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Is this usage of “that” ambiguous?

Consider the sentence below. We shouldn't say that we dislike things that we haven't lived. The way it was pronounced, it sounded more as follows, though. We shouldn't say... that we dislike ...
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Is this definition of 'World War No.2' correct?

I read this at Mental floss: That's right—in February 1919, just a few months after World War 1 ended, a story appeared in the UK's Manchester Guardian called “World War No. 2.” The Oxford English ...
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What does “pivot point” exactly mean in this sentence?

I read this in Word by Word by Kory Stamper: Try it: "this will only take a week" and "this will only take about a week" mean almost the same thing. The pivot point for meaning is not "take" but "...
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Meaning of “reciting a father's gnarled disease, his lesson” in this poem?

This is an excerpt from a poem by Stephen Spender: The stunted, unlucky heir of twisted bones, reciting a father's gnarled disease, his lesson, from his desk. I want to ask what he (the stunted ...
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What should I take “should I nod or shake my head here?” to mean?

I read this in Kafka on the Shore: The girl frowns and gives me a hard look. "You don't watch at all?" I shake my head silently. Wait a sec – should I nod or shake my head here? I go with the nod. ...
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What “structure” is being referred to in this sentence?

I read this in my history book: Generally (though not always), Al-Biruni adopted a distinctive structure in each chapter, beginning with a question, following this up with a description based on ...
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How to decide what is referred in the subordinate clause?

I've seen a sentence like this. I have never wanted to die and I will not do that in the future. My spontaneous reaction was to comment oh, boy, you've got an disappointment heading your way in a ...
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Meaning of “still” within “Do you mind if he testify still; before, you said you didn't care if Mueller testifies?”

Does still within: Do you mind if he testify still; before, you said you didn't care if Mueller testifies? means: even though ? source: The reporter's question in this interview.
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The exact meaning of 'Mom made me a sandwich'

Mom made me a sandwich. Does this necessarily include the meaning that Mom made the sandwich available to me? Or does this only mean that Mom made the sandwich, leaving it to context whether or not ...
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Meaning of a rule in the guideline

I have hard time understanding the meaning of one phrase. I understand that this might be an open-ended question, but still maybe native speakers could make it a bit more clear. This phrase is ...
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How to change a reported speech into a direct speech, in Magic's song 'Rude'

In the words of Magic's song "Rude" there is a following sentench. You say I'll never get your blessing 'til the day I die. Which will be correct, if this sentence is put into direct speech? (a) You ...
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What did the presenter say here?

This is in this video. The words I cannot make out is at 15 minute and 34 second. Here is the sentence: And human society though ????? that greed is taken on not just acquiring as much as possible, ...
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Interpretation of adverbial clauses meaning time or condition, such as when, if

I'm learning English with text books, and one of them says tenses of adverbial clauses which means time or condition(such as when-clause or if-clause) depend on the main clauses to which they are ...
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What does “switch off” mean exactly in this sentence?

I need some help to interpret a sentence. I would like to know what "switch it off" means here for a native speaker. The girl here is thinking about how some people have the ability (which she doesn't ...
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What's the meaning of “within x of something”?

What's the meaning of " A is 2 hours within of B " ? Is it correct? "A-B=2 hours or B-A=2 hours" . Assume A: my estimate distance from home to the bus station and B: the actual distance from my home ...
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“Configured” vs “Properly Configured”

I have a situation where I need to describe two states. One is when something is configured properly and one where it is misconfigured. Is it valid to contrast "configured" and "misconfigured", or ...
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Interpretation of an integrated relative in “my brother who doesn't [live in New York]” in context

Here goes a sentence from a grammar test published on the online version of The Telegraph (UK): I should like to introduce you to my sister Amanda, who lives in New York, to Mark, my brother who ...
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A synonym for interpolation model? [closed]

I interpolated a surface of x y and z. so for each x and y there is z. I called it a proxy model but my supervisor said i am far from that and I need to find a different word to describe my surface ...
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What does William Shakespeare mean by “murder, though it have no tongue, will speak.”?

I read a book titled 'An Isolated Incident' written by Susan R. Sloan. In chapter one of the book, she quotes Murder, though it have no tongue, will speak. How can this be interpreted in simple ...
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How do you interpret this english sentence?

On a message board where we discuss English grammar in our native language (which is Japanese), there is a discussion about how to interpret this sentence: You'll be frustrated with anything less ...
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Is it possible for the ‘yet’ within ‘Are we there yet?’ to mean ‘still’?

Are we there yet? I know that this sentence usually means Have we got there so far (‘at this time’)? and it is even somewhat idiomatic. But ‘yet’ has another meaning, ‘still’, which may give the ...
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Correct way to interpret this sentence

In addition, figure in the $1580 a year your cash investment would have been making had you left the money in a conservative investment like a government bond. Which way is nicer to parse this ...
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Interpretation ambiguity

While reading the article, I am quite confused about the part bolded "whether fallen or not". I believe there might be two possible answers: 1: I did not stop to think whether the whirring cicadas ...
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is the author saying that higher education is not a right, but a privilege— OR, that it's a right?

So, in class we were studying this article called "Access to Higher Education". I had to summarize the article, and I have no idea why, but this article confused me because: is the author for higher ...
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Different ways to ask somebody to wait

Are there differences in meaning (and possibly context) of the following three ways to ask somebody to wait? Or is one of these options even ungrammatical? 1 I'm going to ... I'm just going to ...
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Possible wrong interpretation of a passage [closed]

Concerned paragraph: [Background: a master and his servant (a water tubewell technician) have been living happily for several years. The master owns seven farms spread across a large river. The ...
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Meaning of “substituted for other tenses”?

I'm reading the following paragraph and puzzled by "substituted for other tenses." What does it mean in relation to the particular example in quotation marks? As a workaround, some writers have ...
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Is my interpretation of this paragraph from a horror short story by Arthur C. Doyle right?

I'm reading Arthur Conan Doyle's LOT NO. 249, and I'm having some troubles understanding the first paragraph. Of the dealings of Edward Bellingham with William Monkhouse Lee, and of the cause of ...
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What exactly is meant by, “Postdocs are free agents, they are not livestock”?

In some answer to a question, regarding the stressful life the asker is having in his research environment, somebody wrote in the line of, "Postdocs are free agents, they are not livestock". As I ...
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“You will never be the man your mother is.”

"You will never be the man your mother is" is without a doubt one of the most popular (and perhaps overused) insults. Yet I feel like I've never really grasped the true meaning it carries. What ...
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Guest workers, many from South Asia, who spend years

I have a question about the meaning of some sentence fragment in this NY Times article: There is a broad consensus that the Saudi ideological juggernaut has disrupted local Islamic traditions in ...
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Adding a new accomplishment without sounding pretentious

In an informal interview where the host and the audience already know about the new accomplishment, the interviewee brags like in the following sentences. Can you imagine! I am a journalist, a ...
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How to interpret some fixed phrase/idiom when there is another literal meaning?

I come across this question when I encounter the phrase "for the record". According to the Cambridge Dictionary, for the record Meaning: something that you say before you tell someone ...
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Confusion about usage of the resist

The verb 'resist' means withstand the action or effect of. Now, I want to convey that a person (suppose "he") has a tendency to be on top always, like he always wants to be the best among the lot....
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Please simply this sentence for me

“In the feast of Christmas,” says Stow in his “Survey,” “there was in the King's House, wheresoever he lodged, a Lord of Misrule, or Master of merry disports, and the like had ye in the house of every ...
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Antisocial definition and meaning

I have a question about what it means to be antisocial. Some people use the word interchangeably with introverted or unsociable, but other will get offended if you use it that way and say antisocial ...
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What does “in telephone duplicate” mean? [closed]

Stoneman held out the telephone alarm card with the complaint signed in telephone duplicate on the back. What does this sentence mean, especially in telephone duplicate? This is from the book ...
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Can someone parse this sentence?

The sentence is "This was the first time the provision of services in general through Irish by the state system was placed on a statutory footing." I just saw this sentence on a list and it doesn't ...
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What does “Get a damn room!” mean?

A moment in a movie went like this: A woman was sitting on a man’s lap and about to kiss him in her room which has extremely thin walls. Her neighbor shouted suddenly, "Just kiss already! Get a ...
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Interpretaion : referred to as

In the science article, I found this sentence. In order to perform these distinct functions, proteins rely on the precise 3D arrangement of functional groups — referred to as the protein fold. ...
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subject of the verb and interpreting

My right knee was not sore but knew I had a knee, if you know what I mean. Struggling to interpret this, I couldn't understand the middle part of the sentence (but ~ ,) because of no subject of the ...
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How should I interpret this sentence about Mowgli?

Source We head back to the fork and take the left this time, 45 gigantic stone steps down to the river bank. Questions about Mowgli's den to the handful of people bathing there draw blanks. They ...
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Can you explain about the correct interpretation of this sentence containing double gerunds?

This constant obsession about attaining a ghostly pallor and observing our behemothic interest in the Duke’s every move and the Duchess’s every outfit makes me think that the British may have been ...
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Could 'frolic' mean homosexual guy?

I searched the meaning of frolic on Google, I found one meaning of frolic is gay. I found it here. I don't know if this means homosexual man or not. One more question is the meaning of below ...
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refering words in the passage

I have questions in this passage. "What I have noticed is that once you premiere a new piece that people will always want the tried and true staples: Tchaikovsky, Brooke, Brahms, Mendelssohn. ...
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Is the interpretation of the given sentence, right?

The detective watched the woman bury the body of the person she had killed from behind a tree, taking pictures of what was going on. Does the above sentence imply the detective watched the woman ...
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What does “I did my George Washington report on beavers instead” mean?

I read a figure book. at the figure, i think that a girl reported to the student about not George Washington but beavers. I am confused with interpretation of the sentence . I am not native speaker. ...
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“Improving pain”, is it desirable?

I have read improving together with terms like pain multiple times, and never was confident this means the pain is reduced so its an improvement of pain in a sense of suffering. Or it might mean the ...
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Is 'The something product' equivalent to 'The product of something'?

I was reading the news during lunch, and this sentence in a sports article about Johnny Manziel jumped out at me: The Texas A&M product completed 147 of 258 passes for 1,675 yards with seven ...
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Would “You were welcome” imply that this isn't anymore the case?

Someone told me he was thankful for being invited to my party. I guess saying "I was thankful" is used because the party is now over, so the feeling of being thankful faded away. Would I answer "You ...