Questions tagged [sentence-meaning]

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

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One popular way of remembering these relationships is by remembering this statement

One popular way of remembering these relationships is by remembering this statement. I'm not sure whether this sentence is grammatical and if it's grammatical, whether "by remembering this statement" ...
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Ever since vs since

Let's say you kissed a co-worker, after that you have been thinking of her incessantly. You say: Ever since the day we kissed, I can't stop thinking about you. Or Since the day we kissed, I can'...
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Instantaneous insanity

Imagine a murderer who has been arrested and imprisoned recenly and he has been tried in the court several times! The judging team members, have reached to an agreement on his case and unanimously ...
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“Ready as I'll ever be.” Does this mean ready or not?

"Ready as I'll ever be." Does this mean ready or not? Is this "I'm completely ready" or "I'm not ready but I have to"? Master Yao: No! Po! The secrets are too powerful! You're not ready! Po: Ready ...
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A substitute to (think of a way)

Let's suppose in a meeting, a couple of co-workes are discussiong about an issue and are going to find out a solution to it! One of them brings up a solution. The other person who's playing the ...
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How can I tell someone that I want to be his or her friend?

Let's say I'm new to a school or a place and I'd like to know the name of my colleague and I want him or her to be my friend. From a movie, I heard a sentence like that: Can we know each other? ...
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When you are going forward from among a crowd

Please imagine a big number of journalists have swarmed to the location in which a renowned politician is going to give a speech! An independent journalist has fallen behind and is going to elbow his ...
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what is the meaning of “”I should think not“” in this sentences-— “‘He didn’t give the waiter a tip.’ ‘I should think not, after such bad service”

what is the meaning of ""I should think not"" in this sentences---- "‘He didn’t give the waiter a tip.’ ‘I should think not, after such bad service"
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I don't understand this system requirement expression: “… running some years into this period.”

"The service life for the xxx system shall be more than twenty years with the need for refurbishment running not less than fifteen years into this period." What does this sentence exactly mean? I ...
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All of the queries vs all the queries that you may have

Let's say you are an appointment setter. Then you said (from your company's script) this line to your potential client. "Hello, I'm gonna ask you only 3 questions to verify the information that we ...
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Depend Vs. Become / get dependent

Please imagine a girl that has recently gone through some emotional problems which occured between she and her boyfriend; they are about to break up now, but they have not cut ties yet! The girl feels ...
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To depend sb on oneself

Please suppose a girl that has a compassionate friend who is older that she! The friend knows the girl well! Due to some problems the friend feels that her friend is getting emotionally very ...
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Meaning of get a first class

In the sentence I am sure Helen will get a first class. What is the meaning of get a first class in this case. Does it mean will achieve the first position but I have never heard this.
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Can't understand some places from the Magic Shop by H.G.Wells

The very first sentence of The Magic Shop by H.G.Wells, runs like this I had seen the Magic Shop from afar several times; I had passed it once or twice ... Then right after a few moments in ...
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Essential by something

A group of proteins, summarised as the sarcomeric cytoskeleton, is essential for the ordered assembly of actin and myosin filaments into sarcomeres, by combining architectural, mechanical and ...
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I am an agent OF/FROM XXX company

What is the difference between these two? Customer service representative: Hello, my name is Cassie, an agent OF XXX company, telling you about our latest offer... And Customer service ...
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“Validate with” meaning in this context

As dictionary says: Validate means-- check the validity or accuracy of something. E.g. The data is validated by the computer. But in the sentence below: I agree to validate my voter id card ...
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The same to you or likewise

Imagine when it comes to say goodbye, someone says: -Have a good day. In order to indicate the message: "the same to you", would it sound idiomatic to answer -Likewise. The word "Likewise" is an ...
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Meaning of “Don't settle for no f-ing s#*t”

I have seen this phrase in pictures: "Don't settle for no fuck shit" What does that mean?
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using “do not do so”

Is this sentence structure is correct? We count the number of members that meet the criteria while their peers do not do so Will using the following sentence instead provides the same meaning? ...
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Describing quantity: “code-length less than # lines” or “less than # lines code-length”

Which one is correct? code-length less than # lines Or less than # lines code-length Also, Should I write 'code-length' (with hyphen) or as separate words 'code length'?
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Confused by the meaning and construction of a sentence

Help me comprehend the meaning and construction of this sentence: For as a person thinketh in his subconscious mind, so he is. Basically first part of the sentence is the problem to me. What "for ...
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What is meaning of this sentence?

What is the meaning of the following sentence it is from a book red dragon He knew the FBI document section would fall on the carving like a rabid mongoose
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Am I understanding these sentences correctly?

She has stayed at her uncle's house since she was ill. It is six years since I was in Seattle. For sentence 1, does it imply that after her illness was cured, she has stayed at her uncle's house?...
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Sentence that have a different word usage? [closed]

I was recently reading an article where the word "by" was used in a sentence to describe a season (football season) Sentence: The competition is getting tougher by the season. Now, as per my ...
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he ran to the school meaning ? does it mean he started running towards or he reached the spot by running

I want to know exact meaning because I am writing stories but I have some doubts regarding usage. I know. "he ran from home" means left home and started running. and " he ran a mile " means ...
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It would be fortunate if

Can "It would be fortunate if ..." be used to make a request? Is it correct to say the following? It would be fortunate if you would answer my question.
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How many rooms does this house have vs. how many rooms are in this house

What is the difference between:(sentence meaning) How many rooms does this house have? vs. How many rooms are in this house? *let's say you were looking for a house to buy, and made a query ...
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Sentence from a book by Arundhati Roy

From God of small things, When Estha and Rahel's mother got married, her father-in-law gifted the young couple a car as a present. Now the sentence is: "He gave the young couple a custom-painted, ...
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What does the sentence “ I think an explanation is well overdue.” mean? [closed]

I think an explanation is well overdue. I've heard this phrase in a movie I've recently seen and I'm not sure what it means. I may have an idea but I'm not entirely sure. It would be of great help if ...
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Bush-shirts rate

Sentence from "God of small things" after character ( baby kochamma) became obese. "Even timid little chellappen tailor insisted on charging bush-shirts rates for her sari blouses." Does it mean he ...
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Using “will” after “if” in order to make a polite request

I've read somewhere that the "if + will" construction may be used to formulate a polite request but I can't recall the exact way as to how to use it correctly. I've tried to find solutions on the ...
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“marry his daughter” vs. “married his daughter”

Why did the rich man let John marry his daughter? vs Why did the rich man let John married his daughter? What the different in meaning between these 2 questions?
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Again “God of small things” sentence

"Heaven opened and the water hammered down, reviving the reluctant old well, green mossing the pigless pigsty, carpet bombing still, tea-coloured puddles the way memory bombs still, tea-coloured minds"...
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“God of small things” sentence

I need help to understand a part of a sentence from the book. Little simplified by me But by early june monsoon breaks and there are months of winds and water with short spells of sunshine that ...
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What is the meaning of “pick up” in this sentence? [closed]

We had thought the turnout for these events would pick up, but it's really lagged behind our estimates. Does this sentence equal to: We had thought the turnout for these events would increase, ...
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“For the/a Xth year running in…” meaning?

Years running means consecutive years. No problem with that. But I saw it is used in sentences like: That helps explain why Greece probably beat its primary budget target for a fourth year ...
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Meaning of “would lead him to Esmeralda”

A few weeks later, Frollo’s studies were disturbed by a loud knock on his chamber door. “Enter!” he called out. It was his brother Jehan. He had come, as he often did, to borrow some money. ...
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“what won't it do” meaning?

If facebook will now allow you to bother your friends for a fee, what won't it do? What does the latter part of this sentence mean?
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In the refrigerator was a bunch of bananas and some milk [closed]

it's grammatically wrong to say: "In the refrigerator was a bunch of bananas and some milk"?
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She is a credit to her family

She is a credit to her family. Probably it means that her family respect and feel proud of her now. I was curious to know if it could also mean that her parents have high expectations for her in the ...
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Does “I don't think I'm any more [adjective]” mean “I'm not [adjective]”?

https://youtu.be/-qfI3DZmmQw?t=42 It’s not like there’s a shortage of scientific facts out there spelling it all out for us. But let’s be honest — not many people can relate to scientists ...
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Meaning of “Provided the teacher draws attention to this” [closed]

Most of all though, it is through the language which occurs in the classroom that students can really see how the relationships between words matter, provided the teacher draws attention to this. ...
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Thank you for giving me the floor-VS-Thank you to give me the floor

Thank you for giving me the floor. vs Thank you to give me the floor. Are they both correct? If yes, Are they have same meaning?
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What is the meaning of the word mapping in this sentence?

In the book titled What the Future and Why It's up To Us by Tim O'Reilly there is a line as follows: How can we all become better at mapping future trends? Here a keyword in this sentence is the ...
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'Do you have anything needed?' Is this sentence incorrect?

This sentence just came to mind right after I watched the sentence : Do you need anything? So, do these two sentences have the same meaning, or is the one in the title totally redundant?
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Writing “the increase in A and the increase in B" in a compact way

Considering the following sentence: The increase in diabetes prevalence and the increase in hypertension prevalence are of special concern. I would like to know if this sentence could be written,...
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What does 'Can you tell us about a time you had to close a particularly challenging deal' mean?

I can't understand the meaning of had to close a deal. Does 'time' has other meaning in this sentence?
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What does “only” mean in “It's only natural that”?

It's only natural that you should worry about your children. How would it be different if I removed “only” from the sentence? It's natural that you should worry about your children. What does “...
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Meaning of “Sod rebounded from the lid” in Camus' The Plague

In Camus book "the plague", the narrator is describing burial ceremonies.so after placing coffin in the grave,There is sentence which I don't understand "No sooner had the priest begun to sprinkle ...