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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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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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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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You are welcome

We say thank you when pleased with someone's help or attention. Usually it is replied: you are welcome. questions does it mean that thanks are welcome? is it the same sense when we say you are ...
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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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growth-powerhouse — meaning?

Source: http://www.vox.com/2014/12/1/7313443/vladimir-putin-merkel Putin first took power in 2000, but the nature of his rule changed in 2012, when he won reelection amid public protests and ...
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What does the preposition “in” in “I’m looking for a sweater in a size medium” mean?

We can say: The dress is a size 12. The dress is in a size 12. The dress comes in a size 12. We have this dress in a size 12. My question is: What does the preposition "in" in "I’m ...
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use of rather with noun and verb

Source Rather a with a noun is more common in formal language than in informal language, particularly in writing: It was rather a surprise to find them in the house before me. Rather + verb We can ...
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what does ''pull down on'' mean?

It's an announcement in an airplane ''In the unlikely event of a water landing, place the life jacket over your head, fasten the straps at the front, and pull them tight. Do not inflate the ...
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Can anyone give an example that is “non-sequential index? Is (red, green, blue) a ”non-sequential index"?

This post says The insurance risk example illustrates how “time” n need not really be time, but instead can be a sequential indexing of some kind of events. which use "sequential" to describe "...
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Run For 2.5 Miles [closed]

I have this question about the verb "run". According to definition 11a of this dictionary, "run" means "to go or extend in a particular direction" when used to describe roadways/pathways. But then ...
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In my journey vs. on my journey

I found in an English learners’ textbook a sentence which goes, “Many people helped me on my journey.” That’s no problem. That makes sense to me. What about “in my journey?” Both seem to be okay. ...
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as you will - meaning

Source: How Russia Is Revolutionizing Information Warfare (news article) “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you ...
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Difference between logo and emblem

What difference, if any, is there between "logo" and "emblem"? In particular, should "logo" be used for the Tokyo 2020 design that's attracted accusations of plagiarism, or is "emblem" ok as well?
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the sort of people that disillusion you about what a lot of golfing money can do for the personality

Here's from The Long Goodby by Raymond Chandler At The Dancers they get the sort of people that disillusion you about what a lot of golfing money can do for the personality. I wonder What this ...
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What do these pronouns indicate?

To one as young as you, I'm sure it seems incredible, but to Nicolas and Perenelle, it really is like going to bed after a very, very long day. After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the ...
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What is the difference between “What time is it?” and “Do you mind telling me what the time is?”

What is the difference in meaning between " What time is it?" and " Do you mind telling me what the time is please ?",I await your reply as soon as posible. Thank you,
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What is the meaning of this sentence which I found?

Source [...]: he claims he does all the work himself, only hires men he can trust to complete the work and will eliminate the need for a "contractor", a middleman of sorts that will collect more ...
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Isn't this sentence from Weathering grammatically wrong?

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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What period does in the last 2 hours cover?

I was just wondering, what is the most normal way of interpretating in the last two hours. If somebody asked you: What have you been doing in the last two hours? What events from what time period ...
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blame VS. reflection

The increase in crime is a sad reflection on our society It is a reflection on our society which should make us all sad. The increase in crime makes us sad. The increase in crime is, sadly, to be ...
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meaning of “is there” in a sentence

I find myself standing in front of my wardrobe, staring for the hundredth time at a rack of pretty clothes, the perfect wardrobe for the manager of a small but cutting-edge art gallery. Nothing in it ...
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What does “unplugged” mean or imply in this headline?

What does "unplugged" mean or imply in the headline Trump unscripted and unplugged
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What does “I'm nowhere near ready” mean?

What does the phrase I'm nowhere near ready mean? For example: A:So, are you all packed for your trip? B:No, I'm nowhere near ready. I know the meaning of nowhere near is far from; not ...
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Is it common to describe “Be going to” form as Simple Future?

"Be going to" form is called Simple Future in some English Grammar websites and books. Simple Future has two different forms in English: "will" and "be going to" English Page The Simple Future ...
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What is the meaning of “tie their shoes”?

In the crime/drama movie Drugstore Cowboy, after returning to his hometown, Bob talks to a drug counselor lady: Lady: Have you ever considered becoming a counselor and helping other addicts with ...
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The difference between the meanings of two sentences

1) I will tell you when he comes. and 2) I will tell you when he will come. Is the difference between the two sentences (apart having different tenses) the answer, one the first does not need ...
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Are “as of yet”, “as yet” and “yet” all synonymous?

This comes from Paradise Now from April D. De Conick: But if there be any as yet unfit to be called a son of God, let him press to take his place under God's Firstborn, the Word, who holds ...
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What’s a word for how parents treat their kids?

If there were two parents that treat their kids badly, no one would comment, The Johnsons' behaviour toward their children is bad. What can replace the word behaviour? Treatment (as mentioned in ...
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Why “Remarked the fish” works? Why not “The fish remarked”?

I read a story, called The Little Fish. But I don't understand why the following sentence use ‘Remarked’ began. Usually, sentences always begin with a noun. “I can imagine!” remarked the fish. I'm ...
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“not very much” vs. “a little”

I'm looking at a chart having quantifiers with verbs in it including a lot / quite a bit / a little / very much. I've seen these a lot but now this chart made me think more and wonder. I understand ...
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“Listen for” to mean “left with a feeling”

The other day I was given an answer: In your sentence I would use give, give does mean a present, a gift I was going to give you another book Here is a warning: I am listening for ...
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Speed vs Velocity

What is the difference between speed and velocity ? The context is Physics
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What is particular meaning of the verb “pitch” here?

What is particular meaning of the verb "pitch" here? Are there any appropriate synonyms of it? In the process of writing this article I came across one email from 11 years ago. It turns out I ...
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won't instead of using' wouldn't' is possible? [duplicate]

I had asked a question How to ask for someone's name and where they are from politely or indirectly? in which@Jay also answered.But He used "wouldn't" in the following sentences while answerimg my ...
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non-idiomatic meaning of “in terms of”

Hitler explained his frustrations in terms of a Jewish conspiracy. I am familiar with the idiomatic meaning of the phrase "in terms of" (Like This film offers nothing in terms of satisfactory ...
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(Bell pepper, capsicum, chilli, pepper) What's the difference?

I would like to know the meaning that comes to your mind when you hear the four words as a native speaker. If you don't know the difference between two of the words, please let me know instead of ...
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What’s the meaning of ‘ever’ accompanying with perfect tense?

We move our chairs forward. This was the nearest I had ever been to her, and the thing I wanted most to do was move my chairs back again. (Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird) What’s the meaning of ‘...
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“wouldn't agree” vs “don't agree”

Could I say "I wouldn't agree with you" instead of saying "I don't agree with you"? If I could, in which situation should I use the construction "I wouldn't agree with you"? I'm wondering ...
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What does it mean when someone says “it doesn't sound very natural”?

I hear this pretty often when I say/write something, be it in text messages or emails or on any social media/forums. What does this mean actually? I am thankfully able to convey my thoughts but I do ...
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What does this 'why' mean?

Could someone please explain how and why people say 'why' for example if someone asks or says something and other person answer: "Why yes." ??
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What does ''sun-dappled yoga pose''and ''hour 11 manning the deep-fat fryer'' mean?

It's an article published in NYT about a psychological issue (living at the moment). Here's one of the paragraphs that I have a problem with: So does the moment really deserve its many accolades? ...
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Does the sentence mean what it is meant to mean?

Happiness is about health of body and soul. The sentence is intended to mean that "happiness is health of body and soul" or that "happiness consists in health of body and soul". Does it mean so? Is "...
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What is the meaning of little to bad? [duplicate]

I have come across many sentences involving phrases like "litte to bad", "little too comfortable", "I am little too busy". What exactly does it mean ?
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What does the “see” mean in expression like “The deal will see…”?

This are some specific examples: The deal will see first-quarter exports cut by 270,000 tonnes. South Korean farmers are worried that the deal will see US produce pour into the country, ...
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What's the difference between 'shot' and 'shot at'? [duplicate]

There are two sentences like this. The hunter shot at the bird. The hunter shot the bird. Maybe I think that 'shot at' in number 1 sentence means that the hunter shot the bird but missed it. whereas ...
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Is this mathematical explanation of “except” and “other than” right?

This question is derived from this one. Assume "not including" and "including" have two mutually exclusive meanings. It is impossible "not including" and "including" at the same time. The Oxford ...
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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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What does the phrase 'take your time by me' mean?

Passage: Arms bending and stretching!' she rapped out. 'Take your time by me. One, two, three, four! One, two, three, four! Come on, comrades, put a bit of life into it! (George Orwell 1984) ...
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Meaning of 'as' in 'as nothing'

Even now, the world’s leading carmakers are spending billions on setting up plants, vehicle prices are dropping precipitously, and the car has become the object of the new consumer’s dreams. ...