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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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The phrase 'cut no ice' [on hold]

Here is a sentence-'Bengali language is blunt,outdated and cut no ice in the world." The question is in context of rare honor bestowed on tagore by UNESCO BY Announcing national anthem of india'jana ...
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A phrase used to describe solving a problem by using a convenient solution that does something broad that also resolves the problem

Things I'm trying to convey The solution is something simple and convenient (i.e. doesn't require a lot of effort, hence not "overkill" or "overengineering") The solution does something that has an ...
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Reconstruction of the following sentence: “It activates the potential of the crowd to help…”

I need to reconstruct the following sentence in another way: "It activates the potential of the crowd to help..." Suggestions please!
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When splitting a long sentence, is using a colon as good as making it two sentences?

English is not my first language, although I use it daily. When writing in English, I tend to write long, complicated sentences. I then edit the text with the Hemingway app to highlight such lengthy/...
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What is the idiom, expression or phrase for when you as a student are asked to check your own answers or grade yourself?

This idiom, expression or phrase would usually be used in a sarcastic manner. Consider the following exchange: Lazy art teacher: Students, have you completed the painting test? Students: Yes, ...
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Please translate to American English from the British the following: OH **UK!

The cover of the most recent Economist (March 16 - 22nd 2019) has in large type OH **UK! Whatever next? From the context, this is clearly a comment on the current Brexit mess. Is ** UK related ...
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When did “whole entire” enter into English language usage?

As a replacement for whole, entire, complete etc. Why the redundance? I first heard it in the 1970's.
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“Hanging on” what does it mean?

This is from Aerosmith's "Livin' on the edge" song. Something right with the world today And everybody knows it's wrong But we can tell 'em no or we could let it go But I'd would rather be a ...
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A more serious version of 'no-holds-barred'

The phrase 'no-holds-barred' implies a fight, conflict or battle without any rules, but is relatively modern and comes from wrestling, giving it a friendly feel. What is the name for a fight where ...
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A noble/attractive suggestion that is uncomfortable to argue against but is ultimately wasteful

I am looking for a phrase to describe the title. For example; higher water purity when the purity is sufficiently high. Even with an arbitrarily high purity, it would be uncomfortable to argue that "...
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A word or phrase for a hypothetical reaction of a person from the past to the present

This question arises from an essay in a recent bird guide, in which the author imagines how ornithologists past would react to changes since their time, and which of these would interest them most. ...
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Does sysadmin enthusiast mean in english?

I'm not a native English speaker. I wonder does the phrase "SysAdmin Enthusiast" mean? any role + Enthusiast. like Developer Enthusiast, Manager Enthusiast etc. I just had a discussion with one of my ...
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Requesting someone to perform a task without sounding pushy

In writing, I need to request that my doctor perform several tasks for me as soon as reasonably possible. I am almost completely sure they will be willing to perform all these tasks. I don't want to ...
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Words or phrases for someone that is ready to escape quickly, usually due to danger

I'm looking for a word or short phrase that describes a situation in which there is danger and you should be ready to move / escape quickly. The only thing that comes to mind is "Pack Light" or "...
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is it ok to say “from diagnosing to treatment to follow up”?

what i want to express is Blockquote from diagnosis to treatment to follow up Blockquote .i want to express it in a way that reader feels that its a continuous and long term process. ...
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What does “the touch of the purple” mean?

I've come across a quote by Teddy Roosevelt which shows his admiration for Alexander Hamilton. It uses the phrase "the touch of the purple," but supplies little hint as to what it means. Roosevelt ...
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Ambiguity of a phrase in the Java specification documentation

I have met the following text in the Java Specification Lines are terminated by the ASCII characters CR, or LF, or CR LF. The two characters CR immediately followed by LF are counted as one line ...
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Confusing RC passage asked in AMCAT. I am not getting the answers of the questions…Can someone help? [closed]

For its new fridge, Whirlpool Corp. spent months inventing a shelf with microscopic etching so it can hold a can of spilled soda. The technology is just one weapon against a dirty kitchen secret: Most ...
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Other ways to say “military glory”

It seems like there are only so many ways to describe a person's career in the military. We can say "military glory", "military prestige", "military reputation", but are there ways of describing this ...
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The grammatical name of a phrase [closed]

We are doing it for our friends. What is the grammatical function of the bold phrase?
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can the expression (give it a go) be broken up

Is this sentence grammatically and stylistically correct, or is it very weird: He insisted to give it yet another quick go
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What do *foreign films* mean for an American? [closed]

What do foreign films mean for an American? Is it any film produced outside the US or any film from not English-language country (US, Canada, Australia, NZ, UK)?
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Usage of “as of”

Can this phrase be used other than referring to time? For example, is it correct to say: "If condition A happens, then do option 1; as of condition B, do option 2."?
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What does it mean by the phrase “map into”?

What does it mean by the phrase "map into" in this context? Does this phrase have any other meaning?
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what phrase do you use to describe one who accuses others of treason without evidence [closed]

Now coined as a phrase to describe one who accuses others of treason without evidence
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Is this sentence grammatically correct and can be used for Women's Day?

Let women rise and use their strength to contribute to the world. I need to use this sentence for a Women's Day social media design. But there are two doubts: Should it be women or woman? Let women ...
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What do you call the early days of flu recovery

Is there a word for the first day or two that you start to feel better after having the flu, or something like that, fairly sick and feverish for 3-5 days. That period when you are well enough to ...
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Is it syntactically correct to write “This and the following pages”?

... or is there a better alternative to writing something like "This and the following pages constitute a summary of topic X."?
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Is “I can't remember the name to it” a valid sentence? [closed]

Is this a correct sentence. If yes, does this convey the same meaning as "i cant remember its name"
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How to combine these two phrases? size-based and color-based [duplicate]

I want to write: "We design color-based and size-based models." Meaning that we design a color-based model and also a size-based model. Isn't it more appropriate to write: "We design color/size-...
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Pronoun Usage (on or on it)

Which of the following is more accurate? 1) You have one day to solve the exam on. 2) You have one day to solve the exam on it.
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Proverb/phrase for using a tool/process not intended for its purpose

I couldn't come up with a better title. So I have one of my colleague using a wrong tool/process to achieve something that this tool/process is not intended for. So basically its going to be ...
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What does it mean - writing a minivan?

Please see the img below. What does "write me a new minivan" mean here? PS: I am from a non English Speaking country.
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'On' Versus 'in' when talking about websites or newspaper?

Why does we use the phase "this article was publish on this website" but use the phrase "this article was published in this newspaper?" Does it have something to do with the fact we say a website is ...
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Alternatives to the phrase 'I was like..'

In recent times I have encountered the phrase ‘I was like…’ a lot. Examples include He told me something, and I was like dude really? I was going along the street, and suddenly something ...
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What is the phrase for the management's ideology in which staffs are told to perform other's responsibilities?

It happens in lot of organization. Its a management habit in some organization who think of cutting corners , that they are saving money. These management people tend to overlap responsibilities. ...
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Is there a word/phrase/expression to describe a seemingly easy problem?

I remember my lecturer a few years ago using a word/phrase/expression to describe a seemingly easy problem that is actually quite hard to fix (e.g. if a football team keeps losing games, everyone ...
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What a mockery of a country we belong to

Can I use this sentence to express "we live in weird country"
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What is the literary device for “our eyes opened” when describing a realization?

This is a quote from the book Night, by Elie Wiesel. In context: "We realized that we were not staying in Hungary. Our eyes opened. Too late."
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How would you describe moving your head back in shock?

How would you describe moving your head back in shock? I.e. if something shocks you, you might move your head away from it, a bit like the gasping cat meme. A friend has said 'shrink your neck', but ...
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Why is “ten-minute break” singular but “two weeks' time” uses a plural?

We say a ten-minute break We say two weeks' time. Ten-minute is singular but two weeks' is plural, why?
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Is the problem with this sentence to do with dependent clauses or sentence structure?

My friend wrote the following statement: The problem is the cause of the pace of the reproduction of problems, (i.e. capitalism), because if they reproduce faster than you can solve them you don't ...
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What would be the right expression in regards to “currently widespread”?

What I would like to formulate is a sentence, in which I formulate that X is the most used technology at the current time. A sentence would be: "Android is currently the state of the art in regards ...
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eligibility criterion for an -ing form to serve as a deverbal adjective

a dog which is barking can be rephrased as a barking dog; I am wondering whether a patient who is coughing can be rephrased as a coughing patient? similarly, can we rephrase something (such as a dog,...
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Can “Contract concluded” mean that it's been agreed upon?

I am a bit baffled by the phrase "Contract concluded between party A and party B" used in certain official papers originally forged in foreign language. To me it sound like the contract has already ...
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What does “India-Pak. tensions: Have reasonably decent news from both countries, says Trump ” mean? [closed]

Can someone please explain what the phrase above means? Here what does reasonably decent news mean?
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Is 'aforementioned' suitable in a science paper? [closed]

Is the word 'aforementioned' suitable in a science paper? It appears from the aforementioned investigations that ...
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Does this comma matter?

Commas always trip me up. I feel that I use them far too often, and I most likely do. Can anyone set my mind at ease in regards to the following sentence: Neutrogena is a family-oriented brand ...
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Is phrase 'But despite' formal enough in a science article [closed]

Can 'But despite' use together at the beginning of a sentence? But despite its apparent success, ... Many thanks
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If 'as possible' can used alone

I wonder if 'as possible' can be used alone without the expression: 'as ... as possible'. The following is an example: It could recover the dataset as possible and ...