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Which sentence is right: "What length is the river " vs "What is the length of the river"

Which sentence is right?: "What is the length of the river" and "What length is the river"
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If two people speak like this, does it mean they agree or disagree?: A- “I don’t think he’s coming.” B- “Well, I think so.”

A- “I don’t think he’s coming.” B- “Well, I think so.” When I think about B's answer, "Well, I think so." I had the impression that B thinks in the same way as A does. So, B, too, thinks he ...
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What is the difference between collide and clash?

And what is more appropriate here: He was a great manager but he __________ ( collided, clashed) with time-keeping. Why?
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What does "I don't know what it was in me." mean? [closed]

I couldn't understand the first sentence. How can I say it differently? I don't know what it was in me. He called me and I recorded that conversation.
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What does "scratch the last question" mean?

It's the phrase from Friends. This is a dialog between Ross and Benhamin. Here is a part of it: Ross: What? Wait, wait, wait, just a minute. None of my questions have anything to do with Paleontology. ...
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Do you "rent with" a landlord or a housemate?

I rented with Jane for 5 years Does this mean Jane is a co-tenant or a landlord?
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Is it correct to use "on" in this sense? "There have been house fires due to faulty work done ON the government insulation program."

"There have been many house fires due to faulty work done ON the government insulation program." "....work done on insulation program" sounds not correct to me. If something is ...
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I'm not impressed by his stupidity

If someone says "I'm not impressed by his stupidity," what do they mean non-literally? Is it a kind of trope?
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Does "must" in this sentence refer to "a deduction" or "a necessity"? "She must live close to where she works because she walks to work."

She must live close to where she works because she walks to work. This sentence is given as an example of "must" being used for deduction in the present. However, when I read the sentence, I ...
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What does "monkey in a tree" mean?

Forrest Gump speaks about his stay with Jenny: Forrest Gump: Every day we'd take a walk and I'd jabber on like a monkey in a tree, and she'd listen about Ping-Ponging, and shrimping, and Mama making ...
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my father's cousin's husband

a. I was driving around in my car with my brother. Does that imply that I have only one brother? ======================================= b. My sister's co-worker's husband is an engineer. Does that ...
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Does "de-perplex" mean to simplify?

Does de-perplex something complex means to simplify it? I think it does. I didn't create the word de-perplex by myself. It was a word on the pcmag.com website. Here is the original text: Whether you'...
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Chocolate/chocolates- meaning difference in given scenario

I hate chocolates. I hate chocolate. Do both these sentences mean the same thing? I have a feeling the second sentence means the speaker hates chocolate as a flavor whereas the first one means they ...
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What does "to branch" mean in the following sentence?

I got this paragraph from a Programming Language book: Understanding selection statements: Every application needs to be able to select from choices and branch along different code paths. The two ...
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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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What does "points blue plus two" mean?

In Forrest Gump (1994), Lt Dan speaks on radio: Lt Dan: Roger, Strongarm, be advised we have incoming from the tree line at points blue plus two. AKs and rockets... What does "points blue plus ...
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What does "one item" refer to?

Lt Dan Taylor says to Bubba and Forrest Gump: Dan: There is one item of GI gear that can be the difference between a live grunt and a dead grunt. Socks. Cushion sole, OD green. Try and keep your feet ...
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What does "round pegs" mean?

FORREST: Now, for some reason, I fit in the Army like one of them round pegs. It's not really hard. You just make your bed real neat and remember to stand up straight, and always answer every ...
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What does "If it wouldn't be" mean?

Drill Sergeant says to Forrest Gump: Drill Sergeant: If it wouldn't be a waste of such a damn fine enlisted man, I'd recommend you for OCS, Private Gump. You are gonna be a general some day, Gump. ...
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What does the verb "borne" mean here? Is it used correctly?

The actor creates on the stage infinite sensations, feeling, or emotions that become the emotions of the whole theatrical audience. Before they become the subject of the actor’s embodiment, they were ...
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meaning of 'but' in incomplete sentences

summary 'But' is a conjunction to express a contrast between two ideas. Incomplete sentences allow us to omit information without changing the intended meaning. This makes it difficult to identify the ...
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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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Do these sentences mean the same

We have not begun shipping yet because, unfortunately, there was a delay in getting the right sized mailers. We are shipping out soon now that the problem had been resolved! We have not begun ...
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What does "house been in one's family" mean?

Forrest Gump speaks to a woman about his childhood residence: Forrest Gump: We lived about a quarter mile off Route 17, about a half mile from the town of Greenbow, Alabama. That's in the county of ...
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What does "get" refer to?

Forrest Gump speaks to a woman: Forrest Gump: My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. What does "get" refer to? Is it type of chocolate?...
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Difference between 'How ... enjoying the job'/'How ... getting on with your job'

Is there a difference in meaning between these two sentences? How are you enjoying the job so far? How are you getting on with your job?
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"build on" meaning

I was reading a textbook and actually I got confused about the meaning of "build on" in this sentence: ApplicationContexts build on the notion of a 'bean factory' by providing application-...
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what is "marginal current of dissent" in the following passage?

The Leveretts feel they need to get involved in all this because a dangerously wrongheaded consensus has taken hold among the Western media and policy elite. Blinded by cultural bias and excessive ...
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What does it mean "to channel" somebody?

The director Bryan Singer clearly enjoys playing with these oversize, puppetlike meanies and finds queasy comedy in their threat, especially when Jack, Isabelle and some others, including a knight, ...
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What does the phrasal verb "hold up" mean in this context?

This context is from the movie "on The Waterfront" The people speaking talk about a boxing mach in which one was a contestant and the other a spectator in the audience. person 1. Man, he ...
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Are you the best it's ever gonna get for her? (meaning)

Are you the best it's ever gonna get for her? Can you break it down for me please?, the meaning and other possible usages. thanks
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What does "Somebody still hearts waterboarding" mean?

"Cheney still hearts waterboarding. 'Are you going to trade the lives of a number of people because you want to preserve your honor?' he asked, his voice dripping with contempt. 'I don't lie ...
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"So I am a younger brother to 3 siblings..." Does this mean there are 4 siblings or 3 siblings in total?

"I am a younger brother to 3 siblings." I thought the sentence means "I am the youngest of 3 siblings." But then I got confused because maybe the sentence means "There are 4 ...
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British council says "We use the past continuous for something that happened again and again." Is this not true for "used to do"?

British council says "We use the past continuous for something that happened again and again. And they put some sentences below: I was practising every day, three times a day. They were meeting ...
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The meaning of "a Tackberry from Jarrow way"

‘‘A few months before you were born—on her trip to Australia—at Mola or Molo something or other. It took me three evenings to get it all out.’ ‘Ay—mother’s suspicious of questions,’ said Miss Henschil ...
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The meaning of "point like an infant"

‘And I shall be left alone with George! But suppose it isn’t cured,’ said Miss Henschil of a sudden. ‘Suppose it comes back again. What can I do? I can’t send for him in this way when I’m a married ...
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Are descriptives and depictives the same thing

I know depictives are secondary predicates describing how a certain action took place like in 'I ate the meat raw'. But what are descriptives? I saw on wikipedia that they are just a different name ...
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profitableness - profitability - profit

Can you clearly explain the difference between the three? profitableness - profitability - profit. While I can see the difference between PROFIT and PROFITABILITY, I have no idea what the difference ...
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Is this structure idiomatic: "I seem to remember...." to mean you only remember a little

"I seem to remember that the park adjacent to my school was humongous." This is a sentence of a native speaker when he was talking about how things have changed compared to when he was ...
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The meaning of "lap tea all night to fettle up"

‘That’s North country.’ She laughed again. ‘Setting aside my good looks and yours, I’ve four thousand a year of my own, and the rents should make it six. That’s a match some old cats would lap tea all ...
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Meaning of "Top Bank of a channel"

I was reading an article about Design of elevated flumes (flume is a human-made channel for water). Here is a part of the article, 8.1 Data Requirement Elevations: Top Bank, TB Water Surface, WS ...
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what does "flat clutch of the season" mean in the following passage?

what does "flat clutch of the season" mean in the following passage? From that Dutch period they might draw a line across the breastbone, revealing only upper neck and shoulders as the ...
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what does "post early returns" mean in the following passage? [closed]

What does "post early returns" mean in the following passage? Election officials were counting the ballots by hand after abandoning the electronic tabulation system that had posted early ...
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have to be careful

a. It is something that you have to be careful to notice. I suppose one meaning of (a) is: You have to be careful and notice that thing. But could it also mean If you notice that, then that means ...
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What does "that" in "remember that" refer to?

In Promising Young Woman (2020), Cassie arrives at Al's bachelor party posing as a stripper, drugs Al's friends, and takes Al upstairs. She handcuffs him to a bed: Cassie: I don't think they can hear ...
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"She is at the end stage with cancer" or "She is at the last stage of cancer"

"She is at the end stage with cancer" "She is at the last stage of cancer". I can't be sure if "the end stage with cancer" is idiomatic or not. I would say ".....the ...
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Adverb clauses or phrases are essential or non-essential depending on the context or a comma?

According to many guides online, non-essential adverb clauses or adverb phrases are by commas. However, I have found that no matter whether they are separated or not, adverb clauses and phrases seems ...
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Definition of “cut” [closed]

Cut 2. To separate into parts with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; sever: cut cloth with scissors. According to the dictionary, if some paper is partially or half cut (which means there are no ...
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The meaning of "heavy-topped and none too sound hocks"

The meaning of "heavy-topped and none too sound hocks" ‘By Jove! How well you look!’ he cried, without salutation. ‘I didn’t know you rode.’ ‘I used to once,’ she replied. ‘I’m all soft now....
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What does the phrase "a real sense" mean in this context?

In an era of unprecedented poverty and unemployment, FDR confronted an audience that looked to him for hope and the promise of assistance, and gradually his stump speech came to embody those hopes. At ...

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