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future simple with some words adding

Please read 2 examples. I don`t think Kelly will pass the exam. vs Kelly will not pass the exam. Is it absolutely the same meaning or not if someone says these phrases? Thanks in ...
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the meaning of “in” [duplicate]

The late owner of this estate was a single man, who lived to a very advanced age, and who for many years of his life, had a constant companion and housekeeper in his sister What is the meaning of "in ...
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What does it mean by “take something into the bargain” and the following sentence in this context?

The story of Rip Van Winkle may seem incredible to many, but nevertheless I give it my full belief, for I know the vicinity of our old Dutch settlements to have been very subject to marvellous events ...
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What does it mean if mountains are “seen away to the west of the river”?

whoever has made a voyage up the Hudson must remember the Kaatskill mountains. They are a dismembered branch of the great Appalachian family, and are seen away to the west of the river, swelling up to ...
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A sentence which I couldn't even separate which part is what

My sentence is from a philosophical book and it made me perplexed. Such that I wasn't even able to separate the parts of it. So, the sentence is: Modern philosophy begins with Descartes, whose ...
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Meaning of “Setting the alarm clock aside”

I have some troubles with understanding the first part of below sentence. When the girl wake up late because of broken clock she said this Setting the alarm clock aside, why did they have to cut ...
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Meaning of “the awesome sweep of the scenery”?

What's the meaning of this statement: "the awesome sweep of the scenery"? I know meaning of awesome, sweep, scenery but I can't understand this sentence at all! Is it an idiom?
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The meaning of “Toss a card and keep on rolling”

Could anyone please make the meaning of the highlighted sentence in the following text clear to me? Each player gets only a few seconds to make a move, and a three-minute limit keeps matches quick ...
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What does it mean when you ask someone ''Do you know what you're saying''?

Is it telling someone that he/she does not realize that what he/she is saying is wrong,bad,strange,etc and that they're asking them that to check on what they saying is wrong,bad,strange,etc?
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come/get back to work

"I want you to come back to work. We really miss you." "I want you to get back to work. We really miss you." Are these interchangeable? Or does "get" give another meaning?
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What does “not the less so" mean in this very complicated sentence?

I am extremely puzzled by the use and meaning of "not the less so" in this sentence. Does "so" refer to "resigned"? Could anyone help me with it please? Many thanks! The context is that Collins' ...
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Does “I took a swing at him” tell anything about whether I hit him or not?

1) I grabbed a bat and took a swing at him. Does this tell anything about whether I hit him or not? 2) Then I took another swing at him. If I have just taken one swing at him with a bat, could I ...
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How can I improve this message?

I'm making some video to spread awareness about coronavirus. In the end, I need to give people a message that along with washing hands, you should also clean your laptop, mouse, phone and similar ...
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what is the true meaning of “banker” and “sad interest” here? does “i feel confidence” means “i am confident”? [closed]

what is the true meaning of "banker" and "sad interest" here? does "i feel confidence" means "i am confident"? It is evident that Mr. Hall was greatly impressed by what he had seen. He writes: "I ...
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What does “ months of schooling missed by vulnerable students,” mean?

This sentence is come from The Economist.I cannot understand it.Please help me.This is the orginal sentence"The coronavirus will leave many scars on China. Some of the longest-lasting, but hardest to ...
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Meaning of “ sitting by the hour”

Mrs. Pritchard was to accompany me on the train that would take me on the overnight trip from Nairobi to Mombasa, where I would board the ship. For three days I had resisted wearing Valerie’s ...
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does “full form” refers to “a whole body” in this context? does “chiefly” refers only to “raps” or not?

does "full form" refers to "a whole body" in this context? Her mediumship consisted chiefly of raps (often of great power), spirit lights, direct writing, and the appearance of materialized ...
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What does “wear a different aspect” mean?

Look at the following excerpt of THE DESCENT OF MAN by Charles Darwin: During many years I collected notes on the origin or descent of man, without any intention of publishing on the subject . ....
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Who do you want [your best man to be] [to be your best man]

Who do you want your best man to be? Who do you want to be your best man? If I want to ask the future bridegroom about who he will choose to be his future best man, which one is the correct one ...
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Meaning of “ whose charges had outgrown her”

I was introduced to Miss Limplinger, a governess whose charges had outgrown her, and who was returning to England. Mrs. Pritchard had made arrangements for Miss Limplinger to share my stateroom on ...
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Meaning of “Hadn’t Mrs. Pritchard almost said as much before she had caught herself”

I paid no attention to these stories until one afternoon she said, “I once saw your parents in Nairobi at a Government House garden party. I can’t be sure, but I do believe you were with them. One ...
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What does the sentence mean here?

Please help me figure out the meanings of the following sentence: But Apple tends to build in parameters on their devices so you’re watching with most of those variables dialled in. I am confused by ...
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“desire accounts”

"Preference or desire accounts identify self-interest with the satisfaction of one’s desires. Often, and most plausibly, these desires are restricted to self-regarding desires" (Source) What does ...
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does “capricious” here means unpredictable?

does "capricious" here means unpredictable? His further remarks have some bearing possibly on the later sad events of her life: That you may the more thoroughly understand her idiosyncrasies, ...
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What does “She ran up the stairs two at a time.” mean?

at a time ​separately or in groups of two, three, etc. on each occasion We had to go and see the principal one at a time. She ran up the stairs two at a time. He surfs the internet ...
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what is the meaning of “if words have any meaning” in this context?

what is the meaning of "if words have any meaning" in this context? In some ways Kane's position is hopelessly illogical. He was on most intimate and affectionate terms with the mother and the ...
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What does “persist with X (=compound noun)” mean? Does it mean to continue applying X despite criticism?

Background: Despite strong criticism, a federal program continues to operate with its faulty program design. The Employment Insurance (EI) program differentiates unemployed workers' access to ...
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What is the difference of “There is/are” in this context

Which one of the following sentences is correct? There are 6 million accidents per year in the US There is 6 million accidents per year in the US If both they are wrong, then what is the ...
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What is the difference between “my game has just crashed” and “my game crashed”?

If I want to say that my game crashed in this instant could I use both sentences below? 1 my game has just crashed 2 my game crashed If not, then what is the difference between 1 and 2?
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What is the difference between “how much is it”,“how much does that cost” and “what is the cost of that item?”?

If I want to ask the value of an item could I use the sentences below? 1 how much is it 2 how much does that cost 3 what is the cost of that item? If not, then what is the difference ...
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What is the difference between “My PC needs repairing” and “I have to get my PC repaired”?

If I want to say that my PC needs/has to be repaired by someone else, could I use the sentences below? My PC needs repairing. I have to get my PC repaired. If not, then what is the ...
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what is the meaning of “ had she been so inclined” in this context?

what is the meaning of " had she been so inclined" in this context? In these letters Kane continually reproaches Margaret with living in deceit and hypocrisy. We have very few of her letters, so ...
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Difficult to paraphrase a sentence

I am not a native speaker. I find a sentence from a passage like The strong economic growth expected in countries which are candidates for entry to the EU will also increase transport flows, in ...
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what is the difference between “you can go first” and “you go first”

What is the difference between "you can go first" and "you go first"? If me and a friend of mine for an example ask the teacher a question at the same time which one should I use
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what is the meaning of “then…as now” in this context?

what is the meaning of "then...as now" in this context? During these years of public mediumship, when the girls were all the rage among those who had no conception of the religious significance ...
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A football match report

He injured the captain, scoring two goals before half-time. Please help me explaining the meaning of the sentences or phrase I'm confused who actually scored the goals the captain or He himself?
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what is the meaning of “under his own initials” in this context?

what is the meaning of "under his own initials" in this context? Mrs. Fox and her three daughters began public sittings in New York in the spring of 1850, at Barnum's Hotel, and they attracted ...
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Are gerund clauses, participle clauses, and infinitive clauses all non-finite clauses?

For instance, "Eating apples without washing" Which is a gerund clause, can also function as a non-finite clause, since it has a non-finite verb and its object?
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Is “invoke” synonymous with “have” in this sentence?

I'm confused about the sentence below, is it correct? Please help me clear the confusion. I don't understand the meaning of Invoke; is it synonymous with have? I invoke the right of parley = I ...
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What does this specific sentence mean?

Reading this article now, In the 5th passage, For those lucky enough not to be living through the Italian lockdown, pay attention: What’s happening in Milan, Florence and Rome offers a likely ...
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“”…to sway the court of public opinion“.”

I am confused about what the following line in this article means: His accusers from a separate civil case asked a judge to block the release of the material over confidentiality concerns. They ...
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There goes my buzz - meaning?

I'm watching 'Into The Badlands' (Season 3, episode 7, timestamp: 21:00--) and I came across a sentence I've never heard before. I would like to know its meaning. Background: Sunny went to find the ...
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Meaning of “Who should I say is calling?” + Grammar structure

I have problems with this sentence. First of all: What does "Who should I say is calling" mean? Does that mean: To whom should I say is calling? Or it means: Should I say who is calling? And ...
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what is the meaning and purpose of “fermenting wine”?

what is the meaning and purpose of "fermenting wine"? Then, as now, the minds of the average men of the world were so crammed with the things that do not matter that they had no space for the ...
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How to use “not for nothing”

I am an English learner. While reading a book I came across this sentence Not for nothing has he spent all this time in these parts In this sentence I didn't understand two things (1) usage of ...
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Could youy tell me What the meaning of “I hope this email finds you well” is?

Could you tell me what the meaning of “I hope this email finds you well” is? Does it mean the writer doesn’t know where the receiver is, or he is not sure whether the receiver can safely receiver this ...
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“…get to the trend of this merit…” Meaning

In an old documentary I found the words: ...and what seems to me is that you are in a very good position to get to the trend of this merit. I can not seem to make out the meaning of the darkened ...
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Do these two sentences convey different meanings?

She tried in vain to prevent the work from being done. She tried to prevent the work from being done in vain. Our teacher said these two sentences show different intents, but I can't see the ...
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Should “to do ” be before what or after what?

What did you come here to do? To do What did you come here ? Is there any difference between two sentence in meaning?
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what is the meaning of “should never” and “should not” in this context?

what is the meaning of "should never" and "should not" in this context? There are one or two points about the case which would bear discussion. One is that a man with so remarkable a name as ...

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