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How to understand 'means of…' in this sentence

Today I read a sentence in an answer choice of a GRE Reading passage: (E) The structure of male cycad cones is consistent with a certain means of cycad pollination, but that means is inconsistent ...
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subject of “be within striking distance”

Is the subject of "be within striking distance" necessarily an attacker if the phrase is understood literally? Are the following sentences all natural? a. The goat is within striking ...
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I can imagine him (being??) really angry

You could imagine sentence (a) (being??) uttered by someone consulting their diary and seeing that tomorrow's page is blank. I can imagine him (being??) really angry. I can't imagine elephants (...
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Are they both correct: “I became good friend with the man I met yesterday.” or “I became good friendS with the man I met yesterday.”

I became good friend with the man I met yesterday. I became good friend{s} with the man I met yesterday. Should "friend" be in plural or singular? Which one is right: "friend" or ...
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Is it possible to use past continuous tense and tell a long-term action after when?

Is it possible to use past continuous tense and tell a long-term action after when? Is it possible if I say When my sister read the novel, I was watching a movie. When my sister ate ice cream, I ...
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Which is correct: “some quantities of the materials” or “some of the material's quantities”?

Some quantities of the materials listed below have been revised. Some of the material's quantities listed below have been revised. Which is correct: "some quantities of the materials" or &...
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'A man told him how much he admired.' - Who admired whom?

I think the verb admire usually takes an object, like 'I admire him.' But, in the sentence below, there seems no object of the admire. You mustn't mind your Uncle Joss. Some people find him strange ...
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Should we use “kelvins” or “kelvin” when referring to temperatures higher than one?

Should one say 200 kelvins or 200 kelvin? Please provide a source to the answer, as that would be much appreciated.
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The use of “there should be + noun”

Could you comment on these? Are they correct? 1 Do you agree that there should be a new article written on this? 2 Do you agree that there should be a new article to be written on this? 3 Do you ...
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What will be the Indirect form of the sentence - Ron said, “Jean will look after the dogs while we are away.” -

The answer given in textbook is - Ron said that Jean would look after the dogs while they were away. But this doesnt seems right. "were" sounds wrong
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Finish or have finished by last October?

The builders had planned to finish building the elevator by last October but it didn't happen The builders had planned to have finished building the elevator by last October but it didn't happen What ...
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Is it deliver or have delivered by tonight?

Can you deliver it by tonight? Or Can you have delivered it by tonight? What sounds more natural? Which of the two sentences is incorrect?
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Using Past perfect with till

He did not wait till we had finished our meal. Why this construction is grammatically correct? I mean (and feel) He did not wait is first event, finished is second.
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Meaning of “by” in the phrase “by the age of eight”?

This question is related to this other one: "What does “by” mean if we are talking about a date?". What is the most common interpretation of the phrase "by the age of eight"? Does ...
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“Work two jobs” vs. “work at two jobs”

Could you tell me which one of the following sentence is more correct and natural? I had to work two jobs to get by when I lived in the expensive city. I had to work at two jobs to get by when I ...
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It's more than ten years since i last went, had gone or have gone to Alex

It's more than ten years since i last (went _ had gone _ have gone) to Alex Which one is correct and why
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What does something is a security mean here?

Can somebody explain the phrase in bold for me, please? Does it mean In terms of security? Regulation. Last week, new Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler suggested that the agency ...
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What's the opposite of the phrase “pay under the table”?

Could you tell me what is the opposite of the phrase pay under the table? For example: The company pays their employees under the table. Would it be natural to say pay over the table?
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Do we say “Bob is my second big brother”?

A couple has these sons and daughters: Tom (a male - born 1st) Mary (a female - born 2nd) Lana (a female - born 3rd) Bob (a male - born 4th) Lulu (a female - born 5th) Mike (a male - born 6th) ...
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Thistles and thorns

I am trying to find the meaning of “thistles and thorns”. Google search fetched the encyclopedia.com link, which seems the most suitable. Please find the following information on encyclopedia.com ...
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shielded from the crucible of human reason

Does "crucible" here mean "a place or situation in which people or ideas are tested severely, often creating something new or exciting in the process" (Oxford Dicts)? The End of ...
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I felt relieved as I read it, vindicated, almost personally understood…

The structure of the phrase "I felt relieved as I read it, vindicated, almost personally understood…" is not very clear to me. It appears to explain why "I felt relieved", because ...
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Is it ok to use “chip in” like this in an IELTS writing task

I want to express that the purpose of education should serve the development of whole society. My writing: On one hand, in most countries, education is invested with national revenue. In other words, ...
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in the (time) vs in (time)

I know "in the morning" is correct and "in morning" is not. But why are "in the summer" and "in summer" both correct? How do you know when to use an article or ...
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When it is a statement about a habit, a regular event, or things like that, what tense do we use in a noun clause: simple past or present perfect?

When it is a statement about a habit, a regular event, or things like that, what tense do we use in a noun clause: simple past or present perfect? 1 Whenever I go out, I have to check multiple times ...
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'Kids' vs 'the kids'

I'm preparing for academic IELTS by writing some essays and then correcting those using a grammar correction app. In the following sentence, Therefore, despite kids tend to form unfriendly societies, ...
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Why did the author use present tense in the sentence?

The book, which is the source of this passage, was written in 2014. Why did the author use enters in the sentence? By the beginning of the 20th century psychology as science had barricaded itself ...
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The use of verb tenses after “Thought”

I get a little confused with which verb tense to use after "Thought" is anyone able to help me. I thought you had been at home. I thought you were at home. I thought you've been to Portugal. ...
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…anxieties about us/our having any more downtime

In some cases that a pronoun is a subject which is followed by a verb follows a preposition. Then the subject is changed into possessive determiners. But I read a sentence A. A. On the other there's ...
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In this sentence, does “it” refer back to terrorism?

Does "it" refer back to "terrorism"? The End of Faith by Sam Harris is a genuinely frightening book about terrorism, and the central role played by religion in justifying and ...
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company's anniversary vs company's birthday

(1a) Next week, we will be celebrating our company's eighth birthday. (my sentence) (1b) Next week, we will be celebrating our company eighth birthday. (my friends' revised sentence) (2a) Next week, ...
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Is it rude to say “foolishly wrong”?

Is it rude to say "If you thought it, then you'd be foolishly wrong!" ? Especially regarding the formal or semi-formal format of speech. When I searched for a translation into my language (...
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Can infinitive-to and gerund be alternated in a sentence if it contains more than 2 “to”?

Sally reminded me to ask you to tell Bob to remember to bring his soccer ball to the picnic. The sentence above, somehow seems unnatural and not good to me. Can I alternate with gerunds as follows? ...
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“Rephrased we might say that what is urges questions of ought.”

I am just reading an article about technology in medicine. I encountered two sentences which I can not understand the meaning. I think that the second sentence is not truly written. The sentences are: ...
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Is “We ate dinner when he arrived home” incomplete?

The sentence is We ate dinner when he arrived home. In the exercise it is stated that the above sentence is incomplete, but I can't find any errors in it. Is it incomplete?
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What does “red” mean in the context of a crime scene?

I read: AMR has sent six ambulances. Three are on scene and three are still en route. Updated triage. We have that one critical that’s already been transported and six black. Update: Total of seven. ...
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Phrase for dirtying the room

What to say while asking a person not to dirty (verb) my room? The context in which I'm using this sentence is that the person who's going into my room has a habit of throwing wrappers anywhere and ...
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“Where did you spring from?” vs “Where do you spring from?”

There's a phrasal verb "to spring from", one of the meanings of which is to appear suddenly and unexpectedly. Looking for the example sentences with it, I noticed that it's used in questions ...
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Taking the conversation furher?

I want to tell the employees in my company that I don't want them to chat about some subjects at our work website. And also that I dont want them to go other platforms either to talk about this (like ...
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What did you give him money in exchange for?

I would like to learn if these kinds of questions are possible and correct in English. I think they are but I'm not sure. What did you give him the money in exchange for? In exchange for what did ...
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Meaning of “instead of a fallible extract for a book of miscellanies”

source: https://archive.org/stream/menbooksmountain00step/menbooksmountain00step_djvu.txt The really significant anecdote is often all that survives of a life; and such anecdotes must be made to tell ...
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Found the ATV flipped over/knocked over/flipped on its side/knocked on its side

They found the ATV flipped over/knocked over/flipped on its side/knocked on its side. If I want to describe that the ATV lay on its side after an accident, could I use "flipped over" or &...
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Shanghai,4 April 1961,B6-2-392,pp.20 ff

What does "pp.20 ff." stand for? "Page 20?????" 12 Deng Xiaoping speech on 11 Dec.1961,Hunan,141-2-138,p.43. 13 Speech on 25 March 1959,Gansu,19-18-494,p.48. 14 Shanghai,4 April ...
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“gray fox heads” or “gray foxes' heads”

The hunter hid the gray fox heads below the bed. The hunter hid the gray foxes' heads below the bed. I am wondering if gray fox can be singular or not. Is this ok to use the singular when used as an ...
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Just not vs not just

Which sentence is correct? He might just not be expressing it. He might not just be expressing it. I want to say to a person that another person looks normal but might not be normal because he is ...
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What does “surface area for technical and functional debt” mean in the following context?

What does "surface area for technical and functional debt" mean in the following context? I know what technical and functional debt means, but I don't understand what surface area for ...
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punctuation - which situation had gone wrong?

I am reading a Composition, which was titled as Describe a time when you were given a chance to remedy a situation which had gone wrong. I understand it as even the remedy also had gone wrong. If I ...
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improve as a intransitive verb

I'd like to know if the sentence "We improve in a dark time" is grammatically correct and has a similar meaning with "We grow in a dark time(meaning we grow when we go through pain or ...
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What is the term for years 2005,2010,2015,1990 in general?

I am wondering if there is any term to call years which are the multipliers of 5 or 10 like 1990, 2000,2005,2015,... in English. We informally call them "round years" in Finance but I hope ...
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What does the phrase “contender bracket” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "contender bracket" in the following sentence from the description of the app "Rowdy City Wrestling": You can Work your way up ...

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