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difference of vs difference in

Is there any difference between the following sentences? What is the difference in meaning between those words? What is the difference of meaning between those words?
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to say not even a word vs not to say even a word

Are there any differences in meaning between the following sentences? Are they equally usual? A. He said not even a word. B. He did not say even a word. C. He did not even say a word.
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What does “skim away” mean?

I saw this in a book called The Garden Party: Away she skimmed, over the lawn, up the path, up the steps, across the veranda, and into the porch. Can someone explain this phrase in simple English?
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What does "the law of average” mean?

Of course I may lose my bet, but according to the law of average, I will not. [Source: A Message to Garcia] What does " the law of average” mean? What is the meaning of the sentence? Some ...
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Is it common to omit “about” when using the phrase **excited about** in spoken English?

I assume these two sentences are grammatical and idiomatic. "Maria’s starting to get pretty excited about the wedding." "I'm excited about it." It sounds like the speaker is saying It was the ...
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What does “specially commissioned content” mean?

I know the meanings of the words specially, commission and content separately but I don't understand the phrase totally. So, could you please explain it to me? The fuller text is here: This book ...
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Would usage in this particular sentence

Learning an instrument is not as easy as one would wish. What is the use of "would" here and what is the meaning of these sentence?
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Could someone please help me by listening to this speaker and telling me what do you think he is saying?

This lecturer is speaking that's the idea, the more data I give it, the better the program is, that's why we call it learning. let me go through a little bit let's just ??? and give you a ...
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Question about present simple passive

No answer is given. It is given as an example. All items are provided. It is given as follows. It is stolen property. Why is present simple used in these sentence? It is present simple passive but it ...
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As one would verb

As you would expect, he is currently in coma. English is not as easy as one would wish. He reacted to it as one would react. We would normally use that sentence in this occasion. Why is "would" used ...
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What is the literal meaning of “In God we Trust, all others bring data”?

I know this famous quote "In God we Trust, all others bring data" explains to us the importance of understanding and leveraging the big data. I would like to know the literal meaning of this quote.
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Is this expression “Could someone help to listen …” polite and clear?

I asked a question just now. Could someone help to listen if the speaker is saying ... Is this expression "Could someone help to listen ..." polite and clear?
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How to use ‘concerns’ in the sentence?

This is the original sentence: This novel has to do with peasant life after the reform. We cannot say This novel concerns peasant life after the reform. but we can say This is a novel ...
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`at`, `in`, or `on`, which one paired “the top right hand corner” is more appropriate?

I asked a question just now. Right clicking the 3 vertical dots (Kebab) button at the top right hand corner, would launch this menu ... I am not quite sure if it is appropriate I used at here. ...
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Is this expression “she busied her new home herself” a common usage of “busy”? [closed]

It sounds like the lecturer is speaking Can you even do this? like the computer busy programs itself I guess that lecturer's meaning might be "the computer busy itself with (writing) programs" ...
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Is “I’m excused” correct?

I live in France and last week we had to write a dialogue in which I wrote: But Sir my parent called I am excused I don't know if it is correct. We were supposed to write a dialogue where you ...
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What does “In this matter acts for and on behalf of” mean?

This agreement is made on _______, by and between: XXX In this matter acts for and on behalf of YYY. The above sentence is from an agreement, and XXX and YYY each refers to a name of ...
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What does this Facebook comment mean: “As a top fan, I don't really have anything to say.”

As a top fan, I don't really have anything to say. I just wrote it to protect my badge. I saw this joke comment in Facebook comments and I don't understand it. I can't see how the two clauses relate....
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The meaning of “you equal parts”

In the article "What to Do When You’re Addicted to Coffee, but It Hurts Your Stomach" the author suggests that "if the thought of giving up your coffee makes you equal parts drained and distraught,...
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what does “present company included” mean

There is failure to see the forest for the trees; the silver lining in the cloud, may cause small-minded men to reject women; present company excluded/included, because of their other than acceptable ...
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“articulated in limb”

A line from the movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence grates a bit with "articulated in limb". The artificial being is a reality of perfect simulacrum, articulated in limb, articulate in speech, and ...
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Difference between “position” and “prepare”

If you position yourself in a particular way, or if something positions you in that way, you are prepared for a situation that you want to happen or think is going to happen (Longman Dictionary) ...
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That vs Whose in these particular sentences

How many people are there that the Joker is not the reason for them knowing who Joaquin Pheonix is. 1 sounds unnatural. How many people are there whose reason for them knowing who Joaquin ...
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Speak or spoke?

One guy said: The language I speak before learning English was unique. It sounded unnatural because the verb "speak" in these sentence. I changed it to a few variations. The language I spoke(used ...
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It means + present simple

My cat learned that alarm sound means I wake up. I am confused about the usage of present simple after the verb "means". It means that I love you. In the second example, it is not confusing because ...
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“Farther off something”

He took them in at a swift glance. No use. No one he knew, except—he responded to the greeting listlessly—a gentleman to whom he had spoken on the train, and farther off a familiar face from the ...
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Verb + ing at the start of the sentence

These phrases follow the pattern Verb + 'ing' + Noun Visiting my hometown. Visiting Tokyo. Doing my homework. They are titles of things and don't have any other written context. I can provide some ...
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Omission of "IF

I am speaking in such a way where someone was 50 feet away from me , they would hear it. I am speaking in such a way where if someone was 50 feet away from me, they would hear it. I think the "if" ...
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Present Simple Usage in these sentences

I am confused about the usage of Present Simple in these sentence. Sorry in advance to anyone whose name i pronounce wrong. You can assume that he is just telling a fact but it is said in an ...
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What's the difference between (Have you) & (Haven't you)?

What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences, and when do I use each: Have you read the book yet? Haven't you read the book yet? Thank you.
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What does 'put up with' mean in context? [closed]

What does 'put up with' mean in comtext? —Home, Meg thought comfortably, and regarded her parents and brothers with affectionate gratitude. They had put up with her all through her prickly ...
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'give us a heck of a lot to live up to'

What does 'give us a heck of a lot to live up to' mean? “After all, those Bunsen-burner stews did lead directly to the Nobel Prize. We’re really very proud of you, Mother, although you and Father ...
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Does “to tot up” also mean “to gear up” in British English?

A movie narration goes: An array of automatic weapons hangs on coat hooks on the wall behind them. They tot themselves up with AK-47 automatic assault rifles, automatic pistols, and plenty of ...
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“Don't” or “not to” or “to not”

Why is this sentence used "not to"? Is this some other meaning? What will be the difference if replaced by another and what will it mean? Tell him not to(Don't/to not) wait for me
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What do 'Me, OE', 'L.', 'GK', 'trans.' mean?

ㆍ Christ learned respelling of < ME, OE Crist < L. Christ(us) < GK. Christos, the Anointed, trans. of Heb. mashiah (https://www.korean.go.kr/nkview/nklife/2010_1/2010_0106.pdf) What ...
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The meaning of “of course,” “sure” when you thank someone

Sometimes I thank a person from USA and he responds, "Sure," "of course." I don't know what their meaning in this context, so could anyone give me their meaning?
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Are “during after school” and “after school” the same?

This post says For example,: I will walk home. and I will be walking home. Both refer to walking home in the future, but the first statement is used when ...
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Is this expression “Is there some connection between X and Y” clear and idiomatic?

I asked a question at another SE Is there some connection between these 2 empirical cumulative distribution functions? This description can be viewed as "Is there some connection between these 2 ...
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“March up the side of the buidling”

A movie narration goes: The gold crescent moon hangs from a metal brace. Behind it is a lit church steeple. Stained glass windows are faintly lit. Carved statues march up the side of a building. (...
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“I don't believe there can be such a thing” or “I don't believe such a thing exists”, which one is more appropriate?

This post says I don't believe there can be such a thing as "non-sequential" ordering, because if any items were listed without a sequence then they would not be any order. The expression "there ...
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Usage of the word Fellow

I've been searching for a word to mean a person who I know quite well, speak with but who hasn't been my friend. My friends are people I trust and can rely on, I have two or three of them. So, I found ...
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What does “material” mean in this clause?

I want to know what does material mean in this clause, and are there any other synonyms? "Capitalization of the quoted material depends on the material itself."
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What does “execute a hard copy” mean?

(ii) execute a non-electronic hard copy of this Agreement. (http://overwatchmedia.com/terms-and-conditions) What does "execute a non-electronic hard copy" mean? Does this mean "to copy this Agreement ...
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What does “shoulder-rolling” mean in this context?

I have heard "roll your shoulders" used, but I am not quite sure what "shoulder-rolling" means as an adjective. The word is rare enough to not figure in any dictionaries. Appealing as they are, the ...
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How should I interpret the latter part of this sentence?

You agree that all information you provide to us is true, accurate and complete, and you will maintain and update such information regularly. (https://americanmary.com/terms/) The latter part of ...
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Difference “back”

What's the difference if you rearrange "back"? Or is it just grammatically incorrect? taking back my love taking my love back
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Is it also clear to say “The main diagonal of a matrix is the collection of entries that run from the top left to bottom right”?

This post says The main diagonal of a matrix consists of those elements that lie on the diagonal that runs from top left to bottom right. Is it also clear when I rewrite that as "The main ...
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What does “as may be” mean?

Your personal data is governed by any privacy policy which may be in effect on the Site from time-to-time, as may be amended from time-to-time. I read this from a terms of use. What does "as may ...
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Difference between “in the interest of” and “in order to”

Exercise shouldn’t be drudgery, although too often it is when we’re slogging on the treadmill or doing mindless laps in the pool. In the interest of combining exercise with an element of fun, the ...
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Meaning of “Take something in”

President Trump: We’re looking for a complete deal. I’m not looking for a partial deal. China has been starting to buy our agricultural product. If you noticed over the last week — and actually, ...