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    How to phrase things

    I have read the following expressions: "How to phrase things" or "I don't like how you phrase things".

    Well, I can't understand properly the meaning of 'to phrase things'... Can anybody help me please?

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    Re: How to phrase things

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    Have you looked it up in a dictionary?

    phrase verb - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online

    Tell me if you are still confused (but I doubt that).

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    Re: How to phrase things

    No, this expression has been used by a native british speaker.

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    Re: How to phrase things

    Quote Originally Posted by michelabagatella View Post
    "I don't like how you phrase things".
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    (1) I think that it means how you say something (the words).

    Mona: I am thinking about marrying the Parser.

    Her mother: Do you have to marry such an ugly old man?

    Mona: Mother, could you rephrase that?

    Her mother: OK. Could you choose a more attractive senior citizen to marry?

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    Re: How to phrase things

    [not a teacher]

    "how to phrase things" is a very common choice when talking about how to structure words themselves. As far as I can tell, it's used almost exclusively in this manner.

    Examples:

    1: I think I confused the room more than I helped them.
    2: You have to learn [how] to phrase things better. (You have to learn to tailor your thoughts to your audience.)

    1: My mom said I can't go to the movies tonight.
    2: If you knew how to phrase things, you would be joining us! (Had you buttered up your Mom, you would be going.)

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