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disappear again to a completely different location

Hawking's explanation begins with quantum mechanics, which explains how subatomic particles behave. In quantum studies, it's common to see subatomic particles like protons and electrons seemingly ...
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What does '' that '' refer to?

In this sentence, what does that refer to, them or element? We will use the symbol 'R' for the element in them that is anaphorically related to an antecedent.
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Can I say "I earned an interest of 5000 dollars from my savings account"?

When a word refers to "an amount of money", that word is often countable. Fro example, debt: [countable] a sum of money that somebody owes rent: [uncountable, countable] an amount of money ...
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meaning of "ACCURACY PERCENT of the time"

This is part of a news article about an AI program that reads CT scans for diagnosis. I don't understand the meaning of 'of the time' at the end, which seems to be an error or possibly an unnecessary ...
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Do the two phrase 'none other than' and 'no other than' mean the same?

In this following context, is the phrase "no other (cause) than" another form of "none other than"? Do they mean the same thing? Should I use these two interchangeably? Could I do ...
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What is the meaning of " flowing" and " curling"

By a pomegranate juice stand, a man might be reading a newspaper and we can imagine what roiling political events might have provoked the flowing, curling words of the headline splashed across the ...
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I was honored to be mentioned by such a wonderful boxer. (vs. to have been mentioned)

I was honored to be mentioned by such a wonderful boxer. I was honored to have been mentioned by such a wonderful boxer. Which one is more grammatical or idiomatic expression? Or both of them are ...
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jointed articulate animals (do we need 'jointed' here?)

jointed articulate animals I think 'jointed' and 'articulate' are overlapping. Do we really need the word 'jointed' here? Or can we omit that?
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‘I’d appreciate it if you do that’ vs I’d appreciate it if you could do that’

I want to politely ask someone to finalize something. Are both of the following correct? If so, what is the difference between their meaning. I also want to know if 1 (and perhaps 2 as well) is polite....
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only to find herself **reciting for one**

We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one. And yes,...
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What does "gone rogue" mean in this context?

This is from a New York Times article : The ghost of Diana gone rogue animates the fractured fairy tale of Meghan and Harry, and their intemperate attempt to upend centuries of starchy rules and ...
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Whats the meaning of"he appreciates with some of the intensity of a visitor from planet kepler" in the sentence below?

He appreciates with some of the intensity of a visitor from planet Kepler22b in the constellation of Cygnus the bizarreness of how fingers interlace, how foldable they are, in what varied shapes and ...
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He made a grab for her bag. (succeeded to grab or tried but failed to grab?) [closed]

He made a grab for her bag. I think this sentence is vague: He grabbed her bag(succeeded), He grabbed for her bag(unsucceeded) 'make a grab for sth' means actually grabbed it or tried but failed?
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What does the phrase 'in some way or other' mean?

In this following context, what does the phrase 'in some way or other' mean? Does this mean the same as 'in one way or other' or in one way or another'? Should I use the word 'somehow' as its synonym? ...
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What does "tie up" mean in this context?

This context comes from a youtube video about the financial scandal including the Enron company. Now let's fast forward one year and see how you did. So it turn out the stock didn't go up like ...
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How should I understand the sentence beginning with 'due to'?

In the following context, I'm difficult to understand the bold and italic sentence. How should I understand this sentence? Can there be any word or verb which was omitted between the words 'feeling' ...
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"In another nod to" meaning in the context

Apple launched an online store in Vietnam this week, in another nod to the growing importance of emerging markets for the iPhone maker. The source I think the "another nod to" means "...
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What does the phrase 'inner necessity' mean?

In this following context, what does the phrase 'inner necessity' mean? How should I understand this sentence easily and simply? Context: “Cause” refers really to that thing which — if all the ...
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meaning of but in a phrase of a sentence

I have started book reading habit for improving my English. I have started with the novel Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl as I have been told that the novel will be easy for me to ...
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It was not that big of a deal [duplicate]

It was not that big of a deal. What's the meaning of 'of' in 'of a deal'? The phrase 'of a deal' is an adjective or an adverb?
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killer of kings

The death cap mushroom (Amanita phalloides), which has been the ‘killer of kings’ for centuries, could be losing its edge. Scientists have found a possible antidote for the deadly mushroom’s toxin. ...
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More Than One's Life's Worth - Meaning

... they'll be watching the Floo Network, and it's more than our life's worth to set up an unauthorized Portkey." ... [From Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix page 51] What does "...
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What does the word 'above all' mean?

In this following context, what does the phrase 'above all' mean? Does it mean 'especially'? Context: This condition of co-nascence applies, above all, to consciousness and its concomitant mental ...
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How to understand "barbershop" in the context of "The Knick"?

Source: "The Knick" Season 01 Episode 02 00:08:25 Dr. J.M. Christiansen (who is bald): The wealth supporting the Knick is endless. People here want their hospital to be the best. And they'...
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"...is as much instinct as science"

Not a native English speaker. Question: What does the following mean? Something is as much instinct as science. For example, I was reading a post on a SQL Query Performance where I came across the ...
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meaning of 'the other end' here

This is from a news article : It's a startling statistic. Every year, 70,000 women around the world basically bleed to death after childbirth. That averages out to nearly 200 deaths a day and makes ...
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The expression "Eat in or take out" [closed]

whats the meaning of this expression? (Eat in or take out)
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"Promised to someone" meaning

I've been listening to many songs and came across these two lyrics Oh, goddamn. My pain fits in the palm of your freezing hand. Taking mine, but it's been promised to another (Ivy by Taylor Swift) ...
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One firefighter made off with a Los Angeles Fire Department cellphone

At the LAFD, pay for sex on duty, batter a cop, lie on medical records — and keep your job One firefighter made off with a Los Angeles Fire Department cellphone last year and used it to solicit a ...
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What does 'make a complete pigs here' mean?

I was watching this video: https://youtu.be/EaJt5jC5gbY?t=1228 Time Stamp: 20:30 Here the author says: "The human race made a complete pigs here of that initial management of this virus." I ...
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"Run north of" meaning in the context

The 30-year fixed rate mortgage has run north of 6% all year. I saw the sentence from here. In my opinion, the word 'north' is a slang usage as defined in the free dictionary: Slang, Into a better ...
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Meaning of a Lincoln Quote

Given below is a quote from Lincoln: No man who is resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention, still less can he afford to take the consequences, including the ...
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"With the public"—mean in this context?

In recent times, matters of consent in relation to medical treatment have achieved a high profile with the public. What's the meaning of with the public ? I think with the public mean- in the case of/...
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What does "feel these things" in this video clip mean?

Below is a part of the transcript from an animated movie "Big Hero 6": (Video clip link: https://youtu.be/PTcLZLKPOtM?t=26) (Transcript link: https://www.quotes.net/mquote/978305) Cass: Hiro?...
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What does "taking in its own washing" mean? [duplicate]

"The provincial town still belonged essentially to the economy and society of the countryside. It lived by battening on the surrounding peasantry and (with relatively few exceptions) by very ...
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What does "win over death" mean in this context?

This context comes from the show "Mindhunter". It's an exchange between a serial killer Edmund Kemper and an FBI agent Holden Ford. Ford is asking Kemper if he felt pleasure while he ...
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The meaning of “make strong showing”?

This faculty make makes a strong showing on the list of highly cited researchers. What is the meaning of ‘make a strong showing’? And what are some good synonyms for it?
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on the go and on the way

I understand that "on the go" means to be active and that it can also mean "while traveling". Is it right to say "I'm on the go. I'll be there in 10 minutes" or should I ...
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Can we say "I called and I got through to her but I couldn't hear her saying"?

There are 3 cases when Tom called Mary. Case 1: Mary's phone was engaged or busy, Case 2: Mary's phone rang but she didn't take the call Case 3: Mary's phone rang and Mary did take the call but the ...
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meaning of 'go out and grab' here

This is from "Artificial Intelligence For Dummies". Some research will require you to be able to identify persons used within a dataset. Going out and grabbing Personally Identifiable ...
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Is it all right to say "one one hundred" when you actually mean to say "one percent"?

This is from BBC about space and planets Space questions (see:27:05-27:40) The presenter says; "Its atmosphere is one one hundred the pressure of Earth." which doesn't make sense. However, ...
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Fill it out later

CJ Hey, that's my paper man. That's money. TENPENNY This is drug money. CJ My money, man... PULASKI Hey don't worry about it, I'll fill it out later. from GTA:San Andreas (Video game) Please explain ...
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Do we say "I made a boo boo" instead of "I made a mistake" when we want to joke?

I have just watched the film "Champions 2023". In the film, the man swore or used some bad words and the other man said "No boo-boo words". I checked the Cambridge dictionary and ...
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his ancestral roots in counties Louth and Mayo

Biden will spend three of the four days of his trip in the Republic, where he will pay homage to his ancestral roots in counties Louth and Mayo. Source Are his ancestral roots in counties Louth and ...
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What does the phrase "take this approach to" mean in English?

According to many books and articles, New England's leaders established the basic themes and preoccupations of an unfolding, dominant Puritan tradition in American intellectual life. To take this ...
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meaning of 'go on the run'

This is from a news article. FAU was two seconds from becoming the lowest seed to make the NCAA title game. Making the Owls’ run even more impressive, they’d never even won a tournament game before ...
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What meaning exactly does the word 'meaningful' have in this example?

I've just seen the word 'meaningful' in a book, it felt like I knew this word and its meaning, but nonetheless I decided to see the cambridge dictionary translation. BUT I noticed that the meaning ...
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"Two times as long as" versus "two times longer than"

Say, Rule 1 is 60 cm long, Rule 2 is 30 cm long, and Rule 3 is 20 cm long. A.  Rule 1 is two times as long as Rule 2. B.  Rule 1 is two times longer than Rule 2. Sentence A is indisputably correct. ...
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What does the phrase "negotiating with your baby's bedtimes and night-time wake-ups" mean here? [closed]

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "negotiating with your baby's bedtimes and night-time wake-ups" here: Keep this sleep-tracker handy if you are negotiating with your baby'...
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What does the phrase "emerging from the haze" mean here?

Could you help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "emerging from the haze" here? It's important to keep this app within reach, whether you're emerging from the haze of night feeds with ...
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