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    Thumbs down About Phrase

    Purely grammatically speaking, phrase is not a sentence (a unit within one or without).

    However, it also contains a rhetorical aspect which indicates a way of saying something.

    For example, He used a phrase like, "you have to be cruel to be kind."

    or "catch phrases" are also often sentences.

    When we want to quote/cite something from a book, is it okay to call them phrases?

    I find this aspect of phrase blurry.

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    Re: About Phrase

    Not a lot of people will care, but generally speaking if the group of words you are quoting contains a finite verb, don't call it a phrase.

    Find another word, like

    'He used the expression "You have to be cruel to be kind".'

    'As the saying goes: "Waste not, want not".'

    'In the words of the proverb: "A rolling stone gathers no moss".'

    Catchphrase is all one word, with a separate definition.

    Rover

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