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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 ...
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Meaning of “in arms”

What does it mean "in arms"? And is there a double meaning here, since they are goalkeepers? They are brothers in arms, members of the goalkeeping fraternity, like their father before them. Their ...
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The meaning of “but he had nails, that one, and the other protested. . . .”

‘But it was my umbrella which at that moment began to take the stage. It receded from me with those two young attached to different points of its circumference. At the same time it gyrated ...
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Meaning of “ at a height of “ in sentence

It can be dangerous to load the truck at a height of four meters . In this sentence what i confuses me is whether “ at a height of “ is used to describe the height of level where truck is loaded or ...
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Rephrase the phrase

What does it mean? Can anyone rephrase this phrase? I did this because this song was love at first listen to me. Does it mean or don't?: I did it because this song was love for me when I first ...
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What does “struggle” mean in this context?

Amy and Brad struggle as they face her birthday. Does this mean "Amy and Brad struggle with each other" or "Amy experiences difficulty. Brad experiences difficulty"? I know the meaning of "struggle",...
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meaning of “go through” in “the essay went through a few drafts”

“The essay went through a few drafts, and was later given a new title……” From https://www.ibtimes.com/are-aliens-real-winston-churchill-wrote-essay-extraterrestrial-life-2493038 How can I ...
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How to say two things are the most important of something

I am not a native guy and I am having problem with the following sentence. I would like to know is the following sentence right? The A and B are of the most important challenges facing the today ...
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What does “studies need to be taken with more than the usual grain of salt” mean?

I found this quote in a psychology paper entitled If We Are So Rich, Why Aren't We Happy? by M. Csikszentmihalyi: “Thus, the results of culturally and methodologically circumscribed studies need to ...
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What's the meaning of “enterprising” in this context?

I checked a lot of dictionaries and I couldn't find a suitable definition. Here's the sentence: Enterprising humans, animals, heroes, or gods will make a habit of acquiring the first fire from some ...
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Can 'was' be omitted in this sentence?

I believe it can't, because the omission of was makes valued and stigmatized paralleled. The thing they were good at at school wasn't valued, or was actually stigmatized.
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Rendering a judgment

I asked a professor if I can collect data by method X and he replied : "I am sorry - we do not render such judgments in advance". What does that mean?
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Whats the meaning of “makes it rain on dem ho's” [closed]

I saw a tv show called impractical jokers and I cant understand this joke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNYzhAqbqVA
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What is a habitual sentence and in what does it differ other legal sentences?

Here are some examples: He was facing five years on each count and you are also facing a habitual sentence, she told him, and you can actually get double. Prosecutors counter that it is more ...
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what are “sculptural succulents”?

“Take-home ideas from my presentation will include combining leafy plants with sculptural succulents to soften the landscape,” says Gatz, and “placing architectural exclamation points with ...
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Meaning of “intellectual farce”

Overview Aristophanes was the greatest writer of Old Comedy in Athens in the fifth century BCE and the only playwright from that era with any complete plays surviving. Old Comedy was a form ...
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Mary likes the dog eating bones - What does that mean?

Does the sentence mean Mary likes the dog which is eating bones or it mean Mary finds the idea of the dog eating bones attractive and she likes it? Does the sentence deliberately ambiguous or it ...
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Meaning of “in charges” in a sentence

Vodafone error sees customers hit by thousands in charges What is the meaning of in charges here? I understand in charge mean to "be in control" or like this. But in this sentence how to understand?