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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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“I have” vs “I have got”

I don't know what is the difference between using "I have got" and "I have" For example: He's got broad shoulders. Is it possible to say: He has broad shoulders. If yes, so what is the ...
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The confusion between “The” or “A” article

I was reading about articles in Wren & Martin and found the following explanation: 1)Use the definite article when a singular noun is meant to express a whole class. The cow is a useful ...
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Does “She had a brother” mean that her brother is dead?

My Friend has sent me this riddle to solve: "If you solve this, then you are a genius. Mr.Smith has 4 daughters🙍‍♀🙍‍♀🙍‍♀🙍‍♀ and each daughter had a brother. How many children does Mr. ...
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Why is the definite article used in “I live in the city”?

Where do you live? -- I live in the city. THE is used when talking about something which is already known to the listener or which has been previously mentioned, introduced, or discussed. But, the ...
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What does “I saw him wash the car” mean?

What does this sentence mean? I saw him wash the car Does it mean "I saw him when he was washing the car"?
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Why do you always “go down the street”

I think I hear people mostly use the phrase "going down the street" instead of "going up the street" or "going on the street" It is common to hear that : I was going down the street when I saw ...
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did call vs called

Is there any difference in meaning between the two sentences below? I did call him And I called him Both of the above sentences are in past tense. Please help me understand the difference in ...
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Question about “surely” and “certainly”

Today I saw a sentence: She surely can do it. What does that mean? How does it differ from: She certainly can do it. Surely she can do it. This slight difference in meaning of those ...
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This is a good news. This is good news

This is a good news. This is good news. Which one is correct? Clarify the difference
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Do “twice as high xxxxx as” , “twice as high” and “twice higher” mean the same thing?

What do the following sentences actually mean? Are they the same in meaning? The cost of living is twice as high in New York as it is in Tokyo. The cost of living in New York is twice as high ...
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“Happen to know” meaning

"Do you happen to know is if she has a boyfriend?" What does the above sentence means . I heard those line in the movie 'the social network' and I would like to know when do we use this phrase "...
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Right or left? When the teacher says: “If you look at the diagram on the left hand side, you will solve this question!”(In a position like this?)

● Right or left? When the teacher says: "If you look at the diagram on the left hand side, you will solve this question!" Is it the teacher's left hand side or students' left hand side? Imagine,...
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How to identify if sentence is passive Voice or Indicative sentence?

Examples: "One car was parked outside of the gate." "Your work volume is increased or not" "He was arrested" "She was raped" "After accident he was taken to hospital" "He was informed ...
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“Stop making me laugh so much” Vs “Stop cracking me up so much”

Scenario 1) Suppose someone is lying to you and you want to tell him / her sarcastically that his words sound too funny (because of the obvious lies he is making up); Scenario 2) Suppose someone is ...
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“have you ever gone to” to ask past experience

is it correct to ask: Have you ever gone to Spain? if i want to know whether or not he had visited Spain in his life (experience)?
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What does “a satisfactory conclusion the UN Security Councilˈs consideration of this matter” mean?

There would be additional steps in between the initial measures and the final step, including, among other things, addressing the UN Security Council resolutions, with a view toward bringing to a ...
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How to analyze this sentence’s logic: “If it rains, I'll take an umbrella.”

A person was asked to analyze the following sentence, but couldn't answer even after some searching. They did not understand that this was a logic puzzle. If it rains, I'll take an umbrella. How ...
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Meaning of Harry Potter sentences

Mrs. Dursley came into the living room carrying two cups of tea. It was no good. He'd have to say something to her. He cleared his throat nervously. "Er -- Petunia, dear -- you haven't heard from your ...
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How to differentiate between if zero conditional and if first conditional?

If the tree isn't watered, it (will die - dies - would die). I know zero conditional should be about facts. In the example above I'm confused whether to choose will die or dies.
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Interpreting having known

Please look at the following sentence Having lived all my life in India, I can speak Hindi very well. Does this mean I still live in India, or can it also be used if I have just moved from ...
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Difference between “I'm in the school” and “I'm in school”

What is the difference between these two sentences?? I'm in the school. I'm in school. Do they have the same meaning or not?
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What does “get a spot” mean?

I was registering a user account online at a sports club and got an Error Prompt saying "Can we get a spot"? See my picture below. I know "spot" has the meaning of dirt, location, but cannot figure ...
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Does this sentence need “if” or “when”?

I came across this sentence: "There isn't an entomologist in the whole world who wouldn't give all he has to be in my shoes today." This was said when a person caught a rare insect. If "if" or "...
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“bullied as a kid” vs “bullied in your childhood” - any difference?

Do following sentences imply same thing and Is there anything wrong with the first one? 1) Were you bullied as a kid? 2) Were you bullied in your childhood?
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What does “black sheep wall” mean?

It's a cheat code from StarCraft to reveal entire map, but different from other cheat code, it's really hard to understand. I can understand most cheat codes: show me the money - get a lot of mine ...
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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 does “What have you been up to lately?” mean?

What have you been up to lately? Can 'lately' be replaced by 'recently' because with lately, it makes me feel that the sentence means what someone is doing till late night Isn't it? Or to make that ...
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“wouldn't” vs. “won't” & “couldn't” vs “can't”

If we were talking about the importance of energy and that even machines need it what should we say? What's the difference between these two sentences: Machines wouldn't work without energy & ...
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Could you please explain how to use “preposition+ gerund” in a sentence?

I came across a sentence With a view to creating a safe and secure environment for women an armed battalion of women police has been formed in Bihar. Shall I write it as With a view to create a ...
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How do native speakers say condolences to someone else (especially in AmE)?

In my mother language, when someone dies, friends and family usually try to say their condolences to everyone who is suffering from that loss. What we say is as follows: I say condolences to you. ...
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Meaning of “so divergent and even contradictory as to all but baffle definition”

I read the preface of Crime and Punishment by the Dostoyevsky, and I stumbled upon this sentence: But besides that, these were novels of a new kind, their multiple planes so divergent and even ...
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I don't understand what “that is” means in this passage

It's not a problem to rely on a powerful weapon. If you can find one, that is. I don't get that "that is". Could somebody please explain it?
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Does “That bridge has been repaired for the past ten years.” mean the repairs were completed 10 years ago?

Please have a look at the below image and for more details, please find below the link, https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/282335/how-to-use-present-perfect-continuous-in-passive-form The ...
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The usage of “to get to do something”

Could you explain what the highlighted parts mean please? An added benefit of Valerie's schedule is that it corresponds closely to her 13-year-old daughter's schedule, which means they have ...
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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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“and somebody” as an appositive

Ran into this in a handout: Jack, and Kate, is leaving the province tomorrow. It looks a bit odd to me. Is this structure possible in English? If so, what is the benefit of it and what is this ...
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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 bare infinitive and in the following one it is exemplified as a present participle. My question is if both of them ...
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What is the difference between “in time” and “on time”? [duplicate]

We reached the station on time. We reached the station in time. I think first one means we reached at particular point of time when we are required to reach. And second means we reached before ...
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What does “I am feeling hot” mean?

What does "I am feeling hot " mean in causal and slang sense? For example can we say it has a meaning like The temperature is high so you feel the heat and sweating maybe. You were stimulated ...
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Are they interchangeable: “I'm sorry that..” “It is too bad that…” and “It's a pity / shame that..”?

There is a sentence in a textbook. I'm sorry that the trip was cancelled. I can think of several sentences similar to this, meaning-wise, but I'm not sure. 1) It's too bad that the trip ...
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How to understand “throwing science at the wall here to see what sticks”?

It's said by Cave Johnson -- an character in Portal2. Full voice line is: "Just a heads up: We're gonna have a superconductor turned up full blast and pointed at you for the duration of this next ...
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Why does the missing word in this passage(only one word for each blank) have to be “would”, and what's the logic of the sentence?

…I used to run with them, and had great fun; we used to gallop all together round and round the field as hard as we could go. Sometimes we had rather rough play, for they _____ frequently bite and ...
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“It feels so good” vs. “I feel so good” vs. “It makes me feel so good”

What are the differences between following sentences, in terms of meaning? It feels (so) good I feel (so) good It makes me feel (so) good For me it sounds like we need a driver/thing ...
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What does “divided highway” written on a white regulatory sign mean? [closed]

When it appears on a regulatory sign, what it means and what should I do, is the thing I have a great deal of difficulty with. This is one of those signs I came across - Divided Highway. What does ...
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Was Married or Had Married?

I want to say. Couple did marriage on 1 April and after 5 years they taken divorce. How should is say? A) They were married on 1 April 2014 and taken divorce after 5 years. B) They had married ...
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Using of past perfect

In the following sentence we use the past perfect tense: He had probably crashed because he had gone to sleep while he was driving. I thought the past perfect is used when we're talking about "...
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The present progressive to talk about the future

Suppose we ask the following question: Did you know I'm getting a new job? Does it suggest that I've already found the job but probably not started yet. I mean can this meaning be possible in some ...
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What’s the meaning of “Shut the <EXPLETIVE> up down there!”?

While I was reading a book, a book character screamed "Shut the fuck up down there!" I can't pick apart any phrasal verbs from this sentence.
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The structure of a sentence in “A Living and a Dead Faith” by William Cowper

From "A Living and a Dead Faith" by William Cowper (part of the "Olney Hymns"): With golden bells, the priestly vest, And rich pomegranates border'd round, The need of holiness expressed, And ...
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“I am been” or “I have been”?

The scenario is: I have started my job in a company a few weeks ago. Now I am telling someone that I am doing this from a short time only, that is only from a while. The sentences that come in my ...