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Meaning of “ain't” in: “…we ain't know what it meant”

What is the meaning of the following line: We ain't know what it meant Putting ain't = aren't doesn't make sense. I'm left with putting ain't = haven't, but have requires the third form of know, ...
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What does X is the new Y mean, and why do we say this?

In English, I sometimes hear a phrase like green is the new black. Literally, this makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. What does it mean when someone says X is the new Y, when this makes no sense ...
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How to distinguish “two previous” from“previous two”?

a. His two previous books b. His previous two books ............. His 2 latest previous books His 2 previous latest books His previous latest 2 books His latest previous 2 books His previous 2 ...
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Meaning of a sentence with 'was to'

What is the meaning of this sentence: He met a girl who was to become a queen. Does it show the plan of the girl? Does it mean: He met a girl who 'was going to' become a queen? How and in which ...
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Meaning of it and this [closed]

What is the meaning of "take this" and "take it"? Is there any difference in their meaning or they can be used interchangeably?
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Meaning of “it is” at the end of sentence

I was googling but I couldn't find any answers: What is the precise meaning of the words 'it is', when they are used in a way Are we going to the cinema on Friday or Saturday? I don't have ...
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What is the difference among 'good at' and ' in, with,for'?

He is good at swimming. He is good in swimming. He is good for swimming. He is good with swimming. What is the difference among 'good at' and ' in, with,for' in the sentence above in meaning?
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“Will + be + verb -ing)” vs “Will + verb” ?

Can someone explain me the constructions (or however they are called) with the "Will + be + verb -ing)" and the "Will + verb" ?
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What does it mean by 'bringing him gasping to all fours' in Harry potter?

Immediately, his insides started writhing as though he'd just swallowed live snakes -- doubled up, he wondered whether he was going to be sick -- then a burning sensation spread rapidly form his ...
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What does “some topic 101” mean?

One can often see expressions like "Biology 101". Also in in book and article titles like "Wine tasting 101." What does this mean? Does this have something to do with a class one takes? Can it mean ...
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What is the difference between “get my hair cut” or “have my hair cut”

I have my hair cut. I get my hair cut. What is the difference between the two sentences in meaning?
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Allow, Allow Of, Allow For

I am confused about the usages of "allow", "allow for" and "allow of". Suppose police is examining the evidence related to a bank robbery: The evidence allows the possibility of an inside ...
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What does “do” mean in “What do I do”?

What does "do" mean in "What do I do?" I think it means "What do I usually do?", but I don't know why anyone would ask what they usually do. Does it mean something else?
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Meaning “pants-dropping”

What does pants-dropping mean? Examples: A pants-droppingly good film. Webpage about The Hobbit About the orphan kid who goes on to become pantsdroppingly wealthy. Outlaw: Google Books ...
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Differences among “It feels…”, “It looks…”, and “It seems…”

There is a topic about the differences among "it seems" and "it likes": What is the difference between "it seems" and "it looks like"? But what about the difference of the "it ...
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What does “barely” imply when used with a quantity?

I was recommended to post this question here, instead of on English Language & Usage. In summary, I understand "barely" to mean "equal to, or more than, but not less than" when used with a ...
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right hand to God - what does this mean?

From the science fiction movie Dreamcatcher (2003): — Nine miles to Hole in the Wall. — I think I can manage it. — I'll bring the snowmobile back and get you both. Now, Pete, you listen to me. ...
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“Wear make-up” and “Put on make-up”

Is there a difference between "wear make-up" and "put on make-up"? If yes please give some examples.
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I went to the doctor's

I have run across such a sentence: Yesterday I was ill, so I went to the doctor's. What is the function of possessive here, that is doctor's?
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What's the meaning of 'lay over'?

Dictionary says 'lay over' means 'a short stop in a journey', 'stopover', but I don't understand this sentence translating 'lay over' as 'stopover'. Here is the sentence, which is from 'Baker's ...
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Can you paraphrase the highlighted part of passage please? [closed]

Writing to the woman who would become his third wife, Hermann Hesse complained: “Life for me now holds almost no pleasures any more, in fact I am living in Hell.” The event that had reduced Hesse ...
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What's the meaning of “get the behavior”?

I've come across with the line below: When we choose the wrong measurement, we get the wrong behavior. As you know "get" is a mulitiple meaning word [1]: RECEIVE OBTAIN BRING BUY MONEY HAVE A ...
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what does this guy mean by “Pulling on my flameproof underwear”?

There is a guy who said something strange to me https://cs.stackexchange.com/questions/24137/is-the-way-an-os-schedule-threads-related-to-parallel-computing#comment48182_24137 Pulling on my ...
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Meaning of 'should have' in sentences

What is the meaning of 'should have' in the following sentences: I should have let her know what was happening but I forgot. They should have remembered that their guests don't eat meat meat. I ...
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make that something — meaning?

A scene from the movie Pandorum (2009). The Link to the audio file: http://tindeck.com/listen/guan (here's the YouTube version with a time mark set to take you right to when the scene begins) Two ...
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What does this 'where' mean in this context?

“It is an art where you’ve got to deal with the demands of every day but at the same time place it strategically at the heart of what the company is doing.” — Jeroen Tas, group CIO of Philips ...
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Question regarding meaning of “spell out” [closed]

There was an unearthly quality to the atmosphere inside the Frieze New York art fair, like the air in a plane—still but pressurized, with an unsettling hum—when the fiction writer Ottessa Moshfegh ...
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Does “has been employed” imply they still are employed?

Mr. Smith has been employed by our company as engineer since 1st March 2015. Does this mean Mr. Smith is still being employed by the company?
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How long is a 'block'?

I ask in an international context, and NOT only for New York. I'd cherish a picture to visualise the definitin. For example, NY Times fails to define the word, whereas the dictionaries appear ...
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what is the difference between kind, type and sort

I see these sentences: Newton invented a new type of microscope. Newton invented a new kind of mathematics. Apple invented a new sort of cameras. What is the difference between kind, sort, and ...
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What does vanilla mean in English? [closed]

The vanilla is a kind of flower, but in English, vanilla has another meaning, say 'vanilla neural network' or 'vanilla RNN'. So, does 'vanilla' mean 'common' or 'normal'?
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How does “turn on” develop to mean “Have as the main topic”? [closed]

I apologise for any mistake, but this idiom sounds too modern to be explained by etymology. I want to dredge below the definition, the first one of which is too violent and doesn't explain the ...
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what does “quick walk away” means?

I got a sentence like the below on VOA site. what does "quick walk away" means? Does it means "near" or "close"? One of Lou Malnati’s downtown locations is a quick walk away from another Chicago ...
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Third Conditionals: “If I knew…” instead of “had known…” in casual register

I know that in the following sentences "If I had known" has to be used in the place of "If I knew" to form the grammatically right sentences. What I really want be sure of is that as a native if all ...
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What's the difference between “it excites me” and “that excites me”?

I know the difference between it and that, but what does that mean in the sentence below? Does it mean the same as it? I reach for the phone, I don't know who to call. That excites me. ...
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From the third week ( when does it actually begin)

This describes a certain natural process that takes 15 weeks It describes what a certain component looks like at some point in time during a naturallly occurring process What I don't get is if it ...
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Difference between past and last

Is There a difference between 'past' and 'last' in these sentences: Search these files on past year archive Search these files on last year archive
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Difference between “where are you from” and “where do you come from”

What is the difference between "where are you from" and "where do you come from"? Are they the same? Are they used in the same situations or not? When you see someone for the first time which one ...
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What's the difference between words “number”, “count”, “amount” and “quantity”? [closed]

I just can't understand when i should use one of these words and when another. They are too similar, but looks like they are not absolutely the same. So what is the difference between them?
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I feel like to eat vs I feel like eating?

First, are these two expressions "I feel like to .." and "I feel like ..ing .." correct? So, What's the meaning of them? And what's the difference between them?
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Use of “having” in English

How to use "Having" in English. I have come across below statement. The customer having left, the criminal takes out a pin from his purse and scrapes off hardened glue from the edges of the keys. ...
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What is the difference between “do you like” and “would you like”?

Do you like candy? Would you like some candy? Do you like walking? Would you like to go for a walk? What is the difference? And are they the same or not? Do they any use in different situations?
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Paint vs Draw Difference in meaning

What are the differences between 'to paint' and 'to draw' when we are talking about arts? As I guess draw refers to pictures in pencil or pen and paint to watercolor pictures or something. I need to ...
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In simple words, what is the difference between 'possible' and 'probable'?

Would anyone kindly explain the difference between these? Possible Probable I have searched dictionaries and on all over the Internet, but I have not been able to understand yet what the difference ...
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“It works” vs “It is working”

The photocopier broke down yesterday, but now it's OK. a) It is working again. It has been repaired. b) It works again. It has been repaired. What is the difference in meaning between ...
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What does web-mistress imply as a job title

I love that none needs my permission to take my code and do something cool with it, and someone else can do the same with that code. I love that an "end user" is usually only a few hours work away ...
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Difference between “I'm in the school” and “I'm in school”

What is the difference between these two sentences?? I'm in the school. I'm in school. Do they have the same meaning or not?
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What does “ain't” mean in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?

This question is a follow up question of my previous question Meaning of "ain't" in: "...we ain't know what it meant" According to the Oxford Dictionary, ain't is used ...
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“Tick” vs. “check” the box

I came across the following example: Tick the box if you would like more details. In the sentence, "tick the box" means mark the specific checkbox. If we have the following checkboxes ticking the ...
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what's the difference between did and was doing?

Here are examples of the sentences. What is the difference between them? They seem to be almost the same to me so I don’t exactly understand the difference. We worked from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ...