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graphic design is my passion so you are(is it true?)

Hi I want to say that "graphic design is my passion and you are my passion too" but in a shorter way. Can I say "graphic design is my passion, so you are." or "graphic design ...
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"what's to stop something" and the "be+to+verb" construction

I was reading an article and there was a line that has what's to stop: If the Big Tech oligarchs can muzzle the former President, what's to stop them from silencing you? What does "What's to ...
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Find one to be doing/ doing

Are all correct? Any difference in meaning? 1 I found him to be sitting by the fire. 2 I found him sitting by the fire. 3 I found him to be a swindler. 4 I found him being a swindler.
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What does "serves cubes and foam?" mean?

In Don't Look Up (2021), Kate speaking to Dr Randall and Dr Teddy: Kate: Oh, Randall. God. Where's Brie Evantee? Shouldn't you two be playing footsie in a restaurant that only serves cubes and foam? ...
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What does "naked" mean here?

In Don't Look Up (2021), Peter speaking to White house about comet heading towards Earth: Peter: These segments are then steered and decelerated by each BEAD into the Pacific Ocean for reclamation by ...
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The use of "as"

"Such an assumption puts us in the way of a non-arbitrary, full, detailed, coherent causal account of that experience to an extent which no alternative story comes anywhere near rivalling. It can ...
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"The few houses she owns": does it imply too small a number?

a. The few houses she owns are big. b. Those few houses she has renovated are very expensive. c. The small number of houses she owns are big. Do these sentences imply that she has few houses? In other ...
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the meaning of the word 'but' in this sentence/

I came across the sentence below and I can't exactly get the meaning of 'but.' I guess there is the word 'also' omitted. Am I correct? Kids are raised to say "Oh my Gosh" and not to "...
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What does offend mean here?

Edit: What is the grammatical role of "the shit" in this sentence? Is it the direct object of the verb "offend", understood transitively? Saw on a blog: May your success offend ...
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who is the feds

Although money buys access in both “back door” and “side door” admissions, these modes of entry are not morally identical. For one thing, the back door is legal, while the side door is not. The U.S. ...
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What does "underground information" mean?

Here is the full sentence: We have investigated underground information, challenged taboos, and pushed the boundaries.
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What is the meaning of Free relative determinatives in relative clause

sentence one 'We ate [ clause [ NP what food] we had _ on the trees].' sentence tow 'The Liberal Democrats would support [ clause [ NP whichever party] had the most seats] if there ...
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What does "high" in "talking in high circles" mean?

he walks and talks in high circles so other people take him for his word. What does high in “talking in high circles” mean? https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/talk+in+circles says talk in circles ...
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Being an adverb, can 'before' accompany 'past time adjuncts'?

I think we've met before. I think we've already met. We’ve already discussed it yesterday. *We’ve before discussed it yesterday. An definition from Oxford Dic: at an earlier time; in the past; ...
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come over/ come over to

1 Do you want to come over after school today? means to visit. What does "come over to" mean? Does it mean the same as "come over"? 2 Do you want to come over to me after school ...
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How do you understand "job ranking" and/or "jobs ranking"?

There's a publication that my company's translating from Polish into English that describes how Polish people perceive different occupations in terms of social importance, female/male character, etc. ...
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"certain type of person" VS "certain type of people"

This is said by a native speaker presenter who is staying a weekend with a family where the son keeps lions as pets. She wants to understand why he does it and say: What is it about a certain type of ...
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Meaning of the word "taken"

Carnap distinguished two ways in which the words “There are or exist external or physical things” might be taken. On one interpretation these words simply express a proposition which is an obvious ...
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What does it mean when you say that one's eyes "swept over" someone?

Is it just a fancier way of saying that you're looking at them?
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What's the definition of direct object and transitive verb?

The definition of a direct object is being a recipient of a transitive verb, and the definition of a transitive verb is: characterized by having it containing a direct object. Can someone define the ...
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What does " I"ll have you" mean?

"I'll soon have you all strong enough to face anything." That was the sentence I read but I have no clue what does "I will have you" mean.
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my younger brother was there with me

a. My younger brother was there with me. Can I use that if I have only one brother, who is younger than me? Can I use that if I have only one younger brother, and one of more older ones? Can I use ...
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When is each meaning of shelled used?

Bing says by citing an Oxford dictionary shelled (adjective) having a protective outer case or covering: "crabs and other shelled creatures" · "hard-shelled pistachios" having ...
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Why tossing hair is referred to as act of frustration or anger?

I saw the following phrase while I was reading a book, Finally, she gave up with a loud groan. She tossed her hair in the air with both hands. And turned to me with a growl. The related usage of ...
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regarding which

To begin, then, with G.E.Moore. It will be remembered that in his famous A Defence of Common Sense Moore asserted that he, and very many other people as well, knew with certainty a number of ...
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What does "yet" mean in this news article?

What does "yet" mean in this sentence below? The Biden administration’s study of the leak is ongoing, but private experts told CNN it offers some of the clearest public evidence yet of how ...
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Does non-continuative(achievement verbs) perfects have the sense of 'recently' or 'just' with since clauses?

He has found his keys again since he came home. He has written another poem since he came home. Because 'found' and 'written' are 'accomplishment' and 'achievement' respectively , they cannot be ...
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"How does this look ON the outside." OR "How does this look FROM the outside."?

A native english speaker says this, when she is showing what is inside her bag. She takes things out one by one, talks about each of them, put them on a table, etc. She says: "Do I look ...
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"I had a bit of a thirst on." --- Does this have the same meaning as "I am thirsty"?

"I had a bit of a thirst on." ITV-Good morning Britain (see:4:22-4:25) Is this simply another way of saying "I'm thirsty."?
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The usage of "if only"

Strictly, skepticism is a matter of doubt rather than of denial. The skeptic is, strictly, not one who denies the validity of certain types of belief, but one who questions, if only initially and for ...
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How to understand the usage of 'out'?

The verbs in [i] are sense verbs (at least in their primary meaning), those in [ii] indicate continuation of the state, while set [iii] contains the two verbs of seeming and the odd one out, prove. Is ...
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comfortably: 'in a comfortable way' vs. 'with no problem'

I read the following in a TOEIC book: Q. The Captain’s Seafood Restaurant can ________ seat up to twenty guests in its Starboard Lounge. A. spaciously B. comfortably C. abundantly D. evenly Answer: B. ...
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can gourmet (n.) refer to food?

According to Merriam Webster, Gourmet as a noun refers to a person, and as an adjective describes food. Can it refer to food when it's a noun? I remember seeing such usage but can't be certain by ...
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concerned that he is not working as hard as he should

a. I am concerned that he is not working as hard as he should. Does this mean that he is not working as hard as he should and I find that concerning, or does it mean I think he might not be working as ...
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the book was in the desk drawer

a. I guessed the book was in the desk drawer. b. I guessed the book would be in the desk drawer. Do either of these sentences indicate that I was right? Do either of them indicate that I was wrong? Is ...
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He refused to allow himself to be kept quiet

I don't quite understand the meaning of this sentence from https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/allow?q=allow: He refused to allow himself to be kept quiet. How can it be ...
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Why saying "THERE is your present." when giving it, although the present is actually HERE (in her hand), not far away)?

The following sentence is from a native english speaking lady talking about Packaged Christmas presents. "There is your Christmas Present." ITV-Is Christmas packaging worth it (see:0:33-0:41)...
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since they were 10/from the age of 10

"They started getting an income since they were 10" implies that they began earning money at the age of 10 and have continued to do so up to the present time. It suggests an ongoing action ...
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A participle construction?

Excerpt from ‘The Proclamation of the Irish Republic, 1916’ ‘The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to ...
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What does pet mean here?

I saw a blog that says the blogger has a sick cat. Because of this, I have been giving her extra love and pets. What does "pet" mean here? Is it a noun? I looked up its definition and it ...
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Any difference in meaning between: "I don't get weighed." AND "I don't weigh myself."?

1- "I don't weigh myself." 2- "I don't get weighed." I heard the first one being used. And I just googled the second one, because it is grammatically closer to my mother tongue (...
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How do you shorten this unnatural sentence: "The problem is not caused by me 100%, but it is also caused by you to some extent."

Two people are arguing about a problem, why it is caused, etc. And finally one of them wants to mean: "This problem is not caused by me 100%, but it is also caused by you to some extent." (...
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How was the sense of "brazen insolence" of "cheek" derived? [closed]

etymonline says cheek (n.) "either of the two fleshy sides of the face below the eyes," Old English ceace, cece "jaw, jawbone," in late Old English also "the fleshy wall of ...
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"It was a stoney castle kind of thing." VS "It was kind of a stoney castle. --- Is the 1st sentence as valid as the 2nd one?

This is from a native speaker who is describing an imaginary house: "So, it was a stony, log cabin(y) castle kind of thing." Improve your english-Ronnie (see:2:58-3:13) Subtitles show ...
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small quantity of sugar

a. We repaired the heater with some little difficulty. b. We repaired the heater with no little difficulty. How much difficulty did we encounter? A lot, a little, a certain amount...? c. He added ...
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a fair amount of/a good deal of

Does 'a fair amount of' mean the same as 'a good deal of' and 'a great deal of'? I think the two latter idioms mean 'a lot of', but 'a fair amount of' is somewhat less than that. Maybe it is just my ...
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Anaphoric reference

A son looks to the affection of his parents. If they fail, they are expected to bring the case before the judge to seek justice. In the second sentence, the pronoun 'they' is used as an anaphoric ...
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How would you translate/What would you translate

How would you translate it into English? What would you translate it into English? Are they both correct? What's the difference?
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need to have driven / need to drive [closed]

1 How much time does one need to have driven a car before one can be considered a professional driver? 2 How much time does one need to drive a car before one can be considered a professional driver? ...
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"Unto" meaning in this definition: "used as a function word to indicate reference or concern"

Could someone please elaborate what this definition of "unto" means in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary? This is the definition: "used as a function word to indicate reference or ...
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