Questions tagged [interpretation]

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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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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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Please interpret and analyze sentences

i have a one simple question. This is the lyric from the movie 'tangled'. "All those years outside looking in" I'd like to know more about this phrase. "outside looking in" Does that mean you're ...
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Has “had to be” used in sarcastic sense in here?

I read this in "The Last Lesson": I had counted on the commotion to get to my desk without being seen; but, of course, that day everything had to be as quiet as Sunday morning. I gather that "had ...
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What is meant by “as between”?

This is a quote from Bertrand Russell: It is not only colours and sounds and so on that are absent from the scientific world of matter, but also space as we get it through sight or touch. It is ...
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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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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 is implied after “Which means” here in this conversation?

I read this in Word by Word by Kory Stamper: Maybe, she offered, the usage note about the word being a generalized term of abuse was meant to cover both the non-“whore” sense of “bitch” when used ...