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Meaning of "while it was not clear whether it was a case of pouring passion onto his reason"

Here is the text: Fortunately Koroku had not descended on them again. A young man of a compulsive and excitable temperament, he would pursue unremittingly whatever was uppermost in his mind, a trait ...
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Meaning of the phrase in bold

At this Sōsuke got to his feet. He traversed the sitting room, stepping gingerly over Oyone’s sewing basket and scattered threads, and opened the sliding panels to the parlor. Its southern exposure ...
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Meaning of what a difference it made

SŌSUKE had been relaxing for some time on the veranda, legs comfortably crossed on a cushion he had set down in a warm, sunny spot. After a while, however, he let drop the magazine he had been holding ...
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How do you understand "job ranking" and/or "jobs ranking"?

There's a publication that my company's translating from Polish into English that describes how Polish people perceive different occupations in terms of social importance, female/male character, etc. ...
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What should be the straightforward definition of" with" in the sentence " I talked about the problem with my tutor."?

I talked about the problem with my tutor. I think it could mean "involving somebody as a participant".Am I correct?I want suggestions.Thanks
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"street, opposite the center"

I read the following from a TOEIC book: “Q. The convention center is located on Market Street, directly ________ Glenview Shopping Center. [A] opposite [B] among [C] apart [D] nearby Answer: [A] ...
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Understanding about "close up"

We could see him close up. (An example sentence from my workbook without context) We have a debate about whether this sentence should be understood as we had a close look at him or We could see him ...
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Interpretation for the dictionary definition of —"ride"?

n. (countable) 15. a means of being taken by a motor vehicle: My ride's here. Source How I should understand above definition of "ride"?(especially the usage of "being" in the ...
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why would someone plan to treat themself before throw off a tower?

I'm still puzzled by Gilbert O'Sullivan alone again lyrics, the part he says: If I'm not feeling any less sour I promised myself to treat myself And visit a nearby tower And climbing to the top Will ...
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Is "Free Worldwide Shipping" misleading? [closed]

Do you think it's misleading for a business to advertise "Free Worldwide Shipping" if: The business ships to most but not all countries. Free shipping is available for all countries the ...
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How to read this confusing sentence by Henry James?

The good thing, after all, was that we should surely see no more of him. This was not so good a thing, I admit, as not to leave me to judge that what, essentially, made nothing else much signify was ...
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What does whisper mean in "Our Future Whispers Like a Gust of Wind"? [closed]

"Our Future Whispers Like a Gust of Wind" ⌈english cover | Sepia Pro.⌋【Liella!】 In the title of this video, whisper is used here. This title is translated from a Japanese anime song's name ...
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"Live now, pay later"-what it implies? [closed]

What's the meaning of "live now, pay later"? I found a sentence on Cambridge dictionary:- Live now, pay later- that's my philosophy of life.
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"Shutdown Holdouts" meaning

I came across this in the New York Times: "How the Shutdown Holdouts Have Antagonized McCarthy Before." The first sentence says: "Most of the House Republicans who voted against ...
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Use and meaning of "that+sub+should....."in a sentence

It’s strange that you should say that. I think this sentence express "your saying of that is strange". I'm not sure about the interpretation, someone give your valuable time to answer my ...
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Interpretation of "who is doing the task" in different structures

The majority of New Yorkers have also told pollsters they don't want to build a football stadium for the New York Jets on Manhattan's West Side, but Bloomberg is pushing hard for one anyway. (from ...
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Are imperfectly constructed sentences understandable? [closed]

As an English learner, when building a sentence in my head it is almost impossible to get it out idiomatically. For example, before I knew the word "regarding" I built this sentence: "...
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What is the meaning of "social" in this context?

In the context of the following sentence: He's not feeling very social this evening. I have considered the following explanations for social based on dictionary definitions: He wants to remain ...
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Is the phrase "retirement community" is predefined? [closed]

Increasing life expectancy has increased the demands for medical care, retirement communities, and nursing homes. I want to know if "retirement communities" is pre-defined, I mean its ...
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What's the meaning of "professional society" in this context?

He is a member of numerous professional societies. -From OALD Is the boldedface type texts implies — The groups people who come together because of their same profession.
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What's the meaning of "wider community" in this context?

**The sports centre is available to both the university and the wider community. —From Longman dictionary I think it means- 1)A large number of groups of people having similar interest, belief etc.... ...
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What's the meaning of "economic environment" in this context?

Investors are showing more caution in the current economic environment. I interpreted it in 2 ways: 1) Conditions in which economic activity take place 2) conditions and influences in which they carry ...
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What's the meaning of "home environment" in this context?

An unhappy home environment can affect a child's behaviour. —From OALD I interpreted it 2 ways:— 1)The unhappy condition of the place where the child live (as a member of the family or household) can ...
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How can I interpretate the term"scientific community" in the context? [duplicate]

The project has attracted considerable criticism from the scientific community. Community mean as per Cambridge -the people living in one particular area or people who are considered as a unit because ...
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What's the meaning of "education community" in the context? [closed]

a policy that has been adopted by the entire education community. Is this implies??:- a group of people who are involved in the act or process of imparting knowledge, esp at a school, college, or ...
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Meaning of the phrase "relief efforts"

I am trying to understand the following question: She'll be coordinating the relief effort. Consulting dictionaries, I found the following definitions: Relief - any aid given in times of need, ...
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What should be the correct interpretation of "office/construction/factory workers"?

office/factory/construction workers Can I interpreted it as:— Office worker- a person whose work is connected with the work of an office. Factory worker- a person whose work is connected with the work ...
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Can "I'd hate for you to miss the show." mean "I would hate it If you missed the show."?

I'd hate for you to miss the show. Can I interpret this as so? I only want to know the correctness of the interpretation. I would hate it if you missed the show.
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What's the meaning of "financial" here? [closed]

His motives were purely financial. I know,Financial means —Connected with money Can I interpreted the sentence as:— His intentions were completely connected with money in some ways.
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What's the meaning of "legal system" in the context?

In some countries people have no faith in the legal system. I interpreted it — In some countries people don't have faith in how the law of that country works./how the law is organized. Am i correct ...
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is this an example of acts as a prepositional phrase?

watching this interview posted on YouTube yesterday with Paul McCartney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21pcVuPHoek from 7:26 Paul McCartney says: "I owe it to him and his team who were briliant ...
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does the "By + gerund" clause have a passive meaning?

I have a sentence similar to this one: Hibernate can validate your schema by setting the Hibernate property to validate Does it imply that Hibernate validates this schema because it (Hibernate) set ...
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What's the meaning of "relief efforts (Noun+Noun)"?

She coordinated the relief efforts in the Sudan. What's the meaning of "relief efforts" here? I think it means- attempts/initiatives to give/provide help/food/money etc. Am I correct as ...
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is "if I had been" correct in this case?

in The Beatles's when I'm 64 lyric, teh line tha says: If I'd been out till quarter to three Would you lock the door? how come The contraction "I'd" is short for "I had" in this ...
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How do you interpret this sentence? "I was never made(=born) to love her."

I can think of 2 options of the interpretation of this sentence, which one is the most natural to you? Or if they are both unnatural to you, please provide your interpretation. --> "I was ...
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Temporal interpretation of -ing clause

Eating a hearty breakfast, we prepared for our long journey. I think this sentence alone can mean: Eating is part of the preparation Eating precedes the preparation (after eating we prepared). What ...
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what is the adverb "improperly" is linked to in this sentence?

in the sentence: "improperly Covid Aid Flowed to Fishery Businesses, New Jersey Official Finds" is the adverb "improperly" describing "Flowed" or Covid?
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How should I read a sentence with multiple "to"s?

Planting a glyphosate-resistant crop commits a farmer to using that herbicide for the season, probably to the exclusion of all other herbicides and other weed-control practices. (TOEFL) I'm not sure ...
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how to interpret the ambiguity of this little text?

based on this short headline: For These Veterans, ‘Free’ Health Care Is a 5-Hour Flight Away Citizens of three Pacific Island nations, eligible to serve in the U.S. military, find it hard to make use ...
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fragment: Finding meteorites in woods of Maine

Can anyone tell me why the author is using the fragment "Finding meteorites in woods of Maine" here? There's no finite verb in it. =================== Darryl Pitt, head of the meteorite ...
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Perfect vs non-perfect

She wants to finish it when you return She wants to have finished it when you return. These are examples from my text book. It says they are different in meaning. I made 3 and 4. I think they mean ...
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Ambiguity: There is "no question"

There should be no question in the mind of any student who has shown any interest in the subjects he is learning that his mastery of any subject is painstaking and time-consuming. This is an example ...
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to which phrase/sentence the word "happiness" belongs to in this lyrics?

in guns and roses' since I don't have you lyrics: " don't have plans and schemes And I don't have hopes and dreams I don't have anything Since I don't have you And I don't have fond desires And I ...
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could do nothing that is not better done elsewhere

What does the following sentence mean? Does the principle of "two negatives make a positive" apply here? If not, how we do derive the meaning in a stepwise fashion? A full-scale ...
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what is the role of word "practical" in "practical joke"?

in this definition of practical joke, "playful or mischievous act intended to trick, deceive, or embarrass someone for the amusement of the prankster or others. It is usually harmless in nature ...
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I am having difficulty in understanding the sentence

That he not busy being born is busy dying. —By Bob Dylan Actual meaning of the sentence?
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What did Paul McCartney mean by "Oh, yesterday came suddenly"? [closed]

(Verse 2) Suddenly I'm not half the man I used to be There's a shadow hanging over me Oh, yesterday came suddenly Yesterday by The Beatles What baffle me is the the line "Oh, yesterday came ...
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How to interpret the sense of these phrases?

in the lyrics of Paul McCartney's song This One https://genius.com/Paul-mccartney-this-one-lyrics I am trying to interpret this: What opportunities did we allow to flow by Feeling like the timing ...
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How to interpret "What do you like ..." vs "Why do you like ..." vs "How do you like ..."?

English is not my native language and I've sometimes trouble following social norms with different expressions. I hit a situation where the counterpart asked "tell me what you like about X" ...
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One negation used in one sentence with conjunction or two different clauses

I have a question with respect to English interpretation based on strict grammar rules not on context. How would you interpret the following sentence: [The contract would not cancel and survive]? ...
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