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Interpretation: relative clause after a prepositional phrase

Let's consider the following sentence: He loves these books on a shelf that his dad gave him. I' m a bit confused about the meaning the sentence conveys. To my knowledge, I think this sentence can ...
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Am I right in my interpretation of these sentences?

His love of music, experience, and ear for harmony make him a great musician. His love of music, experience, and ear for harmony makes him a great musician. Are both sentences grammatically correct? ...
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Box of Grade A's?

On an episode of Seinfeld, Kramer says "they ambushed me with a box of grade A's". What is that? I was unable to find a translation to that.
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Meaning of "the possibility of a shared relation to music"

Nobody in this book is a musical genius. Garner takes her title from a textbook Athena keeps on her piano. Elizabeth mocks it: “God, listen to this—how pompous. ‘Bach is never simple, but that is one ...
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Meaning of "When the sentences are as finely tuned as Garner’s, music as much as character is fate"

What “communicates” with the “creature” inside these characters is music more than speech. This book is short the way Wittgenstein’s “Tractatus” is short—it passes over in silence what language could ...
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Can anyone tell me the meaning of 'work out / fit in' in the sentence?

This all felt a bit much for a time of year when the most stressful thing I normally face is 'working out if I can fit in a fifth mince pie', or whether it's best to leave it at four. I'm confused ...
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Could anyone tell me the meaning of 'celebration number 103'?

Can anyone tell me the meaning of 'celebration number 103'? This is the text that I was reading in journal. Until December 28, that is, when, as I set out towards 'celebration number 103' of the ...
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'Fail to take' interpretation

The skin graft failed to take. What does 'take' do here? What is the right way to interpret the verb 'take'?
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What does "working as a flower a-ranger" mean? [closed]

I remember reading the following comment thread below the scifi.se question "How did the Rangers of the North make a living in the Lord of the Rings?": [4 upvotes] Working as a flower a-...
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What does "most" mean in "why do you most want to work here"?

Filling an interview form, I read the question Why do you most want to work here? What exactly does "most" mean? I read Where should "most" be in this sentence? and it seems to ...
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Meaning of "something fancy and successful about her"

Doctor Fox looked at Elizabeth as he chewed, and nodded and smiled. She must be nearly forty now, like Dex. Thank God they were never foolish enough to marry, though no doubt Dexter had poked her when ...
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Meaning of "He was in its moral universe"

He sat at the ravaged table and watched the girl dry herself with efficient strokes, sawing between her toes and twisting her shoulders to reach the backs of her thighs. This was modern life, then, ...
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Meaning of "two empty sets of garments hung opposite each other in a cupboard."

‘Where have you been all day?’ said Philip. ‘I waited for you. Let’s go out and eat.’ ‘I’m going on the train. Tonight.’ ‘Wait another couple of days. We’ll fly back.’ She shook her head. The music ...
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How can I interpret the following sentence?

My land lord sent me ("he" in the following sentence) and my roommate ("you" in the following sentence) the following sentence. Although I can understand it by context, I don't ...
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How to use the word 'unexpectedly'?

What would be the correct interpretation of the word 'unexpectedly' in a sentence. For example. I spoke to her unexpectedly. My question regarding the above sentence is what is the correct ...
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Meaning of "where deeds could detach themselves cleanly from all notion of consequences"

‘You’re pretty crazy, aren’t you,’ said Philip. ‘I have to go to Sydney. Better come with me. I’ll pay.’ Perhaps there was a world where people could act on whims, where deeds could detach themselves ...
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Who's doing what better in this sentence?

There's a passage in a commercial that got stuck on my brains and after a few gazillions of repeated listening, I realized that I see a hidden, grammatical gem in there. Please note that since it's a ...
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What is the correct interpretation of the bold part? [closed]

Does the bold part here mean "so you are in fact not know about the ballerinas digging up the locked cabinet in the dark, even though you know about being in the darkness/ being in the night”? ...
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Where does the "letting" belong to in this context?

It would astound a bookseller to tell him he was part of the world’s educational organisation or a publisher’s traveller, that he existed for any other purpose than to book maximum orders for best ...
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"One may as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb." What's 'as' here? 'rather than' looks better than 'as'

"One may as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb." What's 'as' here? 'rather than' looks better than 'as' because 'as' seems to be as 'like'. What's the literal and/or real meaning of the ...
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The prince rode at the head of his regiment. (was heading for the front place or already being in the front place?)

The prince rode at the head of his regiment. The prince was heading for the front place or already was in the front place? One dictionary says 'ride at' means 'drive a horse somewhere'.
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"They gave the Prime Minister a cool reception." You know 'cool' has both 'postive and negative meaning' What's cool here?

"They gave the Prime Minister a cool reception." You know 'cool' has both 'postive and negative meaning' The dictinary says the meaning of the sentence is negative, which means they gave ...
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‘I couldn’t agree more.’ (Is this sentence 'past tense' or 'present tense'?

‘I couldn’t agree more.’ Is this sentence 'past tense' or 'present tense' We need 'context'?
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"We aren’t going for the simple reason that we can’t afford it." (Is this sentence having dual meaning?)

"We aren’t going for the simple reason that we can’t afford it." We aren't going for A (negate A) : A is not the reason. (We have another reason besides the simple reason) We aren't going (...
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Bill thought of the problem. vs. Bill thought about the problem [duplicate]

Bill thought of the problem carefully. Bill thought about the problem carefully. Any difference could be? Only difference is 'of' and 'about'. This means the answer is the difference between 'of' ...
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I know of him vs. I know about him [duplicate]

I know "I know about him" but don't know "I know of him" Question is: I know of him. What does this mean or imply? PS. think of vs know of is a totally different phrase
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The dinner is cooked. vs. The dinner is ready

The dinner is cooked. (A) The dinner is ready. (B) There could be any difference? I like (B). (A) is not friendly/familiar with me and makes me analyze and interprete the status of the dinner: not ...
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Can we write the part in bold like I wrote?

All this – the house and the remnants of the pasture land, the seashore below the pale clay cliffs, the walk along it to the fishing village of Kilauran, the avenue over which the high branches of the ...
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Because Lisa had been a gymnast , she knew the importance of exercise. (still a gymnast?)

Because Lisa had been a gymnast, she knew the importance of exercise. Q: Is Lisa still a gymnast now?
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Interpretation in context in a paragraph

Probably the biggest roadblock to play for adults is the worry that they will look silly, improper, or dumb if they allow themselves to truly play. Or they think that it is irresponsible, immature, ...
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If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater suggest that he wear a tail. (Author Fran Lebowitz)

If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater suggest that he wear a tail. (Author Fran Lebowitz) How a person could wear a tail?
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I demand that I be available. What does this sentence mean?

I demand that I be available. I think 'demand' is used when someone demands that other person do something. But in this sentence, I demand to myself. It's weired. What does this sentence mean?
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There has been a school. What does this sentence mean?

There has been a school. Someone says there is still a school. Someone says there is not a school anymore.
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"She works as a courier." What is "a courier"? [closed]

The courier is a travel guide or a delivery person or company? Couier definition: A courier is a person who is paid to take letters and parcels direct from one place to another. A courier is a ...
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What is 'as' and its meaning in this sentence?

As I live with three dogs, I am very happy to let my dogs run around and safely play with other dogs from the neighborhood. As what meaning can I interpret the word "as" here?
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need help for paraphrasing "It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so"

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. I have been having a problem in interpreting "it... that...". the first sentence is ...
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I don't think I was fairly treated, but "then" that's life, isn't it?

What is "then" here? I can hardly understand the "then" here. "Then" means at a particular time in the past or in the future.
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What's the meaning of "working for himself" in this sentence "He’ll never get anywhere working for himself—he’s got no discipline."

He’ll never get anywhere working for himself—he’s got no discipline. for himself is alone(not working together with other people)? for himself is for the benefit of himself like "selfish"(no ...
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It's been lovely having you here. (Is this sentence said when it's almost time for someone to leave a place?)

It's been lovely having you here. (Is this sentence said when it's almost time for someone to leave a place?) It has been lovely having you here. The tense is has+pp (present perfect), which means ...
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What does this sentence mean especially the part in bold? (is consistant with)

The use of identifiable symbols and pictograms on the early tablets is consistent with administrators needing a lexicon that was mutually intelligible by literate and nonliterate parties. What does ...
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Meaning of "soul" in the context

Ah! she said, triumphantly: the little boy hurts, doesn't it? I said, stonily, it might be a good idea if, instead of a psychiatrist, she stopped off one afternoon at a delousing station. Did I (with ...
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Is there any difference between "ability or not to be counted" and "ability to be counted or not"?

many nouns that can be made plural are obviously able to be counted, and many that cannot be plural are obviously unable to be counted. The problem, however, is that there are also many nouns whose ...
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what does "no less" mean in "The correct combination – with important – is no less effective."?

I've been looking up the meaning of "no less" for a while but still don't get its meaning fully. here is a full context. The next pair above (important/essential) have different strengths ...
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Am I right in interpreting the part in bold?

Everard Gault had been missing in 1915; and waiting, not knowing, had been the loneliest time of Heloise’s life, her two-year-old baby her greatest comfort. Then a telegram had come, and soon ...
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Meaning of "The past was the enemy in Ireland"

She wondered where they would go, and could not bear the thought of somewhere that was impossible to imagine. She cried to herself among the ferns that grew in clumps a few yards from the stream. ‘It’...
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The phrase "in the early morning, just after one" does not make sense to me

They had come to fire the house, their visit expected because they had been before. On that occasion they had come later, in the early morning, just after one. The sheepdogs had seen them off, but ...
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that she experienced – and more and more as her only child grew up – gratitude for the solitary birth and for a trinity sustained by affection

They knew each other well, the Captain and his wife. They had in common a certain way of life, an order of priorities and concerns. Their shared experience of death when they were young had drawn them ...
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need help interpreting 'of which'

https://www.grammar-quizzes.com/clauses-8.html this site well explains about 'of which'. i sort of understand where to use it and what it means. He bought a car, the brand name of which I can't ...
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Interpretation of a short sentence from an older story

The very first sentence of Bierce's story “Haita The Shepherd” reads as follows: In the heart of Haita the illusions of youth had not been supplanted by those of age and experience. While the ...
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'Saxon genitives' and 'of genitive'

Consider the following expression: The book's page Which of the following rewording expresses the above mentioned phrase correctly and in which contexts? A page of the book The page of the book ...
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