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Reference of a phrase

What the bold part reffered to? Could it be rephrased like this: "and children learn the reflex to think in terms of mental states". If yes, what's the meaning of reflex to think about mental state? ...
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Which one follow a normal distribution?

I am learning this course. The professor is saying: While doing this, he developed the concepts of correlation and regression, and a connection to pairs of data that follow a normal ...
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Meaning of “So say the knights who say NIH”

So say the knights who say NIH. I don't get the above reference. What does it mean?
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reference: here's one you may not be cognizant of

Is "one" properly used in the following? Does it have a grammatically correct referent? You know about addiction to drugs and cigarettes, but here's one you may not be cognizant of: fitness addicts....
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What is the bold part an example of?

What does the bold part refer to? Is it an example for the "bottom-up" fake news? as philosophers trained in the art of dialectics are wont to remind us, sometimes quantitative changes really can ...
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The totem pole can be grouped into

Does the following makes sense, with "the totem pole" referring to totem poles in general? The totem pole can be grouped into specific categories, depending on its location and the occasion for ...
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What does “crescendo of degradation” mean and refer to?

One trouble with pretending to be someone or something else is that there is no stopping it. For Plato, the act of pretending rapidly runs down through a sexist chain of being from men to women ...
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decision of last hour

Imagine, a decision is made. It was made no more than 1 hour ago. What are all possible ways to refer to it if we want to use 'last hour'? last hour decision decision of last hour I assume, '...
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Who's exactly refer to the act of “confessing a secret” here?

Who's exactly refer to the act of "confessing a secret" here? You are going to read one of a series of articles from The Times called Family Secrets, which are unsigned and use fictitious names, ...
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What does “itself” refer to in this sentence? and why?

why does itself here refer to "urban life" ?? In the Roman world, the public baths were such an important feature of urban life that in the fourth century A.D., there were 856 small baths in the city ...
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The best way to refer to the intended noun in the mentioned sentence?

This research is supposed to examine how the sociology of a relation affects its ethics. In the above sentence I want "its" to refer to "a relation", but the way the sentence is constructed it ...
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“The first one” vs. “The first”

Can anyone explain the difference between using first one and first, when referencing nouns from a previous sentence? Consider the following two cases: Case 1: There are two primary noise source ...
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Where is the antecedent in this sentence?

No way of life has emerged of which the foundations were not laid communally. In this sentence, what does the ‘which’ refer to? Where is the antecedent?
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“These” or “Such”

I have an exercise requiring us to complete a text with suitable reference words. Here is a small part of the text: A further problem is the availabitily of software. Educational computer programs ...
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Meaning of “Pull it over”?

What is the meaning of "pull it over"? I work in a meat factory where we were cutting meat, and my co-worker, who was on the other side of the table, gave me a command "to pull it(the meat) over" as ...
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Meaning of “work of much labour and learning” in context

"The Life of Franklin", by James Patron, is a work of much labour and learning which has fallen into unmerited neglect. Q1) Was this work so difficult to write (by author) or it takes so much labour ...
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what does *they* refer to here? *measures* or *technological advances*? and does that sentence mean *they are needed to complement other factors*?

SOURCE Does they refer to measures or technological advances? Does that sentence mean they are needed to complement other factors? The first WDR [1978 WDR] talked of measures to raise ...
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“of all students, A has the highest” vs “A has the hightest marks of any students…”

We have a common usage in English like "Of all the students, Alice has got the highest marks in physics". So far so good. And I have always liked this usage. However, I have recently seen and heard ...
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Is this a proper usage of passive voice in citing an academic paper?

I have come across the following sentence in a paper that I'm reading: More information on those functions can be found by Li et al. (2013). I'm fairly new to the world of academic papers, but ...
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When to use indefinite article “a(n)” when referring to a person with an adjective?

I'm not a native English speaker. From time to time I see the following structure when referring to a person: ... a(n) [adjective] [person's name] ... example: "Meanwhile, an increasingly ...
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What does “it” refer to in this context?

What does "it" refer to in this context? So speaks the citizen. Man born of Woman, the father of daughters, declares that he will and must buy the comforts and commercial advantages of his London, ...
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What does “more so” mean in this context?

It wasn't as if he didn't work just as hard as I did --- more so, probably. It's just an example sentence I quoted from a dictionary. I know the definition of "more so" but does more so in this case ...
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what does *to swing from exuberance …* refer to in the following sentence?

what does to swing from exuberance ... refer to in the following sentence? Is it an explanation or a definition for to overreact? (emphasis added) As we are learning from a growing volume of ...
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What does “the bottom fell out of the economy” mean?

I came across the following sentence on this web page. This development, coming as it did when the bottom had fallen out of the European economy, provided an impetus to a long-held desire to secure ...
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How to refer back to the just mentioned subject?

I wrote: Syntactic parsing is a basic task in natural language processing and the grammar plays a crucial role in this ??. First I would like to know how to fill the gap (??). I thought of "...
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grammar of “keep your seat belt fastened while seated”

I understand the meaning of the phrase "keep your seat belt fastened while seated" which you can see in the aeroplane written on the front seat. But I absolutely can't figure out the grammar of the ...
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How to pronounce “reference”? [closed]

I wonder how to pronounce "reference"? Google says it with "re" but "refer" is with "ri". I never learned it properly but when I use this word I always say it with "ri" to follow the pronunciation of ...
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what does differ exactly in simple english?

Limiting definitions of war and conflict to statistical criteria also distorts our reading of the ‘health’ of the contemporary global system. According to data provided by Swedish researchers, the ...
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Is there any thing ambiguous about 'like to do something a lot'

I have difficulty understanding the adverb of the following sentence. I like to play football a lot. The adverb 'a lot' describes 'like' or the infinitive 'to play'? If the answer is 'like' why ...
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reference mistake

When democracy fails, the people's last weapon is civil disobedience. It means actions that disobey the authority of the state, for instance illegal demonstrations and refusing to pay taxes.* ...
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“my first book working with you” - is this acceptable?

This is my first book of poetry working with you, so I hope this will eventually be the first step to a long partnership. I got this from my American buddy, but this is weird to me. Is he making a ...