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Help me understand the meaning of these sentences

I know better. In recent years, South Korea’s parliamentarians have largely managed to give up literally fighting. Yet metaphorically, warfare remains entrenched. Source. I have no idea about ...
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Is word “turbo” old-fashioned?

I need to translate a childish insult "turbo-dweeb" (from English to Russian), and I'm a bit confused about the word "turbo". There's a calque of "turbo" here in Russian. But if used as an insult, it ...
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Spoken text in need of interpretation

I shall not dwell on that, but pass on to the taxpayers’ revolt. We people don’t see the effect of all this. You know we used to say we must have this money to help pay the taxes, this liquor tax ...
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Meaning of “must hold managements accountable”

The government must hold managements accountable for wasting the people’s money. I don't have a grasp of the meaning of this sentence. Accountable means responsible. I think a management ...
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What does 'make the most of the hours you have left, saxons' mean?

Now I am watching the movie, while showing the moview, I have encounted not understand discription. What does 'make the most of the hours you have left, saxons' mean?
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“All X but Y including W did Z” -> did W do Z?

In a the construction "All X but Y including W did Z", is it understood as W did Z, or W didn't do Z? Example: "All kids but 2 including Bob got a candy". Did Bob get a candy?
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How can I interpret this short passage?

The passage is a part from Barron's 6 GRE Practice Tests. Yet if Coupland and his compatriots do not recognize their place in Canadian literature, Coupland does recognize himself as a Canadian ...
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How to interpret this paragraph?

Below, you can see the middle part of page 25 of Common Methodology for Information Technology Security Evaluation document: The CEM recognises three mutually exclusive verdict states: a) ...
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How to interpret “time we have”?

I trying to understand this sentence but this sentence does not interpret well. "Me time" is an expression which means time we have for ourselves. How should I interpret the part after "which ...
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What does “I've been for you” mean?

This a stanza from the song Talkin' karate blues by Townes Van Zandt: I said, "I believe I better go check another place" he said, "Ha so, Yankee don't like my race" I said, "Now there's a ...
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Have/had crisis deepen

This year we have economic crisis deepen in our country. This year we had economic crisis deepen in our country. Are they both grammatical and sensical? If yes, then how do you read both ...
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To what mourn refers in this sentence?

"Her words like the mountain, stood lonely and lofty With her face like a daydream and her hair like the shawl Worn by a mourner, who steals away softly From those that would have him mourn nothing at ...
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Ellipsis with apostrophe?

This is a strophe from one song: "But the times were hard, Lord, the jobs were few all through Tecumseh valley but she asked around and a job she found tending bar at Gypsy Sally's" ...
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Does this have multiple meanings?

Why does she sing her sad songs for me, I'm not the one To tenderly bring her soft sympathy I've just begun To see my way clear and it's plain, if I stop I will fall I can lay down a tear for ...
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Which word does “evidence” refer to in this paragraph?

Page 79 of Mokard 2.2 (A smart card) security target : The TSF shall be able to relate the identity of the originator of the information, and the application package contained in the ...
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Which way is more natural on phrasal verbs?

So many answers has been up about phrasal verbs and i've seen most of it, and it was of useful information And I know how the most of pieces (prepositions) are being used. And fairly got used to ...
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What is “a very proper wife” referring to in this sentence?

She will make him a very proper wife -Pride218- Does it mean she will become a proper wife? Or she will make him turn into a woman(wife)? I think that the sentence above goes like this: He quit ...
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How relative clauses work in a sentence

The researchers had made this happen by lengthening the period of daylight to which the peach trees on whose roots the insects fed were exposed. I'm really trying to get familiar with the context ...
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What does it mean to be “a spectator of the human world”?

Anthony was nineteen when I met him, a shy young man who found computers reassuring. He felt insecure in the world of people with its emotional risks and shades of gray. The activity and ...
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Interpretation of a passage

I'm not sure if I'm allowed to answer this qestion. But here it is: These young people have grown up with sociable robot pets, the companions of their playrooms, which portrayed emotion, said ...
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Curious combination of freedom and self made fences?

Many friends have said to me that they love New York now in a way they never did before, and their love, I've noticed, takes for its object all the things that used to exasperate them--the curious ...
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Something should be protected by something else

How do you interpret this sentence: Any change to EEPROM in the field should be protected by transactions." We must protect EEPROM and prevent transactions to change it. or Transactions must ...
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How can I interpret this sentence without “That” between words!

TSF = Target Security Functions. (Security Functions of the Target) FDP_ITC.2.3/Installer : The TSF shall ensure that the protocol used provides for the unambiguous association between the ...
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How do you interpret these sections of this Security Target? [closed]

TSF = Target of evaluation Security Functions FDP_ACF.1.2/JCRMI : The TSF shall enforce the following rules to determine if an operation among controlled subjects and controlled objects is ...
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I don't understand this sentence of an article about Windows 10

Here's a quote from the article of COMPUTERWORLD: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2825116/free-at-last-after-windows-10-consumers-wont-pay-for-updates-or-upgrades.html The two put Microsoft's ...
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When do I need to add 's to the first noun (and when don't I need to)?

Below you can see 63 of a Smart Card security target. (Here) The question is : "When I need to add an 's to the first noun and when I don't?" I mean which one of the below expressions is true? JCVM'...
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How to interpret this complex passive sentence? and reference of nouns in expressions

A- First of all, I'm unsure about the order of the adjectives and the punctuation in the title of my question. Should it be: Passive complex sentence; or Complex passive sentence? And : First ...
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What is the reference of “from” in this sentence?

Below, you can see page 77 of ST_Lite_JxE081_v00.02 .It is a Security-Target (a document that indicate some security specification of an IT production) for JCOP Smart cards. TSF = Target Security ...
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You made the cut?

Here's from a TV show "3rd Rock From the Sun S1E06 Green Eyed Dick". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgBb9-xaV3Y 5:42 Hey! It says "men" on the door. You made the cut? (Laugh) I don't ...
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I hope he kept the receipt

Here's from a TV show "3rd Rock From the Sun S1E4 Dick is from Mars, Sally is from Venus". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VUxhdOpX5w 17:18 Hey, check out the bartender. Ooh, god's gift to ...
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For future reference, I have a red Volvo

Here's from a TV show "3rd Rock from the Sun" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKeXnzoc0pI 6:04 For future reference, I have a red Volvo. Please, Dr. Albright! We barely know each other. (...
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Is this BBC article ambiguous, or am I interpreting it incorrectly?

I came across a BBC article titled Ten laws that India should scrap. In the section about salt taxes, it first states: In 2013-14 collections from the tax amounted to $538,000 (£343,400), which was ...
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Did + definite time in past . “Did you take your medicine this morning?”

My understanding is that when we say "this morning", it refers to a definite time in the past. If yes, then, "did you take your medicine this morning?" , is the correct question. If no, then, it ...
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Is this 'providing' a conjunction or an adjective verb?

I wonder it's clear to natives whether providing is a conjunction or a adjective verb. How about this one? The Giants aren't the first sports team to dabble in providing fans with wireless Internet ...
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Does 'may' here mean 'can' or 'might'?

A sentence is in Disjunctive Normal Form if it is a disjunction, the disjuncts of which are themselves conjunctions of sentence letters and negated sentence letters. In this characterization we ...
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How should I interpret this sentence?

The only time one of my children had been ill was like that. She was comparing the way one of her children had been ill to another child when she says like that as a reference to her own past ...
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Meaning of perfect aspect in infinite clauses

Motivated by this question I've realised I have some difficulty in interpreting infinite clauses. What is an infinite clause? One of my grammar books says that an non-finite clause is a dependent ...
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Why 'brought out' rather than simply 'brought'?

Looking for some explanations, it seems that the use of 'out' in some phrases is just a thing we need to accept, there is no rule around that. Is that true? If yes, how can I know when to use the '...
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What does this usage of “other” imply here?

The setting is an unnamed though obviously New Yorkish high-rise city, the time less convincingly future than deliciously other, as it combines 21st-century engineering feats with 19th-century pork-...
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How many items did she want?

Source I mentioned last week that I still have my grandmother’s button box. When she sold her house and dispersed her belongings it was one of the two things I wanted most. (Along with her sewing ...
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How would a native speaker understand “district”? [closed]

When using address databases, I've met the term district used in 2 separate meanings. The first one, which I prefer to use, is to describe the administration part of the city. The second one, ...