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

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consecutive occurrences in one word [closed]

I need to know the common word used for the event which occurs consecutively. Can anyone suggest me some commonly used words which describes the same? Thank you
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Why is “from overseas” grammatical?

"Overseas", as far as I am concerned, is an adjective or an adverb. If "from overseas" is a correct phrase, why is it grammatical? "From" is a preposition, and it should be followed by a noun, not an ...
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Does a phrase exist that one uses to another person who is about to sneeze?

"Bless you" or "God bless you" are commonly used after a sneeze but does one exist (or was one once commonly used but no longer) when a person is obviously about to sneeze?
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Question about understandability and correctness of given sentence [closed]

Please let me know if this sentence is understandable and correct: Honorable of the change of colors in the sky.
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Absolute Phrase and 'With'

I've been reading up on absolute phrases recently, and I was wondering if the following construction is grammatically correct: "Jared went to bed with a lot on his mind, each thought brimming with ...
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meaning of “mugging away ?”

What is the meaning of "mugging away ?" Can anyone help me with this ? I know mugging merely means attack on someone in public places to steal something . But what is the meaning when it become ...
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state the reach of something against something as doing something

I encountered this sentence while translating a lawsuit and now I'm quite confused about what it intends to say: Court stated the reach of the per se rule against tie-ins under 1 of the Sherman Act ...
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Is “release one’s butt cheeks” a euphemism?

It was interesting to learn the English language (any language would be) is spoken or heard differently by the person in the following sentence of Tina Fey’s “Bossypants,” describing the scene in ...
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meaning of the “meant by”? [closed]

I often see questions started with "what is meant by...". What is "meant by"? Any trying to Google it returns nothing helpful. Thanks in advance.
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Is the phrase “this will blow your and your friends’ minds.” correct?

I couldn't find this specific type of phrase on here yet. I'm especially not sure whether to use the plural in this phrase. Should I use your and your friends' -mind- or -minds-?
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Vans or cars which sell breakfast, what is this called?

I was doing some translating from Chinese to English. I don't know what English native speakers call them. Please give me a hand.
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Tower of Babel, what is the meaning of the following verse?

What is the meaning of the following verse from Bernie Taupin's Tower of Babel as sung by Elton John on the album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy? Those hungry hunters Tracking down the ...
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Reaction to Scratching Noise [duplicate]

I need a word or phrase to describe the sensation people experience when they hear nails scratching on a chalkboard. I don't want to describe the noise , just the sensation.
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How do you say “question de cours” in English?

In French, une question de cours, is a question in a test for which you just need to know the content of your course. It is an easy question (usually) which does not require any reflection.
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Why does the following phrase sound old fashioned?

"We went swimming later in the afternoon, Jack and I." I am trying to describe what is happening here by breaking the sentence down into it's basic components, but I am having difficulty doing this. ...
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Is “right to collect” a phrase that acts as a noun?

Some business folks have asked us to name an "entity" as "Right to Collect." We need entity names to be nouns. To me "Right to Collect" doesn't sound like a noun. What would you best describe this ...
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Is there a difference between “at the example of” and “using the example of”?

"This is illustrated at the example of Foobar." versus "This is illustrated using the example of Foobar." Are they interchangeable? If not, what is the difference?
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What does all came fine but 2 means [duplicate]

I sent an email to a client with this sentence: Tried sending 39 packets this afternoon, all came fine but 2. I meant 37 packets processed fine but 2 were unsuccessful. Did I convey right?
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What does 'put somebody up' actually mean, and where does the phrase originate?

To put somebody up: To let somebody stay at your home; to arrange for somebody to stay somewhere. We can put you up for the night. Why does "put somebody up" have that meaning? Where does the ...
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Concessive “as much as” and “much as”. Which came first?

Related: "Much though" vs "much as", Use of 'Much as' [closed], Using “as much as” at start of sentence Consider the following two variations: As much as I hate to admit it, I cannot swim. ...
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Is “spaghetti salad” a phrase?

I am (almost) certain that "spaghetti salad" is a phrase. But, I cannot find any references to this phrase in the oracle of Google. Can someone please confirm that they have at least heard this ...
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Word for a friend you have never met?

Can anyone provide "emotional" word/phrase for a "friend" a you have never met, but feels like you really know him? I won't mind even if it is in a language other than English. :) Update: Would love ...
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“I will make me a …” or “I will make myself a …” [duplicate]

Is the first form valid as well, or only the second? E.g. "I will make me a sandwich"
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A word or phrase for rigging a request or situation for failure (despite appearances to a third party)?

Imagine we have three individuals: Alice, Bob, and Carol. Bob asks Alice to write a letter to Carol asking for a favor. Alice wants Carol to refuse to do the favor for Bob, but for it to appear to ...
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Why does 'I'm with stupid' have a positive connotation?

I see the phrase ... I'm with stupid ... used in many occasions, especially on forums using a smiley similar to this one: It's almost exclusively used with a positive connotation, in the ...
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What are some colloquial English expressions for comparing hot/cold weather to something else? [closed]

I'm looking for colloquial expressions that compare hot, cold, and wet weather to something else. For example, “It’s hotter than two goats in a pepper patch”, “Colder than a witch’s tit”, etc. Often ...
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What is the difference between “take to court,” “take the court,” and “take someone to court”?

Today’s (April 27) New York Times carried a caption,“Clippers Take to Court, but in Protest” and the lead-copy: The players made a statement a day after racially charged remarks attributed to ...
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“So though” vs “so even though”

Do they mean the same? Or they mean slightly different things? Example: They both had passion for music, so, (even) though their tastes differed, they never ran out of topic to talk about.
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“Is that more clear?” [closed]

RE: I said something confusing in an email. Then I restated it in a second email, and I followed this restatement by "Is that more clear?" It doesn't sound right. What would you say?
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What connotation does “unhealthy relationships” have?

What connotation does "unhealthy relationships" have? I'm told that it can't be used to mean strained or stormy relations with someone. Why?
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Phrase to tell, that you have written a fast note

I am choosing a title for my essay, which is about a man, who wrote a fast idea on a napkin and lost in a pocket of his jacket. Then he dies in a car accident and ten years later his son finds an old ...
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Reverse of an Amount and counting

We use this phrase to announce some voting-like results: 1 million and counting This is for something which we expect to increase in the future, but what phrase can we use for something that ...
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What does 'to be maxed out' mean?

I want to understand what Chandler means when he says he's maxed out after thinking he's embarrassed by his bunny costume.
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Usage of “keenly aware of”

Need help on right usage of "keenly aware of", what are the similar expressions? Can I say: strongly aware of ? thanks
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have you drawn any watches?

In the book A Song of Ice and Fire I came across this sentence, the meaning of which isn't clear to me: "Have you drawn any watches this past week, Will? Yes,m'lord." What does this sentence ...
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What words or idioms are there for “beneficial constructive distraction that would establish or facilitate balance”?

What words are there for beneficial constructive distraction from a task that would improve the results or establish or facilitate balance among various tasks (all being a "distraction" in that ...
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To have a game in hand

I have come across the expression game in hand in an article on England Premier League, as follows: Third-place City has a game in hand but the surprise result against Sunderland, coupled with ...
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Is the term “fresh and original” redundant?

I see this phrase all over the place. Fresh in this usage appears to be in the usage: not previously known or used; new or different. And directly lists original as a synonym. And original in ...
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What is another way to say the need for? [closed]

What is another way to say "the need for" in regards to mental health system reform
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The meaning of “…Identity between”

There is this sentence which I can't work out the meaning. "They have a unique identity between language and thought that means they cannot conceptualize a lie. This also means that deception, ...
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Can't come up with the correct sentence

I have some trouble coming up with the right sentence for a form input where I'm asking a user's first and last name. What I'm actually trying to say is that the name the user is filling in will be ...
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Is this sentence correct English?

I am not a native English speaker. But I would like to know if the following sentence is correct? "Choose a password at least 6 characters long." Or should it be something like "Choose a password ...
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Word/phrase for mindfulness of health and nutrition?

I'm trying to explain that in the summer months, when there may be an inclination to hit the beach and exercise outside, some people may be more careful about what they eat and try to reignite their ...
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Meaning of “To be”

What is the meaning of "to be hiered" ? Whether it means the person is hiered or he is yet to be hiered?
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Phrase for order is done or order received?

I am developing a mobile application, which gets orders from client and sends it to us. What I am wondering is what kind of a statement can I use in order to inform the user that we have received his ...
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Can “your reputation precedes you” be used as a negative statement?

I have always considered "your reputation precedes you" as a gesture of complement and respect. However it occurred to me if it is possible to use it for a notorious person with a bad reputation? ...
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“Healthy” vs “healthful”— Do fruits and veggies work out?

The OED doesn't say much other than the two words have long been synonyms since the 1500s. healthful - promoting good health healthy - being in good health/condition Why do we say that ...
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Used with permission/by permission, which is correct?

On a lot of small print notices you see things like "ABC is a trademark of XYZ Corp., used by permission" or "used with permission". To me, "used with permission" sounds correct. Is either (more) ...
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What is the English phrases for “to bet/vote on a winning candidate”?

For example, betting Manchester United rather than a newly-promoted club. This is not limited to sport and not limited to only two participants. I've heard it's "to ride on a winning horse", is that ...
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“It had not been working as I thought” vs. “It was not working as I thought”?

I want to convey that I recently discovered that a software code was not working like I thought it was working...I'm not sure how to phrase it correctly. Which A phrase goes with which B phrase? A1. ...