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reading a mystery novel again

a. Jane is reading a mystery novel again. b. Jane is reading another mystery novel again. c. Jane is reading the same mystery novel again. Are the above sentences grammatically correct? Do they ...
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Master of roads

Is it OK (in the spirit of language) to call truck driver, or any professional driver "master of roads"? Is there any other meaning to this phrase (religious or something)? Thanks. EDIT: I came here ...
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What is the meaning of “instantiate” in this context?

This is the context: Kahneman: [To Schiff] It could be that your research could isolate an area in the brain that is associated with consciousness. I’m speculating. And then if we found ...
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'… events that took place…'

Is the following sentence correct? 'This video contains a lot of footage of events that took place in the last 80 years.' It feels kind of double, because an event is something that happens or takes ...
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What is the meaning of “if indirectly” in this context?

This is the context: Paulson: Dave, I want to come back to you. Do you agree with what the rest of the panel, or some of the panelists, is saying, that basically some of these questions are not ...
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“Scared of you” vs. “feared of you”

I am not scared of you. I am not feared of you. Are both grammatical? Is there a difference in meaning between them?
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Kasparov emerged the winner every time

These were arguably the two greatest players in the history of the game at the peak of their powers going at it in five incredibly hard-fought and very close matches. They played a total of 144 games! ...
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WOULD meaning in those sentences

1.I think we would be better off friends. 2.I think that i would die. 3.I would die for you. 4.I think i would just cut the wire. Why would is used in those sentences? I think it is not ...
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'just because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at me' meaning

The following quote is from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) between Denis and King Arthur. Oh but if I went 'round sayin' I was Emperor, just because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at ...
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Word choice between us and each other

Hey I’ve got two sentences which sound almost the same to me We have real intimacy between us. We have real intimacy between each other. Do they carry the same meaning or are they grammatically ...
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When to use “find” & when to use “look for”?

find [transitive] to get back something/somebody that was lost after searching for it/them find something for somebody Can you find my bag for me? find somebody something Can you find me my ...
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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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Walking to someone

Id like to know if these various sentences about walking to someone mean the same thing I’m walking up to her. I’m walking towards her. Im walking to her. I’d appreciate knowing other ways to say ...
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Does “has been nothing short of amazing” mean it is a short time interval?

From this book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" While the use of deep learning by the medical image processing community trailed that of the computer ...
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Meaning of “see the way forward”?

Here two examples: "But I don't think football's in crisis because a crisis would be if you can't see the way forward." "There are those who see the way forward as limited to securing ...
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“I made it” vs. “I've made it”

If I want to say that I was able to accomplish something, when should I say "I made it", and when should I say "I've made it"? What's the difference between the two forms? Please give me a long ...
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Difference between “him” and “his” in these sentences?

What is the exact difference in meaning of following sentences: I understand his quitting. I understand him quitting.
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(NSFW) Which one is correct “What a hell” or “What the hell” / “What a fu_k” or “What the fu_k”?

We have "what the fu_k!" & "what the hell!" in the dictionary. But do people say "What a hell!" or "What a fu_k!"? Are there any differences between "What the hell is that?" and "What a hell is ...
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What is the meaning of “gives out” in this context?

This is the context: It’s very hard to find the place where consciousness “gives out” as you move across the natural order. If one looks for a capacity without which there wouldn’t be ...
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What the name for these things?

Could you please tell me, what these things are called in English. N.B. monograms, ciphers, cartouches don't fit the meaning
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First vs at first

I usually ask people this first, but I haven't done so with you. What's your favorite music? I usually ask people this at first, but I haven't done so with you. What's your favorite music? Are both ...
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Anything other than

What the phrase "can be anything other than" in the given sentence means i.e. how can it be interpreted in any sentence or how it affects on any sentence or what is the overal meaning of the sentence? ...
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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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Where do you happen to be?

I was reading a book ("The Telephone" by Kornie Chukovsky) and came across the expression "where do you happen to be?". Here is the context: My telephone rang. A: "Hello, who's speaking?" B: "The ...
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meaning of “deepen relationship” and “deep”

I have a question about the meaning of the verb "deepen" and by extension the adjective "deep" in this New York Times article: Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship ...
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“…the figure drew breath, opened eyes, and rose from the table” — why is there no article or pronoun in front of “eyes”?

Here is a text from the video game The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind: In my dream, a tall figure with a golden mask greeted me, saying, "There are many rooms in the house of the Master. Be easy, for ...
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Is par eminence a French term?

Is par eminence a French term? What does it mean? Here is a sample sentence from The New York Times" For more than two centuries there has always been somebody who, like the Duke of Cambridge, has ...
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The meaning of 'I'm blowing it' by Superman

I'm translating 'Superman' from English to Hungarian, and I don't get the meaning of the following sentence: "I'm blowing it" The context is that he realizes that the 'S' sign is a symbol in a ...
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“ send something a few amount short” [duplicate]

My supplier sent my raw material 250 kg short of the full amount . Is use of '' short '' correct in this sentence ? Can I use this in this way? What I want to say is that My order which was raw ...
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TO more accurately detect and TO more efficiently solve a person's problem

I'm wondering if we have two adverbs in English in the basic case below: Knowing a patient's medical history enables a health provider to detect a patient's medical problems more accurately to solve ...
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What is the difference between “gone to become” and “gone on to become”?

The phrase is: He's gone to become a legend. My understanding of this phrase is: he doesn't exist any more, he is a legend now. My friend states that the phrase is incorrect. Correct version should ...
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What is the meaning of “fell off the curve”?

This is the context: One is a published case of a patient who was locked-in classically with a brain stem injury and had an unusual extension of the injury into the auditory system. The auditory ...
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Use of “remain short of”

Hospitals remain short of basic medicines, and patients are even told to bring in their own bottles — often empty Taedong Beer bottles — to use for saline drips. I have seen this sentence . And I ...
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Sentence Structure using 'outside' as an adverb and noun

‘It was so noisy outside’. ‘The outside was so noisy'. Is the 2nd sentence grammatically correct? Do both sentences have the same meaning?
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“Pack the/your neck” meaning?

Video In the video, I see the guy just draw his neck a bit backward and make it align/perpendicular with his back. Is it what the term "Pack the/your neck" simply mean? Edit: Added more context for ...
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Which phrase is more correct?

I have two sentences that are ambiguous to me. The first sentence is: I have got a woman at home. The second sentence is: I got a woman at home. The meaning I'm aiming for is the present moment. I ...
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What is the meaning of “a sense of failure over never…”

Logue is a man who must cure his own demons – a sense of failure over never having made it as a professional actor – and who is everywhere patronised as a colonial. Sense of failure didn't allow him ...
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What is the meaning of a.k.a. abreviation?

I have saw this expression been used very often in colloquial textual conversations (as in this question for example), but I don't know what it means.
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What does “of” modifies in sentence below?

I wear the shirt with flower print of my father. In this sentence , does “ of” modifie shirt or flower. Of It is know that the shirt belongs to my father but I wonder if I use this sentence in ...
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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 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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Usage of the word “particular”

Why did the writer use the word "particular" in this definition of government that has taken from the Oxford dictionary? "a particular system or method of controlling a country". Can we say "a ...
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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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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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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’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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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 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 the difference between on/at a hill

It seems to me that on a hill has subtle difference in connotation from at a hill. In my opinion, I would think on a hill implies on the surface and at a hill express a specific location. I am not ...
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Can you paraphrase “ruling ideas of their time” in this passage?

Hesse’s grandfather Hermann Gundert (1814-1893) had been a Protestant missionary in India, where he also became an accomplished linguist in Dravidian languages. With a sceptical, questing attitude to ...