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I have a trouble understanding the context correctly…“(~)we hope you will be able to reduce it”

To. (B) - "We were pleased to receive your order of 15th April for a further supply of transistor sets, [ but as the balance of your account now stands at over USD400,000, we hope you will be able ...
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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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Use of more and as many as in diffrent place

I wrote four sentence with “more” and “as much as” used in diffrent places in sentences. Is there a diffrence among sentences in meaning ? It realy confuse me 1) There are ten times more bacterial ...
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Birthplace vs living place

If someone ask me where is my hometown what should I said? I live in a country which is not my birth country. I was born in different country. So which one should I consider as my hometown? The ...
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Help! I don't understand this sentence's meaning

I'm reading Harry Potter for English study. "Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning" I think double negative means postive. So I think "Gryffindors have never gone so long without ...
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What does this sentence mean: “We've gotten too good at pushing our own buttons.”

A neuroscientist who specializes in eating behavior and obesity say: "We've gotten too good at pushing our own buttons". This structure is very strange to me: have gotten + adjective + at + gerund ...
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what does back-to-back mean?

i am learning this course, which says By the end of this exercise, you'll be writing two queries back-to-back in a single script. You got this! at the end of this exercise, I got following 2 ...
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bust down — meaning? [closed]

Example with a context: I heard a new song at the tavern the other day. Something about gin and wild women. How'd it go? Oh, I don't remember. I stuck five nickels in the box to hear it again ...
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Difference between 'directorate' and 'department'

What is the difference between 'directorate' and 'department'? Is a department, like, a ministry and directorate a sub-ministry? In the political/business context, a directorate doesn't exist on its ...
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Which phrase sounds more correct

I’ve got two sentences here using with or while I’m feeling great this month while all my bills are paid in advance. I’m feeling great this month with all my bills are paid in advance.
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Word choice between us and each other

Hey I’ve got two sentences which sound almost the same to me We have real intimacy between us. We have real intimacy between each other. Do they carry the same meaning or are they grammatically ...
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What does “in + times (e.g. 1 seconds)” mean?

Get a coupon in 5 seconds. The meaning of "in" when combined with time is confusing. "in 5 seconds" could mean "within 5 seconds" or "after 5 seconds", but how can I figure out which meaning is ...
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The use of “Would have not been” and “Would not have been” in English Grammar

What is the exact meaning of "would have not been" and "would not have been" in English grammar? Do they mean same thing? For example, On this principle, if Mr. Lynch had decided to go on hunger ...
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What does “he was there for” mean in this sentence?

I really don't understand the usage or the meaning of "he was there for" in this sentence : Tony shook his head, as though he couldn’t wrap his mind around events he was there for, and partially ...
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What is the meaning of “windows into men's souls.”?

Queen Elizabeth: Now, I ask you to pass this Act of Uniformity not Not for myself, but for my people, who are my only care. Bishop: Madam, By this act, you force us to relinquish our ...
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In “machine learning”, is “learning” a noun, adjective or gerund? Please explain

In the phrase “machine learning”it is really confusing for me to get the meaning of it in its grammatical sense.
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using a comma after a compound phrase

a. John was talking incessantly and Bob was drinking shot after shot of vodka making me feel very uncomfortable. b. John was talking incessantly and Bob was drinking shot after shot of vodka, ...
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grammar / meaning Does “treating” in the example sentence mean “because he treats” or “and at the same he is treating” or just “and he treats”?

(“treating”) “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends…!” And does “verb + ing” in the following examples belong to one of the three cases in the title question? ...
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Meaning of Off In the following sentence

The England captain scored 148 off 71 balls against Afghanistan at Old Trafford What is the meaning of off. Does it mean to get out off? I looked up its meaning in dictionary but didn't find ...
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Meaning of: “I’ve never known anything quite as fulfilling”

What is the meaning of: Working with you like this, I’ve never known anything quite as fulfilling. Is this like the speaker has found something most fulfilling while working with 'you'? Or never ...
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What does “purple” mean in “earthworms frolicked purple in the slush”?

What does purple mean, other than its definition which tells what type of color it is, in the below paragraph: Heaven opened and the water hammered down, reviving the reluctant old well, ...
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'in the privacy of his kitchen.' what does it mean?

I am trying to translate some fanfics to Korean. Anyway, I can't understand the meaning of the sentence. Looking Will in the eyes gives Hannibal a tranquility that he usually only knows in the ...
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what does “ to finish doing something” mean exactly?

"I have repaired my car." This means that the car is working again. "I have been repairing my car". This means I have been doing repairs, but it doesn't mean the car is working. "I have finished ...
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-gate meaning scandal

Does the suffix -gate necessarily refer to a political scandal? Can it refer to a scandal involving large businesses but no government officials? Could burgergate refer to a scandal in which a ...
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Question about “in the game” used in this sentence

What does 'in the game' mean in context? "The forest was overflowing with life. It was abundant in the game sought by hunters, timber for the fire, and valuable herbs to process into medicine."
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What does 'reduced the importance' mean in context?

What does 'reduced the importance' mean? Is it good or bad? Good probably if it is an ad but why? Apple has already reduced the importance of iTunes on the iPhone and iPad and will now do the ...
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What does **reluctant, eager** mean together here?

What does reluctant, eager mean together here? As I translate these terms are opposite separately. And where is the main verb here after the subject? Could someone explain grammar of Meg reluctant, ...
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How to understand “keeping the complaining customer satisfied”?

I'm trying to understand the below sentence, "Which sectors does he say have most problems when it comes to keeping the complaining customer satisfied?" Especially, "keeping the complaining customer ...
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What is a difference between two sentences?

There are two sentences below. 1) She couldn't stand being kept waiting. 2) She couldn't stand keeping waiting. Please, let me know about difference.
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Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning

Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning I don't know the meaning of that sentence. I searched "never do without doing". That means you should do something, but I can't get it.
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I have never seen her wear trousers. Why not use ‘she’ instead of ‘her’?

I see a sentence in my book: I have never seen her wear trousers. And I think we should use she instead of ‘her’. Am I right?
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How does the grammar behind “though not so soundly but that” work?

I was recently regarding A Child's History of England by Charles Dickens when I came across this sentence: However, for once that the bold Britons beat him [Julius Caesar], he beat them twice; ...
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Difference between “use” and “usage” [on hold]

Energy use/usage will play a vital role in any energy strategy.
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How to pronounce grades in US and UK schools?

Grades in school reports are expressed through letters followed or not by a sign like "plus" or "minus". Please how do you pronounce grades like A+ or A-, B+ or C-? I have also heard the phrase "...
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What does mean the word “Way” at the beginning of sentences?

What does mean the word "Way" at the beginning of the sentence "Way to do something". And is it a noun or an adverb? For example: Way to work that diaper. Way to explain that joke. Way to bring ...
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Biginnig of waiting or the onset of waiting?

there is one thing that i don't know. Can you guys help me plz? Situation : There is a girl who can't be together With her boyfriend because he is in army. And thinking of the moment that she has ...
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be benign, being benign or to be benign

Is there any dichotomy among the following three sentences? The mold on the plants proved to be benign. The mold on the plants proved being benign. The mold which is benign on the plants proved. If ...
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If I say “smartphone shipments yield profits”, am I using **yield** correctly?

dictionary.cambridge gives this explanation of yield. to supply or produce something positive such as a profit, an amount of food or information If I say "smartphone shipments yield profits", am I ...
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What does “fill in” mean here?

There are still plenty of details to fill in... I searched online dictionaries for meaning of fill in but I didn't find any fit meaning. So, could you please explain it to me? The fuller text: ...
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Is this mathematical explanation of “except” and “other than” right?

This question is derived from this one. Assume "not including" and "including" have two mutually exclusive meanings. It is impossible "not including" and "including" at the same time. The Oxford ...
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What does 'deliver against' mean?

The employee is struggling to deliver against the goals. Does "deliver against the goals" mean different from "deliver the goals"? It seems the meaning is the same, but I am not sure. What does "...
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Can you paraphrase this part of this paragraph please?

What does it mean when it says reminders it held of foreign places? The landscape Miss Cotell was unaware of, while she dreamed instantly forgotten dreams, faded into winter dusk. Miss Keble failed ...
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What does this mean: “All these years and I don't know who he is anymore than he knows who i am.”

All these years and I don't know who he is anymore than he knows who i am. Does it mean: I don't know him anymore and he does not know me either?
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where clause and which clause

Sometimes we can see where clause, but I cant find out the difference between where and which clause or if it can only use where clause in some specific situations. The sentences below is two examples ...
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can “lemonade” be an adjective?

I found these sayings in the film "Between Two Ferns The Movie 2019" Waiter: Can I get you some honey gushers to start? The customer: What are honey gushers? Waiter: It's just lemonade. ...
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Difference between “Go into” and “Go inside”

I would like to know the difference in meaning between "go into" and "go inside". Here are a couple of sentences. The boys went into the room. The boys went inside the room. I know in the ...
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Do “how to proceed” and “how to do” express the same meaning when giving instructions?

Since "proceed" generally means to continue a course of action, how do you understand the sentence "how to proceed" when used before instructions? How to Proceed Step 01 Step 02 ...
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“You caused me to learn this”

Suppose a friend says something to me which is incorrect, and because of that I do some research and learn something which is good for me. Now, in order to be polite and kind, can I say "You caused ...
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Does the sentence mean what it is meant to mean?

Happiness is about health of body and soul. The sentence is intended to mean that "happiness is health of body and soul" or that "happiness consists in health of body and soul". Does it mean so? Is "...