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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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Don’t use that supplement or your stomach will (hurt / be hurt / be harmed / be damaged)

I would appreciate it if someone could tell me which one of the following self-made sentences does not sound natural. (To me, the only natural one is the #3 and other sentences do not sound idiomatic ...
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What is the main idea of the sentence?

One of my friends wrote the following sentence on his wechat moment(like facebook): The problem with being competitive and running with a friend is that you may find yourself at their mercy as to ...
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“If you could come, it would be great” VS “It would be great if you could come”

I am confused about these sentences If you could come, it would be great and It would be great if you could come I think the first one refers to the past. I.e. it's like the party is over now....
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What does “In the throng are familiar calf marks” mean?

To the untutored observer it is all a blur. But Ms Korpela has spotted something. In the throng are familiar calf marks. They belong to a reindeer that goes by the name of Kepo (pictured, with Ms ...
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Confusion about the structure of a sentence

I confronted with this sentence: Rainfall was limited and what water there was rushed across the plain in the annual flood of melted snow. I'm confused with the sentence in bold. Can anyone help ...
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This is the way of the world

Imagine someone is very upset because of way some (very wealthy and influential) people have treated him and has lost his hope totally. He is really depressed now. A close friend who is well aware ...
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“would,” “will,” and “be [verb]ing” in context

What are the differences among these three sentences? Who would most likely be listening to this talk? Who will most likely be listening to this talk? Who is most likely listening to this talk?
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What is the meaning of “on the coal face”?

When I was reading an article, I came across this sentence: "Service that should be provided on the coal face are centralised and staff and students left to manage on their own." I wonder what is ...
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Meaning of “at the last hour” in this context

Having already left the cathedral, Claude Frollo knew nothing of what had happened. Wanting to be alone, he had taken a boat across the Seine. There he walked in the hills, lost in his dark ...
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What is the meaning of 'I think your plantation is bananas'?

I would like to know the exact meaning of this sentence. A white man offers a nursing job to an African-American man, then an African-American man says this sentence. I think your plantation is ...
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Your sweat soaking throught the floor

What does "your sweat soaking through the floor" mean? Does the "sweat" there passes through the floor? Shouldn't it be "sweat soaking on the floor"? Source: The Greatest Showman *the lyrics is ...
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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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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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Is my understanding of “the one-time starting quarterback and heir apparent to Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl 50 offense” correct?

The Broncos parted ways with former first-round pick Paxton Lynch on Sunday, cutting the one-time starting quarterback and heir apparent to Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl 50 offense as they trim their ...
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Dependent Clause/head of sentence

Usually, a dependent clause can be the head of a sentence if it does not precede as a main clause from the previous sentence. Could this explained with an example please?
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I play a lot of video games

I think all these sentences below are interchangeable when I want to mean like very often, but the forth one can cause ambiguity, am I right? It can have two meanings: I play video games very often ...
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What dose Line 261 “since what it has to be now” mean?

This line is copied from the movie Homeless to Harvard. In my own view, since here means because and the mother wants to tell her daughter that she has to go away from home because the current ...
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Words with hyphens (e.g., clean-up)

When I was reading the newspaper, the writers use many words like clean-up. Why they write a word with hyphen (-)? Can you please explain me? I have seen many words with hyphen. When I see a word ...
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Meaning of a textbook sentence

What is the meaning of the following sentence? In inviting visitors to an archaeological site, the probable needs of the archaeologist have been well defined in the Centre for Environmental ...
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It could be vs. it is possible

Let's say you were asked by an economic teacher. And it goes like this: Economic teacher: Do you think economic instability will continue in the future? You: It could be, but won't be long. ...
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what does the sentence in bold mean?

(Context below is from "The Soldier's Home", by E. Hemingway) Krebs found that to be listened to at all he had to lie, and after he had done this twice he, too, had a reaction against the war and ...
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Does “style” in “Victorian-style” here have the same meaning as “era”?

Whitestone City & Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony Combo Ticket Visit two of Oamaru's top attactions with the best value-for-money deal! Experience Victorian-style township and learn Oamaru'...
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A good football match ON(preposition at the end meaning)

What is the meaning of the ''on'' at the end of this sentence: Question: How often do you watch TV? Answer(native): ''I'd say maybe only a few times a month when there is a good football match ...
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Help to understand “because think it did the job” in the context

He added that if he were hired to make Boeing 777 disappear, he would “do the exact same thing”. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s very accurate flying because think it did the job and we know, as ...
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Use of would and would have in sentence

Please help me to understand the difference between the two sentences given as follows: If he did not paint a single painting his cartoon alone would suffice to immortalize him in the history of ...
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What does them refer to in the text

These questions are political in the sense that the debate over them will inevitably be less an exploration of abstract matters in a spirit of disinterested inquiry than an academic power struggle in ...
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sufficient requirement vs sufficient condition

First of all , is this sentence correct? If not , how could I rephrase it? -I hope this is a sufficient requirement to make me have a good and interesting chat with you Does " sufficient requirement ...
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Less so than vs. much less

are the following sentences synonymous with each other?(Google's example sentence) "What woman would consider a date with him, less so than a marriage?" To "What woman would consider a date ...
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Can I say like this -?

Is it possible to say like "You have to leave a space under someone's feet who is taken a photo." I would like to say this in respond to a situation that I give a tip for taking good photo.
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What is the meaning of idiom, “binding-in”?

I want to know the meaning of the following phrase, "binding-in to her unknown child"
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what is right to more than one school system ?

my question is about Schools systems School systems Schools system which one ?
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Which subjects does the writer refer to in the sentence?

IN HIS life Giulio Andreotti collected many things: his own speeches going back to the 1940s, theatre programmes, menu cards, museum catalogues, the maps of cities he had visited and endless notes and ...
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Is “would” used here with a conditional meaning or rather to express uncertainty/presumption?

I suspect that, in the following sentence, "would have" is used to express uncertainty and/or presumption, as in the example "We saw a police helicopter overhead yesterday morning. Really? They would ...
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What does this “Will do” response mean exactly?

Me, per email, one hour ago: Hello, I am available in an hour for the following three hours. Just drop me an email when you are available and I will send you a meeting invite. Him, per email, ...
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Interpretation of the meaning “by rain or water…”

I'm confused with the meaning of the following sentence which is extracted from an insurance wording: "damage by water or rain other than by water or rain entering the building through openings made ...
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Understanding the sentence in which a conjunction is omitted

The paintings were discussed as an index of the democracy of a society that chose to represent its class, action, and occupations exactly as they were, wide-ranging realism was seen as the great ...
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Meaning of “My heart went on my stomach.”

I heard this sentence in a speech today. My heart went on my stomach. The context is that she realized that her mother might have died from an accident. Then she said that sentence. I searched ...
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“Exclusions apply.”: What does it mean?

When I saw a receipt of an e-commerce, I found a sentence "Exclusions apply." "Apply your 20-character promote code to receive this discount. Exclusions apply. See details at xxxxxxxx.com. Expires ...
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What's this sentence meaning?

I read this sentence: how will you fund yourself? I think this sentence means that how can a person support himself with his personal money, but I'm not sure. What's the meaning of this sentence?
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Meaning of by way of the in the sentence

Over the course of the last few years, GoSun has introduced a new wave of outdoor eating by harnessing solar power to let you cook. This eco-friendly cooking device is getting an upgrade by way of the ...
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If the allegations(made?) against him are found (to be?) true

If the allegations(made?) against him are found (to be?) true he could face rigorous imprisonment. Is there any difference if I use or don't use made in the clause allegations against ? Also when ...
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Meaning of following sentence?

I found this sentence in usage sentences of idiom "lie dormant". What is its meaning? Can anyone explain Her talent might have lain dormant had it not been for her aunt's encouragement. Source: ...
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Why did the writer add “with hunger” to this sentence: “But in the meantime we are famished with hunger”?

There is a sentence that I'm confused about its meaning when I read it.That is: "But in the meantime we are famished with hunger." Famished means " very hungry". Why did the writer add " with hunger ...
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“Passage linking that with this” vs “passage that links to this”

From our comprehension exercise book: In the breeding season the water-spider picks out the house of a likely-looking female and builds himself a cottage next door, and then presumably being of a ...
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What is the difference in meaning between these sentences?

They had cooperated closely in the planning of the project. They cooperated closely in the planning of the project. As I know, we usually use had when we want to specify that one event happened ...
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How to paraphrase “governments show how successfully men can be imposed on”?

It(government) is a sort of wooden gun to the people themselves. But it is not the less necessary for this; for the people must have some complicated machinery or other, and hear its din, to ...
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…man would fain succeed in letting one another alone

The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way. For government is ...
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How to paraphrase “Visit the Navy Yard, and behold a marine…”?

Visit the Navy Yard, and behold a marine, such a man as an American government can make, or such as it can make a man with its black arts — a mere shadow and reminiscence of humanity, a man laid ...
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the meaning of 'Praying went out with the spears.'

He refused to contribute to the synagogue building fund. "Praying went out with the spears, Sam. You can quote me." A known supporter of the communist causes, he was always good for a touch when ...
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Retreated out of arm’s reach

I'm trying to understand the exact meaning of this sentences, would you help me out please? One of the villagers gave bananas to two of the natives, wary of approaching him, as they quickly grabbed ...