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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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Has been+complement-VS-has+pp+object

Another important trend has been to reduce the number of platforms used for car models, as Japanese producers have long been doing. Another important trend has reduced the number of platforms used for ...
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Meaning of “All that I ever loved”

priest was staring hard at something, so Quasimodo followed his gaze. A ladder stood against the gallows. A girl dressed in white was being carried up the ladder. There was a noose around her ...
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What does this paragraph in Media Politics mean?

Mass media in democratic societies serve three important functions providing an electoral forum for candidates and political parties to debate their qualifications for office before a national ...
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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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past tense/present tense… which one is best in this context?

Earlier this morning, I opened the list on my computer to check: A.    ...if there was anyone I knew who had made the list. B.    ...if there was anyone I know who had ...
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All was happened due to his carelessness. All happened due to his carelessness

All was happened due to his carelessness. All happened due to his carelessness. Which one is correct and why? Is first one in Passive voice? Please define it.
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Meaning of “upon her” in this context

Esmeralda was a very light sleeper. She woke as soon as the key turned in the lock. Then, just before Frollo blew out the lantern, Esmeralda saw his face. “Oh, no!” she cried out faintly. “It’...
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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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Is this sentence right? It is from my exercise book

"The evidence that the flower in the greenhouse failing to endure any storms indicates that kids should never be spoiled too much." This sentence is the answer of an translation question which I ...
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Zero conditional vs first conditional

I have some problems with zero and first conditionals . Sometimes ı can't distinguish them. 1-I could see if anyone wanted to break in . About the context : The speaker has a shop and he says this ...
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Possible Conditionals

1-I am sorry if I have offended anyone. 2-I’m sorry if I offended anyone. Are these sentences grammatically correct ? And the "if parts" refer to past or present ? And if the "if part" refer to ...
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I have to be crass about it

This is a sentence as heading I came across in a video which she was talking about her attitude to the Trump's Tweet tirade After I looked crass up in dictionaries, I still confused about the meaning ...
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What are the meaning of “put to bare” in the sentence and the meaning of the sentence?

the context is as follows ...or complex moment where ethical reasoning skill will be put to bare where they will have opportunity to discuss online their reactions to that particular film... First,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the meaning of “at least as important are …” in the following sentence?

Changes in the geometric properties of the joint with wear occur slowly for a lower pair. At least as important are the simple geometries of the relative motions that these joints permit. I don't ...
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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 ...