Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

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Is the sentence correct and proper? [closed]

At the end of the statement you just heard in the recording, did you spot/discern/tell the last word “busy” spoken with an upward or downward inflection?”
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Get to be called & is called

If this sentence was "is called", would the meaning change? Right in the middle of the chest a whole man was carved. He would make you laugh to look at him grinning away, though one couldn’...
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in scorching heat or in the scorching heat

Which below sentences are correct? By climate change, nowadays people have to suffer in the scorching heat. By climate change, nowadays people have to suffer in scorching heat. I have learned ...
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“Two grades senior/junior to me”

Let's say I'm in the fourth grade and my brother is in the sixth. Is it legitimate to say, He is two grades senior to me? I googled the phrase two grades senior to me and there were only 10 results, ...
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this particular flooding

What does "particular" mean in the following? Does it mean "special"? While it's too early for scientists to say how big a role climate change has played in causing this ...
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What are “healthy exits” here?

I'm not an expert in investment. Can anybody explain it to me please? Analysts have expressed concern that Indian startups — many of which have raised hundreds of millions of dollars from private ...
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What exactly is Jubilee Year and Jubilee Day in England (a snippet from an old story)

I am reading a short story by R. Middleton and I failed to find out what the Jubilee phrases refer to (the story takes place in 1897, and was written around this year as well): Ninety-seven was ...
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What does “jaded person had to blink” mean?

What is the meaning of the expression in bold? "Even the most jaded observer of American corporate culture had to blink when, earlier this month, Home Depot’s board of directors handed the ...
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Meaning of the below phrase [closed]

After completing a job, my client said, "Wow! what a great job" and left a review telling "He is at the customer's expense". What's the meaning of "He is at the customer's ...
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“Pseudo Passive” [duplicate]

I just read a piece of news about the use of fireworks to celebrate Easter in Greece, and found a sentence as follows: "A sixty-eight year old dealer had his warehouse raided this week and the ...
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occasional use of your opposable thumbs [closed]

What do you interpret the meaning of the expression "occasional use of your opposable thumbs" in the following context: All pets really need is your care and the occasional use of your ...
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meaning of having been anticipated in the design

What is the meaning of " having been anticipated in the design". He had been prevented from finishing a translation of his " Theory of Morals"' into French, only by the knowledge ...
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Does 'such beliefs' refer to discoveries themselves?

Or, 'beliefs from discoveries'? According to the individualist form of rhetoric about science, still much used for certain purposes, discoveries are made in laboratories. They are the product of ...
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Meaning of 'unstructured' in “I reckon you should spend unstructured time with your kids”

I reckon you should spend unstructured time with your kids. It wouldn't kill you to be a little maternalistic.
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Correct substitute in “If america wins this match, it/they will win the series”

If I consider it as a team that will win the series collectively as a unit then we should use "it" rather "they"
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“Tonight is a work night”

"Tonight is a work night" Source: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Work%20night&defid=9800761#9800761 "Work night" means The night before a work day. so, "...
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Meaning of bearing [closed]

Bearing witness until his end .This is a newspaper headline. Here what is the meaning of bearing? If possible please mention the meaning of the Sentence.
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The morning rain clouds up my window

In the song Thank You, Dido sings: My tea's gone cold I'm wondering why I got out of bed at all. The morning rain clouds up my window, and I can't see at all. And even if I could, it would all be ...
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makes solutions to others' problem inconvenience to her

Karen Middle aged woman, typically blonde, makes solutions to others' problems an inconvenience to her although she isn't even remotely affected. Karen sues the local city council after they installed ...
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What does this 'it' refer to in this context?

Following is from an article about nuclear power plant. What does 'it' mean in this context? I thought it refers to 'power plant' but there might be a possibility it refers to 'data'. Accidents, ...
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I propose to call

Many important spatial patterns of Nature are either irregular or fragmented to such an extreme degree that ... classical geometry ... is hardly of any help in describing their form. ... I hope to ...
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Can 'get' be used in place of 'understand' when talking about classes?

Is it possible to use get as below to mean 'Do you understand this math lesson?' : Do you get this math lesson? If not how about : Are you getting this math lesson?
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What does “living in my second childhood” mean? [closed]

I've been reading the transcripts from the July 17 and 18 1962 "Qualifications for Astronauts" hearings before the special subcommittee on the selection of astronauts that was organized to ...
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Me, my heart, and NYC [closed]

Do these two sentences convey the same meaning: My heart belongs to NYC. My heart belongs in NYC.
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“May I borrow your notebooks? They 'will' help me understand the subject more.” Why we use “will” there?

I don't know why we use will because we don't know whether others will do what we ask or not. I wonder whether there is actually an omitted if-clause there. Example 1: May I borrow your notebooks? ...
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What does “experience” mean in this context?

Reading an article on NY times, I came across this: Citrovia is part of a growing effort *to reimagine construction sheds as experiences created for selfies" and social media posts. I'm ...
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What does “the fact” refer to?

Ed Warren and Lorriane are trying to prove the court the defense's innocence based upon the defendant's claim of demonic possession: Ed Warren: So, what now? We've never had to prove a possession ...
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What is the meaning of “a year-round population of about 700”?

I can't understand the sentence below: Most of them live on Isleboro, which has a year-round population of about 700 does it mean: whole population is 700 or their population is increased by 700 ...
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What's the meaning of “juice” in this sentence?

I've been watching a movie that one said: How a halfwit like you pull that off? and the other said as the answer: Guess the halfwit's still got some juice. I searched but didn't get any meaning ...
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What does the phrase “Crash was epic” mean?

The scene is in the office in a film. A character says "Crash was epic". What does this sentence mean?
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What does “We made this” imply here?

The scene is in the office in a film. The boss says "We made this." I don't understand what he wants to say. Could anybody help me understand it?
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My thought about how “the X of Y” can be used. Can you help me check it?

Down below is my thought about how "the X of Y" can be used. Can you help me check if my understanding is grammatically correct? I think this post might help other learners. The structure &...
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“On the grounds that” suggests the reason isn’t really a good one

Garner's Modern English Usage reads “In 1991, Bridgeport, Connecticut, sought Chapter 9 protection but a judge denied it on the grounds that [use because instead] the city was solvent.” Tony Jackson, ...
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Can I use the phrase “some of mine” this way?

and when I needed some of mine, by chance everyone turned out to be busy. I mean to say I helped my acquaintances before and when I needed some of them, they pretended to be busy in my bad situation. ...
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What does the expression “shared drive on one of the servers that we’d put high scores on” mean here? [closed]

Here is a sentence: I remember that we had this shared drive on one of the servers that we’d put high scores on. It is not clear to me if the scores were put on the drive or the server. The speaker ...
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Plural or singular noun in a negative sentence? Depends on the context?

I was not sure I should use a plural or singular noun in a negative sentence. But later, I thought it might depend on the context. Do you think my explanation below is correct? Example 1: A: I have ...
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Should we use “if” or “when” in this sentence?

1)We will go to restaurant , if our son completes his work 2)We will go to restaurant , when our son completes his work. Meaning wise, we will go to restaurant only if/when son completes his work. ...
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What does “Polked” mean in “We Polked you in ‘44”?

I came across this phrase/sentence: We Polked you in ’44, we shall Pierce you in ’52! Source I googled "Polked" but all it gives me is "poked", so I had the crazy thought that it ...
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Meaning of 'restrict' and 'constrain' in context

what is difference between restrict and constrain in these sentence: In those days women led very restricted/constrained lives The cramped living conditions severely restricted/constrained the ...
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Use of “easier” in Cambridge Test unclear

I am currently studying for the cambridge english exam and stumbled upon the following issue in one of the practice tests. Here is the transcript of the listening exercise: Interviewer: Writers ...
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What is the meaning of “Betraying the slightest suggestion of a smile”?

What is the meaning of "Betraying the slightest suggestion of a smile" in this paragraph: Rostov asks, “What is the meaning of this, Captain?” The captain, who seemed mildly surprised by ...
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Meaning of “just past”

What is the meaning of "just past" in this sentence: We’re a small community in the forest; people say that no roads lead here, just past.
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Meaning of “dimension” in “you can add it to celeries for extra flavor and ”dimension"

This tiny fruit (Lychee) has only six calories, you can add it to celeries for extra flavor and dimension. I've seen it here.
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Meaning of “go for with”

I ran into an unfamiliar phrase in this article. And that's exactly what the Indonesian government is going for with Mandalika, a new tourist area touted as the next Bali. I looked up this phrase, ...
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“Want” vs “mean”, which of one is better and why?

Well, recently using google translate I got interesting translation for me. Of course I have never seen that translation before and I ran to search information of this translation, and I did not find ...
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How long had you been studying / did you study English before you started speaking fluently?

How long had you been studying English before you started speaking fluently? How long did you study English before you started speaking fluently? What's the difference between the two meaning-wise? ...
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Can “understand” be used in this context?

"I will contact you to understand the situation that happened yesterday." In terms of "clarification" with respect to the situation. Not that it can be understood either by one ...
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What does “breaks down” mean in “The resolution breaks down pretty quickly”?

CIA TECH: The photograph is particularly dark. As we can see, there is a Caucasian man and a Negro woman. The resolution breaks down pretty quickly. The film stock is definitely Russian, low grade. (...
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Do the both of these sentences have the same meaning? (“Can vs able to”)

He cannot reach there He is not able to reach there I think :- talks about present ability, about permanent disability that doesn't allow him to reach there.
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“including” vs. “including on”

I have issue with the usage of "including on" in the following sentence: The EU and its court have opened procedures against Poland's current government, saying its changes to the justice ...

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