Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

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Which meaning does 'television' have in this sentence?

I stumbled across this sentence, which is used as an example, while looking through Oxford Guide to English Grammar: If you haven't got television, you can't watch it. Assuming the sentence is ...
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What does cat' mean in this context?

The man sitting in the iron seat did not look like a man; gloved, goggled, rubber dust mask over nose and mouth, he was a part of the monster, a robot in the seat. The thunder of the cylinders ...
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Can "prefer" be used in this case?

Imagine the following conversation. A: Oh, there is Bugs Bunny on television. B: Who is Bugs Bunny? Is it your new boyfriend? A: I don't have a new boyfriend; I prefer my old boyfriend. B just ...
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"Runs and jumps in front of" versus "runs and jumps to the front of"

Suddenly a lion emerge in between the trees. John runs back after sees the lion. The lion runs and jumps in front of John. Suddenly a lion emerge in between the trees. John runs back after sees the ...
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What's the meaning of "as nature intended"?

In a discussion, a funny dog video was posted. In response to the video, person A said, non crated dogs ftl. Person B disagrees and said what Person C replies Person B, It's what non-dog people ...
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"Bitter" versus "embittered"

I have difficulty understanding the exact difference between these two adjectives, semantically. This is quote from a native English speaker: Parasite single? I guess an embittered parent wrote ...
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Usage of "avert the sound" in a sentence [closed]

I'm describing the usage of carpet. Is the phrase "avert the sound" used correctly? A carpet could be used to avert the sound produced by the hard things falling down to floors.
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"Assault" vs. "Attack" in context

This is a statement about Switzerland that I have read somewhere in this site: Not all countries are as small and as filled with impassable mountains. A seaborne assault on Switzerland is quite ...
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What does 'opposite' mean in this case?

Harry heard the hat shout the last word to the whole hall. He took off the hat and walked shakily toward the Gryffindor table. He was so relieved to have been chosen and not put in Slytherin, he ...
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I tried to wrench myself free from his grip

I looked the meaning for wrench. There are so many meaning for the same word based on the context. Also I found below sentence in the dictionary. What does this sentence means? I'm not getting it. ...
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Does 'value' have negative meaning in this speech?

“If you spend your life valuing yourself, dependent on how others say you, then you’ll live a life buffeted by a lot of extreme emotions, even if you don’t try and become Prime Minister.” (Julia ...
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What does "drink for England" mean?

I found it in one of comments on What does "drink like a professional" mean in this context? Drinking like a professional implies greater dedication than being someone who has the odd ...
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What does "drink like a professional" mean in this context?

Scott Fitzgerald always drank like a professional, collapsing the arc from charming to churlish early on. This sentence is from a review by P. Green of ’Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald’ in The NY ...
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What does this 'what' mean?

My knuckles lay against the child’s blue jeans. She was barefooted; her toenails showed remnants of cherry-red polish and there was a bit of adhesive tape across her big toe; and, God, what would ...
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What does RA mean?

I read this sentence in a Service Encounter class. Excuse me, are you an RA here at the residence hall? What does RA mean?
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What's the meaning of "deep" here?

This is a passage from the song Hero by Enrique Iglesias: Would you swear, that you'll always be mine? Or would you lie? Would you run and hide? Am I in too deep? Have I lost my mind? I don't care ...
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I have done that before vs I have done that

Is there a difference between "I have done that before" and "I have done that"? I'm not sure if these sentences make sense: A: "Have you ever done this before?" B: "...
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What does "yet" mean in this sentence?

Yet always makes me not understand any context. It seems that it has millions of meanings. I have this sentence in a TOEFL reading passage. Finally, even if the scroll didn't point to real treasure,...
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What's the meaning of 'off' in this context?

"But we don't feet like leaving, do we, boys? We've eaten all our food and you still seem to have some." Goyle reached toward the Chocolate Frogs next to Ron - Ron leapt forward, but before ...
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What does it mean 'if it gets too much'?

She suggests to Pat that, if the herd sale does take place at Bridge Farm, they could go off somewhere nice for the day. Later, Pat agrees to the on-farm sale, explaining that she and Helen have ...
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What does "getting or giving red-penciled to someone" mean?

I read it in the text below: Cannot is the correct form in almost all cases. The only (very rare) exception is in sentences like "You can do it, or you can not do it"—in other words, where the two ...
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where is the subject?

I have this sentence : Today's lecture will spark a lot of discussion, and I just want to let you know that I welcome it, so please feel free to jump in. I have three questions: Where is the ...
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Is it leisure time or just leisure?

The noun leisure as defined in the Canadian Oxford dictionary is: Free time; time at one's own disposal. Enjoyment of free time. [usu. foll. by for, or to + infin.] opportunity afforded ...
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Meaning of "have never been the worse for that"

Can someone explain what is meant by "have never been worse for that" in the following paragraph. Golan's book is good but its title is misleading. A whole chapter is devoted to the Moore-Penrose ...
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What does 'would' mean following 'certainly'?

We certainly wouldn't advise you to approach the site yourself. (Source: BBC, The Archers, 2013-04-19 Friday, 5’40”.) What's the meaning of would when it follows certainly? Would might produce ...
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What does "whole" in "a whole bunch of stuff to do" mean?

In the following sentence, what is the meaning of whole? I have a whole bunch of stuff to do this morning. I understand the meaning of "a bunch of something," but I am not clear why whole should ...
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What does "eventually" mean in this sentence?

Looking at a Wikipedia article describing a telefilm, I noted the following sentence that describes an event happened in Season 1: They eventually find and reunite with their father, who reveals ...
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what does "dogs and cats" mean?

I have this sentence. It rains dogs and cats It makes me crazy because I didn't know the meaning of it, until someone told me that it means "it rains a lot." Now I have this sentence. If we ...
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How should I understand "He won a weekend for two in Rome."?

The OALD says that weekend could be used to mean "Saturday and Sunday, or a slightly longer period." The example sentence is the following one: He won a weekend for two in Rome. How can I ...
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What does "simply put" mean in this sentence?

What does simply put mean in the following paragraph? Acoustic musical instruments are common throughout the world. Simply put, an acoustic instrument is any instrument that makes sound. This ...
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What does "between drink and dignity" mean?

I'm reading one book now (Black Arrow, by Robert Louis Stevenson), and I found one sentence (or, rather, part of a sentence) I can't understand. “What!” bawled one of the grumblers, “he carrieth us ...
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How should I understand "Write to him care of his lawyer."?

The OALD has the following example: Write to him care of his lawyer. The explanation given for care of somebody (or in care of somebody) is that it is used when writing to somebody at another ...
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Is “works out of” correct English?

I have seen people using following in corporate emails He/they work(s) out of (city name) He/they is/are based out of (city name) He/they operate(s) out of (city name) If someone is residing in (...
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What's the meaning of 'wonder'ff'? [closed]

A guy just came out of a party and within two minutes went into a ditch with his car, and made it wrecked. But he seemed not to realize the situation quite well yet, drunken, and said like this, what’...
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How is “any more than” used to compare two different situations?

In the following quote by Billy Sunday Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile. Can anyone please explain/elaborate the usage and ...
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Restructuring the phrase to remove repetition

Would my knowledge about the event make such events from occuring ever in future? Consider the phrase above. the event is in reference to a general event which occurs weekly/fortnightly. Can I use ...
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Does ‘the only’ mean ‘the best’ in this sentence?

"Anyway, what does he know about it, some o' the best I ever saw were the only ones with magic in 'em in a long line 0' Muggles -- look at yer mum! Look what she had fer a sister!" (Harry Potter ...
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Does the noun "stable" have meanings other than "place for animals"?

I came across a Japanese person noting that an English term for the Japanese word "heya" (部屋), the training area of Sumo wrestlers, is "sumo stable", and that "stable" is usually a word used for ...
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Know better (with somebody) idiom?

Days ago I came across this idiom "know better" and I found out that this could be used with "than that / than to do sth", but I recently found this sentence with this expression followed by "with". ...
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What is the meaning of "would-be"?

Kass hastens to add, though, that the candidates must also demonstrate emotional and psychological stability, coupled with an extremely strong sense of purpose. In effect, the would-be astronauts must ...
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Meaning of "now that"

One wild cart ride later they stood blinking in the sunlight outside Gringotts. Harry didn't know where to run first now that he had a bag full of money. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) "...
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Is "except for not today we didn’t" correct? [closed]

Me and that Grace sit together on the school bus. Except for not today we didn't. Because today Grampa Miller drove me. (Junie B.Jones) In 2010, when I asked the meaning of the highlighted sentence ...
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What is the meaning of "polarisation" in this paragraph?

The implication is that the process of technical change, at the firm level, is generally evolutionary. Firms that survive within the marketplace will move along a technical trajectory accumulating ...
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"What about the privacy policy is unclear?"

On Stack Exchange, I found a comment that says, "What about the privacy policy is unclear?" I understand it as "What is unclear in the privacy policy?" Is that what the sentence means? Can I rephrase ...
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How is "I saw him going toward that room." understood?

Imagine that the police is looking for witnesses to a killing, and they ask me if I saw a person. After I say I saw him, I am asked where I saw him and, being close the place where I saw him, I say "I ...
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What does "I am getting confused" mean?

If somebody who is speaking with me says, "I am getting confused." what does that mean? I would understand that as "somebody thinks I am somebody else," but since the topic is not that, I don't ...
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What is the meaning of 'furled' in "The smoke furled dreamily from its navy blue nostrils"?

The smoke furled dreamily from its navy blue nostrils and wafted gently into the evening, almost indistinguishable from the exhaust fumes of the cars below it. I'm unsure what the meaning of ...
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Did the author forget to use 'if' or I'm missing some literary style [closed]

I completed reading a short novel "A Little Princess" written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The servant, "Ram Dass" says the following while planning to change the protagonist's(Sara Crewe) room from ...
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What does "of working age" mean?

I have to answer the following question, and I don't understand what it means. Are you a dependent of a person who is or will be working in Canada and you're of working age? What does it mean by "...
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Can a sentence starting with "I think" be used to state a fact?

If I say, "I think I will take another portion of lasagna", does that mean I am going to take another portion of lasagna? Similarly, can the following sentence be used to state that Verona is my ...