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What does “hangs a cloud of thoughts…” mean?

I want to know what this sentence means; particularly the part that says "hangs a cloud of thoughts": About what goes on today hangs a cloud of thoughts concerning similar things undergone in ...
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Interpretation of Epithet in English

Epithet is an adjective or adjective phrase appropriately qualifying a subject (noun) by naming a key or important characteristic of the subject, as in "laughing happiness," "sneering contempt," "...
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Is this a example of zeugma or ellipsis?

Do you think this sentence is a example of zeugma(syllepsis) or ellipsis? This decline in vigor with the passing of time is called ageing. It is one of the most unpleasant discoveries which we ...
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Do the sentences “I am not here to advocate woman suffrage. American suffragists can do that themselves.” contain a rhetorical strategy?

I had to shorten it in the title, but, Emmeline Pankhurst begins her "Freedom or Death" speech with, "Tonight I am not here to advocate woman suffrage. American suffragists can do that very well for ...
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What“s the meaning of ”the raw physicality of"?

The word "raw" confuses me. Could you please tell me what's the semantic relatedness between words "coin" and "raw"? The full text is: Tyler was a softer target: I begged and he gave me a silver ...
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Is it better to use the same form of verbs in one sentence?

I heard a sentence form BBC: It CAN MEAN to extend, continue or progress beyond a particular thing or MEANS to extend or continue further than that thing or point. Why not both "can mean"? Is it ...
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What is the grammar of “my heart burdened be”?

I have some trouble understanding a line from the song, "You Raise Me Up" When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary When troubles come and my heart burdened be Then, I am still and wait here in ...
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First come, first served

What is the structure of this sentence? First come, first served "come" and "served" seem to be v3 but "first" means someone. Therefore I couldn't understand why "first come" instead of "first ...
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What kind of sentences are these?

...And it was a preview of one possible future - a glimpse of our children's fate if the climate keeps changing faster than our efforts to address it. Submerged countries. Abandoned cities. Fields ...
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Oscar Wilde's story telling technique

Night after night have I sung of him, though I knew him not: night after night have I told his story to the stars, and now I see him. His hair is as dark as the hyacinth-blossom, and his lips are red ...
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Figure of Speech

What do call sentences like for example "the Hitler of 20th century" and other sentences like that.? What is the literary device/figure of speech used there.?
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What is “armchair analysis sound”?

I'm reading the famous question XKCD #936: Short complex password, or long dictionary passphrase? on Security.SE. The last sentence confuses me: Am I missing something or is this armchair analysis ...
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Meaning of “It is written”

It is written in the book Does it mean that someone wrote something in the book and it's still there? Or does it mean that someone writes it in the book?
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“my mother was my powerhouse” and “father a school of thoughts”

I remember: In a palace of formations, my mother was my powerhouse and father a school of thoughts. Is this style of writing correct? What can be better choice for the same sentence, grammatically?...
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Meaning of “but I wouldn't squeeze it too hard”

Reading Raymond Chandler's "Farewell My Lovely", I saw the following dialog: “You didn't pay for the drinks," I said. He stopped and looked at me carefully. "Maybe you got something there,...
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Can I write “first of all” when there is no “second of all” in the same essay?

I am writing an essay, and in this essay I wrote an introductory phrase "first of all". Now, my question is can I write "first of all" when there is no "second of all" in the same essay? Here's the ...
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Persuasive Technique when describing something large with a small adjective

I'm practicing an English Language Analysis Essay (from VCAA 2014 English Exam) and the author of a response states: But no, let's spend a few trillions more on the illusion that we can solve our ...
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What is the meaning of “less than delighted”?

This study evaluated the efficacy of a novel group intervention intended to increase the SWB of early adolescents who are less than delighted with their lives. Is it a typo in the text putting than ...
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Is it ungrammatical to end a list preceded by a colon without an “and”?

Example: The mansion looked like a castle: crenelated roof, lancet windows, cylindrical towers with crosses on top. As yo can see I omitted the and. Is it ungrammatical?
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dreams of empire — why no article in front of “empire”?

Usage example with a context: Close to the end of the World War II, as Nazi dreams of empire were collapsing in flames, a noted French collaborationist explained how the Germans did it all wrong. ...
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How to determine the right order of hyperbaton?

I thank and understand user TRomano's (effusively generous, truly helpful) explantion and transcription, but I still don't understand how to determine how to rearrange/reshuffle hyperbaton by myself, ...
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Performing several actions on the same thing - “(verb) it, (verb) it and (verb) it” OR “(verb), (verb) and (verb) it.”

I was writing some answers on other SE communities, when I find myself writing: Test it, learn from it and improve it. 1) Is it okay the repetead use of "it"? 2) Are there cases when it is ...
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“So fast went the bus”

So fast went the bus I couldn't catch it. Is the structure grammatically correct?