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Which phrase sounds more correct

I’ve got two sentences here using with or while I’m feeling great this month while all my bills are paid in advance. I’m feeling great this month with all my bills are paid in advance.
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Do these changes of the location of commas in a dictionary make the meaning dif from the original?

Does the location of commas in the original explanation (,or not ~ of,) indicate the phrase between them is not neccessary? I wonder whether the change of the location of commas below affects on the ...
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Word choice between us and each other

Hey I’ve got two sentences which sound almost the same to me We have real intimacy between us. We have real intimacy between each other. Do they carry the same meaning or are they grammatically ...
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What does “would engage in prayer” mean in the context?

From this article: https://qr.ae/Ti1Bns Sounds reasonable to conclude that patients would engage in prayer with the expectation of health benefit. What does the bold part mean? Does that mean, ...
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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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Use of 'of' in “of what a bond that would have been, of how much it would have meant to him”

They could have visited the place together; for a moment Harry imagined coming here with Dumbledore, of what a bond that would have been, of how much it would have meant to him. But it seemed that to ...
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class vs. form vs. grade

I've been meeting all the three words (class, form, grade) related to schooling, but I can't get my head around the differences. Please could you explain the differences? I need to know which one of ...
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What does “treating someone as their son or daughter” mean?

If someone is a mother or father figure who has a parent like relationship with a child, what does it mean by treating someone as their son or daughter?
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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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losing when my mind's astray

I was reading the lyrics of a song called "Dominoes" by Syd Barett, and couldn't understand what he was trying to convey in this verse "Losing when my mind's astray" Lyrics
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what does “out of choice” mean in this context?

What does "out of choice" mean in this article? Does it mean, he didn't have other choices? https://www.quora.com/Would-becoming-homeless-be-a-good-strategy-to-cut-costs-1/answer/Kurt-Varner I ...
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what is the meaning of “Never is eternal”?

I have got a chance to read the above statement(Never is eternal) in a poster. But, I am not able to understand the actual meaning of it. It would be great if you help me to understand the meaning of ...
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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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“packing with a hard knot in the pit of his stomach” meaning

... Harry Knew why she wanted to spin out their time on the riverbank; several times he saw her look up eagerly and he was sure she had deluded herself into thinking that she heard footsteps through ...
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“Anger was coming to his defence now” meaning

“So what part of it isn't living up to your expectations?" asked Harry. Anger was coming to his defence now. "Did you think we'd be staying in five star hotels? Finding a Horcrux every other day? Did ...
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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 meaning of this “Death” in “Mobile Attribution 101: The Death of App Attribution”?

I read that article Mobile Attribution 101: The Death of App Attribution. That article introduced some basic ideas about Mobile Attribution. It confused me, why that article name as "The Death of ...
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What is the difference between “This is” and “Here is”?

I mean, is there a difference in the meaning, or the contexts for these sentences? When using the one or the other one? My question is about every kind of words. Innert things, or beings, or any ...
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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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what does “(until) that is” refer to in the text

I read an article where a physicist explains how the rainforest produces oxyden. Help me please understand the point of one passage: Oxygen is produced by photosynthesis and consumed by decay. If ...
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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 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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What does “notoriety” mean here?

As you know the word "notoriety" often has a negative meaning: notoriety :the state of being famous for something bad. notoriety : fame for being bad in some way. But it seems notoriety has a ...
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“little though he wanted to” meaning in this context

"What are we going to do with it?" Hermione asked. "Keep it safe 'til we work out how to destroy it," Harry replied, and, little though he wanted to, he hung the chain around his own neck, ...
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How can agentive language influence human behavior?

The effectiveness of agentive language on the perception of blame and punishment
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Literally about meaning in a context

I'm currently reading this article, and the first paragraph says, If you need another reason (besides all the cool accolades, you know?) to cement Michael Jordan as the GOAT, this is for you. Will ...
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“has nothing to do with” vs. “does not have anything to do with”?

What's the difference between "has nothing to do with" and "does not have anything to do with"? For example: a) My question has nothing to do with homework. b) My question does not have ...
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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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What is the meaning of 'it' and 'that' in the sentence?

There is an example of sentence below. What is it that you don't like about the subway? And I'll give another sentence below. I don't like it when the subway gets really crowded. In second ...
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What does “to have a connection with someone” means in the context of dating?

I had an argument with someone about the meaning of that expression. We were discussing whether this means "to have an emotional attachment to someone" or if it means "to contact someone" (like ...
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Is it actually correct to say “They felt themselves quieter”?

I read many times that one shouldn't say: "I feel myself well/badly" etc, because it's incorrect and the native speakers think that you're saying about touching yourself or masturbating. But recently ...
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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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What does “animated madness” mean? [on hold]

Could you please help me understand what the author is talking about? I have no idea what "animated madness" means. I don't understand it. Many of these sequences are short, funny and downright ...
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Was never one for being jinxed

Was never one for being jinxed I can't understand the structure of this sentence and it's meaning.
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“Among the most significant challenges can be found in the EI Program.” - Is this idiomatic?

Question: Is the following sentence idiomatic? [B] Among the most significant challenges can be found in Canada’s Employment Insurance Program. Details: This is related to my other question here....
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“ten times the wizard you are” meaning

"I - so what if I did?" said Harry. "So, Dirk Cresswell is ten times the wizard you are," said Mr Weasley quietly, as the lift sank ever lower. "And if he survives Azkaban, you'll have to answer ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? “With brains come senses, to detect whether the world is good or bad, and a memory.”

With brains come senses, to detect whether the world is good or bad, and a memory. Does it briefly mean "Brain, senses and memory come together ..."? If so, is this grammatically correct? Would ...
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“I can deal my own disasters”

A line by Meryl Streep's character Donna in the film Mamma Mia! grates: Sam: Look, I'll help. Let me have a look at this. (referring to a crack in the ground) Donna: No, that's all right, I ...
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Less than versus fewer than

I completed my Doctoral Degree in less than four years. I completed my Doctoral Degree in fewer than four years. Are both the sentences correct and mean the same thing or one ...
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what does “re-seed ocean” mean

I'm reading this article: https://qr.ae/TWFMUj We must also take steps to reverse the damage we’ve done to our environment through planting trees and re-seeding oceans. What does "re-seeding ...
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usage of 'align' in an article

I'm reading this article: https://qr.ae/TWFMUj By recommitting to the Paris Agreement and aligning our economic incentives abroad with our environmental goals, we can help bring global ...
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How difference between of and ‘s?

For example -Of uses with... ‘S uses with... I thought ‘s uses with only abstract noun ,but on my test, the right answer said Should it be the surface of rock?? May you guys explain me about this? ...
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“He looked at her with a hurt expression” - Who has the hurt expression?

There is a sentence like below. He looked at her with a hurt expression. I don't know whether he has a hurt expression or she (her) has a hurt expression.
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What does “arms” stand for in hotel names?

"Sunset arms apts", "Hacienda Arms Apartments", "Windsor Arms Apartments", "Robot arms" (Futurama) - what are all those "arms"?
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What is a person who carries information between two people called?

What is a person called when he carries information between the two people who are not on talking terms. He is not a broker or a gossipper.
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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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What does “long a storytelling asset” mean?

I'm not sure whether I'm right or not. I don't understand what "long a storytelling asset" means, but I assume that the whole first sentence says that the animation which used to make storytelling ...
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What does it mean 'doctor on theme'?

What does it mean 'doctor on theme'? (YouTube -03:19) - according to listening as well as YouTube subtitles. I have found nothing about it on google.
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Questions about Mr.speaker's retirement

As we come to the end of what must be the longest retirement since Frank Sinatra Mr.Speaker, I'm sure the whole House will want to join me in thanking you and hoping that you enjoy in your ...