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Can the start be “the other end”?

The sentence is " There is the letter T in the end of the word and the letter C in the other end". Can you call the start of the word the other end?
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Who made tomorrow and one out yesterday?

In the lyrics to Money Never Build a Mountain by Ronnie Davis, which is an old Reggae song about God the Creator, there is the line Who makes tomorrow and one out yesterday? I couldn't quite parse ...
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This restaurant has become popular in recent years. (event or process?)

Does the sentence This restaurant has become popular in recent years. imply an ongoing, continuous process (becoming popular) that has been happening during the recent years? Or does it mean that ...
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What's the difference between “over this year”, “during this year” and “in this year”?

What's the difference between "over this year", "during this year" and "in this year"? For example, Over this year, he's been able to provide a lot of correct answers in class. During ...
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What does “let’s get rocks” mean?

I saw this on a t-shirt one of my friends is about to make for a sports event. Let’s get rock (or "rocks", I am not sure). And there is a dirt bike on it too. The event is dirt bike racing, my ...
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The man of double deed

There is this beautiful poem I heard on "The Fall" (british tv show). There was a man of double deed, Who sowed his garden full of seed; When the seed began to grow, 'Twas like a garden full ...
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Permanent carapace of conscience

Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/kashmir-situation-india-pakistan-indo-pak-war-bangladesh-un-the-bilateral-bind-3035013/ What is meant by the emboldened part The pictures ...
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Is there a real difference between “to mull something over” and “to think something over”?

I've done this exercise focusing on phrasal verbs. There was a sentence, something like this: I need to ...... it over before I make my decision. The particle "over" gave me only two choices - mull ...
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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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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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Usage of “to do with”

Can I use "to do with" in the same meaning as "about/concerning a particular subject" ? For example: 1- All applications to do with this role go through my secretary first. 2- Most of the ...
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What does “suggests after the event…” mean?

Just as the development of a society sometimes suggests after the event a pattern not in the minds of its creators, the transition from the old convict system to the new did not always follow the ...
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A worker who takes orders in McDonalds

what do you call a worker who asks me about what i want to eat? I mean it's not a waiter and it's not a hostess i guess. And what do they say when there is no any line and they are ready to serve ...
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Meaning of “upon her” in this context

Esmeralda was a very light sleeper. She woke as soon as the key turned in the lock. Then, just before Frollo blew out the lantern, Esmeralda saw his face. “Oh, no!” she cried out faintly. “It’...
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“ten minutes out”

There is a scene in the movie Drinking Buddies where Gene and Luke are talking in a bar. Gene: I've been ten minutes out since I got here. I had one of these, and then I said, "I'm gonna have one ...
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Convinced of something/somebody

We can felicitously say: I am upset with your performance. And a related idea like this: I am upset with you. Similarly, we can say: I am disappointed with your performance. And again,...
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collocation with a word stress

This is my question. feel stress have stress receive stress get stress which collocation is best fit for a word stress? (particularly in academic writing) and if there are any awkward collocation,...
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more than a hint of beauty

Her expression is demure, but there’s more than a hint of beauty. What is it intended to convey? Is she beautiful, or not so beautiful? Any help would be appreciated.
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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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Act On Somebody

When I was reading a text, I encountered a sentence which contains the verb phrase "act on". The Internet and smartphone applications are used for distributing hate messages and acting on the users ...
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It be not until ~ that ~

It was not until after we had been on the highway for several hours that Peter asked me if I wanted stop at a restaurant for a bite to eat. In my opinion, It ~ that ~ is a sentence that emphasize ...
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To + (verb) as infinitive/gerund

I have a question on preposition ‘to’. When we use verb after ‘to’ we use either infinitives or verb in ing format but my question is: will the word ‘to’ be a preposition in both the case? also, ...
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What is “making up one's life”?

Having evaded wretchedness, the gay young man making up his shining life in the city is one of civilization’s wonders, and Édouard Louis is a new, inspiring real-life example of such transfiguration.
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Past participle usage in below sentences / passives

I hope all the below form of sentences give ‘Passive’ meanings, am I correct? 1) be + verb3 [i.e. past participle] be prepared. 2) being + verb3 being processed (but in continuous form). 3) ...
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Question about plural nouns modified by both a definite article and an 'of' noun phrase

I had a conversation on a topic here that I am interested in a lot but have not get a response yet to my question about it, so I have decided to address the question to the community on this site for ...
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Is this a run-on sentence? & What about the phrase “no matter…”

The following sentence comes from a Youtube video regarding idioms: "So, he finally decided that letting Annette go would be the lesser of the two evils as an angry staff is a less productive staff ...
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Difference between “be of great importance” or “have great importance”

What is the difference in meaning between that two phrases? Example: A change request is a document containing a call for an adjustment of a system; it is of great importance in the change ...
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What's the meaning of “at least as important are …” in the following sentence?

Changes in the geometric properties of the joint with wear occur slowly for a lower pair. At least as important are the simple geometries of the relative motions that these joints permit. I don't ...
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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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Meaning of “plug fill” or “fill plug” in pharmaceutical industry

From an FDA guideline: Bracketing can be applied to studies with multiple strengths of identical or closely related formulations. Examples include but are not limited to (1) capsules of different ...
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Meaning of the sentence in bold is unclear to me

We will not [says Socrates] then allow our charges, whom we expect to prove good men, being men, to play the parts of women and imitate a woman young or old wrangling with her husband, defying ...
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What are the meaning of “put to bare” in the sentence and the meaning of the sentence?

the context is as follows ...or complex moment where ethical reasoning skill will be put to bare where they will have opportunity to discuss online their reactions to that particular film... First,...
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What's the meaning of “self-spoken”?

Character Information ... Personality Mean, abusive, prejudiced, self-spoken (http://zootopia.wikia.com/wiki/Woodchuck_bully)
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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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“Have you ever worked in a …” vs. “Have you ever been working in a …”

Which one of these sentences is right, the perfect simple or the perfect continuous? A: Have you ever worked in a factory? B: No, never! or A: Have you ever been working in a factory? B: No,...
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What is difference between “don't remember” and “not that remember”

Recently, I came across this use of the phrase: not that I remember. I have not encountered such use before. I have always come across the classic use of the phrase: I don't remember. Is there any ...
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What does “make oneself heard above the chatter” mean?

Example sentences: Many people are glad to have someone who can make themselves heard above the chatter. How can you make yourself heard above the chatter? I know the meaning of every single ...
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What does the phrase “You have a mice nest in your mouth” mean

I was chatting with a colleague and she just said that I have a mice nest in my mouth, what does it mean?
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“The last I saw someone” phrase

Is it correct to say “she was in the lab the last I saw a her”? I just want to convey that she was in the lab the last time I saw her. But is the grammar correct? Also does it imply that we will not ...
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How to understand “Much the best way” in this context?

"The original?" enquired Xenophilius sharply, and when she nodded, he said, "Well then, why don't you read it aloud? Much the best way to make sure we all understand." Harry Potter and the ...
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In the wake of someone's passing

What does this phrase mean? In the wake of my great great grandmother's passing. Does passing mean death also? If so, then why didn't they just use death so non native English speakers can ...
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What that means by “I am willing to try the code as is”?

My colleague and I have been working on a software project. I recently proposed some changes to the code base and requested for his review. He then added some comments as below: Now that I see you ...
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meaning of “bear someone home”

In the book "Native Speaker", there is "This means that you can get drunk, for the sake of building ambience and camaraderie (and for your own taut nerves), but still keep in mind that you haven't ...
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Which phrase is more correct?

I have two sentences that are ambiguous to me. The first sentence is: I have got a woman at home. The second sentence is: I got a woman at home. The meaning I'm aiming for is the present moment. I ...
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On this definition of holding

A tenure; a farm or other estate held of another. The above is the third definition of holding in this dictionary. I couldn't make sense of the part in italics, especially on their use of held; is ...
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what is the meaning of 'that sounds too cynical of him'?

I am reading the Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee. It has ' He passed the bar immediately, though I know he never intended to practice the law or big corporate business. He wanted the credentials. But ...
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What means “in mitigation”?

Here is the sentence: In mitigation, I am on the move and posted this from an internet cafe. I didn't quite grasp the sentence.As I know In mitigation means make something appear less serious.But that ...
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What does “ two-way section fare” mean?

I read on https://www.lwb.gov.hk/eng/legco/21032018_6.htm (mirror) (page explaining bus fares in Hong Kong): On the other hand, two-way section fares are currently applicable to a number of ...
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Proper way for asking to leave

I am about to take an assesment for responsible service of alcohol licence. There is a video question and I need to tell someone to leave in that video. Once I saw a scene in The Simpsons and there ...
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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 ...