You often need to extend the selection to the parent context. For instance, if your cursor is in a string, you can select the whole string in a single shortcut.

Press Alt+Shift+= to extend the selection and Alt+Shift+- reduce the selection:

You can also select the containing block using ALT+SHIFT+]

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