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What does “has done half” mean?

"Did pretty well out West, didn't you?" asked the policeman. "You bet! I hope Jimmy has done half as well. He was a kind of plodder, though, good fellow as he was. I've had to compete with some ...
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What does “make oneself heard above the chatter” mean?

Example sentences: Many people are glad to have someone who can make themselves heard above the chatter. How can you make yourself heard above the chatter? I know the meaning of every single ...
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You will be fine

I have a doubt on this sentence You will be fine. I want to know what kind of sentence is this? As per my research, it is not a sentence in the future continuous form, although it uses, will be It ...
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What does “Mix it all up” mean?

So, all you need to make this is Rice cake and some meat and some sauce. Don't forget your glove and oil. You take your yummy sauce. You just need a little bit, just to marinated it a little bit. Now, ...
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Phrase “Out of league”

Does it mean the same thing? If not so, then how to say that I am better than her. I'm out of your league You are out of my league
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What does “Should merit the adoption” mean?

I'm trying to understand the sentence below: For another, the complexity of the app state (and possibly the complexity of the team working on the application, as well) should merit the adoption. (...
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What does this sentence mean: “Keep right behind me”

While I was reading a book I saw "Keep right behind me" sentence. And I don't know what it means. A man was saying this sentence to a woman. Could you explain this sentence in basic English for an ...
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What does “leg breaking” mean?

Could you please help me understand what this phrase "leg breaking" means? Does it relate to violence? Kind of threatening to break the borrower's legs? Some of these changes were gradual. Moe had ...
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What does it mean by “the theoretical resources to be drawn on”?

In this file, I see that Research methodology You should provide an outline of: • the theoretical resources to be drawn on • the research approach (theoretical framework) • the research ...
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Could you help me getting the exact meaning of the highlighted sentence in following english para?

(This is a story of a child who had always been reckless about his french language learning. Now, his city has been conquered by enemy forces. In the following scene, the child is in his classroom, ...
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I have a trouble understanding the context correctly…“(~)we hope you will be able to reduce it”

To. (B) - "We were pleased to receive your order of 15th April for a further supply of transistor sets, [ but as the balance of your account now stands at over USD400,000, we hope you will be able ...
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Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning

Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning I don't know the meaning of that sentence. I searched "never do without doing". That means you should do something, but I can't get it.
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be benign, being benign or to be benign

Is there any dichotomy among the following three sentences? The mold on the plants proved to be benign. The mold on the plants proved being benign. The mold which is benign on the plants proved. If ...
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Meaning of “Turn aside from”

What does this sentence/phrase mean? As they grow older, many children turn aside from books without pictures, and it is a situation made more serious as our culture becomes more visual. Does this ...
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How to deconstruct this sentence?

A deep purple lipstick made her look like a vampire, she said to screams, laughter and wefies, before trying out the coral hue and ochre shades. Why is "said to" followed by nouns like "screams, ...
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Why there are two “is” in one sentence?

There is no simple rule for inventory turnover, except that a high ratio is preferable provided inventory is adequate to meet demand
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Why would or would have

B has done something bad that A hadn't ever expected B to do so A is asking B 1- A: Why would you do that? I don't understand. 2- A: Why would have you done that? I don't understand. What is ...
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losing when my mind's astray

I was reading the lyrics of a song called "Dominoes" by Syd Barett, and couldn't understand what he was trying to convey in this verse "Losing when my mind's astray" Lyrics
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Does the meaning change if I add “which are” in this sentence?

There are factors considered to be more relevant to a person's success in life. Does the meaning change if I insert "which are" in the sentence? There are factors which are considered to be more ...
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How to understand this definition sentence

arrogance:​the behaviour of a person when they feel that they are more important than other people, so that they are rude to them or do not consider them Oxford learner's dictionary I think the ...
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Explain this joke: “Theoretical physicists will never schedule a meeting on Wednesday because it spoils two weekends”

This is the context: Finally, I would say that, even within physics, philosophers are sort of like theoretical physicists, and physicists are like experimental physicists. Experimental physicists ...
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Meaning of “the picture outraged polite society” [closed]

What does mean this sentence? Does it mean: The picture is outraged by polite society. or Polite society is outraged by the picture. the picture outraged polite society
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How many years have you studied English?

For the question: How many years have you studied English? does it mean studying English only or studying all courses in English?
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Intransitive forms of “fight” and “talk”

If I say The dog and the postman fought. can this sentence mean that the dog and the postman fought not with each other, but each of them fought with a different creature? That is, can this ...
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“What are you saying” vs “What you are saying” [duplicate]

I don't understand the correct meaning and concept of the following sentences. 1. I can't hear what are you saying? 2. I can't hear what you are saying? another example; 1. Where are you ...
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What does this quote mean from Jane Eyre? “She regretted to be under the necessity of…”

Jane Eyre is a famous novel about a girl dealing with stuff like her aunt (Mrs. Reed) not liking her. Eliza, John, and Georgiana were now clustered round their mama in the drawing-room: she lay ...
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What does “conjured out of nowhere to drag things to a resolution” mean?

Could you please help me understand this bold sentence? Or rephrase it? It's difficult for me to understand this part of the sentence word by word. I think that the author says the Simpsons ...
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What class are you studying?

It is a tendency among teachers of English in India to ask and teach sentences of this kind in the class. What class are you studying? Inwhich class are you studying? ...
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What means “in mitigation”?

Here is the sentence: In mitigation, I am on the move and posted this from an internet cafe. I didn't quite grasp the sentence.As I know In mitigation means make something appear less serious.But that ...
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What does “animated madness” mean? [closed]

Could you please help me understand what the author is talking about? I have no idea what "animated madness" means. I don't understand it. Many of these sequences are short, funny and downright ...
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When should we use “Got it?” and “Get it?” [duplicate]

I started learning english. Often we hear "Got it?" sentence. So I'm confusing following two sentences. When should we use one over the other? 1) Got it? 2) Get it? Thank you.
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I thought/ didn't think you were/ not coming

We usually say : I don't think he will pass. Not I think he will not pass. I didn't think he was coming. But not I thought you were not coming. I know that it is called ...
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What does “long a storytelling asset” mean?

I'm not sure whether I'm right or not. I don't understand what "long a storytelling asset" means, but I assume that the whole first sentence says that the animation which used to make storytelling ...
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“…saw that to begin with…” Meaning in this context

I am having difficulties making the sentence out: You all saw that to begin with the tape measure stretched across from one side to the other, exactly. I know about the pattern see someone do ...
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meaning of “to get their hands on one of their hand” [closed]

Can anyone tell me please what this sentence means? "As the doors opened for the launch of the gadget, swarm of people rushed inside to get their hands on one of their hand." Thank you.
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“To that which”, could someone clarify this grammatically? And so the meaning of the sentence?

Reading this article,the 4th paragraph says, But with Britain heading for a Dec. 12 election that could return a very different parliament to that which rejected Johnson's plans, the future remains ...
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to “would” a noun? (British English)

Reading this article, the second paragraph says, The pound’s instant reaction was to strengthen versus the dollar, a somewhat surprising response to would will be a fevered six weeks of opinion ...
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A sentence has two verbs

Sentence: What's it mean that the review is now a criminal probe? The sentence has two verbs, the is in What's and mean. Is this right? Why can it be written this way? Source: "News Brief: DOJ ...
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Known As, Better known as, Best known as

Consider: John Wilkes Booth is known as the man who killed President Lincoln. Durian is known as the king of fruits.` She is known as an actress. I want to be known as the guy I really am. ...
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I would like…or I wish - talking about possible improvement in the future

I have somehow got confused with the usage of 'I would like' and 'I wish' when talking about the things which could be possible to improve in the future. I read several posts here and on the Internet, ...
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Meaning of “northernmost reach of buddhism”

This phrase...I can't understand anything about it. It just doesn't make any sense Here's the phrase: an archaelogical site at the northernmost reach of buddhism. What does it mean by "...
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“Score monkeys fighting over a premise with fondue forks”

A joke Dennis Miller made is completely nonsensical to me. You would think that it would be... You get eight male comedians together at a dinner table would be like score monkeys fighting over a ...
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What does “Much gasping and exposition ensue” mean?

I don't know whether I'm right or not. I assume it means a reaction to shocking news. The most well known of those is the infamous “The Principal and the Pauper”, perhaps better known as the ...
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Meaning of the sentence below

I read a sentence in Longman Dictionary under the meaning of rope: Suddenly I was climbing up the long ladder of the north pier, the rucksack being roped afterwards. It looks like an absolute ...
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Who is smiling in this context?

I look at her smiling. From what I know present participle can be used: •after verbs of perception [I heard you talking, I heard as you were talking] •for two actions at the same time [He walked ...
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What does the “more” mean here?

What does the "more" mean in the following sentence: HTTP is used to transport more the HTML, HTML from the browser to render the view. The picture source:
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When vs If - Word-Usage

I know I can substitute "if" with "when", but, I think there's a different meaning here: If you're ready to learn it, you know where to find me (0 cond) When you're ready to learn it, you know ...
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Would for typical behaviour or one time thing?

Consider: Let's see if he would give us money. In the example 1, the speaker is saying whether he would give money to the speaker if he asked now. Not his typical behaviour. He might give the ...
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Rephrase the phrase

What does it mean? Can anyone rephrase this phrase? I did this because this song was love at first listen to me. Does it mean or don't?: I did it because this song was love for me when I first ...
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What does “cranked out with abandon” mean?

I'm trying to understand this line –– cranked out with abandon. Does it mean that Fox produced lots of bad and cheap merchandise without any shame? Or it means something else? Season 8, which ran ...