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She had rented the flat some fourteen months previously. (meaning)

She had rented the flat some fourteen months previously. Does it mean that she finished renting that flat 14 months ago, right? (not started to rent it 14 months ago)
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What does "For..., though..." mean here?

In The Other Side of the Hedge by E. M. Forster: “People always are astonished at meeting each other. All kinds come through the hedge, and come at all times—when they are drawing ahead in the race, ...
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"Taking a jolt from" meaning in this context?

I am studying a video about global warming, the professor starts with this expression: "So fossil fuel combustion is​ ​basically taking a jolt from that battery of the biosphere." Which, I ...
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What does it mean by "deep-dive chapters", on wich came in the following? [closed]

I was reading a book about Web Development that suddenly faced this: deep-dive chapters. The entire section came bellow: Part 1: Introducing ASP.NET Core This part of the book—which includes this ...
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Meaning of "I'm harder to forget than I was to leave."

In Taylor Swift's I bet you think about me, a lyrical line says I'm harder to forget than I was to leave. I've been thinking about the meaning for a while and come up with the following explanation: ...
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"Get on one's nerves" VS "Get to someone"

Could anyone let me know how the following examples differ in meaning? She’s always moaning. It really gets on my nerves. She’s always moaning. It really gets to me. Get on someone's nerves: If ...
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How to interpret a statement having "if anything" in it

The excavation also tells the story of the 7 stages of the civilization, from development to maturity to decay, the last of which hints at a strange piece of history, with more questions than answers. ...
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Is it right that I told him the truth?

To mean "Was I right to tell him the truth?" Can we say, "Was/Is it right that I told him truth?" Context: I want to ask if what I did is morally right. I know that we can say ...
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Angry about/by the Decision

Why don't we use by instead of about in this sentence? Sunita is very angry about the decision to cancel the meeting.
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"remove" vs "removing"

I saw this sentence in a book: So I move this into the intermediate data structure, removing it from the parameter list. I want to know whether it is equivalent to this sentence: So I move this ...
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What does "printed upon a husk" mean?

In THE SAINT by V.S. PRITCHETT: The man is a saint, I thought. As saintly as any of those gold-leaf figures in the churches of Sicily. Golden, he sat in the punt. Golden, he sat for the next hour as ...
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Sentence formation perfectly

Bring here the book which your father brought from Delhi yesterday. Is that the above sentence correct grametically. The position of "here" above is valid or not. That was the my concern.
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Why can "earthquake crack makes monumental mortal" here?

In THE SAINT by V.S. Pritchett: I saw the shoes dip, water rise above his ankles and up his socks. He tried to move his grip now to a yet higher branch. He did not succeed, and in making this effort, ...
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"The perfect cure-free worries scattered mind."

"The perfect cure-free worries scattered mind." This is a sentence I heard from the video Stress Management Strategies: Ways to Unwind (at 1:23 -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fL-pn80s-c)...
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Meaning of "to come out to sizzle"

I was wondering what "come out" may mean in the following context. The Oscar race is heating up and all the hot stars came out to sizzle.
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A construction consisting of 2 clauses where the first one expresses a vague negation of what's more precisely formulated in the following clause?

It wasn't like my mother was angry, but she was still unhappy. It wasn't that my mother was angry, but she was still unhappy. My mother wasn't exactly angry, but she was still unhappy. In general, I'...
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What does the sentence "our holiday isn't for weeks yet" mean?

While learning the word "yet" in the Cambridge dictionary, I found the sentence: Our holiday isn't for weeks yet. I can't understand what the sentence means. What it means in general? Does ...
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Do these sentences have the same meaning? 1) "That is what I said." 2) "I said it, too."

The following sentences seem to have the same meaning? 1-"That is what I said." 2-"I said it, too." For instance; The boss says to an employee: You should not smoke here. It is ...
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"What does the reason people learn a foreign or second language have to do with this course?”

The following sentence, which doesn’t make much sense, was uttered by a non-native English-speaking English professor. "What does the reason people learn a foreign or second language have to do ...
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What is the meaning of "virtual" and "somehow" and "for whatever" in this phrase? [closed]

This is the context: There seems to be only two kinds of answers. Either, observation is needed to collapse or decohere the wave function from a probability smear to a single defined location, or ...
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Is it irony? Can you read it as rudeness?

I'm not native English as you will notice ;) that's why my below question. The sentence which i received from native English person: "With regards to the xyz issues, I am asking what problem you ...
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‘I understand that the earth is round wrongly.’

Jack O'Flaherty Wed 21:41 When you say that you misunderstood something, you are saying that you failed to understand something that is true. That means misunderstood that the earth is flat doesn't ...
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What's the meaning of "what he saw in it of censure or rebuke"?

I'm reading Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, and found the phrase "what he saw in it of censure or rebuke" in the context below, difficult to understand. In particular, I don't know ...
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What is "which would not be expected" in this sentence mean?

It is frequently observed that a filler metal will continue to spread beyond an initially wetted surface area over an extended period of time (>10 s), which would not be expected from classical ...
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the meaning of "as it seemed to him at times"?

I'm reading Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, and found the phrase "as it seemed to him at times" in the context below, difficult to understand. I don't understand what it seemed ...
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May I say "the use of English is acceptable?" on my website?

I'm a Taiwanese and I'm running a shopping website for my dad. I want to add a sentence to express: "If you want to contact us, but you don't speak Chinese, English is fine, then." So, is &...
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What is the sentence trying to convey?

Why is colon placed in the following sentence? What silence are they talking about? The nature of our sources may account for this silence : martyrs and confessors, through their sufferings, were ...
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Why is Joey's line "I'm surprised you didn't go home wearing it" funny in the context?

I'm watching this clip Friends: Someone Ate Ross' Sandwich (Season 5 Clip) | TBS. At 0:53, Ross hands over a food note to Chandler and Chandler starts to read it (transcript quoted from here): Ross: ....
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Can "of + gerund" be used to mean "because" or "due to"?

To be an example what does "of + gerund" mean in the following sentences? I'm tired of doing that. or I'm sick of being late. As far as I understand these sentences mean "due to&...
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What does "in hearing" mean in this sentence?

In hearing so many people relate the fascinating experiences with which this volume deals, I have come to feel almost as though I have lived through them myself. What does "In hearing" mean?...
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I need help to interpret this headline

The headline is: "SpaceX Carries NASA Astronaut Mission Home With Safe Water Landing" --New York Times The way it is written it says SpaceX bring the mission home and not the astronauts, ...
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How are the two sentences different and which one is correct and how? [closed]

Last night, I was heading home when it started to hail huge hailstones. Last night, I was headed home when it started to hail huge hailstones.
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On/With- Which is the right preposition to use here?

A supervisor asks their employee "how are we doing with that news piece," here, it is obvious that the supervisor wants to know about the progress of the news piece. My question is if the ...
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Threatened alloy

What does threatened alloy mean in this paragraph, The real evils, indeed, of Emma's situation were the power of having rather too much her own way, and a disposition to think a little too well of ...
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Meaning of "better than + infinitive"

Recently, I have seen the sentence I should've known better than to get my hopes up. What does it mean? I couldn't find any explanation about the grammatical structure I've mentioned in the title. ...
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When a past participle is at the beginning of a sentence

In this line, "Asked why a non­specialist can be entrusted with such work, a local official praises foreign ­ministry volunteers for their promotional skills" I suppose maybe the writer ...
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Meaning of come on down to

What does "come on down to someplace" mean? I know the meaning of "come down to someplace". It means traveling to the south to reach that specific place. Thanks in advance
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be used to doing something but does not do it anymore

Does the following make sense? Is there a contradiction? John is used to getting up at 5 but does not do it anymore.
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Explain the meaning of a sentence in other words: "A million mornings forgotten by the mind of man."

I am studying English and it is still difficult for me to understand the exact meaning of some words or sentences. Therefore, I am asking for your help. As for learning and practicing, I decided to ...
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when he did, it was usually to make some cynical remark

I'm reading Animal Farm and come across this sentence: He seldom talked, and when he did, it was usually to make some cynical remark... How can I understand this part it was usually to make some ...
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What do "back east" and "heat bait" in the sentence below mean?

It's a sentence from an Rpg video game. There was this guy who was hurt and one of the dialog choices was a question "You want me to call an ambulance" and this is the answer he gave me: &...
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what does "well-served" mean in this sentence

I was reading an article of TE,there is a sentence that I can't quite understand. The party does not publicly justify these moves in the name of common prosperity, but there are plenty of online ...
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What does this conditional sentence mean exactly?

The importance of leisure time would become more vivid if we considered that constant work results in burnout. What does this sentence mean? Does it mean that: Currently we do not consider that ...
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Can you have "conditions" + "to" + infinitive of the main verb, and what does it mean?

I have come across the following sentence, which uses the word conditions + to + the infinitive form of the main verb: What are the conditions at the work place to create a productive work ...
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what is the difference between 'of sth' and 'sth' [closed]

For example: Of special interest is the method. what's the sentence mean? Is it similar to Special interest is the method.
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What does " I now pronounce me very impressed" mean?

In a movie, I heard a character say:" I now pronounce you Marry and Joe.", and his friend said: " I now pronounce me very impressed, but I'm not getting those kinds of offers". ...
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Is it ok to say "I had a question", when you in fact mean "I was asked a question"

In an English teaching video, the teacher who is a native British English speaker answers the questions from the learners. And he says: "I had a question". And he starts to say what the ...
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"I want to get it finished [with]" - Is there any difference with 'with' or without 'with'?

I want to get it finished vs. I want to get it finished with. Any small or big difference could be here?
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The meal with wine came to $20 each. (What's the meaning of th sentence?)

The meal with wine came to $20 each. meal $20 and wine $20 meal+wine $20 for each person My dictionary explains the meaning as 2. Is there any chance to interpret as 1?
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What does it mean by "(to) question the need for something" has used in the following sentence?

I was faced with this part: never question the need for its existence when reading some book about Programming Language. The Whole sentence was: The use of the null value is so common, in so many ...

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