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Is “to ease” the same as “could ease”?

Found this article online and the title is: China-U.S. trade war to ease but conflicts will persist - former finance minister But then the person is quoted of saying "could ease". Are the two ...
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Explain this joke: “Theoretical physicists will never schedule a meeting on Wednesday because it spoils two weekends”

This is the context: Finally, I would say that, even within physics, philosophers are sort of like theoretical physicists, and physicists are like experimental physicists. Experimental physicists ...
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What is the meaning of “sure of my claim to be its author” in the following sentences?

What is the meaning of "sure of my claim to be its author" in the following sentences, (Source: PRACTICAL ENGLISH USAGE BY Michael Swan ) So many people have helped me to write this revised edition ...
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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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have just as a right

When, in ordinary life, we speak of the colour of the table, we only mean the sort of colour which it will seem to have to a normal spectator from an ordinary point of view under usual conditions ...
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Meaning of “the picture outraged polite society”

What does mean this sentence? Does it mean: The picture is outraged by polite society. or Polite society is outraged by the picture. the picture outraged polite society
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The meaning of “skinny turkey tee's”

The phrase "SKINNY TURKEY TEE'S $10" in the image is supposed to be funny, but I can't figure out the reason. Could somebody explain why it's funny? Also, it's "TEE'S" instead of "TEES" - is it ...
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What does 'onding on snaw' mean?

It was a very grey day; a most opaque sky, “onding on snaw,” canopied all; thence flakes felt it intervals, which settled on the hard path and on the hoary lea without melting. (Jane Eyre) ‘...
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expression meaning

I've read this sentence in a book, and I am a bit confused. I pray to greet you with good fortune, and to greet your sweetest person. This sentence came in the opening of a letter. I have no clue ...
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How to use ‘concerns’ in the sentence?

This is the original sentence: This novel has to do with peasant life after the reform. We cannot say This novel concerns peasant life after the reform. but we can say This is a novel ...
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What's the difference between words “tongue” and “lingua”?

Dictionary.com definitions: tongue - the usually movable organ in the floor of the mouth in humans and most vertebrates, functioning in eating, in tasting, and, in humans, in speaking. lingua - ...
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Which phrase is more correct?

I have two sentences that are ambiguous to me. The first sentence is: I have got a woman at home. The second sentence is: I got a woman at home. The meaning I'm aiming for is the present moment. I ...
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What is the meaning of “on the wrong lines” in this context?

This is the context: The universe is telling us it is simple. It is astonishingly simple. And yet here we are with thousands of physicists worrying about a multiverse of infinitely complex ...
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What's the difference in meaning of this two sentences?

They would often visit friends in Europe. They often visited friends in Europe.
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What does the phrase “as a reflection of the importance” mean?

As a reflection of the importance the Graduate School places on the ability of its students to communicate effectively, the Graduate School requires all new students whose native language is not ...
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Degree of horror for several verbs

Could someone please sort the level of each of these verbs in the degree of horror? appal, dismay, horrify, shock, startle
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What is the meaning of “flung their hands up” in this context?

This is the context: the multiverse is just an example of a bad theory. The multiverse theory can predict nothing. But can it accommodate anything? Oh yes. It can accommodate everything ...
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Would usage in this particular sentence

Learning an instrument is not as easy as one would wish. What is the use of "would" here and what is the meaning of these sentence?
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What is the meaning of “who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe”?

What is the meaning of "who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe" in the following sentences, The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all ...
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Meaning of “why should we take you over the next person”

I'm Chinese, and I can not fully understand the meaning of this sentence. In the interview, does it mean "What is your advantage" or "Why we should accept you"?
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The meaning of Fifo's Fraud

Based on my search, it seems "FIFO" in "Fifo's fraud" means "First In, First Out". I hope I am wrong because I don't see how "First In, First Out" has to do with frauds. Please help me understand the ...
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What does this Facebook comment mean: “As a top fan, I don't really have anything to say.”

As a top fan, I don't really have anything to say. I just wrote it to protect my badge. I saw this joke comment in Facebook comments and I don't understand it. I can't see how the two clauses relate....
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grammar / meaning “The surprise attack sent the enemy running”

Does “Running” in this sentence mean “ongoing activity” or “initiating an activity” Or other meanings? 1) The surprise attack sent the enemy (moved the enemy quickly) so that it made them start ...
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Intransitive forms of “fight” and “talk”

If I say The dog and the postman fought. can this sentence mean that the dog and the postman fought not with each other, but each of them fought with a different creature? That is, can this ...
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Difference between “hold out the possibility” and “hold the possibility”

“We’ve seen this movie before. The top economists at the International Monetary Fund — the global agency created after World War II to promote stability and growth in the world economy — unveil ...
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What is the meaning of “at the right angles to each other” in this context?

This is the context: On the idea of whether the quantum multiverse is the same as the inflationary multiverse . . . I heard this proposed by Leonard Susskind, one of the inventors of string ...
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What is the meaning of “a sense of failure over never…”

Logue is a man who must cure his own demons – a sense of failure over never having made it as a professional actor – and who is everywhere patronised as a colonial. Sense of failure didn't allow him ...
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What does exactly “You'd be a great artist” mean?

When sombody tells us about their abilities, I know we can suggest them about the jobs. For example this sentence: 1.You would be a great artist. I know it's a suggestion, but I want to know what ...
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meaning of “unto” in “unto oneself” [on hold]

OED: unto oneself: all by oneself, without the assistance or presence of any other. I understand "unto oneself" is a stock phrase, as is used in "law unto itself" and "land unto itself". ...
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How to understand the【big picture】in this context?

This is a short piece from the article "10 Simple Ways to Make People Like You More" from Time.com. I'm not sure the meaning of the big picture highlighted here. Does it mean the bright side of life? ...
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What is the meaning of “directed at bearing on” in this context?

This is the context: What Jim is saying is we may have all sorts of scientific accounts that involve something preceding the Big Bang, or that the Big Bang occurred, as Jim was saying, in some ...
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Could I rephrase the following sentence this way?

.Down in the valley there was a roar and a hiss. Someone more thoughtful than the rest had ordered to be shut the big river gates that were at the point where the Ankh flowed out of the twin city ...
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I suggest you join with me

Is it right, why 'with'? I suggest you join with me.
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Cutting tree into thin strips

Is the following sentence semantically correct The man cut the tree into thin strips. How can a tree be cut into thin strips? Its stem can be cut into thin strips.
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Is it also clear to say “The main diagonal of a matrix is the collection of entries that run from the top left to bottom right”?

This post says The main diagonal of a matrix consists of those elements that lie on the diagonal that runs from top left to bottom right. Is it also clear when I rewrite that as "The main ...
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Proving for someone that “Clothes don't present me”?

I want to defend my dress by saying that clothes (in general) don't present me, but after that, I want to support that sentence by adding one of these two: I'm a lot bigger than a piece of cloth to ...
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What's the meaning of “snapped” in “she snapped harder than ever”?

Who can explain me what is the meaning of this quote “she snapped harder than ever”? I’m Portuguese. I can’t understand what is “snapped”.
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Took on the opportunity vs Took up the opportunity

What's the difference meaning between such expressions? I took on the opportunity to teach... I took up the opportunity to teach...
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What does “gifts and curses” mean?

[...]would run about laughing and tittering carrying on her head both the gifts and curses given by youth. But she was swished off like a fly by young Naremma. —Yagnam and Other Stories Does it ...
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How to not misuse “example”, “case”?

I am seriously wondering if I am misusing the words "example" and "case". To make sure I am well understood I will provide an example: Borrowing money isn't always bad. An informative example/case ...
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on both sides/on the two sides

a. The conflict claimed about two hundred lives on all sides. b. The conflict claimed about two hundred lives on the three sides. Do those mean all in all there were two hundred lives lost or ...
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Difference between Custom and Convention

What is the difference between Custom and Convention. For example: It is a custom in India to give money as a blessing on marriages. It is conventional in many societies that strangers ...
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What is the meaning of “command its obedience” in this context?

This is the context: There are physicists like Lawrence Krauss who think, “Ah, just put in the laws of physics, quantum field theory, and this plus nothing equals the world.” But then one is left ...
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Verb + ing at the start of the sentence

These phrases follow the pattern Verb + 'ing' + Noun Visiting my hometown. Visiting Tokyo. Doing my homework. They are titles of things and don't have any other written context. I can provide some ...
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One word describing smart, funny and awesome

I am trying to search for a single word that describes someone being smart funny and awesome?
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“ten minutes out”

There is a scene in the movie Drinking Buddies where Gene and Luke are talking in a bar. Gene: I've been ten minutes out since I got here. I had one of these, and then I said, "I'm gonna have one ...
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Is father-daughter relation or relationship? Is a feeling of hate relation or relationship?

I am confused relation with relationship. per this post both can mean “the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected” Assume Yang is Alice's father, father-daughter is ...
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what does “cast the approval” mean?

I don't understand the meaning of the word "cast". Specifically, for example, in this phrase: "Cast the approval" I've never seen this phrase before.
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Meaning of “They were meant to have them”?

There are five pups. One for each of the stark children. The direwolf is a sigil of your house. They were meant to have them. Can you please explain the meaning of "They were meant to have them"?
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Grammar from Sherlock Holmes: Count Dracula and Ebenezer Scrooge come to mind

Here are two adjacent sentences from Sherlock Holmes Few fictional characters have taken on a life of their own outside the pages of their stories the way Sherlock Holmes has. Count Dracula and ...