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Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

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Meaning of “both sides of the viewfinder” in the given context

The text is a description of a camera app that gives its users the feel of the manual lens. Here is a sentence form the text: The app is highly useful and allows all kinds of photographers to ...
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“There sat the Shadow fear'd of man”

But where the path we walk'd began To slant the fifth autumnal slope, As we descended following Hope, There sat the Shadow fear'd of man... (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/...
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Feed sb sth VS feed sb on sth

Sentences: I feed the dog biscuits. I feed the dog on biscuits. Does feed on mean to give as a regular food, and feed mean simply to give food? Explain. Thank you.
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“the scars were thrown into relief by the candlelight” meaning

The Kneeling man almost fell over in his haste to obey. His face was pockmarked; the scars were thrown into relief by the candlelight. He remained a little stooped when standing, as though halfway ...
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What does “ It ” mean?

Father has good reasons on his side, since few people can go through life listening to the birds sing, and the sooner the boy starts his “education” the better. Maybe he will be an ornithologist when ...
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What “this” means?

Environmental, physical, and psychological factors limit our potential and narrow the range of things we can do with our lives. “Trying harder” cannot substitute for talent, equipment, and method, ...
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What does it mean here?

In fact, he only claimed to be the first to coin the term “vacuum cleaner” for devices of this nature, which may explain why he is so credited. As we all know, the term “vacuum” is an inappropriate ...
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When does article “the” change meaning of an expression?

I want to find some examples when article "the" changes meaning of an expression, can you help me and give some examples? E.g. I'm in the school. Means I am in the building. I'm in school. ...
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Meaning of “suffrage by someone”

In the sentence Universal suffrage by the whole people of representatives and rulers of the state -- this is the last word of the Marxists as well as of the democratic school. can the word '...
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What does “you should mention that” on this context?

I am watching and learning the Thor’s Ragnarok movie and in the beginning of the movie Thor: I thought my father killed you, half a million years ago? Surtur: I cannot die, not until I fulfil ...
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Meaning of the phrase “pressed on” in context

It is from this article. Pressed on what he would do differently from Poroshenko in dealing with Putin, Zelensky said he would insist the Russian president explain his past actions and his demands ...
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Which meanings of seal verb is applicable here?

Which one of the "seal" verb meanings is appropriate in the following sentences? The researchers noted that the margays’ high-pitched squeals weren’t a very good imitation of a baby tamarin, but ...
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What is the meaning of then in the given sentence?

In the sentence The first documented WNV case in Kerala was in Alappuzha in 2011, with the numbers then growing. What does then mean in this sentence? What I think is- Here then is used as an ...
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Which one is correct a

Which one of these is right or are both correct? I and my wife found a new job and will be moving houses. I and my wife had found a new job and will be moving houses. Thanks!
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What does “rosy” mean in this sentence?

I can't understand the meaning of this sentence: This is a sad sight for Mediators’ friends, who will come to depend on their rosy outlook. The complete paragraph is: Unlike their Extraverted ...
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“prior” vs. “previous” work

Are prior and previous interchangeable in this context? ... including datasets from previous work. And, ... including datasets from prior work. Can you clarify please what is the difference ...
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What's the difference between “Then it really got stormy” and “Then it got really stormy”?

I've noticed that adjectives are often placed loosely in sentences in English, that is, sometimes I find it hard to locate the word that they modify. Farlex Grammar provides some clues on the order of ...
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chosen such that the horizons lie within the history , what is that the?

In https://peerj.com/preprints/3190.pdf section 4.3 We use simulated historical forecasts (SHFs) by producing K forecasts at various cutoff points in the history, chosen such that the horizons ...
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Meaning of “allergic to x” [on hold]

English is my second language I am confused. If an article say a woman is allergic to water, does that mean they are allergic to the water molecule H2O? Or something dissolved in water? H2O makes up ...
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Meaning of “citation styles” in the given context

There is a copy-paste app that works across devices. I have come across the following sentence that mentions "citation styles" in a way that is incomprehensible to me: The app lets you copy a text ...
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Meaning of 'ends meet'

What is the meaning of ends meet in this context Hi, This email is to inform you that your application has been rejected. As the Test scores were not enough. However, we wish you all success ...
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'Looking forward' and 'Looking backward' mean?

It is difficult to know how to determine whether one culture is better than another. When it comes to public opinion polls about whether cultural changes are for the better or the worse, looking ...
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What does “which” stand for in this context?

Teachers take an active role in developing and deepening students’ comprehension by asking questions that cause them to read the text again, resulting in multiple readings of the same text. In other ...
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meaning of “the choice fell on (somebody)”

If I say, "the choice fell on me", does it mean, "It became my responsibility to choose among the options available", or, "I was the one chosen to do something"? The phrasal verb to fall on, usually ...
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how to use carried in minutes of meetings [on hold]

I am confused with the word carried in the minutes of meetings? Would you help me teach What do carried means in minutes of meetings?
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a grey cloak and umbrella are seen among the leaves

"They have visitors in the high summer weather, when a grey cloak and umbrella, unknown to Chesney Wold at other periods, are seen among the leaves" - Bleak house, Dickens. what he actually meant by ...
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What's the meaning of “what it means for {something} to be {something}”?

There is this context: "We are not only talking about change. Rather, we are discussing what it means for an object to be that object. What does it mean for a certain institution to be that ...
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meaning of the phrase “see a ring on something”?

It is from this article. If this is you, find someone to bring you back to reality. The truth is, he doesn't want a relationship—it's the same as not being ready for one—even with someone as ...
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What does “on the lease” mean or imply in this context?

In the dictionary, lease means: A lease is a legal agreement by which the owner of a building, a piece of land, or something such as a car allows someone else to use it for a period of time in return ...
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Charles Dickens bleak house interpretation

It's from Bleak-House. Chapter Down in Lincolnshire ( LXVI) Some of her old friends, principally to be found among the peachy-cheeked charmers with the skeleton throats, did once occasionally say, ...
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Past continuous

Please help me understand these sentences better: He called while I had been sleeping. Is this correct? And, if it is what, is the difference between that and: He called me while I was ...
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The meaning of the sentence (undercut; putting out) [closed]

What is the meaning of the following sentence? Cloth manufacturers undercut production by urban craftspeople by putting out work to the villages and farms of the countryside. Edited note: I know ...
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What is meant by the phrase “surface supplies”?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: In the case of water, the imperative is to stop the contamination of surface supplies by chemicals sewage and municipal waste. How should the phrase "...
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placement of the participle phrase

And the classy Oxford feeling of nothing mattering except books and poetry and Greek statues, and [nothing worth mentioning having happened since the Goths sacked Rome.] (Coming up for air) The ...
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How to understand the phrase “the unwilling objects of a gruesome sort of reflected fame”

There were relatives of their victims among the Hogwarts students, who now found themselves the unwilling objects of a gruesome sort of reflected fame as they walked the corridors: Susan Bones, whose ...
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Meaning of the phrase “but one” in context

It is from this video. It is at 2 minute and 53 second. You have but one wild and precious life, my friends.
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What does “reintegrate into the labour market” mean?

A: XYZ helps unemployed individuals prepare for, find, and maintain suitable employment. B: XYZ offers programs and services that help unemployed workers reintegrate into the labour market and ...
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What does “tippy top” mean here?

And except for those at the tippy top, shareholder value isn’t a meaningful goal that excites and engages them. I searched online dictionaries but I didn't find a good definition for"tippy top" ...
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What does “on non-bad debt and open balance accounts” mean here?

This sentence is from a policy of an organization I found on a leaflet. Can anybody please explain or paraphrase it for me? "on...debt" and "open balance accounts" are confusing me. "If the patient ...
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Can infinitive tell purpose

He led the team to win the competition without support from the instructors. Infinitive clause tells purpose most of the time , but can infinitival clauses sometimes tell the result? Like the ...
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I do not really get the full joke from a video clip

Who was in fact the woman in the image below? Was she a (Russian) prostitute or agent sent by Vasily Valishnikov or a character in an (unfinished) screenplay written by that man exasperated by her ...
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“Why don't you do that?” -> does it have ambiguity?

Can it mean either of below depending on the contexts? It's your own matter. This concerns you most of all! You are the one who should do that! You are not the exception! You are supposed to do that ...
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Are “We've all” and “we all have” the same?

i had been reading a paper but i haven't understood a paragraph. Can you help me? paragraph as follows "We've all left meetings feelings good about what we discussed only to later wonder why so ...
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What does “10 minutes away from nursery” mean?

Transcript from this video (min 00:31): So when we bring them here, it's a whole new world for them. It doesn't feel like we're just 10 minutes away from nursery. I think it just sparks their ...
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The structure of “the higher a mountain” [duplicate]

What is the structure of "the higher a mountain" in the following sentence? And what does it mean? As a general rule, the higher a mountain is, the more recently it was formed.
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the grammatical role of “signifying”?

What is the grammatical role of "signifying" in the following sentences? And what does mean the "signifying fear"? Intense contraction of facial muscles, such as those used in signifying fear ...
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infinitive telling the purpose

He used his disability in order to win our votes, which is an evil way to win the election. This is a sentence which I submit for an English class assignment, but my teacher crossed out in order, ...
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What does “cut” mean here?

Like a double-edged knife, the creative mind cuts to the truth of self and the humanity of others. The normal meaning of "cut" fits with the word "knife" but the whole meaning of sentence isn't ...
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Is “conspicuously missing” or “conspicuously” the subject of this sentence?

I can't understand the meaning of this paragraph! But in our brief description of TCP and UDP, conspicuously missing was any mention of throughput or timing guarantees— services not provided by ...
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Meaning of reconcile in the given context [closed]

In Dostoevsky's "Notes from the Underground", the author says, and I quote : Our romantic understands everything, sees everything and sees it often far more clearly than our most positive, ...