Questions tagged [sentence-meaning]

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

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Difference between 'make your own' and 'make on your own'

I came across sentences like this a number of times, and every time this very question I am asking now came to mind. Now, here goes... Example: Let's say in an elementary physics book you are taught ...
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what is the concept of the bold part?

Extracting from: A TALE OF TWO CITIES Jerry, left alone in the mist and darkness, dismounted meanwhile, not only to ease his spent horse, but to wipe the mud from his face, and shake the wet out of ...
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Was Married or Had Married?

I want to say. Couple did marriage on 1 April and after 5 years they taken divorce. How should is say? A) They were married on 1 April 2014 and taken divorce after 5 years. B) They had married ...
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What does “I am off to the doctor” mean?

In this video a well-known man says I am off to the doctor. I think it means I am going to visit my doctor. However another rendering occurred to me; can it mean I am not at work due to the order ...
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What does earliest point mean here?

This screenshot is taken from Python Documentary. I wanted to know what does earliest point mean here? (I have marked it with a red line). Does it mean the first point where an error was detected?
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I'm being rude now, aren't I? Or should I say, ain't I?

Watching the classic "All about Eve" I stumbled upon this sentence by Margo Channing: Please don't play governess, Karen. I haven't your unyielding good taste. I wish I could have gone to ...
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shining a light on the sentence please? [closed]

Under the guidance of her Christian pastors, she entertained herself, besides, with such humane achievements as sentencing a youth to have his hands cut off, his tongue torn out with pincers, and his ...
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what does this phrase mean? [closed]

In England, there was scarcely an amount of order and protection to justify much national boasting. Daring burglaries by armed men, and highway robberies, took place in the capital itself every night; ...
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What's the grammatical structure of “All is number” by Pythagoras

I heard Pythagoras's this saying in Korean several times before but I didn't know actual English sentence was "All is number". Does this 'All' used as a noun? (but some dictionaries don't list noun ...
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“…until I have+ past participle…” structure

The first following sentence is original which I saw on a grammar source. I can't really tell you what's wrong until I have received the results of the blood tests. But the sentence made a ...
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Is there a difference in meaning/semantics between sentences with very similar predicative structures?

I have a pair of sentences that I would like to join using a predicative construction: All the windows were shut. The heat in the room was now intense. This is what I’ve made: All the windows ...
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This is gotta be the worst job in the world

Help me to understand the following sentence: I heard it in the movie, but not sure about whether I heard that correctly. This is gotta be the worst job in the world. The context is when someone ...
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What does “hold someone by the arm” mean?

To me, the sentence He held his daughter by the arm implies holding a baby in the arm like this photo: However is there any ambiguity here in the meaning? Can this mean he kept his daughter from ...
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Could you simplify or paraphrase only the highlighted part of this passage in simple English

Reclaiming positive stories can help couples that have become distant, strained and stressed find ways to connect and strengthen their relationships. Dr. Karen Skerrett, a staff clinician and faculty ...
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What is the meaning of “by time”?

Is it correct to say, the profits show improvement by time Does it mean here that profits increase year after year?
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How can we differentiate between adjectives and past participles?

How can we differentiate between adjectives and past participles? For example if we say: The project is excited excited in this example would be the adjective, but: The project excited us ...
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What is the meaning of “North Americans go out to be alone”?

North Americans go out to be alone. Source: Marshall McLuhan: The Medium and the Messenger : a Biography by Philip Marchand I can't understand the meaning of this sentence. What does this sentence ...
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Ambiguity in reduced relative clauses

Imagine a police officer spots the boy who is mentioned in the following sentence and reports or calls another related police officer.When the first police officer said this sentence, The boy ...
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Does “what makes him good” mean that he asks why?

How to respond to this situation? A friend asks you what makes him good at speaking a foreign language. I want to ask about the meaning of "what makes him good" does it mean that He's good at ...
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Parsing problem - “…as with Shah Jehan and Aurungzebe when Cambell was with Murad Baksh and Dara Shekoh…”

I found the following sentence - But there are some grains of fact, as the men whom he mentions Robert smith, John White, Thomas Roach and William Gates are all mentioned by Manucci as with Shah ...
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Does using “will” connote a desire?

When I say for example: "Will I be in trouble___?" (if I do it) to imply "Am I going to get in trouble.." Could it mean or does it connote also, a little bit, "I want to be in trouble", "shall we ...
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What does “I am feeling hot” mean?

What does "I am feeling hot " mean in causal and slang sense? For example can we say it has a meaning like The temperature is high so you feel the heat and sweating maybe. You were stimulated ...
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introducing two equivalent adjectives

Let us consider the sentence We will study certain lattice, or discrete, particle systems. Let me explain what I am trying to say here. For my potential reader the expressions "lattice particle ...
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I kept waiting vs I was kept waiting

Which of these sentences is true and what's the difference between I kept waiting and I was kept waiting? I kept waiting for an hour last night & I was kept waiting for an hour last night. ...
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What does “plus funding in kind” mean?

In this Newsweek report, to says the following: The report claims that since 2004, Jebb has served as the sole or co-principal investigator on 10 research projects funded with £1.37 million ($2.1 ...
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Why do you always “go down the street”

I think I hear people mostly use the phrase "going down the street" instead of "going up the street" or "going on the street" It is common to hear that : I was going down the street when I saw ...
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“wouldn't” vs. “won't” & “couldn't” vs “can't”

If we were talking about the importance of energy and that even machines need it what should we say? What's the difference between these two sentences: Machines wouldn't work without energy & ...
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“Everybody hurts sometimes.”

When we say "Everybody hurts sometimes" does it sound/suggest it has a passive-voice meaning too even though it is written grammatically in active voice. Does have both meaning that " people can ...
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What does “the reporting obligations prescribed by national regulations” mean?

I do not know what the bolded text says although I know the meaning of every single word! Would someone kindly help me? Tourism professionals, insofar as it depends on them, should show concern, in ...
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“But that I knew these places are my own” - meaning?

I'm not asking for a literary analysis, I just don't understand the basic literal meaning of one line in this poem (Mnemosyne, by Trumbull Stickney): It’s autumn in the country I remember. ...
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What does it mean 'the exam is under referral'?

What is the meaning of the following sentence: The exam is under referral, because there was no accompaniment. It's about music exam and it's the reply on the question how the exam went. Does it ...
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How many are “a couple of twin brothers”?

From "The Walking Dead", season 05 / episode 09: Still got a mom and a couple of twin brothers. I know that it means that in total there are 3 people: the author of the sentence and his two ...
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Are “Having common interests” and “having things in common” synonymous expressions?

Can we say A and B have many common interests (I am sure they are going to get on well.) to mean "A and B have (many) things in common"? Does it have double entendres or does it have only ...
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What is the difference between “How do I know?” and “How would I know?”

I am unable to understand the meaning and correct usage of the above two sentences. Can anyone please explain their differences in meaning and usage?
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“It feels so good” vs. “I feel so good” vs. “It makes me feel so good”

What are the differences between following sentences, in terms of meaning? It feels (so) good I feel (so) good It makes me feel (so) good For me it sounds like we need a driver/thing ...
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Sentences' meaning

Could you please tell me a meaning difference between sentences given below? She gets admitted. She is admitted. It gets repaired It is repaired
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“bullied as a kid” vs “bullied in your childhood” - any difference?

Do following sentences imply same thing and Is there anything wrong with the first one? 1) Were you bullied as a kid? 2) Were you bullied in your childhood?
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Whenever the wind whistles through the leaves, I’ll think, “Lowenstein, Lowenstein"

This is what Marge Simpson, from the Simpsons, says when she leaves the psychiatrist after she is cured in episode 11, season 6. What does she refer to when she says Lowenstein. Is the sentence from ...
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An understanding of “No one could be more generous”

No one could be more generous; he has a heart of gold. Does the sentence mean "he is the most generous person I've ever met" or "he is very generous"?
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Differences between to + inf and v-ing

What differences between two sentences below: The solution for this problem is to use another type of mapping and The solution for this problem is using another type of mapping And in general, ...
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Place of adjectives in a sentence

This topic confuses me very much. I'm aware that the meaning of words in a sentence depends on its place, but I can't still completely grasp the idea/topic. Could you help me with the next sentences, ...
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the meaning of pun

A girl posted a photo of her with her friends in facebook captioned as "We are so sweet." So I thought of commenting in the photo as: If you are really so sweet, I want to taste both of you. Also with ...
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Confused about the meaning behind this sentence

I have a sentence and want to know its meaning. I was asked to explain the sentence in my words. However, I don't have any idea about the meaning behind these words. Here is the sentence: "How ...
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What is the Meaning of This Sentence

It is best to not play video games and read a book before you sleep. What does this sentence mean? I can see two possible meanings. First of all, there are a few ways to use the word and. It could ...
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How to analyse/decompose ' a redundancy … that “that becomes redundant even within the redundancy" '?

Source: 'Heavy Lifting', by Dahlia Lithwick, BA, JD. (I include post-nomials to lend credence to this) Finally, Caitlin Halligan has 30 minutes to represent UPS. Her argument is that failure to ...
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Could you please help me figuring out what the difference is there in meaning between these two sentences?

He says he would rather be carrying a pen. ( instead of the other item he is carrying now, for example book) He says he would rather carrying a pen. ( instead of the other item he is carrying ...
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“I can't get over the way your face looks”?

Two old friends run into each other after long time. Now one of them's saying to another: I can't get over the way your face looks. What does that mean? In particular, what does get over mean here?...
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Where's the verb in 'Enterprise has one DW and data marts source their information…'?

I have this sentence from a slide in my class: Enterprise has one DW and data marts source their information from it Where DW is a shortcut for data warehouse. I couldn't find the verb in that ...
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to be + to be / to have been + past participle

1.Sofia Coppola is only the third woman who is nominated for the best director. 2.Sofia Coppola is only the third woman who was nominated for best director. 3.Sofia Coppola is only the third ...
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what are two different meanings I can get from this sentence?

Sally didn't eat more than two apples. I am wondering how does this sentence can get two different meanings.