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What does it mean when we elude ourselves?

Here is a sentence: In our daily lives, then, we are never quite there. In the present we elude ourselves and the world eludes the grasp of a fully self-possessed experience.
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What does “of” modifies in sentence below?

I want the car with sunroof of this model. In this sentence , I think that “ of” modifes the car but I wonder if it also modifes sunroof .
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What’s the meaning of “as much as?” [duplicate]

Sentence: By 1997 a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that HRT extended life expectancy for postmenopausal women by as much as three years. I don’t know if ...
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Meaning of “set to win”

What does "set to win" mean in the expression "Conservatives Set to Win Majority"? In particular, is the noun "conservatives" the agent of "setting to win" in the sense that they are doing the action ...
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What is the meaning of “as well” in this context?

This is the context: One of the classic philosophical problems, the problem of other minds—How do you know that anybody has a mind? How do you know who or what has a mind?—is cropping up ...
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She was to have married

She died quickly, shortly before she was to have married. In the above sentence, what does it mean by "she was to have married"? Does it mean "she was to get married"?
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What is the meaning of “Like the way I feel when I ride my bike fast”?

What is the meaning of "Like the way I feel when I ride my bike fast" in the following sentences? (Source; My Dad Takes Care Of Me by Patricia Quinlan) My dad and I talk about more things now. Like ...
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What does “but” mean here?

... his progeny are bound to succeed over poor brainy but pug-ugly humanity... I searched online dictionaries for but I didn't find the meaning fits the sentence. As a result I don't understand ...
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Does meaning change in phrase below?

1) Book’s chapter for children If I say; 2) Chapter for children of book. Second phrase sounds like “Children belongs to book” . I know it is very absurd. But I just wonder if the correct use is ...
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Place of words in sentence below

I couldn’t find my glasses’s box which was given by my father. In this sentence “which “ modifed “box” . We understand that box was given by my father. I couldn’t find box of my glasses which ...
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Idiom “Do the best”

Does the second sentence mean the same as the first one? They are doing all possible to further the passage of the Senate. They are doing the best to facilitate the passage of the Senate.
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when they’re charged £1,000 for coughing

From the this tweet : Everyone who voted Tory when they’re charged £1,000 for coughing in A&E #ElectionResults2019 be charged for something = mean (you have to pay for something or ...
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which understanding is correct,the translation from a reference book or my understanding?

I'm preparing for IELTS test. And there is one sentence in the listening tape I don't quite understand. Below is the tapescript: And one of the first-year students I interviewed wanted reassurance ...
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What does “sustain” mean in this context?

This is the context: think that emotion is very important in our attribution of consciousness to other people and to animals. Computers can compute very complicated things but this ability is ...
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Difference between “What” and “As”

Is there any difference between "what" and "as"? The first sentence from Taylor Swift's song "Call It What You Want". Call it what you want Call it as you want Do as she said Do ...
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Can you call it a Historical event

can you call a meeting of world leaders that took place in 1947 a historical event? Thanks
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What is the meaning of “gain traction on” in this context?

This is the context: This is a difficult issue, to ask about animal subjective experience. For many animals, we can’t be with them without thinking they have subjective experience. To those of ...
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Help ! Which is the right answer [closed]

Choose We are in ( complete - completed - completing- completion) agreement over the question of drug abuse in athletics
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Is it ok to begin a sentence with “Currently being” in order to say something like “Siendo actualmente”?

I'm kind of translating my CV into English, but I got stuck in the following part: During the second year of my IT degree, three years ago, I started getting involved in several projects, working on ...
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Query about preposition of ' to' below sentences

In the sentences below. 1) The road runs paralle to the river. 2) The road and the canal run parallel to each other. There seems to be similar in using the prepositon of 'to' above sentences. ...
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difference between further and far

Can you explain me what's difference between further and far? I was searching for an answer but I only I only have found farther vs further.
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“I booked a three-day” in place of “I booked a three-days”

What is the reason to say " I booked a three-day accommodation in the “Wild life Nature Reserve” camping." in place of " I booked a three-days accommodation in the “Wild life Nature Reserve” camping. ...
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What is the meaning of 'git' in this context

I watched a movie about some cowboys and Indians in Texas, but needed to pause, when one of the cowboys put his hands on his belt and shouted "Git" at the person coming towards him. What does "Git" ...
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sea otter pun - please help

On 10 December 2019, @MontereyAq tweeted the following sea otter pun: "sea otters imply the existence of land better-nots". The twitter account of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is famous for its way-out ...
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Question about the preposition 'to'

In the sentence below: The photos may cause offence to some people. The preposition 'to' is confusing. I think there are three possible meaning of 'to'. In the direction of sth To show the person ...
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What does 'A=B to within 20%' mean? Does this mean |A-B|/B = 20%?

I am not clear about "within". What is the relationship between A and B?
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What is the meaning of by in this sentence?

The green faction in city council meetings can then be expected to play its green role by the other actors.
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Do you say I will know or I’m going to know

I will know the answer. Or I’m going to know the answer. I’m assuming 1. means I’m going to know regardless as 2. means I will eventual know..
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Question about preposition of 'in'

I'll show you two sentences concerning the preposition of 'in'. 1) I'm interested in traveling. In this sentence, there seems to be two possible definitioins to me. First, taking part in something....
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Meaning of the “on”

What does it mean "on"? I’ve never ever posted on here, but thought maybe today I would.
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Meaning of “like” in sentence below

It says something on the wall like you said to me before. In this sentence Does “like” mean that it says something in the way you said or it says something like thing you said before? If it has not ...
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Is “I want to look inside (of something)” equal to “I want to know what it looks like on the inside”?

Is "I want to look inside (of something)" equal to "I want to know what it looks on the inside" ? / Or does "look on the inside" mean you have a perspective from the inside of something? +edit) Okay, ...
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Sentence containing my vs the

I have two sentences to comprehend correctly. Do you say Today is an opportunity to finish off my goal. Today is my opportunity to finish off my goal.
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What does “Milton” mean in this case?

In the movie "The Night at the Museum, " the protagonist Larry says "I'm Larry, son of Milton," after the pharaoh introduces himself as "the Fourth King of the Fourth King, Ruler of the Land of my ...
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Going to or I will

I’m puzzled with going to vs I will in these sentences. I’m going to always love you. I will always love you. What sounds better? But I do believe that “going to” implies I haven’t yet loved you but ...
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What is the meaning of “conceive” in this context?

This is the context: Well, that’s very odd. I’m in a minority because for some reason I’m one of those people who never got myself completely fascinated by this question. And in part this is ...
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What is the meaning of “got myself feeling something”?

This is the context: Paulson: Danny Kahneman, how big a question is this in science, consciousness? Kahneman: Well, that’s very odd. I’m in a minority because for some reason I’m one of those ...
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Is it correct to say “someone's heart is with us”?

Is it correct to say "someone's heart is with us"? I'm trying to translate a piece of text to English and I really don't know whether that is correct or not. The source text is saying that someone is ...
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Difference of meaning in sentences below

Are there any meaning difference in sentences below? I used a phrase both before adjective and after adjective . If there is any difference Can you please explain why? Constructor built a one feet ...
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“that's him alright” exact meaning?

I tried to Google that up but got no hits. “that's him alright” - what does it mean? Is it pure slang or there is a dictionary entry explaning that?
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to settle into a political conflict

I have just read the following sentence in an article from the "The Guardian" newspaper: The crisis that toppled Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, last month has settled into a political conflict ...
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What is the meaning of the word themes [duplicate]

what is the meaning of: The themes of the Hamlet novel. I want to know the meaning of the word "themes"
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What is the meaning of “inconsistently” in this context?

This is the context: would say that the science of consciousness is extremely challenging and that in the context of trying to make operational evaluations of patients, that is, when trying to ...
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Use of same after noun

Should I use same before noun always ? I mean can I use it after noun ? Like ; I have the same computer as yours Or I have the computer same as yours.
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What does “dare” mean here?

I searched online dictionaries for the word dare but I don't understand the meaning of sentence below: As he dared only to hope in that great book, light has been cast upon not just the worlds of ...
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The meaning of “to get under someone/something's guard”

I'm translating a book by Victoria Schwab and I'm not sure about the meaning of a sentence here. The scene describes a character fighting a monster, and here's the sentence that has confused me: "...
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What does the word “warmth” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the word "warmth" in the following sentence: If you think that ML Enhance makes a sunset’s glow look too much like daylight, you can move the Temperature slider ...
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What does “go someone late” mean?

I came across it in this article. WBA world super-middleweight champion Callum Smith: "If Ruiz wins again I wouldn't be one bit surprised. I do think you'll see a more switched-on Joshua who is ...
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Use of “same as” instead of “of”

Can ı use “ same as” in sentences instead “of” ? 1)I need 100 kg of the same soil as this sample you sent. Instead of “of” in sentence; 2)need 100 kg of soil of this sample you sent. 3) ...
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Difference of meaning between two same structures

1) Water of washing dishes (washing dishes water) 2) Process of producing a car When considering these two sentence fragments, it seems both have the same structure, but the first one doesn’t ...