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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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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 ...
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What's the meaning of “where” in this sentence?

"That's the one(=DVD) where this man, a car salesman, hires two criminals to kidnap his wife to get money from her rich father." The above introduces the DVD 'Fargo'. What I couldn't understand is, ...
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Does “He might be getting ruder” make sense?

When my son acts up to me, I see it in two ways. First, "did I do something wrong with him?" and the other is that he might be getting ruder. I'm not sure "he might be getting ruder" makes sense. ...
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What does “Ron's face was set” mean?

Black conjured heavy manacles from thin air; soon Pettigrew was upright again, left arm chained to Lupin's right, right arm to Ron's left. Ron's face was set. He seemed to have taken Scabbers's true ...
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How to understand “What little color there was in Black's face left it.”

"Up to the castle?" said Snape silkily. "I don't think we need to go that far. All I have to do is call the dementors once we get out of the Willow. They'll be very pleased to see you, Black... ...
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How to understand “not even” in this sentence?

"I've told the headmaster again and again that you're helping your old friend Black into the castle, Lupin, and here's the proof. Not even I dreamed you would have the nerve to use this old place as ...
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How to understand “that was my friends' nickname for me” in this sentence?

I'm Moony -- that was my friends' nickname for me at school. The sentence confuses me. Is 'Moony' the nickname of his friends or his? I interpret it as: "his friends gave him the nickname Moony" or "...
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15 businesses you can start FOR cheap

15 businesses you can start FOR cheap. I know this by context BUT if there is a chance when I have to use FOR that way, I am not sure I can do that. If I'm correct the sentence means: 15 businesses ...
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What does “You just better had” mean in this context?

"Harry, you'd better beat him in the Quidditch final!" Hermione said shrilly. "You just better had, because I can't stand it if Slytherin wins!" I don't quite understand "You just better had" in this ...
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Sentence meaning and whether the word “derived” is used right here

He derived from the letter that his lover had killed herself. Can we use derive this way? Is the sentence grammatically correct and conveys the meaning that the speaker, after reading a letter, ...
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“one does not parade the fact that one is All-Knowing” meaning?

But one does not parade the fact that one is All-Knowing. I frequently act as though I am not possessed of the Inner Eye, so as not to make others nervous. I'm not sure if I have gotten the meaning ...
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What does “they named him godfather to Harry” mean in this context?

'Of course they were,' said Fudge. 'Potter trusted Black beyond all his other friends. Nothing changed when they left school. Black was best man when James married Lily. Then they named him godfather ...
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It is not one rather than the other. [closed]

It is not one rather than the other. Q: Could you tell me what this mean? I can't translate/understand it at all.
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what is the meaning of “ timber claims”?

On the prairie, the wind blew. But in the mountains, there was rain. When we stopped at little timber claims along the way, the homesteaders said it had rained all summer. Crops among the blackened ...
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What does “scratched himself in the mirror” mean?

One day Freddie Mercury met Sid Vicious and then Freddie was telling about the meeting: He had all these marks on him, so I asked if he had scratched himself in the mirror, and he hated the fact ...
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Why 'was' used instead of 'were' in this sentence

Was he imagining it, or were Snape's eyes flickering towards Lupin more often than was natural? As I understand, the sentence is saying: were Snape's eyes flickering towards Lupin more often than ...
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Interpretation of “find packages tell people add your application” [closed]

https://youtu.be/x03fjb2VlGY?t=83 This video's subtitle says you can find packages tell people add your application by browsing the NPM website I guess this sentence means: You can find ...
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What does “does anything penetrate that thick skull of yours” mean?

'Orange. Tell me, boy, does anything penetrate that thick skull of yours? Didn't you hear me say, quite clearly, that only one rat spleen was needed? ...' As I know, "thick skull" means "slow to ...
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“Brexit:What just happened?” Does it emphasize “a suprising situation” or does it emphasize “an event that happened a short time ago”?

Today I have seen a sentence on CNN web site which reads ""Brexit:What just happened?". The news text is about two British ministers resigning due to Brexit issues. This resignations are unexpected ...
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It can't have been John vs. it couldn't be John

Let's say John is out of the country for a holiday. Then, Martha is claiming that she saw John this morning to Paul. Then Paul said: It can't have been John you saw this morning, he's out of the ...
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What does 'wildcat operator' mean?

I'm a non-native English speaker. I don't understand this sentence fragment. I suppose it means independent people or head of industries. Please help me. Most American industries, everything from ...
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expression meaning

I've read this sentence in a book, and I am a bit confused. I pray to greet you with good fortune, and to greet your sweetest person. This sentence came in the opening of a letter. I have no clue ...
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What kind of trip WILL YOU BE TAKING vs. What kind of trip DO YOU WANT TO TAKE?

A sentence meaning question of: 1) What kind of trip will you be taking? Vs. 2) What kind of trip do you want to take? (If I were to construct) If I were to ask a commuter about the trip he ...
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What is the meaning of 'due to' in '…due to be published soon…'?

"The seventh and final book series is due to be published soon and will definitely create as much if not more interest than all the other 6" Could you tell me the meaning of 'due to'? Does it mean '...
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sentence meaning involving negation

"But this small gravitative power of the moon would prevent its retaining on its surface any of the gases forming our atmosphere, which would all escape from it and probably be recaptured by the earth....
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sentence meaning question

"'It seems probable that the foetus does not possess a rational soul as long as it is in the womb, and only begins to possess it when born, and consequently in no abortion is homicide committed.' ...
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“swallowed the bowl”

Or like the woman who was watching a lush imbibing dry martinis at a Third Avenue bar in New York City. The drunk downed the contents of each cocktail glass at one gulp, daintily nibbled and swallowed ...
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What does “Sh*t is as sh*t does” mean?

In the second episode of the Peep Show, after having a discussion one character says to the other; Shit is as shit does, my friend. YouTube link: The End Of "The Hair Blair Bunch" at 0:42 I ...
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What does “Scary-lookin' fing, inee” mean?

... Harry had never met a vampire, but he had seen pictures of them in his Defence Against the Dark Arts classes, and Black, with his waxy white skin, looked just like one. 'Scary-lookin' fing, ...
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I've never had vs. not once have I had

This is a sentence meaning question: Sentence #1: I've been running this extension for over a month, and not once have I had a serious problem. (From an internet source) Vs. Sentence #2: I've ...
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Is “Can I tempt you?” common?

... Uncle Vernon brought out a bottle of brandy. "Can I tempt you, Marge?" Aunt Marge had already had quite a lot of wine. In this context, Uncle Vernon said it to offer some brandy to Marge. I'd ...
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What does “we're still here” mean in this context?

People like to say Segway was a flop, but we`re still here. What does "we're still here" mean in this context? Does it mean "we are successful now" or "we still have a strong will to make it"?
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meant or was meant to do

I saw some times we say it was meant to be, in the other hand, we might say he meant that. If so, we will have several collocations with these. Can I say he was meant to do or it meant that. ...
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What does “ground” mean in this sentence? And what is the sentence saying?

I am not sure about the meaning of the verb ground in this sentence from an online article. Accessories were kept polished and stylish with taupe suede Manolo Blahniks grounding the look and simple ...
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What does 'throwing up its hands at its own audience' mean?

I'm a non-native English speaker. I'm reading a book about the Simpsons show now. I have a little trouble understanding the last part of the sentence. I read it a million times. I know about the idiom ...
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About “get” expressions

I want to learn English expression for conversation, so I watch videos on the Youtube. the sentence "I got you a present" show many times in videos. I search "get" means on dictionary there are two ...
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I don't understand the meaning of the sentence in bold clearly?

The reunion had lasted a week. As they packed for home, his father, in a far too offhand way, had suggested they visit Chig’s grandmother. “We might as well drop in on her and my brother’s.” So, ...
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What does “social media feed” mean? [closed]

I saw the sentence “Check out my social media feeds.” What’s that mean?
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Hard to understand Hazlitt's comments on Coleridge here.

I am reading a book about Coleridge who has been praised by William Hazlitt with below sentence. As Hazlitt said, "To the man had been given in high measure the seeds of noble endowment, but to ...
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How to understand this sentence: “This clipped, the final section to the belay is relaxing by comparison.”

This clipped, the final section to the belay is relaxing by comparison. (source) This is a sentence from Longman Dictionary. I am having a hard time parsing and making sense of it. There is no ...
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What do you think about the sentence, “Quality does not compromise?”

“Quality does not compromise.” Do you think the sentence is natural? Even if it is grammatically correct, I think quality is something that "is compromised", since it doesn't have any power on its ...
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Difficulty in understanding a compound sentence from 'The Eye of the World'

I am not a native English speaker, a reason for which I struggle to understand the meaning of some sentences used in literature which have even slightly different structure than ordinary. I quote here ...
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Sentence meaning: “be appropriately placed in the context of prior and existing research”

Here, it states that "... that the paper should: ... be appropriately placed in the context of prior and existing research. " What does "be appropriately placed in the context of prior and existing ...
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What is the meaning of “can't helpful wondering about” clearly?

I have came across with the following marked sentence and couldn't understand clearly. Is it correct sentence? Could you interpret it? Its meaning is able to be "I can't hold myself"? Every time ...
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What does “a quick conception of all” mean?

He coldly but gently loosened her fingers from about his arm and thrust the hand away from him. "Tell me what it means!" she cried despairingly. "It means," he answered lightly, "that the child ...
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Are sentences like “He's somebody I hate the personality of” grammatical?

Are the sentences like the ones below grammatical? 1) He's somebody I hate the personality of. 2) It's a song I hate the lyrics of. 3) She can't date someone she doesn't like the appearance of. 4) ...
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What does “for the corbeille had been of rare quality” mean?

Some weeks later there was a curious scene enacted at L'Abri. In the centre of the smoothly swept back yard was a great bonfire. Armand Aubigny sat in the wide hallway that commanded a view of the ...
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comparative structure analysis

In any of the burial-places of this city through which I pass, is there a sleeper more inscrutable than its busy inhabitants are, in their innermost personality, to me, or than I am to them? I have a ...
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What does “my name was down for Eton” mean?

My name was down for Eton, you know, I can't tell you how glad I am I came here instead. Of course, Mother was slightly disappointed, but since I made her read Lockhart's books I think she has begun ...