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Two sentences from Boston Legal that confuse me

You've had five marriages dissolve Grammatically, should this sentence be "You've had five marriages dissolved?" Just like the structure "I got my hair done" Well, here's a flash for you. We're ...
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Noun+adj phrase

What is the meaning and grammatical structure of bold part? Is there any easier paraphrase? The vast majority of F5 mirror neurons shows a marked similarity between the action effective when ...
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meaning of “to get their hands on one of their hand” [closed]

Can anyone tell me please what this sentence means? "As the doors opened for the launch of the gadget, swarm of people rushed inside to get their hands on one of their hand." Thank you.
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Meaning of but that

What is the meaning of but that in the following sentence The situation now for the people (in Kashmir) is not good and not sustainable. This has to be improved for sure," said Ms. Merkel to a ...
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What does “pulling out one's fingernails” mean?

What is the meaning of "pulling out one's fingernails" Is the meaning of the expression similar to "pull teeth" or does it have a different nuance? Here is a sample sentence; It took ...
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Difference between “progress hopefully” and “hopefully progress”

I understand from context that both are different, but what rule applies here? Is there a general case where you change the word order and you change the meaning?
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Use of “up” in “back up”, to mean going in reverse

Why do we use the term "back up" when we are going in reverse? This is sometimes confusing for young English Language learners. Going backwards is understandable, where does the word "up" fit in? Are ...
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What does 'in the trenches' mean in the context?

The following is an excerpt from a TED article, but I am not sure I get it. What does 'in the trenches' that Chris Anderson said mean? Chris Anderson: In the trenches. Richard Turere, you are ...
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another meaning of 'ways around'

A: She dropped the kid off like… like a kitten on the highway. You’re going to tell me that that’s not endangering the welfare of a child? B: No, Sergeant. I’m going to tell you that there are ...
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What is the meaning of “A is the good, B is the bad and C is the ugly”?

If A is the good, B is the bad and C is the ugly, what does this statement imply? That: C is even worse than B C is something intermediate, not good, not bad C is "outside of the box" and can't be ...
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What's the difference between “Have you slept” and “Are you asleep”? [closed]

If I ask someone: Have you slept? Are you asleep? What's the difference in meaning?
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What's the meaning of the sentence “the code never became shared among all organisms - a number of distinct codes remained in use”?

... the code never became shared among all organisms - a number of distinct codes remained in use no matter how long the team ran their simulations... While I know the meaning of each words I don'...
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What's the difference between 'teacher of English' and 'English teacher'

Is teacher of English the same as English teacher and if not, what is the difference between? I am an English teacher. I am a teacher of English.
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“If you are to survive, you must believe"

I have read this phrase in a Book(American Gods): “If you are to survive, you must believe" And it sounds very strange to me. I actually didn't get the actual meaning of the phrase. This sentence: "...
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a great technique to keep in mind

a. This is a great technique to keep in mind when arguing with narcissistic people. Is that sentence slightly ambiguous? Is it a great technique per se which is to be used when you are arguing with ...
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Why not a preposition + a noun instead of “beginning on Monday”?

What does "beginning" mean in the following sentence? She will be in Canada next week for the Global Hepatitis Summit. Her patients won't be able to consult with her beginning on Monday, as she ...
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What is `that it needs` in this sentence?

I am looking this paper deep_image_prior : There is a sentence : Our approach does not require a model for the image degradation process that it needs to revert. This allows it to be applied in ...
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Time Reference in Reported Speech?

I quote what is written down in bold from a grammar book: "Time reference changes when we use reported speech. For example: Anne said, ‘I’m going swimming this afternoon.’ ➟ Anne told me that she was ...
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What is the meaning of “modest in scope”? [closed]

this the context: this paper was modest in scope. I think I understand it but I wanna be sure. I think the meaning of that is: the range of paper was limited. Am I right and if not, can you ...
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'Suppress someone's voices and opinions' - Word Choices?

Today, my mom and brother argued about an opinion regarding the cultural problem in our country. When I monitored the conversation, I saw my brother using aggressive voice, tones, and his own opinions ...
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Is this expression “Is there some connection between X and Y” clear and idiomatic?

I asked a question at another SE Is there some connection between these 2 empirical cumulative distribution functions? This description can be viewed as "Is there some connection between these 2 ...
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What means: “Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn.”

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald This sentence: "Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn." I don't understand because of words: "unaffected scorn" because of ...
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Known As, Better known as, Best known as

Consider: John Wilkes Booth is known as the man who killed President Lincoln. Durian is known as the king of fruits.` She is known as an actress. I want to be known as the guy I really am. ...
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What does ' turned out' mean?

I'd like to know What does ' turned out' mean? in this phrases this problem has widely studied by many of researchers and many geometric properties have turned out to be useful to determine an ...
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How do I pronounce these fractions?

1/2 cup of spinach is "one-half cup" of spinach 1/3 is "one-third" But what do you say for 3/4 and 3/5?
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What does it mean by “its not the right energy for tonight”?

I was watching a youtube video. A: "Its not the right energy for tonight". B: "We'll lay low" What is the meaning of "energy" here? Why does B response "we'll lay low" ? I looked up "energy" in ...
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what is the meaning of “call all the shots”

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/should-you-let-your-customer-call-all-shots-martin-connor Should you let your customer call all the shots? what is the meaning of "call all the shots"? I guess it ...
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What does “struggle” mean in this context?

Amy and Brad struggle as they face her birthday. Does this mean "Amy and Brad struggle with each other" or "Amy experiences difficulty. Brad experiences difficulty"? I know the meaning of "struggle",...
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“Making sludge coffee I drank with grave affect.”

What does that mean? Does it mean that I make coffee sludge with serious face? Or, that I make coffee sludge to be seen as grave something? Help!
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Which pair is exchangeable, “besides” and “aside from” or “except for” and “aside from”?

This is one of the examples from cambridge dict. Do you play any other sports besides basketball? Oxford dict consider "besides", "except for" and "aside from" are synonyms. To simplify the ...
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What does “enhabitation” mean?

I saw that word in an article more than once. When I saw it for the first time, I thought it might be "inhabitation", but the repeating of that word convinced me that it was not a mistake. I could not ...
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meaning of 'doing seventy'

He was out of control. Throwing things, banging… banging his head… He opened the car door when I was doing seventy, nearly killed us both. The speaker is his mother and he has a developmental ...
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Meaning of “secret toast” in above context?

Below lines are taken from Games of Throne Season 1 Episode 1 at time - 38:00 Soon you will cross the narrow sea and take back your father's throne. People drink secret toast to your health. ...
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The meaning of “into whose orbit had now projected itself…”

My umbrella pursued its career, undecidedly but continuously. Then one of the little juggernauts—if that be the word—began to weep. The other followed. . . . And then? Then, Monsieur, that Falloux—...
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“Thumb” in the sentence

I just saw a quote from someone here in this site and I’m searching for the meaning of a word in the sentence. The sentence is: I know the rule of thumb that in interrogative sentences we always have ...
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When I finished University or When I finish University or When I have finished University

I want to write about a future situation when I graduate my university. I'm currently going to university. What is best sentence and what is difference between the three? When I finished ...
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What does ”libel schmibel” mean?

Libel schmibel. The dead can't sue. What does “libel schmibel” mean? Another word to say it?
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What does “boys rule, girls drool” mean?

What does "Boys rule, girls drool," mean? I googled it but did not get a straightforward answer. It is a dialogue of Dumb And Dumber (2014) film.
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What does *bend the rule* mean?

Malfoy certainly did talk about flying a lot. He complained loudly about first years never getting on the house Quidditch teams . . . "He's just the build for a Seeker, too," said Wood, now ...
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Does having a temper make you angry or calm?

Are we using the word "temper" correctly? Usually when someone is said to "have a temper", we interpret that to mean they are quick to anger or are prone to outbursts of anger. However I'm wondering ...
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What does the sentence 'that frees up Mother Nature to tinker around with ~' mean?

Please, look at the last sentence in the passage. What does 'that' refer to? And the last sentence evades me. What does the sentence mean? But here's the key point: Your brain doesn't know, and it ...
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What is the meaning of “you know, be the pie”?

Source: Head First JavaScript by Michael Morrison (2008) With the right ingredients and a few flicks of the wrist, I can whip up just about anything. I just have to get close to what I'm making... ...
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How do I understand a sentence without subject and verb in novels?

She was meant to stay indoors but everything looked varnished and bright after the rain, so she put her coat on and went outside, then came back in and slung the camera over her shoulder. Through ...
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meaning of “throughout one's account”

I've encountered this sentence in a book but I wasn't able to understand what "throughout their accounts" means. Could anyone help me understand the meaning of this statement, please? "Throughout ...
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Difference between “competitive analysis” and “competitiveness analysis”

What is the difference between “competitive analysis” and “competitiveness analysis”? I find “competitive analysis” is a common term. Competitive Analysis Definition: Identifying your ...
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tell about vs. tell of

Are both of this sentences right? Do they mean exactly the same thing? If no: What is the difference or which of them is wrong. And which version is wrong, if there is? The old walls of this castle ...
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Is there a difference between “formalism” and “formulation”?

I was wondering if there is a difference between "formalism" and "formulation" when we say things like: this is the mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics. and we have also Mathematical ...
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How to understand the adverb word `declaratively ` in there?

When I read the document: Airship is a collection of loosely coupled but interoperable open source tools that declaratively automate cloud provisioning. What's the meaning of declaratively? How ...
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what does “I did not know you had been ill.” mean exactly

I did not know you had been ill. the person began to be ill before I knew it, but does that mean she is still ill or has the person recovered from his illness or does it depend on the context and ...
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what's “lf clause” in the sentence “that would suggest…”?

That would suggest that the ancestor of all living things LUCA was made of DNA. The phrase "that would suggest ..." is a conditional sentence. But I can not define the if clause. So could you ...