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What does the second “of” mean in this sentence? “… because I regard it as of considerable importance.”

The entire sentence: "I have set that part of the judgment out in detail because I regard it as of considerable importance." This sentence is from Lexico. I wonder if the second "of&...
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What is the difference between “to assuage somebody” and “to soothe somebody”

What is the difference between "to assuage somebody" and "to soothe somebody" Both words have pretty similar meanings.
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In this case, What does 'develop' mean? [closed]

First, let's have a look at what you can say when you disagree with someone. Let's say you agree 0%. Many students simply say, "I disagree.". We can develop this a little bit further by ...
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What is the meaning of “ would be flying” and “ before whom” in this text?

They were still in a position of great peril, since they could not expect to embark and cross the stream without suffering tremendous loss from the enemy before whom they would be flying. https://www....
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Combine five sentences into one

There is nothing better than strolling in the park, seeing playing kids and hearing birds’ chirping. Is this sentence grammatically, syntactically meaningful sentence? I want to say that, I stroll ...
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What does the phrase “spin each puzzle around” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "spin each puzzle around" in the following sentence from the description of the game "Spek": Shapes merge and separate as you ...
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' l am late' vs. '…I m being late' vs '…I m going to be late'

lets assume these two different situations: I must be at work at 7 but now it is 7:05 and I am still at home I must be at work at 7 its 6:50 but i know I'm not arriving to my work on time what would ...
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What does the phrase “We can fly away over” mean?

There is this famous song from The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns, the 1999 movie. In this song there is a line: "We can fly away over". Now, I know what it means to "fly over ...
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“Some required fields” or “Some of required fields”?

Which is correct: Some required fields are not highlighted. Some of required fields are not highlighted. If both phrases are correct, is there a difference in meaning?
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What would be the proper interpretation for this Quote by Dennis Prager?

Rather than dividing the world between good and evil, the Left divided the world in terms of economics. Economic classes, not moral values, explained human behavior. Therefore, to cite a common ...
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Should it be “ever” or "never' in this context? [closed]

I saw a native English speaker wrote this: "John was a bad husband. He never mowed the lawn and he ever satisfied his wife in bed. Not only that, he peddled drugs to schoolchildren." I am ...
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meaning of “in the privacy of”

From the book Can You Say a Few Words? If you have trouble expressing this sentiment without gagging, rehearse it a few times in the privacy of your bedroom. I don't understand the difference ...
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`at`, `in`, or `on`, which one paired “the top right hand corner” is more appropriate?

I asked a question just now. Right clicking the 3 vertical dots (Kebab) button at the top right hand corner, would launch this menu ... I am not quite sure if it is appropriate I used at here. ...
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Why can’t the answer be “artlessness”?

In the following question: It is to the novelist's credit that all of the episodes in her novel are presented realistically, without any _____ or playful supernatural tricks. A) elucidation B) ...
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What does this mean by saying “public–facing bite”?

She stood out by writing the way a woman’s internal monologue might actually sound, oscillating between public-facing bite and what are usually privately-held insecurities. I read this in the Rolling ...
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“It isn't a circumstance to what is going to happen” - meaning?

For the context, a character is going to attack an unsuspecting enemy, who just woke up and: "What happened?" he articulated at last. "Never mind what happened. It isn't a circumstance ...
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Is the sentence, “What are the properties that are part of that”, a little bit redundant?

From a tutorial Try to encapsulate everything that has to do with that object into a class. What are the properties that are part of that? If you're making a rainbow, the properties are the colors, ...
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which sentence is more appropriate, 1 or 2? [closed]

Although in his new book he tends to repeat himself like a (talkative/loquacious) uncle, McHughen makes a persuasive case for the safety of tinkering with genes to create new foods. Although in his ...
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What does “off my case” mean?

What does "off my case" mean? It is the title of a part in a book. I tried to google it and I find "get off my case", meaning "stop nagging me". The book is called "Case for Christ - for kids" and is ...
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meaning of “we will A as we become B”

From a tutorial (Transcript) the focus of this lesson will be learning to navigate HTML to arrive at the content we may be interested in retrieving. in doing so, we will use a simple toy model of ...
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Is there an easy way to check if an expression formal or informal?

I read a comment in a post (meaning of the phrase "some kind of X") just now and learned an expression "I neither know nor care". I would like to know whether the expression formal or ...
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What composes the parallel structure with 'measured' in the sentence?

Is it valued or set? I have read again and again, but I am not sure either of them is better than the other. Does the comma(,) preceding or function as a guide? This is particularly true for people ...
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Difference between the two words: “satisfactory” and “satisfiable”

Is there any difference between the two words - satisfactory and satisfiable? From Merriam-Webster, satisfactory: giving satisfaction satisfiable: capable of being satisfied There is no example ...
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How tendency to revise is related to maintaining uniqueness of the work?

In the following sentence: There has been a tendency among art historians not so much to revise as to eliminate the concept of the Renaissance - to contest not only its uniqueness, but its very ...
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percent of the time

New Use of A.I. Accurately Detects Cancer 86 Percent of the Time link 1.In this sentence, what prepositions can be inserted before "86 percent of the time"? For example, "for 86 ...
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meaning of “everything that it means to be”

From a tutorial The class, which is a new block of code that I'm going to ask you to write if you choose to follow these tutorials, is this idea of encapsulate. everything that goes in between the ...
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without this and/or that

With negation, or is motly used. He doesn't like this or that. But with without, I see both forms. When I searched CCAE, it returned result with both or and and. Like this: I was there ...
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“Spending more time trying to” and “Spending more time to try to” [duplicate]

Is there any difference in meaning between "Spending more time trying to" and "Spending more time to try to"? Below is the headline of an online news article I just read this ...
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What is the difference between “five days' work” and “five days' worth of work”?

What is the difference between these two constructions: a) I've done five days' worth of work. b) I've done five days' work. Example (a): I've done five days' worth of work in only two days! Example ...
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Meaning of Recognise in a sentence [closed]

I cant understand clearly the meaning of "recongises" in the following paragraph: "The Commission recognises that arrangements for alternative techniques are commonplace at security ...
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What does “sails flaming” mean?

Narrator: Home was a condo on the 15th floor of a filing cabinet for widows and young professionals. The walls were solid concrete. A foot of concrete's important when your next-door neighbor has to ...
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Not understanding the sentences with the formula 'word + out '

Exist a pattern that I already do not know to decipher each phrase with the formula word + out? Work Out = Excercise Deck Out = Decorate Force out = Compel to leave How does adding out is related to ...
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Is “give it to him” here mean punish/scold Tyler for motivating in wrong way?

At @2:27 of this motivational video, Narrator narrates this lines: Narrator: You had to give it to him. He had a plan. And it started to make sense in a Tyler sort of way. No fear. No distractions. ...
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What is the meaning of “let freedom ring”?

I have found this phrase on New York Times recently. And I couldn't figure out the meaning of let freedom ring. I tried searching the meaning on the dictionary too. Though I may not be here with you, ...
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What does “Slaves with white collars” mean?

In Fight Club (1999), Tyler motivates fight club: Tyler: Goddamn it, an entire generation pumping gas. Waiting tables. Slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes. Working ...
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What did Tyler mean, “Like in Boy Scouts”? [closed]

In Fight Club (1999), Tyler and Narrator stole packets of fat to prepare soaps at home. Tyler lits on stove and says: Tyler: As the fat renders, the tallows float to the surface. Like in Boy Scouts ...
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the meaning of “A tv series follows a main character”

From a post The first eight seasons of Two and a Half Men follows Charlie Harper, a hedonistic jingle writer living in a beachfront Malibu abode, whose life is turned upside down when his brother ...
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Is this expression “Is there some connection between X and Y” clear and idiomatic?

I asked a question at another SE Is there some connection between these 2 empirical cumulative distribution functions? This description can be viewed as "Is there some connection between these 2 ...
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What does “Three points” mean?

In Fight Club (1999), two technicians lead Narrator to the burnt out shell of a Wrecked automobile. Narrator sets down his briefcase, opens it and starts to make notes on a clipboarded form. ...
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What does “slip it by me” mean?

In Fight Club (1999), Narrator wants Marla to choose different support group: Marla: I want bowel cancer. Narrator: No. No. I want bowel cancer. Marla: That's your favorite too? Tried to slip it by ...
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What does “ending one minute at a time” mean?

In Fight Club (1999), Narrator facing insomnia: Narrator: You wake up at SeaTac. SFO. LAX. You wake up at O'Hare. Dallas Fort Worth. BWI. Pacific. Mountain. Central. Lose an hour. Gain an hour. This ...
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What does “expressions of opinion” mean?

What does "expressions of opinion" mean? Expressions of opinion should be supported by reference to the authority on which they are made and the verifiable facts which support them.
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What does “where I fit” mean?

In Fight Club (1999), Narrator hugs a very fat man: Narrator: He developed bitch tits 'cause his testosterone was too high and his body upped the estrogen. That was where I fit. Between those huge, ...
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“Wine is a mocker, strong drinkg is raging” - what does the latter part mean?

In a story from C.A. Smith, there is a following sentence in the very beginning: I thank you, friend, but I am no drinker of wine, not even if it be the rarest Canary or the oldest Amontillado. Wine ...
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What does “tonguing it” mean here?

Narrator: If I did have a tumor, I'd name it Marla. Marla. The scratch on the roof of your mouth that would heal if you could stop tonguing it, but you can't. What does "tonguing it" mean ...
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usage of its denoting location

The temple and its patrons were destroyed by the fire. The temple and the patrons inside were destroyed by the fire. Are these two sentences synonymous? I am wondering if you can use "its" ...
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What does “Back up” mean in this context?

In Fight Club (1999), Narrator hugs Bob, who is victim of testicular cancer: Bob: OK, you cry now. Narrator: No, wait. Back up. Let me start earlier. For six months, I couldn't sleep. I couldn't ...
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What does “Everything's a copy of a copy of a copy” mean?

In Fight Club (1999), Narrator speaks about his health problem: Narrator: For six months, I couldn't sleep. I couldn't sleep...with insomnia, nothing's real. Everything's far away. Everything's a ...
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What “both ways” is Narrator referring to?

In Fight Club (1999), Narrator looks down the barrel of a gun that's been stuck in his mouth. The gun is held by a man named Tyler: Narrator: For a second, I forget about Tyler's controlled ...
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meaning of “Opening Day slate”

From a post There are 14 games on Friday's Opening Day slate I know what Opening Day is and understand the items of "slate" on American Heritage Dictionary A fine-grained metamorphic rock ...

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