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Grammar Ielts Question

Sentence : National and international fixed calls showed a similar pattern , starting at just under 40 billion minutes of calls in 1995, then rising/rised steadily to around 60 billion minutes of ...
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Does “anyone” mean “any random person”?

Since my question actually is about stating the correct words, it needs to communicate by an example. Suppose I am elected as the president of America now. One day, my mother comes and knocks my door ...
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What does “project onto” mean here?

I would like to know the meaning of the word project onto, as far as I see from the context here that the word "protect onto" means that you redeem other people to have the same feeling you have. ...
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What are grant writing activities?

Our new bylaws states that we are required to “participate in grant-writing activities” for promotions. I argue that attending a grant-writing workshop is a grant-writing activity, so is writing a ...
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What does the phrase “shape up” mean here?

What does the phrase "shape up" mean in the following sentence from the description (not available online) of the game "Griddie Islands" Help these tropical getaways shape up. ...
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What does the phrase “slid down tubes” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "slid down tubes" in the following sentence from the description of the game "Minion Rush": For six and a half harrowing minutes,...
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What does “The Hercules play comes in there” mean?

What does "The Hercules play comes in there" mean? On April 8, 1907, the alleged spirit of Myers, through Mrs. Piper, said to Mrs. Sidgwick: "Do you remember Euripides? Do you remember ...
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How do you read “ten twenty a hundred thousand dollars” in this context?

A scene from The Lesson Of Her Death (1993) by Jeffery Deaver "Three point six million," Sayles says slowly, and the discussion goes round and round again. Sayles begins to understand ...
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What does “world order” mean here

Conspiracists have long speculated that these individuals are part of a secret “world order”, with ties to the Illuminati and satanic cults. Debunking these theories is relatively easy, but in his ...
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What does “expressions of opinion” mean?

What does "expressions of opinion" mean? Expressions of opinion should be supported by reference to the authority on which they are made and the verifiable facts which support them.
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Checking the speed of my interstellar flight - stopping or inspecting?

Reading an old story about a demon flying between galaxies, the following sentence is unclear to me: Checking the speed of my interstellar flight, I followed its equator with a poised and level wing, ...
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meaning of “everything that it means to be”

From a tutorial The class, which is a new block of code that I'm going to ask you to write if you choose to follow these tutorials, is this idea of encapsulate. everything that goes in between the ...
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What does “closely written sheet” (or page) means?

I am unable to find the meaning of the following phrase: "the closely written letters" (or sheets, or pages). Within were a number of closely-written sheets of paper and some letters, most ...
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Meaning of “the policy was a step too far.”

Could someone help me to understand the following sentence? For many ethnic Mongolians, who see their language as one of the last surviving markers of their distinct cultural identity, the policy was ...
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“tree.. Room opening upon it.” - meaning?

I would like to understand the following sentence, as the meaning of "opening upon" is not clear to me: There was a compound adjoining, filled with rank reed and a solitary pipal tree. ...
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Does 'would' represent the completed action?

In this sentence, Why would you ever kiss me? To me, 'would' represent the future event. So the sentence means that the 'kiss' is not done yet but he/she is going to kiss sometime later. But I ...
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What does “I can't reach out to call you” mean?

What does "I can't reach out to call you" mean? (penultimate line) Lyrics: There's a time that I remember, When I did not know no pain When I believed in forever, And everything would stay ...
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What does “ain't but” mean?

I've come across it in the second episode of the second season of the Walking Dead. Here is the context: Otis: Nearest hospital went up in flames a month ago. The High School Hershel: That's what I ...
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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 is malaise in the following passage?

The malaise of innovation DG Research commissioned a group of experts to study the impact of the concept of the knowledge society on citizens (‘Taking European Knowledge Society Seriously’). A ...
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independent/standalone/self-contained

Standalone: able to operate without control from another system, company, etc. self-contained: not requiring help or support from anyone or anything else : complete by itself Independent ...
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What does “in-thought” mean here? [closed]

In the same way, too, man in general, abstract man, in a sense is only an abstract generality, but this abstract generality begins to exist concretely in individuals detached from any particular tie ...
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To me or for me [duplicate]

How can we differentiate when to use “to” or “for” for example: To me/for me, it’s important to know if we can make reservation at this hour.
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Available In/As

I have a question about the preposition to use when talking about different versions/varieties of a products: NY Times: Coke's biggest brand in Japan is no longer Coke Classic. It's a brand ...
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Learning vocabulary is a journey wihout destination, but exist ways to accelerate?

Is a hassle to learn vocabulary, I'm not saying is the devil and needs to be avoided, it's worth-while but I have been learning for the past year and I feel it consume a lot of my time and energy that ...
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Is “to ease” the same as “could ease”?

Found this article online and the title is: China-U.S. trade war to ease but conflicts will persist - former finance minister But then the person is quoted of saying "could ease". Are the two ...
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Is “side of the hill” the same as “shoulder of the hill”?

From The Hobbit, The tunnel wound on and on, going fairly but not quite straight into the side of the hill—The Hill, as all the people for many miles round called it—and many little round doors ...
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Difference between 'directorate' and 'department'

What is the difference between 'directorate' and 'department'? Is a department, like, a ministry and directorate a sub-ministry? In the political/business context, a directorate doesn't exist on its ...
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All life and All lives

What is the difference between them? Earth was created for all lives, not just human life. Earth was created for all life, not just human life. I found the second on http://thriveglobal.com/...
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is “to relegate” generally construed as a “neutral” or a “condescending” verb for the meaning of “to assign”

Merriam-Webster provides the following definitions for the verb "relegate" 2 : ASSIGN: a : to assign to a place of insignificance or of oblivion : b : to assign to an appropriate place ...
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What does the phrase “gone too far to brain” mean here? [closed]

The counter-revolution has set in. The ban on somatotonia is lifted, and if our grandchildren go to Sunday school they may be shown pictures not of a Christ suffering in cerebrotonic tight-lipped ...
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How are 'explanatory'and 'explanative, ' increase' and 'increasing' different

'Explanative' and 'explanatory' are both adjectives, and 'increase' and 'increasing' are both nouns. Are the meanings of the words in each pair the same? If the meanings aren't the same, and the words ...
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“in a measure for the bustle and blare and intrigue” - meaning?

Reading another story from C.A. Smith, I have been trying to figure out the following sentence, to no avail: It consoled him in a measure for the bustle and blare and intrigue of the imperial court, ...
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“Spending more time TRYING…” and “Spending more time TO TRY…”

Is there any difference in meaning between "Spending more time trying to....." and "Spending more time to try to....."? Below is the headline of an online news article I just read ...
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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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Meaning of “He is given an individuality best suited to the people he addresses”

We try to give each advertiser a becoming style. We make him distinctive, perhaps not in appearance, but in manner and in tone. He is given an individuality best suited to the people he addresses. In ...
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What does **reluctant, eager** mean together here?

What does reluctant, eager mean together here? As I translate these terms are opposite separately. And where is the main verb here after the subject? Could someone explain grammar of Meg reluctant, ...
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What’s the meaning of this sentence?

I was doing my homework and came across this sentence in my textbook: ”If you had needed money, you could have asked him.” Does that sentence mean the same as ”if you needed money, you could have ...
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What does 'drew her back into' mean in context?

What does 'drew her back into' mean in context? Can 'drew' be replaced with 'pulled'? He drew her back into himself again; again she was confronted with the single eye, was pulled through the ...
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What does 'in one's sum' mean exactly?

have been reading a long essay on psychology and, at some point, the authors use the phrase "in one's sum", whose meaning I could not catch. I looked it up at some dictionaries, but I could ...
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Meaning of “to say them in all good-intentioned honesty about a story”

I'm reading an introduction to Philip K. Dick written by Roger Zelazny. This introduction is included in PKD's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and the following paragraph is Roger Zelazny's ...
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Meaning of “humours (Elizabethan usage)”

I'm reading an article about Philip K. Dick written by Roger Zelazny. Zelazny talks about Dick's Galactic Pot-Healer and says: Galactic Pot-Healer -- When the encyclopedia defines a particular ...
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Meaning of “as soon as school was out for the day”

As soon as school was out for the day, they always came to play there. What should I understand when I read this expression: ”as soon as school was out for the day”
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What is “athlete of distinction”?

"...An all-round amateur athlete of distinction and until recently tutor of English literature at..." Could anybody provide an explanation, please?
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“at a distance of leagues, being plainly of megalithic vastness”…full meaning?

Reading another story by Clark Ashton Smith, I would like to ask your help with the following sentence: The rock of the whole mountain was strangely ruinous and black; but the city walls, though ...
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what is the difference between kind of/to , nice of/to?

It was kind of him to let me stay in his house. It was nice of him to let me stay in his house. She is always very nice to me. She is friendly. She is always kind to me. She is friendly.
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What's the meaning of 'lockjaw' in this sentence?

I know the meaning of 'lockjaw', which is a kind of disease but I don't think this word from the sentence below doesn't literally means that disease but other thing. This is some part from a novel '...
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Meaning of “soul-sapping”

The sentence below is from the article Posters berating homeless beggars as frauds? I know how far this is from truth Perhaps hard-pressed officials adopt these tactics when interacting with ...
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Is “envisageable” a legitimate English adjective?

I am wondering If I can say (self-made example) Given the growth rate of the job market, a better future is envisageable. I searched about it and it looks, it is basically a French term. So, I am not ...
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What this “May” means?

My friend asked me the meaning of the sentence below: May, for this effect was only tested in conditions with a task (see further below). (excerpt from a scientific paper, p.28) I think the meaning ...