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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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Is this a correct usage of 'let alone' in the sentence?

"You cannot take care of yourself, let alone the three of us" I just wanted to know whether the phrase let alone is used correctly or not in the above sentence. Please give your opinions. Thanks in ...
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What do you call a project which is tossed up as a very plump & has potential but is just creating busywork for some people's existence?

What do you call a project which is tossed up as a very plump & has potential but is just creating busywork for some people's existence. The potential project will eventually end up losing its ...
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“Education made easy” is it grammatically correct? [on hold]

I am trying to find a short form from this phrase "Education made easy". My purpose is to server this one "Learning made easy" but creating short form the second phrase doesn't sound good. Is it ...
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What would you call a person pejoratively who enjoys perks of a job post but responsibility of a lower rung assistant

What would you call a person pejoratively who is on a professional privileged position such as Engineer, geologist, senior engineer etc (earning what the post demands) but chooses to do a job of a ...
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“Why are you hating me” or “Why are you hating on me”?

Which one is the right? "Why are you hating me" or "Why are you hating on me"?
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What does “move states away for” mean in this sentence?

I read a sentence: "His ambition, twinned with desperation, resonates with any teenager who wants to journey off to college or move states away for work, in a bid to escape youthful boundaries. " Not ...
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What is the idiom/phrase you can use when someone tells you to do (the work) that he is assigned to do (in reality it is assigned to him)?

What is the idiom/phrase you can use when someone tells you to do (the work) that he is assigned to do (in reality it is assigned to him). For example: XYZ company is located in Harbor port ...
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Is “blow wise to” a dialectal/archaic phrase? What is its etymology?

But blow wise to this, buddy, blow wise to this: Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own. Never let ...
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simple english usage in office [on hold]

if someone asked you, have you ever live in London? and you answered No, I never lived in London but i used stay berifly. does the answer suggest in any way that i never been in London??
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back up for a moment

My question is what "back up" means in the following context. "I want to back up for a moment first." This is a part of the opening remarks said Mark Zuckerberg during the conference call, that ...
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“Some of the [superlative adjective] I've ever been” — another way to phrase this?

I can't seem to find a non-awkward way of expressing this sort of sentiment: suppose you want to tell a friend about some time you were really, really cold, but it wasn't the coldest you've ever been. ...
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one/two each of + plural nouns

I'd like to know an alternative phrasing of structures like "I want one each of tomatoes, bananas, apricots and pears. Secondly, what syntactic role does "each" play in this phrase?
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A word or phrase of running fingers through hair

Consider two woman walking in a park on a cold windy evening talking with each other. When one of them was talking the other while listening to her attentively was at times running her fingers ...
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What would you call implied lies?

If someone implies something, such as person A says "Do you want to hear a (TV SHOW) reference?" but really meaning: Can I tell you a (TV SHOW) reference? and person B says "No." and person A says it ...
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Can we use the phrase “go for it” in formal essay [on hold]

Good evening everybody, Can I use "go for it" as a way to express choosing something in a formal essay, a report to be more precise. Further education took the lead in the number of students ...
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Is there a word or phrase when there occurs two sad events in tandem

Is there a word or phrase when there occurs two sad/traumatic events in tandem; Like Double whammy is when two-fold blow or setback. But I think i cannot use double whammy. Like in this example: ...
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Is “swallow spittle” an acceptable phrase?

I came across the following sentence in Ken Liu's Translation of The Three-Body Problem: Her throat hurt so much that swallowing spittle felt like it was a piece of burning coal. The original text ...
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Back in sometime or back to sometime?

I want to describe a picture that was taken in past, I should use the phrase "back in" or "back to"? Ask for help
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Confusing phrase suggestion. “Gates open!”

I recently had a brief Skype chat conversation with someone. Skype tends to automatically suggest a few phrases to use as responses to questions or messages you receive. So the conversation was like ...
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What is a better way of saying “Self-guided tour”? [closed]

I'm writing out a survey on what kind of campus visit students participated in. I want one of the answers to include students who did not go on a officially tour directed by faculty/staff, but who ...
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“Look up” vs. “Look for” phrasal verb

I had a task on an English exam to match phrasal verbs with their definitions. I matched: "look up a word" - "search" "look for the clues" - "try to find something" but according to my teacher, ...
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Pejorative word for events like ribbon-cutting ceremony, Association party & fests which are counterproductive activities for an organization

Pejorative word for attending "ribbon cutting ceremonies, ribbon cutting ceremonies, Association parties and fests" by a country's missions post abroad who are meant to be engaged in welfare of ...
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What do “a week on” and “come back in” mean?

Well, maybe, a week on, people would be trying to come back in and maybe try and get back to normal, at least start that process. The context of this sentence is that after an earthquake (about a ...
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The meaning of “cranking out code”

I am software engineer in USA (moved from another country). In informal conversations with colleagues I've heard the phrase "cranking out code" (or something similar). I googled it, and Urban ...
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“My compliments to…”

Wonder if anyone knows the provenance of the phrase "my compliments to" and why it entered use (and dropped out of use)? I don't mean "my compliments to the chef" or variants thereof but phrases like "...
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Can anyone tell me what “a card scandal” in this sentence means?

I have a question about a sentence from Sherlock Holmes's series "The Adventure of the Three Students". Here it goes. He was nearly expelled over a card scandal in his first year. Can anyone be ...
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What does “free somebody for something” mean? [migrated]

I get confused when I read this sentence: "An increasingly efficient agricultural industry freed British workers for factory employment." Does the phrase "free...for..." exist? Does it mean "workers ...
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Is the meaning of “Banks to remain open Saturday.” the same as “Banks will remain open Saturday.”? [duplicate]

Also in the phrase "Economy to remain stable in 2018." I don't know how to use "to" in this kind of sentences.
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Expertise, Big Business, Promote

I can't understand the three nouns referred to in the title. They are in different sentences and I could've created two different question, so if it violates the rules, I will move the second part to ...
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{This/that vs. these/those} + many + plural noun

From pag 419 of Mastering English An Advanced Grammar for Non-native and Native Speakers: Elsewhere, demonstratives normally serve as determiners (as in that exact moment, this way, etc.). BUT in ...
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“Entire production” as a collective noun for an artist's works

Is it common or possible to use the construction "The entire production of an artist is on display at the museum", or is there another collective noun that encompasses the entirety of an artist's ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “join the club/welcome to the club”?

I recently was having a conversation with an acquaintance in Russian, and she used the phrase "welcome to the club" as it would literally translate into Russian. Confused, I asked, "This is surely an ...
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How would you translate this Spanish saying “Sacar un clavo con otro clavo” to English?

Fellow English Speakers, I've been trying to translate this common saying from Spanish to English: Sacar un clavo con otro clavo. However, I cannot find any translation that satisfies my ...
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Idiom or phrase or proverb for When ever you need me you conveniently declare me the head of the department, other times i am no more than a nobody

Idiom or phrase or proverb for When ever you need me you conveniently declare me the head of the department (of course an acting head usually to throw me under the bus to deal/make difficult decisions ...
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“manufactured to the highest standards” vs. “manufactured to meet the highest standards”

Can something be "manufactured to the highest standards" or is it "manufactured to meet the highest standards"? According to Google, both wordings are frequently used. I realize that the latter is ...
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“I’ll believe it when I see it” for things that aren’t supposed to be referred to visually? [closed]

I’m looking for an equivalent idiom that refers to actions that aren’t supposed to be referred to visually. Example: Person A owes person B money and day after day says he will pay person B back. ...
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What does “soon to come ” means?

What does "soon to come" mean, and when can we use it? Does the question Our day together on January 1st is soon to come. mean that it is approaching soon?
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Is there an English equal for hindi saying “Bandar ke Haath me ustra” or “Razor in hands of a monkey”

Is there a English equal for hindi saying Bandar ke Haath me ustra which literally means "Razor in Monkey's hand" as if Never give a risky job to a people who is like a monkey. If he has a razor ...
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Is there a word for a phenomenon where someone gets promoted two-five tier above their original rank regardless of the reason?

Is there a word for a phenomenon where someone gets promoted two-five tier above their original rank regardless of the reason (preferably neutral word) Example 1 (positive example): one student would ...
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Word or phrase for weaker opponents

Someone who picks opponents that are weaker than them, so that they can feel superior but they never pick anyone as strong or stronger than themselves. Context, someone who brags about being an ...
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When is a English dialect considered to be non-grammatical/have non-grammatical phrasing? [duplicate]

So the question is when a dialect of English is considered non-grammatical. I am aware that it can be considered non-standard, however some phrases can be to an extent not to be considered non-...
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What does “try and avoid”phrase mean? [duplicate]

Today I saw this "try and avoid" phrase in a sentence . "Try and avoid repeating the problems with the images dataset". What does "try and avoid" in this sentence mean? Is it the same with "try to ...
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What's the meaning of “so I can get you my research off of the portal”?

So here is a line I couldn't understand from the TV drama Manifest (2018) Look, I don't understand. I was trying to race to you so I can get you my research off of the portal, and... Said by a ...
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What is the “ism” in which people are respected/entertained on the basis of people whom you know

What is the contemporary "ism" in which people are respected on the basis of people whom you know. The meaning is suppose if I (Jim) know some one (Jack) and he (Jack) introduces me to John. Then only ...
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Why use “like” In the question "What is a typical home like there? [migrated]

I found this Question in a student book and I can't understand why not "What is a typical home there?"
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YES HERE YOU ARE OR YES HERE YOU HAVE [migrated]

Would you give me a leaflet in Russian, please? Which answer is correct Yes, here you are madam or Yes, here you have, sir
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'…come into the good of…' - Does anyone else use this phrase?

A quick Google search to see whether I should use 'come into the good of' or 'come into the benefit of' has made me start questioning my own sanity. I can't seem to find reference to either phrase ...
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what is the meaning of “hint of a chip” [closed]

I have been reading an article and I'm came across this sentence: He’s also a person: serious, thoughtful, merciful, the slightest hint of a chip on his shoulder. I googled "hint of a chip" but ...
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Word for working with two parallel work instruction system in a company

If living two lives, one for outside world and other in the closet is double life. What would you call preferably pejoratively for when employees are working with two procedures rule book & ...
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Why do we say “forever and ever” when forever is enough

Why do we have to add the "and ever"? Does this phrase have some good old story of its origins?