38 Answered Questions for the topic Phrases

08/09/19

Another way to say "it never hurts"?

It **wouldn't hurt** you to be a bit more serious.*Wouldn't/won't/never hurts* make perfect sense in this example. I'm wondering if there's any alternative way to preserve the meaning of this... more

08/01/19

Is “go all coy over stg.” an idiom or simple combination of words?

I found the phrase “go all coy over reports “in the following sentence of Washington Post (May 12) article introducing CBS’s reported deal with Ashton Kutcher in replacing him Charlie Sheen as the... more

08/01/19

What is the meaning of "often mistaken, never in doubt"?

What is the meaning of "often mistaken, never in doubt"? In what context is the phrase used?

07/31/19

Meaning of "to charm the skin off a snake"?

This is a phrase originated from *Dead Run* by Erica Spindler. Hereunder is the context in the book that I googled. > Rick’s Island Hideaway was the quintessential Key West bar: Jimmy Buffet on... more

07/31/19

What is the meaning of "don't mention it" (in response to "thank you")?

I read at several places that "don't mention it" is equal to "you're welcome". But for me, the word means something like "don't go around talking about this to anyone". So what is the real meaning... more

07/31/19

What does “you don't need a husband, you need a Greek chorus!” mean?

A female friend recently saw a video of pretty old movie, “The Last Station” (directed by Michael Hoffman), which illustrates the struggle of Leo Tolstoy (the Russian author) to balance fame and... more

07/29/19

why use "be of something", is there some meaning for this "of"?

I saw a sentence when reading some technical articles:>When we call this function, it expects the second parameter to be of type Collection. The actual argument is of type Collection.So my... more

07/29/19

is there any reason to write Computer Science, Department of?

On some universities’ web pages, like Oxford university, they write:> Computer Science, Department ofFor me it is more intuitive to say:> Department of Computer ScienceCan somebody explain... more

07/03/19

Polite/professional alternative to 'It turns out'?

I have been tasked with coming up with a nicer phrase to use than 'It turns out'. It is to be used in situations like this one: > - 'It turns out' that we cannot... - 'It turns out' that we... more

07/01/19

you are vs you're (informal speech)?

In some common phrases like, "You are what you eat", "Your actions reflect who you are". Is there a reason (besides it sounds funny) to not use, "You're what you eat", "Your actions reflect who... more

07/01/19

Is there a phrase, word or saying when one 'has the thought or feeling of causing hurt of mischief" despite never dreaming of acting on it?

For example I was assisting my sister in photographing a wedding. We were taking pictures as the bride was getting ready and I noticed a ketchup bottle on the kitchen table and the following popped... more

06/29/19

you are vs you're (informal speech)?

In some common phrases like, "You are what you eat", "Your actions reflect who you are". Is there a reason (besides it sounds funny) to not use, "You're what you eat", "Your actions reflect who... more

06/25/19

my friend vs "a friend of mine"?

I always found it weird to hear people say things like "My friend asked me to come" (with no prior mention of said friend), as opposed to "A friend of mine asked me to come". To me it seems as... more

06/24/19

What does "Rabbit" mean on 1st of June?

My english teacher told me, that is common in England to say "Rabbits" on the 1st of june. What does it mean? where does this tradition come from? Does the people say it only on the 1st of... more

06/24/19

Usage of "Don't remember"?

In my language I can say "I don't remember I've ever watched that film" or "Never in my life have I remembered watching that film" to suggest that as far as I can remember I've never done... more

06/19/19

Should laconism be favored over clarity?

One might argue that to be as understandable as possible, one should use common words and phrases. On the other hand, unnecessary verbosity is often frowned upon. > Stop acting so childish and... more

06/18/19

It was then that... vs "That was when..."?

I'm not very sure if both mean exactly the same but I've noticed that the former is more widely use in Japanese novels translated into English. Whereas the latter is more often used in English... more

06/18/19

Polite/professional alternative to 'It turns out'?

I have been tasked with coming up with a nicer phrase to use than 'It turns out'. It is to be used in situations like this one: > - 'It turns out' that we cannot... - 'It turns out' that we... more

06/17/19

Which are the most common Latin words/phrases used in spoken English?

Please, specify American/British Engilsh! I think these below are very common but I have no idea if they are commonly used in spoken English. ad hoc per se a priori de facto ergo et... more

06/17/19

Is 'at the time of writing' correct?

I am writing a technical document and I need to refer to the current point of time. Should I say 'at the time of writing', 'at the time of this writing', or 'at the time of writing this'? Are all... more

06/17/19

Some clause structure about “SOURCE said that CLAUSE”?

Suppose we have the following sentences: >John believes that people are good. >Steve knows that France is in Europe. Now, in these sentences we have some clause (e.g. People are good, France... more

06/09/19

What kind of phrase/clause is "as far as I know"?

I would like to know what kind of phrase/clause "as far as I know" is, and why.

06/05/19

What does “though less so ~” mean?

I’m reading a book about world history, and there is a phrase in a paragraph I have no idea: “They were mostly connected to productive hinterlands, **though less so** in the case of Perth than the... more

05/16/19

Is there any good book talking about clauses and phrases?

All grammar books I found underplay clauses and phrases; examples they give are simple and easy to understand, but in reality there are lots of long sentences made up of several clauses and phrases... more
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