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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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“In and over” - as relating to governance

Wonder if anyone knows the provenance and the precise definition (insofar as the parts "in" and "over are concerned) of the phrase when it relates to governing? In particular I see this usage in ...
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“On behalf of” or “On the behalf of”?

Ability to do X on the behalf of another user vs Ability to do X on behalf of another user Which one is correct and why? :( I've been debating this with someone over the copy of some ...
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What's a good word/phrase for “something that may not lead to anything concrete”

I was passing a lead to a potential project to my manager via email. Because he's super busy, I wanted to say something like the following at the end of the email. "I hope this doesn't add _______ to ...
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I'm looking for a word or phrase with the meaning [on hold]

.. 'being responsible for your own happiness', 'creating your own reality' kind of thing, something positive
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Take a train or Take the train?

Lovely people,I really need your help... I saw different variety of Take a train or take the train in sentences... And I still can't get it...When should I say take the train and when take a train?:/
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on provision of seven (7) days written notice

I was reading a legal contract and came across this sentence about the termination of the contract: This Agreement may be terminated by either Party on provision of seven (7) days written notice ...
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How do I say that an infection was transmitted to me by droplet contact without sounding weird?

There's a list of ways an infection can be transmitted from one person to another: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transmission_(medicine) I can say, "This infection was transmitted to me sexually". ...
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How do I write that I have received a grant and that the work I am currently doing is being supported by that said grant?

I am writing to an educational institute that I am doing work/study with the grant that I have received from a specific foundation. Do I say, I am working alongside the grant? I am working through the ...
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The Use of Verb Phares [on hold]

my name is Dendi. Would you like to help me to answer this blank sentence? "It is just easy not to deposit your money at the ATM, no waiting in line. Just ______ your PIN there and the money comes out....
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What does “I feel about you makes my heart lone to be free” mean?

I've got a key chain with lots of objects, one of them is a little sign saying exactly "I feel about you makes my heart lone to be free", but I can't understand exactly what it means. It looks like ...
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Can anyone assess whether the below phrase is correct or not? [on hold]

Following is the phrase "I feel blissful with my mother's blessing" Please assess and correct the phrase if there are any mistakes. Thanks in Advance.
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Term/idiom/phrase for braggart [on hold]

I am pretty sure I have heard of this term before but I do not remember it. What is a term for someone who brags about something that indirectly affects them (or is not related to them)? For example ...
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A whole new level

I often hear the following phrases in movies and some of my colleagues have started using it. This takes it up to the next level This is a whole new level I'm just wondering whether this is game ...
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Phrase that means 'to tell someone something before they find out from elsewhere'?

Title covers the question; I seem to remember a phrase meaning 'to tell someone something before they find out from elsewhere' but I can't now remember it. Something like 'beat the news', perhaps, ...
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Need to ask my freelance designer is he is willing to take some work [closed]

Its been a while I've sent work to my freelance designer and I now want to ask if he can do some work for me. I need help framing the questions with the correct words, Are you willing to take some ...
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What's a more formal phrase for “in words”? [closed]

I'm trying to describe the following table whose purpose is to convert a score into a phrase. I have the following options so far: Figure D illustrates how quality scores are described in words. ...
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Understanding the phrase “belly matches paws”

Could someone explain the meaning of the phrase "I like the way your belly matches your paws" to me? It is used in a feline context. One such usage appears in: http://www.cc.com/feeds/transcripts/...
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Instead of using “You know”

I tend to use “You know” when introducing a new topic. For example, I’m talking to a person about something that another person did. For example, “You know (person name)? They ...” I use this one ...
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When should I be using sans, anyway?

People often use sans, the French word for ‘without’ in English. What I don’t get, is when should that switch be made. When should I say sans when I really want to say without. Are there any general ...
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Is “…should I have done…” a correct tense? [closed]

Can you please tell me if my tenses are correct in the following sentence? If so, what are the tenses I am using? Thank you! "I was hoping to get a response before the upcoming deadline, so I could ...
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Egoistic emotions [closed]

I'm working on sentiment analysis and currently struggling with egoistical emotion detection on a phrase level. So far, I detect the following phrases: "I'm the best" "I'm rich/powerful/beautiful/...
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“Your implication lets me better understand the problem.” - does it make sense? [closed]

I took part in an English competition a few weeks ago. In one exercise, there were sentences with missing words (one in each sentence). One of the sentences was something like this: Your _ _ _ l ...
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Meaning of “That response really put the 'luke' in lukewarm”?

I was watching a TV series when I came across this sentence. What does it mean? Where does this expression come from? The context was the following: A mother told her daughter that she got engaged, ...
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Playing up to stereotypes

there is a new tv show on netflix ‘YOU’. There are some stereotypes in the real world, and this show has all of them. Is it correct to say “This show plays up to all the stereotypes associated with x”?...
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How to concisely state the following, and also be clear about what I'm saying? [closed]

For a presentation about a research project, I have to talk about an "essential question" which essentially states the main question my research addresses. So far, what I have down is quite clunky: ...
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What does “like an elephant's eye” mean?

What does “like an elephant's eye” mean from "We seldom ever have an argument, but if it is, it's about something like an elephant's eye"? The sentence is from an interview, an old couple talks about ...
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“have a refined bearing” OR “have a bearing with/of refinement”

thank you for answering my question. I was learning "bearing" with all its collocations, and there I learned that it can be used to describe the way in which someone move/stand/behave. I recalled ...
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Are “business objects smart search” and “smart search of business objects” both valid for usage and equal?

Are "business objects smart search" and "smart search of business objects" both valid for usage and equal?
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What is it called when someone doesn't want to share stuff/feelings to others, even close ones, in fear of being judged?

Is there a phrase, word, or a term for this condition? And I'm not specifically talking about fear of intimacy, I'm asking for something more general. Such as not sharing stuff with friends, family, ...
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Better wording for “greedy for knowledge” [duplicate]

I'm writing recommendation for one of my colleagues and one of the points I'd like to highlight is his "greed/hunger for knowledge". Something like: X is very greedy for knowledge, taking each ...
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A phrase like “”I enjoy being physically active" but for things related to art like music and painting

How could I say that I love playing music and doing arts?
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Does saying “have good holidays” sound weird? [migrated]

When you wish someone to have a good weekend, you say, "Have a good weekend!". But what about wishing someone to have good holidays? Does "have good holidays" sound weird? I'm just asking because I ...
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“Would there be an availability” vs “Is there an availability” for appointment scheduling?

It's my understanding that the first is a more formal version of the second phrase however I'm not quite certain that's the case or that they mean the exact same thing.
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History of “Above and Beyond” and other similar phrases as English and French

In an editing lecture, I learned about how some phrases are filler because they are literally just repetition of the same idea. Above and beyond is the only one I can think of now. The lecturer said ...
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“fall prey to” or “fall a prey to”

Thanks everyone for checking this question. I was reading Great Books of the Western World, and there is a phrase "fall a prey to" and since I didn't know about it so I went to Collins Dict and ...
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Speed up doing sth

We usually use "speed up sth." or "speed sth. up". Can we use speed doing sth. up or speed up doing sth. For example, The computer is used to speed up processing transactions.
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Word for “Significant enough to make a difference”

I wish to know what could be a one word or phrase synonym for the term 'Significant enough to make a difference'. Till now I thought that the term 'statistically significant' meant that it's ...
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Opposite of 'Lion's share'

I am writing one proposal for one of the funding agency and I want to write some sentence which conveys following sentiment Although my contribution to this field will be small and not huge ...
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What's another way to say “incorporate multiple influences”?

Recently I was working on a paper which talks about a certain musician's incorporation of multiple styles and influences..... Is there a more concise way to say "incorporate multiple influences"?
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A twist of fate

I’ve spent the last few days savouring the phrase “A twist of fate”, either there isn’t much written about, or it is swamped by other people using it. From what seen on the internet it seems to be ...
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Which phrase sounds better( more natural and common for native speaker).“ Victim of art”

I have doubts about the phrase "Victim of art". Should I change it to "Art victim" or it can be used as it is but may be I miss articles? Or, please, suggest your own version with the same sense. ...
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What kind of emotion does a phrase “lotsa luck” convey?

In Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction movie the phrase conveys rather sarcastic emotion: I'm here to help. If my help's not appreciated, lotsa luck, gentlemen. Can I use lotsa luck to convey ...
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what is the meaning of 'Likelier than not' [closed]

I know what 'likely' means, but the expression 'Likelier than not' is strange to me!
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Does “I would not recommend to my worst enemy” make sense?

Does "I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy" make sense? Shouldn't it be either "I would recommend this place to my worst enemy" or "I would not even recommend this place to my worst ...
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I saw no one / I didn’t see anyone

I saw no one / I didn’t see anyone. We can’t use double negatives, but is there any difference between these sentences?
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Is it correct to use the word “ learn” in this sentence or better to use “ teach”? [duplicate]

"Animal learn us to never give up " , Or better to say "Animal teach us to never give up" ?
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Another way of saying “running from place to place” [closed]

I'm looking for another way of saying that I have been busy, moved around a lot this year as have been preoccupied. This year has been filled with emotions and full of new exciting challenges, ...
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How to grammatically structure sentence

How does one write this correctly? I’m not sure if this should be in two separate sentences or maybe three. Are there really any guidelines on how to write something that we would normally express ...
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Why do people say “I have known someone to do” but not “I know someone to do”?

The structure I have known someone to do something is apparently considered grammatical and idiomatic. Examples from Google: I have known people to take shops, put in a few articles and, without ...
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What does “We have the needle in this state, and we use it” mean? [closed]

In the Stephen King novel, so the cop says to the guy who is yet proven to be guilty: "Right now you're going to jail. And guess what? We have the needle in this state, and we use it." Could you ...