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The meaning of “the day after” and “the night before”

When we say "the night before" do we mean a particular night that took place before some event or some period of time that lasted until last night? "Treat me like you did the night before" (song by ...
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<Yes, I do> while answering a “do question”

I'm curious about knowing the reason why we say "I do" after "Yes" while answering a "do question". Let's look at the following example: Question: Do you speak English? Answer 1: Yes Answer ...
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When can I use “to” instead of “of”?

I have been noticing that sometimes when referring to ownership, the preposition to is frequently more accurate than of. For example, consider the phrase "These are the keys to the door," and "These ...
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Meaning of “take” at the beginning of a sentence

I couldn't understand the mechanism of a sentence from the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall: when it comes to grabbing a spotlight and persuading people to do things they’d rather not, ...
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When should I say I apologize and when should I say I am sorry?

Is it related with the size of the wrong I did it or with the respect of the person or something else? I made some researches and I found that : An apology is a formal admission of a wrongdoing....
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What's wrong with Houston's “proposal” to the Apollo astronauts?

The transcripts from the Apollo 12 mission contain this two-minute conversation between CAPCOM Gerald Carr on the ground in Houston and command module pilot Dick Gordon in the spacecraft. Carr: We'...
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Ask question in different way

For example When ask İf use of any preposition like with is correct or not i say “ would it be correct to use with in sentence “. Can i say instead of this sentence: Would “with” be correct to use ...
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Is “You are influencing your negative behavior over me” grammatically well-formed and natural-sounding to native speakers?

I don’t believe this sentence sounds right: You are influencing your negative behavior over me. I'd instead rephrase it more like this: Your behavior creates a negative influence over me. Is that ...
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What is the difference between what's up and how are you?

When should I say what's up and when should I say how are you? Is it about the person's age or the extent of my knowledge of the person?
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Difference between “current events” and “current affairs”

What is the difference between “current events” and “current affairs” when it comes to what is in the news? Current Events: [plural] chiefly US : important events that are happening in ...
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Subtle differences

I’ve been thinking a lot about these two sentences: I’ve eaten all the cookies I’ve been eating all the cookies What's the difference? Is the second one even correct?
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Present perfect continuous meaning [duplicate]

I have been reading a lot of books for years. Does this sentence sound natural ? What does it mean?
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Is “rejected” correct here?

he company _____ the contract because of unfair terms. liked accepted rejected signed I think "fair" means "not enough" so they rejected and not accepted, right?
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why “to sleep or lie on your back” but not “to sleep or lie with your back on the floor”?

In the dictionary Do you sleep on your back or your front? In the dictionary He lay on his back and gazed at the ceiling. I am a bit confused because we say "sleep or lie on the floor". How ...
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Difference between “years” and “age”?

OED Year: 10a. In plural. Age; the length of time that a living thing has lived. Merriam Webster Year: 5b Years plural : age https://www.merriam-webster.com/...
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What does slow your role mean and is it role or roll?

Can someone please help me to clear this up in this statement: Should it be role or roll and what is the meaning and/or origin of it.
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What does “greatest” mean in this context?

The standard is consistent with ILO Convention 138, or under the legal minimum age for employment in the country, whichever is greatest. The above example is about child labor. Does "whichever is ...
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The meaning of the answer to the disjunctive question

There's the question:"Nobody is getting a rise this year, are they?" If to answer "No, they aren't", it will mean that the salary of those people will remain the same.Everything is clear here. But ...
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As long as this is student led

I have the text: The parking lot was packed when we got to the church. This meeting wasn't just for kids - it was filled with parents too. There were so many people that we had to move into the ...
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Meaning of “I know it's over 'cause my feet have hit the cold floor”

We listened to the song "Made to love" by Toby Mac in my classroom. Unfortunately, we could not understand the phrase: I know it's over 'cause my feet have hit the cold floor Check my reflection, ...
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meaning of the phrase [duplicate]

Can this phrase be used this way?: to mock at someone who said some kind of nonsense or the way what he did or the way how he looks. Or is it possible? For example: I can't with/from your stupid ...
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Do we always use “more” to compare two things?

Do we always use "more" to compare two things? Among the various and conflicting interpretations of Aristophanes’ works, there is a general admiration for the poet’s seemingly boundless ...
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what does 'I'm not for pretending' mean?

What does this sentence mean? I'm not for pretending. Also, is this a correct sentence? I don't get used to it.
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Has reached its natural boundary (meaning)

This is I think a bit idiomatic: "Of the 26 species that are known to have become successfully integrated into the local environment, only one, an African species released in northern Australia, ...
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strange tales amongst which to riot

Then she went to sleep, to dream the strange dreams of herl lineage, things too fantastic to be worth recording, for she was at the time of life when a girl's thoughts turn to fantasy, even beyond ...
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What is the meaning of “knock into it” in this context?

This is the context: Paulson: Well, sort of the idea that somehow through the act of observation, we’re creating reality? Blockquote Albert: Or yeah, or something like that. It’s true that ...
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What does “teleport anywhere in the world” mean?

The definition says: To transport by teleportation. But what's not clear is if "teleport anywhere in the world" means "teleport from anywhere" or "teleport to anywhere" or "teleport to anywhere ...
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What is the meaning of “as” in the following sentences?

What is the meaning of "as" in the following sentences, 1) "It's incredible," Andy quoted Jennifer as saying. 2) "The food was delicious," Jack was quoted as saying by the newspaper. Does "...
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How to use bears admitting?

I was reading an article and come across the following phrase "bears admitting" what does it mean. i have tried to googled it but no luck of finding an answer. I think it must be a new word or not a ...
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All life and All lives

What is the difference between them? Earth was created for all lives, not just human life. Earth was created for all life, not just human life. I found the second on http://thriveglobal.com/...
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Make it happy in small things: it? [closed]

I was chatting with a friend on Twitter, and I asked what the profile photo was, and he asked me to guess, and then I guessed it right. He said, "Good guess, yes, congratulations" and I replied with "...
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I have a trouble understanding the context correctly…“(~)we hope you will be able to reduce it”

To. (B) - "We were pleased to receive your order of 15th April for a further supply of transistor sets, [ but as the balance of your account now stands at over USD400,000, we hope you will be able ...
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Help! I don't understand this sentence's meaning

I'm reading Harry Potter for English study. "Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning" I think double negative means postive. So I think "Gryffindors have never gone so long without ...
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Birthplace vs living place

If someone asks me where my hometown is, what should I say? I live in a country which is not my birth country. I was born in different country. So which one should I consider as my hometown? The ...
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Which phrase sounds more correct

I’ve got two sentences here using with or while I’m feeling great this month while all my bills are paid in advance. I’m feeling great this month with all my bills are paid in advance.
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Word choice between us and each other

Hey I’ve got two sentences which sound almost the same to me We have real intimacy between us. We have real intimacy between each other. Do they carry the same meaning or are they grammatically ...
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Difference between 'directorate' and 'department'

What is the difference between 'directorate' and 'department'? Is a department, like, a ministry and directorate a sub-ministry? In the political/business context, a directorate doesn't exist on its ...
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What does “in + times (e.g. 1 seconds)” mean?

Get a coupon in 5 seconds. The meaning of "in" when combined with time is confusing. "in 5 seconds" could mean "within 5 seconds" or "after 5 seconds", but how can I figure out which meaning is ...
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Meaning of: “I’ve never known anything quite as fulfilling”

What is the meaning of: Working with you like this, I’ve never known anything quite as fulfilling. Is this like the speaker has found something most fulfilling while working with 'you'? Or never ...
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what does “ to finish doing something” mean exactly?

"I have repaired my car." This means that the car is working again. "I have been repairing my car". This means I have been doing repairs, but it doesn't mean the car is working. "I have finished ...
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-gate meaning scandal [duplicate]

Does the suffix -gate necessarily refer to a political scandal? Can it refer to a scandal involving large businesses but no government officials? Could burgergate refer to a scandal in which a ...
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What does “purple” mean in “earthworms frolicked purple in the slush”?

What does purple mean, other than its definition which tells what type of color it is, in the below paragraph: Heaven opened and the water hammered down, reviving the reluctant old well, ...
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Question about “in the game” used in this sentence

What does 'in the game' mean in context? "The forest was overflowing with life. It was abundant in the game sought by hunters, timber for the fire, and valuable herbs to process into medicine."
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using a comma after a compound phrase

a. John was talking incessantly and Bob was drinking shot after shot of vodka making me feel very uncomfortable. b. John was talking incessantly and Bob was drinking shot after shot of vodka, ...
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Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning

Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning I don't know the meaning of that sentence. I searched "never do without doing". That means you should do something, but I can't get it.
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How does the grammar behind “though not so soundly but that” work?

I was recently regarding A Child's History of England by Charles Dickens when I came across this sentence: However, for once that the bold Britons beat him [Julius Caesar], he beat them twice; ...
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What does mean the word “Way” at the beginning of sentences?

What does mean the word "Way" at the beginning of the sentence "Way to do something". And is it a noun or an adverb? For example: Way to work that diaper. Way to explain that joke. Way to bring ...
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How to pronounce grades in US and UK schools?

Grades in school reports are expressed through letters followed or not by a sign like "plus" or "minus". Please how do you pronounce grades like A+ or A-, B+ or C-? I have also heard the phrase "...
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What does the sentence “Her welcome was as warm as Tom's three years earlier had been frosty” mean?

I cannot understand the sentence above. What does it mean?
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be benign, being benign or to be benign

Is there any dichotomy among the following three sentences? The mold on the plants proved to be benign. The mold on the plants proved being benign. The mold which is benign on the plants proved. If ...