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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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Could you simplify the highlighted parts

To achieve PTCB Certification, candidates must satisfy the following eligibility requirements: *High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma). ...
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What does “out of energy” mean?

Will you please tell me what the sentence below means? They are almost out of energy.
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I take breaks Vs I do take breaks

I am trying to understand the difference between following two statements. I take breaks I do take breaks As you may have observed, the second statement uses an auxiliary verb do Similarly, what is ...
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The meaning of 'Yeah, Right."

What are some tips to figure out the correct meaning of a sentence? Example: A: "1+1=3." B: "Yeah, right". If I don't know what 1+1 equals to, I don't know if B means: "That is correct."(...
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Could you simplify the highlighted sentence , please?

A U-turn is turning your vehicle around in the street to go back the way you came. To make a U-turn, signal and use the far left lane or the center left turn lane. You may make a legal U-turn: ...
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Could you simplify the last highlighted sentence?

A bicycle lane is a designated traffic lane for bicyclists, marked by a solid white line, typically breaking into a dotted line ending before it reaches the corner. Different from a simple white line ...
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Question about the word “distance” in this context of driving

A driver who wants to pass a bicyclist must do so at a distance no less than three feet, unless unable to do so due to traffic or roadway conditions. In these cases, the driver must slow to a ...
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Difference between 2 story when talking about interior and construction in an advertisment

Interior features 2 story security features: gated community Building and construction floor: partially carpeted common walls: 2+ common walls levels or stories: 2 ...
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Advice on understanding ''advanced'' sentences

By a normal sentence I mean any sentence of the form subject + predicate. Every sentence that is not normal is called advanced. A simplest example of an advanced sentence is, say, Being a doctor, he ...
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Question about meaning of “till you dropped”

Should you have shopped till you dropped? I actually have no idea what it really means. But my guess is the word "till" might mean "because" Considering you are not rich, was it wise to buy so ...
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What does this quote by Faulkner mean?

His best. Time may show it to be the best single piece of any of us, I mean his and my contemporaries. This time, he discovered God, a Creator. Until now, his men and women had made themselves, shaped ...
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Question about meaning of the phrase “unless otherwise”

The maximum speed limit on most California highways is 65 mph. You may drive 70 mph where posted. Unless otherwise posted, the maximum speed limit is 55 mph on two-lane undivided highways and for ...
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What does “To have had enough to eat would have been to have reached paradise at once.” mean?

To have had enough to eat would have been to have reached paradise at once.Source: A Dog of Flanders: A Story of Noël, by Ouida Does this mean if they had had enough to eat, it would be like they had ...
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What does “divided highway” written on a white regulatory sign mean? [closed]

When it appears on a regulatory sign, what it means and what should I do, is the thing I have a great deal of difficulty with. This is one of those signs I came across - Divided Highway. What does ...
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Question about this white regulatory sign : left turn yield on green [closed]

Left turn Yield on green Does is mean the the right of way should be given to the cars who want to turn left, when the traffic light is green?
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Meaning of “mild community infections” and “phylogenetically clustered serotypes”

I'm not a native English speaker and I'm translating some study about viruses to my mother tongue. Could you help me with some phrases? They were thought to cause mainly mild community infections. ...
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The sentence, containing going to + infinitive construction, without context

Consider the following sentence without context: You are going to wash my socks. I think that this sentence has the sense as command to wash speaker's socks. But can it be interpreted in another ...
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Is this sentence about fire fighters correct?

I read this sentence in an article about my local fire fighters, and it said: New burn building and house structure being built on the training site for specialized training. Is the grammar ...
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How to understand this sentence

I do not say all, for when the appeal is to universal suffrage unanimity is not to be hoped. — Mathematical Creation, H. Poincaré (1913), translated to English by George Bruce Halsted (2012)...
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Dr. Who says, “be my pal…”. What does this mean in this context?

In a teaser for the new series of Doctor Who the Doctor asks Clara : Clara, be my pal and tell me... am I a good man ? My problem is that in French it simply doesn't have any other sense than ...
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Meaning of sentence in the context

Note the text below is technical (programming). The function main shall not be used within a program. The linkage (3.5) of main is implementation-defined. A program that defines main as deleted ...
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Help parse “could I help it that”-clause

“I was not eavesdropping,” Emma insisted. “I was tying my bootlace.” The lace had come undone as she left the home of Miss Bates, a middle-aged spinster who lived with her elderly mother in ...
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Be careful what you wish for

The entry for "wish" in OAAD gives an example: Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it (= and find that you really don't want it). I find it difficult to pin down the bold sentence, ...
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Difference between “had” and “was having”

What is the difference between these two sentences, and when should I use them while talking? He had same problem like my father. and He was having same problem like my father. Please explain.
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Difference between “Had to be” and “Was to be”

According to my understanding He was to come at 8 pm. (Means He was supposed to come at 8 pm) He had to come at 8 pm. (Means He was obligated to come at 8 pm) And also How she would feel if her ...
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What does this sentence's comparison mean?

The Arabic of "Frozen" is frozen in time, as "localized" to contemporary Middle Eastern youth culture as Latin quatrains in French rap. (Source) Is French rap filled with Latin quatrains? Is this ...
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Wondering if the two sentences below mean the same

Earlier on his arrival in Warsaw the president had met US and Polish air personnel from a detachment of F-16 fighter jets. Obama also stressed that more sanctions were being prepared against Russia if ...
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I don't understand exactly this sentence

I read this sentence on this image : She smelled of sun and daisies with a hint of river water. I don't get at all why do we say "She smelled of", why is there "of" after smelled ? Couldn't we get ...
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I find this sentence quite confusing, how to analyse it and get its true meaning?

The sentence I read is from the book The Life of Greece written by Will Durant.(Chapter IV) Their first king, Aethlius, was father of that Endymion whose beauty so allured the moon that she closed ...
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Sentence structure and meaning

Although most apps have some educational aspect, many include characters tied to popular TV and movie characters. Children can look at a variety of pre-screened content online, but can’t search for ...
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Wondering what exactly is comparing here?

When French Director Michel Hazanavicius’s film ‘The Search’ was screened it was greeted with both boos and cheers. The subject is the second Chechen war and is as different from his previous ...
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Is my understanding of this sentence right?

In LABR, it says At some moments, Junkyard Planet’s celebration of the ingenuity of the scrap grubbers and swipes at environmental and labor advocates can feel like an overly enthusiastic embrace ...
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What does she mean if a woman says this to a man, “Did you park your white horse outside?”

It's actually from a dialogue of one episode of AMC's Mad Man (7th Season, E6), spoken by Peggy somewhat acidly to Don when he entered her office room. I just can't understand what does she mean in ...
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On a sentence from “To Haydon”, a poem by Keats

Here's 'Addressed to Haydon', a poem by John Keats: High-mindedness, a jealousy for good, A loving-kindness for the great man's fame, Dwells here and there with people of no name, In noisome alley,...
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Wondering what the last sentence of this piece of news mean

Turkey’s energy minister says there is less and less hope of finding new survivors in one of the country’s worst mining accidents. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cancelled other commitments ...
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Question about “surely” and “certainly”

Today I saw a sentence: She surely can do it. What does that mean? How does it differ from: She certainly can do it. Surely she can do it. This slight difference in meaning of those ...
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Meaning of the following sentence

Explain me please whan did the speaker mean saying: Please explain to me what the speaker meant by saying: I have been for drinks and chatted with my friends Is it correct? In the beginning of the ...
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How to ask the names of people in a group?

I am not getting the correct sentence for asking the names of all people in a group. I know their nick names and I want to know the actual name of every person in one sentence. The sentences which ...
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“I am been” or “I have been”?

The scenario is: I have started my job in a company a few weeks ago. Now I am telling someone that I am doing this from a short time only, that is only from a while. The sentences that come in my ...
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“Were not doing” versus “would not do” versus “had not been doing”

In my previous organisation we were not doing so much of work. In my previous organisation we would not do so much of work. Do both the sentences mean the same thing or there is any difference? ...
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“Where she at?” versus “Where is she?”

Where she at? (The ? actually was used in subtitle, although sounds like an indirect question – a man was searching for a woman in a crowded room.) Where is she? I heard the first one in the ...
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Meaning of the following passage with the word “shed” in it

From phobias to panic attacks, anxiety disorders can cause major disruption to sufferers' lives. Could smartphones and tablets offer a solution? Spiders used to terrify psychiatrist Russell Green. He ...
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What does “from the safety of a shelter” mean in this context?

Hong Kong is traditionally a sought-after destination for domestic workers because of the relatively high wages offered, a guaranteed rest day once a week and other legal protections not offered in ...
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Scarcely had John begun speaking when

Scarcely had John begun speaking when he was again booed by the audience. This sentence sounds strange to me, it sounds like John had been booed before and now he was booed again, and during the "...
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What is Maxwell talking about?

The great Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell wrote in 1874 to a colleague: I saw conductivity of Selenium as affected by light. It is most sudden. Effect of a copper heater insensible.That of ...
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Sentence construction

i want to ask my fellow passenger if my destination will come then please wake me up. Let me know if below sentences are correct. Let me know when my stop is come ( if bus has reached stop) Or ...
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Don't make this hard that it needs to be [closed]

Is this sentence correct ? & would you give me different sentences with the same meaning.
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Why using quotation marks in this sentence and what does it means?

In the article from The Seattle Times, there is a sentence like this: But she also said it’s “incumbent” for the fashion labels to keep their sales channel “clean,” making sure in-season items don’...
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He is almost abject in his respect for his boss

I have seen the meaning of the word Abject in Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary: abject (*adj.) showing no pride or respect for yourself and the example sentence in the dictionary is: ...
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The polite ways of disagreement [closed]

I wonder if someone could tell me which one of the following choices work in AmE nowadays as a polite way of bringing up a disagreement: -A- I take the liberty to disagree. -B- I humbly disagree....