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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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It can't have been John vs. it couldn't be John

Let's say John is out of the country for a holiday. Then, Martha is claiming that she saw John this morning to Paul. Then Paul said: It can't have been John you saw this morning, he's out of the ...
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What does 'wildcat operator' mean?

I'm a non-native English speaker. I don't understand this sentence fragment. I suppose it means independent people or head of industries. Please help me. Most American industries, everything from ...
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expression meaning

I've read this sentence in a book, and I am a bit confused. I pray to greet you with good fortune, and to greet your sweetest person. This sentence came in the opening of a letter. I have no clue ...
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What kind of trip WILL YOU BE TAKING vs. What kind of trip DO YOU WANT TO TAKE?

A sentence meaning question of: 1) What kind of trip will you be taking? Vs. 2) What kind of trip do you want to take? (If I were to construct) If I were to ask a commuter about the trip he ...
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What is the meaning of 'due to' in '…due to be published soon…'?

"The seventh and final book series is due to be published soon and will definitely create as much if not more interest than all the other 6" Could you tell me the meaning of 'due to'? Does it mean '...
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sentence meaning involving negation

"But this small gravitative power of the moon would prevent its retaining on its surface any of the gases forming our atmosphere, which would all escape from it and probably be recaptured by the earth....
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sentence meaning question

"'It seems probable that the foetus does not possess a rational soul as long as it is in the womb, and only begins to possess it when born, and consequently in no abortion is homicide committed.' ...
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“swallowed the bowl”

Or like the woman who was watching a lush imbibing dry martinis at a Third Avenue bar in New York City. The drunk downed the contents of each cocktail glass at one gulp, daintily nibbled and swallowed ...
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What does “Sh*t is as sh*t does” mean?

In the second episode of the Peep Show, after having a discussion one character says to the other; Shit is as shit does, my friend. YouTube link: The End Of "The Hair Blair Bunch" at 0:42 I ...
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What does “Scary-lookin' fing, inee” mean?

... Harry had never met a vampire, but he had seen pictures of them in his Defence Against the Dark Arts classes, and Black, with his waxy white skin, looked just like one. 'Scary-lookin' fing, ...
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I've never had vs. not once have I had

This is a sentence meaning question: Sentence #1: I've been running this extension for over a month, and not once have I had a serious problem. (From an internet source) Vs. Sentence #2: I've ...
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Is “Can I tempt you?” common?

... Uncle Vernon brought out a bottle of brandy. "Can I tempt you, Marge?" Aunt Marge had already had quite a lot of wine. In this context, Uncle Vernon said it to offer some brandy to Marge. I'd ...
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What does “we're still here” mean in this context?

People like to say Segway was a flop, but we`re still here. What does "we're still here" mean in this context? Does it mean "we are successful now" or "we still have a strong will to make it"?
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meant or was meant to do

I saw some times we say it was meant to be, in the other hand, we might say he meant that. If so, we will have several collocations with these. Can I say he was meant to do or it meant that. ...
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What does “ground” mean in this sentence? And what is the sentence saying?

I am not sure about the meaning of the verb ground in this sentence from an online article. Accessories were kept polished and stylish with taupe suede Manolo Blahniks grounding the look and simple ...
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What does 'throwing up its hands at its own audience' mean?

I'm a non-native English speaker. I'm reading a book about the Simpsons show now. I have a little trouble understanding the last part of the sentence. I read it a million times. I know about the idiom ...
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About “get” expressions

I want to learn English expression for conversation, so I watch videos on the Youtube. the sentence "I got you a present" show many times in videos. I search "get" means on dictionary there are two ...
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I don't understand the meaning of the sentence in bold clearly?

The reunion had lasted a week. As they packed for home, his father, in a far too offhand way, had suggested they visit Chig’s grandmother. “We might as well drop in on her and my brother’s.” So, ...
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What does “social media feed” mean? [closed]

I saw the sentence “Check out my social media feeds.” What’s that mean?
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Hard to understand Hazlitt's comments on Coleridge here.

I am reading a book about Coleridge who has been praised by William Hazlitt with below sentence. As Hazlitt said, "To the man had been given in high measure the seeds of noble endowment, but to ...
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How to understand this sentence: “This clipped, the final section to the belay is relaxing by comparison.”

This clipped, the final section to the belay is relaxing by comparison. (source) This is a sentence from Longman Dictionary. I am having a hard time parsing and making sense of it. There is no ...
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What do you think about the sentence, “Quality does not compromise?”

“Quality does not compromise.” Do you think the sentence is natural? Even if it is grammatically correct, I think quality is something that "is compromised", since it doesn't have any power on its ...
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Difficulty in understanding a compound sentence from 'The Eye of the World'

I am not a native English speaker, a reason for which I struggle to understand the meaning of some sentences used in literature which have even slightly different structure than ordinary. I quote here ...
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Sentence meaning: “be appropriately placed in the context of prior and existing research”

Here, it states that "... that the paper should: ... be appropriately placed in the context of prior and existing research. " What does "be appropriately placed in the context of prior and existing ...
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What is the meaning of “can't helpful wondering about” clearly?

I have came across with the following marked sentence and couldn't understand clearly. Is it correct sentence? Could you interpret it? Its meaning is able to be "I can't hold myself"? Every time ...
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What does “a quick conception of all” mean?

He coldly but gently loosened her fingers from about his arm and thrust the hand away from him. "Tell me what it means!" she cried despairingly. "It means," he answered lightly, "that the child ...
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Are sentences like “He's somebody I hate the personality of” grammatical?

Are the sentences like the ones below grammatical? 1) He's somebody I hate the personality of. 2) It's a song I hate the lyrics of. 3) She can't date someone she doesn't like the appearance of. 4) ...
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What does “for the corbeille had been of rare quality” mean?

Some weeks later there was a curious scene enacted at L'Abri. In the centre of the smoothly swept back yard was a great bonfire. Armand Aubigny sat in the wide hallway that commanded a view of the ...
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comparative structure analysis

In any of the burial-places of this city through which I pass, is there a sleeper more inscrutable than its busy inhabitants are, in their innermost personality, to me, or than I am to them? I have a ...
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What does “my name was down for Eton” mean?

My name was down for Eton, you know, I can't tell you how glad I am I came here instead. Of course, Mother was slightly disappointed, but since I made her read Lockhart's books I think she has begun ...
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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 ...