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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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Using “ comma + participle clause” when the subject of the main clause is different

The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of compass, a thin red circle in the water. (Context: "It" is a laden mattress that carries the dead body of Gastsby and ...
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What does “Something has to go” mean

Hello to all community members. I am preparing for the IELTS listening and rehearsing the cambridge books IELTS listening tests. I marked one question wrong and when i checked the typescript and ...
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What kind of modifier are the two words “allurement and fulfillment” in the following extracted sentence?

It is a challenge and a wonder, an allurement and a fulfillment, which man can never escape but has to encounter. What type of modifier are these two words? Are they referring back to the pronoun ...
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A distant family member

How do you refer to someone who is a distant family of you in natural English? I.e. your cousin's cousin. The only options that I can think of are as below. I wonder if you have a look on them and ...
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A natural alternative for “become familiar with someone”

Edited: As I see on the web pages, the word familiar is mostly used for things rather than people. For example although you can get familiar with someone, but most of the times, you use it for "...
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Does inversion change the meaning of the sentence: “As she did…, she could”

She could not go to the party as she did not have an invitation. As she did not have an invitation, she could not go to the party. What is the difference between them?
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Using the noun “familiarity” and the verb “familiarize”

Please consider my following made-up short story: That was fifteen years ago! I was good friends with the girl of one relationship, and the guy of another. They each broke up with their respective ...
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The emotional moment of lovers' saying goodbye

I wonder if you could let me know how a native speaker would imply the situation in which two people are saying goodbye to each other and while they are getting away they are looking with their eyes ...
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An accidental friendship

When our family moved to a new house, we got familiar with our neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Watson. They invited us for dinner that night and wanted us to be their guests. My parents agreed and we were ...
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Having a very superficial recognition “of” each other

Please imagine a couple who have gotten familiar recently are facing some problems in their relationship. Most of the times, they argue over some unimportant matters, but they also can get along and ...
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When you can recognize someone's character by taking a look on their faces

Dictionaries say: to be a good/bad etc. judge of something means: to be someone whose opinions about something are usually right, wrong, intelligent etc. Example: - My sister is a very shrewd ...
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Using “being” with past participle phrases

I almost never see using "being" in past participle phrases, even though those participle phrase express something progressing. 1- For nigh on half a year, they had lived in the magister’s house, ...
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“Keep something” vs “stand by something”

I have heard both of the sentences below in quite similar cases. I wonder if you could let me know how can I distinguish between them and how they differ in meaning? do they mean the same thing? 1) ...
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“Put something into action” versus “put something into practice”

How do the following sentences differ in meaning: Put your promise into action. Put your promise into practice. Dictionaries' definitions are so close that I cannot tell these expressions ...
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Meaning of “as of” in this context

A fragment from a news article: While sharing jokes and memes on social media sites by these renowned personalities is completely fine, there is always a limit to as of what is considered to be ...
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When you're going to know about your cut in a deal

Edited: Please imagine a dealer is going to make a deal happen between two people. He needs to know what cut he would get out of this dealing. In our language the dealer can say: 1- What's in ...
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What would you say when you are not a beneficiary in a matter?

Please imagine that you have introduced a buyer and a seller to each other (both of them are your friends, but they have not been familiar with each other so far.) The two people have been connected ...
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When someone is just looking for his/her own profit/benefit

What shall I say in natural English to convey that someone is just looking for his own benefit/profit in everything (i.e. business, personal relationships, social connections etc.) The term which can ...
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When something is good / not good for someone to be done

Please imagine someone's parents are giving some advice to their son. The father wants to say something that feels it would be very beneficial for his son. (For instance: continue his education.) ...
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English tenses forms

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences: living cost has increased every year. living cost increases every year.
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Using “would” + present simple in a conditional sentence

While watching a tv-series, I saw this sentence: A: I wonder what she will be wearing tonight. Do you think she'll be in her high school field hockey uniform? That'd be crazy, right? B: ...
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“our own developed” or “own developed”

I am not sure if I should use our We use a combination of our own developed and existing programs. We use a combination of our own developed and existing programs. OR We use a combination of ...
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“As is + noun or adjective”

I think I understand the meaning of this structure with noun "as is + noun" but I don't really understand when it used with adjective "as is + adjective". 1- But she’s also finding that the acting ...
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Meaning of “not less bare of style”

“Her hand and wrist were so finely formed that she could wear sleeves not less bare of style than those in which the Blessed Virgin appeared to Italian painters” The sentence is from George Eliot's ...
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meaning of “to go by six-forty-five”

But she doesn’t really believe these silent Saturday-morning appearances have anything to do with early-onset Alzheimer’s; on any given weekday morning Harvey Stevens is ready and raring to go by ...
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Difference between “on doing” / “in doing”

While reading a book, I saw a phrase which distraced me. ("on entering the door") And I searched the internet for more information on this usage "upon/on doing". Then I found a very competent comment ...
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When doing / while doing

I am a little confused about using "when v-ing" and "while v-ing". When should I use "when v-ing" instead of "while v-ing" ? 1- Always keep some change with you. It’s useful when buying a bus ...
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What does it mean to say “ i think it's safe to say ( that ) … ”?

What NAm/BrE Native speakers exactly mean when they say " i think it's safe to say ( that ) ... " ? I mean if it's used in only one possible correct way and therefore doesn't need any further or ...
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How to differentiate between got and receive

If I ask someone "have you got my email?", is it wrong? Or should I ask "have you received my email?" Which one is gramatically correct, and other than this scenario, how do we differentiate these ...
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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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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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What does “got carried off the field” imply or mean in this sentence?

I couldn't get the implication or metaphor of the phrase in the following sentence; is it a slang? The context is : Bruce Banner, the Hulk, got under the mind control of Wanda, and he went rogue, ...
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Who is frowning in the sentence “Daisy looked at Tom frowning”?

I read this sentence from The Great Gatsby: “Plenty of gas,” said Tom boisterously. He looked at the gauge. “And if it runs out I can stop at a drug-store. You can buy anything at a drug-store ...
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I will have the opportunity or I will get the opportunity

I am confused between because according to google translate translation of both of the sentences are same. I will have the opportunity to work with best dancers. and I will get the ...
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Is the use of “save time & hassle” correct?

"We hired a taxi to save time and hassle." Is it okay to use simply 'hassle'? Or, shall I write it as ' to save time & avoid hassle'? Thanks.
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Always take your (competitor/rival) seriously

There is a popular sentence in our language which says: Literal translation: Always, take your competitor/rival seriously. Connotation: if you are going to defeat your rival during a match, you ...
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Meaning of “has any installments pending till date”

Is it correct to write: 'The organization has any installments pending till date.' Does the sentence convey the meaning that 'the organization does not have any installments pending as on date'?...
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“To lift something and carry” in this context

I just saw a sentence in a BBC English learning video: Did you carry the bike up with you? To mean: Lift the bike and carry. As a basic learner carry sth up seems to carry sth upward to me. Is ...
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“Nothing remains to be done” meaning

I sent an email to my professor, requesting him to work on an action item pending his reply. The response I got is Nothing remains to be done. Professor X I found this a little confusing. ...
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What is the meaning of “ better utilise data for..”?

From this article Together, we’ll be looking to build on early successes with our digital-first approach to campaigns including ‘Holly’s Must Haves’ and to better utilise data for ‘always on’ cross-...
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If current results hold, Man City would win PL title

The line under the scoreboard says If current results hold, Man City would win PL title. I am totally confused about why would is there. It describes a particular condition (winning the game) and ...
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Tutor as a verb and as a noun

As you know, a tutor as a noun means: "someone who gives private lessons to one pupil or a very small group of pupils." 1) Here I need to know whether omitting the adjective "private" or adding ...
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“I guess (so).”, “I guess (that) …” and “… , I guess.”

When NAm.En native speakers say or reply with "I guess (so)", "i guess (that) ..." and "... , I guess.", what are the common different ways in which they use the word "guess" here as a verb in the ...
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Using “for” or “in” with perfect tenses

I am not sure about the difference between "for" and "in" with perfect tenses. Is there a difference in meaning? 1- She hasn't taken her eyes off her phone in two hours. 2- She hasn't taken ...
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“Take wrong”, “take away wrong” and “get wrong” [closed]

Imagine there is a conversation between two people, where while the speaker has been talking in an ambiguous way, thye notice that the second person is getting upset. In order to prevent the other ...
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Hazard SEALS Europa League final spot

Chelsea 1-1 Frankfurt: Hazard seals Europa League final spot after Kepa penalty heroics The title is confusing. How can one seal the spot in a competition? What does to seal mean here? Is it to cover,...
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About whether two sentences are grammatical, and meaning of that [closed]

Please tell me on what day you are free. Please tell me what day you are free. Are both sentences correct grammatically? Is each sentence makes different meaning?
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Cleanness and Dirtiness

Dirtiness: the state of being dirty Example: - I don't mind a little bit of a mess - it's dirtiness I can't stand. Cleanness: how something is clean I need to know if using these two words ...
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To go (on / to) a mission

First scenario: Please imagine someone's husband just left the house and he is on a mission now. The woman's sister comes to her and asks where is her husband? What should she say then? Would it ...
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Thank you for (spending / putting / taking) your time

I wonder if you could let me know which one of the listed sentences below is more appropriate for thanking someone when the spend some time to help you? Is there any uncommon or unidiomatic sentence ...