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

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Word to describe when, where or how privacy is kept, trust is maintained, and integrity matters

Here is a list of scenarios on why honest people would need privacy and anonymity. My marketing research tells me that the word "anonymity" is too closely related to hacking, and "privacy" reminds ...
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does this sentence sound right? [closed]

"I read this novel four times in Arabic and now it’s the English edition turn"
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Meaning of “all left reserved” and “all right reserved”?

Could somebody please clarify the meaning of these two expressions and the differences between them: "All Right Reserved" and "All Left Reserved"?
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A word or idiom to describe an abusive parent who wants to keep their child

I just finished watching the video game Among the Sleep and at the end At the beginning of the game, the mother seems to cling onto the child possibly in memory of the little boy's father. At the ...
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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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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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Question/Matter of definition?

A "Definitionsfråga", as it is called in Swedish, is for instance if you talk about what's good and bad, you can remark that it depends on what you mean by good and bad. You could might as well remark ...
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Where do I put this phrase in a phrase structure tree?

I am not sure where to put the AdvP in this sentence when drawing a phrase structure tree. This is the sentence I would like to create the tree for: "The car Sam bought last week won the big race." ...
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“More can be done yet” - correct use and position of the word “yet” [closed]

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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A Pyrrhic defeat?

Is there a word, phrase or allusion which represents the opposite of a Pyrrhic Victory: a tactical defeat which led to a strategic victory, either accidental or intended? After all, there must be one ...
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What does the title “Man Friday” mean? [closed]

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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Does this sentence use nominative absolute phrase?

A scientist, he always thinks about what is best for the people. Is this "a scientist" part a nominative absolute phrase? It seems like nominative absolute phrase has to have a verb or adjective ...
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What does “a bookstore-counting mood in Paris prompts soul-searching over Amazon’s 41 % share of new book sales in America” mean?

In the article titled “The French do buy books. Real books” appearing in New York Times (July 9), the author, Pamela Druckerman writes: “Recently when I was strolling through my museum-like ...
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What matters vs. what matter when starting a sentence

I am wondering if it would be better to write in the sentence below, "what matters most is" or "what matter most are," since what follows are two clauses. Or should "what" stand as the singular ...
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Is the meaning of **I'll keep an eye out for it** understood outside of the UK ? [closed]

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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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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Use of the phrase “Doesn't count.” [closed]

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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“Acted together” or “played together” or ? in a movie

I am looking for a correct and common phrase to describe that people were actors in the same movie(s): An example is: "Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon acted together in The Odd Couple and Grumpy Old ...
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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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Around how old is “a woman of a certain age”?

"A woman of a certain age" is a common saying. It means more than "a woman of a given age", "a woman who could be any age" or "female, without respect to age". It's usage instead seems to suggest a ...
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What is another way to say “I needed to explore beyond my comfort zone”? [closed]

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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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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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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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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Is ‘on (in) a tear’ a popular idiom?

I was drawn to the phrase, ‘on a tear’ that I heard in audio in this week’s Barron’s magazine (June 6) reporting the good sales and profit performance of U.S. sneaker chain, Foot Locker: It says: ...
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“List of tasks” or “tasks' list”

Which of these forms is better: list of tasks or tasks' list? Another question is whether I should use an apostrophe or not (tasks's list vs tasks list). Other phrases which are similar to this, but ...
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What is the origin of “Here's How!”?

I own an antique store and found a canapé plate of a bar scene and two gentlemen toasting. The words under the scene are "Here's How!" What is the country of origin? This plate is dated 1933 from a ...
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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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I will learn better English — should it be “I will learn English better.”

Somehow, I think "better English" is incorrect, because I think there isn't better English; English is English. But I hear this phrase from other ESL students a lot. Is this correct way of saying it? ...
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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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'Given a choice' vs.'If I had to choose'

Can the phrases given a choice and if I had to choose be used interchangeably? I made a statement like "Given a choice, I would do this," my original intention being to select that over the other ...
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“He is no different than you and I” or “He is no different than you and me” [duplicate]

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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For an old girl, she moves fast [closed]

What does the following phrase generally mean? For an old girl, she moves fast. For a saber, you are pretty soft. For a guy I barely know, you are really starting to annoy me. Does the ...
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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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What are some synonymous phrases for the phrase “Turning Criminal”?

I need suggestions for different ways to say "turning criminal," as in "He began turning criminal, committing illegal acts instead of abiding by the law."
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Phrase for a test to make sure nothing happens

I'm sure I've heard this phrase said before, but I can't seem to remember it or find it by searching. A positive test is one where you make sure something specific happens - I hit a button and make ...
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What does “somebody plays things close to the vest” mean?

I heard this phrase in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and also found it online by googling it. What does the phrase mean?
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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 does the phrase “Keep those cards and letters rolling in” actually mean?

How would I explain the following phrase/expression to an ESL learner? "Keep those cards and letters rolling in" I actually don't know where this comes from, or what it exactly means. Any help is ...
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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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What is the origin of the phrase “Never Put a Hat on a Bed”?

I came across the phrase "never put a hat on a bed" while playing Google Feud. It was the top result for "Never put a _______". I looked it up, and found out that there's a superstition that says that ...
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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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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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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 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 ...