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"I would say" VS "I would have said" (in the context of giving one's opinion about something)

On TV a woman who has spent years to make herself look like a Barbie doll is telling about her story, how and why she has been doing it. It turns out that she actually had painful days years ago, ...
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What does "steal so much as a single glance" mean?

I found this text in the book I was reading namely, "And the mountain echoed": They said its eyes shone red. No one knew for sure, you understand, at least no one living: The div ate on the ...
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Nursery Rhymes message : [closed]

Jack and Jill went up the hill. A rhyme that kindergarten kids are taught ends like this: Jack fell down and broke his crown, And Jill came tumbling after. A friend believes that every renowned ...
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What does this quote mean in context?

At the dining table scene in Killers Of The Flower Moon (2023), Aunt Annie, with Uncle Jim beside her, points out the difference in skin color between the two children, remarking that one is whiter ...
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Is the word "her " needed?

In Killers Of The Flower Moon (2023), Ernest moved to town along with his wife Mollie and meets Bryon: Ernest: Well, you know Mollie. She likes her nice things, so... Bryon: Not as much as you do. ...
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What does "the other way" mean?

In Killers Of The Flower Moon (2023), right after Ernest asked Tom White to convey a message to Mollie, who is sick, that Ernest wants to send her a letter, Agent Tom White apprehended Ernest Burkhart ...
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What does "That's it, Pitts" mean?

In Killers Of The Flower Moon (2023), Ernest and John Ramsey crossing the street through a parading local KKK group with Pitts Beaty proudly leading in black gown and hood: Ernest: Knights come ...
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not crazy to take this risk

a. I am not crazy to take this risk. b. I am not a madman to take this risk. Do these mean I am taking this risk and it is not crazy of me to do so or Only someone crazy would take this risk and I ...
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What does "neither" here refer to?

In Killers Of The Flower Moon (2023), Ernest tells Ramsey about a job offer from King Bill Hale to eliminate someone. Ramsey initially refuses, but when he learns the target is an Indian, he changes ...
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What does "getting someone done" mean?

In Killers Of The Flower Moon (2023), after he questioned King Hale if Henry, being Mollie's first husband, still has rights over the family, Ernest meets Ramsey: Ernest: King Bill Hale wants to know ...
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What does "Is there anyone" really mean here?

The scene from Killers Of The Flower Moon (2023) begins with Mollie seated at the dining table, with William Hale at the head. Hale voices his concern over Pitts and his Klan’s unwarranted authority, ...
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Requesting explanation on the meaning of the word 'Passerby'?

Merriam-Webster defines it as: "One who passes by" Similarly, Cambridge defines it as: "someone who is going past a particular place" Now, in a particular situation, where a person,...
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Can we refer to "an electrical socket" as "a plug"?

The grammar book has an exercise to change positive sentences to negative: Ref. Adventures with Grammar and Composition, Beena Sugatham. Oxford Printing Press. Rewrite these sentences using so -- ...
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"to do social media-ing". --- Is it really used like this in daily life?

A teacher is telling about how boring text books may be in learning language and how students behave usually. She says: "And then you close the book and you forget it, or like, "Oh, my phone,...
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How to reply to "hope you all had a great time celebrating"

It was my grandma's birthday and my aunt texted us saying "hope you all had a great time celebrating" how to reply to that
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Adjective placement - why do I sometimes see "meat raw" instead of "raw meat"? [closed]

What's the meaning of "meat raw". For example: You should not eat meat raw. Why not "raw meat"?
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Does "I rushed to do homework" mean I quickly went to my homework and did it at any rate (maybe be fast or slow) or I did the homework quickly?

The dictionary says rush to do something: to do something very quickly and without delay I rushed to pack my suitcase before she came back. He rushed to help his comrade. Does "I rushed to do ...
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Do you say "We have company" even though that person was just a stranger to you?

In the dictionary company: guests in your house I didn't realize you had company. However, in several movies, I often hear people say "we have company" or "we've got company" even ...
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Can a festival or a celebration like Halloween be "invented"?

I read a paragraph on Halloween: On November 1, the souls of those who had died were believed to return to visit their homes, and those who had died during the year were believed to journey to the ...
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As is a tale, so is life

As is a tale, so is life. Advice on life (see:7:24-7:28) I looked "as is" up, but it doesn't seem to fit in this sentence. Does the sentence mean life is a tale? What kind of structure is ...
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What's the English word for 'able to appreciate art'?

I know for a fact that it exists but forgot it. I've been tormented by that since.
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"the tensions of the last WEEKS." OR "the tensions of the last WEEK."?

But we can bet that President Macron will now call for a period of apaisement – conciliation – after the tensions of the last weeks. BBC - French voting The expression ".... the last weeks." ...
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Is there a subtle difference between '...would be not [12iib] but something...' and 'would not be [12iib] but something'?

From Rodney Huddleston Geoffrey K Pullum. (2017). The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. p.827. The informal way to express the positive counterpart of the claim in [12iia] would be not [...
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Confusion with the word "join" [closed]

Take a look at this sentence: "Enjolras had been joined by his friends to the party" How can I know it's Enjolras himself who is invited by his friends to the party or it's Enjolras' friends ...
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"I know how foolish he is"

"I know how foolish he is" Do you think "how" express an exclamation or the degree of subjective evaluation? Also, does it depend on a context to make an inference from this kind ...
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Working from seven to eleven every night [closed]

When someone says to you "I work from seven to eleven every night. It really makes life a drag." What do you usually think his working time is? (from 7AM or from 7PM?) I thought that since &...
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When I say "ring" what should the listener understand? [closed]

Does the word "ring" implicitly means a circular shape?
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What is the difference in meaning between those two sentences?

What is the difference in meaning between If I'd planted seeds in spring, I would have tomatoes now. and If I planted seeds in spring, I would have tomatoes now.
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Long-awaited vs. long-waited

Long-awaited means "having been expected for a long time." But how about if it's changed to "long-waited"? I couldn't find anything on the latter during my search. Is it ...
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Which is the subject of "being a ceaseless explorer"?

"The solo guitar format will always be indebted to SBJ* for being a ceaseless explorer and forming a legacy that will hopefully touch the hearts and minds of future generations of aspiring ...
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Meaning of "enMesh" [closed]

I was reading Stellar English: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Grammar and Style published by Princeton University Press, and there is an expression I can never understand. She put her left hand palm down ...
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"Death and morality" or "Death and immortality"

Hope is the thing with feathers. is a well known poem. In the introduction to the poet, I read. Emily Dickinson was an American poet of the 19th century, best known for her eccentric personality and ...
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What are the original and derived senses of "sound off"?

Merriam Webster says: sound off intransitive verb : to play three chords before and after marching up and down a line of troops during a ceremonial parade or formal guard mount : to count cadence ...
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what's the difference here between What is that? and What is this? — 2 questions [duplicate]

A guy points at the food of his friend. Is there a difference in meaning if he would have said "what is this"? https://youtu.be/KkaJH1FlnTY?list=PLzhVds4scMG60ZZ4oq5EoiHmZQwHqEwFn&t=2978 ...
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meaning of the phraze "do <<something>> on <<someone>>"

I read this phrase "no dying on me now" and want to know what it means. Especially I am interested in the meaning of "do something on someone". Please if possible could you provide ...
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Don't make noise. OR Don't make a noise

A multiple choice question on articles had this sentence: Don't make __ noise. A. a. B. the. C. no article The correct answer as per the book is - A (a noise). I have been using 'noise' (no article) ...
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What's the meaning of "wholeness" here?

Does the word "wholeness" here refer to the all parts of that auditorium including spectators, boxers, managers? Or could it simply refer to the atmosphere of the auditorium? He thought ...
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I am making some honest comments so that you might/would benefit from what I am saying. - difference in meaning?

Example 1 I am making some honest comments so that you would benefit from what I am saying. Example 2 I am making some honest comments so that you might benefit from what I am saying. Do they mean ...
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Is "conversational" used correctly in this context?

I wonder if the 'conversational' used in this context is correct or not: If you get an interview, study the job description like you're studying for a final exam. If there's anything in the job ...
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"There is posh." (talking about a tea pot)

A lady is serving tea and another lady at the table sees the pot and says: "A: Oh, tea in a pot. There is posh." "B: I hate bags in cups." Coronation Street (see: 6:36-6:43) As far ...
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What does "this thing" refer to?

In Vice (2018), George W. Bush and Dick Cheney walk side by side at the ranch: GEORGE W. BUSH: Karl Rove wanted me to buy this ranch, distance myself from my years at Yale and Harvard, make me more ...
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'fight tooth and nail' - Can it be used for peaceful struggles?

According to Cambridge dictionary - fight tooth and nail: to try very hard to get something you want: Does this idiom suggest that there is violence (biting, scratching)? Can this expression be ...
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What does "hairy business" mean?

Watch this video I can not find any definition of "hairy business" on the internet. I guess it means "hairy thing" which refers to genitals, but it might mean something else. Also, ...
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One's nerves could not stand it

Does this make sense implying that he can't take it anymore? His nerves could not stand it and then he hit the wall with his hand.
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Double meaning of “joined in marriage”

“I joined in marriage Ben and Nicole." When the officiant writes it in the marriage certificate can it have a double meaning? The first meaning is- I united in marriage Ben and Nicole, meaning I ...
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"load of something" vs "loads of something" -? Difference

A comic strip illustrating everyday tasks of 'The Durrell family' on the island of Corfu contains the following dialogue : Gerald : Everyone loves swimming but I think it's boring! I prefer exploring ...
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Can "anachronism" mean something that didn't exist at the time under discussion?

My understanding of the word anachronism is that it means something is old-fashioned today, which coincides with #2 in Merriam-Webster. a person or a thing that is chronologically out of place ...
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"All due respect to jazz." - Does this mean the speaker likes it or dislikes it?

A TV presenter is talking to an author in his house and they are talking about culture. Author discusses final book (see:5:00-5:20) The author: There's a minority of people who like culture to be ...
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Are "drive test" and "driving test" different? [closed]

This can be done by making driving tests harder: both written and drive tests must be more difficult so that only those knowing how to drive safely are allowed on the roads. In the above sentence, it ...
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We saw a burglar climb/ climbing our wall?

Which is the correct way to call and report the incident to 112 ? We saw a burglar climb or climbing our wall? We see a burglar climb or climbing our wall? I found that either bare infinitive or ...
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