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had difficulty finding a place to stay

a. I had a difficulty to find a place to stay. b. I had difficulty to find a place to stay. c. I had a difficulty finding a place to stay. d. I had difficulty finding a place to stay. ...
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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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Making illegal any activity

source: https://www.amazon.com/Barrons-GRE-Verbal-Workbook-2nd/dp/143800379X Making illegal any activity that is popular and not overtly harmful_______ a trade-off between the advantages gained and ...
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does “closely” mean “tightly”? does “place over” mean “place above each other”?

does "closely" mean "tightly"? does "place over" mean "place above each other"? On this occasion Miss Cook's face was not visible, as her head had to be closely bound up in a thick shawl, but I ...
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Is “always” implied in everyday sentences?

Case 1 When for example we say "At weekends I play football" what do we mean? 1). I always play football at weekends. 2). Some weekends I play football. How "strong" is always in the first case? ...
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“the jargon has given us ‘downsizing’ as a euphemism for cuts” meaning?

I google(define euphemism) Then I found this sentence "the jargon has given us ‘downsizing’ as a euphemism for cuts" Could someone help me to understand this sentence? I tried translating it to my ...
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Understanding “Herberts”

This passage is from The Ferryman (jez Butterworth) What "Herberts" means? MAGENNIS. When I was a kid we used to go out to my grandfather’s place down in Fermanagh there, and help with the harvest. ...
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Meaning of “What does it mean to”

What does the meaning of the sentence actually begin with "what does it mean to ..." I encounter sentences like: What does it mean to know the word? What does it mean to use a method? what does it ...
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does “at the height of his manhood” is metaphorical or it simply refers to his age?

does "at the height of his manhood" is metaphorical or it simply refers to his age? Some of these photographs are in the author's possession, and surely there is no more wonderful impression upon any ...
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“for the purpose” refer to what? does “exposure” mean "the action of exposing a photographic film to light or other radiation?

"for the purpose" refer to what? does "exposure" mean "the action of exposing a photographic film to light or other radiation? My library was used as a dark cabinet. It has folding doors opening into ...
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Meta as prefix meaning?

I have come across lots of times with the meta-prefix expressions such as meta-model elements, process-meta-model, metawork etc. I was not able to identify what exactly they mean even with the help of ...
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What does the verb “exhaust” mean here?

But as readily as we grant this, it should be maintained with equal stress and emphasis, that this does not exhaust the knowledge of God; that it contains a spiritual reality which goes deeper than ...
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does “that this is impossible” mean “this is impossible that they were same individual”?

does "that this is impossible" mean "this is impossible that they were same individual"? However, the student has certainly the right to claim that Florence Cook and Katie King were the same ...
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To live just outside of (somewhere)

I often hear native English speakers say: (someone) lives just outside of (a city) to indicate their place of residence. Does "just outside of" mean in an adjacent city, in the outer part of the city ...
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Does “were carried” have a passive structure, or is “carried” simply an adjective in this text?

At Hit the rolling Assyrian plain had come to an end, and the invading army had entered upon the low alluvium of Babylonia, a region of great fertility, intersected by numerous canals, which in some ...
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The word “most” in sentences

I made up a sentence: "I love you most." Does it mean that I love you more than I love others or I love you more than others do?
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Meaning of “push onto” in the given contex

Here is the sentence: This transparent blue block turns into a real one that you can push onto a switch to open a door. The text is a description of a video game.
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What's the meaning of 'thin air'?

I know that the idiom, 'vanish into thin air' means 'disappear mysteriously'. However, I'm not quite sure what 'thin air' means in the idiom. From this post, it seems 'thin air' means foggy air. But ...
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What does “clear a budget” mean?

I have come across it in the second episode of the seventh season of Friends. The context is Monica, Chandler, and Phoebe's, Rachel and Monica are pretty much telling Chandler what the wedding plans ...
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What is the meaning of “The trial must not be countenanced” according to the conversation given down below?

Conversation from the movie named SPIDER MAN
 GOBLIN: Spiderman is all but invincible. But, Parker, we can destroy him. NORMAN: I can’t. 

 GOBLIN: The trial must not be countenanced. Parker must ...
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What do you mean by “hand-tipped”?

In the movie You've Got Mail, George shows Joe a first edition of Swiss Family Robinson in Kathleen's bookstore and says "The illustrations are hand-tipped, which is why --", and Joe says "It costs so ...
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Let the backlash begin

I found some articles with the title “Let the Backlash Begin!” and I cannot understand the meaning of the phrase. Could someone explain it?
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About the structure of a sentence

I'm a bit confused about the meaning of this sentence: But many of the world's resorts are struggling to cope with relentless waves of tourists, whose demands for ever more swimming pools and golf ...
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What's meant here by “I have some status in”?

In "The Worst Crime in the World" by G. K. Chesterton, Father Brown want to go with his friend, Mr. Granby, who want to go to an old castle to know some information about the inheritance of the father ...
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“motion picture” vs. “video”

From Oxford Languages motion picture: a cinema film According to the definition, some types of video are not motion pictures, such as screen recording, animation, is my understanding correct?
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What does “I was on the floor” mean?

What does "I was on the floor" mean? I see this phrase on my book by American English teacher.
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Meaning of the word “as” in the phrase “as from”

What is meaning if the word "as" in the phrase "as from." Would it make sense if I omit it? For example, "(As) from today, he is fired"
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it will only do them harm

'Friends' he was saying ,'I've ordered brandy to be served to you all,so that we can celebrate my wedding properly' No ,Frank don't give them brandy,begged Bathsheba,it will only do them harm. Far ...
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what is the meaning of “hereditary scheme of religion” and “the broad platform”?

what is the meaning of these phrases? "hereditary scheme of religion" and "the broad platform upon which his beliefs were constructed"? One of the chief mouthpieces of the spirit was a certain ...
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meaning of “action” in context

As per merriam-webster, the word "conformity" means action in accordance with some specified standard or authority There are two meanings of "action" related in Cambridge Dictionary as an ...
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What is the meaning of “If nationalism could create a strong and effective insularity…” from the highlighted part in the picture down below? [closed]

What is the meaning of: “If nationalism could create a strong and effective insularity, deliver on its promise of self-respect, then the hurt it might cause well-meaning whites, or the inner ...
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What does “For there are” mean?

I was reading Beyond Good and Evil and came across this sentence: "For there are scoffers who maintain that it has fallen, that all dogma lies on the ground—nay more, that it is at its last gasp.". So,...
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What’s the difference between “chomp” and “munch”?

What is the difference between “chomp” and “munch”? As far as I know both mean: To eat something noisily. 1) I chomped on popcorn during the movie. 2) He was munching on an apple.
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What's the active form of “they were made to suffer”?

Throughout history, there have been Jews who hated themselves for what they were made to suffer, for being the perennial focus of evil and violence wherever they were. Apparently the phrase they ...
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I'm not sure the meaning of 'before her is' in this sentence [closed]

I'm like a mountain climber who didn't even bother looking up at how big the mountain before her is. It means the mountain in front of her?
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Why does Crookes want to “avoid inquiry” despite “pursuit of truth”?

Why does Crookes want to "avoid inquiry" despite "pursuit of truth"? It's a bit confusing. He writes: "It argues ill for the boasted freedom of opinion among scientific men that they have so ...
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What's meant here by “have good sport”?

In "The Worst Crime in the World" by G. K. Chesterton, Father Brown went to a modern pictures gallery to meet his niece, while he met a man he knew: “I didn’t know,” said Father Brown, smiling, “...
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Could you vs would you

Could you write your name? Would you write your name? When you are asked to do this, are there any situation in which you hear weird if either is used (but the other sounds pretty natural .)
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What's the meaning of 'pat on the back'?

I am reading a blog post: https://www.trustgreene.com/blog/2019/4/5/i-am-nobody-and-so-are-you The article has this paragraph. I am nobody. But that doesn’t mean I am not somebody. Or does it? ...
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What is the meaning of, “The stronger the issues, the more powerful the catharsis” according to the conversation mentioned down below?

CONVERSATION FROM INCEPTION MOVIE EAMES: That boy's relationship with his father is even worse than we imagined. ARTHUR: This helps us how? COBB: The stronger the issues, the more powerful the ...
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How is the term “radix-point” (math) used for base b?

If in the following phrase it is b=10 then the untested term 'b-unital' becomes 'decimal'. How do I use the term 'radix-point' in conjunction with base b in this phrase? "b=base. S:number of the ...
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White whale metaphor

I’m translating an english book in my native language and here is a metaphor I’ve never heard ; the sentence is : My personal white whale, author Neil gaiman . What does white whale mean here ?
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What does “worry” mean in “The old farmer would stroke his whiskers and worry”?

The old farmer would stroke his whiskers and worry ... What does "worry" mean here? Does it simply mean worry beads? The fuller text: Friends from the country would send an invitation: Come see ...
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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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What does “contract a trace” mean?

It is hardly possible for people to live for so many years as slaves in everyday contact with fascists and fascism without becoming somewhat twisted, without contracting a trace of that dry rot ...
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When should we use a plural verb after the form: the + collective noun + of?

Here is an article about collective nouns. (link: https://data.grammarbook.com/blog/singular-vs-plural/collecting-the-truth-about-collective-nouns/) When I read it, I came across something I don't ...
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What does it mean to push at a wide-open door?

To a certain extent, the warmth with which Meacham approaches Bush is merely a push at a wide-open door. History is usually kind to ex-presidents: even George Jnr, who left office with an approval ...
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meaning of “come(s) out of my mind”

From an ELL post However, after I'm exposed to a lot of youtube videos made by native English speakers, I somehow have a tendency to favor the first one. The first one seems to instantly come out ...
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What is the meaning of (second sentence) in the paragraph down below starting from “I still trusted my mother's love—”?

"I still trusted my mother's love—but I now faced the prospect that her account of the world, and my father's place in it, was somehow incomplete"
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why did Dan Treacy write “had ever had ” instead of “have ever had”

And Carnaby Street was fab The best weekend that she had ever had this is the last sentence of "smashing time" a song written by Dan Treacy , the leader of the television personnalities I was ...

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