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

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How can I make “go crazy” a noun? [on hold]

I know what "go crazy" means and that it is a verb. But basically I want to make "go crazy" a noun for my book as a title. When I say it, people should understand it is a period of my life timeline.
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The matter of something

I just read some articles saying that Google just announced it's latest Android operating system named Android "Nougat". I wanted to comment about this announcement, I said I thought "Nugget" ...
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Metaphorically Speaking [on hold]

I want to hold a party. I would like to let my patrons know that it's BYO (bring your own), but, I'm not allowed to mention BYO on the invitation. How could I articulate that? What word/s could I use ...
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“States Party to” or “State Parties to” or “States parties to”?

When discussing a treaty or international agreement, which is correct? "There are 100 states party to the treaty." (for example, as used here) Or: "There are 100 state parties to the treaty." (for ...
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Where did the term 'a concerted effort' come from? [on hold]

The title pretty much says it all. I know the definition but I'm curious as to its etymology.
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Can “fatal disaster” mean man-made misfortune?

Yesterday, I talked with a friend and mentioned that the Lord Jesus had the potential of suffering a fatal disaster in Judea, because many people tried to kill Him, like the high priest, King of Herod....
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“As .. as I am” in the beginning of sentence

Is this sentence gramatically correct? How does it sound? I suppose that nobody would probably say it this way in a casual conversation, but does it sound awkward or rather poetic to native speakers? ...
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Does “feel myself” have a vulgar meaning? [on hold]

I know there's a question here Russian speakers and “I feel myself to be …” with corresponding answer pointing out that the colloquial meaning of "to feel oneself" means to touch oneself in order to ...
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Why do we say “to boot”?

Here's an example of the phrase "to boot": My wife made a disgusting looking dinner, and it tasted awful to boot! The implication of the "to boot" is that the fact that the dinner tasted awful ...
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What is the origin of “rings a bell”?

Where does the expression "rings a bell" come from? e.g. Bob: Have we met before? Geoff: Well, your face rings a bell.
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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? [on hold]

"I read this novel four times in Arabic and now it’s the English edition turn"
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Which is more idiomatic in the following context: “Occurs to me” or “Occurred to me”?

The question is in the title. When you're trying to simplify a complex concept and say: "Well, looking at this equation, the first thing that occurs to me/ comes to my mind is..." or is it ...
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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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To fail one another: meaning/translation [on hold]

"To fail one another" I have found the expression in a review on the novel Never let me go as well as in ecclesiastic contexts. What does it mean? If someone has a German translation, it would also ...
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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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China has been simmering with known for several years that … [on hold]

The following passage is quoted from the comments that Prof. Paul Krugman made during the meeting with Japanese officials on March 22, 2016 in Tokyo. I am wondering what the italic part means. I ...
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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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Breaking sentences up

What is the right term for breaking or dividing a sentence into fragments, wherein each fragment still contains a thought/meaning? e.g.: Sports can ostracize people/ who are not very good at them./
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How do i say these titles better “Program Success Factors” and “Realized Benefits” [closed]

How do i say these titles better Program Success Factors Realized Benefits I am doing a presentation for a CEO about a project. Needs to be strategic
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Should I use a comma after “noted that”?

Should I use a comma after "noted that" in the following sentence? Tom and Dick, while driving the car, noted that at speed bumps, the suspension was making noise. A preliminary Google ...
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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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Articles before percentages earned?

When writing about grades, does the percentage need an article? "Jenny earned an 87% in the AP Psychology course." Or just "Jenny earned 87% in the AP Psychology course." My thinking is, you would use ...
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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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Term that describes an incomplete comparison

What is the term for a dichotomous statement like, "The two side of the issue are the fish should be protected, or it should not." That is, the other side of the issue is not fully explained, it's ...
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I know this/that [closed]

When someone tells you something that you already know, which is the correct response ? "I know this" or "I know that"? thanks
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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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Usage of “except verb” phrase [closed]

I found a dictionary said the form of "expect + verb" is "A verb form after except usually depends on what came before" so are these answers correct? 1) He can't do anything except make things more ...
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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 ...