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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Usage of Determiner “some”

Does the determiner “some” also describe “milk” in the sentence below? Or it only describes “bread”? I’d like some bread and milk.
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What does “this dropped” means?

I see a comment on YouTube says: This dropped as I was studying maths It's about a YouTuber says she doesn't like math. So what does this sentence mean?
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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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Pay higher than you normally do/would

Let's say you use electricity per day, and then the electric company increased the charge (payment) for electricity/per kilo watt of usage, and you say: Oh great! Because of this, I will pay higher ...
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Meaning of “… those who call the time to them or other things connected therewith?” [closed]

We will not [says Socrates] then allow our charges, whom we expect to prove good men, being men, to play the parts of women and imitate a woman young or old wrangling with her husband, defying heaven, ...
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Meaning of “for while knowledge”

We will not [says Socrates] then allow our charges, whom we expect to prove good men, being men, to play the parts of women and imitate a woman young or old wrangling with her husband, defying ...
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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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Meaning of the sentence in bold is unclear to me

We will not [says Socrates] then allow our charges, whom we expect to prove good men, being men, to play the parts of women and imitate a woman young or old wrangling with her husband, defying ...
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What does “The grass is greener on the other side” mean? [closed]

The grass is greener on the other side. Can you guys explain this sentence?
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Difference between “Why did she…” and “Why would she…”

Could anybody explain what the difference between these two sentences: Why did she leave her car there? Why would she leave her car there? I fairly cannot understand what's going on in the last one, ...
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Meaning of “classic condemnation” [closed]

One trouble with pretending to be someone or something else is that there is no stopping it. For Plato, the act of pretending rapidly runs down through a sexist chain of being from men to women ...
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what is the meaning of 'Return Along' in this sentence?

what is the meaning of 'Return Along' in this sentence? price decisions are one of the most important decisions of management because it affects profitability and the companies’ return along ...
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what is the meaning of 'to be charged' in this sentence? [closed]

Within the possible sacrifices, there is the financial sacrifice, which is translated by the price to be charged or actually paid by the buyer.
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Meaning of “is at two removes”

In the Republic, poetry is condemned and the poets exiled just because poetry is a successful “imitation.” Imitation is bad for two reasons. For one thing, it is secondary, derived, not the real ...
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what is the exact meaning of this sentence? [closed]

Could someone please tell me the meaning of this sentence? Value establishment can be defined as the offer of benefits of equal or superior value to the sacrifices incurred by the purchaser for a ...
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What's the meaning of “in + Ving” structure? [duplicate]

"in + Ving" always confused me about its meaning. Here is an example of it: "In departing from what sometimes seems like a scripted, standard defense of the police, Mr. Giuliani acknowledged room ...
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Difference Had been Twins and Were Twins

What is the meaning of below sentence ? a) I asked if he and my father had been twins. Does it mean b) I asked if he and my father were twins. If Yes , then when to use a) and when b) ?
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What does “I want him to know” mean?

I want him to know I can't understand, why "him" stays between 2 verbs. Does it mean "I want that he will know" or something else? Maybe this phrase has special meaning. I'll be thankful so much, if ...
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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: ...