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Meaning of: “I’ve never known anything quite as fulfilling”

What is the meaning of: Working with you like this, I’ve never known anything quite as fulfilling. Is this like the speaker has found something most fulfilling while working with 'you'? Or never ...
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what does “ to finish doing something” mean exactly?

"I have repaired my car." This means that the car is working again. "I have been repairing my car". This means I have been doing repairs, but it doesn't mean the car is working. "I have finished ...
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-gate meaning scandal

Does the suffix -gate necessarily refer to a political scandal? Can it refer to a scandal involving large businesses but no government officials? Could burgergate refer to a scandal in which a ...
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What does “purple” mean in “earthworms frolicked purple in the slush”?

What does purple mean, other than its definition which tells what type of color it is, in the below paragraph: Heaven opened and the water hammered down, reviving the reluctant old well, ...
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Question about “in the game” used in this sentence

What does 'in the game' mean in context? "The forest was overflowing with life. It was abundant in the game sought by hunters, timber for the fire, and valuable herbs to process into medicine."
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using a comma after a compound phrase

a. John was talking incessantly and Bob was drinking shot after shot of vodka making me feel very uncomfortable. b. John was talking incessantly and Bob was drinking shot after shot of vodka, ...
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What is a difference between two sentences?

There are two sentences below. 1) She couldn't stand being kept waiting. 2) She couldn't stand keeping waiting. Please, let me know about difference.
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Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning

Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning I don't know the meaning of that sentence. I searched "never do without doing". That means you should do something, but I can't get it.
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How does the grammar behind “though not so soundly but that” work?

I was recently regarding A Child's History of England by Charles Dickens when I came across this sentence: However, for once that the bold Britons beat him [Julius Caesar], he beat them twice; ...
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What does mean the word “Way” at the beginning of sentences?

What does mean the word "Way" at the beginning of the sentence "Way to do something". And is it a noun or an adverb? For example: Way to work that diaper. Way to explain that joke. Way to bring ...
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Difference between “use” and “usage” [on hold]

Energy use/usage will play a vital role in any energy strategy.
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How to pronounce grades in US and UK schools?

Grades in school reports are expressed through letters followed or not by a sign like "plus" or "minus". Please how do you pronounce grades like A+ or A-, B+ or C-? I have also heard the phrase "...
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What does the sentence “Her welcome was as warm as Tom's three years earlier had been frosty” mean?

I cannot understand the sentence above. What does it mean?
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be benign, being benign or to be benign

Is there any dichotomy among the following three sentences? The mold on the plants proved to be benign. The mold on the plants proved being benign. The mold which is benign on the plants proved. If ...
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If I say “smartphone shipments yield profits”, am I using **yield** correctly?

dictionary.cambridge gives this explanation of yield. to supply or produce something positive such as a profit, an amount of food or information If I say "smartphone shipments yield profits", am I ...
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What does 'deliver against' mean?

The employee is struggling to deliver against the goals. Does "deliver against the goals" mean different from "deliver the goals"? It seems the meaning is the same, but I am not sure. What does "...
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can “lemonade” be an adjective?

I found these sayings in the film "Between Two Ferns The Movie 2019" Waiter: Can I get you some honey gushers to start? The customer: What are honey gushers? Waiter: It's just lemonade. ...
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Difference between “Go into” and “Go inside”

I would like to know the difference in meaning between "go into" and "go inside". Here are a couple of sentences. The boys went into the room. The boys went inside the room. I know in the ...
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“You caused me to learn this”

Suppose a friend says something to me which is incorrect, and because of that I do some research and learn something which is good for me. Now, in order to be polite and kind, can I say "You caused ...
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What does “fill in” mean here?

There are still plenty of details to fill in... I searched online dictionaries for meaning of fill in but I didn't find any fit meaning. So, could you please explain it to me? The fuller text: ...
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Explain this joke: “Theoretical physicists will never schedule a meeting on Wednesday because it spoils two weekends”

This is the context: Finally, I would say that, even within physics, philosophers are sort of like theoretical physicists, and physicists are like experimental physicists. Experimental physicists ...
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Is “to ease” the same as “could ease”?

Found this article online and the title is: China-U.S. trade war to ease but conflicts will persist - former finance minister But then the person is quoted of saying "could ease". Are the two ...
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How to understand “keeping the complaining customer satisfied”?

I'm trying to understand the below sentence, "Which sectors does he say have most problems when it comes to keeping the complaining customer satisfied?" Especially, "keeping the complaining customer ...
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What is the meaning of “sure of my claim to be its author” in the following sentences?

What is the meaning of "sure of my claim to be its author" in the following sentences, (Source: PRACTICAL ENGLISH USAGE BY Michael Swan ) So many people have helped me to write this revised edition ...
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Meaning of “the picture outraged polite society” [on hold]

What does mean this sentence? Does it mean: The picture is outraged by polite society. or Polite society is outraged by the picture. the picture outraged polite society
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The meaning of “skinny turkey tee's”

The phrase "SKINNY TURKEY TEE'S $10" in the image is supposed to be funny, but I can't figure out the reason. Could somebody explain why it's funny? Also, it's "TEE'S" instead of "TEES" - is it ...
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Which phrase is more correct?

I have two sentences that are ambiguous to me. The first sentence is: I have got a woman at home. The second sentence is: I got a woman at home. The meaning I'm aiming for is the present moment. I ...
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What is the meaning of “on the wrong lines” in this context?

This is the context: The universe is telling us it is simple. It is astonishingly simple. And yet here we are with thousands of physicists worrying about a multiverse of infinitely complex ...
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What's the difference in meaning of this two sentences?

They would often visit friends in Europe. They often visited friends in Europe.
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What is the meaning of “flung their hands up” in this context?

This is the context: the multiverse is just an example of a bad theory. The multiverse theory can predict nothing. But can it accommodate anything? Oh yes. It can accommodate everything ...
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Do “how to proceed” and “how to do” express the same meaning when giving instructions?

Since "proceed" generally means to continue a course of action, how do you understand the sentence "how to proceed" when used before instructions? How to Proceed Step 01 Step 02 ...
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What's the difference between words “tongue” and “lingua”?

Dictionary.com definitions: tongue - the usually movable organ in the floor of the mouth in humans and most vertebrates, functioning in eating, in tasting, and, in humans, in speaking. lingua - ...
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The meaning of Fifo's Fraud

Based on my search, it seems "FIFO" in "Fifo's fraud" means "First In, First Out". I hope I am wrong because I don't see how "First In, First Out" has to do with frauds. Please help me understand the ...
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Meaning of “why should we take you over the next person”

I'm Chinese, and I can not fully understand the meaning of this sentence. In the interview, does it mean "What is your advantage" or "Why we should accept you"?
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Intransitive forms of “fight” and “talk”

If I say The dog and the postman fought. can this sentence mean that the dog and the postman fought not with each other, but each of them fought with a different creature? That is, can this ...
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What is the meaning of “at the right angles to each other” in this context?

This is the context: On the idea of whether the quantum multiverse is the same as the inflationary multiverse . . . I heard this proposed by Leonard Susskind, one of the inventors of string ...
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Difference between “hold out the possibility” and “hold the possibility”

“We’ve seen this movie before. The top economists at the International Monetary Fund — the global agency created after World War II to promote stability and growth in the world economy — unveil ...
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How to understand the【big picture】in this context?

This is a short piece from the article "10 Simple Ways to Make People Like You More" from Time.com. I'm not sure the meaning of the big picture highlighted here. Does it mean the bright side of life? ...
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What is the meaning of “command its obedience” in this context?

This is the context: There are physicists like Lawrence Krauss who think, “Ah, just put in the laws of physics, quantum field theory, and this plus nothing equals the world.” But then one is left ...
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One word describing smart, funny and awesome

I am trying to search for a single word that describes someone being smart funny and awesome?
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What is the meaning of “directed at bearing on” in this context?

This is the context: What Jim is saying is we may have all sorts of scientific accounts that involve something preceding the Big Bang, or that the Big Bang occurred, as Jim was saying, in some ...
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Meaning of quote

What does mean the first sentence in bold and the second quote? “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” (Maya Angelou) “Do the best you can until you know better. Then ...
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Can the word recipient be used to refer to objects?

The reason why I'm asking this question is because all the main online dictionaries provide the same meaning for this word, that is: a person who receives something. They don't mention objects used to ...
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What is the meaning of “got drunk” in the following sentences?

What is the meaning of "got drunk" in the following sentences, “Get” can also mean to fetch something or to cause something to happen. One can use “get” to command someone to do something. See ...
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Difference between “ample opportunity” and “ample opportunities”

What is the difference, if any, between “ample opportunity” and “ample opportunities”? Opportunity: [countable, uncountable] a chance to do something or an occasion when it is easy for you ...
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what does “cast the approval” mean?

I don't understand the meaning of the word "cast". Specifically, for example, in this phrase: "Cast the approval" I've never seen this phrase before.
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Grammar from Sherlock Holmes: Count Dracula and Ebenezer Scrooge come to mind

Here are two adjacent sentences from Sherlock Holmes Few fictional characters have taken on a life of their own outside the pages of their stories the way Sherlock Holmes has. Count Dracula and ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between these two sentences I made

Since when has the website been requiring memberships to watch some movies? Since when has the website required memberships to watch some movies?
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Took on the opportunity vs Took up the opportunity

What's the difference meaning between such expressions? I took on the opportunity to teach... I took up the opportunity to teach...
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Different use of “Make something [adjective]."

Use of the structure “Make something [adjective]” confuses me in sometimes. I wonder if use of it below correct . I made lights solar-powered. In this sentence i want to convert my house’s ...