Questions tagged [phrases]

This tag is for questions about phrases in the linguistic sense. In linguistics a “phrase” is a group of words that make a unit of syntax with a single grammatical function. Use [phrase-requests] if you are searching for a phrase.

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Are these phrases classified in the right verbal times? [closed]

If you're not, could you help me qualify? Using Preposition TO (Infinitive): I guess you need to put your hand in your pocket to fix his car. You should to put your hand in your pocket to help the ...
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Defending your mistakes abruptly

I see some people make mistakes in conversation then they counter-attack you if you point out their mistakes. Let's take an example: Jay: I don't like Chinese food because I hate china. Xu(...
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does phrase “keep something from sb.” has some hidden information?

"The Farewell," which features as predominantly Asian cast, tells the story of a young woman named Billi (Awkwafina) whose family decides to keep news of a terminal diagnosis from the family's ...
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“not only a popular but also ..” VS “a not only popular but also …”

(1) It is not only a popular but also pragmatic research. (2) It is a not only popular but also pragmatic research. Which one is correct?
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English language for me [closed]

What makes this environmental loss especially sad waht is the grammatical name given to this expression and it's function
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As commonly done vs As is commonly done vs As it is commonly done [closed]

Which of the following three is the correct usage of the phrase ? As commonly done As is commonly done As it is commonly done To me, 3rd one seems to be most appropriate from a grammatical ...
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Similar phrase to `Let's have a chat…`

I've found this on my friend's book - Let's have a chat so that we can set the balls rolling Looks very professional but I couldn't find something similar to this one myself. Does anyone help ...
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To burn something to the ground

According to Collins Dictionary to burn something to the ground means to completely destroy it by fire. I have two questions regarding this phrase: 1- What is the exact connotation of it: Does it ...
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is it correct to say something is “moved place”

Something in a fridge was moved to a different slot. Is it correct to say it's "moved place"? I can't find much when searching for this phrase on google.
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Introducing a book title mid-sentence

Is it acceptable to introduce a book/article title in the following manner? This paper, titled “When Pigs Fly”, condenses and expands upon the research that was published in my thesis.
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Why use “at compile time” rather than “at compilation/compiling time”?

According to https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/compile, compile is just a verb, which means it cannot be used as an adjective or a noun. So, grammatically speaking, at compile time ...
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Which noun was referred to after comma?

I am reading a paragraph in English. English is obviously not my first language. I like to confirm my understanding of a sentence. This is the sentence. Copernicus had offered his replacement for ...
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How to use“intersecting creativity with resistance”?

I am really confused as to what this: The next decade will be a defining time in our history, with young people leading from the front. I want to mention two artists who have been using their hip-...
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X removed from Y

Does "X removed from Y" as a general rule mean "X minus (without) Y" i.e. does "What is femininity removed from motherhood" in the following text mean "What is femininity minus (without) motherhood"? ...
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Phrase - Agreeable premise to trick someone into supporting additional stuff

I'm having difficulty in articulating this idea without giving a long bloated explanation when calling it out. The idea is where somebody states a vague generally agreeable and innocuous premise in ...
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Handmade clothes [closed]

Source: Cambridge Dictionary Handmade made using the hands rather than a machine: made by a person using just hands or tools, not by a machine: Let's say you sew aprons or dresses for sale. ...
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What does '' to do something with no warning'' mean? [closed]

I like to know what the phrase means when you are doing something with no warning please
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What is the feeling of hating something that you like just because you realized you can't have it? [duplicate]

I've seen people go through something like this many times: They talk about some product they love and that they are going to buy, but they can't afford it or their parents tell them they can't have ...
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Wear slippers or put on slippers [closed]

Which is the most correct one? 1) My shoes are lost from the shop, kindly allow me to wear slippers today. 2) My shoes are lost from the shop, kindly allow me to put on slippers today.
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What does “You are my weather” mean? [closed]

I would like to ask what the phrase "You are my weather" mean. The context is in an acknowledgement section at the end of a book where the author pays tribute to her family. She said that she would ...
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As usage with be verb [migrated]

Do you see any mistake in the sentence below? The question is as topic title. İ mean topic title is same thing of my question. Thanks
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I am sorry, I am <name> and I am happy usages [migrated]

When someone asks our name, we use I am [name]. Also, we use I am to express our feelings, like I am sorry, and I am happy. So do we use I am for both our identity and our feelings?
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Starting a sentence with “If making …”

How do constructions of the type If + verb(-inf form) If making the right choice ... seem to native English speakers? Some suggested to avoid such constructions and use instead, "If we make the ...
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Saying or poetry for “Everyone has its own place”

What are some famous sayings or poetry that advertise "equality" and "freedom" against a ranked society? I want something meaning "everyone has their own merit" or "everyone has his/her unique place"....
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sink to a depth

What is the meaning of sink to a depth in this quote: No one will have praised him except the Good Critic and Mrs. Walden [critic] and a few private people with no influence. But he is all the ...
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Finding Correct word [migrated]

I have doubt on a phrase. Situation: Let's think like that,I want to change the position of a box. I want to take permission from the owner of the box. What should I say? Where should I put the box?...
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Is there a more formal word/phrase to describe a “shaggy-dog story”?

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe a story, which is essentially a shaggy-dog story, but one that sounds a bit more formal. I thought of "long-winded conversation", but I wanted something ...
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The feeling when you realise you've spent more than you thought

How can I describe the feeling you get upon realization that you've spent more than you imagined when you see your monthly transactions or bills? "I feel at a loss" comes to mind but I'm not sure how ...
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do [something] to [something] like [something]

The phrase "don't talk to me like a child" means "don't talk to me like I am a child". Does it always work that way? Could this phrase ever mean "don't talk to me like you are a child"?
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What does “seconds on toast” mean?

I read “Kafka on the shore” and met the next sentence: I look around, and seconds on toast don't seem likely to materialize. Could you explain what “seconds on toast” mean? What is semantically ...
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What is the origin of the idiom “to be sure”?

I want to know the origin of the idiomatic phrase "to be sure". None of the definitions I found on online dictionaries mentioned an origin, and I also didn't find it asked anywhere on the net (though ...
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What is difference between “had better” and “would better”?

I'd like to know the difference between "had better" and "would better". I would think these phrases are the same. Thanks for your attention. Regards
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English equivalent of Konkani proverb “kam natilo achari bhurganchi kule tasto” (When jobless, a carpenter takes to even filing children's buttocks)

English equivalent of Konkani proverb "kam (job) natilo (not having) achari (Carpenter) bhurganchi (Children's) kule (buttocks) tasto (files)" (When jobless, a Clueless carpenter takes to even filing (...
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Can “life span” apply to substance

I'd like to know if life span can be used for substance such as "The life span of a thing is...". I ask this because life means being, not material.
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“For the sake of” vs “for sake of”

Are for the sake of and for sake of both equally correct and idiomatic? The dictionaries I know list only the former, while the latter also seems to be commonplace.
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Is it alright to say something is super great [closed]

I would like to know if it's alright to say something is super great. Example: Let's build this house super great.
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What does fine profession mean?

I got that words when I read what Shonda Rhimes said when she paid her tribute to the late Toni Morrison: She made me understand `writer' was a fine profession. I grew up wanting to be only her.I ...
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Worked on something before or Worked on something earlier?

If I've worked on something prior, say, 2 months ago, how should I say it? i.e. Which is better? I've worked on [topic] before. I've worked on [topic] earlier.
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“Fun-house angle” meaning

please can someone explain to me the meanimg of phrase Fun-house angle. I met it in one book in a sentence that ....stairs was in Fun-house angle. Do you have any idea what does it mean? Thank ...
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How would you write this sentence?

Concerns of critics become evident in large apps where it is common to see CSS files with thousands of lines of code. OR Critics' concern become evident in large apps where it is common to see CSS ...
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What is “since before” without anything between these two words?

Here's a sentence from the "Critical Introduction to Law and Literature" by Kieran Dolin: His decision denied that these indigenous peoples had proprietary rights to the lands in question, despite ...
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Latin phrase for “at the moment” or “immediate”, temporal equivalent for in situ?

I know phrases like "in situ" which means in the current place/position, is there another phrase for the temporal equivalent which means "at the moment"?
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What would be english equivalent of Hindi proverb char aane ki murgi barah aane ka masala-Chicken is dirt cheap but its ingredients are costing a bomb

What would be english equivalent of Hindi proverb "char aane (Rs. 0.25) ki murgi (Chicken) barah aane (Rs. 0.75) ka masala (spice)" is an old phrase around 60's and the 70's India which mean Chicken ...
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Antonyms of “Prefer…Over” [closed]

Is "I prefer coffee over tea" Equivalent to "I defer tea over coffer"?
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What does “a flight to quality” mean?

I was reading an article on the Economist about revolutionizing management education and came across an interesting expression. Geoffrey Garrett, dean of the Wharton School, at the University of ...
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What does “working a system of favors” mean?

Can anyone please teach me what this phrase "work a system of favors" mean? In the novel I'm reading now, a hero is blackmailing a heroine, who is an expert safecracker, to crack a safe which has ...
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Term for Confusing Map for the Territory / Terrain

I’m looking for a simple word that describes the concept of “confusing the map for the territory (or terrain).” It seem to be a concept often used to explain how the brain function in neuroscience,...
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Is this “as…as” statement acceptable?

"Solve as many problems many times as you can" I am trying to say as many problems and repeat solving the same problems again and again.
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What’s a term that means argue on behalf of someone? [closed]

I cant think of the word. It would mean that a person would stick up for someone verbally.
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Using as … as twice

I remember seeing people use the 'as ... as' phrase twice in one sentence, but I am not exactly sure what that was. As far as I can remember, it was like 'the rattle snake is as heavy as and as ...