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What does "barren bowl" mean?

Here is quote in book The Rights of Nature "In the Netherlands, it is now illegal to keep a goldfish alone in a barren bowl. Countries such as Costa Rica have pledged to phase out zoos, circuses, ...
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Does this sentence have two different meanings? [duplicate]

There will be more difficult tasks. In this sentence, could it cause the following two kinds of different understanding whether "more" is considered as the comparative form of "many&...
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Leaf and gravy dripping means

Leaf and gravy dripping over the browned skin, which increased the appetite and made everybody's mouth water. The sentence suggests that leaf and gravy was dripping over the brown roast skin of meat. ...
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Alone as an adverb or as an adjective

Alone, thought Bittering. Does the word 'alone' describe Bittering as an adjective or his action of thinking as an adverb? Does the sentence mean that Bittering thought that he was alone or it means ...
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I am the person who uses the mouse with "their" right hand?

Well, I just read a sentence on reddit and it simply destroys my brain: as a left handed person who uses the mouse with their right hand, i have always wanted to try a southpaw board and just never ...
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Correct place of adjectival clause

A few stars are known which are hardly bigger than the earth, but most of them are so large that hundreds of thousands of Earth's can be packed inside each and leave room to spare. Usually, an ...
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"She smashed her finger in the door." — What does this mean? Could you please describe this process?

britannica.com: to smash — to hit (something) violently and very hard: (1) She smashed [=crushed] her finger in the door. What does "smashed her finger in the door" mean? Could you please ...
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I'm trying to read/understand the following sentence

I'm trying to read/understand the following sentence: Because languages are sets of strings, there are additional operations that can be defined on languages, operations that would be meaningless on ...
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Need or needs with bare infinitive

He need worry about the weather today. He needs worry about the weather today. Mostly we see the use of 'need' as modal verb in negative or interrogative sentences where it takes bare infinitive ...
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Is "Plan what you will do when" a full sentence? What does it mean? Can "when" and "what" switch places?

I read a suggestion "Plan what you will do when" I thought the full sentence is "You plan what you will do when you will do". Why what is "when" not followed by other ...
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"rise 2%" VS "rise at 2%" VS "rise by 2%"

I thought we can say only "verb + by + number" but I came across "verb + at + number" and "verb + number". I got interested in whether there is any difference between ...
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"Items should be paid for within 14 days <of> <after> receipt." — What's the difference between "of" and "after" here?

oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com (item №2 -> Extra Examples): (1) Items should be paid for within 14 days of receipt. Seeing "of" is odd to me here. As far as I can guess, "of" ...
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Meaning of the sentence below

Could someone explain the meaning of bold part in the sentence below? No human eye can isolate the unhappy coincidence of line and place which suggests evil in the face of a house, and yet somehow a ...
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"I will collect my necklace after it is being prepared"

Could you please tell me?. Whether "After it is being prepared" mean "After it has been prepared" or "after its is prepared" or it could mean either/both.
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Do these sentences (1 and 2) have the same meaning?

You don't follow my mails, that's why you missed the meeting. Were you following my mails, you would not have missed the meeting. I believe that they do, but my friend tells me that the second one is ...
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What is this difficult to understand passage talking about?

Thank you for your time! I'm not a native English speaker. This passage is a bit long and not easy to understand for me, especially the last sentence, which makes me very confused. (424 words) The ...
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"He is not listening to me and eating apples"

"He is not eating apples and oranges" (I know the full form is "He is not eating apples and he is not eating oranges") though after "and" we did not write the full form. ...
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Which subject does the verb "lacks" refer to in this sentence?

"Groupthink is a phenomenon observed when a group of people get together to make decisions on a particular issue with the aim of achieving agreement and harmony, but lacks critical thinking and ...
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Inference question in TOEFL prep course

Hi I am prepping for the TOEFL and I don't really understand the reasoning behind the inference question. Here it is: Identify valid inferences based on sentences or short passages Read the sentences....
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"They live ten miles north of Boston."—Does it mean "10m from the north of Boston to the north" or "from the north of Boston to an unknown direction"?

oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: (1) They live ten miles north of Boston. What does it literally mean?: (1a) Being in the north of Boston, we should go ten miles north in order to come to them. (1b) ...
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"John steered Mary to the restaurant." — What does "steered" mean here? How did John take part in the process?

one of the meanings of "to steer" from collinsdictionary.com: to steer - to direct the course of; guide: I can steer you to the best restaurant in town. Despite the definition given, the ...
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"Collision" vs "Crash" --- If a ship hits a bridge, is it a crash or a collision?

"Baltimore Key Bridge collapses after ship collision" CNN-Baltimore bridge collapse The word "collision" has drawn my attention, because when I read it at first, it made me think ...
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"How much are you offering "? "What is your offer"?

If I am selling a house, Could you pls tell me that who could say these qestions? Seller or buyer or both(as in anyone)
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What exactly does the author refer to?

I was looking up a book about choosing refractories (a fire resistant type of brick) for steel industries. In the introduction, the author writes (emphasis mine): Why do you pick the refractory you ...
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"And this increased exposure to the outside world." --- Would you doubt this is a sentence?

The following is from a documentary about a dog, and how her owner's taking her to the park regularly has affected it. And you hear this: "And this increased exposure to the outside world." ...
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"X applies to Y as well as Z." — Can it mean both "X applies to Y as well as X applies to Z" and "X applies to Y as well as Z applies to Y"?

my own sentence: (1) X applies to Y as well as Z. I think (1) is ambiguous and can mean two things: (2) X applies to Y as well as X applies to Z. — If "X applies to" was omitted in (1). (3) ...
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Why does this native english speaker on TV use Present Perfect in her sentence that contains "years ago"? --- "She has given up years ago."

This native english speaker is telling about how she has quit 40-year habit of smoking. She says: "Linda, my sister, used to smoke. She has given up years ago, years ago." ITV-Coleen quit 40-...
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What does "all that is" mean in this sentence: --- "Every day they all huddle together, all that is, except for Bernard."

This is a story about a fish called Bernard who lives in the river with his brothers and sisters. The speaker says: "...Every day they all huddle together, all that is, except for Bernard." ...
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"I was waiting at the airport when who should come along but Mr Pettigrew!" — What does this mean? What if we replace "who" with "someone"?

a sentence from the section "More examples" from cambridge.org: (1) I was waiting at the airport when who should come along but Mr Pettigrew! What does "when who should come along but ...
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What does "be more mindful of the impact…” mean?

I am reading an article on Personal Mastery. I am struggling to understand below the paragraph, this is first paragraph from the article. More and more leaders now connect successful business ...
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What does this sentence mean: "It is not like those women would have looked at you twice before Christmas."

This is from famous British TV drama, the Eastenders, a man is saying to a woman: It is not like those women would have looked at you twice before Christmas. TV drama - Eastenders see: (0:44-0:48) I ...
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Is the order arrived?

Our teacher keeps telling us that * Is the order arrived? * is grammatically correct and added that Arrived here functions as an adjective. Anyone can help us solve the problem if there is one. Thank ...
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What does "I think the night hits in the post" mean? [closed]

I think the knight hits in the post Link (last sentence of the video)
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How do you shorten this unnatural sentence: "The problem is not caused by me 100%, but it is also caused by you to some extent."

Two people are arguing about a problem, why it is caused, etc. And finally one of them wants to mean: "This problem is not caused by me 100%, but it is also caused by you to some extent." (...
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Anaphoric reference

A son looks to the affection of his parents. If they fail, they are expected to bring the case before the judge to seek justice. In the second sentence, the pronoun 'they' is used as an anaphoric ...
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What does it mean by "what with all the arrangements for the World Cup"?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: “I’ve told Mr. Crouch that I’ll have it ready by Tuesday,” Percy was saying pompously. “That’s a bit sooner than he expected it, but I like to keep on top of ...
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"street, opposite the center"

I read the following from a TOEIC book: “Q. The convention center is located on Market Street, directly ________ Glenview Shopping Center. [A] opposite [B] among [C] apart [D] nearby Answer: [A] ...
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How should I read the sentence of multiple objects

This is a extract from session 6 'word power made easy Norman lewis' book. "The orthodontist specializes in improving your "bite," retracting "buck," and by means of braces ...
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the meaning of "partially"

Here is a test I found on the website below https://ieltsonlinetests.com/ielts-mock-test-2023-march-reading-practice-test-3?mode=practice_test&parts=1&duration=120 There is a question I don't ...
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meaning of "free from"

I did a test. the test can be found below. https://ieltsonlinetests.com/ielts-mock-test-2023-january-reading-practice-test-2?mode=practice_test&parts=2&duration=60 There is a question I am ...
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Can I say "You might know it yet"?

I wonder if I could say "You might know it yet" instead of saying "You might haven't known it". I just to make sure he/she knows it. Can anyone tell me please. Thanks.
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What is the difference between "He got himself injured" and "He got injured"?

wordreference.com: (1) He got himself injured. (1) doesn't have a word-for-word translation into my home language. Could you tell me please what exactly (1) means? To better understand (1), I want to ...
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Can I say "We could arrange something till there"?

Can I say "till there" to refer an specific time in the future? For example, I said that I would be free in August and I would like to add that we could arrange something for August. So, can ...
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"getting dressed my clothes"? What is this? [closed]

So i saw a question on a test and I'm not sure what it means. It said, and I quote, "I am getting dressed my clothes now". I think it's wrong, but my teacher says it's right. pls help
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Allow troops to "shoot the hostages free"?

I get stuck (and shocked) by the expression 'shoot the hostages free', in the following context from Never Split the Difference: But until the Nixon administration, hostage negotiating as a process ...
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BBC: "She has planned abdominal surgery." | Does it mean: "She has undergone the surgery" OR "She has not."?

This is from the BBC: Princess of Wales has planned abdominal surgery. On seeing this sentence in big fonts, I thought she has made a plan about her surgery in the days to come, because I thought it ...
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It was Terry who hit on this idea, not me. / It was Terry, not me, who hit on this idea

(1) It was Terry who hit on this idea, not me. (2) It was Terry, not me, who hit on this idea. Is it possible to rephrase (1) as (2)? (1) is quoted from a grammar book for Japanese high school ...
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"There is a book on table on which we have four flowers" [closed]

"There is book on table on which we have four flowers". Could you pls tell me whether "On Which" is referring to table or a book itself or both?
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What does "and no difference in stability would refute both" mean?

What does "and no difference in stability would refute both" mean? Does it mean "A stability without any difference would refute both."? Thus, decreasing population stability with ...
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every vs. any in statements

There doesn’t have to be an answer to every question. There doesn’t have to be an answer to any question. Is there any difference between the first sentence and the second sentence?
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