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Come to terms with

Why do we use "come" after "have/has" in "to have come to terms with sth"? Shouldn't we use "came" instead of "come" due to the present perfect ...
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"Whenever possible, prefer" - is it a tautology?

From the book by Anne Enquist, Laurel Currie Oates, and Jeremy Francis, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer, § 6.5.2: c) Whenever possible, prefer the specific term ...
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Meaning of "get going that"?

From THE THREE-DAY BLOW by ERNEST HEMINGWAY: "I wonder if Cards will ever win a pennant?" "Not in our lifetime," Bill said. "Gee, they'd go crazy," Nick said. "Do ...
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a real wow with / a real wow for / a real wow among

The first sentence is from Cambridge dictionary. As I understand the first one - "He" has good relationships with all the girls from his class. Right? Is it because of his behavior with the ...
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What is the specification of a degree called?

University degrees are usually specified in some way, so you get, for instance, a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science. Now I'm wondering what you call this specification – is there a special ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase "stem from" in this sentence. Does this sentence make sense?

So, I'm playing this video game and I came across this sentence that uses "stem from" in an alien way to me. "Their zeal is admirable, but their ideas impractical for a society that ...
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What someone means when says "I'm hiding under my bed" in a conversation? [closed]

What someone means when says "I'm hiding under my bed" in a conversation? I heard someone said this sentence in a political conversation, I did a little search but didn't find something that ...
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I want to know differences?

Will zoologists ever know the evolutionary sequences in the Cambrian explosion? and Will zoologists know the evolutionary sequences in the Cambrian explosion? Merriam-webster defines ever 2a: at ...
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What does 'channelling your inner cupcakke' mean?

This was from a meme group on Facebook. I commented on a post entitled "how many is your battery percentage" where there were options. Each option was meant to be a weapon to defend myself ...
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Meaning of "better than + infinitive"

Recently, I have seen the sentence I should've known better than to get my hopes up. What does it mean? I couldn't find any explanation about the grammatical structure I've mentioned in the title. ...
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two physicians I ran them by

The hospital’s $185,037.45 bill includes $13,500 for an MRI of my elbow, $9,500 for a CAT scan and $17,797.12 for two x-rays. “Laboratory” expenses—primarily related, I’m guessing, to blood tests ...
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Does "eat in" mean "to eat at home" or "to eat in a restaurant"?

I asked this question because once I said to my daughter "would you like to eat out?" and then she replied "I want to eat in". Noone taught her "eat in", she just deduced ...
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what does "keep it covered" mean when police uses it?

I'm watching the tv show "The Equalizer". In this show, there's a hostage situation at the bank. and police car arrived. Police got out of cars and looking at the bank. Then yelling. I have ...
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What's the meaning of "colour pretended"?

What's the meaning of "colour pretended" in the following passage? ... after the first formation of the universe, all the things are brought to pass by the settled laws of nature. For ...
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Meaning of come on down to

What does "come on down to someplace" mean? I know the meaning of "come down to someplace". It means traveling to the south to reach that specific place. Thanks in advance
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What does "CCs" stand for?

Chadd E. Hunt tweeted: And this my friend is why you do not ride bicycles, mopeds or anything under 400 CCs on a road that has commercial traffic. You will literally get swept up and dropped by the ...
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What does "whole site" mean in "X is a whole site meaner than Y"?

In Sling Blade (1996), Karl speaks about drunken Doyle: Karl: That feller's a whole site meaner than me. He'd just whup the tar out of me. What does "whole site" mean?
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be used to doing something but does not do it anymore

Does the following make sense? Is there a contradiction? John is used to getting up at 5 but does not do it anymore.
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How to understand "we take a bite out of one of those damn russians"?

I can't understand the sentence we take a bite out of one of those damn russians I think it means that the Japanese are ready to attack and drive out the Russians. Others believe that the Japanese ...
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What is the meaning of "trails off" in this context?

In a video game I play, there's a diary I found, and at the end of a person who wrote it describes that her husband stands outside the door and wants to kill her. The diary ends with a sentence and a ...
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Why the meaning of "coordination devices" is quite abnormal

Costola, 2021 said: Recently, the ‘‘meme stock’’ phenomenon has received considerable attention as social media were used as coordination devices to synchronize on buying signals that have ...
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What's the meaning of the phrase cite domain in this context?

I'm playing this RPG video game Vampire The Masquerade and there is this group of vampires living on a beach. I walked up to them and started a conversation. The gang leader ask me if I came to run ...
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What does "net ex yard" mean?

I asked a timber supplier to quote some piles. He provided prices and added: Both prices are net ex yard <place name> Googling does not help much, but I found a few other examples, like this: ...
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What does "social evolutionary outcome" mean?

Han et. al.,2021 mentioned Our article differs from this literature in examining how social transmission biases such as SET affect the social evolutionary outcome Simply speaking, SET is Self-...
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What does "evolutionary predominance" mean?

Han et. al.,2021 mentioned In particular, the evolutionary predominance of investors who adopt active strategies provides a social explanation for anomalies such as the lottery, volatility, beta, and ...
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yield his biggest career coup

Kenneth Branagh Is Finally Processing His Childhood Trauma Branagh made his cinematic name with vibrant interpretations of Shakespeare, but a smaller, more personal project may yield his biggest ...
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Totally Krossed Out [closed]

Totally Krossed Out is the debut studio album by American hip hop duo Kris Kross. It was produced and largely written by Jermaine Dupri and released on March 31, 1992, by Ruffhouse Records and ...
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What does "online polarization" mean?

Cinelli, 2021 says Online polarization, for instance, may foster misinformation spreading. I did a search about the use of "polarization" segregation of society into social groups, from ...
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Made up in my mind

Do you use "made up" or "made" in such context or is there a better phrase to use? "Sometimes horrible pictures are made up in my mind."
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What does "head out the back" mean?

"OK, You take the keycard and head out the back" It's a sentence from a video game. Me and the other character need to depart quickly cause we are in trouble and need to run from some ...
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"such that" or "so that"?

I saw the following definition, but I don't know why "such that" is used instead of "so that": To manipulate two or more people such that they dispute or conflict with one another ...
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'the love of nature' (1. nature can love or 2. can be loved?)

'the love of nature' nature can love or 2. can be loved? or 3. both? The phrase above is confusing. the love of your country : country is loved here (passive) the love of God : God is not loved here ...
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What does " I now pronounce me very impressed" mean?

In a movie, I heard a character say:" I now pronounce you Marry and Joe.", and his friend said: " I now pronounce me very impressed, but I'm not getting those kinds of offers". ...
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discovery to health to population to society

Revisiting academic health sciences systems a decade later: discovery to health to population to society Until recently, the mission of academic medicine has focused on providing care for complex ...
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Is it ok to say "I had a question", when you in fact mean "I was asked a question"

In an English teaching video, the teacher who is a native British English speaker answers the questions from the learners. And he says: "I had a question". And he starts to say what the ...
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"Over the years, I've improved [ON] my writing quality"

Over the years, I've improved my writing quality. Over the years, I've improved on my writing quality. A) Are both sentences grammatically correct? B) My understanding is the first sentence means ...
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What does "working as a flower a-ranger" mean? [closed]

I remember reading the following comment thread below the scifi.se question "How did the Rangers of the North make a living in the Lord of the Rings?": [4 upvotes] Working as a flower a-...
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work with a florist (What's the meaning of 'a florist'?) [closed]

work with a florist (What's the literal meaning of 'a florist'?) a person who works at a flower shop a flower shop my dictionary explains the meaning as 2 source: https://en.dict.naver.com/#/entry/...
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What does 'each cookie Emilia took to work' mean?

The following is one of question sentences from this exercise on Khan Academy. The dot plot below shows how many chocolate chips were in each cookie Emilia took to work. What does 'each cookie ...
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"And in the master's chambers, they gathered for the feast"

Quote from Eagles – Hotel California Lyrics | Genius Lyrics: And in the master's chambers They gathered for the feast I checked the dictionary for chamber, it says: a room in a house, especially a ...
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Does "the night is drawing on" mean the night is coming to the end or the beginning?

Does "I am getting cold as the night is drawing on" means -"I am getting cold as the night is starting" or -"I am getting cold as the night is finishing"? Does "the ...
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What does it mean by "with a note" in the following setence?

I was reading about floating point numbers in a programming language book and faced with the following sentence : For example, 0.1 is stored as 1, with a note to shift the decimal point one place to ...
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Meaning of a phrase in David Ricardo's literature

In the preface of Ricardo's On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, a sentence reads: To supply this deficiency, abilities are required of a far superior cast to any possessed by the ...
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What is the exact meaning of "to an extent"?

What is the exact meaning of the phrase "to an extent" in the following sentence? A country’s future prosperity depends, to an extent, upon the quality of the education of its people. ...
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meaning of "make sense" [closed]

The following sentence is ambiguous. But does it make sense? Someone insists that ambiguous sentences don't make sense. Maybe "make sense" has a special meaning I am not aware of? John saw ...
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"So far this week" - meaning

Could you explain, please, the meaning of "so far this week". I can't understand how to translate it correctly into my native language. I've known that "so far" means "at this ...
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What does "speak to" mean in this context?

In this context, a family of a late grandfather is outraged because the deceased man decided to bequeath all his inheritance to a person which wasn't even a part of the family. This conversation is ...
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What does it mean by "(to) have a strong suggestion of"?

I've faced with the sentence "the term 'hurry' often has a strong suggestion of agitated bustle or confusion", but I didn't understand what the sentence means. Also I like to know what the ...
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What does (a bed on someone's floor) mean?

This is a sentence I took from a book: 'Any chance of a bed on your floor this weekend?' 'Yes, of course, I can put you up. The sentence is on the unit discussing about expressions with set and put ...
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the case is growing

Mix-and-match COVID vaccines: the case is growing, but questions remain A slew of studies suggests that mixing vaccines provokes potent immune responses, but scientists still want answers on real-...

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