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Questions tagged [sentence-meaning]

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Why is a re-distilled whiskey “outrageous” item?

I can't understand why the author say re-distilled whiskeys is a "outrageous" item. Also, I can't understand the sentence below. You drink it, and as it melts with the alcohol, the whiskey ages! ...
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What does “it was all publicity” mean in this context?

“He was pleased,” said Fred. “Didn't you hear him as we were leaving? He was asking that bloke from the Daily Prophet if he'd be able to work the fight into his report — said it was all ...
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How to understand “Not lost are you, my dear?”?

"Not lost are you, my dear?" said a voice in his ear, making him jump. I guess it simply means "Are you lost, my dear?", but I'm not sure. On the other hand, the word order looks odd to me. Is it a ...
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How to comprehend the sentence, “courage is fear walking.”

I saw the sentence on the TED videoed lecture delivered by Ms. David. This is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDQ1Mi5I4rg&feature=youtu.be At 15:35, "What he showed me is that ...
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too Adj to do something

This is a common sentence pattern, but I met several variants that I am not sure if they expressing the same meaning. As far as I knew, too adj to do something means they dont want to do this thing, ...
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How to understand “Ron had gone a nasty greenish colour”?

Ron had gone a nasty greenish colour, his eyes fixed on the house. The other three wheeled around. Ron had gone a nasty greenish colour because her mother would give them a hard time. My question ...
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About “them” in “Well, Alibaba had them forty thieves”

A song in Aladdin, “A Friend Like Me” starts with this line: Well, Alibaba had them forty thieves In this line, does the word “them” function as an apposition? Does the “them” indicates the ...
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How to understand “there's only so many times you can polish a prefect badge” in this context?

“Percy's been acting very oddly this summer,” said George, frowning. “And he has been sending a lot of letters and spending a load of time shut up in his room… I mean, there's only so many times you ...
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What “people who care about us” means in this context?

I'm non-native English speaker. I'm reading a book about the Simpsons right now. I read this sentence a million times and still don't understand what exactly the author wants to say. The Simpsons, ...
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What does “he'd never meant any of it” mean in this context?

"I have heard Dad talking about him," said George. "He(Lucius Malfoy) was a big supporter of You-Know-Who." "And when You-Know-Who disappeared," said Fred, craning around to look at Harry, "...
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The senior Conservative declared in the new register of MPs’ interests that he will be paid £6,300 for eight hours of work

The senior Conservative declared in the new register of MPs’ interests that he will be paid £6,300 for eight hours of work at Investcorp each month, or £788 an hour. The whole sentence is shown above ...
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How to understand “bit rich coming from you”

... said Ron, "You know we're not supposed to do spells outside school-" "Bit rich coming from you," said Harry, staring at the floating car. "Oh, this doesn't count," said Ron."We are only ...
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What “storing records unviolated to have multiple downstream benefits.” means in this context?

What do "unviolated to have multiple downstream benefits" mean in this context? Healthcare, education, and entertainment are the sectors with the highest potential for Blockchain in India. ...
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“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase.” meaning?

Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase. -- Martin Luther King, Jr., Social activist I'm not sure how to understand the sentence correctly. As I understand, "...
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He had just received word

“He had just received word that Uber was experiencing difficulties tracking the shooter’s getaway car.” Excerpt From: Dan Brown. “Origin: (Robert Langdon Book 5).” I am wondering why there is no ...
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What does “He is a ruin of his former self” mean?

ruin b. One that has been extensively damaged or harmed: He is a ruin of his former self. I came across this sentence under the definition of the word 'ruin' in the free dictionary. I don't ...
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What does “it was nothing to how Harry felt.” mean?

... And if the Dursleys were unhappy to have him back for the holidays, it was nothing to how Harry felt. Normally, I see the phrase "it was nothing to" + sb, but here it's followed by "how Harry ...
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Differences how many and whatever in the following context

What is the difference between the following sentences. 1.Tell me how many books you have. 2.Tell me whatever books you have.
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down: along or towards a lower point? [duplicate]

While driving down the street, Carlos sees a girl on a bicycle. Is it correct to assume that Carlos was driving along the street if the context didn't provide any information about the landscape? Or ...
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What does the 'acting outrageously for the sake being outrageous' mean?

I'm reading the book about the Simpsons, and don't understand what does the author want to say in this sentence. 'That episode, which had Rodney Dangerfield as the long lost son of Mr. Burns, also ...
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How to understand “As much money and life as you could want!” in this context?

"...After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. You know, the Stone was really not such a wonderful thing. As much money and life as you could want! The two things ...
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What ( 's ) is doing in “What do you reckon's next?”

"What do you reckon's next?" ... ... I don't understand why 's is used in this sentence? Does it denote anything? I think What do you reckon next? is good enough. Any thoughts? -- Excerpted from ...
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How to understand “Ron couldn't get worked up, it was too hot.” in this context?

...... "No more studying," Ron sighed happily, stretching out on the grass. "You could look more cheerful, Harry, we've got a week before we find out how badly we've done, there's no need to worry yet....
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Life is a healthy respect for mother nature laced with greed

I read such a quote from command line utility fortune $ fortune Life is a healthy respect for mother nature laced with greed. Does that sentence mean that we are greedy to live long?
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1. Request for What's the difference in meaning between (Write how you would teach the difference in meaning to the students): [closed]

She wears a dress to work. She's wearing a dress to work. please explain the difference in meaning and how it can be taught to students in a way that clarifies their meanings
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“It was a mark of how bad the last week had been that the other two agreed with him.” meaning in this context?

There was a tap on the dark window. “It's Hedwig!” said Harry, hurrying to let her in. “She'll have Charlie's answer!” The three of them put their heads together to read the note. ...
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How to differentiate if *Would* used for Past repetitive action or future hypothesis in English Sentence?

“Her family wouldn’t appreciate her being known for playing a sport" What would be the meaning of above sentence without knowing context?. a) Past representative, Her family never appreciated her of ...
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What does **They're rare, them** mean?

"Well, I've bin doin' some readin'," said Hagrid, pulling a large book from under his pillow. "Got this outta the library -- Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit -- It's a bit outta date, o' course,...
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“Just as long as we're not wiping you off the field,” meaning?

"I'm going to play," he told Ron and Hermione. "If I don't, all the Slytherins will think I'm just too scared to face Snape. I'll show them... it'll really wipe the smiles off their faces if we win." ...
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How to understand the usage of “so that” in this context?

The lake froze solid and the Weasley twins were punished for bewitching several snowballs so that they followed Quirrell around, bouncing off the back of his turban. I'm confused by the usage of "so ...
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“Wouldn't have been necessary” or “would have been unnecessary?”

I've already made the decision to stick to "wouldn't have been necessary," but I wanted to double check. For a little more context, the full sentence is as follows: She filled the printer with ...
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Help to understand: “Ron and Hermione joined Neville, Seamus, and Dean the West Ham fan up in the top row.”

Ron and Hermione joined Neville, Seamus, and Dean the West Ham fan up in the top row. ... ... I don't know how to parse the sentence correctly, hence I'm not sure what it means. -- Excerpted from ...
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Past Perfect Using *After* in English

What is the difference in meaning between below two sentence construction? Sentence construction 1 a) After finishing my graduation I went to US. b) After he left, she lifted one of the suitcases ...
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What does “Blood was pounding in his ears” mean?

Harry grabbed his broom. "No!" shouted Hermione Granger. "Madam Hooch told us not to move -- you'll get us all into trouble." Harry ignored her. Blood was pounding in his ears. ... ... I ...
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What is the meaning of “you should know what the help says on link only answers”?

I'm a member of stackoverflow. And I find a below comment under a answer posted. As a 2year+ member you should know what the help says on link only answers What do they mean by you should know ...
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The difference “do you think so?” and “do you think like that(this)”

I think there seems to be a difference though it'd be very little. 1.Do you think so? In my opinion, it means similar to "is this your way of thinking?" 2.Do you think like that(this)? ...
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What does “Peeves the Poltergeist was worth two locked doors and a staircase” mean in this context?

The ghosts didn't help, either. It was always a nasty shock when one of them glided suddenly through a door you were trying to open. Nearly Headless Nick was always happy to point new Gryffindors in ...
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How to understand “I do think he might have told us prefects, at least.”

"He's not serious?" he(Harry) muttered to Percy. "Must be," said Percy, frowning at Dumbledore. "It's odd, because he usually gives us a reason why we're not allowed to go somewhere -- the ...
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How to understand “Minnie invited Mickey next door.”

Minnie invited Mickey next door. I saw this sentence from a children's book. It's a simple one. But I'm confused by the meaning. In my opinion, it can be understood as: Minnie invited Mickey, who ...
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Mindful of competition for the loyalty of its ally

"Americans,increasingly consumed by fears that China poses a commercial and military threat, should be mindful of competition for the loyalties of its oldest ally." [Economist] The context was that ...
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..the recent national push for accountability,

I could not fathom the meaning of the last part of the following sentence, which I highlighted. Historically, many groups attempted to maintain their native languages even as they learned ...
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Confused by a passage

Consider this sentence: It was a subject, however, in which she often indulged with her fair friend, from whom she received every possible encouragement to continue to think of him; and his ...
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“I'd like to have something to drink” vs “I'd like to drink something”

What differences in meaning between this: I'd like to have something to drink. and this: I'd like to drink something. I'm listening English audio course, and there are used "to have something ...
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How to understand “As though he needs reminding of that on his first day at school.” in this context?

"Never mind that, do you think he remembers what You-Know-Who looks like?" Their mother suddenly became very stern. "I forbid you to ask him, Fred. No, don't you dare. As though he needs ...
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How to understand **what does he know about it** in this context?

"Don't make me feel worse," said Harry. He told Hagrid about the pale boy in Madam Malkin's. "—— and he said people from Muggle families shouldn't even be allowed in ——" "Yer not from a ...
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Someone swam ashore

What does someone swam ashore mean? Does it mean Someone who swimming in the sea tries to reach to the land. Someone is swimming near the land or beach or ashore.
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What does the meaning of the sentence in bold?

As the day was pleasant, Madame Valmonde drove over to L'Abri to see Désirée and the baby. It made her laugh to think of Désirée with a baby. Why, it seemed but yesterday that Désirée was little ...
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Does the mentioned sentence properly mean what I intend?

There are things (A, B, and C), and I am entitled to be informed about all of them equally. That means I am entitled to be informed about A as much as I am to be informed about B and C, and so on. ...
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Figuring out meaning of a sentence with ambiguous word

How to identify the intended meaning of a sentence when a word with different meanings is used in it. For example, consider this sentence: "I was tremendously apprehensive" If taken out of ...
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What is the meaning of this joke? “Judgement day is upon us. The minions of Lucifer walk upon the earth.. Oh, no.. It's merely the Danish”

Judgement day is upon us. The minions of Lucifer walk upon the earth.. Oh, no.. It's merely the Danish. Came across this phrase (title) in a history game and I'm not entirely sure what the deeper ...