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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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From … ago with past simple

Does the sentence “Max knew Dave from some years ago” mean the same as “Max has known Dave for some years” Thanks
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“Provide's meaning in this sentence”

The new law gives authorities a responsibility to provide aids to the disabled. I searched the meaning of "provide" in Longman dictionary. It says "to give someone what they need, or to make sure ...
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Meaning of “Russian tradition” [closed]

James's prefaces to the New York edition of his work (1907-9) offer plain-speech terms like "picture," "scene," and "center of consciousness" to describe the compositional effects he most valued. This ...
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“Define what is a” or “define a”?

For example, should I say "We must define a dice game" or "we must define what is a dice game"? I am concerned that the first one might be correct, but has a different meaning: define a dice game in ...
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Meaning of “critical language”

The belief that the art of the novel can be discussed and evaluated only after its narrative techniques or ‘‘devices’’ have been identified and enumerated launches novel theory into an Adamic ecstasy ...
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it makes a lot of sense?

Don’t spend your whole life working in order to get something that is probably beyond your reach anyway. It’s far better to live in a simple way. If your desires are simple they are easy to ...
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Meaning of “want of a received nomenclature”

James's prefaces to the New York edition of his work (1907-9) offer plain-speech terms like "picture," "scene," and "center of consciousness" to describe the compositional effects he most valued. This ...
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meaning of “Adamic ecstasy of naming”

The belief that the art of the novel can be discussed and evaluated only after its narrative techniques or "devices" have been identified and enumerated launches novel theory into an Adamic ecstasy of ...
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Want someone to do

He wants her to trust him What does this sentence mean exactly? Can three meanings written right below be implied at once without adding more contexts? He wants to believe that she trusts him. He ...
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The sentence in bold seems unclear to me

In these books written to edify and instruct American boys, success was the goal to strive for, and success was to be measured by rising above the station one was born into, or, to put it more baldly, ...
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“Women hold up half the sky.” meaning

Women hold up half the sky. This is an old Chinese saying. I wonder what hold up mean here. hold up is a phrasal verb, meaning *to remain strong or successful. Nevertheless, in the example, this ...
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The meaning of “The clientele were as curious as they were sparse in number.”

It’s from a book by Elvis Costello, “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink”, written with first person perspective. The main character, Elvis Costello, as a boy visits his father’s studio for the ...
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How is it possible to ask about who he/she said this word?

I want to ask this question: Suppose I know that Tom said something about Lisa, but I don't know who he said it to. So now I want to ask who Tom was talking to when he said this thing. Which one is ...
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once-beautiful meaning

I am wondering to know the once-beautiful meaning where I could not find its meaning in the dictionary or internet! The once-beautiful building was now dirty, decrepit, and roofless.
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meaning of “some versions of himself”

Twain has survived his celebrity, as will Hemingway, and for the same reason: They wrote wonderful books. But both writers have been admitted to the canon despite the off-putting aroma of publicity ...
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“I'd ask if(=whether) ~ ” Do my examples make sense? Plz correct me

After listening to the audio file of two job interviews, my English teacher asked us, "If you were the interviewer, what additional questions would you say?" and then he wrote down some examples on ...
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I don' t get the meaning of the sentence in bold clearly in this context?

Twain has survived his celebrity, as will Hemingway, and for the same reason: They wrote wonderful books. but both writers have been admitted to the canon despite the off-putting aroma of publicity ...
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How much does he have vs. has he had

As a non-native speaker, I grew up using does/do in forming questions in English. Such as this: how much oxygen does he have? Whereas, native English speakers usually form sentences in this way: ...
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“How could it hurt?”. Does this sentence have any special meaning other than what it says?

I have been watching a good British drama (Downtown abbey) and this sentence is from that drama. It is from a dialogue between a servant who is waiting for his dismissal and the head of the servants(...
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What is the meaning of “external recognition in quantity”?

No wonder that the culture descended to ostentatious displays of wealth, or in the parlance of Marx and Veblen, to commodity fetishism and conspicuous consumption. For a writer or an artist, in fact, ...
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“What is the work you can't not do”, is this can cause different understanding?

I mean different understanding about "What is the work you can't not do". a. what's the work you deeply wanted? or b. is there a work (maybe you're doing) you must to do? What's the difference ...
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Does the word “otherwise” disregard the sentence before it or include it?

I filled out a form for permission to use a branding logo. The reply I received was something like the following: "You may use the icon only if it (does a specific something A). Otherwise, as a ...
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What's the meaning of elements in this sentence? [closed]

“I appreciate your having battled the elements to come here and tell us so.” What's the meaning of elements?
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The meaning of “as much as” in this sentence

As much as the weaponry it produced as one of the “arsenals of the United Nations,” the TVA itself was potent propaganda, an authoritative, living symbol of how a liberal world could be constructed ...
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He's laying it down?

What's the meaning of: He is laying it down! I'm watching a MSNBC commentary about Syria war and @3:38, which the host is astonished by a truth being told by a guest and said this sentence, so ...
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The grammatical role of “rich” in the following sentence

What is the grammatical role of "rich" in the following sentence and what does mean it? (also why it uses the comma?) In the Pacific Northwest, the high level of precipitation ensures rich, green ...
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How to understand “what she had to say” in this context?

Some people, like Neville, had paid up just to stop Hermione from glowering at them. A few seemed mildly interested in what she had to say, but were reluctant to take a more active role in campaigning....
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What does it mean by “clean up its act by pleading poverty”?

"In the past India has explained its failure to clean up its act by pleading poverty, noting that richer countries were once just as dirty and that its output of filth per person still lags far behind ...
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What does 'standby' mean in this context?

Harry and Ron took their copies of Unfogging the Future back down to the common room, found a table, and set to work on their predictions for the coming month. An hour later, they had made very little ...
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What does “bent in upon its body” mean?

At once, the spider's leg bent in upon its body; it rolled over and began to twitch horribly, rocking from side to side. I don't understand the phrase "bent in upon". I can't picture what it would ...
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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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Help to understand this sentence “Harry grinned into his pillow, …”

Harry rolled over in bed, a series of dazzling new pictures forming in his mind's eye….He had hoodwinked the impartial judge into believing he was seventeen.…he had become Hogwarts champion…he was ...
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Does “but” and “however” make different meaning in the sentence

I would like to write a sentence, where I would like to use however or but. I would like to know do they make different meaning in the sentence. The traditional models exist but they may be ...
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What does “across” mean here?

... but at last the sailors on Bering's ship saw mountains a short distance across the sea. This proved that North America and Asia were two separate continents. I am wondering how does what the ...
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What does “argue” mean in this context?

In a sentence with the structure A argues that S1 because S2.,say: The theory argues that children are fatter nowadays because they are less active than they used to be. does A provide supports ...
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Named after vs. took its name from

Let's say there is a hospital in your town, regarding its name, you say: This hospital is named after one of the heroes of this country, Nelson. (Don't focus on the name "Nelson") Vs. This ...
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Your sweat soaking throught the floor

What does "your sweat soaking through the floor" mean? Does the "sweat" there passes through the floor? Shouldn't it be "sweat soaking on the floor"? Source: The Greatest Showman *the lyrics is ...
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Have you been scared vs. were you ever scared

Let's say someone has asked you about gun-related crime. It goes like this: Were you ever scared of gun crime in the world? Vs. Have you been scared of gun crime in the world? What is the ...
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What does “to build upon a previous example” mean?

Ex. 1: To build upon a previous example, the novel question “are you feeling okay?” might evoke the same “yes” response due to the similarity of the questions. [Source] Ex. 2: To build ...
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How to understand “Like we'd say anything else surrounded by that lot” in this context

"Ah, why shouldn't we show our colors?" said Mrs. Finnigan. "You should see what the Bulgarians have got dangling all over their tents. You'll be supporting Ireland, of course?" she added, eyeing ...
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I haven't already covered vs. I haven't covered yet

What is the difference between these two pertaining an activity that is not covered or already covered. I believe I haven't already covered this global warming topic. (Teacher) Vs. I believe I ...
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What's “Meant a fair old bit of paperwork” supposed to mean in this context?

"The Department of Magical Transportation had to fine a couple of people the other day for Apparating without a license. It's not easy, Apparition, and when it's not done property it can lead to nasty ...
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What does “We’re away from next week for the rest of the year, and then for a month” mean?

Just a very quick note – we’re away from next week for the rest of the year, and then for a month soon after we get back, so utterly completely submerged in getting organised and working through ...
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“That's if they're coming at all” meaning?

"Maybe they think they'll get invited to dinner if they're late." (said Aunt Petunia) "Well, they most certainly won't be," said Uncle Vernon, and Harry heard him stand up and start pacing the ...
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Help to understand “that far from needing extra nourishment” in this sentence

The school nurse had seen what Aunt Petunia's eyes -- so sharp when it came to spotting fingerprints on her gleaming walls, and in observing the comings and goings of the neighbors -- simply refused ...
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Help to understand: “it wasn't as though they were ever any help to him awake”

Asleep was the way Harry liked the Dursleys best; it wasn't as though they were ever any help to him awake. I have a bit hard time to understand the second part of the sentence, especially "it wasn'...
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What does “while all along” mean? (comparing to “while”)

Catch Me If You Can is about someone who convinces everyone that he can really fly a plane while all along he's just a teenager. My question is: What is the difference between "while he's just a ...
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What does “he had a nasty look about him” mean?

"I always thought he had a nasty look about him,..." I don't know what "about him" is doing in this sentence. I feel "he had a nasty look" is fairly enough. What additional information does "about ...
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What does “Never wanted to mix, he didn't” mean in this context?

... There was a rush to buy the cook drinks and hear more details(about Frank). "Always thought he was odd," she told the eagerly listening villagers, after her fourth sherry. "Unfriendly, like. ...
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“This all happened”, in here, what's the meaning of “all”?

"This all happens in the middle of winter." What's the meaning of "all" in this sentence? The above is a part of a synopsis of "Fargo" movie. And I've heard a lot "it all happened...", "this all ...