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

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Can you “Build a coffee”? [closed]

Would it be valid or invalid English, to use phrases along the following lines: Can you build a coffee? I'm building a coffee I'm going to go and build a coffee I built a coffee Etc.
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What to use for 'first unimpressive but later better'?

I will explain a few situations : It is often the case that I listen to a song which doesn't impress me in the first minute or so but as it progresses, I like it A trained batsmen struggles in the ...
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How to make this sentence shorter?

It appears that this site does not support LaTeX, so sorry for the ugly formatting. I would like to explain the sentence Let X ~ N(mu_x, sigma_x^2) and Y ~ N(mu_y, sigma_y^2). with plain ...
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What's the meaning of the term “out of touch intellectuals”? [closed]

I was reading the following sentence in Wikipedia and I couldn't realize the meaning of the mentioned term: "In Canadian politics, latte drinking is used to portray people as out of touch ...
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Using “One day before”

I want to express the following thing; Do your homework at least one day before the submission deadline. Suppose the 2nd person knows about this submission deadline thing (or may be clear from ...
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Connecting sentences with “that is”

Suppose a sentence such as Let X := a and Y := b, that is X is foo and Y is bar .. Is this correct english? I try to first a give a formal mathematical definition of X and Y, and then repeat the ...
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Which is correct, “be proceeded” or “be processed” (used in business letter)

Which usage (be proceed/be processed) is correct in the following sentence? (This is written in a business letter) Are there any differences between these two words? Thanks a lot! Please be noted ...
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A phrase describing someone who is incredibly lazy? [closed]

Is there a phrase that would describe a person that is lazy beyond anything reasonable? Someone who almost feels entitled to everything and fails to see the laziness in himself.
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Could I combine “eaves-” (doing something stealthily) with other action?

As far as I know, I only know two words have "eaves-" that means "to doing something stealthily" — "eavesdrop" and "eavesread". eavesdrop (Wiktionary) "... purposefully trying to hear the ...
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Other words for “it seems to me”

Can I use the phrase "it seems to me that" in a sentence where I intend to state my opinion. Why? If not, can you suggest other words to replace it (but still has the same meaning.)
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Is there a word for liking something out of spite?

Basically, im trying to think of a word that means liking somsthing out of spite because someone you dislike hates something. Closest I could come up with was vindictive. But that's not quite good ...
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Alternatives for the phrase “have disputed the use of”

Here is a random quote from the internet: American policy makers and the general public have disputed the use of aggressive interrogation methods for military intelligence. What would be some ...
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Please help to replace these words: working environment, disseminate, disperse, person above in the hierarchy, and fundamental. [closed]

please help to provide the synonym or phrase for the words, that are of a higher learning order, below: working environment spread/pass on/disseminate (knowledge from supervisors to subordinates) ...
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Are both “You can do no worse than” and “You can do worse than” accepted?

I came across "You can do no worse than" in the following article: You can do no worse than follow the regular updates that ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is posting in his blog as he conducts his ...
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Confused by “comes down to” and similar phrases

I'm confused by the following sentence, which I encountered under the entry for advantage in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English: When it comes down to working from home, you have to decide ...
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What does 'leaving a little puff of blue in the air' mean?

In the book I am reading (H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man), a man was shot and the scene was being described, then I met the following sentence: Adye leapt backwards, swung around, clutched at this ...
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Is there a phrase for someone being ashamed of, or self-conscious about their accent when moving to another region?

I was reading a book about accents at a local library and there was a chapter where the author says "some varieties of a language are more aesthetically pleasing than others". Some accents are ...
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Better of or better off? [closed]

Which of the following two phrases correct: "I expect better of you" or "I expect better off you"?
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How do I refer to a person who loves to plan every minute? [closed]

Not sure how to phrase it exactly. It's the opposite of spontaneous.
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Is there a way to noun a prepositional verb phrase?

I'm not precisely sure how to ask this. I can turn certain verb phrases into nouns, and they sound good. The major reason to do this would be facetiousness but the grammatical aspect intrigues me. ...
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Is it “grammar error” or “grammatical error”?

We say “spelling error”, which seems to imply it would be “grammar error” since both spelling and grammar are nouns, whereas grammatical is an adjective, but I can’t help think “grammatical error” is ...
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Using “Get” with another verb [duplicate]

Are there any special rules for using "get/got" with another verb? Sometimes i feel, i overuse the word "Get/Got". e.g do the following sentences mean the same thing? (1) Internet "get ...
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Is it “if you need further instruction” or “if you need further instructions”?

Having a debate with a friend about whether it is "instruction" or "instructions"
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Is it correct to say “to sacrifice A for B” or “to sacrifice A over B”? [closed]

Let say you want to give up A so that you can take B. So,if that, then what should I say? to sacrifice A for B or to sacrifice A over B Ex: Do you think ignorant people sacrifice the important ...
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Right phrase to request for introduction [closed]

I have been hearing some podcasts, in every podcast I hear, the anchor asks the guests Why don't you introduce yourself? And, in some other I heard this phrase Can you kindly introduce about ...
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Cost-benefit analysis: expressions, idioms, phrases or words that convey a sense of whether something is “worth it”. Any suggestions?

I'm looking for any expressions that can be used to convey a sense of "cost-benefit analysis", whether formal or informal, but not necessarily literally referring to a balance sheet. An expression ...
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What does “be like” mean as in “I be like”? [closed]

Is it proper to use the 'like' word in this way as in 'I be like "how is this possible"'? Shouldn't it be like 'I was like "how is this possible"'?
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Can “above mentioned” be a noun?

The above mentioned regulations do not apply to the conditions defined here. Is it possible to use the phrase above mentioned as a noun with the definite article "the" in English? The above ...
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'Wear the shoes' or 'put on the shoes'?

Which is the most correct one? Wear the shoes Put on the shoes Most of the cases 'wear' is used for cloths or dresses. When it comes to speaking, I have seen some people use both of ...
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Origin/first known use of the phrase 'I've got some good news and some bad news'

When was the idiom, "I've got some good news and some bad news" first used, or when did it become a common joke?
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How do you properly define and use the phrase, “buy into”?

I found this line while I was reading: That commercial said that this product would help me lose weight in one week. I’m not buying into that idea. While I somehow understood the meaning of the ...
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Is the punctuation in this phrase correct?

Is the punctuation in this phrase correct? ...like two, li'l, sweet "peas in a pod"!
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“Per documentation:” vs. “Per the documentation:”

I am often quoting the documentation of the software I am writing about on StackOverflow. Typically, I use the short phrase: Per documentation: Also serving as deep link to the quoted passage, ...
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pass on vs propagate [closed]

can someone help me with the following sentences? Pass on this message to your friends. Propagate this message to your friends. Does the 2nd one even correct? "Propagate this message" ...
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get him to project - what is the correct phrase to say this?

I am a team lead, I selected a person. i need to update to my manger as like this: Get him to On Board to the Project. Is this correct? or Is there any other phrase to express this?
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Is this a correct phrase? Does it feel friendly?

I am working in Sweden right now, and a suggestion has come up to use a global tagline for a project. It's to get everyone talking in a long term discussion about company culture and teamwork, etc. ...
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Word for a result/achievement so exceptional that it is impossible?

I am looking for a word or phrase regarding something that is "impossible". I can't seem to put my finger on it, but I am trying to think of the word to describe something that is the top of the top, ...
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Phrase indicating recruiters should not offer services in response to a job opening

In Dutch, there's a specific phrase / idiom you can use when posting a job opening to indicate that it's not appreciated if recruitment agencies offer to find a candidate for you ("Acquisitie naar ...
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a very strange sentence. please help to understand [duplicate]

There is a book by Galina Demykina "The lost girl and the scallywags" (a Russian one, translated into English, 1977) and there is a very strange sentence: "Zoya saw nothing save thick, ever so thick ...
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What's the meaning of the expression “without the presence of God and Jesus.” [closed]

When I was reading an article, I came across a particular phrase and couldn't figure it out. The secret formula of Coca-Cola is fiercely protected, so much so that only two people who work at ...
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Meaning of the phrase “cutting their noses to spite their faces”

What is the meaning of the phrase "cutting their noses to spite their faces"? I came across this phrase in the following context : As many as 22 states currently are cutting their noses to spite ...
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Is there a more concise way to describe this hairstyle? [closed]

Is there a more concise way to describe this character's hairstyle, other than 'a bun, with parted bangs and tassels framing her face'?
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Can a comma be used to REPLACE a subordinating conjunction?

I am aware that the formulas for complex sentences are ID and D,I (I=independent and D=dependent), but I have a sentence that has an I and D but adding a subordinate conjunction sounds weird. "He woke ...
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Pure Applesauce: What does it mean and when/how was it created?

I could find out what jiggery–pokery means (dishonest or suspicious activity), but what does "pure applesauce" mean? And when, where, by whom, and how was this expression created? Context: ...
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Does the phrase “Do you want a hand in this” make sense?

From someone, somewhere, I remember hearing the phrase do you want a hand in this? I was told that it meant do you want to be a part of this? However, when I googled this phrase, nothing turned up. ...
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Is the phrase “in addition to the above” correct?

I used the phrase "in addition to the above" in the following manner: We have lorems and ipsums, because the foo needs a bar every now and then. There are also dolers, sits, and amets, which we ...
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'In the ranks' OR 'With the ranks'

Which of the following two phrases is correct? I'd put him right there in the ranks of the best anthropologists out there. OR I'd put him right there with the ranks of the best ...
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Phrase/Idiom for increasing odds of winning by placing multiple bets

I'm looking for a phrase/idiom that represents when you increase your chances of winning some sort of gamble (or event with multiple possible outcomes) by saturating the field with bets. E.g. ...
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Non-technical word or phrase to describe a data “query”

The scenario is that I am replying to an email from a colleague requesting statistics from a database. I am wanting to say that the results are of the same 'query' that was run the last time (and all ...
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Is there an idiom suggesting the following fact: The name of the book belies the theme in it.

E.g.: I answer a question on ELU based on the subject line, however, I realise later that the body of the question provide a different input altogether. The name of the book belies the theme in ...