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“It was a mark of how bad the last week had been that the other two agreed with him.” meaning in this context?

There was a tap on the dark window. “It's Hedwig!” said Harry, hurrying to let her in. “She'll have Charlie's answer!” The three of them put their heads together to read the note. ...
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How to differentiate if *Would* used for Past repetitive action or future hypothesis in English Sentence?

“Her family wouldn’t appreciate her being known for playing a sport" What would be the meaning of above sentence without knowing context?. a) Past representative, Her family never appreciated her of ...
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What does **They're rare, them** mean?

"Well, I've bin doin' some readin'," said Hagrid, pulling a large book from under his pillow. "Got this outta the library -- Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit -- It's a bit outta date, o' course,...
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“end a run off five successive tournament exits on penalties” Why is “off” used in this sentence?

I don't quite understand the role and usage of the preposition off in this sentence from an online article: Eric Dier scored the decisive kick to end a run off five successive tournament exits on ...
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“Just as long as we're not wiping you off the field,” meaning?

"I'm going to play," he told Ron and Hermione. "If I don't, all the Slytherins will think I'm just too scared to face Snape. I'll show them... it'll really wipe the smiles off their faces if we win." ...
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How to understand the usage of “so that” in this context?

The lake froze solid and the Weasley twins were punished for bewitching several snowballs so that they followed Quirrell around, bouncing off the back of his turban. I'm confused by the usage of "so ...
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Help to understand: “Ron and Hermione joined Neville, Seamus, and Dean the West Ham fan up in the top row.”

Ron and Hermione joined Neville, Seamus, and Dean the West Ham fan up in the top row. ... ... I don't know how to parse the sentence correctly, hence I'm not sure what it means. -- Excerpted from ...
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Past Perfect Using *After* in English

What is the difference in meaning between below two sentence construction? Sentence construction 1 a) After finishing my graduation I went to US. b) After he left, she lifted one of the suitcases ...
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What does “Blood was pounding in his ears” mean?

Harry grabbed his broom. "No!" shouted Hermione Granger. "Madam Hooch told us not to move -- you'll get us all into trouble." Harry ignored her. Blood was pounding in his ears. ... ... I ...
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What is the meaning of “you should know what the help says on link only answers”?

I'm a member of stackoverflow. And I find a below comment under a answer posted. As a 2year+ member you should know what the help says on link only answers What do they mean by you should know ...
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The difference “do you think so?” and “do you think like that(this)”

I think there seems to be a difference though it'd be very little. 1.Do you think so? In my opinion, it means similar to "is this your way of thinking?" 2.Do you think like that(this)? ...
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What does “Peeves the Poltergeist was worth two locked doors and a staircase” mean in this context?

The ghosts didn't help, either. It was always a nasty shock when one of them glided suddenly through a door you were trying to open. Nearly Headless Nick was always happy to point new Gryffindors in ...
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How to understand “I do think he might have told us prefects, at least.”

"He's not serious?" he(Harry) muttered to Percy. "Must be," said Percy, frowning at Dumbledore. "It's odd, because he usually gives us a reason why we're not allowed to go somewhere -- the ...
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How to understand “Minnie invited Mickey next door.”

Minnie invited Mickey next door. I saw this sentence from a children's book. It's a simple one. But I'm confused by the meaning. In my opinion, it can be understood as: Minnie invited Mickey, who ...
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Reduce non-restrictive relative

I would like to know the difference between the following sentences; which one is correct? and if both are correct, what is the difference in meaning. 1- I developed a model to measure students' ...
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Mindful of competition for the loyalty of its ally

"Americans,increasingly consumed by fears that China poses a commercial and military threat, should be mindful of competition for the loyalties of its oldest ally." [Economist] The context was that ...
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..the recent national push for accountability,

I could not fathom the meaning of the last part of the following sentence, which I highlighted. Historically, many groups attempted to maintain their native languages even as they learned ...
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Confused by a passage

Consider this sentence: It was a subject, however, in which she often indulged with her fair friend, from whom she received every possible encouragement to continue to think of him; and his ...
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“I'd like to have something to drink” vs “I'd like to drink something”

What differences in meaning between this: I'd like to have something to drink. and this: I'd like to drink something. I'm listening English audio course, and there are used "to have something ...
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How to understand “As though he needs reminding of that on his first day at school.” in this context?

"Never mind that, do you think he remembers what You-Know-Who looks like?" Their mother suddenly became very stern. "I forbid you to ask him, Fred. No, don't you dare. As though he needs ...
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How to understand **what does he know about it** in this context?

"Don't make me feel worse," said Harry. He told Hagrid about the pale boy in Madam Malkin's. "—— and he said people from Muggle families shouldn't even be allowed in ——" "Yer not from a ...
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Someone swam ashore

What does someone swam ashore mean? Does it mean Someone who swimming in the sea tries to reach to the land. Someone is swimming near the land or beach or ashore.
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What does the meaning of the sentence in bold?

As the day was pleasant, Madame Valmonde drove over to L'Abri to see Désirée and the baby. It made her laugh to think of Désirée with a baby. Why, it seemed but yesterday that Désirée was little ...
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Does the mentioned sentence properly mean what I intend?

There are things (A, B, and C), and I am entitled to be informed about all of them equally. That means I am entitled to be informed about A as much as I am to be informed about B and C, and so on. ...
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Figuring out meaning of a sentence with ambiguous word

How to identify the intended meaning of a sentence when a word with different meanings is used in it. For example, consider this sentence: "I was tremendously apprehensive" If taken out of ...
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What is the meaning of this joke? “Judgement day is upon us. The minions of Lucifer walk upon the earth.. Oh, no.. It's merely the Danish”

Judgement day is upon us. The minions of Lucifer walk upon the earth.. Oh, no.. It's merely the Danish. Came across this phrase (title) in a history game and I'm not entirely sure what the deeper ...
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the meaning of save on more good times

save on more good times It's from an ad. Why did we use save on rather than save at, as I usually collocate at with time. Does it mean I can get savings at the next times?
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What does it mean by [Limited run with only 5000 made]?

Full Sentences Also as a bonus, this beautiful postcard of the artwork will be included!! This box set will be a limited run with only 5000 made. Does it mean that the box set will only sell for ...
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What's the meaning of this line from an American TV drama?

So here is a line I couldn't understand from the TV drama Manifest (2018) [Look, I don't understand. I was trying to race to you so I can get you my research off of the portal.] Said by a medical ...
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Meaning of I had a dream it would end this way

I’m watching a show, Community, and I have a question about a line of it. Please watch it: Community. The guy says “I had a dream it would end this way”, and what does it mean? Does “a dream” mean ...
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What does “He reminded me of me on the sidelines” mean in this context?

Brennan, 69, has stayed ambivalent about Kavanaugh’s nomination. “Obviously, I’m so disappointed in everyone in this whole process,” he said, adding that alleged victim Dr. Christine Blasey ...
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How to understand: “a topic that comes with exponentially higher stakes” in this context?

Former Yale basketball coach Tom Brennan watched the hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee with keen interest this week. Brennan has a loose tie to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as ...
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I don't get the meaning of the phrase in bold clearly?

At night he went home and there was Lucile - less like a flower, but still silent, fragrant, hopeful. He said to her: "you will never have anything more than you have now, Lucile, do you realize that?"...
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What does “They need to know that they are heard” mean in this context?

“The family wants justice,” he said. “They need to know that they are heard, and they need to know that this type of conduct is wrong and they need to know that this is going to stop.” I feel the ...
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What's the difference between the two in meaning? [closed]

What's the difference between the two in meaning? The mayor has a new bridge built. The mayor has built a new bridge.
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Is “slipped on a banana-peel” an idiom?

I have read one sentence, below Abusing programming instead of drugs. Recently slipped on a banana-peel and ended up working with a legacy laundromat system. And I don't do chat. Is that joke ...
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What is the meaning of “each” in this sentence?

Teams qualified from the ECPC qualification round on 19 October will need to pay an extra 200 LE each (to be collected onsite after the qualification) Does this mean each member of the team has to ...
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Difference between “will not do it anymore” and “will not do it again”

Does these sentences make sense? What's the difference between these sentences? I will not pray to Sananda again. I will not pray to Sananda anymore. I will not eat too much ice cream ...
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Go down the hall meaning? (For giving directions)

When I asked for the directions to the HR's cubicle, I got this reply: Go down the hall then take the first left, You will find the HR's cubicle there. (I don't remember exactly what he said.) I ...
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have had meaning in following scenario

[Note - Before asking this question, I have referred the links -- Link-1, Link-2, Link-3, Link-4 in order to avoid duplication.] Question -- Many times I am confused about 'have had' in sentences. ...
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Is this sentence right? It is from my exercise book

"The evidence that the flower in the greenhouse failing to endure any storms indicates that kids should never be spoiled too much." This sentence is the answer of an translation question which I ...
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Help to understand the usage of 'found' in this sentence [on hold]

Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, is making the most of the fame she’s found from her alleged affair with President Donald Trump and is dishing details with her tell-all book “Full Disclosure.” ...
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Consider these pairs of sentences. What are the differences in meaning between them? [closed]

Consider these pairs of sentences. What are the differences in meaning between them? Provide a context and say how you would demonstrate these differences to students. I’ll buy one when I have the ...
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What does the phrase 'physics defying action' mean?

I am reading the book about the Simpsons, and I am not sure what is the author trying to say in this sentence. 'Far more than in any previous year, Season 8 is littered with scenes and plots that ...
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Ramp University is set to close OVER THE NEXT YEAR (meaning)

I have to clarify the meaning of the bold letters: Ramp University is set to close OVER THE NEXT YEAR Does it mean: a) The university will close next year, throughout (from Jan. to Dec.) b) The ...
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How to understand: “Except no deal is falling into place, …”

Waiting for a deal Trump says that won’t happen. Tariffs, in his strategy, are a way of gaining leverage in negotiations meant to cement trade deals more favorable to the United States. Trump has ...
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Will vs. will later

Let's say a small amount of vinegar accidentally spattered on your girlfriend's clothes. And you say: You should wash it now with soap, because it will smell. Vs. You should wash it now with ...
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What's “This figure falls 19,659” referring to in this context?

Former Detroit Pistons center Jason Maxiell revealed to a national television audience that he has slept with 341 women before and during his marriage to high school sweetheart Brandi Maxiell. This ...
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What is the meaning of 'out of'?

I don't understand the meaning of 'out of' in the sentence below: "We had to make sins out of what they thought were natural actions" I think that 'out of' means 'what they thought not', but my ...
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How do you say “RaDford329$!”?

(These are lines from Good Witch.) Grace asked for the WiFi password, and Nick said Radford—uppercase D—329—dollar sign—exclamation point. with the subtitle below showed “RaDford329$!”. "Radford"...