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Phrase - definition

A phrase is a group of words that stand together as a single unit, typically as part of a sentence. Every single day we use several phrases whilst talking to people. We may not even realise how and when we use them. 

For example, "He will come meet you after lunch."
The phrase here is "after lunch". 

Identify the phrase - example

A phrase is a group of words that forms a meaningful unit within a sentence.

Example 1
"It was a sunset of great beauty."
The phrase here is "of great beauty".

Example 2:
"The tops of the mountains were covered with snow."
The phrase here is "of the mountains". 

Use of "enough" - law

There is a rule in case of sentences that incorporate the word "enough" in them. 
The rule is: Adjective/Adverb + Enough + Infinitive (to _____)

Example 1:
"He is strong enough to carry the box." 
Complying with the rule, enough is placed after the adjective "strong" and before the infinitive "to carry". 

Example 2:
"She is tall enough to reach the picture."
Here too, "enough" is placed between the adjective and infinitive. 

Use of "too" - example

Example 1
  •  He drove so fast that the police could not catch him.
  •  He drove too fast for the police to catch him. 

Example 2
  •  Its never so late that a relationship cannot be mended.
  •  Its never too late to mend a relationship. 

Substitute A Word/Phrase With Another Word/Phrase - definition

Sometimes, we may substitute a word or phrase in a sentence with another word or phrase which has a similar meaning. 

For example, "He was sad that she left" can be changed to "he was unhappy that she left".
Here, sad can be substituted with "unhappy" because they convey the same meaning. 

Phrases with 'at' - example

There are many phrases that use the word "at" in them in the English language. 
For example:

  • at work, 
  • at peace,
  •  took at,
  •  at a glance, 
  • at a loss, 
  • at the moment, etc.