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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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Help with “ in case of”

Can I say" in case of cleaning your room, it will look nice." ? Or should" in case of " be only followed by a noun?
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Condescension is much appreciated [meaning]

We have following dialog from the movie Inception (2010): Arthur: Eames, I am impressed. Eames: Your condescension, as always, is much appreciated, Arthur, thank you. I can't get the point ...
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I'm being rude now, aren't I? Or should I say, ain't I?

Watching the classic "All about Eve" I stumbled upon this sentence by Margo Channing: Please don't play governess, Karen. I haven't your unyielding good taste. I wish I could have gone to ...
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What is Baskwat in The Upside?

I would like to know what is Baskwat in the movie 'The Upside'. I think he or she is an artist, but Dell says it wrong. Dell: Who knows, man? I may be the next--the next Baskwat. Somebody please ...
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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? and Does this phrase common? Another ...
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A dog followed the man into the store

A dog followed the man into the store. Is it only me who thinks the sentence above means both? A dog was walking behind the man into the store. The man got into the store by the following of a dog. ...
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What is the meaning of 'I think your plantation is bananas'?

I would like to know the exact meaning of this sentence. A white man offers a nursing job to an African-American man, then an African-American man says this sentence. I think your plantation is ...
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Is this a possible sentence?

This game is tired me. What I want to say is that I am tired of the game. I thought this sentence would be correct because 'I am finished reading' is used. I want to learn about 'be + past ...
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The meaning of 'Yeah, Right."

What are some tips to figure out the correct meaning of a sentence? Example: A: "1+1=3." B: "Yeah, right". If I don't know what 1+1 equals to, I don't know if B means: "That is correct."(...
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Can someone help me explain this sentence [on hold]

Although the sea level has risen by 6.5 inches since 1950, nearly half of it has occurred in only the last 20 years.
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What does 'fandom community with a veracious output of fanfiction' mean?

Could you please help me understand what does this part (bold type) of the sentence mean? Would you please make this sentence more clear? And do I correctly understand the word 'inspired' in this case ...
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What is the meaning of 'put it on your mama'?

I would like to know the meaning of 'put it on your mama' in the movie The Upside. Phil: That is the money for Untitled Number Zero, Or What Is Bravery. Which is now proudly hung in Carter’s trophy ...
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Purpose of using it is okay..is it being polite?

What's the difference between You can have a drink now. and It is okay to have a drink now.
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meaning of “an official word-for-word translation on business letterhead”

I'm planning to study at the US and I found a sentence which I can't not sure about. Educational credentials in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official word-for-word ...
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I have to be crass about it

This is a sentence as heading I came across in a video which she was talking about her attitude to the Trump's Tweet tirade After I looked crass up in dictionaries, I still confused about the meaning ...
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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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Meaning of 'should be'?

I am really confused about the meaning of 'should be' sentences. Please check the below sentences and their meaning (my version) He should be there - It is about a future thing. He is not there yet....
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“How much reduction” or “How would reduction”

I have a method A, which is used to reduce the computation of difficult models. I would like to say that using this method will provide a great reduction in the computation of the model. Method A ...
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Meaning of the statement with the phrase “until after”

Here it is: Understood and mastered means that: During the pull from the floor, the bar never leaves the skin of your legs. Your elbows stay straight until after the jump. Does that mean that ...
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Meaning of “He could always use a bit of extra money” in the context below

Phoebus started walking toward the bridge where he planned to meet Esmeralda. Soon he noticed a dark figure creeping behind him in the shadows. “Who’s there?” he called. Claude Frollo, his ...
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a data set of … are or a data set of … is

I always confused about using the word data. Sometimes, writers use it as a single word, while others use it as plural. I really would like to understand the correct way to use word data in my ...
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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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The meanings of English idioms

What's the meaning of 'go all the way (to sth/swh)'? It is written in 'Destination B2' without explanation and I couldn't find it anywhere. Could you please give the definition with some examples?
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“types” vs “type” with each and all

I have different functions. Each function is able to deal with only one thing. If I have 3 variables, X1, X2, and X3, then, I can fit three different functions to these variables. One function to each ...
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Comparing two things in one sentence

We have three shapes in my study. We called them trees. The class of Tree 1 is larger than the class of tree 2 and tree 3. Also, the shape of tree 1 contains the shapes of both tree 2 and tree 3. I ...
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what does “otherwise” mean in this sentence ?

what does "otherwise" mean in this sentence ? How to understand " had they "? Used to manufacture soap, glass, and gunpowder and to bleach linens and print calicoes, potash served a range of ...
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Go down the hall meaning? (For giving directions)

When I asked for the directions to the HR's cubicle, I got this reply: Go down the hall then take the first left, You will find the HR's cubicle there. (I don't remember exactly what he said.) I ...
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Which one is the best for this exercise and why

We should answer “Yes” first to the question “May/Can I help you?”, right? So I think the answer is B. Am I right?
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I don't get the structure and also the meaning of this sentence

I do not understand the sentence at 3:15 in this video: Growing animal feed means more land per calorie of food is needed to produce beef than broccoli. Sorry I wanted to write more specific ...
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Meaning of “ Welcome to it” in this context

But then he smiled and stood up. “Wait! I forgot about our custom! We never hang a man until the women have been given a chance to marry him. This way, ladies! A husband for free! Who wants ...
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The meaning of “That way, she could forget the 'immodesty' of what she was doing.”

[She] took trouble to learn her lines and repeated the scene until it was perfect. That way, she could forget the "immodesty" of what she was doing. The passage is talking about a porn star. I am ...
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Meaning of 'Where do you go to school?'

When someone asks me, where do you go to school, are they asking for the address of the school that I attend?
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Meaning of “Out for revenge”

Claude Frollo had always stayed away from women. But now he seemed to hate them— especially gypsy women. He had asked the bishop to forbid gypsies from dancing in the square. He was outraged ...
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Meaning of the sentence in bold

Claude threw himself into caring for little Jehan. He was more than a brother to the baby—he was the child’s mother and father! He had been taking care of Jehan for about a year when he heard ...
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Harry Potter sentence meaning [duplicate]

This extract is from - The Philosopher's stone - First book in the Harry Potter series Mr. Dursley sat frozen in his armchair. Shooting stars all over Britain? Owls flying by daylight? Mysterious ...
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Meaning of screaming bundle

Indeed, it was not a newborn baby. It was a twitching mass of humanity in a canvas bag. The head peeping out was very disfigured! There was a forest of red hair, one eye, a mouth, and a few ...
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I want to know the meaning of “Anyone who chose to could take them away”

Some 16 years before Esmeralda married Gringoire, a child had been left at Notre Dame Cathedral. To the left of the great church’s front door was a wooden bed sealed in the pavement. It was ...
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What is the meaning of “can't helpful wondering about” clearly?

I have came across with the following marked sentence and couldn't understand clearly. Is it correct sentence? Could you interpret it? Its meaning is able to be "I can't hold myself"? Every time ...
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Correct usage with that

He defined the dandy, in the later "metaphysical" phase of dandyism, as one who elevates æsthetics to a living religion, that the dandy's mere existence reproaches the responsible citizen of the ...
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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 . ...
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What is the meaning of “In case the talents will be ignored, a person may take one step back and thus get a Karmic Debt.”?

In the paragraph below, the meaning of boldfaced line isn't clear. Power brings responsibility and freedom to choose. In case of acting responsibly and using lofty powers, a powerful person will ...
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meaning of “all got in on the fun”

At last the play began again, but the audience had lost interest. One man shouted, “People of Paris! This play is not amusing. Nothing happens! I thought we were going to select the Pope of ...
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“Wouldn't have been necessary” or “would have been unnecessary?”

I've already made the decision to stick to "wouldn't have been necessary," but I wanted to double check. For a little more context, the full sentence is as follows: She filled the printer with ...
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How to parse “foreign policy moves from the U.N.” in this sentence?

I am having difficulty parsing this sentence With cable news chyrons flashing breathless updates about both Beltway dramas, news of Trump's foreign policy moves from the U.N., led by a new trade ...
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What does “white and pink” mean?

What does “white and pink” mean here? Is it like “black and white” as in “I have a cat. Its color is black and white” or are they actually two colors?
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Meaning of word 'synonym' in the given context

What is the meaning of Synonym in this context? Nowadays modern mobile users are very exigent – they want great, unique Material design, in-app maps, fast and precise geolocation, social (let’s ...
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What is meaning of this sentence from the book “Think and Grow Rich”?

When you read it, perhaps you will dismiss any feeling you may have had, at the beginning of the book, that it promised too much.
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How to parse “As for the philosophical content explicitly picks over in the film’s dialogue”?

I can't parse the first clause of this sentence. As for the philosophical content explicitly picks over in the film’s dialogue, it’s something for the viewer to digest, but it all seems a little ...
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What could this sentence mean? [closed]

Did you notice the view? This is the example sentence of "notice" in my dictionary. But I don't know what that means. "Did you notice the point?" or "Did you see the view?" Could you give me the ...
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Impose on vs. impose upon

As both impose on and impose upon are of correct prepositions, what is their difference, let's say you are writing an academic essay. I think impose on sounds academic already, BUT, does ...