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Can (nonsense) mean (in vain)?

The king asked his servants and guards to search for a truly happy man in the kingdom but nonsense, there was no single happy man in the kingdom. Shouldn't (nonsense) be replaced by (in vain) in the ...
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Can we use “respond” word with “did”? [closed]

“when he did not respond to his offer”. Here we are using “respond” word which is seems to me past form of response but I think we can’t use past form words with did?
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Phrase: the sun is out

Why do we say the sun is out? We don’t say the candle is out or the light bulb is out. Why don’t we say the sun is visible?
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What does “due to” mean?

I'd like to know what the expression due to means. For example: This proof is due to X and Y Can we say This proof is attributed to X and Y?
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Is "at some point" more commonly used when talking about future while "at one time" for past?

I suppose the following expression is idiomatic I’m the kind of person who needs new challenges to stay focused. I might even start my own business, because that’s something I’ve always wanted to ...
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What is meant by (Sky Walker)? [closed]

1- Is the term (sky walker) connected to taking selfies at high structures (like skyscrapers) specifically or at any dangerous place in general (like cliffs, etc.) In other words: Is the term (sky ...
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What is the subject in the sentence below?

Amy Williams said."Just because you're sick doesn't mean you can't do things". What does this sentence mean? I mean I couldn't understand what the subject is in this sentence. Would it be the same if ...
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What does 'to treat with a thing desired' mean?

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/entreat To treat with, or in respect to, a thing desired; hence, to ask for earnestly. From the example ('some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door') I ...
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What does "confused TF" mean?

What does "confused TF" mean? Here is the article named "Meghan Markle Apparently Confused TF Out of an Eavesdropper by Talking a Lot on Double Date in NYC". I have read through it,...
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( in -by-with) tradition , children play tricks on 1st april?

What is the correct prepostion accompanied with tradition , it means here traditionally or usually the children play tricks , so what is the correct , I think that the popular form is by tradition ?
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What is the part of speech and meaning of ‘likely’ in the following passage?

It is important to know how to identify what a reference word refers to. Some questions in the exam are likely to test this ability. If the meaning of ‘likely’ in this passage is ‘possible’, then ...
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In a lighter conditions

Which sentence would be grammatically better? Should I use “heavier” without anything or use with “ in a condition” to make it both formal or grammatical? We usually wake up a kilo lighter in the ...
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What is the meaning of these sentences?

I've read an article, but can't understand some of its sentences. My wife says she wants more intimacy in our marriage. I get the physical part, and I’m definitely into it. But she says she means ...
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See him leave/leaving

I have a question about the difference between the following two sentences: He might be punished if he is seen leaving the campus. He might be punished if he is seen to leave the campus. Do ...
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Difference between increase by and increase to

They increased my wage by three times. They increased my wage to three times as much as previous amount. Are there any difference between two sentences in terms of meaning?
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Exact meaning of "My grandmother proposed that we have our picture taken with Santa."

I cannot understand the difference in the meaning of the following sentences: My grandmother proposed that we have our picture taken with Santa. My grandmother proposed that we take our picture with ...
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What's the meaning of this last run on sentence?

Vincent speaks about the sky: Vincent: But, the sight of the stars always makes me dream. Why I say to myself should those spots of light in the firmament be inaccessible to us? Maybe we can take ...
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What is the meaning of "recovering the pasts of my stay"? [closed]

Armand reads a letter written by Vincent: Dear Theo and Jo, it is really very beautiful here. I feel I see the North all the better for my trip to the South. I have settled down to some canvasses ...
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"X provides the strongest support" vs. "most strongly supported by X"

Thanks for your attention. I have trouble telling a difference, if any, between: (1) The article provides the strongest support for which one of the following inferences? and (2) Which one of the ...
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Are "out, from, for, etc" adverbs or preps? Eg, "The noise came from under the sink", "The shoes are for in the house", "jump out of the plane"?

out 1 /aʊt/ ●●● S1 W1 adverb 1 FROM INSIDE from inside an object, container, building, or place OPP in She opened her suitcase and took out a pair of shoes. Lock the door on your way ...
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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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How not to confuse the use of words finally, at last, lastly in the end? [closed]

I know that finally, at last, lastly and in the end all have a meaning of ‘after a period of time’. But there are some points, that I want to hash out. What the difference between these words? In what ...
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How not to confuse the use of words also, as well, too?

Also, as well and too are adverbs and mean ‘in addition’. How do you know when to use which word? What is the difference between them?
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Past Continuous or Past Perfect Continuous? What is wrong with my logic?

My Exercise: Fill in the gaps by putting the verbs in the correct tenses Harry looked great. He ______ (wear) his new suit. Key: Past Continuous - was wearing My Question I think "Past ...
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Does "up" mean "upstairs" in this sentence?

I read this sentence: She brought the rainbow socks up to her room. Does "up" mean "upstairs" here? Perhaps in this short story for children, the writer is saving words. Or does ...
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What can mean “over toward“ together?

I went up on the peak of the little mountain and ran my eye over the contiguous vicinity. Over toward Summit I expected to see the sturdy yeomanry of the village armed with scythes and pitchforks ...
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Will vs Would in this context

if I ask someone to tell me something in the future if there’s a problem. They answer: “of course I would tell you” The would is throwing me. Wouldn’t, “of course I will tell you”more correct? ...
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What does "what poor father couldn't dream of painting in two lifetimes" mean?

Margaret asks Armand about painter Vincent: Margaret: Did you know he was a genius? Well I did. And, so did my father. All his life he has tried so hard to be an artist. And, then this gruff awkward ...
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What does "show by something" mean?

Armand reading Vincent's letter to Theo: Armand: Who am I in the eyes of most people? A nobody, a non entity, an unpleasant person. Someone who has not, and never will have any position in society. ...
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What does "not be in or not be well" mean?

Margaret speaks to Armand about painter Vincent: Margaret: Father told me I was distracting Vincent from important work. Asked if I really wanted to be responsible for preventing masterpieces from ...
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Meaning of the sentence in bold is somewhat unclear to me

The surgeon had been sitting with his face turned towards the fire: giving the palms of his hands a warm and a rub alternately. As the young woman spoke, he rose, and advancing to the bed's head, said,...
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What does it mean by "go through your paces"?

I know "go through your paces" means: "to show how well you can do something", but I've faced some examples that not realized: for example I've not established what "went ...
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What does "wrung out of promise" mean?

could you, please, help me to understand the meaning of "wrung out of promise" in this sentence? Does it mean, that investigation of every possible version led police to nowhere? Only once ...
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What does "get us by" mean in this sentence?

The sentence goes as follow: Being rationally uncommitted does not do away with all the other sources of motivation that get us by — habit, desire, fear of the law and so on. I googled the phrase ...
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What does "shielding of" mean?

What does "shielding of A" mean? 1) Protection from A 2) Protection of A from something else Examples from web: 1) EMF 70 is a premium precious metal window film for shielding of windows and ...
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What does "it" mean in "That's not the half of it"?

A housekeeper says to Armanda about Vincent's behavior: Housekeeper: You know Vincent actually did his ungodly act on a Sunday? That's not the half of it. I saw him that Day. I was on my way to ...
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What does the word "typed" refer to in the following sentence? [closed]

C# 1.0 was released in 2002 and included all the important features of a statically typed object oriented modern language, as you will see throughout chapters 2 to 6. This sentence has given from a ...
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How does "would" work in a sentence: The best choice would be...?

In the sentence "the best choice would be...", what does "would" mean in the following sentence? Questioner: Is this sentence correct? 'Finished eating, we went to the zoo'. Answer: I'm ...
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What does "it" in "day of it" refer to?

Armand approaches boatman, who is at campfire: Armand: Room for one more at your fire? Boatman: You look like you've had a day of it. What does "it" in "day of it" refer to?
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What does it mean by "down to the metal" in the following sentence?

dotnet has been out for many years and currently in the year of our lord 2020 we have long-term support, three years of support, It's open source all the way down to the metal and it runs on Mac and ...
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What does "save (one) the trip" mean?

A woman says to Armand: Woman: How nice of you to save me the trip to that place. Doctor sent me to tell you he can see you tomorrow morning. What does "save (one) the trip" mean?
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What does "place an order with" mean?

Adeline speaks about Vincent's last letter: Adeline: The day before he killed himself. When he handed it to me, he said it was urgent. And, you know I asked if there was anything wrong. And, he said ...
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What is the meaning of "back" in "will even reverse-engineer from the metadata and IL code back into C# for you"

[The Go to Definition function] will show what the public definition of the type or member looks like by reading the metadata in the compiled assembly. Some tools, such as ILSpy .NET Decompiler, will ...
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"I told you this for you to make sure that I'm one of the good." or "I told you this to make sure that I'm one of the good"

I'm a beginner learner and don't know which one is right. I mean, whether I should use "for" in the sentence or not. (also, one of myfriends told me that each of the sentences had a different meaning....
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Meaning of The phrase in bold

Having therefore consulted with my Wife, and some of my Acquaintance, I determined to go again to Sea. I was Surgeon successively in two Ships, and made several Voyages, for six Years, to the East and ...
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Is "wrongly" used correctly below?

He counted money wrongly more than the amount I gave. In the sentence above what I tried to say is that I gave someone fifty one hundred dollars bills, but he counted them as 52 bills instead as a ...
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What does "for money" mean in this sentence?

"That's the idea that if you make the consumer uncomfortable enough and then tell them that for money we'll make you less uncomfortable, then you will give us money." It is an excerpt from an NPR ...
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What's the meaning of "pole the strength" in this example?

I heard it in a documentary at the second minute the speaker says: We explore who poles/pull (I could be wrong about this word because it has no subtitle) the strength. What does the "pole or ...
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What does "strain of opinion" mean? [closed]

I'd like to know the meaning of strain in the phrase "strain of opinion". Is there any synonym for it? Look at the following sentences including it. Though it may be difficult to imagine ...
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What does "ghosts" mean here?

Pere Tanguy speaks about the doctor who treated Vincent, when he was alive: Pere Tanguy: I understand he's still close to the Van Gogh family. Maybe you should ask him why Vincent did it. Armand: It'...

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