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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What is the origin of the phrase signal improvement?

I have checked all the websites that collect info on phrase origins and none of them had anything to say about the expression signal improvement. Sending signals by semaphore and fires like in the ...
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What is the proper use of exaptable? [closed]

I have an assignment and I want to say that by using cosine similarity and word2vec, the project can easily be repurposed for other use. Would it be accurate to say this? This project makes use of ...
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How do you say in English that something is “genuinely good regardless of its disadvantages”?

I'm writing about a certain product. I want to describe all its shortcomings but then move on to make the point that it is still good, and I can't find a word. Google and Ludwig Guru translated it: '...
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Is the phrase “even know” in place of “even though they know” valid in any known regional dialect?

My friend will use the phrase "even know" in place of "even though I/he/they know" or "even knowing" and is adamant it is a valid phrase where she comes from. For example: The cop gave me a ...
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Does the sentence “This bleak picture” makes sense?

i'm not an english native speaker and i'm writing lyrics in english. I've came across the sentence "This bleak picture" but i'm wondering -even though it might be grammaticaly correct and that ...
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About the usage of “make my day”

A paragraph goes like: A cockroach was caught by a man. About to be put to death, it snapped to the executioner its last words, "Go ahead and kill me, you coward! You're just jealous, because I can ...
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Marriage ceremony

During a marriage ceremony, a priest pronounces a couple "man and wife”. This is preceded by a particular ritual through which the priest says some verses from the holy book and sometimes requires the ...
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Difficult sentence in Nicomachean ethics by Aristotle

I am translating Aristotle' Nicomachean ethics into Vietnamese from the English translation done by J. A. Smith (Project Gutenberg). In Book VII of the work I came across a sentence which has proven ...
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How to say ”entangled parking space”? [closed]

As an official translator, I need to be loyal to the text in such a manner that no words are omitted. In translation of title deeds there’s a section which specifies the metes and bounds of the ...
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Where did “Dipped in sh*t” originate from? What does it mean?

I searched for this and was surprised to hear that “dipped in shit” meant a measure of surprise. I’ve always heard it used as being lucky or untouchable. “I blew through that speed trap and as the ...
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Will+inf+before+present perfect weird structure?

I just saw this sentence and I didn't get it, The children will dust all the furniture before their mother has finished cooking. I do get the cooking and the dusting, I just don't know when will/...
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Picking out Noun Phrases

Pick out the phrases from the following and state their kind:- 1) I have found the key to his secret. According to my Wren and Martin textbook, to his secret is the Adjective Phrase describing the ...
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Formal alternative to “that'll do” [closed]

I use "that'll do" in circumstances where I acknowledge that something is sufficient. What is a formal alternative for this phrase, that can take place in a formal letter or a conversation ? ...
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Brave from ignorance and folly

I read a sentence: It is not fortitude to be brave from ignorance and folly. Why we use from in the construction brave from? What is the full meaning of the sentence?
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due to consider adding?

I don't quite understand why they use "due to" in this sentence. Can somenone explain it to me? Unesco's World Heritage Committee is due to consider adding the reef to its list of sites that are "...
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What is the Origin of '' 'sup? ''

Sup is a contraction or aphetic of the older term ''what's up?'', Does anyone know how it has originated?
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Meaning of “your person”

Please elucidate the meaning of this quote by Immanuel Kant- "so act as always to treat man, both in your person and that of another, as an end and never solely as a means". What's the meaning of "...
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What is the phrase to use about reaching a topic while talking?

What is the phrase to use when you want to say that while talking we reached the topic blabla? Can we say: while talking we came to talk about about blabla?
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What is the meaning of “whin”?

I am reading the book "1100 words you need to know" and I face with a strange sentence: “A little drummer boy grinned in me face whin I had admonished him wid the buckle av my belt for riotin’ all ...
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How many birds in the bush?

There is a well known proverb, A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush However, I have discovered that the earliest English version of this proverb according to phrases.org.uk is found in John ...
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“High and fine”: is it American slang?

I heard someone describing another as "a high and fine person". I couldn't find this phrase online. It is certainly not high and dry as it doesn't fit the context of their conversation. I wonder if it ...
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“Shaded with green” vs “shaded by green” as adjective? [closed]

I'm really not sure what's the difference, both seem right. The meaning is that the object has a shade of green upon it.
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“Valid through 2021” means until when?

If some validity period, say a promotion, specifies "valid through 2021", does that mean until Dec 31, 2021, or Jan 1, 2021? This is in the USA, if this differs around the world.
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What is exactly “This sounds like barn door statistics!”?

This sounds like barn door statistics! How to understand this phrase?
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Correct usage of 'proverbial'

Is it the correct usage of the word 'proverbial' to suggest to someone who is completely bald that they need to 'let their proverbial hair down'?
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You are somebody that i don’t know? [duplicate]

What’s the most grammatically correct sentence among these two english sentences? You are somebody that i don’t know. You are somebody who i don’t know. How on earth do people still use relative ...
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In what contexts is the phrase “a recent point” used? [closed]

There are many kinds of point, but is there a recent point? I can imagine this sort of phrase occurring in a discussion or lecture regarding subject matter that was referenced somehow not too long ...
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Meaning of “need but read”?

I saw the sentence something like "One need but read the depressing accounts of how people lived in London and other large British cities early in the 20th century to be grateful that the good old ...
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Word for opportunism in the face of adversity

The title doesn't really describe the word I'm looking for very well. I think it is a bit hard to neatly describe it, so I'll give an example of a behavior that would be described with such a word. ...
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“Daydream(ing)” Vs “Woolgather(ing)” Vs “Fantasizing” [closed]

What are the current and common idioms used to describe indulging in purposeless and purposeful thoughts? I know two idioms that in my opinion one of them is used to describe the positive (purposeful)...
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Are types of phrase named after the elements from which they are constructed or after their grammatical function?

For example: They swam in the river. Would 'in the river' be a prepositional phrase due to the preposition 'in' or would it be an adverbial phrase because it adds information to the verb 'swam'?
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How to better express “Dwayne Johnson has been given more footage than Jason Statham in the movie” [closed]

By footage I do not mean on screen time. I mean Dwayne Jhonson has been given scenes that show him to be better than Jason Statham. Although both were given roughly the same on screen time, Dwayne was ...
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What does “sardine box” mean?

Can anybody explain what exactly a "sardine box" is ? Here are a few usage examples: "sardine boxes take us from here to there" "the motorized sardine box" It obviously refers to a vehicle, ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “what it is they do”?

My name is Tam - from Vietnam. Call me Tim if you like. I just saw this phrase in my English course book and not sure what it means. The phase is "what it is they do". Could somebody please give me a ...
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Could I use these constructions(some of, any of, all of, enough of, half of, more of, much of, many of, most of) with singular noun?

I'm ESL student and I wonder if I can use these constructions(all of, some of, any of, half of, enough of, more of, most of, many of, much of) with singular noun because I was taught that these ...
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The use of “look at”

Sentence: It is amazing that his first product does not look at all rudimentary. Question: I am confused about the use of "look at all rudimentary" here. Is it a special use of "look at"?
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A rural dialect for “Why”? [closed]

Forgive me if this is the wrong place to ask about this. For context, I've been trying to figure out a good way to translate "なしてや", which is a dialect of どうして and なぜ. All of them mean "why, how". ...
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Which phrase is correct: “hell lord”, or “lord of hell”? [closed]

I am wondering which phrase is correct, or maybe I can use both of them?
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how do I express that women who visit somewhere have no distinct age specific

I want to put more in to this sentence to say about that young women, old women all visit help desk. In other words, there is no varying age change in visiting help desk services. Women seem to use ...
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Should I use “would” here? [duplicate]

Which of these sentence structures should I use? I prefer the two-day course structure of this training versus the three-day structure. Or I would prefer the two-day course structure of this ...
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The phrase “in duplicate”

What does the following statement mean ? Admit card should be submitted in DUPLICATE. a) 1 original & 1 photocopy. b) Both originals. c) Both photocopies.
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Is the phrase “and, when time” correct?

I've been discussing with a few people about a certain phrase in a piece of co-authored writing that bugs me. I can't put my finger on it, but half of us think the phrase is correct, the other think ...
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Is this way to say “to give up one thing in order to have another thing” correct?

Is the following way to say "to give up one thing in order to get another thing" correct and idiomatic? We should not compromise the existing differences for a unique theory. Is the above use of ...
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Which ones are correct? “At latest” vs “at the latest”

Had a discussion with a friend: In their (foreign) online dictionary, it defines 'at the latest' with parentheses around the article, rendering it optional. In all English dictionaries I found it ...
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What is “monarchs of the stage”?

Joseph Conrad, "Karain, a Memory": His smallest acts were prepared and unexpected, his speeches grave, his sentences ominous like hints and complicated like arabesques. He was treated with a solemn ...
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Need an alternative modern phrase

What would be a common/modern phrase for: “If Mohammad can't go to the mountain, let the mountain come to Mohammad”?
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What is correct use of 's

My father gifted me a car. Having that context in mind, is it correct to write the statement below? "Father's Gift" There are two meanings to this statement. I gifted a car to my father father ...
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Does “unsurprisingly disappointing” make sense?

If you're disappointed, it means that you expected it (or the thing it did/does) to be better than it really is. In other words, you're surprised that it's not as good as you thought it would be. So ...
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How do you express when a water bottle has turned over and has started leaking?

When I put a water bottle on the desk, it suddenly fell over and started leaking from the top. How do you express that situation in proper English? My water bottle turned over. My water bottle ...
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Is there any equivalent of “roll over in his grave” for someone who is alive?

Recently my friend and I were talking about something that would cause great dismay to our other mutual friend, and he said "if X knew about this, he would roll over in his grave, if he were dead." ...