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What is the difference between “admit stealing” and “admit having stolen”

What is the difference between They admitted stealing the money. They admitted having stolen the money.
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What could speaker mean by asking “Oh, it is, is it?”

I found this in English syntax textbook. What could speaker mean by using "is it" instead of "isn't" The whole example goes like this: My advice to you is to wait. Unfortunately, ...
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“and in all places their lot is…” - meaning of “lot” here

Rading a story from C.A. Smith, I am unsure of the meaning in the following sentence (in bold): For Melchior was one of those who are born with an immedicable distaste for all that is present or near ...
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Haunting radiance in the black

Scene : He has been crawling in the dark in a cramped shaft of ventilation duck for god knows how long. Crawled for what seemed like days. His eyes conjuring strange displays of light that appeared ...
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What do they refer exactly to with “last name”?

I'm from Spain, and here we have 2 last names; one coming from our mother, and the other one from our father. In the translation of last name, technically it's like a family name, but in my country we ...
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Meaning of “How much you had? Woah, must be gone. You must have since lunchtime”

The text is from Over There by Mark Ravenhill. What is this part referring to: "How much you had? Woah, must be gone. You must have since lunchtime." Franz: Brilliant that’s brilliant. It’s ...
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the meaning of “Hit the ground”

what's the meaning of this sentence in "Billie Eilish - She's Broken": "You see them talking but hear no sound to hit the ground"
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“go off on a bat”

A line from The Barefoot Contessa (1954) Kirk was wrong when he said I didn't know where movie scripts left off and life began. The script has to make sense and life doesn't. Any self-respecting ...
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What does “said of somebody” mean?

I'm reading a piece of news and found this sentence. “Well I haven’t said it was her, but she’s outstanding,” Trump said of the Indiana federal judge. What does this sentence mean? I'm a little ...
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Meaning of “The evidence is in”

When you say "The evidence is in" or "The news are in", does it mean it has arrived? or does it mean it is here? Which one would be better for translation?
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Meaning of “get on someome” in context

I've come across it in the 7th episode of the 6th season of the Walking Dead. Here is the context: Glen: The herd broke through the walls? Enid: What herd? Glen: The walkers. They broke out of the ...
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What does “if anything” mean?

Suppose you work in a library, checking people's books as they leave, and a friend asks you to let him smuggle out a hard-to-find reference work that he wants to own. You might hesitate to agree for ...
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What does “move up that timetable” mean?

I'm reading a newspaper and found this paragraph. Under the Paris climate deal reached in 2015, China pledged that its emissions would peak around 2030. Mr. Xi promised on Tuesday to move up that ...
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usage of “currently”

What is difference between these two sentences : sentence 1 : He has currently been a teacher sentence 2 : He is currently a teacher
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What does “ham one's biscuits” mean?

I've come across the phrase in the second episode of the sixth season of the Walking Dead. Here is the context: Eugene: It hams my biscuits is all. And going by cubic feet, the biggest building in ...
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What does “only the best was good for you” mean here?

Elvira ... took something in her ... hand. It was a syringe and she was stricking it into the ... drip tube.... What was that? Thomas asked. Atempted murder. Insulin. Her Long was meant to die of a ...
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Difference between attracted and attractive? [closed]

What is difference between these two phrases : 'attracted subjects' and 'attractive subjects'
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Quality meaning context

Spotty - (N. Amer.) of uneven quality; patchy uneven - not uniform or equal What is the meaning of quality in this context?
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could anyone tell me the meaning of “because it was his voice” in the following excerpt?

"In the 1990s, the avatar was named Johnny Miller, and he would shamelessly brag about Trump’s wealth and sexual conquests, in a voice that was uncannily like the Boss’s—because it was his voice.&...
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Difference: Will vs Would? [closed]

What is difference between these two sentences : Sentence 1 : Since we found it together, we would always be in it together. Sentence 2 : Since we found it together, we will always be in it together.
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cordeen or an ox tongue

I'm having a hard time with the slang in the movie Focus. I have just heard the following line: All eyes on me until I make the mark. And once I fan him, I tug my lapel. Two fingers mean it's a prat ...
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What does “to flip a wallet on its feet” mean?

I have heard the following line in the movie Focus: I'm sure you can flip a leather on its feet. I'm aware that "to flip a leather" means "to steal a wallet without the victim ...
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If you believed that about yourself and other people

Even if determinism isn't true for everything that happens -- even if some things just happen without being determined by causes that were there in advance -- it would still be very significant if ...
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Do “this tension” and “this formula” refer to the same thing?

Do this tension and this formula refer to the same thing? Social connections are so essential for our survival and well-being that we not only cooperate with others to build relationships, we also ...
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to throw a mean one

I have heard the following dialogue in the movie Focus: Jess: Nick told me about the thing with his father. Farhad: He told you that? I have heard it from other people, but he has never told me. You ...
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What is the meaning of “turns on” in this context?

This is the context: Again, the importance of fine-tuning turns on how narrow or how broad the tolerances around fundamental constants, while still being consistent with the formation of stars and ...
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“I’ve just had a dumb rush of luck.” What does this sentence mean? And why is it present perfect tense?

Context: “Very close. All you need to do is roll a seven in any combination. Two and five. Three and four. Six and one. You see? The odds favor you, my sweet. It’s very easy. I’ve just had a dumb rush ...
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Meaning of “as when” in this context

What does "as when" mean here? I didn't get the meaning. ▪Luck played a role, as when cut-price DVD players debuted just in time for Christmas in 2001, months after the dotcom crash forced ...
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meaning of words question [closed]

I want to talk about my feeling so which words can I use : stressful,stressed out, joyful,watchful
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What's the meaning of “he minded another straw”?

Dennis's face showed even less disappointment, and indeed the only expression of it that he allowed to escape him was, when breaking the news to Mona and when Mona suddenly said, "Then I can ...
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Have arachnophobia or had arachnophobia?

I wrote this question: Why hadn’t you said to me that you have arachnophobia before we went there? Now I’m worried I should have used this version instead: Why hadn’t you said to me that you had ...
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Meaning of “on the other end of the spectrum”

I have come across this phrase a lot and upon searching it, I did not find any definition of it in any dictionary. Does it mean "on the other hand"? Example: On the other end of the ...
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Can “Your Majesty” and “His Majesty” be interchangeable?

From the TV Show Cursed, Merlin is talking to King Uther. Merlin: ...Father Carden and his paladins are dull vessels for these old hatreds, and nothing more. However, if His Majesty would allow it, ...
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What does “go pivot crazy” mean?

Here are three tips to create your marketing personas that use a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods of research: Download your sales data and go pivot crazy in Excel Your historic sales ...
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“Outdoor socializing is in, business trips are out.”

It’s an article from NY Times predicting people’s life after the coronavirus. Below is a paragraph: Thousands of stores and companies that were vulnerable before the virus arrived have disappeared. ...
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Substance meaning

Substance: a particular kind of matter with uniform properties The New Oxford American Dictionary (Kindle Locations 528557-528558). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition. Uni (prefix) - one Uniform ...
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Could anyone tell me the meaning of “leaving his company as a shell in the rear view mirror”?

The whole sentence is "He drained the medallion company of all the cash he could and lit out for Israel, leaving his company as a shell in the rearview mirror." I've already searched and ...
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What does “9s 3d“ mean in this sentence?

I am reading a British story for ESL learners and I can't understand the abbreviations 9s, 3d in the sentence below. Example: These queues have large cards that say: Queue here for 4s 6d; Queue here ...
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How to use “would”?

I find it very confusing to use 'would' in sentences like: Sentence : That's why they give beginner employers introductory tasks that would not overwhelm them. Why is "would" used here?
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meaning of suffer with

My OB/GYN wanted to put me on artificial hormones and painkillers, which scared me at age twenty-one to twenty-two. I refused and just suffered with it. Source: Your Body in Balance. Neal Barnard, MD ...
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What does the word cap mean?

In this article: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/australians-stuck-abroad-covid/index.html the word CAP is present, what does it mean? Example: Sunday marked two months since Prime Minister ...
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What does loosey-goosey mean here?

https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/loosey-goosey?q=+loosey-goosey I wonder if it means easy? It cannot be as loosey-goosey as just wanting to drive loyalty with all ...
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What does them refer to?

Jess Huang: This is a big, trending topic for companies. Predictive analytics can definitely help you refine and fine-tune the design of your loyalty program. It helps you better understand your ...
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What does “look for an angle” mean? [closed]

I've come across it in the 12th episode of the 5th season of the Walking Dead. Here is the context: Rick: You shoul keep your gates close. Woman: Why? Rick: Because it's all about survival now. At ...
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What does the phrase “run roughshod over gems” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "run roughshod over gems" in the following sentence from the description of the game Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells: Bathroom trolls ...
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Only means. Why is “means” plural?

Isn't "only" supposed to be in front of a singular noun? I think means in this sentence means the way of doing something. Wouldn't putting only in front of it make the sentence into ...
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Meaning of the sentence we tend to approach problems at the product level rather than the thought that conceived it [closed]

Would someone please explain the meaning of the sentence "we tend to approach problems at the product level rather than the thought that conceived it"
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Meaning of “the progression imbalance takes in our lives” [closed]

Would someone please tell the sentence "you need to consider the progression imbalance takes in our lives" is closer in meaning to "you need to consider the progression of imbalance in ...
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What does “circle right back around to” mean?

Can you please help me with the meaning of the bolded sentence in this text: One of them was how every book seemed to talk about the woman in the story. It was weird, if you thought about it: they ...
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Grammar: as vs like

I'm an English learer. I have a little question. Is it correct to say that sometimes the words "as" and "like" have the same meaning in the colloquial English? Instead of saying &...

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