Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

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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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The meaning of "Brain of a hen"

She'd give anything to be able to believe it, but she's a hard woman, and brooding along certain lines makes one groovy. I have sometimes been afraid of her reason—on the religious side, don't you ...
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What does "rolling" mean in this context

Hazard Reporting - XX% of Sites compliant to monthly KPI target and rolling 12-month average Wider context: https://i.snipboard.io/b1xnmV.jpg (it's about Occupational Health and Safety system of a ...
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What does AOL mean here?

https://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/AOL “Cryptocurrencies will disrupt traditional finance because one of their most attractive utilities is the ability to efficiently transfer payment across ...
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Meaning of "where deeds could detach themselves cleanly from all notion of consequences"

‘You’re pretty crazy, aren’t you,’ said Philip. ‘I have to go to Sydney. Better come with me. I’ll pay.’ Perhaps there was a world where people could act on whims, where deeds could detach themselves ...
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"Thought about ending it"

In a Youtube comment there's this personal story: I was going to Berklee back in the early 70's and I get a dear John over the phone. Thought about ending it but went down to the Jazz Workshop and ...
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What's the difference between sentence with "though" and without?

For example: It would be nice though. vs. It would be nice. In a real conversation scene.
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Correction in "He is very honest to deceive anyone" [closed]

I wrote He is very honest to decieve none and He is very honest not to deceive anyone. These 2 sentences are framed by me as alternatives so there might be an error. Kindly explain where and why? ...
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Equivalent of a Hindi proverb: Only a jeweller can identify a diamond

There’s a saying in Hindi: “Only a jeweller can identify a diamond.” Example: The master found the art hidden inside Viddiya and made her a famous lyricist. It’s true only a jeweller can identify a ...
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we can divide and conquer

If anything restores confidence that truth is within our grasp, it is that we can divide and conquer. Although “real” is sometimes equated with “fundamental,” each of the multiple levels of ...
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His suit was well worn and fitted only where it touched

Further goes quite a detailed description of a character appearing in Peter May's The Man with no Face, where the italicized sentence is not quite clear to me. The door opened and a lean man in a ...
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The last sentence evades me

The research suggests that every year more and more students come to prefer MP3s to CD-quality audio. What does the finding have to with the last sentence? The ideal sound quality varies a lot in ...
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What does 'material advantage' mean?

I looked up the word in a number of dictionaries, but I am not sure which is its definition. Does it mean important, or physical, or else? Not all clothing has to be made of woven materials, of ...
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“To the extent that” vs “so much so that” vs “ to the point where”?

I would like to ask about differences in usage between these three phrases and whether these sentences have the same meaning. "I can hardly control how much time I spend online, to the extent ...
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"To the extent that" vs "so much so that" vs " to the point where"

I would like to ask about differences in usage between these three phrases, for example: "I can hardly control how much time I spend online, to the extent that it interferes with my daily ...
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Meaning of "100 Ironman-Length Triathlons"

The headline is: He Felt Like Running: 100 Days, 100 Ironman-Length Triathlons the source: NY Times What did the author mean by: '100 Ironman-Length Triathlons'? is it about a runner in a race ...
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People aren’t inanimate features of a building

For example, if you were afraid of standing on balconies, you would start on some lower floors and slowly work your way up(literally) to higher ones. Facing your fears isn’t as easy or tidy when it ...
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They fought with/against their oppresors?

The answer given is with. However I think "against" as correct. Can you explain why "with" is used here 🤔
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Intonation changes meaning

The audio includes two short conversations in which the speaker answers with different intonations of "pretty" so as to cause different meanings of the two answers. The second one means she ...
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Meaning of "of something"

What is the meaning of "of something" in the highlighted part? James, his sister Sally, and Mark, their BFF (Best Friend Forever) were bored. They had played all day but now that it was ...
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Preposition in "as there was no bus to travel BY/ON so I decided to ..."

As there was no bus to travel by/on so I decided to book a cab Here bus refers to a means of transport if I am thinking right. But the answer given is "on"
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I met with/met my friend in florida (In case of unplanned, accidental meetup) [closed]

Met is transitive verb in case of planned action. However, if i met my friend accidentally in florida should i use preposition with or not
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What is 'satin tufted shroud'?

A paragraph from 'A tree grows in Brooklyn' by Betty Smith. Maudie Donavan came around to go to confession with Francie. Maudie was an orphan who lived with two maiden aunts who worked at home. They ...
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Is "on the left/right" relative to how you stand?

A man is giving a direction to a woman. You can see the man's front face and the back of the woman's head in the picture. The woman: How can I get to JK office? The man: Take the elevator on the left....
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My brother was trembling with/from cold

From refers to source or reason while with refers to togetherness. However answer given is with in this sentence and another one.( She took the gift with alacrity ) Whats the function of with here??