Questions tagged [sentence-meaning]

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

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Is the part “… and these courts he placed under the jurisdiction of the King alone” grammatical?

Availing himself of the early legal constitution of England, he placed justice in the old local courts of the "hundred" and "shire," to which every freeman had access, and these courts he placed ...
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When you're going to be late for a meeting

Let's assume that you are going to be late for a meeting. I wonder when do you normally use each sentence below? 1) I’m sorry for keeping you / to keep you waiting. I would use this sentence ...
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Meaning of “off” in this sentence

As a learner I often find it hard to understand news headlines, because some words are omitted to make it look tidy and short. Today I came across: Monsoon off to slow start with 53% deficit. ...
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Captivating as her person (from “Jane Austen”)

“It was enough to secure his good opinion; for to be unaffected was all that a pretty girl could want to make her mind as captivating as her person.” It’s from Jane Austen. Could you please put this ...
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Weird doing/ Weird to do

1- It is so weird wearing her jacket. (Context: She is wearing another person's jacket right now. But this jacket is leather motorcycle jacket and seems so cool. She isn't used to wearing this ...
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Participles to modify the subject of the main clause when the verb of the main clause is “to+be”

1- Essos is an immense landmass located to the east of Westeros, extending into the far east of the known world." (Essos is an immense landmass located..+ Essos extends into the far...) 2- He ...
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Omitting “and” and using participle instead

I was working a drug case, tracking this drug dealer for months. Then suddenly he disappeared. (From a tv-series) This sentence kind of confused me. In this sentence, what does participle imply? (...
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Difference between put up/ put on

I was looking for the meaning of "put up" and came across this explanation in a dictionary : " [put up something] to make a particular effort in order to achieve or prevent something : For example :...
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Reducing adverbial clauses when the subject is different from main clause

To perform this pose, they rest on their legs while positioned wide apart, as if they were straddling an invisible horse. (while those legs are positioned) After I saw that sentence above, I ...
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Sentence construction with however and nevertheless

Psychostimulant medication, such as methylphenidate, is a first-line pharmacological treatment for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and its short-term efficacy is ...
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<Close by> and <Closer by>

When you want to say someone who lives far from you that it was better if they lived close to you, you would probabely say something like: I wish you lived close by. But how about a comparative ...
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What is the difference in the meanings of the sentences “Would you like some coffee?” and “Do you want some coffee?”

I asked a similar question about the meaning of the word "would" in similar sentences before. My understanding was, the word "would" asks about the willingness of the listener to do something. Now, ...
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Using the phrasal verb “hold up” for an individual appearance

When something holds up it means that it has remained strong or in a fairly good condition. For example: There were fears that her ankle might not hold up for the competition. Prices had held ...
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Meaning of “He didn't take me in”

One evening when he was being particularly obnoxious, chattering away well above my head, I let him have it. "Mummy," I said, "do you know what I’m going to do when I grow up?" "No, dear," she ...
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How to read the boldfaced part?

The original sentence: Every abbey and great man’s house had its fish pond, and across the rivers great and small stretched the fish weirs, usually made of stakes and nets or basket-work. Is ...
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Using “being” with past participle phrases

I almost never see using "being" in past participle phrases, even though those participle phrase express something progressing. 1- For nigh on half a year, they had lived in the magister’s house, ...
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“Put something into action” versus “put something into practice”

How do the following sentences differ in meaning: Put your promise into action. Put your promise into practice. Dictionaries' definitions are so close that I cannot tell these expressions ...
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Meaning of “as of” in this context

A fragment from a news article: While sharing jokes and memes on social media sites by these renowned personalities is completely fine, there is always a limit to as of what is considered to be ...
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Using “would” + present simple in a conditional sentence

While watching a tv-series, I saw this sentence: A: I wonder what she will be wearing tonight. Do you think she'll be in her high school field hockey uniform? That'd be crazy, right? B: ...
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Is the use of “save time & hassle” correct?

"We hired a taxi to save time and hassle." Is it okay to use simply 'hassle'? Or, shall I write it as ' to save time & avoid hassle'? Thanks.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 ...
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Where “being” should be used?

I was reading newspaper and there was a sentence WFI Recently exempted the phogat sisters from the national camp being held at lucknow I am not very sure about where we should use being. But i ...
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“So that people would know” vs “so that people knew”

I'm trying to understand this construction: You can do this like that, so that people would know what to look forward to Context: I'm trying to give a story advice. I can't decide whether it ...
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is it correct to say 'I never thought that I would fall that hard for someone'?

I'm writing a speech and I want to use something like 'I never thought that I would fall that hard for someone, but I admit it, I fell so hard for you, harder than I thought I would ever do' but I don'...
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Can I say “If not concerning…”?

If not concerning currency or anything else related, this country is a great nation. vs Not concerning currency or anything else related, this country is a great nation. Is the first sentence ...
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“They crashed in thunderous white” sentence meaning

These sentences are from "Dreams Do Come True" by Jim Bishop. The big breakers came in slowly. They crashed in thunderous white. What does the second sentence "They crashed in thunderous white"...
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Elimination of intensifiers and downtoners

Is there any paper/work to prove that elimination of intensifiers and down toner from a sentence keep the meaning of sentence same?
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“… Greece may well stump up the cash having spooked creditors…”

I could not figure our whole sentence because of the word having in the following sentence.What is its function? In choosing to bundle up four separate June repayments, Greece avoids triggering ...
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When you hear an unlikely statement and want to relate it

Please let me know that what fixed expression is used when you're going to say: I'm just quoting. Leave it to him whether it's true or lie. Please consider the following scenario: He ...
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At the age of … years old

Please let me know which one of the made-up sentences below doesn't have a correct structure? (To me they all work) 1) I reached maturity at X. 2) I reached maturity at the age of X. 3) I ...