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“stretch something to its limit” meaning

I have encountered this sentence: Science can explain how gravity works between two objects, but why should it be based on the exact equations we find rather than others? In fact, why should ...
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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 does “to shout over” mean, particularly as it has been used in a particular passage I’ve read with curious sytnax?

I don’t un­der­stand the mean­ing of shout over as it has been used in the fol­low­ing pas­sage from Pa­tri­cia High­smith’s novel, The Ta­lented Mr. Ri­p­ley: A well-dressed Ital­ian greeted ...
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Meaning of Off In the following sentence

The England captain scored 148 off 71 balls against Afghanistan at Old Trafford What is the meaning of off. Does it mean to get out off? I looked up its meaning in dictionary but didn't find ...
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Can “unless” be used in unreal past (with would have)?

I found conflicting information about the subject: BBC World Service states that: And we cannot use unless with would to talk about unreal future situations: If he didn't take everything ...
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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 this paragraph in Media Politics mean?

Mass media in democratic societies serve three important functions providing an electoral forum for candidates and political parties to debate their qualifications for office before a national ...
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“Yet” with present perfect and simple present

a. The law has not reflected it yet. b. The law doesn't reflect it yet. What is the difference in meaning between the two sentences?
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Is the usage of “and till” appropriate?

Is the usage of "and till" appropriate? Personally I think it's not correct since "till" is a conjunction and should not be preceded by "and". But I noticed such usage in many examples in many ...
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Understanding of a sentence

The latest UPS “Pain in the (Supply) Chain” survey shows that an environment of increasing risks, complex regulations and continuing cost pressures are the three key issues faced by the healthcare ...
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Entry To, Entry Into

A preposition question: The United States earned entry to the knockout round with a win over Ghana and a draw against Portugal in Group G. Source Google search shows both "entry to" and "...
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Shall you vs Will you

I learned "will you~?" but I have never heard about "shall you~?" I thought that "shall" has similar meanings as "will". Is it unnatural to use "shall you~?" instead of "will you~?"
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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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What's “What's the day?”?

When you are asked "What's the day?", what does that mean? I tried but, I couldn't find the usage, anywhere. What day is it today? What's the date? What's the deal?
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The meaning of “Record” in Graduate Record Examinations

I understand that the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is an admissions requirement for graduate schools in the United States. What does "record" mean here? Why is it not Graduate Admissions ...
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How to understand the phrase “going to meet.”

How can I understand the phrase "going to meet"? I never claimed to meet the scammer or go to the actual concert. It was the scammer who was making the claims. That we all was going to meet the ...
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Use of more and as many as in diffrent place

I wrote four sentence with “more” and “as much as” used in diffrent places in sentences. Is there a diffrence among sentences in meaning ? It realy confuse me 1) There are ten times more bacterial ...
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What does 'reduced the importance' mean in context?

What does 'reduced the importance' mean? Is it good or bad? Good probably if it is an ad but why? Apple has already reduced the importance of iTunes on the iPhone and iPad and will now do the ...
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What's the meaning of “throw a pallet at her”?

Please tell me the meaning of "throw a pallet at her" in this context: Teachers might be using the Unit Organizer and the course map and starting to see kids that normally don’t respond, responding....
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what does “street pattern” mean?

i am learning about this post, which says A city block is the smallest area that is surrounded by streets. City blocks are the space for buildings within the street pattern of a city, and form ...
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On computer vs. over computer

As far as I know, "on a tool" means that someone is using that tool and "over a tool" means that something is done using that tool as a way to do it. For example: I have accepted the job over the ...
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At minutes in length

I don't understand the function and meaning of the "at" in the following examples. Is the "at" necessary in these phrases? Could it be omitted? At over 17 minutes in length, it is a tour de force ...
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How to write : someone who don't or doesn't?

Please help me to understand. My full sentence is "... as someone who don't/ doesn't only love his...". I have already tried them both and both sounds right.
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What does “on the clock” mean/imply here and why?

I have checked the dictionary, "on the clock" means : 1) Working or getting paid 2) Of a taxi (and by extension, its driver), currently engaged to carry a passenger and having an active meter. 3) ...
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the meaning of “for”

1.The market basket may not be representative, it can overstate or understate inflation for certain groups. 2.CPI does measure the variation in price for retail goods and other items paid by ...
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What does this mean: “All these years and I don't know who he is anymore than he knows who i am.”

All these years and I don't know who he is anymore than he knows who i am. Does it mean: I don't know him anymore and he does not know me either?
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“ten minutes out”

There is a scene in the movie Drinking Buddies where Gene and Luke are talking in a bar. Gene: I've been ten minutes out since I got here. I had one of these, and then I said, "I'm gonna have one ...
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What does “these” refer to in this sentence?

They have created traditional works and developed skills that attempt to bring the colors of the moon to life and many of these still remains today. Does "many of these" refer to "traditional ...
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What is meant by 'holiday' in this sentence?

In the following sentence: If I won a holiday anywhere in the world, I would go to Japan. Does 'holiday' simply means 'holiday', or does it mean a 'trip' or 'journey' or something else? Thanks in ...
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expression meaning

I've read this sentence in a book, and I am a bit confused. I pray to greet you with good fortune, and to greet your sweetest person. This sentence came in the opening of a letter. I have no clue ...
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Biginnig of waiting or the onset of waiting?

there is one thing that i don't know. Can you guys help me plz? Situation : There is a girl who can't be together With her boyfriend because he is in army. And thinking of the moment that she has ...
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Can you give me the meaning of these two sentences

*He's been the death of many, a poor man "Who's gonna kiss your rosy red cheek It's gonna be that steel drivin' man" what does these two mean? Both come from a gun club song "John Hardy" from the ...
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Does “least two weeks to complete” mean it will be done in 2 weeks or more than 2 weeks?

We are in the process of updating your account. These updates take at least two weeks to complete. Please clarify this... does this mean that it will be done in 2 weeks or 2 week or more ?
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The meaning of 'attribute A to B' in the context

I think 'attribute causes to events(line5)' should be 'attribute events to causes' although I am rather sure that I misunderstood. Why did the author write that way? Does attribute mean 'regard ...
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Consider progress against

Do the following sentences grammatically correctly express satisfaction with the candidates performance: We considered your progress against the Ph.D. degree timeline, work habits, publication and ...
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Usage of Provide and Deliver

I have a question for using two verbs "Provide" and "Deliver" to this sentence: Company provides electricity or: Company delivers electricity Which one is correct?
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Is there something called “technician slope”?

Is "technician slope" just a name for a slope in skiing or is it a slope for technicians? "I'd like to ski on the technician slope." I saw it in a Korean book.
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'in the privacy of his kitchen.' what does it mean?

I am trying to translate some fanfics to Korean. Anyway, I can't understand the meaning of the sentence. Looking Will in the eyes gives Hannibal a tranquility that he usually only knows in the ...
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meaning of the phrase “obscurity of one's condition”?

I have come across this in Crash Course World History. It is at 6 minutes and 55 seconds. Here it goes: You also had statesmen like Pericles, whose famous funeral oration brags about the golden ...
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Comma question.. speech usage terms

I have a basic question regarding commas, and I have not found the answer I was looking for. So the rule of thumb is to never separate the verb from the subject or main subject should I say...but in ...
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Is or was, or would either option be correct?

For this sentence here " The Oruanui eruption of the Taupo Volcano was the world's largest known eruption in the past 70,000 years" is the use of "was" implying that it is no longer the largest ...
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Using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions in one sentence

My question is can we use coordinators and subordinating conjunctions in the same sentence? If we can, what is the right order of these two kinds of conjunctions in one sentence? My sentence is: ...
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What does each of these sentences mean?

What does each of these sentences mean? What are differences in meaning between them? Are they all grammatically correct? I practiced martial arts at a young age. I practiced martial arts ...
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Difference between “on the fringe” and “on the fringes”

The Longman Dictionary seems to suggest that on the fringes can be used either literally or figuratively, while on the fringe refers to something actually physically away from the center. on the ...
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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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Jealous / Envy Choosing the right word

If "jealousy is when you worry someone will take what you have ... envy is wanting what someone else has" So I think only the second sentence is correct. Am I right? 1) My girlfriend is jealous of ...
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What is “making up one's life”?

Having evaded wretchedness, the gay young man making up his shining life in the city is one of civilization’s wonders, and Édouard Louis is a new, inspiring real-life example of such transfiguration.
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think I can do anything

a. I don't think I can do anything you want. Can't this sentence mean two things? a1. I think I can't do anything you want. a2. I don't think I can't do just anything you want. b. You're mistaken ...
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Meaning of confusing phrase - “for as long”

I found this in an article on Quora: What are some disadvantages for companies located in Silicon Valley? 1-Distraction by all the other startups/silicon valley media 2-Risk of top ...
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A good place to start would be (with)

I have a question about some sentence in this Economist article: Reserve prison for the worst offenders. Divert the less scary ones to drug treatment, community service and other penalties that ...