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Lying in bed vs lying in my bed [on hold]

Lying in bed Lying in a bed Lying in my bed Lying in the bed Are there any difference among these four sentences?
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Difference between “career progress” and “career progression”

The definitions of "progress" and "progression" are very similar in the Merriam Webster Learner's Dictionary. Progress: [noncount] 1 : movement forward or toward a place 2 : the ...
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Can I use the following sentences?

Not sure if all-out can be used in this meaning I will give all-out of me. Such as I will try to do the best of me?
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want/prefer/would like something (to be)

a1,a2,b1,b2,c1,c2 are the interpretations of A,B,C I guess. This question is really important for me to understand English and read and make English sentences correctly! I think A,B,C mean a1,b1,c1 ...
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What’s the meaning of “off” in “better off”?

According to Collins Dictionary If you say that someone would be better off doing something, you are advising them to do it or expressing the opinion that it would benefit them to do it, as in: ...
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Meaning of “enforce from” here

Here is a quote from Daniel Goleman's book Emotional Intelligence: "Indeed, the first laws and proclamations of ethics—the Code of Hammurabi, the Ten Commandments of the Hebrews, the Edicts of ...
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What is “friggen”?

There is a line Though it may take all friggen day in a song "My World" by Avril Lavigne, and I can't find any translation/meaning for the word "friggen". Do you know anything about this word?
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pull/push on an oar

I am taught that “pull” means move things toward yourself and “push” means move things away from yourself. Then I came across this. I thought rowing would be a breeze. Then I took a seat in an ...
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What does 'get emotionally taken away" mean?

What does 'get emotionally taken away" mean? I found this in a interview to some competition winner. He won the competition and said,'You can let yourself get emotionally taken away.' I understand '...
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Is “I play soccer, but I’m not playing right now" grammatically correct? [on hold]

I play soccer, but I’m not playing right now. Does the sentence make sense?
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Get through vs finish

Today my doubt is about the word “get through”. Basically the meaning is like “finish” something right? Well in this quote “when you get through the homework, I’ll give you more” can I use the word “...
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What does “fuller discussion” mean?

I am sorry for not being able to give you some context about this. I found this phrase from the "Pearson Academic Words List". I tried a few dictionaries even, but still not able to understand the ...
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What does `language use` mean, in the context of modern English?

A Cambridge english vocabulary says The Cambridge Learner Corpus is a collection of over 44 million words of English, based upon evidence of language use by learners from all over the world and ...
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Postgraduate education, or graduate education?

Wikipidia says that they two terms are the same. Google says that they are different: In the USA An undergraduate student is one who's working towards a bachelors degree; typically a graduate ...
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Does “expected to” a polite way to say “need to”?

A Cambridge english vocabulary says The list covers vocabulary appropriate to the B1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and includes receptive vocabulary (words that the ...
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Which is the meaning of push the slinky Sphinx? [closed]

Which is the meaning of push the slinky Sphinx? I found it in a book about conceptual selling: I told you to move the Slinky Sphinx models, didn’t I?
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Is WHICH referring to A, B or something else in “A is … B … and from which”?

A Cambridge english vocabulary says The Cambridge Learner Corpus is a collection of over 44 million words of English, based upon evidence of language use by learners from all over the world and ...
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The confusion of “for”, “In” and “after”

The use of the prepositions "for",after and " in" while talking about time periods is rather confusing for me because some times they are interchangeable and some times not. Let us observe the ...
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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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Why “told me” and not, “said to me”? [duplicate]

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 1) Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." ...
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What means “veteran bores”

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald "In consequence, I'm inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran ...
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Does “should not confine [something to something] alone” mean “should look around more”?

A Cambridge english Vocabulary says The list does not provide an exhaustive list of all words which appear on the Preliminary and Preliminary for Schools question papers and candidates should not ...
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“illuminate the issues at stake” meaning

One of the examples used for the meaning of the word "illuminate" in Cambridge dictionary is: to explain and show more clearly something that is difficult to understand: an article which ...
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Does the phrase “in a way” makes such a difference in a statement?

Does the phrase "in a way" makes such a difference in a statement? In other words, is there a major difference by saying: "In a way, a part of you thinks they should have been together." and "...
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What means: “Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn.”

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald This sentence: "Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn." I don't understand because of words: "unaffected scorn" because of ...
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Can anyone answer my question please . What means ( to be closed to ) Thanks in advance [closed]

Can anyone answer my question please . What means ( to be closed to ) Thanks in advance
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Does `sour bunch` mean unusual in some cases?

This mathematical blog post says: Statisticians can be a sour bunch. Instead of considering their winnings, they only measure how much they have lost. In fact, they consider their wins as negative ...
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In the Hell / In Hell

What is the difference? How is the first used? What in the hell? What the hell? and How in the hell? How the hell? And what other examples are there?
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Anyone/anybody- someone/somebody

I have some difficulty to understand when to use the 4 words: anybody, somebody, anyone, someone. For example: “I would like to ask if someone can help me” is it right? And if I want to start the ...
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What the difference between “doorman” and “porter”

I was searching for hotel vocabulary, because I’m finishing my tourism course and I saw these two words. I thought they were both the same meaning. Basically I understand for “doorman” and “porter”, ...
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Meaning of “adjoined”

Good evening. Anyone can explain me what the meaning of “adjoined”? The quote where i saw this word was “we don’t have any more single rooms available, with the exception of one adjoined room”
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Do as Someone question

"There's work we can do as doctors to improve the experience for families as well as patients." Hello, I want to know what "do as doctors" means. I have no idea why "as" is placed there and what it ...
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Is the lecturer saying “with respect at” or “with respect to”?

It sounds like that the lecturer is saying for the example we're discussing here, it would represent the distance of the car from its starting position. this should make more sense when ...
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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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Does “fairly” mean “relatively” or some level between them?

The lecturer is saying Initially the gradient is positive and fairly constant, but for it drops to zero at the peak, it then becomes negative for a period before returning to zero. Cambridge gives ...
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Continuous Past vs Continuous Past Perfect

Well, guys, please consider the following: When he arrived, she was repairing the bike. When he arrived, she had been repairing the bike. Which one is better? Or do they have their own meanings?
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Does “for it” mean “for a while” in some cases?

It sounds like the lecturer is saying Initially the gradient is positive and fairly constant, but for it drops to zero at the peak, it then becomes negative for a period before returning to ...
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Meaning of “Solution is all but trivial”

This is another example of how to use the phrase: "Something is all but Something" ... I have seen some examples of using this phrase as "almost completely", so, that would mean the solution is very ...
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What does “sit on the shocks” mean?

Move this axis down approximately 3 inches (until it is sitting on the shocks). What does "sitting on the shocks" mean? Does this mean "move this axis until it hits something (maybe bottom?)"? ...
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What does the phrase “slide into first” mean here?

I heard a phrase "slide into first" in an arcade racing game's description. This was used as the introductory sentence that was followed by speed boosting and drifting tips. I know the lexical ...
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What does the expression “Goodbye eighth place, hi checkered flag” mean here?

I have heard the following expression in a racing game's description: Goodbye eighth place, hi checkered flag. As far as I remember, the context was about getting bonus points by collecting the ...
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difference between “role model” and “reference point”

Oprah played a big role in my understanding of what it meant to be female and to really step into your own power. I wouldn’t even call her a role model; she was literally a reference point. You ...
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What does “running from” mean?

Remove the screws securing the boards running from the right side of the crate to the left side. I read this from a manual, and this is about how to unpack a package. Does "running from" refer to ...
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What is meant by “go on course”?

What is the most suitable word that substitutes for "go on" in the following sentence: If too many people want to go on the morning course, we will have a second class in the afternoon. Is it ...
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What does “we have a go plotting in” mean?

It sounds like the lecturer is saying going back to a more complex place. let's just talk through what we should expect before we have a go plotting in plotting is easy to understand, the ...
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Why does the lecturer think the Famous Panda is **delicious**?

The lecturer is saying you do face the same problem of missing context in any language like the famous Panda who goes to a restaurant and eats shoots and leaves and they were both ...
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Useful vs Helpful

I would like to know the difference in meaning between 'useful' and 'helpful' when we talk about non-physical things such as advice, explanation, knowledge, etc. When can you say that some advice/...
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What does “land tricks” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the word "land" in the following made-up sentence from a racing game: Land tricks to increase your speed and finish times. The lexical meanings of the word "land"...
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call someone on

He called me on the stage. What does this sentence above mean? He called me to get on the stage. He called me when I was on the stage. Either 1 or 2 according to context. I would choose 3. If "me" ...
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{Something} as expressed by {someone}

Confidence and self-respect as expressed by members of a group. Few things are funnier or more shocking than moral indignation as expressed by a total bastard. But he does still have a heart ...