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

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Should you use first word capitals for an advertising slogan used in a descriptive, adjectival way?

If you're using a slogan in a sentence to describe something in an adjectival way, should the first letters of each word of the slogan be capitalized, or not? For example: Nike has a 'just do it' ...
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Phrase For Inside the Bell Curve

I asked one of my friends what a hipster was the other day as it's becoming a popular term and he replied: "It's a person who's inside 95% of the bell curve while claiming they're an outlier." ...
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Is there a special meaning for “this has to go”?

One of my friends told me "when you wanna say something is obsolete, you can say..well this has to go". Is this true? Then if I'd like to dump my t-shirt, can I say "this t-shirt has to go"? Thank ...
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what is the meaning of the phrase “nice shot” [closed]

In an informal conversation I came to know of this phrase: Nice shot, dude. What does it exactly mean?
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Meaning of “credential mongering”

I couldn't clearly understand the phrase "credential mongering" as used in an article in the New Republic about the Ivy League. The extract, from "The Trouble With Harvard" by Steven Pinker, is as ...
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Simple present and present continuous in the same phrase

''I hunger for sand! I yearn for a desert, pining for a draught...'' Is this sentence (the second, that is) from above grammatically right? I mean, can I use the two present tenses, simple and ...
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Phrase to mean one is described by his name [duplicate]

I found in some other languages such as Chinese an interesting idiom which describes some people; for example, when you see a person is named "Smart" and he/she is really smart, one would say: "a name ...
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non-progressive, habitual actions

What is the difference between the following sentences? Even in those days he played golf on Wednesday. Even in those days he played golf on every Wednesday. Even in those days he played ...
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Question about the meaning of the phrase 'tough room'

While watching a movie, in a dialogue scene, Ive heard this character saying "you are a tough room, do you know that?". What is the meaning of tough room? Is it an idiom?
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“At one end of the street” vs. “At the one end of the street”

"At one end of the street" vs. "At the one end of the street" Which phrase is more correct? or Are they both correct only the meaning is slightly different? or Are both fine meaning the same? ...
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What does “Weave Off” mean? [closed]

What does Weaves off means in the following sentence and in general, A trail that weaves off the pch and into a pole. Thanks.
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Words and phrases to express approximations

I would like to know the distinctions between these following words and phrases when they express approximations. I will be there in about an hour. I will be there in around an hour. I will be ...
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Isn't the expression “patently obvious” a tautology?

"Patently" in this context is synonymous with "obvious" so this essentially translates to "obviously obvious". I've heard this particular turn of phrase crop up fairly often - ironically often in ...
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Categorization & Validity of a clause

if I have the sentence "A killing B is called murder." is "A killing B" a regular participle clause or is that impossible because it has a subject? In other words: Can a participle clause have a ...
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Which verb should be used with “(college) course”?

Which verb should be used with "(college) course"? The students are attending a course but what is the lecturer doing? "Giving" and...? Sincerely, N.G.
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Use of “courtesy of…” when citing?

There are a number of systems for citing various materials (MLA, APA, etc.). These vary by discipline, country, journal, level of formality, and so on. Obviously one should know which system should be ...
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Two grammatically correct, similar sentences with different meanings?

I have been given a brain teaser that asks to choose the properly formatted version of the following sentence: The road runs beside the red houses and the green house and town houses are nearby. ...
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Any difference between “ashamed of something” and “ashamed of self for something”?

So I did a quick drawing and I was trying to decide what to say to my friends in regards to how I felt about it, and this idea came up. I could either say, "I'm proud, yet ashamed of myself for doing ...
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Usage of “until after” vs. “until” vs. “till after” vs. “till”

India was a British colony. Britishers wrote several laws for India. One such law was the Registration Act, 1908. Section 25(1) of the Act says: If, owing to urgent necessity or unavoidable accident, ...
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What is the difference between “No problem!” and “No sweat!”?

Is it possible to say "No sweat!" instead of "No problem!?
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Is the phrase “make waves” used with the sense “create a snowball effect”?

I was writing a post for my company's blog talking about Open source, and wanted to wrap it up with Let's make waves. I was pretty sure that the expression meant something like Let's replicate this, ...
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meaning of “pre-summoning evidence”

I read the phrase "pre-summoning evidence" in the Times of India newspaper (5 October 2015); it was describing something legal, but I am not sure about what may be its proper meaning. The phrase in ...
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Question about translation

Is it grammatically correct to say: "Hello, I also have a question, Is the movie translated in spanish or it just include subtitles?"
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What does “of or relating to” mean?

Looked up the definition of "epistemic." The definition is "of or relating to knowledge or knowing." ...Which seems rather vague to me. I'm not sure what "of or relating to" means, exactly. Please ...
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Is combination of words “Smarten digital” wrong if used as company name? [closed]

We are discussinng possible name of new european SW company and now we are considering something like "smarten digital". I know, that werb "smarten" is usualy used with "up", so my question is: Is ...
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Is “Draw the line” an inclusive or exclusive term? [closed]

When someone uses the phrase "draw the line", for example: I will do most household work, but I draw the line at laundry. or I draw the line at Bill Nye when it comes to trusting popular ...
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“what with” use [closed]

Example: His sweet tooth finally got the better of him, what with all the confections surrounding him. Sounds awkward, but is it correct usage?
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Big Picture vs Long run vs Long Term

When people talk about things in the future like plans for instance, what is the difference between these 3? So let's say you were talking about smoking. In the big picture, smoking will cause ...
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What is the meaning of: “If we offend, it is with our good will” [closed]

I was reading A Midsummer Night's Dream; Act-V, Sc.1 . There Peter Quince read the prologue: If we offend, it is with our good will. That you should think, we come not to offend, But with good ...
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How to say “I want the beer to never end” correctly? [duplicate]

I've come across this expression and am not quite sure what it actually should be. Is it "I want the beer to never end" or "I want the beer never ends" or something else? Which is the correct way?
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What is the origin of the term “ages”

I understand obviously that an "age" is a measurement of time, but can someone specify for me the earliest known use of "ages" as a slang term? An example would be the following use: The drive to ...
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What does “Try to be on the ball to have a ball” mean? [closed]

I wanna to know what does "Try to be on the ball to have a ball" mean.
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What does “Effort of the imagination” mean [closed]

I found this phrase in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes book; this is the full paragraph, with my emphasis: You will remember that I remarked the other day, just before we went into the very ...
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Redirecting attention to important things?

What would be the phrase to use in case somebody complains about minor fluff while most important thing is in place? In Russian you would use "Вам шашечки или ехать?" which literally means "Do you ...
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What is a bitter enemy? [closed]

Can anybody help me to interpret the word bitter enemy" ? i have googled it but still got no answer.
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Can I say, “He goes on to say” in an academic paper?

I have already used, "He states/asserts/postulates" in my paper quite a bit and I don't want to repeat myself again. I want to add another quote by the same author, but I'm not sure if this is ...
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What does this archaic use of “fear never but you” mean exactly?

In Emerson's famous essay Self-Reliance there's this sentence: Fear never but you shall be consistent in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour. I guess ...
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What adjective would you choose if you want to elevate a workaholic to a higher degree?

I want to refer a hard-working person something far more than referring him a mere "workaholic". What adjective should I choose with "workaholic", if I want to refer him as someone working even harder ...
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Is the `that` in phrase `Only the best product that can survive` properly used? [closed]

I searched online that the word that has a function of stress/emphasize. And this usage comes up to my mind when designing for our company motto. Is it proper here? The colleague edition: Two ...
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An idiom for “saving tap water on drowning Titanic” situation [duplicate]

I'm looking for a phrase, that can be applied to the situation when someone attempts to resolve a big problem or minimize damage by performing minor, insufficient actions, or is micromanaging instead ...
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more concise way to describe a system that is doomed to fail, inherently flawed, temporary/transient [closed]

I'm trying to describe, in one or two words, a system which is set up so that it cannot be long lasting; it is destined to collapse. "Marx and Engels finish their overview of Marxist theory by ...
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Alternate phrase for exciting opportunity? [closed]

Any thoughts on an alternate phrase for "exciting opportunity"? It's such an overused phrase. Thank you!
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“Thumbs-up/thumbs-down” vs “give the finger”

Why is the noun thumb in "give the thumbs-up or thumbs-down" always in the plural and the noun finger in "give the finger" always in the singular?
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Origin and Meaning of “just for namesake purpose”

I found some online references to the phrase "just for namesake purpose", and as per namesake's definition, this seems to be wrong usage of the term. Can anyone explain the origin and meaning of the ...
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Suitable saying for “different people like/dislike different things”?

Suppose I have some problem when someone takes an action 'X' on me which I find highly offensive and which makes me feel bad but it may/may not effect other individuals if used on them. A friend of ...
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Do you “take out a debt” or “draw a debt” or some other phrasing?

I wish to say that I did something which put me in debt to someone, without naming the person. How would I phrase this? Example: But one afternoon near the end of my time on the farm, I took out a ...
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Word to describe an action that divide groups

Greeting, I am looking for a word that I can use to describe a method that divides a single group into similar smaller groups (not opposing groups). Something like "schismatic", but without the ...
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Can I use “at all” instead of “either” in a sentence?

If you want a really simple and easy way to get rid of the “Get Windows 10” icon and stop your PC from downloading Windows 10, you can download a little piece of freeware called GWX Control Panel from ...
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How do you use the phrase “as … as can be”?

I know you can say " happy as can be," but can you us any adjective before "as can be"? Can I say " I was as American as can be"? or " He was as excited as can be"?
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I don't understand the phrase “Just as . . . so.”

Here is my example (from an SAT question): Just as Ireland has produced many famous writers and the Netherlands an abundance of famous painters, so Finland has provided a large number of famous ...