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Meaning of “folksy side of the spectrum”

He unlocked the door, stepped inside, hit the light. The decor ran to the folksy side of the spectrum. Two badly done iconic Western scenes. A cowboy on a bucking bronco. Group of ranch hands huddled ...
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Construction of better sentence in comparative statements

Consider the following statement from a textbook the undirected models also offer a different and often simpler perspective on directed models, interms of both the independence structure and the ...
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An envelope enclosed in a letter?

He tore open the creamy envelope that had been enclosed in the letter. This is an example of the word enclose found in Collins English Dictionary. I don't quite understand it. Does it mean there is a ...
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for a long time

Jane: He's been pressuring me to see them for a long time. I have also been pressuring myself. It's just not that easy when you're not feeling well. (He = Jane's ex-husband) (Them = Jane's and her ex-...
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Grammar rule about “I regret…”

I have a question about the grammar rule about "I regret". Have a look at the following sentence: I regret not having learned English when I was young. Does the sentence above mean that I ...
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Talk to/with me

I just want to know what I've done since you suddenly don't want to talk to me anymore. Is "...talk to me..." natural if my intention with the sentence is this: "...since you suddenly ...
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“sending the device plummeting to the ground”

I am having problem in understanding this sentence, in particular this part "sending the device plummeting to the ground". Does "sending the device plummeting to the ground" ...
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About a Yahoo article line

Currently reading this article, I am afraid I don't understand the bold part. It used to be “easy” to tell the American and Chinese economies apart. One was innovative, one made clones. One was a ...
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Substance meaning

Substance: a particular kind of matter with uniform properties The New Oxford American Dictionary (Kindle Locations 528557-528558). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition. Uni (prefix) - one Uniform ...
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What does the one refer to in this paragraph?

I have the following paragraph: The new shape should be compatible with the original shape. If an integer, then the result will be a 1-D array of that length. One shape dimension can be -1. In this ...
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“because a mistake can be very pricey with chargebacks that are issues clients may have”

You need to be a good developer yourself to have it communicate properly and not have any mistakes in there because a mistake can be very pricey with chargebacks that are issues clients may have. (...
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What does “The policies are designed to cover inadvertence and negligence.” mean?

What does "The policies are designed to cover inadvertence and negligence." mean? Inadvertence usually means the quality of being not intentional. Does it mean that the policies are well ...
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“…to stay safe.” Who will stay safe here?

Here is a sentence: Alax feed the dog every day to stay safe. My question is that who is expected to stay safe here. Is Alex feeding his dog to stay safe himself or is he doing so to keep his dog ...
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“no longer assumed not endotherms” = endotherms or not endotherms?

I'm practicing integrated writing with a friend of mine, and I wrote a sentence that she found confusing, which is: ..., the writer discusses the fact that dinosaurs were no longer assumed not ...
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Meaning of “Teach her to screw with me” (from Modern Family)

This line is from a tv show Modern Family, and the context is that the girl in the picture above(Alex) is the daughter of the woman in the car(Claire). Alex in this episode hurts her mom's feeling by ...
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Does “redirected” mean that the LWA(Lost Wage Assistant) is a success to the FEMA(Federal Emergency Management Agency)?

Currently reading this article, There is a line saying On August 8, Trump signed several executive actions in an attempt to bypass stalled negotiations with Democrats about a new stimulus bill amid ...
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“…is ours — to kill if we choose” grammarticality

In Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book I found: The man's cub is ours -- to kill if we choose. I saw this kind of construction for the first time. Does it mean: "The man's cub is for us to kill if ...
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What does “bloc” refer to in “oversees the sprawling arm of the bloc that negotiates trade deals and commercial policy”?

Currently reading this article, I am confused "which bloc" the line mentions if it is the bloc of the Ireland or the EU. Hogan’s appointment to the role, which oversees the sprawling arm of ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “trading the sensible for the pat”?

In the following paragraph, what does the highlighted phrase means? In Don Giovanni, what is perhaps Mozart’s best-known opera, there exist two distinct endings, a phenomenon not entirely unknown ...
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What does 'relate' mean in this context? [closed]

The ordinary people relate to divinity and the sacred through the means provided by the religion.
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would have usage

I know that the usage of would have carries two main meanings: one is often paired with but, say, I would have loaned you the money, but I didn’t have any; the other is used in conditional sentences ...
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Meaning of “By which one may see through deceit”

What is the meaning of the following sentence? Understanding history gives clarity of vision By which one may see through deceit. My understanding: Having the understanding of history(or knowing ...
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“if it weren't for you” meaning in context

Lucy: My parents don't let me go to the movies on my own, and they don't want to go with me either. What should I do? Austin: Have you asked your older brother to go with you? Lucy: Hm, thanks... okay....
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What does “pay out at right angles” and “drew away the white material…” mean?

What does "pay out at right angles" and "drew away the white material...it fell back over the shoulders and became part of the clothing of the visitor mean? Mr. Eglinton in a state of ...
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Trying to understanding logic of some transforms

I wanna learn logic of how meaning changed. Is it possible? Should I memorize or learn logically? An example: Have -> Own Have to -> Obligations How has transformed the meaning that sentence ...
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What does “long of the short” mean?

I was reading a question from another SE site — I fell for the sugar daddy scam: So, long of the short. They offered to pay off my meager credit card debt. I was able to cancel all the payments but ...
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Who does “they” refer to in this sentence?

“I never wanna be the guy who stops loving someone for loving the way that they want to love” Who does "they" refer to, "the guy" or "someone"? P.S. This sentence is ...
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What does “The Hercules play comes in there” mean?

What does "The Hercules play comes in there" mean? On April 8, 1907, the alleged spirit of Myers, through Mrs. Piper, said to Mrs. Sidgwick: "Do you remember Euripides? Do you remember ...
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What is the meaning of “Not since”?

For example, "I can't get in touch with him, not since he said he would bring them back." Does "not since" mean "from that point forward"/after?
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The meaning of “if that's what it takes”

I have watched a movie named [To All The Boys I've Loved Before] and there's a conversation in the movie: (1). A: If you had a boyfriend, maybe you wouldn't have to drive at all, 'cause he would take ...
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Meaning of “the policy was a step too far.”

Could someone help me to understand the following sentence? For many ethnic Mongolians, who see their language as one of the last surviving markers of their distinct cultural identity, the policy was ...
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Unable to understand the extact meaning of 'OR' in a sentance?

I'm applying for a home loan and there is an sentence which is quite confusing for me. Please help me to solve this confusion. Here is the sentence - As per the same, the maximum amount of loan ...
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What is the meaning of “serves as” in this sentence?

I read this on a website: "Joker is a 2019 film that serves as an origin story of The Joker." I don't understand the meaning of the sentence. I searched "serve as(something)" and ...
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What does the sentence “I don’t believe that there is much of what you describe.” mean?

I told my friend an idea and described what the idea can achieve. My friend is a native English speaker and he said this to me: I don’t believe that there is much of what you describe. I am not a ...
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“Putting the number billion in a tangible way blows your mind” is this sentence correct?

So I want to convey the message that the number billion when expressed in a realistic example that even a layman can relate to using the word tangible. And how can I say the same thing using the word ...
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I can't break down this sentence “The rules capture practices generally held to be beneficial”

This is full of the sentence (from Effective Java, by Joshua Bloch): The rules capture practices generally held to be beneficial by the best and most experienced programmers. I can't break down The ...
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about meaning of “for”

While mass inoculation has done far more good than harm, there are instances of vaccines for diseases such as polio and swine flu being rushed out, only for pernicious side effects to emerge later. ...
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Meaning of “so that the weight of destiny no longer bore on the current problems of my life”

At night I lay awake looking at the darkness, listening to the silence, prefiguring the future, picking out of the past the scraps I had overlooked, those rejected events which now came to the ...
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Using the suitable tense in a context with the word “whether”

I'm confused a little bit about what tense to use in the following context: 1-Learning this skill will benefit you whether you will travel or not. 2-Learning this skill benefits you whether you travel ...
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Can we say “I'm going to the bathroom” to mean “I'm going to take a shower / bath”?

To me, "going to the bathroom" means "going to use the toilet" although the word "bathroom" can mean both places, which is why I always try to clarify and say "I was ...
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What is the meaning of “hold himself” and “in reverse” in this text?

He knew when to attack and when to remain upon the defensive, when to press on the enemy and when to hold himself in reserve and let the enemy follow his own devices. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/...
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How does the meaning of a sentence change depending on the position of “just” in it?

I would like to learn where in a sentence the word "just" can or can't be placed and how the sentence meaning will change depending on the position. Below are some sample sentences I made up ...
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Is this a valid sentence?

I have an argument about this with two friends. We are not native English speakers. We read a sentence and are not certain if it is a valid sentence. We can all understand it but we do not agree if it ...
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Meaning of “whose auditory effects were achieved by his wireless”

The other room on the attic floor, smaller still, looked out on the garden. It was occupied by a medical student, William Todd, whose auditory effects were achieved by his wireless, frequently ...
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“They have harmed oneself” is wrong in this sentence?

They have harmed oneself? It should be better instead they have harmed themselves? Or it's referring to they are harming someone in the highlighted part? retaliation NOUN mass noun 1The action of ...
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What means supporting surface in this sentence?

I interpret ambiguously the highlighted phrase (supporting surface), what really means? lie1 /lī/ I. verb — [no obj.] 1. (of a person or animal) be in or assume a horizontal or resting position on a ...
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“With no jobs Bobby would be happy.” and “With no jobs would Bobby be happy.” What's your interpretation of these?

For this couple of days, I'm reading a book titled English sentences Japanese people always get wrong (Written by Toshiya Echizen), and have some questions regarding the interpretation of some example ...
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Does 'in 20 years' indicates time in the past or future

ABC city sees a doubling of air pollution in 20 years. does this 'in 20 years' mean the past 20 years or the next 20 years to come? I have found a similar structure in news titles, see quoted: With ...
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all that vs what vs that which

What’s the difference among these three usages? All that glitters is not always gold. What glitters is not always gold. That which glitters is not always gold. Are they interchangeable? What kind ...
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Understanding a long sentence with parenthesis (example)

I would like to ask for help with the following sentence: It was a compound of unusual esthetic and intellectual elements, and was somehow closely allied in my thoughts with the same fascination that ...

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