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What's the meaning of “breaking the tie among several equally liked names”?

it’s worth considering those associations when breaking the tie among several equally liked names I know the meanings of the words. But I don't understand who "breaking the tie ..." Do those ...
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What’s the meaning of ‘ever’ accompanying with perfect tense?

We move our chairs forward. This was the nearest I had ever been to her, and the thing I wanted most to do was move my chairs back again. (Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird) What’s the meaning of ‘...
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What does the preposition “in” in “I’m looking for a sweater in a size medium” mean?

We can say: The dress is a size 12. The dress is in a size 12. The dress comes in a size 12. We have this dress in a size 12. My question is: What does the preposition "in" in "I’m ...
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won't instead of using' wouldn't' is possible? [duplicate]

I had asked a question How to ask for someone's name and where they are from politely or indirectly? in which@Jay also answered.But He used "wouldn't" in the following sentences while answerimg my ...
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What does “I'm nowhere near ready” mean?

What does the phrase I'm nowhere near ready mean? For example: A:So, are you all packed for your trip? B:No, I'm nowhere near ready. I know the meaning of nowhere near is far from; not ...
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What is the meaning of “tie their shoes”?

In the crime/drama movie Drugstore Cowboy, after returning to his hometown, Bob talks to a drug counselor lady: Lady: Have you ever considered becoming a counselor and helping other addicts with ...
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What is the difference between “What time is it?” and “Do you mind telling me what the time is?”

What is the difference in meaning between " What time is it?" and " Do you mind telling me what the time is please ?",I await your reply as soon as posible. Thank you,
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What do these pronouns indicate?

To one as young as you, I'm sure it seems incredible, but to Nicolas and Perenelle, it really is like going to bed after a very, very long day. After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the ...
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(Bell pepper, capsicum, chilli, pepper) What's the difference?

I would like to know the meaning that comes to your mind when you hear the four words as a native speaker. If you don't know the difference between two of the words, please let me know instead of ...
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use of rather with noun and verb

Source Rather a with a noun is more common in formal language than in informal language, particularly in writing: It was rather a surprise to find them in the house before me. Rather + verb We can ...
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What’s a word for how parents treat their kids?

If there were two parents that treat their kids badly, no one would comment, The Johnsons' behaviour toward their children is bad. What can replace the word behaviour? Treatment (as mentioned in ...
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the sort of people that disillusion you about what a lot of golfing money can do for the personality

Here's from The Long Goodby by Raymond Chandler At The Dancers they get the sort of people that disillusion you about what a lot of golfing money can do for the personality. I wonder What this ...
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“not very much” vs. “a little”

I'm looking at a chart having quantifiers with verbs in it including a lot / quite a bit / a little / very much. I've seen these a lot but now this chart made me think more and wonder. I understand ...
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“wouldn't agree” vs “don't agree”

Could I say "I wouldn't agree with you" instead of saying "I don't agree with you"? If I could, in which situation should I use the construction "I wouldn't agree with you"? I'm wondering ...
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What is particular meaning of the verb “pitch” here?

What is particular meaning of the verb "pitch" here? Are there any appropriate synonyms of it? In the process of writing this article I came across one email from 11 years ago. It turns out I ...
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The difference between the meanings of two sentences

1) I will tell you when he comes. and 2) I will tell you when he will come. Is the difference between the two sentences (apart having different tenses) the answer, one the first does not need ...
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What does this 'why' mean?

Could someone please explain how and why people say 'why' for example if someone asks or says something and other person answer: "Why yes." ??
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What is the meaning of this sentence which I found?

Source [...]: he claims he does all the work himself, only hires men he can trust to complete the work and will eliminate the need for a "contractor", a middleman of sorts that will collect more ...
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Difference between logo and emblem

What difference, if any, is there between "logo" and "emblem"? In particular, should "logo" be used for the Tokyo 2020 design that's attracted accusations of plagiarism, or is "emblem" ok as well?
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What does ''sun-dappled yoga pose''and ''hour 11 manning the deep-fat fryer'' mean?

It's an article published in NYT about a psychological issue (living at the moment). Here's one of the paragraphs that I have a problem with: So does the moment really deserve its many accolades? ...
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What does “unplugged” mean or imply in this headline?

What does "unplugged" mean or imply in the headline Trump unscripted and unplugged
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What period does in the last 2 hours cover?

I was just wondering, what is the most normal way of interpretating in the last two hours. If somebody asked you: What have you been doing in the last two hours? What events from what time period ...
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Why “Remarked the fish” works? Why not “The fish remarked”?

I read a story, called The Little Fish. But I don't understand why the following sentence use ‘Remarked’ began. Usually, sentences always begin with a noun. “I can imagine!” remarked the fish. I'm ...
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What does it mean when someone says “it doesn't sound very natural”?

I hear this pretty often when I say/write something, be it in text messages or emails or on any social media/forums. What does this mean actually? I am thankfully able to convey my thoughts but I do ...
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Speed vs Velocity

What is the difference between speed and velocity ? The context is Physics
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non-idiomatic meaning of “in terms of”

Hitler explained his frustrations in terms of a Jewish conspiracy. I am familiar with the idiomatic meaning of the phrase "in terms of" (Like This film offers nothing in terms of satisfactory ...
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Are “as of yet”, “as yet” and “yet” all synonymous?

This comes from Paradise Now from April D. De Conick: But if there be any as yet unfit to be called a son of God, let him press to take his place under God's Firstborn, the Word, who holds ...
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as you will - meaning

Source: How Russia Is Revolutionizing Information Warfare (news article) “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you ...
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Isn't this sentence from Weathering grammatically wrong?

She was meant to stay indoors but everything looked varnished and bright after the rain, so she put her coat on and went outside, then came back in and slung the camera over her shoulder. Through ...
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blame VS. reflection

The increase in crime is a sad reflection on our society It is a reflection on our society which should make us all sad. The increase in crime makes us sad. The increase in crime is, sadly, to be ...
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Is it common to describe “Be going to” form as Simple Future?

"Be going to" form is called Simple Future in some English Grammar websites and books. Simple Future has two different forms in English: "will" and "be going to" English Page The Simple Future ...
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Use of *ed* and the end of word [closed]

What are the uses of ed at the end of word? e.g. Named Unprecedented chaired loved annoyed Dreamed Also which sentence is correct? Using ed or without ed? Please let me know which input to be ...
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Meaning of “Killing someone dead”

I've heard this sentence recently in season 1 episode 1 of the TV show "13 Reasons Why" at about 18:05: If you don't improve your language, I will kill you dead. What does “Killing someone dead” ...
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What's the difference between 'shot' and 'shot at'? [duplicate]

There are two sentences like this. The hunter shot at the bird. The hunter shot the bird. Maybe I think that 'shot at' in number 1 sentence means that the hunter shot the bird but missed it. whereas ...
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difference between the and a in this context with relative clause

What is the difference between those sentences? He is the person I needed for the job. He is a person I needed for the job. And... This is not a place I wanted to go. This is ...
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What is the difference between “Keep on” and “keep as it is”?

Does “Keep on” and “keep as it is” have same meaning? When and where we can use these? For example: I have to tell my friend to keep a thing as in the same way I think it is better to keep as it ...
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You are more concerned about the means rather than the ends. [closed]

"You are more concerned about the means rather than the ends." What does the sentence means?
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What's the meaning of 'land in' in this context?

[He says, I've shoveled acorns enough in there to keep the family thirty years, and if I can see a sign of one of 'em I wish I may land in a museum with a belly full of sawdust in two minutes.] This ...
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What does the phrase 'take your time by me' mean?

Passage: Arms bending and stretching!' she rapped out. 'Take your time by me. One, two, three, four! One, two, three, four! Come on, comrades, put a bit of life into it! (George Orwell 1984) ...
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What is the meaning of using the past simple for actions that continue to the present?

Are these sentences correct I have loved you since I knew you [since (a point of time)] means I'm still in love or very recently broke up. But what does I loved you since I knew you [since (a ...
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What does “few public addresses” mean in “Madison was not a communicative person and thus made few public addresses”? [closed]

Madison was not a communicative person and thus made few public addresses; but those he made were memorable, filled with noble phrases. -- How to Prepare for the New SAT by Sharon Weiner Green, ...
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What is the different between “what” and “which”?

What is the difference between what and which? For example, what is the difference between the following sentences? What is correct? Which is correct?
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What does “as opposed to” mean? [closed]

Can we say that the phrase "as opposed to" means: instead of or Comparing to something? Thanks.
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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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Meaning of “uncle by marriage”

What is the meaning of "his uncle by marriage in the following sentence: Tom was adopted by Sam, his uncle by marriage.
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What differences are between “What's that?” and “What is it?”

What do you imagine when you hear "What's that?" vs. "What is it?"
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What's the meaning of “For far too many”?

I'm looking for Far too many expression's meaning. Phrase I found the word in: For far too many, the dream has dissipated.
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WHY did he go slightly “pink” ?? Does it mean angry, embarrassed, healthy or other meaning in this sentence? [duplicate]

WHY did he go slightly "pink" ?? WHY did he go pink "with the effort"? What effort? Does "pink" mean angry, embarrassed, healthy or other meaning in this sentence? I am so so not sure what "pink" ...
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What is the meaning of “To get things done”?

I listen to this video and I listen the woman that's saying in 0:53 "because she is a progressive who get things done"
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What does it mean? “Feminism's fine, but there's a lot to be said for having your bills paid”

I found this via Glenn Sacks. (June 17, 2008 Family secrets: I wish I had married for money, not love.) It's a true story of a series of articles from The Times called "Family Secrets," which are ...