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Meaning of future conditionals, specific examples

I encountered the following example of future conditionals in a book chapter (not a grammar book) and I'm not certain about their meaning. a. If Roman comes to the party tomorrow, it will be a grand ...
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Explanation of the clause

"Here," I said, "deposit it." The tone of the words seemed to mean, "Let us do this painful thing while the fit is on us." (Reference: MY FINANCIAL CAREER by Stephen ...
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"I got married" and "I have got married"

I know" I got married" could means "I was married" or "I became married but could it also mean "I have been married"? Similarly, I know "I have got married"...
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People usually say "that being said" in a sentence. I wonder if we can say as there being , instead of as there is? [closed]

is it correct to say, " As there being zero correlation between IQ and empathy" instead of "as there is"?
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how to paraphrase the second sentence, or rather, I can't understand it [closed]

I heard what you said about flies not seeing you and figured a clear cup would be almost invisible to them. And it lets you see what you’re doing.
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what is the meaning of the phrase hopping fences

What do the sentences mean? Don't ever stop hopping fences. I don't get the phrase hopping fences I have seen this phrase in a skate park recently. The context is the skate park.
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Can anyone explain this part from an interview to me? [closed]

I’d like to know what this part from an interview with a musician means. On being woke… Don’t mistake my progressivism for being totally woke all the time, because it is a bit self-serving, I’m an ...
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The disease first appeared in Japan in 1950

How do natives interpret the following sentence? Does it mean Japan was the first place where the disease appeared, or the first case of the disease in Japan appeared in 1850, whether or not the ...
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Liken Vs Compare to / with

I know that: Liken - to find similarities. Compare - to find similarities and differences. Also, as far as I am concerned, the use of the preposition "with" along with the verb "...
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What's the nuance between these two sentences?

In this blog, there are two sentences as follows: She had a deep, religious experience. She had a deep religious experience. However, the blog fails to clarify the nuance. I think that in the first ...
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What does the sentence in bold mean from Macgyver S01E01? [closed]

Well, I remember thinking to myself, as that palomino stared at me from across the corral with a real kind of proud and angry look, that if ever there was a time for turning back, this was it. But ...
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Can "take to" be used to mean "to hit"?

If you think whatever car you have now is bad, take a sledge hammer to the rims, to the windows, okay, maybe not that bad, but abuse it for 20 years and that's the brand new version of our car. Is ...
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Meaning of "Your suggestion is ally." from Ted Lasso S1E09

So the context is that after a series of mistakes on the pitch, pressure mounts to bench Roy, one of the key players in the football team but currently showing poor performance. The head coach, Ted ...
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Why use past simple tense in this sentence? → If it isn't written down, it didn't happen

"If it isn't written down, it didn't happen." I notice this common quote use past simple tense. I can't get why using this tense here. I think it should be "If it isn't written down, ...
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Why can I use 'another' in this sentence?

I'm translating the next sentence I got other of those calls yesterday However I've found that the correct answer is this I got another of those calls yesterday I understand that I can use "...
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What does "syndicated copies" mean?

In November 2014, The Washington Post inadvertently published a photograph of all seven of the TSA master keys in an article[151] about TSA baggage handling. The photograph was later removed from the ...
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Does "the object of an increasingly unnatural celebrity" make sense?

Due to advances in photographic and imaging techniques, as well as plastic surgery, many celebrities appear deceptively flawless in magazines, movies or music videos. Therefore, while it is natural to ...
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"Conflict with something" VS "be held at the same time frame"

I wonder if the following two sentences mean the same in the context below. (If they do not please let me know about the reason): I need to chose between the math and the science classes...... a. ...
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He went on to learn English and French

He went on to learn English and French. What's the meaning of this sentence? It looks simple at a glance but can't get the meaning of it.
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What's the difference between "up that street" and "down that street"?

To walk down that Street (sense-Along) To walk up that street (Sense-Along) Are both the sentences the same in meaning?
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What does "This let me in for a big surprise" mean?

One of the definitions for "let" on thefreedictionary.com is: let - cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition; "He got his squad on the ball"; "This let ...
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What does the phrase "do whatever I want" mean in this context?

From a NY Times interview with Matty Healy: Q: What are your commercial ambitions these days? Do you think it would be fun for the 1975 to have a No. 1 hit or a TikTok moment? A: It’s difficult to be ...
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What does "cross over into something" mean?

Link This is a part of an interview with Quentin Tarrantino. It's starts with a phrase "What do you think Get Out became...We knew it was gonna cross over into something" verb To become ...
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What does "It settles into a slow metallic chug" mean?

I'm playing a video game called "Divinity Original Sin 2" and I encountered a broken oil pump and I'm trying to make it operable. This is the dialogue that pops up when I approach the ...
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can't understand the stucture

This piece is from New Yorker: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley began writing “Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus” when she was eighteen years old, two years after she’d become pregnant with ...
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30% of sugar delivered must be added to get the original quantity of the sugar

So, I was solving a maths question from a question booklet in which the language of the question got me instead. Here's how it went: A merchant sells the sugar to customer in such a way that 30% of ...
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What is the meaning of "There’s definitely a ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ kind of thing, which is where, listen, we’ve never known what to do…"?

Recently, Ed Sheeran apparently asked The 1975 to open for him on tour. Matty Healy went ahead and turned down that offer, despite how massive it was financially. Now, he’s explained why. In a new New ...
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what does 'with n as adj' mean?

The sentence: A WSGI-compliant server or gateway should document what variables it provides, along with their definitions as appropriate. How to understand with their definitions as appropriate? ...
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What's the meaning of "after" in this sentence?

I'm reading the following passage, and I'm confused about a part of it: ORIGEN; Now if the Lord could neither receive increase or decrease, what is this that Mary speaks of, My soul doth magnify the ...
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Why is there an “as”?

There is also a great bitterness which was caused by the centuries of European insolent domination in Asia. This ought to be dealt with by a combination of patient tact with dramatic announcements ...
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"using" vs. "with" vs. "in"

I have a question about the following sentence: Built web scrapers using/with/in Python in order to extract data from target websites. On the web I see that the terms using, with and in are used ...
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What does the sentence in italics mean?

Student: It's freezing in my room. I think the heat went out or something. University Employee: Are you sure it's out? Maybe it just got turned out too far. Thanks a lot! ^_^
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The meaning of ( would you find something welcome)

I want to know what the below sentence may mean: I am wondering if you find ….. welcome. Does it necessarily mean that the other person is offering something or just asking for an opinion?
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Which of the following is correct [duplicate]

Which of the following is grammatically correct? Do they all mean the same? A lawyer breaking the law is also a crime. A lawyer's breaking the law is also a crime. A lawyer's law breaking is also a ...
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What does it mean to "hold the legacy"?

In the song 347aidan - Memories! he sings Breakin' apart, but I gotta hold my legacy I know the word hold and legacy. But what does it mean to "hold the legacy"?
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Alternative way to say "days are never the same"? [closed]

I would like to convey the idea that a day is never the same as the day before in other words days are always different, so one way I came up with is: days are always different among each other ...
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Meaning of "finding a tacit ally in" in this context [closed]

Through his marriage and close relations with Poland, he was much influenced by Catholicism and he annulled a number of Lutheran elements in the liturgy with his own ‘Red Book’ liturgy of 1577. This ...
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What does the phrase ''many among the listeners'' mean?

In the following context, Should I take the bold sentence as "There are many (listeners) who are not Buddhists among the listeners"? I think the relative pronoun "who" modifies the ...
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Meaning of a sentence based on the positioning of the word "using"

I have a question about the following sentence: Designed and built APIs using Python and MySQL to support the development of microservices. For you who are reading this sentence for the first time, ...
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What does 'the incident was identified' mean?

In a wiki page about global legal status of Lolita, there is such a paragraph: The first of these cases occurred in October 2010, when a 33-year-old man from Idaho named Steven Kutzner entered into a ...
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Adding an "are" at the end of the sentence [duplicate]

I was reading The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation. I came across a sentence: "In serious writing, this must be followed no matter how strange or awkward the results." My question: can ...
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Meaning of " few heads between them"?

What does 'few heads between them' mean? The context is an old story where the sentence continues like this: "... and they had eaten that down to a few heads between them, a sorry prospect in a ...
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What does "the world was treated to the spectacle of Joe Biden insulting his Russian counterpart" mean?

What does this mean: the world was treated to the spectacle of Joe Biden insulting his Russian counterpart I can't think of something desirable or enjoyable as to make sense of this phrase, is the ...
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Meaning of "Three cheers, indeed; but there was more to come, an unguessed epilogue, an encore played to a tragic audience"

Three cheers, indeed; but there was more to come, an unguessed epilogue, an encore played to a tragic audience. This text is from Good-Bye Mr. Chips (2nd Chapter, last sentence). As Grammar ...
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Which sentence is more appropriate

Is there any difference between these two sentences? What is the appropriate sentence to use ? A student misbehaving with his teachers is so disrespectful. A student's misbehaving with his teachers ...
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Is there any difference between these sentences

Is there any difference between these two sentences? She entered his room without him knowing. She entered his room without making him know. Please explain the meaning of these two sentences.
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Is ‘trumpeted’ giving the intended meaning in this context? [closed]

This international accomplishments are often trumpeted by political officials as a cause for pride. I want to say that political officials always mention those accomplishments as a source of pride. I ...
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What is the collective meaning of "Until Suddenly" [closed]

I am trying to understand the collective meaning of - until suddenly. I tried a lot on google but did not find any. I know the meaning of suddenly but what is - until suddenly? Sentence is - he ran ...
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Language usage question on "up to" in the library of congress web page

In the Library Of Congress web page there is this section: How to Pre-Register Online It is possible to pre-register online by completing a simple Web form (this can be done up to two weeks prior to ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence and what is the use of the phrase 'Had anyone outside'?

I have difficulties understanding the following sentence: Out of all of that, for some reason, my mind caught on that last bit. I’d never been called a mewling lapdog before. Had anyone outside of ...
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