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What it means if "of " comes before a sentence?

I have found this in Sherlock Holmes A Study in Scarlet. "Of contemporary literature, philosophy and politics he appeared to know next to nothing" What is it mean by putting "Of" ...
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Here how does the word ''where'' play as its role?

in this following sentence, what does the word ''where'' mean? How should I take the word ''where''? ''How is it ever possible to speak of the annihilation of a self, or soul, or ego, where no such ...
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Does "moreover" always have to meaning of "more importantly"

The dictionary says "moreover" means: also and more importantly. Does moreover alway contain the meaning more importantly? For example, in the sentence below, is the price being reasonable ...
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Is it called a doorway even if there's no door?

Example: He moved to the doorway to the family room and peeked in. Is 'doorway' used even if there's no door but just an opening into another room? Or would native speakers use another word for that?...
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Which of the following peppers falls under the classification of what Australians call capiscums? [closed]

I have learned that Australia calls bell peppers "capiscums", and that chili peppers and jalapeno peppers also fall under "capiscums" too, though Australians will just say chili ...
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Workout meaning in this sentence?

What meaning of workout in this sentence: I wear jeans with commitment and obsession. I really give them a workout.
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What does "base fitness" mean?

What does base "fitness" mean in this sentence? "Exercise helps. And walking can be performed by most of us, without training, equipment, or even a base fitness." Source: https://...
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what does this sentence mean in the following passage?

what does this sentence mean? (emphasis added) Serious adjustment problems with global implications directly confront one or two of the advanced countries, but a significant slowing of the ...
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What is the difference between exactly the same and the same?

I want them to have different meanings because two cakes are the same if both are chocolate cake and two cakes are exactly the same if not only both are chocolate cake but also the frostings are the ...
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What is the meaning of "Your horse isn't much of a shot."?

What is the meaning of "Your horse isn't much of a shot."? It is from the movie "Out of Africa". The script is in here She(the lion) wanted to see if you'd run. That's how they ...
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Difference between "the number of people you would have thought" OR "the number of people you would think"?

This from the BBC website Lost wallet found 5 years on It is about a story in which somebody lost his wallet 5 years ago after he watched a game in a rugby stadium, and it was found 5 years later. ...
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making otoscopic examination?

I came across a cause and effect sentence like this. Some children have been reported to have narrow external ear canals, making otoscopic examination difficult and perhaps predisposing to stenosis. ...
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can anyone explain about what "up" means in these sentences?

Please don't mind the excerpts being too long. “Poor lame Jennie sat at her window, looking out upon the dismal, narrow street, with a look of pain and weariness on her face.“Oh, dear,”she said with ...
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What does "Yes" mean as a reply to a statement? Do we still use it?

From Pride and Prejudice: D: Are you staying at Lambton? E: Yes. At the Rose and Crown. D: Yes. From the same scene: E: I'm very fond of walking. D: Yes. What does it mean? It's English from 200 ...
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What is this model trying to imply about "isasmuch as" and "insofar as"?

I recently found a chart listing the distinctions between the two conjunctions. But I am not really able to make much sense of this chart. I would gladly appreciate if anyone could make the ...
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What is the meaning of "wherein" in this context?

This is a piece of text from the internet about the significance of the use of a Mickey Mouse theme in the movie "Full Metal Jacket": The singing of the Mickey Mouse theme song at the end. ...
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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 "pram" mean?

I heard in the description of the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Donald, in devil horns, slowly opens the upright and aims a cannon at Daffy who prams. I first thought it was "preens" or "prances,"...
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What's the meaning of the "snub face" in this senttence?

In this extract from Fat City by By Leonard Gardner, he is a boxer, so does "snub face" mean he has a harsh look or something like that? Short, trim, his snub face thrust forward now with a ...
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Saying Bee-bee-cue verbally

How common is it for someone to verbally say “bee-bee-cue” instead of “barbecue” in English-speaking countries (for example: Australia and United States)? In all my life, when living in both countries,...
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The meaning of the phrase "set-up" in context

I have looked up all the meaning of the phrase in various dictionaries, but still cannot get what it means in the second sentence . Here it goes: Religion is a social institution that involves a ...
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wasn't there when it was claimed he was

a. Jeff hadn't been in London when it was claimed he had participated in a chess competition there. b. Jeff wasn't in London when it was claimed he had participated in a chess competition there. c. ...
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decide/solve a problem/pressing issue

I have always been under the premise that "to decide a problem" is wrong and it should be "solve a problem". But I came across "to decide a pressing issue" which was said ...
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Meaning of "while it was not clear whether it was a case of pouring passion onto his reason"

Here is the text: Fortunately Koroku had not descended on them again. A young man of a compulsive and excitable temperament, he would pursue unremittingly whatever was uppermost in his mind, a trait ...
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What is the meaning of this phrase "plodded right on past"?

"Gagging on a dry throat, he chose some object as his finish line and, plodding up to it on weighted legs, plodded right on past. His head back and his heaving chest shot with pains, he strained ...
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Being taller can/could make him more attractive - Which is appropriate?

Example 1 ‎ Being tallercan/could make him more attractive to women. But that's impossibility for him because he's an adult. It is impossible for him to grow taller at this point so I wonder whether ...
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About/over in given context

After we broke up, she cried about me to her friends. After we broke up, she cried over me to her friends. Is using about grammatically incorrect here? Is there a difference in meaning between these ...
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money/wherewithal

Lars now had the money and wherewithal to begin a serious art collection: a passion, like music, inherited from his father. As he told me in 2009, ‘For many years it became really the only area where ...
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Why is 'spendthrift' not thrifty? Any other words like this?

The composition of 'spendthrift' lures ones to think it means being thrifty about spending money, but it actually means the opposite. Why does this happen? Are there other words like this? By 'this', ...
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what does the word of seven book- length means

What does the term "seven book-length story" mean. It is planned that seven book-length stories by well-known writers shall follow the present book [etc.]
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What is the meaning of "I am digging this groove"

In the movie "Irish Wish", there is a line "I am digging this groove" Good morning, everyone. [all] Good morning. [Heather] I’m digging this groove. Uh, darling? Oh. Allow me. ...
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I can't understand the meaning of the name of the ship ''Coastal Eagle point''

I came across the following text in my textbook: Four tugboats work together to free the oil tanker ''Coastal Eagle Point'' that ran aground while attempting to navigate a channel in Tampa Bay. I ...
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Does having a temper make you angry or calm?

Are we using the word "temper" correctly? Usually when someone is said to "have a temper", we interpret that to mean they are quick to anger or are prone to outbursts of anger. However I'm wondering ...
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What does “plate” mean in the context of building?

per Cambridge, plate means a flat piece of something that is hard and does not bend so, when talking about brick wall, plate layout means a flat piece of bricks, shown like the following image (...
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What is "apartment landing"?

Context: "He's always been very polite and very quiet, though I didn't know him well. He always wore a tie, would walk to work. Nothing about him was particularly outstanding," she said on the ...
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What does "barren bowl" mean?

Here is quote in book The Rights of Nature "In the Netherlands, it is now illegal to keep a goldfish alone in a barren bowl. Countries such as Costa Rica have pledged to phase out zoos, circuses, ...
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Are there compound words whose meanings would be changed once there is a change in stress?

I have one true-or-false question. The different stress used in a compound do not usually affect the meaning of the compound. The example used in my book to illustrate why this statement is false is ...
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Why does "craft" typically designate a small boat if it designates a boat but not a small aircraft/spacecraft if it designates an aircraft/spacecraft?

I read on https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/craft: (plural usually) a: a boat especially of small size b :aircraft c :spacecraft Why does "craft" typically designate a small boat ...
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what do reinforcing and ridicule mean here?

The danger often facing authors of satirical works is that if the audience is not discerning enough to get the joke, the piece may end up (i)____ the behavior it was trying to (ii)____ Blank(i) ...
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What does "it" in "it‘s lettin‘ up" refer to?

While camping in a tent and maintaining a fire in Oppenheimer (2023), Frank shares with Lawrence and Oppenheimer his plans to get married. Lawrence offers his congratulations. When Oppenheimer ...
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What does "Not that half" mean?

In Oppenheimer (2023), Frank is going to marry waitress Jackie: Frank: We join the Party and you can't hide your disapproval. Why? Is that because that's supposed to be your thing? Robert: I haven't ...
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Is the word "He" omitted before "Say"?

In Oppenheimer (2023), Strauss claims that Oppenheimer, the key physicist in the Manhattan Project, had no regrets about Hiroshima and desired control over the atomic bomb to gain historical ...
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Difference between "detonate" and "explode"

What is the difference between "detonate" and "explode"? Are they interchangeable?
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Whats the difference between "need no" and "no need"?

I've studying English, and I ran into these 2 phrases example 1: The boy had no need for the love of his friends example 2: I need no protection! So I'm in doubt about this two ways of usage. My ...
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Compound adjectives

What does "community-maintained artifacts of lasting value" in this passage? What is the role of 'of'? Many online communities are emerging that, like Wikipedia, bring people together to build ...
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Drones are designed with lightweight materials to reduce weight. - is the subject of the infinitive clause "drones"?

Example 1 Drones are designed with lightweight materials to reduce weight. What is the subject of the to-infinitive clause "to reduce weight"? If my memories serve me right, the subject of ...
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legislating authority

I am reading an article from Economist, and it talks about "The uncanny", a 1919 essay written by Sigmund Freud. The uncanny effect arises when the subject identifies with someone else..so ...
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How to understand 'Up here'—Up here, this chemical changed the composition of pre-existing gases

Over the following hundreds of millions of years, more microorganisms began producing this toxic gas, first saturating Earth's oceans and eventually its atmosphere. Up here, this chemical changed the ...

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