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what is the meaning of 'later' here or there is any misprint?

Bose had his eye on the result of the action. When war clouds hung over Europe, he saw the situation as an opportunity to take advantage of the British weakness. He believed in seizing whatever ...
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'A man told him how much he admired.' - Who admired whom?

I think the verb admire usually takes an object, like 'I admire him.' But, in the sentence below, there seems no object of the admire. You mustn't mind your Uncle Joss. Some people find him strange ...
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How does “for” change the meaning of a sentence?

I have read this sentence in a story: "He had to see her for himself." I would like to know what difference does "for" make in this sentence. If I omit it, would the meaning of ...
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“part of the time”, but “a good part of the day”?

Citation from Definition of "part" noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: We spent part of the time in the museum. We spent a good part of the day rehearsing. Question Are ...
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Difference between “speak of her” and “speaking of her”

I have this sentence in the story: "You've frequently heard me speak of her." If I replace "speak " with " speaking" (as it is a frequent action) would it change the ...
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Two questions about a line

Reading this article, there is a line, In 2020, when the program launched, many businesses reported being shut out of the first waves of funding when hundreds of billions of dollars were allocated ...
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“Oh, that’s nice!” vs “Ooh, that’s nice!”

What is the difference between the following two sentences: Oh, that’s nice! Ooh, that’s nice! I looked it up in several dictionaries and the definitions were similar, the pronunciation is different ...
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“I have been injured in the last two months” vs “…for the last two months” vs “…the last two months”

Do you think all three of these sentences correct and interchangeable? I am not sure if they are all correct. "I have been injured in the last two months" "I have been injured for the ...
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What is the difference between “closing the shop” and “closing up the shop”?

I read a story and found a sentence : they were closing up the shop. As a learner of English if I have to write , I would simply write: they were closing the shop. I would like to know what is the ...
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“Needs to apply themselves”

Please help me figure out the meaning of the sentence "Needs to apply themselves" in the following text from the description of the app Clusterduck: You will see that every duck comes with ...
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Sentence Meaning of “I have lived in the land of Israel for at least half of the year over the last decade”

I am not a native English speaker, so I am confused about the simple sentence below. I have lived in the land of Israel for at least half of the year over the last decade. What does it mean? Does ...
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How do I understand “It doesn't work all the time”?

It doesn't work all the time That doesn't negates is work all the time, so it means: it works sometimes, but not always. It doesn't work all the time Adverbial all the time modifies doesn't work, ...
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'worth the name' meaning? in following context

Several woman hardly had a married life worth the name, yet(at least among the higher castes) when their husbands died they were expected to commit sati.
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does it make any sense to say “it would be considered as my own personal opinion” in the below sentence?

I'd like to know if the below sentence is meaningful to you? I don't want to do any review of the books because that way, it would be considered as my own personal opinion. the only way to figure out ...
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Help to understand “be interpreted as also including hostility … ” in the sentence

A Marxist sociologist has argued that racism stems from the class struggle that is unique to the capitalist system -- that racial prejudice is generated by capitalists as a means of controlling ...
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Are these sentences okay to relate with pandemic and Star Wars? [closed]

I understand that it would be hard to comment because it is more about culture rather than grammar. But still I want to ask. Basically, I want to relate pandemic and immunity with Star Wars day. May ...
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“intend that …” vs “intend for”

I intended that the sentence means "Meaning Of The Sentence Comes Here". I intended for the sentence to mean "Meaning Of The Sentence Comes Here". Are above sentences correct and ...
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Were Vs Had been

In your opinion do these two sentences have the exact same meaning? John had a fight with Alex last week, I wish you had been there to stop them. John had a fight with Alex last week, I wish you were ...
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Do they have the same meaning?

Assume you earned a million dollars last year. You've doubled the income of last year. You've been twice the income of last year. You've earned money twice as much as last year. You've earned money ...
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Using the sentence sorry to hear that

I have noticed many times like if a person says to someone that one of my relative passed away the other person replies Sorry to hear that I don't get the meaning of this reply. Sorry is used for ...
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What is expeditionary affairs in this context?

So it seemed to us. It was an agreeable and therefore a readily acceptable idea. We imagined the Franco-German War of 1870-71 and the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78 were the final conflicts between ...
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The application of tense agreement

Do the rules of sequence of tenses apply to an adjective clause? Can the tense of an adjective clause be different from the main clause? The examples are as follows. The latest preliminary report I’...
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He's not very good. - What does “very” do to the statement? [duplicate]

He's not good. 2. He's not very good. What does "very" do to the statement? Does it make him sound less or more good compared to the first sentence?
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What is the meaning of “May I also take this opportunity of…”?

What is the meaning of the following sentence in simple terms? May I also take this opportunity of welcoming you on board at our company. I searched the web but couldn't find something similar.
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What does this sentence “there could be a return to near greenhouse conditions for the next generation of counter-terrorism threats” mean?

What does this sentence "there could be a return to near greenhouse conditions for the next generation of counter-terrorism threats" mean? John Raine, who previously worked at a senior ...
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What does “I put the X in XYZ” mean?

I've recently faced the expression "to put X in XYZ" in a post (which I think was promoting a product). And I found out this is kind of a popular expression in some memes and also there is a ...
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Don't hurry. vs Take your time

I wonder if you could explain me these sentences might have the same meaning? Are they interchangeable? Don't hurry. Take your time.
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The meaning of “Nuclear scientists are not themselves aware”

I am an ESL and preparing GRE exam. In one choice of a question of a reading comprehension passage, there is a sentence like (A) Nuclear scientists are not themselves aware of all the facts ...
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Is this question trying to find out “whether or not the action was done” or “who did it?” A: Did you plant that tree.? B: My father planted it [closed]

This is from a British film. In a farm, two friends are working heavily and finally they removed an old and dried tree trunk from the soil and then took a break, sitting on the ground and drinking ...
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Like/liked - meaning difference in given context

If you get someone a book for a present and want feedback on whether they liked/like it, do you say "Let me know how you like it." Or "Let me know how you liked it." What's the ...
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Have to and be+going to difference

As far as I understand, both "have to" and "be + going to" are used in future action. So, for example I have an exam in 2 hours, which one should I say? I think I have to study ...
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Help to understand this sentence from the foreword of The Lord of The Rings

Or to take a less grievous matter: it has been supposed by some that "The Scouring of the Shire" reflects the situation in England at the time when I was finishing my tale. It does not. It ...
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Who is 'they' in following passage?

European travellers mention the commodious and well-built houses in which the wealthy merchants of Agra and Delhi lived. But the ordinary sorts lived in houses above their shops. The French traveller, ...
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What is the meaning of the sentence? I could not understand how the “know” word is used

Know the Village of Tree does not fear them!
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to silence/to quieten

The police had managed to silence the protesters. The police had managed to quieten the protesters. I know that "silence" is no sound at all while "quiet" is almost no sound, but ...
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Cannot understand the Subject of this sentence?

My problem is to know who is the Subject of setting and it the following sentence: When it is invoked, our new function simply invokes the original function that was passed in, setting the original ...
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“I felt calm and more composed than I had in a long time” interpretation

"I felt calm and more composed than I had in a long time" What does this sentence mean, especially in terms of "in a long time"? The meaing of "in a long time" and what ...
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What role does this phrase (“for reasons of parsimony and relevance”) play in the sentence?

What role does “for reasons of parsimony and relevance” have in the last sentence? Is it a feature of “abstention”? And is “or parsimony and relevance” adjective for “reasons”? If so, then what does ...
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What does “a resolution on disarmament” mean exactly?

Definition of adopt (verb) from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: The government adopted a resolution on disarmament. Which of the following does the sentence mean?: The government made a ...
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chain conditional sentences

If he’s not here by 2:30, I’ll call his parents. If you sent a message, I’ll reply. If Jane’s fever hasn’t gone down, Anna will take her to the hospital. If the client is here, I’ll be sure to ...
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Doubt in a particular newspaper extract with regard to the COVID-19 vaccine

Here to quote from the newspaper "The Hindu",it says that,"They assume that the vaccines which are gene based agents will 'remain entrapped in the circulation, and may be taken up by ...
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Clarifying “The man saw the woman with a telescope.”?

Cited from p. 12 of Introduction to Mathematical Thinking by Keith Devlin: The man saw the woman with a telescope. Who had the telescope, the man or the woman? My question Who, the man or the woman,...
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"The Fox defendants do not get a do-over with their (new) reporting now that --> because they have been sued.”?

Currently reading this article, there is a line, saying, The election technology company Smartmatic pushed back Monday against Fox News’ argument that it had covered the aftermath of the 2020 ...
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What does this phrase mean: “for a dominion superior to any visible bond kept him tied to the trunk of the chestnut tree”?

An excerpt from One Hundred years of Solitude: He stayed there, exposed to the sun and the rain, as if the thongs were unnecessary, for a dominion superior to any visible bond kept him tied to the ...
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Use of 'lost' as an Adjective

'Lost' is past and past participle form of verb 'Lose'. It's also a pure adjective as it passes the test of Adjective category. So, we can write I am lost. (Lost as Predictive Adjective) I have been ...
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What does “You get this endless downward ratchet” mean here?

What does "You get this endless downward ratchet" mean here? Does it mean "we always get downward progression"? This is from a fortune.com article “In economic booms, it always ...
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“ It happened that she was out when we called.” ('called' here means what?) [closed]

It happened that she was out when we called. 'called' means visited or phoned?
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Possible meanings of “IN CASE OF FIRE, DO NOT USE ELEVATOR.”

Background Below are cited from pp. 14-15 of Introduction to Mathematical Thinking by Keith Devlin: You often see the following notice posted in elevators: IN CASE OF FIRE, DO NOT USE ELEVATOR. ...
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Explanation of “The absence of evidence, they say, is not the evidence of absence.”

What does this statement mean? Please explain The absence of evidence, they say, is not the evidence of absence.
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Meaning of “He rounded her up, sidling and dancing with his arms out in their big curve”

Dexter made the presentations. ‘We can’t stay, I’m afraid,’ said Elizabeth in her grand manner. The closed door next to the stove must lead to the bathroom: she could hear the dull splatter of a ...

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