Skip to main content

Questions tagged [sentence-meaning]

Use this tag for questions about meanings of whole sentences rather than phrases.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0 votes
1 answer
54 views

"it would be" in reference to something that someone else did or does

I find conditionals quite difficult to understand in English. That's why sometimes, here or elsewhere, I quote conditional sentences written by native speakers and ask questions about them to ...
1 vote
1 answer
118 views

Excited + to (now or future meaning)

I want to reduce these two sentences into one sentence. I was excited + because ı was going to see her. 1-I was excited to see her. 2-I was excited about seeing her. And ı have onether question . ...
1 vote
1 answer
24 views

What is the meaning of the sentence, "It was just the genius of Gandhi to notice faultless occasions"?

I'm translating an article by Paul Goodman written in 1961 about pacifist films. I can't fully understand the meaning of the sentence, "It was just the genius of Gandhi to notice faultless ...
0 votes
2 answers
39 views

Does "would" imply a vague uncertainty to the statement below?

Statement 1: "He would be willing to sign something assessing the liquidated damages of $100,000 to misfit boxing in the event he withdraws." Statement 2: "He will be willing to sign ...
5 votes
3 answers
142 views

Difference between "the number of people you would have thought" OR "the number of people you would think"?

This from the BBC website Lost wallet found 5 years on It is about a story in which somebody lost his wallet 5 years ago after he watched a game in a rugby stadium, and it was found 5 years later. ...
1 vote
1 answer
50 views

Unavailable in X OR Y vs. Unavailable in X and Y

What is the difference these two statements: It is unavailable in X or Y. It is unavailable in X and Y. Is 2) the same as saying: It is neither available in X nor Y. Lastly, are all three ...
1 vote
1 answer
61 views

'It is impossible' followed by a that-clause vs. 'It is impossible' followed by a for + Noun Phrase + to + Infinitive construction

It is impossible that everyone is telling the truth. It is impossible for everyone to be telling the truth. What on earth is the difference between the meanings of two sentences above?
0 votes
2 answers
39 views

What does "barren bowl" mean?

Here is quote in book The Rights of Nature "In the Netherlands, it is now illegal to keep a goldfish alone in a barren bowl. Countries such as Costa Rica have pledged to phase out zoos, circuses, ...
1 vote
1 answer
136 views

How should "double-consciousness" be interpreted in this passage?

It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused ...
1 vote
1 answer
41 views

Does this sentence have two different meanings? [duplicate]

There will be more difficult tasks. In this sentence, could it cause the following two kinds of different understanding whether "more" is considered as the comparative form of "many&...
0 votes
1 answer
48 views

Can I use 'such.. that' and 'such.. where' this way?

Let's look at the sentence. He is such a bad person whom no one wants to talk to. Is the sentence grammatically correct? If it's correct, can I rewrite the sentence as: He is such a bad person that ...
0 votes
1 answer
81 views

"... Greece may well stump up the cash having spooked creditors..."

I could not figure our whole sentence because of the word having in the following sentence.What is its function? In choosing to bundle up four separate June repayments, Greece avoids triggering ...
-2 votes
0 answers
28 views

Leaf and gravy dripping means

Leaf and gravy dripping over the browned skin, which increased the appetite and made everybody's mouth water. The sentence suggests that leaf and gravy was dripping over the brown roast skin of meat. ...
0 votes
1 answer
15 views

Alone as an adverb or as an adjective

Alone, thought Bittering. Does the word 'alone' describe Bittering as an adjective or his action of thinking as an adverb? Does the sentence mean that Bittering thought that he was alone or it means ...
1 vote
1 answer
231 views

'it didn't happen until afterward" happened later or didn't happen continuously?

'it didn't happen until afterward" After reading this sentence, it's not certain to interpret it as intended because "not until A" means something happened after A. The above sentence ...
0 votes
2 answers
36 views

Enrich their food menus?

Villagers used to have A B C as food, now there is one more food option D for them. In this case, can I say: 1)D enriches villagers' food menus? 2) D enriches villagers' food options? Which one is ...
0 votes
1 answer
204 views

past tense/present tense... which one is best in this context?

Earlier this morning, I opened the list on my computer to check: A.    ...if there was anyone I knew who had made the list. B.    ...if there was anyone I know who had ...
0 votes
2 answers
79 views

Meaning of "which Virginia claimed to be…she must reckon it one of the infelicitous of her position that insofar at least she was taken at her word"

The fugitive-act did not affect a foreign country which Virginia claimed to be and that she must reckon it one of the infelicitous of her position that insofar at least she was taken at her word This ...
3 votes
2 answers
602 views

I am the person who uses the mouse with "their" right hand?

Well, I just read a sentence on reddit and it simply destroys my brain: as a left handed person who uses the mouse with their right hand, i have always wanted to try a southpaw board and just never ...
1 vote
1 answer
74 views

How do I change tenses when describing my thoughts about the past within a past tense narrative?

I am probably missing something very simple, but when you have a present + past simple sentence like the following: I think that he looked uncomfortable when he was reading my essay. How do you put it ...
3 votes
3 answers
188 views

Correct place of adjectival clause

A few stars are known which are hardly bigger than the earth, but most of them are so large that hundreds of thousands of Earth's can be packed inside each and leave room to spare. Usually, an ...
2 votes
1 answer
49 views

What's the meaning of "receive credit for freshman mathematics" in college?

This context comes from the book "Black Rednecks And White Liberals" by Thomas Sowell. At one time, the reputation of Dunbar graduates was such that they did not have to take entrance ...
-1 votes
1 answer
56 views

What does "Name seemed to be in doubt" mean in this context?

Hunger, chaos, thawed mud everywhere, uncollected debris, water pipes bursting, unofficial warnings of tainted water supplies, gas explosions. Unrest among Free Britons. Today being pay day, pay ...
1 vote
1 answer
6k views

Verbs of perception: see, hear, watch + object +[bare infinitive/ gerund/ adjective/ past participle/]

Some of the verbs called "verbs of perception or perceptual. However many English language learners would face many problems with using them, me one of them. > Some of them are being used in such ...
2 votes
3 answers
15k views

I will go vs. I am going

I used to think Will was used for future and Present Progressive for ongoing actions but recently I came across a site(forgot to save the link) which states that present progressive can be used for ...
0 votes
1 answer
288 views

Usage of "your " and meaning of below mentioned sentance?

I have come across with below mentioned sentance. Q1)Is bolded word replaces with you or is that correct? Q2)is that sentance means my father is not agree to people smoking cigarettes in the ...
6 votes
3 answers
2k views

"She smashed her finger in the door." — What does this mean? Could you please describe this process?

britannica.com: to smash — to hit (something) violently and very hard: (1) She smashed [=crushed] her finger in the door. What does "smashed her finger in the door" mean? Could you please ...
0 votes
1 answer
41 views

I'm trying to read/understand the following sentence

I'm trying to read/understand the following sentence: Because languages are sets of strings, there are additional operations that can be defined on languages, operations that would be meaningless on ...
1 vote
2 answers
63 views

Usage of "rather"

What's the difference between following sentence: She kept herself rather to herself in her own pantry. and She rather kept herself to herself in her own pantry. Are there some omitted words in ...
1 vote
2 answers
67 views

Use of "that" in "the meaning is that of a noun"

I don't understand "the meaning is that of a noun" here In compound nouns using the gerund, it is clear that the meaning is that of a noun, not of a continuous verb I don't understand the ...
2 votes
3 answers
164 views

are the uses of 'bare infinitive' & 'participle' same here?

I saw him sing I saw him singing In the first example, the verb sing is used as a bare infinitive and in the following one it is exemplified as a present participle. My question is if both of them ...
0 votes
1 answer
31 views

What does "could be taken to stand for" mean in this context?

This is the history of the word "item" taken from the American Heritage Dictionary. "The word item seems to us to be very much a noun, whether it refers to an article in a collection or ...
0 votes
1 answer
55 views

What does the second "as" used in this sentence mean?

Darwin had a phrase to describe those ignorant of evolution: they look at an organic being as a savage looks at a ship, as at something wholly beyond his comprehension. In "as at something ...
1 vote
1 answer
263 views

"It is important to recognise the interdependence between individual, culturally formed actions and the state of cultural integration." meaning

It is important to recognise the interdependence between individual, culturally formed actions and the state of cultural integration. People work within the forms provided by the cultural patterns ...
0 votes
2 answers
137 views

Adversative sentences

What do the bold parts mean? Or rather, I should say that I'm confused by the bold parts, and I'd like to know what the sentences mean, and what kind of flavor they have to them. And what does win ...
3 votes
1 answer
168 views

Need or needs with bare infinitive

He need worry about the weather today. He needs worry about the weather today. Mostly we see the use of 'need' as modal verb in negative or interrogative sentences where it takes bare infinitive ...
-1 votes
2 answers
42 views

Is "Plan what you will do when" a full sentence? What does it mean? Can "when" and "what" switch places?

I read a suggestion "Plan what you will do when" I thought the full sentence is "You plan what you will do when you will do". Why what is "when" not followed by other ...
1 vote
1 answer
31 views

"What it makes sense for people to accept?"

Although these writers all deploy much of the social contract idiom, then, at the end of the day their arguments rest on accounts of what it makes sense for people to accept, not what ...
1 vote
2 answers
45 views

"Items should be paid for within 14 days <of> <after> receipt." — What's the difference between "of" and "after" here?

oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com (item №2 -> Extra Examples): (1) Items should be paid for within 14 days of receipt. Seeing "of" is odd to me here. As far as I can guess, "of" ...
0 votes
2 answers
63 views

"rise 2%" VS "rise at 2%" VS "rise by 2%"

I thought we can say only "verb + by + number" but I came across "verb + at + number" and "verb + number". I got interested in whether there is any difference between ...
0 votes
1 answer
159 views

Something of that kind/ that kind of something

Can I use these versions interchangeably? 1- I didn't say anything of that kind. 2- I didn't say that kind of anything. 3- It is a game of some kind. 4- It is some kind of a game. ...
1 vote
3 answers
98 views

"John steered Mary to the restaurant." — What does "steered" mean here? How did John take part in the process?

one of the meanings of "to steer" from collinsdictionary.com: to steer - to direct the course of; guide: I can steer you to the best restaurant in town. Despite the definition given, the ...
0 votes
2 answers
49 views

Meaning of the sentence below

Could someone explain the meaning of bold part in the sentence below? No human eye can isolate the unhappy coincidence of line and place which suggests evil in the face of a house, and yet somehow a ...
1 vote
1 answer
45 views

What is the difference in meanings of these two sentences?

I have heard the poem being recited on numerous occasions. I have heard the poem recited on numerous occasions. How is the first sentence different from the second sentence?
0 votes
2 answers
39 views

"I will collect my necklace after it is being prepared"

Could you please tell me?. Whether "After it is being prepared" mean "After it has been prepared" or "after its is prepared" or it could mean either/both.
1 vote
1 answer
34 views

Do these sentences (1 and 2) have the same meaning?

You don't follow my mails, that's why you missed the meeting. Were you following my mails, you would not have missed the meeting. I believe that they do, but my friend tells me that the second one is ...
0 votes
1 answer
58 views

What is this difficult to understand passage talking about?

Thank you for your time! I'm not a native English speaker. This passage is a bit long and not easy to understand for me, especially the last sentence, which makes me very confused. (424 words) The ...
1 vote
1 answer
34 views

"He is not listening to me and eating apples"

"He is not eating apples and oranges" (I know the full form is "He is not eating apples and he is not eating oranges") though after "and" we did not write the full form. ...
1 vote
1 answer
4k views

It be not until ~ that ~

It was not until after we had been on the highway for several hours that Peter asked me if I wanted stop at a restaurant for a bite to eat. In my opinion, It ~ that ~ is a sentence that emphasize ...
0 votes
1 answer
266 views

Difference between, your argument was clear from the beginning or start,

Your argument was clear to us from the start/beginning there's no need to labour the point. Which one is better suited or how do we differentiate between the start and beginning?

1
2 3 4 5
81