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Biginnig of waiting or the onset of waiting?

there is one thing that i don't know. Can you guys help me plz? Situation : There is a girl who can't be together With her boyfriend because he is in army. And thinking of the moment that she has ...
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Can you give me the meaning of these two sentences

*He's been the death of many, a poor man "Who's gonna kiss your rosy red cheek It's gonna be that steel drivin' man" what does these two mean? Both come from a gun club song "John Hardy" from the ...
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Consider progress against

Do the following sentences grammatically correctly express satisfaction with the candidates performance: We considered your progress against the Ph.D. degree timeline, work habits, publication and ...
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meaning of the phrase “obscurity of one's condition”?

I have come across this in Crash Course World History. It is at 6 minutes and 55 seconds. Here it goes: You also had statesmen like Pericles, whose famous funeral oration brags about the golden ...
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Comma question.. speech usage terms

I have a basic question regarding commas, and I have not found the answer I was looking for. So the rule of thumb is to never separate the verb from the subject or main subject should I say...but in ...
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Using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions in one sentence

My question is can we use coordinators and subordinating conjunctions in the same sentence? If we can, what is the right order of these two kinds of conjunctions in one sentence? My sentence is: ...
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What does each of these sentences mean?

What does each of these sentences mean? What are differences in meaning between them? Are they all grammatically correct? I practiced martial arts at a young age. I practiced martial arts ...
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Difference between “on the fringe” and “on the fringes”

The Longman Dictionary seems to suggest that on the fringes can be used either literally or figuratively, while on the fringe refers to something actually physically away from the center. on the ...
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We'd as well be 10 minutes back in time?

In Storm by Tim Minchin, after a heavy argument, Tim says; We'd as well be 10 minutes back in time, For all the chance you'll change your mind. Can you please explain that sentence to me from the ...
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The meaning of the phrase “set-up” in context

I have looked up all the meaning of the phrase in various dictionaries, but still cannot get what it means in the second sentence . Here it goes: Religion is a social institution that involves a ...
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Jealous / Envy Choosing the right word

If "jealousy is when you worry someone will take what you have ... envy is wanting what someone else has" So I think only the second sentence is correct. Am I right? 1) My girlfriend is jealous of ...
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think I can do anything

a. I don't think I can do anything you want. Can't this sentence mean two things? a1. I think I can't do anything you want. a2. I don't think I can't do just anything you want. b. You're mistaken ...
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Meaning of confusing phrase - “for as long”

I found this in an article on Quora: What are some disadvantages for companies located in Silicon Valley? 1-Distraction by all the other startups/silicon valley media 2-Risk of top ...
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A good place to start would be (with)

I have a question about some sentence in this Economist article: Reserve prison for the worst offenders. Divert the less scary ones to drug treatment, community service and other penalties that ...
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What does “In line with this theme of competition comes the expression…” mean in this paragraph?

I have a paragraph as follows: Source All of us are very receptive to adopting beliefs when we are young, but the idea that “males have to earn females” is not something that is only hammered into ...
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“would,” “will,” and “be [verb]ing” in context

What are the differences among these three sentences? Who would most likely be listening to this talk? Who will most likely be listening to this talk? Who is most likely listening to this talk?
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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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What is the correct?

What is the right choice “I started playing piano when i was six “ Or “I was starting playing piano when i was six “ , and why?
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The meaning of “fresh off of”

I came across this sentence in an article online: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, fresh off of not apologizing for the social media giant’s failure to prevent sketchy election data firm Cambridge ...
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A Meeting In/On His Schedule

Suppose we are talking about someone's schedule of things to do There is a management meeting in his schedule. There is a management meeting on his schedule. Should it be "in" or "on" ...
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Unusual syntactic use of the word “but”

What does "but" mean here? If we are able to identify two things (a, b) or two occurrences of a thing, there must be some difference between them, otherwise it would make no sense to say that ...
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Is the usage of “Adequate” right in this context?

I checked Cambridge dictionary and it defined 'adequate' as "Enough or satisfactory for a particular purpose". I want to use the word as a synonym for 'enough'. So, is it right in this context: "...
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To, in, at or into the Past?

If we want to find something or understand something from the Past, what's correct to say? Do we look to the Past, in the Past, at the Past or into the Past? What is the difference between the four: ...
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“I will go to the party *to* kiss her” vs. “I will go to the party *and* kiss her”

"I will go to the party to kiss her." "I will go to the party and kiss her." Which one is more "proper one? I'm thinking second one is more formal but I'm not sure.
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Expressing weakness of alleged reasons for something

Let's take the sentence Sentence. Jim was detained on a slim ground that he was seen with Bob two days ago. The idea is to say that the justification for Jim's detention is weak, and I wanted to ...
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singular or plural: “this kind of thing” or “this kind of things”, when to use which?

I posted a question (In terms of this grammar formula, "Although + subject + verb, subject + verb", in what situation the subject might not be a noun or noun phrase?) just now, where I said ...
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Is there a rule or convention to make a name, in particular, name a tip? For example, is “Start with Opposite” a clear name?

There is a video (https://youtu.be/UFuxlnUeGmg) talking about a tip to start a speech or an essay. When you give your opinion, it's a very good idea to start by saying what is good about the ...
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Combine five sentences into one

There is nothing better than strolling in the park, seeing playing kids and hearing birds’ chirping. Is this sentence grammatically, syntactically meaningful sentence? I want to say that, I stroll ...
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Get the rugs out there

I cannot understand the meaning of "get the rugs out there" in this sentence. Hopefully, we should get the rugs out there. That would be awesome for me, so, between all six of you guys, you ...
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What's the meaning of “God would score the toss” (of the dice)?

What does to score mean here? To keep the score? I understand that the author means that she has no control of the dice. But what does this mean relative to God? Does score the toss mean to keep score?...
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Words that are synonyms to 'to put one’s foot in one’s mouth'?

What words are there that have a similar meaning to 'put one’s foot in one’s mouth'?
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In term of starting a speech with the opposite opinion, does “good” in “good point” mean easy to attack, representative, or something else?

There is a video (https://youtu.be/UFuxlnUeGmg) talking about an easy tip to start an essay or speech. When you give your opinion, it's a very good idea to start by saying what is good about the ...
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Is there an easy way to check if an expression formal or informal?

I read a comment in a post (meaning of the phrase "some kind of X") just now and learned an expression "I neither know nor care". I would like to know whether the expression formal or ...
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The difference among “type of”, “sort of”, “kind of” and “style of” when referring to categories

This video (https://youtu.be/4kuhQzbc2Tw) says "type of", "sort of", "kind of" and "style of" are all the same when referring to categories. What type of music do you like? What kind of music do you ...
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when I check a condition what tense should I use?

this post (https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/did-you-finish-vs-have-you-finished.1189126/) gives these explanations about present perfect and simple past. past ---->now = have you finished? ...
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Does “doing” in some cases mean “the way someone do”? If yes, what the cases are? In other words, is there some kind of rules about this?

There is a guy talking about the phrase "sort of". (https://youtu.be/4kuhQzbc2Tw?t=395) ... a lot of times Canadians will talk about that. "What sort of food? What sort of...?" because they're ...
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What does “First thing, E” mean? How do I use it appropriately?

This guy is saying (https://youtu.be/4kuhQzbc2Tw?t=54) First thing, E: "What are these types of words?" I googled and found lots of people use this phrase as well. what does that mean? How do I ...
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what is the meaning of “a living demonstration” in this context?

what is the meaning of "a living demonstration" in this context? He predicted the coming of Spiritualism in his "Principles of Nature," published in 1847, where he says: It is a truth that spirits ...
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To express a coming event, is “go” being used correctly here?

To express a coming event, I am aware of the famous "the winter is coming". She is saying as far as the tests or exams go you want to know what's the material is "go" being used correctly here?
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is this version grammatically right and idiomatic? “exam instills fear of one or two or 3 hours while you are writing the test”

she is saying (https://youtu.be/iSV9uohbCjQ?t=263) "exam instills fear of one or two or 3 hours" and the following part of you writing the test which is not grammatically right. I rewrote that as ...
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Is the word “crossroads” used when it's outside of the country? If yes, does country refer to “a nation” or “small settlements outside large towns”?

Is she saying (https://youtu.be/WCfV7OkNCDo?t=461) "we do actually use crossroads when it's outside of the country"? if yes, does country refer to "a nation" or "small settlements outside large towns"...
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Are “My patience is running thin” and “My patience is running out” the same?

It seems that both "My patience is running thin" and "My patience is running out" mean "I cannot wait anymore". Do the two expression have the same meaning? or they have different degree?
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Does “be looking up” mean improving “so not correct”?

this post (https://ell.stackexchange.com/a/169966) says Looking up means improving so not correct cambridge (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english-chinese-simplified/look-up?q=...
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“is one of degree” meaning

The sentence is in Chapter two of Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me. “Women in the online gaming communit have been harassed, threatened, and driven out. Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist ...
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phrases/sentence

1: Sending json data to postgres once received from API 2: Sending json data to postgres after receiving from API 3:Sending json data to postgres once it's received from API Both sentence/phrases ...
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What does “lived” mean as an adjective?

I wonder what the word "lived" means in this phrase: "the living and lived contradictions". Is there a synonym for it? Here is the full sentence: However, this challenge to create anew, to open up ...
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Sand caked in his eyes

I can't understand this sentence "My pet had some sand caked in his eyes." I know this is a bad situation in his eyes, but not exactly understood. Could you tell me what the "sand caked" is? It it ...
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'I thought I have known you.' and 'I thought I had known you'

Which sentence is grammatically correct and what does the sentence mean? I'm a bit confused about the sentence can be mixed with present and past tense or not?
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What does the word “correspond” mean here?

I hope someone familiar with rummy can help me figure out the meaning of the word "correspond" in the following sentence: Please remember that each character in your party corresponds to a single ...
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his brother not so much

a. Pete is tall; his brother not so much. b. Pete is very tall; his brother not so much. Do these mean that Pete's brother is short that he is average that he is not tall that he is not really tall ...

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