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What are the differences between “would you believe it?” & “don't you believe it!”?

In dictionary, "don’t you believe it!" (informal) used to tell somebody that something is definitely not true. ‘She wouldn’t do a thing like that.’ ‘Don’t you believe it!’ would you ...
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“all” vs “both”

I am wondering whether "all" and "both" mean exactly the same. I always use "both" to refer to explicitly two things, like Red and orange both are my favorite colors. As for "all", I would only ...
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nothing a good beating wouldn't have cured [closed]

"I accept there's something strange about you, probably nothing a good beating wouldn't have cured - and as for all this about your parents, well, they were weirdos, no denying it, and the world's ...
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Take Broad/Wide View of

I have a question about the usage of the phrases "take a broad view of something" and "take a wide view of something". Should they be interpreted to mean: A.--consider the general aspects, ...
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the acts or acts? Which one is okay?

"They committed acts of genocide against them." "They commited the acts of genocide against them." I think the second one is correct. We know what kind of acts they committed: "of genocide"
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Difference between “Have Thought”, “Have Just Thought” and “Just Thought”?

I was told that use of present perfect is incorrect in the context below as thinking action is discrete event and there isn't any relevance with the current situation. (Context is a situation where I'...
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Verbs ending in -th

Sometimes especially when I am reading books or quotes, I encounter verbs ending in -th. Is that an arcaic form? How should I properly translate them?
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How should I use “infer”?

A recent question on Meta discussed advantages and disadvantages of using more advanced words in ELL. As example, this answer was used: 'A Japanese' infers the Japanese person is a thing, and not a ...
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Differences between “long”, “tall”, and “high” [closed]

What are the differences between "long", "tall", and "high"? Do they have the same meaning and the same usage or not?? e.g "The bridge is the longest in the world." Can I use "tallest" instead of "...
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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 “between drink and dignity” mean?

I'm reading one book now (Black Arrow, by Robert Louis Stevenson), and I found one sentence (or, rather, part of a sentence) I can't understand. “What!” bawled one of the grumblers, “he carrieth ...
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Does “Vietnamese-born Australian” include child born in Australia by Vietnamese immigrants?

Ok, I often hear people in Australia say "Vietnamese-born Australian", but I am not sure that term refers to: A child was born in Vietnam by Vietnamese parents then the child and his / her parents ...
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What does the phrase 'waking thoughts' mean?

Passage: Suddenly he was standing on short springy turf, on a summer evening when the slanting rays of the sun gilded the ground. The landscape that he was looking at recurred so often in his ...
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What is the difference between 'go camping' and 'go to camp'?

I go camping weekends. I go to camp. What is the difference between 'go camping' and 'go to camp'?
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How do you say that tree rings (are - will be) closer if there isn't much rain [in a year]?

Which of these sentences is true? If there is not much rain in a year, the rings in a tree are close together OR If there is not much rain in a year, the rings in a tree will be close together If I ...
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what does mean “it there”?

In the following sentence, it seems it should end up with "like it" or "like there". Why the both of "it" and "there" have come together? I have been to Washington several times, and I like it ...
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How does 'if not' mean 'perhaps even'?

I already understand, and so ask NOT about, the definition, but instead want to dig deeper: if not = Perhaps even (used to introduce a more extreme term than one first mentioned) How does (the ...
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What is humorous about calling people “mortals”?

The following definition of mortal is from Oxford Dictionaries Online: [humorous] a person contrasted with others regarded as being of higher status or ability It gives this sentence as an example:...
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What does “may” mean?

“Well, Voldemort’s going to try other ways of coming back, isn’t he? I mean, he hasn’t gone, has he?” “No, Harry, he has not. He is still out there somewhere, perhaps looking for another body to ...
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What does 'scape mean in this quote by Shakespeare?

I found this line in Hamlet by William Shakespeare. And 'scape detecting, I will pay the theft. What does "'scape" mean? Google says this. A long, leafless flower stalk coming directly from ...
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Take A Gamble Of His Own

A question about this: Detroit took a gamble on Scott Green a year after the Tigers' third-round draft pick took a gamble of his own. The phrase "took a gamble of his own" suggests the ...
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“Keep dreaming” vs. “keep on dreaming”

Which is correct? Is there a difference in meaning?
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What does 'onding on snaw' mean?

It was a very grey day; a most opaque sky, “onding on snaw,” canopied all; thence flakes felt it intervals, which settled on the hard path and on the hoary lea without melting. (Jane Eyre) ‘...
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“She would of been a good woman”

"She would of been a good woman," The Misfit said, "if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life." Source: A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor This is an quote ...
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Shut and close your mouth

Can 'close your mouth' mean 'shut your mouth'? I know that 'shut your mouth' is a rude way to say stop speaking. But I need to know whether 'close your mouth' can indirectly mean 'stop speaking' or ...
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Did this sentence use two preposition 'over, by' together?

He assumed that I was waiting for winners over by the squirt guns, and then slipping a fifty to some guy who didn't realize how a giant stuffed animal could change the world's perception of him - ...
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Is “We are running the red lights” right?

I read the following dialogue which I think is quite weird. Look! Some people are running the red lights. We should wait although others are breaking the rule. I don't think the sentence "...
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Does “expect” and “expected” make any different sense?

Please help me figure out this two expressions: "What do you expect to know?" and "What are you expected to know?"
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What is the meaning of “…you don't know you have in ways you can't understand”?

I saw this sentence today on a hoodie: I work at UBS I solve problems you don't know you have in ways you can't understand What exactly is the meaning of the third and fourth ...
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throw up the red flag for someone — meaning?

From the movie The Sacrament: — I'm trying to keep it together, so I can ask intelligent questions, but jet lag's kicked in and I am starting to melt. Jake, what do you think of all this so far? ...
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Meaning of “Then again”

"Then again, it didn't matter, did it?" What's the meaning of "then again" here? Is it the same as "thinking better"?
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Does “to account for” mean “to take into consideration”?

Consider the following template: A accounts for B. Let A and B be “the bad weather” and “the delay.” The bad weather accounts for the delay. It roughly means that the bad weather was ...
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save for an addendum offered as a tip - what does that mean?

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/08/15/ferguson-riots-play-big-in-russia/ Little in the state television reports is left to conjecture, save for an addendum offered as ...
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“save for” — meaning?

Example with a context: Earlier this evening, I sat in the Salt Lake Roasting Company, a gourmet coffee roaster in Salt Lake City, and, over several cups of hot, fresh, delightfully aromatic ...
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Making out the difference between “at Christmas”, “in the Christmas holiday”, “on the Christmas day”

I'm wondering if "in the Christmas holiday" is acceptable. If we put down "at Christmas", we want to talk about the period of Christmas holidays. For example: We always break up for the holidays at ...
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What does “drop of an opinion” mean?

What does "drop of an opinion" mean in this context: They were almost as much into talking as they were into protesting. They were ready to take part in an all-night bull-session on the space ...
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blonde or blond

https://www.lingq.com/learn/en/preview/item/431401/ I was on my bike, and I saw the thief as I cycled past. It was quite dark, but I could tell he was old, at least 35, with blonde hair. He was ...
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So, “in 5 minutes” means either “during 5 minutes” or “after 5 minutes” right?

Cambridge Grammar said: We use in to say how long it takes someone to do something: He was such a clever musician. He could learn a song in about five minutes. We use an apostrophe -s ...
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as suggested & as is suggested & as it is suggested

"This second level was used both as a dormitory and a dining room by the garrison (which was made up of about twenty soldiers), as suggested by the fireplace, the old utensils and the garrison officer’...
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Meaning of “saga” in a Queens of Stone Age song [closed]

I am having trouble to understand the meaning of the word "saga" in the following excerpt of a Queens of Stone Age lyrics: How we feeling out there? How's your drive time commute? I need a ...
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“We have eaten breakfast together every morning since our honeymoon.”

We have eaten breakfast together every morning since our honeymoon. (I don't understand it.) We have been eating breakfast together every morning since our honeymoon. (I understand it.) Is there a ...
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In A Job, At A Job

I have a question about "in a job" here: Mr. Feliciano remains employed by the department, working in a desk job after two domestic violence offenses and a violation of a court order to stay away ...
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Into/Onto A Curve/Path/Road

I have a question about the correct preposition to use. Suppose context is a driving car: The car went into/onto a curve. The car went into/onto a path. The car went into/onto a ...
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Put on make-up or apply make-up

What is difference between "put on" make-up and "apply" make-up?? Please explain with some sentences.
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Should vs. Shouldn't

They believe this. Should they? Shouldn't they? Do the both replies mean the same?
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What’s the meaning of “Shut the <EXPLETIVE> up down there!”?

While I was reading a book, a book character screamed "Shut the fuck up down there!" I can't pick apart any phrasal verbs from this sentence.
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Move Over Something

If I have this: I moved my hand over the chair. Is it ambiguous? Because I think it can mean either: 1) My hand moved to the space above the chair and stopped there or, 2) My hand moved ...
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What is the difference between “swept away by”, “swept up by/in” and “swept over”?

Is there any difference between "swept away by" vs "swept up by/in" vs "swept over"? For example, what is the best fit in the following sentences? Is there any difference if I were to replace one ...
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Access applications are widespread in the enterprise — what is meant by “enterprise” in this sentence?

Microsoft Access 2007 is a powerful database application that allows you to build standalone and client-server database applications. Access applications are widespread in the enterprise. I'm not ...
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What does “a man apart” mean?

What exactly "a man apart" mean, or when is this formula used? I know that there is a movie with "A man apart" in its title, but I have the feeling that it can be used in some situations, maybe when ...