Questions tagged [sentence-meaning]

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

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“Yet at the end of the day, Mr. Guaidó fell short of the prize he sought” meaning

Does the sentence : Yet at the end of the day, Mr. Guaidó fell short of the prize he sought. mean that : Even though a whole day went by and now its the evening, Mr. Guaidó failed to reach his ...
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What is the meaning of the word 'but' here

Science will continue to invent more things, but most significant improvements in people's lives are done by science. What is the meaning of 'but' in the above sentence? I am having difficulty ...
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One caveat: Know when passengers must be back on board the plane

One caveat: Know when passengers must be back on board the plane. I find this sentence really weird. It's an example sentence explaining the word "caveat". I couldn't get what "the plane" does there. ...
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How to say a city has a polluted air properly?

I was wondering if you could let me know which one of the following sentences is the natural way to say it: This city's weather is so polluted. (To my non-native ear, it sounds to be the most ...
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Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor

Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor. Now is that a correct sentence to start with? Does that strictly mean, 'when somone is worthy, then he can hold the ...
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To burn the midnight oil

Please consider the following scenario: a) I'm really jealous of him; he's a really successful engineer. b) Instead, I'm really proud to have such a colleague! You see! He's been a truly ...
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What is the meaning of “whip off” in this sentence?

From an article from NY Times ......but as Mr. Lang took me on the Téléphérique for the first time, it became clear this mountain was unlike any I’d ever seen. A foot of new snow had fallen the ...
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meaning of “he had it all made up for him by other people”

At teatime, "talking to Daddy" began again, complicated this time by the fact that he had an evening paper, and every few minutes he put it down and told Mother something new out of it. I felt this ...
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Meaning to a sentence-

While traveling to the spa's remote location could be hectic, visitors to the spa more than made up for the stress by unwinding in a supremely Pacific environment. I found this sentence structure ...
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“Whom” or “to whom”?

Could someone please inform me which of the following would be more correct : " This was the last man whom I told there was no hope. " or : " This was the last man to whom I told there was no ...
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How to understand the two if-clause in this sentence

"Is there a defence? I defy anyone who has watched you as I have - and I have watched you more closely than you can have imagined - not to want to save you more pain than you had already suffered. ...
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Is “as what…” a short from of “…so +adjective +that…” structure?

In a british movie, a boy is asking an old military man about his sword: -Boy: Is that the sword you used in battles Mr.Poulter. Could I see it? -The man(Mr.Poulter): Very dangerous weapon, my lad. ...
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The specific verb for covering a floor surface with parquets / moquette / carpet on the ground

What is the verb used for the noun parquet and moquette and carpet in order to cover a floor surface using them? I.e. I have no idea whether you'd use them in the following ways: We have laid ...
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Let's the room be aerated

How would you normally ask someone for opening the doors/windows in a an area (like your home or an office) to let the fresh air flows in and fill the area with oxygen-rich air? How about the satate ...
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Not too hot, not too cold. Just right

According to the popular story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, in which the young girl Goldilocks enters the bears' house during their absence, tastes their bowls of porridge, and finds one too hot,...
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Where is the subject?

"Donald Trump’s desire to nominate Mr Cain had sparked a backlash, even among Republicans worried that the president was seeking to undermine the independence of the central bank by appointing his ...
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Have somebody done/doing for regular events

Which form should I use to imply continuity(persistence) for the event? 1- We had a strange woman come to the door selling pictures. (Did the strange woman use to come to the door regularly?) 2- I ...
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The meaning of “corruption of the best is the worst of all”

I have searched the web and found out that the proverbial sentence the corruption of the best is the worst of all has some Latin roots: Corruptio optimi pessima. Which apparantly is ...
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Your bread will be buttered on both sides

Imagine a person who's been looking for a better hierarchical position in the organization where he works in order to obtain more salary! The day comes and he achieves his favorite position! His ...
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Does “remembered to” mean that the action was done?

John remembered to call Alex. Does this sentence imply that John called Alex? Or does it merely mean that John remembered that he needs to make a call? That is, is the sentence John remembered to ...
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What difference is made depending on existence of 'rather'?

Would you stay here or go home? Would you rather stay here or go home? Do those sentence make a difference?
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Slighly cutting your body when your skin gets red (not bleeding yet) or when you bleed very slightly

How do you mention these types of wounds? Based on my mother language and dictionaries' definitions, the only word which can work here is: "scratch". So I need to know if the following sentences are ...
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When someone walks without lifting their feet

I'm interested to know when someone drags thier feet along the ground in the manner that makes noise or sounds a bit crass to you or sth, would it be possible to say: Don't drag / scuff / ...
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“Beneath the branch of blue-glowing candles protruding from it glimmered the silver figure fifty-three”

"Yeah," breathed Harry, looking up at the end of the closest row. Beneath the branch of blue-glowing candles protruding from it glimmered the silver figure fifty-three. Harry Potter and the ...
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Than ever before VS. than it ever has been

What is the difference between: Cybercrime would be up in 2020, higher than ever before Vs. Cybercrime would be up in 2020, higher than it ever has been Sentence1 is what I always use, but ...
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Meaning of “Let's move it!”

"I'm making Chicken Pilaf tonight," the baker's wife chimes in. "I hope you like it." "Wonderful, wonderful," the Count says, with a smile, as he pushes her aside into some laundry. Then, ...
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What it means - Translators do not always do what they say they are doing or, indeed, what they think they are doing

Translators do not always do what they say they are doing or, indeed, what they think they are doing I spent a lot of time to try to catch correct meaning over the above sentence but just could not ...
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What's on the menu for dinner mom?

How do you usually ask your mother/wife etc. "what they have cooked to eat for a meal like a lunch or a dinner? Does it sound idiomatic and polite to ask: What's on the menu mom? If not then ...
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When you don't want eat food

Please imagine your mother insists that you must eat something and you just don't want to eat because of lacking appetite, what would you normally say? I don't have appetite. I'm off my food. ...
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When your appetite makes you feel that you want to eat

When someone is off their food would probabely say something like: I lost my appetite. But how about the situation in which they feel they want to eat? What would you usually say here? The ...
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“To spare with my nose” meaning in this context

Text: I looked in the mirror and saw in there the end of my chin and the start of my hair and between there isn't much space to spare with my nose, like a handle, sticking there This ...
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When do you say “you are not doing something”?

For example You are not going to ignore me. It means "I" command "you" not to do that, or "I" wish "you" not to do that?
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What does “moonbeam” mean in this sentence?

Since the outset of last season, Curry has cut down on his circus shots, in part to ingratiate Durant. But the Warriors and their fans feed off those 30-foot moonbeams, low percentage for anybody but ...
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Could you write the sentence in bold in other words? [closed]

Now he starts to stir. The fluttering of his eyelids is a response to some age-old, unexplainable instinct that the sun is nearly down and his time is near. Tonight, he is particularly hungry and as ...
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How should I understand “is its own”?

In general I do not understand the usage of "is its own" in a sentence. For example how should I understand "is its own" in the following sentence? Since the hand of a clock is its own clearly ...
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What does the phrase “when to feather the throttle and when to pin in” mean in the given sentence? [closed]

Here is a sentence from a racer game: "You will need a sixth sense for knowing when to feather the throttle and when to pin in." Is it just about increasing or decreasing the speed of a car?
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How to say that you spent the night with someone, you were only sleeping and nothing else?

In French, as I'm French, to say that I have spent the night with someone, for instance with my dad in separate beds in a hotel, we were only sleeping, for a holiday weekend for example, I would say: ...
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Using “nakedly” instead of “with nothing on”

I need to know whether it is possible to substitute the following bold part with the adveb "nakedly" in a manner that it doesn't change the meaning and doesn't make it ambiguous: She went to ...
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What does “threshold” means in context?

From old "Treasure Island". Captain in grog-shop, just got cup of rum and says: "Oh, I see what you’re at — there"; and he threw down three or four gold pieces on the threshold. 1) What does "I ...
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What is the difference between 'He can’t read or write.' and 'He can't read and wirte.'?

What is the difference between 'He can’t read or write.' and 'He can't read and wirte.'? Don't both sentences mean same sense? On the English-Korean dictionary, I found that 'He can't read or write' ...
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When in order to prevent someone from getting upset you want to clarify the subject of your words [closed]

How to say: the person who I'm talking about is not you, so take no offence? I have several similar and self-made sentences listed below, but have no any idea which one works correctly in this sense ...
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In hindsight VS Come to think of it

How should I differentiate "in hindsight" from "come to think of it"? For me, both mean identical as it sounds like "now that I'm looking back"? For instance, how the following sentences semantically ...
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“There is/has got to be an explanation.” — which verb to use there?

I just came across the following sentence; There has got to be an explanation. I think has has been wrongly/mistakenly used there and should better be replaced with is.
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“March to the beat of your own drum” as advice

Let's suppose a father is going to talk to his irritable son who moves easily when poeple tell him something negative or not conforming his favorites! Son wants to chose his way in life, but he ...
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On using “gone down”

Is this a correct use for gone down? Many websites could have gone down during the years. What I want to say, is the websites do not exist any more. I want to use gone down, but not sure if it is ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “provocatively elliptical”?

The following line can be found in the novel We by Yevgeny Zamyatin: a laconic language that frequently lapses into the provocatively elliptical and imparts a sensation of breathlessness. The ...
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Does the phrase “literary servility” have a negative meaning in this paragraph

Following paragraph is from the novel We by Yevgeny Zamyatin: Antagonised by Zamyatin's insistence on telling the truth as he saw it, by his open disdain for anything that smacked of literary ...
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When you distress someone by your words and want to apologize him/her

Imagine in a meeting, you say something upsetting to a friend who did not expect it from you in a social setting! After the meeting you take the person aside and talk to him / her in private and want ...
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When you are going to make clear that who you were just talking about was someone else and not the person you are talking to

How naturally shall one indicate that who I was talking about / who I mentioned ... was someone else and not you (the listener)? I have made some examples and have no any idea if they work properly ...
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“If you pay for my ticket then we will be quits.” — what's the meaning?

I just came across the following sentence; If you pay for my ticket then we will be quits. What does the phrase "we will be quits" mean in there? Please, elaborate!