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

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I must know all the facts. I cannot help you otherwise [closed]

I must know all the facts. I cannot help you otherwise. Combine this sentence into complex sentence. I have no idea how to combine?
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Usage of “give it a read”

Is the usage of the phrase "give it a read" correct? For instance, "Hey, I have attached my essay. Do give it a read and let me know what you think".
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What are the alternatives for “May I ask…”

Before posting a question, "May I ask..." seems would make it more politely. I wonder what are the alternatives for that phrase? Seems "Pray, .." also do, but that sounds a bit Jane Austin?
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Comma before a conjunction that precedes an infinitive phrase?

I understand that a comma is used before "and" when the conjunction precedes an independent clause; however, I'm curious if the same rule applies when it precedes an infinitive phrase: "It was my job ...
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I lost my temper in Domino's pizza the other day and ended up pushing the bloke “behind the till” [closed]

I lost my temper in Domino's pizza the other day and ended up pushing the bloke behind the till. What is the meaning of "till" here ? Is it preferred to use such formations in general ...
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Can you use “crime scene” for a suicide? [closed]

Example: The detectives assigned to Kevin's suicide left the house. I took the opportunity to investigate the crime scene. I'm not sure if this is correct. Since suicide isn't a crime. Or ...
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What is the meaning of “contain the group”? [closed]

I come across the following BBC news: These gains have undercut the core pillar of the US strategy against IS. But airstrikes and limited ground operations by local forces can contain the group ...
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How can I understand “absurdly gross”

I have read a tweet: "the way Apple’s DTrace port controls processes is absurdly gross ....". How can I understand "absurdly gross" in this sentence?
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How to translate “other than” and “rather” in a sentence?

I have trouble with some of English phrases, such as other than and rather. I am not sure about the meaning of them. There are two sentences which include these phrases: 1- anything ending in a ...
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There you have it again?

I wonder if no one has asked it simply because it is so obvious, but I really can't grasp the exact meaning of there you have it (again). I occasionally infer it from the context but not every single ...
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“Sir,' I said to the universe, 'I exist.' 'That,' said the universe, 'creates no sense of obligation in me whatsoever.” [closed]

'Sir,' I said to the universe, 'I exist.' 'That,' said the universe, 'creates no sense of obligation in me whatsoever.' Does the statement mean the universe does not care about you existing ...
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Meaning of “And the day came when … ”

I saw some sentences that start with this phrase: "And the day came when ... " For example, the following sentence form The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield At last the day ...
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the meaning of “peripheral glow of our prosperity”

I read a National Geographic's article about light pollution and I have a question about a certain phrase, "peripheral glow of our prosperity." In his article "Our Vanishing Night," Klinkenborg ...
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Why do we say that accidents/housefires “take place” ? [closed]

Accident Took Place At Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant. Take place : You say that an event takes place. The wedding took place on the stage of the Sydney Opera House. Elections will take place in ...
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What does “tend one's spinning wheel” mean?

However hard I tried I've failed to get the exact meaning of tending his spinning wheel here. It would be argued, and indeed I would argue, that Muslim intransigence would have played a ...
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Using ‘later’ when the amount of time is a complex phrase

In sentences like ‘The speed 10 seconds later is 3 m/s’ the amount of time is easy to specify. But what can I do if it is a complex phrase? In particular, I should like to express v(t + dt) in words, ...
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What does “a lot of talent sitting in suits” mean?

After Cavalier’s losing the NBA finales game, LeBron James said: “Tried as much as we could to try to make up for those guys, but it’s a lot of talent sitting in suits,” James said. “I’ve had a ...
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what does “slash the odds of something” mean?

it seems cutting the odds means, according to this website, decreasing the possibility of something happening. I thought slashing the odds meant the same but apparently it's the opposite? Unilad ...
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What is the difference between “should be cause for concern” and “is cause for concern”? [closed]

Do the two phrases really mean different things? We may compare the following: ‘The mysterious and majestic blue hue’ emanating from Hong Kong seas is cause for concern, scientists say. ‘The ...
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the phrase “ Spare” [closed]

If I want to say, "refrain your heart from pain" by using the word "spare" do I say "spare your heart from pain" or "spare your heart with pain"?
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As far as possible

Can I say "As far as it´s possible, I am doing fine" ? I mean that despite all that happened, I am doing fine.
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Is “Handle / cannot handle somebody the person” a common set phrase?

There was the following passage in New York Time’s article dealing with the issue of alleged domestic violence cases of U.S. Soccer team goalie, Hope Solo, and its outcomes under the title, “Hope Solo ...
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What is the meaning of “Artisanal landlord price hike sale” ? [closed]

I came across this phrase in an article today, I didn't get the sense of the whole sentence together. would anyone break it into pieces for me please. bundle of thanks in advance.
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What does “All things X” mean?

I've seen the expression in some company names; for example All things data, All things gym. Is the expression "All things X" a parody of some other popular phrase, or does it have its own meaning? ...
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appeal a sentence VS appeal the sentence VS appeal against

A. a defendant can appeal a sentence if it's illegal, unconstitutional, or unreasonably excessive. B. a defendant can appeal the sentence if it's illegal, unconstitutional, or ...
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Alternative to saying “This may be a dumb question, but…”

I am looking for an alternative to saying This may be a dumb question, but.... I would like to find another way to tell someone that I respect his/her time and realize I should probably already ...
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“was-was” or “was-is” [closed]

Which one is correct? I was wondering if it {was|is} not too late to ask if you could give me ...
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Noun or Adjective for someone who is good in managing resources and/or money

I am looking to describe someone who is good at keeping track of hir resource use and goods usage behaviour. This can be either for monetary currencies, but also for food, material or other ...
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Could a group of several men and one woman be called “a group of men and women”?

If not, what's the correct way of referring to the group?
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Indefinite articles used with plural nouns: It was AN amazing TWO DAYS

The indefinite article a(n), derives from the old English word an meaning "one". Generally this word only occurs in determiner function before noun phrases which are singular. However, there seem to ...
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“that enables vs. enabling”

I'm describing an app. The sentence is X is an app that enables you to do Y I think it doesn't sound really well. Would X is an app enabling you to do Y be better? Is this form OK at ...
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meaning of “with two-thirds of the voting rights, and a third of outstanding shares”

The merger plan must win approval from shareholders with two-thirds of the voting rights, and a third of outstanding shares in order to pass a shareholder meeting scheduled for July 17. I ...
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How to express this feeling?

I am looking for a phrase to express a feeling. Here it is. A song was out in the market a couple of years ago and it was a huge hit at that time. Today, I heard that song which reminded me all ...
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Is there an idiom for being consistently unlucky through no fault of one's own? [duplicate]

Not quite sure how to word this, but I'm looking for an idiom or phrase/saying that describes when somebody who's done nothing to deserve it has hit a streak of bad luck. Wish I could be more ...
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Omitting “that” in a sentence

If I were to say, "I hope that this will work", would it also be correct to say, "I hope this will work"? Would both be grammatically correct?
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Which one is correct,“jump into” or “jump onto”? [closed]

For example, I will "jump into" or "jump onto" a new topic after I finish this topic. Which one is correct?
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A change of wording is needed (Solved) [closed]

In a legal document I am having to edit certain specific phrases, though I have managed to do most I am stuck on a way to change the wording of the phrase "[Company Name] hereby appoints" and ...
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Meaning of “rendition” in the phrase “rendition camp”

In the movie series XIII the main character was imprisoned in something they called "a rendition camp in Romania". In the movie it looked just like a prison. He was put there on the order of NSA or ...
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Does this sentence sound awkward, in terms of verb tense or preposition use?

Just a couple of quick questions: Though not all my students grappled with the same issues that I had faced... Does this phrase sound off at all? I'm trying to imply that I still struggle with ...
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I need to know how to phrase part of a sentence containing the word of [closed]

I'm editing a document that has the following phrase: <. . . could have garnered the respect, much less the votes, of Southern conservatives.> I am wondering if this should be reworded to be the ...
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I'm a little nervous about seeming arrogant (Solved) [closed]

Is there a better way of saying 'is that okay?' or is that phrase itself okay to use. I'm just worried about appearing arrogant, It's never been mentioned that i could be until my last 1 to 1 with my ...
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Trust me when I tell you this

Trust me when I tell you this. You can tear this tower apart brick by brick, but without my help, you will never find your precious satchel without my help. What does the speaker mean by "Trust ...
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nasal passage or airway is too narrow

The doctor said his nasal 'passage' or 'airway' is too narrow, that's why he is easy to get stuffy nose. Which word is correct and more common?
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The ship heeled or tilted or inclined? [closed]

The ship 'heeled' or 'tilted' or 'incline' in strong wind and sank. Which word is correct and most common?
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can I use fall down with slip?

Someone spitted the soup on th ground, so I slipped and fell down. Is 'fall down' followed by 'slip' necessary?
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Pull up your pants

Can we use "Pull Up" in the following context?? Suppose, there is a puddle and you need to pull something up from there.You have to go there and before that you need to raise the bottom of your pants ...
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phrase usage of 'best of the worst' [closed]

He just had a car accident, but the best of the worst is that no one got injured in that accident. Can I use 'best of the worst' like previous sentence?
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When someone leaves at 4pm - should I say “Have a good afternoon” or “evening”? [closed]

Could you please help me? I started work as a receptionist. I have to greet people that come and go. What should I say in this occasion: example: It is 4 pm and the client is leaving. Should I say ...
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“Preventing them to wrap” vs “Preventing them from wrapping”

I've found on StackOverflow an old answer written by me, in which I've used the first form. Reading it now, it sounds weird and wrong; I am inclined to think that the second form is the only one ...
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“dollar rebounds biggest falls”

I found the sentence like the following: Dollar rebounds biggest falls Does this sentence make any sense? I guess it should instead be: Dollar rebounds after its biggest falls