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What does “I am who I am” mean?

You may or may not know about Family Guy. But in this youtube video of Family guy animated series, around 3:30, Stewie [son] was accidentally beaten by his father, Peter. Then he yell his father like ...
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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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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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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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“In xx years” vs “In xx years' time”

Hi I am a English learner, and am confused with the following expressions: "In xx years", and "In xx years' time" What's the difference between the two? Thank you.
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“Tuck in” meaning “wrap up”

Mike: Chubbuck, can you get out there? Christine: Uh, no, sorry. I can't. Mike: What do you mean, you can't? Christine: I'm tucking in that hospital piece. I need more time. Mike: You're ...
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Is this sentence okay to wish Mother's Day?

I'm going to make a design and I'm writing a copy on it which will be: On this Mother's day, let's thank her for (her?) selfless care (for us?). (Not very sure if care and care for has different ...
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“occur in/to genes”

During my research, I came cross some context found in articles. These changes occur in genes that are essential for development. Sometimes changes occur to genes, resulting in medical ...
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“For” VS “in” usage

Which preposition is right and which is wrong ? 1- We haven't been harnessing a lot of resources for the medical field. 2-We haven't been harnessing a lot of resources in the medical field.
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What does “to take someone oneself” mean?

I will take you myself. I don't quite understand these sentence. I've read it somewhere. But there was not a word about taking someone somewhere. And I couldn't find another meaning. What does "to ...
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What does “is accounted for” in this mean?

I partially get the idea of the sentence but I'd really want to know the actually meaning of this phrase here. Plus, for that last clause I don't really get its sentence structure as well. Lastly, ...
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Put in for it first

“Turns out some of those b****** didn’t like us getting Christmas week off. It doesn’t matter that we put in for it first. They got denied vacation after it filled up. Lisa warned me that it happens ...
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Is it natural to say “Sorry for disturbing (you)” after you have “disturbed” someone?

"I think I'm going to head off. Sorry for disturbing." Is it natural to say "Sorry for disturbing" after you have "disturbed" someone? Should I add "you" after "disturbing" or is it not necessary?
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What is the meaning of “just so often” in this context?

What is the meaning of "just so often" in this context? Mr. Mompesson, in bed with his little daughter (about Kate's age) whom the sound seemed chiefly to follow, "observed that it would exactly ...
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“Each day” or “with each day”. What's the difference in meaning?

"...and (with?) each day my confidence grows strong that..." "How can I make sure that (with) each day I memorize more?" Are these with-s redundant? Do they change the meaning of these sentences at ...
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what is the meaning of “any scholar of the age” and “the shoemaker's bench”?

what is the meaning of "any scholar of the age" and "the shoemaker's bench"? "any scholar of the age" does it mean any scholar in his age or an aged scholar? and is "the shoemaker's bench" an address? ...
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What do these two sentences mean?

The first sentence is this: That was how it was with her. What does that mean "That was how it was..."? The second sentence is this: What did I even do?. What does that mean "I even do..."? I read ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use a phrase 'financial relief' in an essay? Does this phrase make sense in english?

This option brings a financial relief particularly to the owners of uninsured pets.
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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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vague phrasing: characteristically

In the following extract from Frankenstein, who or what is the phrasing "advancement in his profession" characteristic of? . . . he is madly desirous of glory, or rather, to word my phrase more ...
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What's the meaning of “care for”?

When I look up the phrase "care for" in the Merriam-Webstar, there are four meanings under the entry "care for" as a phrasal verb: 1) to do the things that are needed to help and protect (a person or ...
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What does the phrase “space-warping portals” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "space-warping portals" in the following sentence from the description of the game "Levelhead": Play through hundreds of user-created challenges, ...
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Is this an correct phrase “not from what i can see here?”

Is this a correct phrase "not from what I can see here?" if not, how should I express it that I can not find the same thing on my side?"
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What does the phrase “feel native to” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "feel native to" in the following sentence (not available online) from the description of the game "KartRider Rush+": You will find that the ...

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