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Questions tagged [sentence-meaning]

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What is meaning of this sentence?

What is the meaning of the following sentence it is from a book red dragon He knew the FBI document section would fall on the carving like a rabid mongoose
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Am I understanding these sentences correctly?

She has stayed at her uncle's house since she was ill. It is six years since I was in Seattle. For sentence 1, does it imply that after her illness was cured, she has stayed at her uncle's house?...
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Sentence that have a different word usage?

I was recently reading an article where the word "by" was used in a sentence to describe a season (football season) Sentence: The competition is getting tougher by the season. Now, as per my ...
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he ran to the school meaning ? does it mean he started running towards or he reached the spot by running

I want to know exact meaning because I am writing stories but I have some doubts regarding usage. I know. "he ran from home" means left home and started running. and " he ran a mile " means ...
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It would be fortunate if

Can "It would be fortunate if ..." be used to make a request? Is it correct to say the following? It would be fortunate if you would answer my question.
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What do you think is good or bad about each sentence? [closed]

There an extra quantity of devices are available in our warehouse. There an inordinate quantity of devices are available in our warehouse. There an abundant quantity of devices are ...
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How many rooms does this house have vs. how many rooms are in this house

What is the difference between:(sentence meaning) How many rooms does this house have? vs. How many rooms are in this house? *let's say you were looking for a house to buy, and made a query ...
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Sentence from a book by Arundhati Roy

From God of small things, When Estha and Rahel's mother got married, her father-in-law gifted the young couple a car as a present. Now the sentence is: "He gave the young couple a custom-painted, ...
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What does the sentence “ I think an explanation is well overdue.” mean? [closed]

I think an explanation is well overdue. I've heard this phrase in a movie I've recently seen and I'm not sure what it means. I may have an idea but I'm not entirely sure. It would be of great help if ...
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Bush-shirts rate

Sentence from "God of small things" after character ( baby kochamma) became obese. "Even timid little chellappen tailor insisted on charging bush-shirts rates for her sari blouses." Does it mean he ...
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Using “will” after “if” in order to make a polite request

I've read somewhere that the "if + will" construction may be used to formulate a polite request but I can't recall the exact way as to how to use it correctly. I've tried to find solutions on the ...
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“marry his daughter” vs. “married his daughter”

Why did the rich man let John marry his daughter? vs Why did the rich man let John married his daughter? What the different in meaning between these 2 questions?
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Again “God of small things” sentence

"Heaven opened and the water hammered down, reviving the reluctant old well, green mossing the pigless pigsty, carpet bombing still, tea-coloured puddles the way memory bombs still, tea-coloured minds"...
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“God of small things” sentence

I need help to understand a part of a sentence from the book. Little simplified by me But by early june monsoon breaks and there are months of winds and water with short spells of sunshine that ...
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What is the meaning of “pick up” in this sentence? [closed]

We had thought the turnout for these events would pick up, but it's really lagged behind our estimates. Does this sentence equal to: We had thought the turnout for these events would increase, ...
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“For the/a Xth year running in…” meaning?

Years running means consecutive years. No problem with that. But I saw it is used in sentences like: That helps explain why Greece probably beat its primary budget target for a fourth year ...
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Meaning of “would lead him to Esmeralda”

A few weeks later, Frollo’s studies were disturbed by a loud knock on his chamber door. “Enter!” he called out. It was his brother Jehan. He had come, as he often did, to borrow some money. ...
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“what won't it do” meaning?

If facebook will now allow you to bother your friends for a fee, what won't it do? What does the latter part of this sentence mean?
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In the refrigerator was a bunch of bananas and some milk [closed]

it's grammatically wrong to say: "In the refrigerator was a bunch of bananas and some milk"?
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She is a credit to her family

She is a credit to her family. Probably it means that her family respect and feel proud of her now. I was curious to know if it could also mean that her parents have high expectations for her in the ...
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Does “I don't think I'm any more [adjective]” mean “I'm not [adjective]”?

https://youtu.be/-qfI3DZmmQw?t=42 It’s not like there’s a shortage of scientific facts out there spelling it all out for us. But let’s be honest — not many people can relate to scientists ...
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Meaning of “Provided the teacher draws attention to this” [closed]

Most of all though, it is through the language which occurs in the classroom that students can really see how the relationships between words matter, provided the teacher draws attention to this. ...
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Thank you for giving me the floor-VS-Thank you to give me the floor

Thank you for giving me the floor. vs Thank you to give me the floor. Are they both correct? If yes, Are they have same meaning?
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What is the meaning of the word mapping in this sentence?

In the book titled What the Future and Why It's up To Us by Tim O'Reilly there is a line as follows: How can we all become better at mapping future trends? Here a keyword in this sentence is the ...
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'Do you have anything needed?' Is this sentence incorrect?

This sentence just came to mind right after I watched the sentence : Do you need anything? So, do these two sentences have the same meaning, or is the one in the title totally redundant?
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Writing “the increase in A and the increase in B" in a compact way

Considering the following sentence: The increase in diabetes prevalence and the increase in hypertension prevalence are of special concern. I would like to know if this sentence could be written,...
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What does 'Can you tell us about a time you had to close a particularly challenging deal' mean?

I can't understand the meaning of had to close a deal. Does 'time' has other meaning in this sentence?
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What does “only” mean in “It's only natural that”?

It's only natural that you should worry about your children. How would it be different if I removed “only” from the sentence? It's natural that you should worry about your children. What does “...
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Meaning of “Sod rebounded from the lid” in Camus' The Plague

In Camus book "the plague", the narrator is describing burial ceremonies.so after placing coffin in the grave,There is sentence which I don't understand "No sooner had the priest begun to sprinkle ...
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Has been+complement-VS-has+pp+object

Another important trend has been to reduce the number of platforms used for car models, as Japanese producers have long been doing. Another important trend has reduced the number of platforms used for ...
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“labour is something happens to them rather than with them” meaning?

Childbirth is an important transitional life event, but one in which many women are dissatisfied stemming in part from a sense that labour is something that happens to them rather than with them. ...
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Another important trend has been. Is it a complete sentence?

Another important trend has been to reduce the number of platforms used for car models, as Japanese producer have long been doing. Is it correct/complete sentence? My question is about *Another ...
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“Such level of shade for her age” - meaning of “level of shade” in a YouTube comment on an actress taking part in a talk show

I watched this video (a very young urbane actress being interviewed on a late-night TV show) and came across the comment that I couldn't understand: Such level of shade for her age... I see great ...
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Where did they go vs. Where could have they gone off to?

This is a sentence meaning question. What is the difference between: Where did they go? Vs. Where could have they gone off to? Let's say a mother is looking for her children in a park, and she ...
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meaning and usage of “be”, not be verb

I want to know the role of "be", the sentence structure of these sentences and meaning: You are to be congratulated They are to be married in April The page was not to be found what are the ...
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Grindelwald rallies at the cemetery tonight, and there will be death

Nicolas Flamel: Grindelwald rallies at the cemetery tonight, and there will be death. I am trying to understand what "rally" means in this context. It's a new word to me, so I looked it up in the ...
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Meaning of “twitching mass of humanity”

It was Quasimodo Sunday, one week after Easter. The child who had been left that day was being inspected by two old women. “How strange! What can it be?” “It can’t really be a child, Agnes. ...
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What's the meaning difference between “off John Does” and “of the John Does”?

This is from the movie "Meet John Doe" (1941) ("John does" means people like "John Doe") "Everybody is gonna cut himself a nice fat slash off John Does, eh?" But, another script says: "...
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I don't get the meaning of this sentence

This is a video about climate change. (https://youtu.be/DkZ7BJQupVA?t=85) So I like to say that climate change is the policy problem from hell. You almost couldn't design a worse problem as a ...
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How to interpret when there are many “for”

Operator for new marinas in A and existing B marinas for boats Which meaning is correct for the sentence above? Operator for (new marinas in A for boats) and (existing B marinas for boats) or ...
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Using “look” without preposition

I came across with this sentence where "look" was used without preposition afterward. Isn't both ways a noun phrase ? In the other sentences "look" was used before a preposition so what is the ...
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Meaning of the word “check” in context

It is from Crash Course Navigating Digital Information. The piece is at 5 minute and 25 second. Hello, commentetors. It is me, John Green. I would like to thank you all 3.5 millions of you who have ...
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“Easy TO me” or “easy FOR me” in this context

I have heard both of the expressions : This work is easy to me. This work is easy for me. What are the different uses of to and for in this context? Thanks in advance.
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Fill the form UP or Fill the form IN

In school, for exams we FILL UP forms. But I have seen people saying "FILL IN the form." Fill the form in OR fill the form up, which is correct. Please explain.
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You are a stupid vs you are stupid [closed]

You are a stupid. You are a stupid person. You are stupid. Which one is correct? is there any different meaning?
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I'm good vs I'm a good man

I know "I'm good "means I feel good /I'm fine which is the answer of question "How are you/How do you feel". Am I right?
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Meaning of “broke through the silence”

The night Esmeralda married Gringoire, Quasimodo had been the bell-ringer at Notre Dame for several years. This was thanks to his foster father, Claude Frollo. Quasimodo loved his job. He felt ...
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What does it mean by “in craftsmanship”

In an article about Bach, the author wrote: No one ever showed so many ingenious and unusual ideas as he in elaborate pieces such as ordinarily seem dry exercises in craftsmanship. I could ...
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“Each woven from the fabric of values” What it means?

Culture wears many different hats, each woven from the fabric of values. In the above sentence, "the pharase woven from the fabric of values" means what? What is its gramartical position? Thans in ...
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Position of appositive

Sometimes, I confuse a little bit about the position of "appositive". The competitive environment is increasingly complexe and unpredictable , demanding flexibility and quick response to its ...