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Questions tagged [sentence-meaning]

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

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he ran to the school meaning ? does it mean he started running towards or he reached the spot by running

I want to know exact meaning because I am writing stories but I have some doubts regarding usage. I know. "he ran from home" means left home and started running. and " he ran a mile " means ...
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Placement of “here” with “Am I the only one…?”

Are these sentences correct? 1) "Am I the only one who doesn't play video games here?" 2) "Here, am I the only one who doesn't play video games?" Can I say these two sentences to mean "Am ...
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Meaning of “upon her” in this context

Esmeralda was a very light sleeper. She woke as soon as the key turned in the lock. Then, just before Frollo blew out the lantern, Esmeralda saw his face. “Oh, no!” she cried out faintly. “It’...
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Sentence that have a different word usage?

I was recently reading an article where the word "by" was used in a sentence to describe a season (football season) Sentence: The competition is getting tougher by the season. Now, as per my ...
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Is + another expression

1-All you need is do your homework . 2-All you need is to do your homework . 3-All you need is that do your homework . Are all of these sentences grammatically correct and do they mean the same ...
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“Brexit:What just happened?” Does it emphasize “a suprising situation” or does it emphasize “an event that happened a short time ago”?

Today I have seen a sentence on CNN web site which reads ""Brexit:What just happened?". The news text is about two British ministers resigning due to Brexit issues. This resignations are unexpected ...
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Meaning of a sentence from Not About Angles

We know full well there's just time. I can't understand the meaning of this sentence. Does it mean there's only one time or there just remains a little time? Is this phrase common? Another ...
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What do you think is good or bad about each sentence? [on hold]

There an extra quantity of devices are available in our warehouse. There an inordinate quantity of devices are available in our warehouse. There an abundant quantity of devices are ...
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It would be fortunate if

Can "It would be fortunate if ..." be used to make a request? Is it correct to say the following? It would be fortunate if you would answer my question.
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What does the bolded phrase mean?

A society which rests upon the supremacy of some factor over another irrespective of its rational or proportionate claims leads thought astray. (Source: Democracy and Education By John Dewey) What ...
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expression meaning

I've read this sentence in a book, and I am a bit confused. I pray to greet you with good fortune, and to greet your sweetest person. This sentence came in the opening of a letter. I have no clue ...
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Is it right? “Have you been struggling with your new year's resolutions like I did?”

I had been struggling with my new year's resolutions and then I found a solution. The opening question I would like to ask my audience is "Have you been struggling with your new year's resolutions ...
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the meaning of “all these others ” in the context and the sentence meaning

I am confused of the meaning of "all these others " in the context. So continuing with ice ages, we've looked at the Pleistocene Ice Age up through the so-called Little Ice Age in Europe, but today ...
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Bush-shirts rate

Sentence from "God of small things" after character ( baby kochamma) became obese. "Even timid little chellappen tailor insisted on charging bush-shirts rates for her sari blouses." Does it mean he ...
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Sentence meaning: “be appropriately placed in the context of prior and existing research”

Here, it states that "... that the paper should: ... be appropriately placed in the context of prior and existing research. " What does "be appropriately placed in the context of prior and existing ...
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Writing “the increase in A and the increase in B" in a compact way

Considering the following sentence: The increase in diabetes prevalence and the increase in hypertension prevalence are of special concern. I would like to know if this sentence could be written,...
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How many rooms does this house have vs. how many rooms are in this house

What is the difference between:(sentence meaning) How many rooms does this house have? vs. How many rooms are in this house? *let's say you were looking for a house to buy, and made a query ...
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Sentence from a book by Arundhati Roy

From God of small things, When Estha and Rahel's mother got married, her father-in-law gifted the young couple a car as a present. Now the sentence is: "He gave the young couple a custom-painted, ...
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How can we encourage someone to do somethings

As our discussion at this question, we got out a result that Try what you can't and Do what you can't is contradiction, then how can we encourage someone to try/do something that they can't/don't do ...
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Is the part “… and these courts he placed under the jurisdiction of the King alone” grammatical?

Availing himself of the early legal constitution of England, he placed justice in the old local courts of the "hundred" and "shire," to which every freeman had access, and these courts he placed ...
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Don’t use that supplement or your stomach will (hurt / be hurt / be harmed / be damaged)

I would appreciate it if someone could tell me which one of the following self-made sentences does not sound natural. (To me, the only natural one is the #3 and other sentences do not sound idiomatic ...
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“would,” “will,” and “be [verb]ing” in context

What are the differences among these three sentences? Who would most likely be listening to this talk? Who will most likely be listening to this talk? Who is most likely listening to this talk?
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“Like This” meaning in sentence

"I haven't been like this in a long time" What does it mean if a person says this?Has he never been like "that" in his life?Or has he been like "that" a lot before in his life but isn't now?
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“Although A and B are” vs “Despite A and B being”

I would like to know if the following sentences have the same meaning: Although John and Tom are the most hard-working students, they did not pass the final exam. Despite John and Tom being ...
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What is it mean when you ask a female if she is working [closed]

What is it when you ask a female if they are working or if she saying that she is busy working
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What does the sentence “ I think an explanation is well overdue.” mean? [closed]

I think an explanation is well overdue. I've heard this phrase in a movie I've recently seen and I'm not sure what it means. I may have an idea but I'm not entirely sure. It would be of great help if ...
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Using “will” after “if” in order to make a polite request

I've read somewhere that the "if + will" construction may be used to formulate a polite request but I can't recall the exact way as to how to use it correctly. I've tried to find solutions on the ...
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This is the way of the world

Imagine someone is very upset because of way some (very wealthy and influential) people have treated him and has lost his hope totally. He is really depressed now. A close friend who is well aware ...
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You are welcome

We say thank you when pleased with someone's help or attention. Usually it is replied: you are welcome. questions does it mean that thanks are welcome? is it the same sense when we say you are ...
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Living by himself vs Living on his own

What is the difference between these sentences below in terms of meaning? He lives by himself. He lives on his own If you ask me, the first sentence connotes that he doesn't have a ...
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Past Perfect Requirement

I would have gone with her. But she didn't ask me . I would have gone with her .But she hadn't asked me . Do we have to use past perfect in this example ? Is there any difference in meanings ?
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What is the main idea of the sentence?

One of my friends wrote the following sentence on his wechat moment(like facebook): The problem with being competitive and running with a friend is that you may find yourself at their mercy as to ...
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Again “God of small things” sentence

"Heaven opened and the water hammered down, reviving the reluctant old well, green mossing the pigless pigsty, carpet bombing still, tea-coloured puddles the way memory bombs still, tea-coloured minds"...
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“marry his daughter” vs. “married his daughter”

Why did the rich man let John marry his daughter? vs Why did the rich man let John married his daughter? What the different in meaning between these 2 questions?
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“How would I know” vs. “How can I know”

For example, How would I know her age without asking? How can I know her age without asking? Are these sentences both correct grammatically ? If so, do they have same meaning? If so, which one is ...
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“God of small things” sentence

I need help to understand a part of a sentence from the book. Little simplified by me But by early june monsoon breaks and there are months of winds and water with short spells of sunshine that ...
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comparative structure analysis

In any of the burial-places of this city through which I pass, is there a sleeper more inscrutable than its busy inhabitants are, in their innermost personality, to me, or than I am to them? I have a ...
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Has been+complement-VS-has+pp+object

Another important trend has been to reduce the number of platforms used for car models, as Japanese producers have long been doing. Another important trend has reduced the number of platforms used for ...
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Another important trend has been. Is it a complete sentence?

Another important trend has been to reduce the number of platforms used for car models, as Japanese producer have long been doing. Is it correct/complete sentence? My question is about *Another ...
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What is the meaning of “pick up” in this sentence? [closed]

We had thought the turnout for these events would pick up, but it's really lagged behind our estimates. Does this sentence equal to: We had thought the turnout for these events would increase, ...
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“For the/a Xth year running in…” meaning?

Years running means consecutive years. No problem with that. But I saw it is used in sentences like: That helps explain why Greece probably beat its primary budget target for a fourth year ...
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Be careful what you wish for

The entry for "wish" in OAAD gives an example: Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it (= and find that you really don't want it). I find it difficult to pin down the bold sentence, ...
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Meaning of “would lead him to Esmeralda”

A few weeks later, Frollo’s studies were disturbed by a loud knock on his chamber door. “Enter!” he called out. It was his brother Jehan. He had come, as he often did, to borrow some money. ...
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“what won't it do” meaning?

If facebook will now allow you to bother your friends for a fee, what won't it do? What does the latter part of this sentence mean?
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She is a credit to her family

She is a credit to her family. Probably it means that her family respect and feel proud of her now. I was curious to know if it could also mean that her parents have high expectations for her in the ...
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In the refrigerator was a bunch of bananas and some milk [closed]

it's grammatically wrong to say: "In the refrigerator was a bunch of bananas and some milk"?
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What does the phrase “minimum of introspection or self-analysis” mean in this sentence?

"These situations are best resolved with the minimum of introspection or self-analysis." This is where I found it: https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/introspection Does it ...
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Does “I don't think I'm any more [adjective]” mean “I'm not [adjective]”?

https://youtu.be/-qfI3DZmmQw?t=42 It’s not like there’s a shortage of scientific facts out there spelling it all out for us. But let’s be honest — not many people can relate to scientists ...
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Is there any difference between these two sentences?

Is there any difference between these two sentences? The room that is provided with polished chairs... The room provided with polished chairs...