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    phrase, clause, idiom

    Dear teachers,
    Could you please give me each example for those three words in the title? I have found their meanings but to ensure, I would love to have examples also.

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    Re: phrase, clause, idiom

    If you know their meanings, try to write your own examples.

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    Re: phrase, clause, idiom

    I actually asked for examples to have a better understanding because I still cannot identify what is pharse and what is idiom so well. Since you said, I am trying. "on the table, according to that, as soon as possible" are all phrases, am I right?
    "he was late but not much" here "he was late" is the clause, right? "a peice of cake" is idiom. Is my understanding okay?

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    Re: phrase, clause, idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    I actually asked for examples to have a better understanding because I still cannot identify what is pharse and what is idiom so well. Since you said, I am trying. "on the table, according to that, as soon as possible" are all phrases, am I right?
    "he was late but not much" here "he was late" is the clause, right? "a peice of cake" is idiom. Is my understanding okay?

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    Yes. Very good. A "phrase" is any string of words that is not a sentence or a clause. A clause is a string of words that has the elements of a sentence but is part of a larger sentence. An idiom is any expression that has a meaning that is different from the meaning that the individual words would convey. If you ask for a "piece of cake", it has a literal meaning -- not an idiom. If you say that your recent tennis match was a "piece of cake", it means it was easy to win -- an idiom.

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