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What is the meaning of “slip out of contact” in this context?

This is the context: This happens in Alzheimer’s disease all the time, right? This is something everybody’s familiar with: an elderly person who’s slowly slipping down out of contact. If we had ...
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What does “have/has been without” imply about

I see the phrase "have/has been without" in a translation work. But I'am not sure about the feeling that this may want to express. Is it in a mood of helpless complaining or something else. This is ...
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“Boot cop buddy movie with some stupid animal sidekick”

I'm trying to understand the meaning of the sentence in the title. The frame is the following: a novel and screenplays writer is talking about his loss of creativity due to some personal situations ...
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What does “up” and “is she” mean?

I read short-story Andrina. I saw these sentences. A young woman up at your house? A home help, is she?. Could anybody explain me why the author wrote "is she". I suppose it's the repeated ...
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What does “as” mean in this sentence?

They add value as a systems integrator. Does this sentence mean: As a systems integrator, they add value. or They add value. This value is about systems integrator.
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What does “terms” mean in this context?

how likely are you to renew your relationship with us beyond the current terms? Does "terms" mean period or condition? Since there is "beyond" in this sentence, it could mean period, but I am not ...
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“trouser-press” in this sentence

I spent almost 2 hours trying to understand what did Alan Kirby mean by those 3 lines: Filming your friends and putting the result on YouTube is so much more like writing a short story than it is ...
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What is the meaning of yet in this sentence “well don't say anything.yet”?

Actually I am watching movie in which a boy proposes a girl to get married but the girl does not want to marry that boy. Here is the conversation happens between girl and boy. Girl: I don't know what ...
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What is the meaning of “you go”?

What are the meanings of the following phrases? In you go. Off you go. Here you go. There you go. Does you go mean the same in the above phrases?
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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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The difference between English as the primary language, first language and a recognized language

I'm doing an essay on the extent of the Anglophone world. I must include the following information: countries in which English is a first or native language countries in which English holds legal ...
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what is the meaning of this phrase?: “and acted upon in the spirit and not according to the letter.”?

what is the meaning of these phrases?: "personal nobility of character" and "the actual philosophy"? If he may venture his individual opinion, it is that the perfect recipient of spiritual teaching ...
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Last vs most recently

When did you eat in this restaurant the last? When did you eat in this reasturant most recently? Are there any difference between two sentence in meaning ? Especially I am not sure whether first ...
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what is the meaning of “if” in this paragraph?

what is the meaning of "if" in this paragraph? what is the description of "if flattish bosom"? Baxter has written a pamphlet with the portentous title, "Narrative of Facts, Characterising the ...
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Meaning of “off” in this sentence..?

"It took some time to select just the right shopping complex, off just the right highway and just the right distance from Seoul, to house a 59,000-square-meter store. (•••) In all, it took about 6 ...
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Differ vs. Different

I have a technical document and one of its sections is entitled Hypervisors vs. emulators The next section is entitled How they differ from Docker and ScummVM Is it correct? Or maybe I should ...
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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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Use of as much as in different place

Half as much money as total national income was wagered in the country's betting shops . Money Half as much as national income was wagered in the country's betting shops . I couldn't understand ...
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Gave someone piano lessons (meaning)

Let's say you are telling someone your childhood life as for you playing a musical instrument, the piano. Someone: Do you play the piano? You: Not anymore. My mom gave me piano lessons when I ...
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"maybe as long as a year or more:

It’s no small wonder that Mary was so inquisitive of the angel; she was still a virgin and would know no man sexually for several months, maybe as long as a year or more (Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:34). ...
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Correct word order in sentences below

A layer of gold with thickness of 200 nm which is produced by big mine company was coated onto table. Gold layer has thickness of 200 nm and also it is Produced by very big mine company. I couldn't ...
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In what sense the word resolve is used in this sentense?

Path dependencies will affect the implementation of plans, yet these plans can have effects that modify the pattern of interdependence, which might resolve some aspects of path dependency.
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Driving by (meaning)

Let's say you came across 2 ambulances and a firetruck going to a big car accident on a freeway. And then you told it to your co-worker. "There was a car accident on the freeway. I saw 2 ambulances ...
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The meaning of “the heathen horde melted from before them.”

The singing arrows fled so swift and thick that they darkened the air, the heathen horde melted from before them. This is from "Bowman" by Author Macken. I don't understand the meaning of the ...
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Best way to say sentence below

Tea is served in a- sugard-added state in this cafe. Tea is served with sugar added in this cafe. Tea is served as sugar-added in this cafe. Which way is better to describe this situation? ...
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A sentences from Friends series

I learn English from Friends series, am at the second episode of first season. I don't know how to define sentence: "like i wasn't dreading tomorrow enough having to give it back to him" and second ...
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what could be the meaning of “welcome addenda”?

What could be the meaning (or a simple English explanation) of welcome addenda in this context or in any other? The dictionary defines "addenda" as "textual matter that is added onto a publication; ...
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What is the meaning of “abstract out” in this context?

This is the context: So, in principle, with a brain connectivity map we would have a vast trove of objective data about the brain, and with our own introspection, we have a vast trove of ...
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Meaning of “sporting”

In the phrase "On devices sporting the needed sensor, heart activity can be sampled," the word "sporting" obviously means "equipped." But in which cases the word "sporting" could substitute "equipped"?...
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Young women wear their hats poised fashionably low over their foreheads

Young women wear their hats poised fashionably low over their foreheads. What does the word poised mean in the above sentence? Could someone please explain the grammatical structure of the sentence?
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happen on Fridays

a. Good things happen on Fridays. b. Good things do happen on Fridays. Do the above sentences mean Good things only happen on Fridays. Only good things happen on Fridays. or Some good things ...
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What is the figurative meaning of “side dish”?

I know what a side dish is, but I can't figure out its figurative meaning. Can you please give a definition to it. The daily Beast started as an aggregator with some original reporting as a side ...
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what is the meaning of “fuller revelation” in this context?

what is the meaning of "fuller revelation" in this context? There may have been—in fact, there probably was—a true psychic origin to these phenomena, but they had developed in a soil of narrow ...
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Meaning of “ag”

I came across this word in a lyric (the song is Piss Up a Rope by Ween): And you can put on your shoes, hit the road get truckin' Pack your bag, I don't need the ag What is the meaning of ag ...
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What does the word “take” mean in the sentence below? does it mean replace?

The context: The uses for UWB in automotive and industrial settings are even more immense. Since UWB can sense location in 1/1000th the time, it takes traditional technologies so that decision-...
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the meaning of “Crosbian”

Crosbian Nihilistic Reading of Sadegh Hedayat’s Three Drops of Blood and Franz Kafka’s The Trial (source: Modern Journal of Studies in English Language Teaching and Literature) I'm at my wits' end ...
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Can I alternate between “you” and “us” when writing wishes in a greeting card?

I’d like to write something like this: “May the charms of Christmas gladden YOUR heart and lighten YOUR burdens. May the spirit inspire US to bring healing and hopes to the world.” I wonder if it’s ...
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What is meant by “as between”?

This is a quote from Bertrand Russell: It is not only colours and sounds and so on that are absent from the scientific world of matter, but also space as we get it through sight or touch. It is ...
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How to search for an English word [migrated]

I am a non-native English speaker/learner and one of the problem I have ever had was how should I search for an English word when I know it in my native language and I also know its meaning. Does ...
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reading a mystery novel again

a. Jane is reading a mystery novel again. b. Jane is reading another mystery novel again. c. Jane is reading the same mystery novel again. Are the above sentences grammatically correct? Do they ...
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What is the meaning of “instantiate” in this context?

This is the context: Kahneman: [To Schiff] It could be that your research could isolate an area in the brain that is associated with consciousness. I’m speculating. And then if we found ...
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'… events that took place…'

Is the following sentence correct? 'This video contains a lot of footage of events that took place in the last 80 years.' It feels kind of double, because an event is something that happens or takes ...
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What is the meaning of “if indirectly” in this context?

This is the context: Paulson: Dave, I want to come back to you. Do you agree with what the rest of the panel, or some of the panelists, is saying, that basically some of these questions are not ...
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Kasparov emerged the winner every time

These were arguably the two greatest players in the history of the game at the peak of their powers going at it in five incredibly hard-fought and very close matches. They played a total of 144 games! ...
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When to use “find” & when to use “look for”?

find [transitive] to get back something/somebody that was lost after searching for it/them find something for somebody Can you find my bag for me? find somebody something Can you find me my ...
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Walking to someone

Id like to know if these various sentences about walking to someone mean the same thing I’m walking up to her. I’m walking towards her. Im walking to her. I’d appreciate knowing other ways to say ...
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Meaning of “see the way forward”?

Here two examples: "But I don't think football's in crisis because a crisis would be if you can't see the way forward." "There are those who see the way forward as limited to securing ...
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(NSFW) Which one is correct “What a hell” or “What the hell” / “What a fu_k” or “What the fu_k”?

We have "what the fu_k!" & "what the hell!" in the dictionary. But do people say "What a hell!" or "What a fu_k!"? Are there any differences between "What the hell is that?" and "What a hell is ...
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What is the meaning of “gives out” in this context?

This is the context: It’s very hard to find the place where consciousness “gives out” as you move across the natural order. If one looks for a capacity without which there wouldn’t be ...
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First vs at first

I usually ask people this first, but I haven't done so with you. What's your favorite music? I usually ask people this at first, but I haven't done so with you. What's your favorite music? Are both ...