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Does “and” imply the order of actions?

Today I watched an episode from the Big Bang Theory where Sheldon (a character) says, "She returned to her apartment. I presume to shower and vomit. Not necessarily in that order" That got ...
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To “pull over” a cruller?

According to this Wikipedia page, "a cruller is a deep-fried pastry popular in the US and Canada often made from a rectangle of dough, with a cut made in the middle that allows it to be pulled ...
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…by the right of

The following quote is from "Mansfield Park" by Jane Austen: Fanny was left with only the Crawfords and Mr. Yates. She had been quite overlooked by her cousins; and her own opinion of her ...
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What does “mirror in my bathroom” mean?

What does "mirror in my bathroom" mean? A: ‘’Are you quieter and lonelier than me, Rachel?’’ B: ‘’Perhaps, Martin. Perhaps. I want to be good to myself. I have a mirror in my bathroom.’’ A: ...
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Different meaning of present perfect for “have had”and “have been”

In a previous question I asked about the meaning of "I have had cancer" (without a duration), meaning I have had cancer at any point in my life, but I don't have cancer now. In this case the ...
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“caused by failing” - “caused by failure”

Please, tell me how I should use these phrases: "caused by failing" "caused by failure" Thanks
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What does this pronoun indicate in the below passage? “Nonsense and silliness”? or “kids”? or “adults”?

What does "they" indicate in the below passage? "Nonsense and silliness"? or "kids"? or "adults"? By any chance, if "they" means "adults", ...
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What is the meaning of 'ornate court poetry' in following sentence?

The Gupta period is remarkable for the production of secular literature, which consisted of a fair degree of ornate court poetry.Bhasa was an important poet in the early phase of the Gupta period and ...
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What does it mean “the purpose being to”?

Hello distinguished friends, I've come across a word with which I am unfamiliar. Without further ado, I am putting the text: It is perhaps risky to begin a paper by suggesting a possible change of ...
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Who does “his” refer to?

You're trapped in a stalled elevator with your annoying boss. A fairy only you can see tells you to superglue his mouth. Otherwise, It'll be 18 hours before you're rescued. Is superglue his mouth ...
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What is meant by this sentence.?

What is meant by this sentence? Leader is president or anything else? ... An English expedition arrived in Virginia in the year 1607. Captain Smith was among this group of a 104 settlers. Their ...
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What does the phrase “hop across an icy chasm” mean here?

I came across the phrase "hop across an icy chasm" in the following sentence from the description (not available online) of an app: All you need to do is to tap to hop across an icy chasm. ...
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What is so detailed in kitchen-sink?

Why do we use "kitchen-sink" to tell that something is made of a great detail, at the best quality etc.? Here is a part from Wikipedia article on Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (emphasis ...
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use of “rather” in the beginning of a sentence

what does "rather" mean here? It is part of their job to identify new security phenomena and define strategies to cope with them. Therefore they are often trained and, thus, predisposed to ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “buy back” in context

I came across it in the 10th episode of the 4th episode of Rick and Morty. Here is the context: Beth: Dad? We are off to Dr. Wong's. Rick: Scan her. Beth: Dad? Another Beth: [Simulate Rick's voice] ...
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one letter over

What does "one letter over" mean in the following? I hate it when I’ve been touch typing then look up to see I’ve been one letter over the entire time.
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What does “Fatigue train” mean?

I got hit by the "Fatigue train" and was feeling tired
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“leave others with dying geese” meaning in the context

When people fail to respect the P/PC Balance in their use of physical assets in organizations, they decrease organizational effectiveness and often leave others with dying geese. This is from the ...
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What's the meaning of “can only be recounted in Latin”?

What's the meaning of "can only be recounted in Latin" in the context of the following passage? Of course, I know its lexical meaning but I guess it's some kind of allusion or in some ...
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What does “administering his favourite blow to the desk” mean here?

The following line is from the Charles Dickens' novel, "Nicholas Nickleby": "Each boy keep his place", said Squeers, administering his favourite blow to the desk, and regarding ...
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Is it mean to use the words like “You should learn to moderate your mouth…”

I heard my coworker, a native English Speaker, next to me talking on the phone. She said "you should learn to moderate your mouth when you are talking, you just talk anyhow to me about being a ...
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What's the full sentence of “Where else” here?

“What a beautiful day it’s looking to be. You headed to the library?” “I am,” she answered. “Where else?” I think the full sentence is: Where else would I go? but I am not sure if I am right. So ...
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“To get + adjective” vs “to become + adjective”

Do the following sentences mean the same? I was becoming fat. I was starting to get fat. I was getting fat.
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“The article gives / leaves / creates the impression that …”. Are the three versions synonyms?

Can I use the expressions marked in bold interchangeably in contexts similar to this example: "The article gives / leaves / creates / generates the impression that a large crowd of people ...
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how to paraphrase “the dusky, golden softness”

The following quote is from "SONS AND LOVERS" by D.H.LAWRENCE: She was a puritan, like her father, high-minded, and really stern. Therefore, the dusky, golden softness of this man's ...
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What do romantic ascents mean?

My friend was talking to someone and giving compliments to her appearance. Then she laughed and said "Where did you get all this romantic ascents? You are going to make me loose concentration.&...
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putting on some soothing sounds. what does this exactly mean?

After a stressful day, relaxing in a comfortable chair, putting on some soothing sounds, and reading something light and entertaining are all good methods to get ready for some restful sleep. I ...
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“If there were no truth, there would be no reality” evades me. What does it mean? [closed]

The sentence, "If there were no truth, there would be no reality" evades me. What does it mean? I have little knowledge on ontology, so I hardly grasp the meaning. Each of us can see a ...
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The awards testify to the quality / The awards are testimony to the quality — is there any difference?

Is there a difference between give testimony (or just "are testimony) and testify in the marketing promotional text context? The awards that the company won at the 100 Best Goods of Russia ...
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What's the meaning of “removes out of the state”?

What's the meaning of "removes out of the state" in the context of following passage? Whatsoever ... [a man] ... removes out of the state that nature hath provided, and left it in, he hath ...
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“Where is that club with which Mr. Melville was laying about him so?” what's “was laying with that club about him so”? [closed]

“Where is that club with which Mr. Melville was laying about him so?” what does this mean? I think it is typo, so it should be 'lying'.
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Is the sentence “There's nothing to stop you” correct?

English is not my first language and I want to include this in a blog article. Does the sentence make sense? There's nothing to stop you. p.s. What I am trying to say is that a person has no more ...
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That seemed odd. Then came yelping, nearer still. (what does this mean?)

The faraway yipping was joined by nearer yapping. A couple of dogs? That seemed odd. Then came yelping, nearer still. Then howling. I froze. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up. nearer is ...
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difference between “used to” and “have in the past”

Is there any difference in meaning between: "I have smoked in the past, but I don't smoke now" and "I used to smoke but I don't smoke now"?
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You're never gonna take me there is it idiom or not [closed]

I was listening an English song. And I confused about that part of the song. You make me so upset sometimes I feel like I could lose my mind The conversation goes nowhere 'Cause you're never gonna ...
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What does the phrase " The charge to the customer mean in clause (b) [closed]

Special provision for payment of tax by a supplier of online information and database access or retrieval services.–– (1) On supply of online information and database access or retrieval services ...
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What does “one” refer to in: “one that is subsequently rejected…”?

Here is a sentence from an LSAT: It draws an analogy between semiplaning monohulls and conventional ships that constitutes an objection to the argument's main conclusion, one that is subsequently ...
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Can a pronoun refer a negative statement or a negative idea?

Can a pronoun refer a negative statement or a negative idea? To explain what I mean, down below are examples I came up with; are they correct? (1) A: She didn't get picked as a actress in the movie. ...
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on no account : 'account' means reason?

On no account should the house be left unlocked. 'account' has many meanings, but I think its meaning here is reason. Do you agree or disagree with me?
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What is the meaning of “grief could be borne one day, one chore, at a time”?

Rose, who spoke for the first time about her own lost children, had showed Elsa that grief could be borne one day, one chore, at a time. I know the meaning of the words separetly but I don't ...
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I am not sure about the meaning of: “I went and came with Lorin’s.”

I am not sure about the meaning of "with Lorin’s" in the two entries below written by Bishop Milton Wright, the father of Orville and Wilbur Wright, in his diary. What I know is that Lorin ...
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Having no money, I want to help you. (what does this mean?)

Having no money, I want to help you. (What does this mean?) I think it is: Although I have no money, I want to help you. (i.e., as a concessive clause)
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “back up on” in context

I've come across it in the 8th episode of the 3rd season of Rick and Morty. Here is the context: Rick: Oh, [BLEEP]! Oh, [BLEEP]! [Bleep] me! [Bleep] me! Rick! Ah, [BLEEP], Morty, what did you do? All ...
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I went in, booted as I was. (Is this same as?: I went in though I was booted.)

I went in, booted as I was. (Is this same as?: I went in though I was booted.) I think booted as I was is a concessive clause.
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Using “rarely” to point out a disadvantageous aspect sounds like a praise

Say I am reviewing a software (or whatever), and after talking about its good features I get to list its drawbacks: Quite RAM consuming. Rarely crashes when various keys are pressed at the same time. ...
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What does lacked substance mean here?

Does it mean lacked the most important ideas? https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/substance Gros, however, said the full text of the EU investment agreement ultimately lacked substance. He advised ...
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she pulls up another twentythree references that she has encountered over the years. what's pull up?

For the student, every paper and book she has ever read on the French Revolution is instantly available in her e-memory. Besides the main text and four papers she is using in class, she pulls up ...
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Can “all day” be used in the evening?

I have a question about the meaning of "all day", because "day" could mean both "daytime = until 1800 hours" or "24 hours". Let's say it started raining this ...
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What is the object of “care”?

she barely had the energy to stomp on the spider, let alone the will strong enough to care. Could you please tell me what the object of "care" is? Also, I don't know it means "she ...
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“I determined to beat him, even if it means getting to his story first.”

I determined to beat him, even if it means getting to his story first. In this context, what's the meaning of getting to?

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