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“Listen for” to mean “left with a feeling”

The other day I was given an answer: In your sentence I would use give, give does mean a present, a gift I was going to give you another book Here is a warning: I am listening for ...
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What is the meaning of “comes out wrong” in this context?

This is the context: We definitely know that particles pop in and out of existence. it happens everywhere all the time and this is what people think might be responsible for dark energy. Only the ...
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on both sides/on the two sides

a. The conflict claimed about two hundred lives on all sides. b. The conflict claimed about two hundred lives on the three sides. Do those mean all in all there were two hundred lives lost or ...
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historical site

According to the Cambridge dictionary (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/grammar/british-grammar/historic-or-historical), "historic" means "important or likely to be important in history" and "...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “set out” in context

I have stumbled upon it in this article. The nationalists are unconvinced by Mr Zelensky's promises to safeguard Ukraine's interests and not to cross his "red lines", set out in an urgent news ...
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Difference between “mover” and “shaker” in “mover and shaker”

What is the difference between “mover” and “shaker” in “mover and shaker”? I first checked the OED and they seem similar to me. OED Mover: colloquial (originally U.S.). A person who ...
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Does “not to be” mean “does not” or “should not”?

This page says In statistics, the likelihood function (often simply called the likelihood) expresses the plausibilities of different parameter values for a given sample of data. While not to be ...
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Is a briefing considered to be a notification?

briefing : an act or instance of giving precise instructions or essential information notification : to give notice of or report the occurrence of I am wondering if a briefing a subclass of ...
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Does this expression imply some meaning about uncertainty, “…, we will assume that there is a distribution over possible values of θ”?

This post says Note that even after observing data, we will assume that there is a distribution over possible values of θ. There will always be uncertainty about the model parameters. There are ...
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Is it easier to understand to modify this expression “as commonly we want to” as “as we commonly want to”?

This post says In this lecture, we introduce and formalize methods for building classifiers, and provide intuitive guidelines for the selection of priors. The classification problem is ubiquitous ...
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Is this expression “I made a little bit enhancement, could someone give a check” clear and idiomatic?

I am reading a textbook and think there could be enhancement somewhere, so I asked a question. It seems that page 32 of “MLaPP” is using notation in a confusing way, I made a little bit enhancement,...
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What is the meaning of “many walks of life”?

I know that the meaning of walks of life is a person's occupation or position within society. But in some cases, I don't get it. for example, someone has been saying something about how should we ...
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What's the meaning of “snapped” in “she snapped harder than ever”?

Who can explain me what is the meaning of this quote “she snapped harder than ever”? I’m Portuguese. I can’t understand what is “snapped”.
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Heaven scored big time [closed]

Hi what could this sentence means? While heaven scored big time, Charly we will meet you again somewhere over the rainbow.
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Difference between “do good to” “do good for” and “do good by”

What is the difference between “do good to others”, “do good for others” and “do good by others”? They appear the same to my non-native ears. There must be subtle differences between them. I only ...
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Meaning of count it off

The phrase is from an animated tv series called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song. You can see the full lyrics here: https://genius.com/Teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-turtles-theme-2003-lyrics ...
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it seems that there is no need to use “also” here, is my understanding right?

this post says The noun architecture can be countable or uncountable. In more general, commonly used, contexts, the plural form will also be architecture. The post didn't mention other form ...
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Would that sentence be clear and acceptable? [closed]

"Once lost, one tends to understand the value of one thing better, and when gaining it again, it will be all the more invaluable than ever before."
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Would usage in this sentence

This day would constitute the greatest challange our production would ever face. Why is WOULD used in this sentence? Source: https://youtu.be/ivfspJOAtBI at 12:54.
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What does “laser into something” mean?

I have found it in this article. Maybe you're centered and at peace with yourself, secure that you have value to bring to the conversation. Or perhaps, you're lasering into an almost imperceptible ...
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Is father-daughter relation or relationship? Is a feeling of hate relation or relationship?

I am confused relation with relationship. per this post both can mean “the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected” Assume Yang is Alice's father, father-daughter is ...
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“Assisting delivery of construction program ” vs “Assisting with delivery of construction program”

I recently came across the phrase "assisting delivery of construction programs". Is this phrase grammatically correct? I would write: "Assisting with delivery of construction programs". Could ...
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'provocative' vs 'sexy'

Are there any differences in meaning between 'provocative' and 'sexy' when they are used to describe clothes? It seems to me that 'provocative' is almost always disapproving, while 'sexy' can even be ...
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Fall asleep vs feel asleep

Please, tell me the difference between: Fall asleep vs feel asleep
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Why “come” instead of “go”?

In the following dialogue: John: Do you want to come to the zoo with me tomorrow, Peter? Peter: I would go if I had some money. John asks with "come with me" instead of "go with me". Peter answers ...
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Would vs will in these sentence [duplicate]

It is the thing you will find in real life. It is the thing you would find in real life. What is the difference between these 2 sentences? This is probably because I cannot imagine another situation ...
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What does “take my word on anything” mean?

I have stumbled upon it in this video. It is at 11 minutes and 22 seconds. I am not asking for your trust. I am not asking you to take my word on anything. In fact, I urge you not to take my word ...
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How to express something like classmate, colleague for some scientific fields?

Assume there are only 3 people A, B, C working for a company. In other words, the employees of the company consists of A, B and C. So, A is a colleague of B or C. Machine learning (M) is a field of ...
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to believe an advice vs to believe in an advice

I know that "to believe" means "to think that to something is true or correct" when used with things. (references: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/believe , https://www....
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Past simple usage in this sentence

"They had to live each day, for a month, as an old person, with hidden cameras to record how other people reacted to them". Why is past simple used in the end of this sentence?
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Would have usage in this sentence

It was as if I was seeing the young people inside them. Before I would have just seen the wrinkles. What is the usage of "would have" in these sentences? Source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/...
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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,...