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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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Wondering whether my perception is correct on this short text

"We are working in a very big ocean and within a very large search area, and so far since the aircraft went missing we have had very few leads which allow us to narrow the search area," he said. http:...
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What does “pie” mean in the following sentence?

I once saw a sentence: I will go to a restaurant for pie. Native speakers didn't correct this sentence. I don't know why. I would say "I will go to a restaurant to eat a pie". But maybe that ...
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What Neo has not figured out

The following dialogs are selected from The Matrix Reloaded: Neo: D'you already know if I'm going to take it? The Oracle: Wouldn't be much of an Oracle if I didn't. Neo: But if you ...
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Is “You can't wear that dress until you lose X lbs” an idiom?

Women are friends, I once would have said, when they totally love and support and trust one another, and bare to each other the secrets of their souls, and run — no questions asked — to help each ...
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How to analyze this sentence’s logic: “If it rains, I'll take an umbrella.”

A person was asked to analyze the following sentence, but couldn't answer even after some searching. They did not understand that this was a logic puzzle. If it rains, I'll take an umbrella. How ...
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Wondering if you could simplify the conversation below

This is this scenario I read in a book teaching English: A) Actually I've been working around the clock in my new business. B) Oh your after the big bucks, how? I never thought you'd be so ...
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What does “What have you been up to lately?” mean?

What have you been up to lately? Can 'lately' be replaced by 'recently' because with lately, it makes me feel that the sentence means what someone is doing till late night Isn't it? Or to make that ...
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Question about “ What do we put on the back”? [closed]

What does it mean? Is it an idiom? I saw it on BBC. Does it talk about forgetting something? Or holding or writing something on a banner in a demonstration. I just saw it in subtitle and the ...
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Wondering what the phrase “ guide overall corporate agenda” mean in following context

Lachlan Murdoch, who has been serving as a director at News Corp and 21st Century Fox, will work closely with senior management to develop global strategies and guide the overall corporate agenda, the ...
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Question about “convention”

Although I know the word "convention" means "agreement to behave in a particular way", I cannot still simplify the line below. "Malaysia needs to take control under the Chicago convention of ...
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“The death of two protesters” vs. “the death of the two protesters”

Two anti-government protesters kiss during a protest against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas. An intimate moment during a demonstration which resulted in the death of two ...
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Why did he stop “to compose himself”?

Following situation: The protagonist of a story arrived at a gallery and observes the interior of it. Afterwards he stopped to compose himself. I looked to compose oneself up in a dictionary, but I ...
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Meaning of “out” in this sentence

A girl ran out in front of my car. I believe it equals - "A girl ran into the road in front of my car." But, I don't understand the use of "out" here.
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Paraphrasing the quote “independent of nationalism and disintegration.” [closed]

" independent of nationalism and disintegration." Kicking off the polling in a pre-recorded statement, Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov called on the residents of Crimea to cast their vote "...
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Wondering what “establish facts on the ground” means in this piece of news

Kerry said he had been clear with Lavrov about the consequences “if Russia doesn’t find a way to change course.” This, Kerry explained, was not a threat but would be a “consequence” of choices Russia ...
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What do “barely one in three” and “will bother” mean in this context?

What do "will bother" and "barely one in three" mean in this context? Barely one in three will bother to cast a ballot on February 26th. (from Longman) I was looking out to check meaning of "...
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Could you re write the sentence below in simple English

whether it was trying to trigger outright war. NB. My try is: "Mr Yatsenyuk wants to make sure if the takeover of the peninsula was a part of a dirty plan to suddenly starting a clear war. " NB. I ...
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Is “to be <adjective> for <somebody> to do <something>” a valid expression?

I am currently translating a text and just wrote the following line: Comments need to be detailed enough for the reader to understand the text on a deeper level. Is this correct grammatically and ...
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What is the difference in meaning (not grammar) for these sentences?

How does "have been flying" instead of "have flown" change the meaning of these sentences: It should have been flying to another direction. Vs. It should have flown to another direction. Vs. It ...
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Wondering which of the following interpretations below is correct

Vietnam suspends its search as Malaysia's air force chief denies saying the flight was tracked hundreds of miles off course. Which interpretation is correct? 1. He denied AND said the flight was ...
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Help explain this passage by Jean Jacques Rousseau?

From A Discourse in Political Economy by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1755): The first and most important rule of legitimate or popular government, that is to say, of government whose object is the good ...
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What does “tumble back against the wall” mean?

It's in a sample sentence in Oxford Dictionary: She tumbled back against the slick, damp wall. I just can't get the meaning of this sentence. What exactly happened to the woman? What does "tumble" ...
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What does “it fell to the Boor” mean?

Ran into this: He came to a desk. On it lay a metal paper knife with an ornate handle. Would it be sharp enough? He reached for it and knocked over a small brass jar. Stamps spilled out of it and ...
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What does “keeping someone in shoe leather” mean?

In the following sentence: Unless your work is pro-bono, you should make sure that your customers keep you in shoe leather. What does "keeping someone in shoe leather" mean?
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What does “it is being published” mean?

Which of the following does the phrase It is being published mean? 1) It is now available in bookstores. 2) It will soon be published.
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Meaning of “I walked slam-bang into this character”

It's a sentence as an example under the entry "slam-bang" in Oxford Dictionary. slam-bang: suddenly and forcefully or violently I walked slam-bang into this character. What does it mean? ...
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Which construction is correct?

I'm not sure if my sentence is correct. I have doubts if the first sentence correct in its constellation. Is it In cities the location of a mobile phone on 100 to 500 m can be accurately determined. ...
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What does “A man passed him, and a man and a woman, talking” mean?

It was eighteen minutes after nine when Mr. Martin turned into Twelfth Street. A man passed him, and a man and a woman, talking. There was no one within fifty paces when he came to the house, halfway ...
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The Number of the Verb

I am confused about the number of the verb. Below is the example: One of the ablest scientists who has attacked this problem... One of the ablest scientists who have attacked this problem... ...
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What does *a batter with three balls and no strikes on him* mean?

Ran into: "Tearing up the pea patch" meant going on a rampage; "sitting in the catbird seat" means sitting pretty, like a batter with three balls and no strikes on him. What does sitting pretty, ...
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What does *picked 'em up down South* mean?

Came across: It was Joey Hart, one of Mr. Martin's two assistants, who had explained what the gibberish meant. "She must be a Dodger fan," he had said. "Red Barber announces the Dodger games over ...
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What does “a satisfactory conclusion the UN Security Councilˈs consideration of this matter” mean?

There would be additional steps in between the initial measures and the final step, including, among other things, addressing the UN Security Council resolutions, with a view toward bringing to a ...
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What does “over his milk” mean?

Came across this: The woman had appalled Mr. Martin instantly, but he hadn't shown it. He had given her his dry hand, a look of studious concentration, and a faint smile. "Well," she had said, ...
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What does “casual and bold” mean? [closed]

Ran into this: For the hundredth time he resented the element of imprecision, the margin of guesswork that entered into the business. The project as he had worked it out was casual and bold, the ...
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What should I understand by “try outlook”?

I received an email from my boss telling the sentence: "Try outlook resources inc DBA Company Name". I am not sure what it means, what I asked him was to confirm a number account that he gave me ...
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What does (within one month of the last day of the period of the suspension) mean?

A scholarship shall be terminated if a scholarship recipient ceases to resume the aforesaid programme of research within one month of the last day of the period of the suspension. Could you say what ...
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What does “a final step for a period to be agreed upon” mean?

Ran into this: This comprehensive solution would build on these initial measures and result in a final step for a period to be agreed upon and the resolution of concerns. I think the above equals ...
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what does this sentence mean?

I am reading this page, and I found this sentence that sounds very weird to me: rotate your user agent from a pool of well-known ones from browsers (google around to get a list of them) Here is ...
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“and somebody” as an appositive

Ran into this in a handout: Jack, and Kate, is leaving the province tomorrow. It looks a bit odd to me. Is this structure possible in English? If so, what is the benefit of it and what is this ...
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“In Thursday's ruling” Could you simplify it?

I'm having trouble understanding what "in Thursday's ruling" means here. Here is the extract: Sollecito was given 25 years and US ex-girlfriend Amanda Knox 28 years and six months in Thursday's ...
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I would have seen to it that I won

If I were you, I would have seen to it that I won the prize. What is the meaning of this sentence? I being a non-native English speaker, can't understand what it means exactly.
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Use of the word “understanding”

I was taking an English test, and I couldn't find the wrong sentence. Could you help me out ??? Thank you 15) All sentences below are correct except: A) After understanding the grammar rules it is ...
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Meaning of “Christians should think about the humility, poverty and simplicity of the birth of Jesus Christ”

Just ran into this: During the Christmas season, Christians should think about the humility, poverty and simplicity of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Is the writer saying Christians ...
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Understanding “Later I was to appreciate how far it fell short of the reality”

As was suggested there, I'v moved my question in here. I'm expecting to get some distinct references to grammar [if it is possible] to make my thoughts clear / sticking to rules I understand the ...
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Free Your Positive/Negative Energy - Which one means what?

How the sentence means when I interchange the words? "Free your positive energy". Does it mean "now let your positive energy play a positive role to your life"? While using the "negative" word, ...
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Construction of Past tense in English

I want to say to my colleague that, a few years back, he and I were working in same building. Should I say: This is the same building where we were working. or This is the same building where ...
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A planned group of especially political, business, or military activities that are intended to achieve a particular aim

It's the definition of campaign from Cambridge Dictionaries Online. It said: A planned group of especially political, business, or military activities that are intended to achieve a particular aim ...
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That I couldn't identify her was no more a surprise than that she should know me

I found this sentence - That I couldn't identify her was no more a surprise than that she should know me. What is the meaning of this sentence? Source - The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
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What is the meaning of this credit card information?

You will not be charged interest on each new purchase for a minimum grace period of 21 days if you pay the new balance total in full by the total minimum payment due date for the account statement on ...
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Meaning of “so divergent and even contradictory as to all but baffle definition”

I read the preface of Crime and Punishment by the Dostoyevsky, and I stumbled upon this sentence: But besides that, these were novels of a new kind, their multiple planes so divergent and even ...