Questions tagged [sentence-meaning]

Use this tag for questions about meanings of whole sentences rather than phrases.

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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 ...
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Thank you for helping me (out) VS Thank you for being of help

Could you please help me to find out how the sentences below differ in meaning? Thank you for helping me. Thank you for helping me out. [It strikes me as an informal way of saying just "...
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Using “in doing” instead of “while doing”

Can I use them interchangeably? If so, is there a context where one of them is more plausible than the other? 1- Choose your words wisely while speaking to him. 2- Choose your words wisely ...
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She walked, used to walk, had been walking

What are the difference between these when it comes to the past habits: She walked to school everyday for a month To She used to walk to school everyday before for a month And she had been ...
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A comparison between the verbs “aid”, “help”, “assist” and “give a hand” [closed]

Having a look on dictionaries, the following sentences can be made, but I don't know whether they are natural using each verb or not. Please have a look on them and let me know whether there is a way ...
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Active voice or Passive to tell general truth

I have some confusion with below below sentences Constructions. Que : Should I use Active voice or Passive voice? a) Wisdom always comes from the most unexpected and undesirable source. (Active ...
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Used to have to meaning

I know that "used to" is used for an action that is no longer done. But I want to know if I could use "have to" with it. For example if I want to say that getting up early in the morning everyday was ...
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Difference Between Was taken Place & Took Place

When to use Was Taken and Took Place in Sentence? Are both the versions correct? a) The Accident was taken place in our neighborhood. b) The Accident took place in our neighborhood. for me, 1) ...
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Using the verb “inundate” in everyday speech in transitive and intransitive forms

We know that the verb inundate (a mostly formal verb,) means: To overwhelm someone with things or people to be dealt with. For instance: We've been inundated with complaints from listeners. I'm ...
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How to inform someone when there is a “flood” or an “earthquake” in a city

How would you normally let someone know that a flood or an earthquak has happened in a specific place? I was wondering if you let me know which choice would work better in the blank below: a) Hey, ...
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Using the term “gone-with-the-wind” in a passive and an active sense

There is an English term gone with the wind (derived from a movie name) which as you know well, it is used to describe something that has disappeared, passed, or vanished, permanently or completely. ...
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“I intend to cast my vote is person…” Meaning in this context

In an application to an officer: Sir, I intend to cast my vote is person at the ensuing election to the Legislative assembly..... What's the meaning of "is person" in this context? Thank you....
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“He took a picture of himself TO school.” What is the meaning of TO

On Light verb (wikipedia) page I found a sentence: He took a picture of himself to school. Does it mean the same as: He took a picture of himself on the way to school. I am confused, please help....
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Can't trust them WITH IT/USING IT (a pager as a communicator)

In the movie Captain Marvel, she was sold out by Nick Fury, as Nick Fury had thought captain Marvel was an enemy. What is the difference between these two sentences: (Nick Fury used an old pager to ...
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I thought about asking my girlfriend to marry me there

how can I correctly say: I thought about asking my girlfriend to marry me there. This sentence looks like that I thought about asking my girlfriend to marry me in someplace when I want to actually ...
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Usage of the phrase “give-and-take”

In accordance with the Oxford's explanations: give-and-take - willingness in a relationship to accept what sb else wants and give up some of what you want: - If the dispute is to be resolved ...
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Im trying to figure out what this sentence means [closed]

I need to figure out what sentence means: A successful war may … be as dangerous as an unsuccessful one?