Questions tagged [sentence-meaning]

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

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what does it mean by “triple their share of the population”?

Considerable improvement in the treatment of HIV has also decreased premature deaths for black men, who were hammered by the epidemic. An estimated 42% of the 1.1m Americans living with HIV today are ...
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Omitting “being” after subject in absolute phrases

As far as I know, we can omit "being" in the sentence 1 and 2. 1- He smiled at his girlfriend, her clothes (being) all muddy and tattered. 2- His Ipad (being) dead, he felt bored. Can I ...
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that + adjective + a/an + noun

Is it possible to omit "of" in such sentences. 1- It wasn’t that nice of a host family after all. 2- It wasn't that nice a host family after all.
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What if + past simple or past participle

I always come across this kind of sentences. What kind of conditonal should I use when I want to talk about the "possible result of an imagined situation in the past". I don't understand why we don't ...
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Spent time doing/ have no business doing something/ Have a job doing

I do not really understand the use of participles in these kind of sentences. 1- We spent the first month just debating what to call ourselves. 2- You had no business reading my private ...
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What does this sentence mean? Having been released from prison,

Can anyone explain to me what this sentence means? The grammar is confusing to me. Is “have been” related to the person talking to himself, or could it relate to other people? having been ...
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“We have shortly coming…”

These are lines from the movie Dumb and Dumber: This is the Hotel Danbury Presidential Suite, gentlemen, normally reserved for royalty, visiting dignitaries, illustrious stars of stage and screen. ...
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use of “could have”

You can tell me what could have been done. Is this use correct? If it is can someone explain me part by part which parts of speech is used here and the construction.
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Work + preposition + noun or work + noun

1- Doctors often work very long hours. (Why not "work for..." ?) 2- He worked the clubs long before TV made him famous. (Why not "work in/for the clubs..." ?) 3- I am working a drug case....
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When you're going to be late for a meeting

Let's assume that you are going to be late for a meeting. I wonder when do you normally use each sentence below? 1) I’m sorry for keeping you / to keep you waiting. I would use this sentence ...
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Meaning of “off” in this sentence

As a learner I often find it hard to understand news headlines, because some words are omitted to make it look tidy and short. Today I came across: Monsoon off to slow start with 53% deficit. ...
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Meaning of “pique” & “vanity” in this context?

“Lady Middleton piqued herself upon the elegance of her table, and of all her domestic arrangements; and from this kind of vanity was her greatest enjoyment in any of their parties.” Source: ...
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Captivating as her person (from “Jane Austen”)

“It was enough to secure his good opinion; for to be unaffected was all that a pretty girl could want to make her mind as captivating as her person.” It’s from Jane Austen. Could you please put this ...
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Usage of “over”

1- "If anything remains vague, it is only because of the dark cloud which has come over my mind." (Context: He has been questioning for a while. And saying this sentence.) What does "come over my ...
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Respect/disrespect someone as + noun

What does these form "respect someone as + .." means? What is the meaning of "as" in these sentences below? 1- You know you are angry because I disrespected you as a boss. 2- I respect you ...
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Weird doing/ Weird to do

1- It is so weird wearing her jacket. (Context: She is wearing another person's jacket right now. But this jacket is leather motorcycle jacket and seems so cool. She isn't used to wearing this ...
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Participles to modify the subject of the main clause when the verb of the main clause is “to+be”

1- Essos is an immense landmass located to the east of Westeros, extending into the far east of the known world." (Essos is an immense landmass located..+ Essos extends into the far...) 2- He ...
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what is the difference between two similar sentences

Do these two sentences have the exactly same meaning and usage: "I understand some people will feel that we are locating rioters or protesters inside hospital seems..." "I understand some people will ...
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“Be as adjective”

My girls are on the wait list for their preschool and it is twice as tough to get in with twins. Marked phrase kind of puzzled me. I quoted this from a tv-series. We don't know the second part ...
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I don't get the meaning of the last lines in bold clearly

With the line still doubled around the rope, one of the tellers stuck a “POSITION CLOSED” sign in her window and walked to the back of the bank, where she leaned against a desk and began to pass ...
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is being offered

My question is a part of an offical form that I’m trying to fill out. It goes: I further certify that the principal alien is being offered the following position: DOS Notification Date: What does ...
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“Start something” and “start on something”

I don't know when to use "start on" instead of "start", ıs there a difference in meaning if I omit "on" ? 1- We're starting a new book in class that's supposed to be really interesting. 1a- ...
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What's the meaning of “as” in this context?

This is why fighting is allowed in pro hockey (2:26) A player involved in a fight automatically gets what's known as a "major penalty" and must sit out at least 5 minutes of play. Additional ...
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Meaning of “those little human touches that keep us coming back for more.”

Anders couldn’t get to the bank until just before it closed, so of course the line was endless and he got stuck behind two women whose loud, stupid conversation put him in a murderous temper. He ...
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What does “be never happy” mean here?

I have found these on the Web: No matter what I do, she's never happy. Ever since I was little, and for as long as I can remember, she's never satisfied with anything I do. "She's never happy when I'...
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Have a job doing something

1- I was walking home from the coffe shop. I have a job bussing tables there. What does the marked phrase mean? I look it up in a dictionary and it says that "a job doing something" means "to have ...
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Different functions of participles

It is about saving lives, starting with mine." (A line from a tv series) (Context: He talks about time travel to save lives including his life.) I can't understand how that participle works here. I ...
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Could have + past participle

Why couldn't I have just let those guys continue to terrorize Brooklyn untill I built up the nerve to ask out a girl? (Context: It is ironic. He just solved the case. But before solving the ...
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Go around doing something

As far as I understand, "going around doing something" means doing something again and again. I have two questions: a- Can this phrase be used with positive situations as in the sentence 3. Does it ...
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Omitting “and” and using participle instead

I was working a drug case, tracking this drug dealer for months. Then suddenly he disappeared. (From a tv-series) This sentence kind of confused me. In this sentence, what does participle imply? (...
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Known as/to be, reveal as/to be, see as/to be

I am having a hard time differentiating "as" and "to be" when they are used with some verbs. What is the difference between them? I have posted some examples to understand the issue better: 1- They ...
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Zero conditional vs first conditional

I have some problems with zero and first conditionals . Sometimes ı can't distinguish them. 1-I could see if anyone wanted to break in . About the context : The speaker has a shop and he says this ...
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Preposition + being + adjective

Can I omit "being" in such cases. (preposition + being + adjective) For example: 1- Despite (being) poor, he was happy. 2- He was very fast in spite of (being) terribly overweight. 3- ...
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“Live with every day”

In this quotation: Strange counterfactuals emerge in Vaughan’s tale, as a result of the very real disparities we live with every day. (Context) What does "live with every day" mean? Can I use ...
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What's is the meaning of held a phone call

Is phrase "held a phone call" means received a phone call or made a phone call?
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Difference between put up/ put on

I was looking for the meaning of "put up" and came across this explanation in a dictionary : " [put up something] to make a particular effort in order to achieve or prevent something : For example :...
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How can two people leave “together, alone”? Don't “together” and “alone” mean opposite things?

Another question (the meaning of "set off" in context) asks about the following two sentences: Jaspers even records a dream in which, during a tense conversation with some of Heidegger's critics, ...
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What is the structure of this sentence with commas?

In the sentence below The processor puts the data it wants to write on a bank of electrical traces, the data bus, by raising the voltage on some to represent ones and leaving voltages unchanged on ...
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“Being” more precisely

Being more precisely, I just don't even know what "end up" means. I saw this sentece in a forum. Is use of "being" here correct? I would write it this way: To be more presicely, I just don't even ...
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What does “one” refer to in “one pushing the other”? Does it refer to the girls or to the cars?

In the sentence below, what does "one" refer to in "one pushing the other"? Does it refer to the girls or to the cars? On the way into town one day I noticed a couple of young girls working their ...
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Meaning of “on going.”

I focused my type-A personality on going to all the exercise classes at the gym. (Context: She is talking about how exercises has changed her life. Before that she was a pretty asocial and ...
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Giving hope to somebody

I wonder what phrasal verb/expression/idiom do you normally use in English for giving someone hope? Please have a consideration in my examples: A) He is a very energetic and positive individual. ...
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When you are carrying an item, should you use WITH or ON(preposition)

Let's say you are asking a caller if she is carrying a machine at the time. It goes like this: You:Do you have your machine WITH/ON you?(you assume that the machine is beside the caller) ...
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How do I understand “he to whom…” and “coupled though it be …” in the sentence?

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt ...
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Has he come yet or hasn't he come yet?

To get the meaning ' Hasn't he come until now ?' what should I ask 'Has he come yet ?or Hasn't he come yet?'
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What is the appropriate word in “He [slides/puts] a ring”?

What is the appropriate word for this situation: He slides a ring on my finger or He puts a ring on my finger. ? I can't obviously say: He made me wear a ring. that would mean I myself ...
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What does the sentence “It's just like him, to have to have the last word” mean?

I heard this on a TV show and I've never really heard a sentence similar to it before. I'd appreciate it if you would help me out with the meaning of the sentence and its structure.
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Meaning of “Any life will seem dramatic if you omit mention of most of it”

You remember it differently. You remember that the cold settled in stages, that small curve of light was shaved from the moon night after night, until you were no longer surprised the sky was ...
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Participles to modify the subject of the main clause

"Essos is an immense landmass located to the east of Westeros, extending into the far east of the known world." (Here, "extending" describes the Essos or does it describes the landmass? ) Having ...
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Some ways to encourage a discouraged person

Which choices below do not sound natural when you want to say someone "be hopeful" using a hopegiving sentence: Don't lose your hope. Don't be hopeless. Why Ngram doesn't show any ...