another, can one say 'You are listened to' to that ...
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Metaphors about death [closed]

What are some sayings or metaphors that would interact well with a massacre or calamity? for example "The crows feasted for days"
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Is this phrase correct? “I see this program as a cornerstone in my process to become an excellent software engineer” [closed]

English is not my native language and somehow this phrase doesn't feel right. What do you guys think? I see this program as a cornerstone in my process to become an excellent software engineer.
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What types of words/phrases are “this” “here” & “they”?

I'm currently doing an analytic essay on my drama coursework (fun.). I'd like to explain how the playwright never reveals the exact setting of the act, by using only phrases such as "this","here", and ...
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Is the usage of 'Due to urgent personal errands' valid? [duplicate]

I see in my company mails, there is a lot of usage of the statement Due to urgent personal errands (..I may not report to office today) which, by hunch, I guess is not a proper usage. What is the ...
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What is the difference between those two phrases [closed]

my girlfriend got mad at me for commenting "this is so going down" on a picture with a nude girl. What is the difference between "this is so going down" and "i am so going down on this"? Thanks a ...
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Is 'Single Sitting' a proper phrase?

Being an Indian, I don't like the way we Indians use the English. Of course I also make mistakes, but I will try to learn from time to time. I see and hear some phrases like, Please do the needful, ...
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Taste of one's own medicine: the logic behind the phrase

Is there a logical story behind this phrase? Because when looked at from a naive perspective, giving somebody their own medicine sounds like a kind thing to do as it would only treat their illness. ...
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Where does the phrase “Job Lot” come from?

The phrase "Job Lot" is used in auctions to mean an often assorted quantity of something, for example a "job lot of bicycle parts" could be a load of tyres, wheels, handlebars, frames, chains, etc. I ...
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What is today's date vs What date is it today? [duplicate]

What is today's date vs What date is it today ? Is there an alternative to this?
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What does the phrase “monday story” mean? [closed]

Sometimes I come across the phrase "A mondey story". I was wondering what it means.
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How else can “he's really inconsistent” be expressed ? [closed]

How else can "he's really inconsistent" be expressed ? For an article about a sports person.
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Does “the truth is deceptive” make any sense or should it be “ truth can be deceiving”? [closed]

Does "the truth is deceptive" make any sense or should it be " truth can be deceiving" ?
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Is there any good book talking about clauses and phrases?

All grammar books I found underplay clauses and phrases; examples they give are simple and easy to understand, but in reality there are lots of long sentences made up of several clauses and phrases ...
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Is “throw guns into a hot stove” a common phrase or just one-off figurative expression?

Today, Scott Simon, the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition news program, interviews former NATO Ambassador Ivo Daalder about the cease-fire between the Ukrainian government and Russian separatists, and ...
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I need an alternative for “her whole life” [closed]

In my story a young girl only understands the life of a dancer, but once her dream comes to an end she doesn't know what to do with herself. I need a better way of saying She danced all day ...
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Safe and sounder/soundier? [closed]

Is it safe and sounder or safe and soundier? Like we say "May God keep you safe and sounder/soundier" What is correct way to say?
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Could you pass me the salt? or Could you pass the salt?

Which of the following more common? 1) Could you pass me the salt? 2) Could you pass the salt? (without "me") What's the difference,if any?
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Misuse of the verb allege?

I recently visited Jordan on a business trip. Read the following in a newspaper: Bleeding profusely, she pleaded with the alleged attacker, Mushataq, to take her to a hospital. My ...
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Do you ever use the phrase 'good for you' with a completely positive connotation? [duplicate]

I feel the phrase 'good for you' shows a sense of detachment or lack of interest and sounds so rude while the phrase 'I feel happy for you' shows a sense of interest and friendship. I wonder why would ...
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What's the difference between “slap-up meal” and “gourmet meal”?

The following quote comes from a collocation book for ESL purppose. I can see it's trying to teach us about the usage of different expressions to describe different kinds of meal. "Whether you want ...
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What does it mean to “gum the spoon”?

I recently found out about a new term. It's "gum the spoon". What does it mean? By the various contexts I found, I conjecture that it means to add saliva onto the spoon or to hold the spoon in one's ...
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Is there anything wrong with the phrase “constant variable” ? (used in context with programming) [closed]

The phrase "constant variable" seems semantically incorrect to me. Constant means something that don't change and variable means something that do change. How should I think in order to get this ?
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The right phrase for “stand with the name” for a product?

There is a well known german phrase: Dafür stehe ich mit meinem Namen Which indicates, that a person or company promises quality of his/their product. And to underline it, they guarentee this ...
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History of ‘smile one's thanks’

I'm interested to know when the actual phrase smile one's thanks was first registered in the English language, as well as smile agreement and nod agreement.
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Meaning of “mind is full of red”

What does it mean (from famous song Somebody to love of Jefferson Airplane): When the garden flowers, baby, are dead yes And your mind, your mind is so full of red Especially "mind full of ...
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Possible Interpretations of “Log”

While doing some research I ran across the following passage. I know what "shackles' are, what might a "log" be? “It is very seldom that a boy deserves both a log and a shackle at the same time! ...
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An Idiom/phrase/adjective for an imaginary place where everything is perfect [closed]

A place where unrealistic and impossible things can happen. Is there an idiom/expression/phrase that connotes to such a stretch of the imagination?