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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 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 ...
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What's the meaning of this paragraph?

A canvas made, not only of homes, but of dealers. Competition is measured up. Every advertiser of a similar product is written for his literature and claims. Thus we start with exact information on ...
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What is the meaning of this paragraph?

The question is one of small moment. Certainly good art pays as well as mediocre. And the cost of preparing ads is very small compared with the cost of insertion. I don't understand the meaning of ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “make up” in context [closed]

I've come across this usage in the 5th episode of the 5th season of Better Call Saul. The context is Saul defends a man who allegedly stole money from a register. The cashier saw the guy coming in and ...
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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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Go back home vs come back home

I'm arguing with my girlfriend (we are not native English speakers), what is the proper form, go back home or come back home. For example, consider two versions: I will go to the office and then go ...
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What is the meaning of “hold himself” and “in reverse” in this text?

He knew when to attack and when to remain upon the defensive, when to press on the enemy and when to hold himself in reserve and let the enemy follow his own devices. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “from the first cuss” in this context?

It is from Crash Course Anatomy & Phisiology. It is at around 1 minute and 30 second to 2 minute. Here it goes: Because, as unpleasant as a stick in the eye or tack in the foot may be, pain ...
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The difference between characteristic, feature, aspect, attribute and quality, their definitions are defined using each other

It's annoying the Dictionary always happens to me this absurdity: Characteristic - distinguishing feature or quality Feature - a distinctive attribute or aspect of something Attribute - regard a ...
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What does the use of 'bank' as a verb mean in this context which has nothing to do with actual banks (financial institutions)?

What is the meaning of the word bank as a verb here? EDIT: "...Boris Johnson does not want talks to “[drag on]”, but [his] allies admit he is loath to make new concessions now when the EU side ...
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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 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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What does the “…speculation a very conservative business” mean?

Advertising has flourished under these new conditions. It has multiplied in volume, in prestige and respect. The perils have increased many fold. Just because the gamble has become a science, the ...
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meaning of “stiff”

In one of my posts (How to ask the question "the difference is between which and what" in the idiomatic way?) a nice answerer says you could ask (very formally) "What items are you ...
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I don't understand this paragraph from “Scientific Advertising”

In a large ad agency coupon returns are watched and recorded on hundreds of different lines. In a single line they are sometimes recorded on thousands of separate ads. Thus we test everything ...
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What is the meaning of the poem line given below by Seamus Heaney ? I tried understanding it but could not. Please help

History says, Don’t hope on this side of the grave, But then, once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme.
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Meaning of “put someone’s heads on backwards”

I’ve run into the following sentences today and don’t understand their meanings. Could you explain? I am almost too embarrassed to post this on here, but I put my heads on backwards. discombobulated ...
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Is that correct to say “music for any media project”

What would be the best and correct way to say: Music for any media project; Music for every media project; Music for all media projects. The meaning of the sentence is that a composer offers its ...
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Does “extended over” mean “more than”?

Does "extended over" mean "more than"? The spawning migration from salt water to freshwater began in early August and extended over 5-6 weeks.
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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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please give me some explanation about this paragraph

Please explain me the parts of following paragraph: Such products may dominate a market if the price is reasonable, but they must to a degree meet competition. They invite substitution. They are ...
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what is the meaning of 'in cuts'

What is the meaning of in cuts in the following sentence? “However, I have been in a minority in the MPC. Inflation has now been above the upper band of 6% for a number of months. Notwithstanding ...
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“They have harmed oneself” is wrong in this sentence?

They have harmed oneself? It should be better instead they have harmed themselves? Or it's referring to they are harming someone in the highlighted part? retaliation NOUN mass noun 1The action of ...

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