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What does the words in bold mean? [closed]

Dr. Montague's intentions with regard to Hill House derived from the methods of the intrepid nineteenth-century ghost hunters; he was going to go and live in Hill House and see what happened there. It ...
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What does the “are supposed, by some, to dream” mean in the following sentence?

No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.
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“that” in “ …,that man fails to succeed”

The whole sentence is "Few things are impossible in themselves; and it is often for want of will, rather than of means, that man fails to succeed". It's a quote from Francois de La ...
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Stand on her feet, does that phrase sounds grammatical? [closed]

There's a sentence: There's a good-looking woman stands on her feet... I read it somewhere, can't tell the whole sentence, because I don't exactly remember. My question, is "stands on his feet&...
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What does 'I know what's right but that can get me' mean?

I was listening to a music Ori Rose - A.S.A.G. I couldn't get the meaning of what 'I know what's right but that can get me.'. I searched for the meaning of 'get me', but I found out it has a lot of ...
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what does “get to” mean in the below conversation? [duplicate]

A: My mom is baking a cake. B: I love to eat cake. A: It's chocolate. B: Yummy. Is it ready yet? A: Almost. I get to put on the frosting. B: Lucky you. Can I help? A: Sure you can. B: I love the ...
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When vs If for causality

What's the difference between these two sentences When the user runs the program or file, the malicious payload of the Trojan is injected into the system If the user runs the program or file, the ...
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turn off/shut off [closed]

Suddenly Hanks voice came over the walkie-talkie --- Kate turned/shut off the walkie-talkie and threw it out the window. Is "shut off" OK here? Would it imply a more forceful way of turning ...
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What's the meaning of “torn” or “torn from sleep”?

It's in the book 'The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher' It happened after the character Geralt fights a fast and strong creature. He falls bleeding and wakes up, his neck injury attended by someone. ...
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Is the sentence correct and proper? [closed]

At the end of the statement you just heard in the recording, did you spot/discern/tell the last word “busy” spoken with an upward or downward inflection?”
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desperately trying to/trying desperately to

She was doing a breathing exercise, desperately trying to calm herself down. She was doing a breathing exercise, trying desperately to calm herself down. Where should I place "desperately" ...
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What's the meaning of the letter ,,s" at the end of the word good in the following sentence ? (Also what is the entire meaning of it ?)

It's an excerpt from the movie "The Shining" Jack Torrance: You've had your whole fu**ing life to think things over, what good's a few minutes more gonna do you now?
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Word choice for notice

What other verbs are proper to substitute for "notice" in the following sentence so as to mean the same or similarly? "Did you notice what intonation pattern of the example sentence was?...
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What is the meaning of Attendant risk? [closed]

What is the meaning of "attendant risk" in below paragraph? Tried to search already on google but no info there. The crew of a given ship was naturally only concerned with how far round ...
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Meaning of “… when I was struck down by enteric fever, that curse of our Indian possessions,” from A Study in Scarlet

Worn with pain, and weak from the prolonged hardships which I had undergone, I was removed, with a great train of wounded sufferers, to the base hospital at Peshawar. Here I rallied, and had already ...
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Did what I said convey what I had in mind?

I wanted to say that initially they had their masks on but then their masks came off. I said, When they first came, they had their masks on. Then they came off." Does it imply that they came ...
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she shows little appreciation of good music

What's actually meant by "She shows little appreciation of good music"? Taking "appreciation" as "pleasure", does it mean "she doesn't really enjoy good music"? ...
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meaning of having been anticipated in the design

What is the meaning of " having been anticipated in the design". He had been prevented from finishing a translation of his " Theory of Morals"' into French, only by the knowledge ...
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It rubbed him the wrong way when rich people framed their struggles in the context of their wealth, as if being wealthy eroded their quality of life

I’d like to know whether the following sentence makes sense: It rubbed him the wrong way when rich people framed their struggles in the context of their wealth, as if being wealthy eroded their ...
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Meaning of 'unstructured' in “I reckon you should spend unstructured time with your kids”

I reckon you should spend unstructured time with your kids. It wouldn't kill you to be a little maternalistic.
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“types of machines”

I have come across a blog post saying "Both types of machines have their pros and cons when it comes to working out." It got me thinking few of the following combinations. type of machine (...
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Be afraid of or Be afraid that? what is the structure details of this sentence?

"When someone deletes you, the system will not tell you because they are afraid that you will be sad; when you delete someone else, the system will ask you if you are sure, because you are afraid ...
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Can 'get' be used in place of 'understand' when talking about classes?

Is it possible to use get as below to mean 'Do you understand this math lesson?' : Do you get this math lesson? If not how about : Are you getting this math lesson?
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Meaning of “orienting response”

What is the meaning of Orienting response in below passage? What is it about TV that has such a hold on US? In part, the attraction seems to spring from our biological ‘orienting response.’ First ...
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said something to offend you

Look, I'm really sorry if we've said something to offend you. "...said something to offend you." seems to be the standard phrase, but does it mean: "I'm really sorry if we've said ...
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Me, my heart, and NYC [closed]

Do these two sentences convey the same meaning: My heart belongs to NYC. My heart belongs in NYC.
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Although and though meaning ‘but’

I have a car, but it is very old. I have a car it is very old though. I have a car although It is very old. -> 4.Although I have a car, It is very old. 5. Although it is very old, I have a car. ...
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What does “Half hour before last call?” mean in this conversation?

RJ Nakajima had a job with a consulting company. When he and two colleagues entered a hotel lobby, they had the following conversation: WOMAN: Half hour before last call? NAKAJIMA: I can’t, guys. I ...
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Which box does the phrase “latter box” refer in the below two sentences?

Which box does the phrase "latter box" refer in the below sentence ? Sentence 1: He ate oranges, in the box made from a box, and ate apples, in the latter box. Sentence 2: He ate oranges, in ...
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How to use the word 'unexpectedly'?

What would be the correct interpretation of the word 'unexpectedly' in a sentence. For example. I spoke to her unexpectedly. My question regarding the above sentence is what is the correct ...
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If many apples are bad. Then which of the below sentences correctly describes that many apples are bad

If many apples are bad. Then which the below sentences correctly describes that many apples are bad. An apple are bad. Such apples are many in number. An apple are bad. Such an apple is many in ...
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What does the phrase “Crash was epic” mean?

The scene is in the office in a film. A character says "Crash was epic". What does this sentence mean?
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be occasionally subject to abuse / be occasionlly abused

Is there any difference between the following sentences? a. Migrant workers are occasionally abused. b. Migrant workers are occasionally subject to abuse.
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What is the meaning of “Betraying the slightest suggestion of a smile”?

What is the meaning of "Betraying the slightest suggestion of a smile" in this paragraph: Rostov asks, “What is the meaning of this, Captain?” The captain, who seemed mildly surprised by ...
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Meaning of “just past”

What is the meaning of "just past" in this sentence: We’re a small community in the forest; people say that no roads lead here, just past.
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Is it correct to use “include” in these sentences?

Over time we have extended the collection to include shoes and bags." Over time we have extended the collection to shoes and bags." Over time we have extended the collection to include ...
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Need help regarding the possibility of 2 interpretations of this sentence [closed]

He didn't receive it to be seen as a good man. I'm wondering if this sentence can be interpreted in 2 ways, as in He didn't receive it without any intention of being seen as a good man. He didn't ...
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Does “The company sends each of them to one of these cities at random” necessarily mean each is sent to a distinct city here?

I'm doing a math problem and I'm getting two different answers based on the interpretation of a particular sentence. The question is: Sanjay, Ajay, and Anushka are employees of a company that has ...
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How long had you been studying / did you study English before you started speaking fluently?

How long had you been studying English before you started speaking fluently? How long did you study English before you started speaking fluently? What's the difference between the two meaning-wise? ...
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Is nowhere a correct word to use in the sentence

Is it a correct sentence if I say He yelled at me out of nowhere? The intention is to convey that someone started yelling at me suddenly and there didn't seem to be anything understandable in the ...
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Is this sentence intricate for a native speaker? Is it clear which items are located where? [closed]

I am writing for an IELTS practice test. The question is to describe the changes that is going to be done in an airport. Grammerly marks the following sentence as intricate! I am curious to know if it ...
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Correct word to use for graduation [closed]

Is it correct to use the following sentence - 'I passed out of University in 2010' What could be more appropriate or better way to say it
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Please help me with the article on sound production

Anyone familiar with sound producing kitchen? A lot of the major label projects involve working from stems and matching the Atmos mix very closely to the stereo master, but in immersive space. This ...
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Meaning of “Like that of” [closed]

In "Heard in the next room, her voice is like that of a boy", so what is "like that of"?
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Is there any difference between “ As I slept, it started to snow” and “As I was sleeping, it started to snow”?

I couldn't have found any differences between them. Are there any ? or do both of them have the same meaning ?
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Intonation changes meaning

The audio includes two short conversations in which the speaker answers with different intonations of "pretty" so as to cause different meanings of the two answers. The second one means she ...
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Is construction of this sentence correct?

Here is an exercise from English Grammar in Use Supplementary Exercises by Loise Hashemi and Reymond Murphy. I. "Ben's doctor has advised him to join a health club. The instructor is going to ...
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Sentence understanding (From Magoosh Flashcard--'Mercurial')

Here's the sentence. The fact that Ella’s moods were as mercurial as the weather was problematic for her relationships—it didn’t help that she lived in Chicago. I would like to ask what's the ...
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fifty-six years to make them

Some people are playing Haiku chain online: One person wrote: Or, is that the way/ you plan to identify/ your mother’s remains. The other replied with: your mother's remains/ fifty-six years to ...
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Is there anything omitted before sufficient? [duplicate]

We should be less concerned with students' 'cognitive impatience', however, than by what may underlie it: the potential inability of large numbers of students to read with a level of critical analysis ...

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