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“stretch something to its limit” meaning

I have encountered this sentence: Science can explain how gravity works between two objects, but why should it be based on the exact equations we find rather than others? In fact, why should ...
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Is the usage of “and till” appropriate?

Is the usage of "and till" appropriate? Personally I think it's not correct since "till" is a conjunction and should not be preceded by "and". But I noticed such usage in many examples in many ...
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Entry To, Entry Into

A preposition question: The United States earned entry to the knockout round with a win over Ghana and a draw against Portugal in Group G. Source Google search shows both "entry to" and "...
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Perceived meaning in Perceived lack of flexibility

"The session leader intervenes and tries to help the users to isolate particular aspects of the system that may contribute to the system's perceived lack of flexibility." I googled for perceived ...
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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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The meaning of “planes and angles”?

What is the meaning of this phrase in describing a person's face? He looks at me, and sees me looking. He has a French face, lean, whimsical, all planes and angles, with creases around the mouth ...
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She was to have married

She died quickly, shortly before she was to have married. In the above sentence, what does it mean by "she was to have married"? Does it mean "she was to get married"?
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What does “skim away” mean?

I saw this in a book called The Garden Party: Away she skimmed, over the lawn, up the path, up the steps, across the veranda, and into the porch. Can someone explain this phrase in simple English?
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What does “running from” mean?

Remove the screws securing the boards running from the right side of the crate to the left side. I read this from a manual, and this is about how to unpack a package. Does "running from" refer to ...
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What does “to shout over” mean, particularly as it has been used in a particular passage I’ve read with curious sytnax?

I don’t un­der­stand the mean­ing of shout over as it has been used in the fol­low­ing pas­sage from Pa­tri­cia High­smith’s novel, The Ta­lented Mr. Ri­p­ley: A well-dressed Ital­ian greeted ...
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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 “these” refer to in this sentence?

They have created traditional works and developed skills that attempt to bring the colors of the moon to life and many of these still remains today. Does "many of these" refer to "traditional ...
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Can “unless” be used in unreal past (with would have)?

I found conflicting information about the subject: BBC World Service states that: And we cannot use unless with would to talk about unreal future situations: If he didn't take everything ...
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grammar/ meaning “To look at him, you'd never think he was 80!”

Is the title sentence the short form of (If you were) To look at him, you'd never think he was 80! Likewise, In other part of the country again, to give the example of Minnesota, you would ...
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What does this paragraph in Media Politics mean?

Mass media in democratic societies serve three important functions providing an electoral forum for candidates and political parties to debate their qualifications for office before a national ...
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“Yet” with present perfect and simple present

a. The law has not reflected it yet. b. The law doesn't reflect it yet. What is the difference in meaning between the two sentences?
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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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Understanding of a sentence

The latest UPS “Pain in the (Supply) Chain” survey shows that an environment of increasing risks, complex regulations and continuing cost pressures are the three key issues faced by the healthcare ...
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Shall you vs Will you

I learned "will you~?" but I have never heard about "shall you~?" I thought that "shall" has similar meanings as "will". Is it unnatural to use "shall you~?" instead of "will you~?"
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What is the difference between “Chargé d'affaires” and “minister resident”?

what is the difference between "Chargé d'affaires" and "minister resident"? are they the same ? i need clarification. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charg%C3%A9_d%27affaires https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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what is the true meaning of “banker” and “sad interest” here? does “i feel confidence” means “i am confident”?

what is the true meaning of "banker" and "sad interest" here? does "i feel confidence" means "i am confident"? It is evident that Mr. Hall was greatly impressed by what he had seen. He writes: "I ...
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meaning of “stiff”

In one of my posts (How to ask the question "the difference is between which and what" in the idiomatic way?) a nice answerer says you could ask (very formally) "What items are you ...
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“ever seen” vs. “ever been”

I know "have been somewhere" means "I went to somewhere", and the action happened at an unknown time in the past. I just want to know if "have seen" means "have been" sometimes? Does this sentence ...
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What does “blinding light” mean?

I came across these example sentences on Cambridge Dictionary : They view things differently, having experienced a blinding light. I am delighted to see that the blinding light has struck ...
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What is the meaning of “just so often” in this context?

What is the meaning of "just so often" in this context? Mr. Mompesson, in bed with his little daughter (about Kate's age) whom the sound seemed chiefly to follow, "observed that it would exactly ...
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In “has only examples of …”, is it reasonable to view “only” as an adjective?

This post is not a duplicate of "her dog doesn't even want" vs. "even her dog doesn't want", since that post does not explain why "only" could not be used as an adjective ...
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sting = disadvantage?

Educated by Tara Westover For as long as I could remember, this image had been at the core of my idea of paradise: my husband, and his wives. There was a sting in this arithmetic: in knowing that ...
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Are “on the other hand” and “nevertheless” interchangeable in some situations?

In my another post ("contents" or "content", which to use when talking about a book?) I said ... she uses "contents" to refer to the things that are written in a book, I ...
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“that I continue to learn and grow”, does this expression sound natural?

One of my friends was asked the next-5-year-play in a job interview. He answered this way I don’t know exactly, but the most important thing is that I continue to learn and grow in my career. ...
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Is “there could be” a idiomatic expression? If yes, when to use?

In my another question ("contents" or "content", which to use when talking about a book?), I said There could be lots of topics on a book, such as the form/style, the author. In ...
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Is it a little bit wordy to say “wake up at 5:00 in the morning”?

I guess these 3 sentences are all idiomatic. I usually wake up at 5:00. I usually wake up at 5:00 AM. I usually wake up at 5:00 in the morning. The last one seems a little bit wordy, isn't it?
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Question about the tense

In a conversation of two people, one says to the other, I just got a box of cubans. Maybe I bring 'em by your office around 5:00 In the latter sentence, the present tense, bring, is used. It seems ...
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The progressive form

The Situation was, someone dated a girl and came back home and told someone else that I'm getting back now, because she lives in Poughkeepsie. in this sentence, what kind of meaning getting, a ...
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Is “add background” an idiomatic expression?

I asked a question (In some cases, "come" and "go" are interchangeable, right?) just now, and added some explanation at the beginning. This post is discussing verbs, the ...
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It is the reason or this is the reason

This is the reason why I did not call you. It is the readon why I did not call you. Is there any difference between two sentence? I mean should I use “it” or” “this”? Or Are both acceptable?
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“in order to **better** solve a problem” sounds uncommon, is something wrong?

This video (https://youtu.be/9B2NFe3g6N4?list=PLuyk1nLMhRm5aDbWooRndCrV5BMK6woxe&t=33) is saying in order to better visualize the cost function J, I'm going to ... with the same structure, ...
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Is it clear and idiomatic to refer to one of different meanings of a word as “one piece of meaning”?

Oxford Dictionary (https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/just) gives a bunch of definitions about “just” there are 3 sub-items in 4th item, one of them is pointed out by blue rectangle in the ...
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lashing belt of rage

please tell me about the meaning of this sentence: How satisfying it might be, momentarily, to have a direct receptacle for some lashing belt of her rage. Thanks a lot
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the meaning of a feeling imminent and descending panic

please give me some explanation about this short sentence: Panic feels imminent, but it doesn’t descend. I'll be greatfull about that.
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When refer to where to put adverb, which one is more idiomatic, location or position?

This post (The usage of "also": could someone please give an example to illustrate where is the location "after the verb to be when it is a full verb"?) is talking about some ...
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Is this some kind of Inverted sentences? “Circling the star Alpha Centauri, ages ago, was a planet unlike any other in the heavens — Cybertron.”

cited from Transformers: Circling the star Alpha Centauri, ages ago, was a planet unlike any other in the heavens -- Cybertron. Is this some kind of Inverted sentences? Is the follow version, ...
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what is the meaning of “a living demonstration”?

what is the meaning of "a living demonstration" in this context? He predicted the coming of Spiritualism in his "Principles of Nature," published in 1847, where he says: It is a truth that spirits ...
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Meaning of ‘I suspected her motives in offering to help.’

I suspected her motives in offering to help. What does it mean? As I Know here 'I' subject 'suspected' verb 'her motives' complement 'in offering to help' is modifier. But the comprehension is not ...
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what is the meaning of “any scholar of the age” and “the shoemaker's bench”?

what is the meaning of "any scholar of the age" and "the shoemaker's bench"? "any scholar of the age" does it mean any scholar in his age or an aged scholar? and is "the shoemaker's bench" an address? ...
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What does “captured under” mean?

We are dedicated to comply with local laws such as Data Protection Laws captured under the XXX. In the example above, what does "captured under" mean? XXX refers to a name of a law. I tried ...
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agreat vs. a great vs. greater

Here is a quotation from the movie Great Expectations Part 2 (1999; Director: Julian Jarrold) If the danger would be 50 times agreat I should still have come to you. The meaning is clearly "...
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Meaning “s'thing”

Today I have met such sentence, "Do s’thing of your own free will". I for the first time see such construction "s'noun". Unfortunately I could not find its meaning out. I suppose, it says about plural ...
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What does “terms” mean in this context?

how likely are you to renew your relationship with us beyond the current terms? Does "terms" mean period or condition? Since there is "beyond" in this sentence, it could mean period, but I am not ...
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what is the meaning of “hereditary scheme of religion” and “the broad platform”?

what is the meaning of these phrases? "hereditary scheme of religion" and "the broad platform upon which his beliefs were constructed"? One of the chief mouthpieces of the spirit was a certain ...
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Meaning of “sporting”

In the phrase "On devices sporting the needed sensor, heart activity can be sampled," the word "sporting" obviously means "equipped." But in which cases the word "sporting" could substitute "equipped"?...

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