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Do “how to proceed” and “how to do” express the same meaning when giving instructions?

Since "proceed" generally means to continue a course of action, how do you understand the sentence "how to proceed" when used before instructions? How to Proceed Step 01 Step 02 ...
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What's the difference between words “tongue” and “lingua”?

Dictionary.com definitions: tongue - the usually movable organ in the floor of the mouth in humans and most vertebrates, functioning in eating, in tasting, and, in humans, in speaking. lingua - ...
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The meaning of Fifo's Fraud

Based on my search, it seems "FIFO" in "Fifo's fraud" means "First In, First Out". I hope I am wrong because I don't see how "First In, First Out" has to do with frauds. Please help me understand the ...
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Meaning of “why should we take you over the next person”

I'm Chinese, and I can not fully understand the meaning of this sentence. In the interview, does it mean "What is your advantage" or "Why we should accept you"?
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Intransitive forms of “fight” and “talk”

If I say The dog and the postman fought. can this sentence mean that the dog and the postman fought not with each other, but each of them fought with a different creature? That is, can this ...
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What is the meaning of “at the right angles to each other” in this context?

This is the context: On the idea of whether the quantum multiverse is the same as the inflationary multiverse . . . I heard this proposed by Leonard Susskind, one of the inventors of string ...
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Difference between “hold out the possibility” and “hold the possibility”

“We’ve seen this movie before. The top economists at the International Monetary Fund — the global agency created after World War II to promote stability and growth in the world economy — unveil ...
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How to understand the【big picture】in this context?

This is a short piece from the article "10 Simple Ways to Make People Like You More" from Time.com. I'm not sure the meaning of the big picture highlighted here. Does it mean the bright side of life? ...
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What is the meaning of “command its obedience” in this context?

This is the context: There are physicists like Lawrence Krauss who think, “Ah, just put in the laws of physics, quantum field theory, and this plus nothing equals the world.” But then one is left ...
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One word describing smart, funny and awesome

I am trying to search for a single word that describes someone being smart funny and awesome?
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What is the meaning of “directed at bearing on” in this context?

This is the context: What Jim is saying is we may have all sorts of scientific accounts that involve something preceding the Big Bang, or that the Big Bang occurred, as Jim was saying, in some ...
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Meaning of quote

What does mean the first sentence in bold and the second quote? “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” (Maya Angelou) “Do the best you can until you know better. Then ...
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Can the word recipient be used to refer to objects?

The reason why I'm asking this question is because all the main online dictionaries provide the same meaning for this word, that is: a person who receives something. They don't mention objects used to ...
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What is the meaning of “got drunk” in the following sentences?

What is the meaning of "got drunk" in the following sentences, “Get” can also mean to fetch something or to cause something to happen. One can use “get” to command someone to do something. See ...
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what does “cast the approval” mean?

I don't understand the meaning of the word "cast". Specifically, for example, in this phrase: "Cast the approval" I've never seen this phrase before.
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Grammar from Sherlock Holmes: Count Dracula and Ebenezer Scrooge come to mind

Here are two adjacent sentences from Sherlock Holmes Few fictional characters have taken on a life of their own outside the pages of their stories the way Sherlock Holmes has. Count Dracula and ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between these two sentences I made

Since when has the website been requiring memberships to watch some movies? Since when has the website required memberships to watch some movies?
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Took on the opportunity vs Took up the opportunity

What's the difference meaning between such expressions? I took on the opportunity to teach... I took up the opportunity to teach...
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Different use of “Make something [adjective]."

Use of the structure “Make something [adjective]” confuses me in sometimes. I wonder if use of it below correct . I made lights solar-powered. In this sentence i want to convert my house’s ...
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meaning of “to get their hands on one of their hand” [closed]

Can anyone tell me please what this sentence means? "As the doors opened for the launch of the gadget, swarm of people rushed inside to get their hands on one of their hand." Thank you.
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Meaning of but that

What is the meaning of but that in the following sentence The situation now for the people (in Kashmir) is not good and not sustainable. This has to be improved for sure," said Ms. Merkel to a ...
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Why was 'the tangible' used instead of 'tangibles'?

Does the tangible have the same meaning as tangibles? Why was the tangible used instead of tangibles? Is it related to 'the + adjective = plural noun'? If so, the verb is doesn't make sense. ...
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What's the difference between “Have you slept” and “Are you asleep”? [closed]

If I ask someone: Have you slept? Are you asleep? What's the difference in meaning?
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What's the meaning of the sentence “the code never became shared among all organisms - a number of distinct codes remained in use”?

... the code never became shared among all organisms - a number of distinct codes remained in use no matter how long the team ran their simulations... While I know the meaning of each words I don'...
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a great technique to keep in mind

a. This is a great technique to keep in mind when arguing with narcissistic people. Is that sentence slightly ambiguous? Is it a great technique per se which is to be used when you are arguing with ...
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What is the meaning of “modest in scope”? [closed]

this the context: this paper was modest in scope. I think I understand it but I wanna be sure. I think the meaning of that is: the range of paper was limited. Am I right and if not, can you ...
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“I don't want to have to leave” what does it mean?

I've been listening to Mutual by Shawn Mendes and one line of the lyrics gets me confused, especially the "have to" part No I don't want to have to leave. But half of you's not enough for me. Do ...
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'Have dinner by candlelight' - preposition 'By' means 'using'?

As far as I know, two of the usages of preposition 'by' are: If you do something by a particular means, you do it using that thing. Ex: 1. We'll be travelling by car./ May I pay by credit card? ...
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Why not a preposition + a noun instead of “beginning on Monday”?

What does "beginning" mean in the following sentence? She will be in Canada next week for the Global Hepatitis Summit. Her patients won't be able to consult with her beginning on Monday, as she ...
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Known As, Better known as, Best known as

Consider: John Wilkes Booth is known as the man who killed President Lincoln. Durian is known as the king of fruits.` She is known as an actress. I want to be known as the guy I really am. ...
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Preposition 'by' means 'because of'?

She had done her duty by him She did well by her children The use of preposition 'by' in the above two sentences sounds to me like it means 'because of'. I coudn't find any meaning of preposition 'by'...
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meaning of “unto” in “unto oneself” [closed]

OED: unto oneself: all by oneself, without the assistance or presence of any other. I understand "unto oneself" is a stock phrase, as is used in "law unto itself" and "land unto itself". ...
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What does it mean by “its not the right energy for tonight”?

I was watching a youtube video. A: "Its not the right energy for tonight". B: "We'll lay low" What is the meaning of "energy" here? Why does B response "we'll lay low" ? I looked up "energy" in ...
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What does “enhabitation” mean?

I saw that word in an article more than once. When I saw it for the first time, I thought it might be "inhabitation", but the repeating of that word convinced me that it was not a mistake. I could not ...
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Meaning of “secret toast” in above context?

Below lines are taken from Games of Throne Season 1 Episode 1 at time - 38:00 Soon you will cross the narrow sea and take back your father's throne. People drink secret toast to your health. ...
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The meaning of “into whose orbit had now projected itself…”

My umbrella pursued its career, undecidedly but continuously. Then one of the little juggernauts—if that be the word—began to weep. The other followed. . . . And then? Then, Monsieur, that Falloux—...
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Meaning of “northernmost reach of buddhism”

This phrase...I can't understand anything about it. It just doesn't make any sense Here's the phrase: an archaelogical site at the northernmost reach of buddhism. What does it mean by "...
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another meaning of 'ways around'

A: She dropped the kid off like… like a kitten on the highway. You’re going to tell me that that’s not endangering the welfare of a child? B: No, Sergeant. I’m going to tell you that there are ...
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meaning of “throughout one's account”

I've encountered this sentence in a book but I wasn't able to understand what "throughout their accounts" means. Could anyone help me understand the meaning of this statement, please? "Throughout ...
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Difference between “competitive analysis” and “competitiveness analysis”

What is the difference between “competitive analysis” and “competitiveness analysis”? I find “competitive analysis” is a common term. Competitive Analysis Definition: Identifying your ...
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meaning of 'doing seventy'

He was out of control. Throwing things, banging… banging his head… He opened the car door when I was doing seventy, nearly killed us both. The speaker is his mother and he has a developmental ...
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Is there a difference between “formalism” and “formulation”?

I was wondering if there is a difference between "formalism" and "formulation" when we say things like: this is the mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics. and we have also Mathematical ...
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tell about vs. tell of

Are both of this sentences right? Do they mean exactly the same thing? If no: What is the difference or which of them is wrong. And which version is wrong, if there is? The old walls of this castle ...
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what does “I did not know you had been ill.” mean exactly

I did not know you had been ill. the person began to be ill before I knew it, but does that mean she is still ill or has the person recovered from his illness or does it depend on the context and ...
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The meaning of “to have the life”?

Mr. Joseph Cambell says: We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. And my question. What does “have the life” mean in this context? ...
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what's “lf clause” in the sentence “that would suggest…”?

That would suggest that the ancestor of all living things LUCA was made of DNA. The phrase "that would suggest ..." is a conditional sentence. But I can not define the if clause. So could you ...
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What are the differences between relationship and connection?

What are the differences between the words 'relationship' and 'connection?' This is what I found in a dictionary: "A connection is a relationship between two things, people, or groups." Then, are ...
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Meaning of “They were meant to have them”?

There are five pups. One for each of the stark children. The direwolf is a sigil of your house. They were meant to have them. Can you please explain the meaning of "They were meant to have them"?
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the meaning of “would” in “wish”-clauses

I've come across the following passage from Mina Murray's diary (from Dracula ). Mina is worried that her finance hasn't written to her for quite a long time. No news from Jonathan. I am getting ...
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The meaning of “turning his point for a stone” in the context

In Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Chapter 11, where he describes the man who understands and loves the land he is cultivating, there is a sentence: The man who is more than his chemistry, walking ...