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What does "scratch the last question" mean?

It's the phrase from Friends. This is a dialog between Ross and Benhamin. Here is a part of it: Ross: What? Wait, wait, wait, just a minute. None of my questions have anything to do with Paleontology. ...
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Using of past perfect

In the following sentence we use the past perfect tense: He had probably crashed because he had gone to sleep while he was driving. I thought the past perfect is used when we're talking about "...
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"in as many weeks" and "as" meaning

I've seen a sentence like this: North Korea's internet appears to have been hit by a second wave of outages in as many weeks. I wonder what does "in as many weeks" mean and specifically &...
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"Tomorrow’s lesson is to introduce the present simple tense to your students."

My question is, in the following sentence, what would you guys phrase it as? Tomorrow’s lesson is to introduce the present simple tense to your students. What is this sentence an example of?.... a ...
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I'm not impressed by his stupidity

If someone says "I'm not impressed by his stupidity," what do they mean non-literally? Is it a kind of trope?
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There are too few things to do after work

There are too few things to do after work. Can we say that sentence has only a positive or negative connotation? As I understand that sentence, it can mean: with a positive connotation - "there ...
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Confusion of sentences in gerund situation

He is happy to read English. He is happy reading English. There is no difference between above two sentences. Right? Which out of below is the correct meaning of above sentences. I am confused. Can ...
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Meaning of "wherein I had a great Facility by the Strength of my Memory"

Having therefore consulted with my Wife, and some of my Acquaintance, I determined to go again to Sea. I was Surgeon successively in two Ships, and made several Voyages, for six Years, to the East and ...
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That was just what it was like

This is an excerpt from a fiction story. And the truth was that if, back then, he could have been, in some impossible way, both there and not there, just a safe, immune spectator, he might have been ...
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Meaning of the sentence in bold is somewhat unclear to me

The surgeon had been sitting with his face turned towards the fire: giving the palms of his hands a warm and a rub alternately. As the young woman spoke, he rose, and advancing to the bed's head, said,...
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Can reduction be applied to "I did this but I didn't do that"?

I opened the door but I didn't close I opened the door but didn't close I opened the door but not closed Which sentence gives the same meaning as in quoted? Do they actually give the same or ...
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Difficulty in understanding the meaning of a newspaper heading

There was a section of a news article with heading: Will the focus on multiple disciplines not dilute the character of single-stream institutions, such as IITs? From the heading I concluded that it ...
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How meanings differ if you put 'always' in: "{1}, seat belts {2} should {3} be {4} used {5}."

Possible positions: Always, seat belts should be used. Seat belts always should be used. Seat belts should always be used. Seat belts should be always used. Seat belts should be used always. ...
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meaning of continuum

This is an excerpt from a TIME article. Crowded, poorly ventilated indoor environments remain the riskiest places for COVID-19 transmission. It’s not impossible to get COVID-19 outside, but you’re ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase: "take huge leaps forward with"?

To be specific, I don't understand the meaning of the word "with". Here is a sentence: "Manufacturing innovation takes huge leaps forward with the 3rd generation Anaconda printing ...
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What does "get us by" mean in this sentence?

The sentence goes as follow: Being rationally uncommitted does not do away with all the other sources of motivation that get us by — habit, desire, fear of the law and so on. I googled the phrase ...
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A sentence implying for the meaning of the word lift

What is the meaning of this sentence? “Exerting effort to overcome resistance of weight”. I was looking for the meaning of the word lift. They mentioned this sentences implies for the meaning lift. ...
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Is this sentence complete?

The May 27 event, organized by the UK Beijing Association, the UK Society of Chinese Lawyers, and the Roundtable of Southern California Chinese-American Organizations, featured keynote speakers — ...
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What is the exact meaning of "Not like you hold me" in Michael Jackson's song "Love never felt so good"?

Baby, love never felt so good And I doubt if it ever could Not like you hold me, hold me I interpret the "Not like you hold me" part as It's not like you hold me. as same usage in "...
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Is it a imperative clause?

From an article in The Financial Times The technology, often so prescient it borders on creepy, has made Chinese counterparts very profitable too. Cue tougher scrutiny from a state intent on trust ...
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Take hostages/take people hostage

They've taken 10 hostages at a supermarket. They've taken 10 people hostage at a supermarket. Could some please tell me if there is a difference between the two sentences?
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It is illegal to buy drugs in the countries, though there are exceptions. (meaning of "there are exceptions")

It is illegal to buy drugs in the countries, though there are exceptions. Does that sentence has the only one meaning? Does "exceptions" mean "it is legal action in other (non-...
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meaning of 'There’s doing things'

This is an excerpt from a fiction story. People could get into total flaps about weddings. Frank knew this. It was common knowledge. But he’d never before faced the wedding of his own daughter. He’d ...
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What is the meaning of "Or else"

Okay. Okay. I am just going to get up, go to work and not think about him all day. Or else I'm just gonna get up and go to work.
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Have somebody done/doing for regular events

Which form should I use to imply continuity(persistence) for the event? 1- We had a strange woman come to the door selling pictures. (Did the strange woman use to come to the door regularly?) 2- I ...
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expected better of Sarah

Which of the following is a proper paraphrase of "I expected better of Sarah"? a. I thought Sarah would behave better. b. I thought Sarah would have behaved better.
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would/wouldn't have wanted

10 days ago my friend and I went to a restaurant and my friend paid for the meal. 10 days later my mom tells me off for letting my poor friend do so: "you shouldn't have let him pay!" ...
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What does this sentence mean? "We would do more good doing bad than my mom ever dreamed."

What does this sentence mean? : "We would do more good doing bad than my mom ever dreamed." Does it mean that "We would do more good things while do bad things at the same time" ? I'm waiting for ...
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Although and though meaning ‘but’

I have a car, but it is very old. I have a car it is very old though. I have a car although It is very old. -> 4.Although I have a car, It is very old. 5. Although it is very old, I have a car. ...
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"still too young" vs "far too young"

He's still too young to get married. He's far too young to get married. What's the difference between these two sentences? I know that "far" is "very much", but I want to ...
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"to do about it" vs "to do with it"

It’s too late to do anything about it now. It’s too late to do anything with it now. As I know it, these two sentences are used. Is there any difference in their meaning or using? For me, the ...
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I could not understand the following paragraph's meaning

Source :- The Office Season 6 Episode 9 (Murder) Transcript link :- https://www.officequotes.net/no6-09.php Paragraph:- Voice on CD player: August the 5th, 1955. It’s a sad day down here in Savannah. ...
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Use of "that" in "the meaning is that of a noun"

I don't understand "the meaning is that of a noun" here In compound nouns using the gerund, it is clear that the meaning is that of a noun, not of a continuous verb I don't understand the ...
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Meaning of "it would seem that strategy being followed is to protect defer and delay the case of luis posada"

I think the meaning is ambiguous. "it would seem that strategy being followed is to protect defer and delay the case of luis posada" I don't know if it's referring to the purpose of ...
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Can we make similar sentences as to the meaning of the sentences using might

1.It was probable that he would go but he didn't go. 2.It was probable that he had gone./Probably he had gone. 3.It is probable that he has gone. Can we make similar sentences as to the meaning of the ...
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Meaning of "the availability of vaccines **to** deep-seated logistical problems"

In much of the developed world, vaccine orders are soaring into the billions of doses, coronavirus cases are easing and economies are poised to roar back to life. In many less developed nations, ...
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What does "expressions of opinion" mean?

What does "expressions of opinion" mean? Expressions of opinion should be supported by reference to the authority on which they are made and the verifiable facts which support them.
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Usage of "your " and meaning of below mentioned sentance?

I have come across with below mentioned sentance. Q1)Is bolded word replaces with you or is that correct? Q2)is that sentance means my father is not agree to people smoking cigarettes in the ...
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Are gerund clauses, participle clauses, and infinitive clauses all non-finite clauses?

For instance, "Eating apples without washing" Which is a gerund clause, can also function as a non-finite clause, since it has a non-finite verb and its object?
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Question about the meaning of a particular sentence

The following sentence is from Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011) by the psychologist Daniel Kahneman: Questioning what we believe and want is difficult at the best of times, and especially difficult ...
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Ove Drilling the police-flashlight finger into the counter

What is the meaning of drills in this paragraph, The colleague looks very happy, as people do when they have not been working for a sufficient stretch of time as sales assistants. “Hi, how can I help ...
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Is the first sentence redundant in the paragraph? [closed]

I wrote the following sentences. I have read Prof. XX’ s work “AAA” and I am excited about his great achievements on data mining. I believe that my passion and experience in these areas will have a ...
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Ask something to be something

Below is an extract from a news article and I am confused where with texts in bold. My interpretation is that the lawyers have asked someone (perhaps from the authority) to have Djokovic transferred ...
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wake up, awaken and awake

He woke up to find others gone. He awakened to find others gone. He awoke to find others gone. All of the sentences can be found grammatical in OED and they seem identical in meaning. I am ...
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The difference including not and excluding not to verify something

Do these two sentences below have significant difference? My great-grandmother knew Winston Churchill. "What, not the Winston Churchill?" My great-grandmother knew Winston Churchill. "...
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Something of that kind/ that kind of something

Can I use these versions interchangeably? 1- I didn't say anything of that kind. 2- I didn't say that kind of anything. 3- It is a game of some kind. 4- It is some kind of a game. ...
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"It is important to recognise the interdependence between individual, culturally formed actions and the state of cultural integration." meaning

It is important to recognise the interdependence between individual, culturally formed actions and the state of cultural integration. People work within the forms provided by the cultural patterns ...
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Tell me whether the statement is right or wrong

"Whoever reads this comment, I wish u achieved all the goals in your life and became a great person!" is this correct? I saw this comment in a youtube video... I think it's incorrect because ...
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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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Present Perfect within Present Simple

Is it grammatical to use a Present Perfect within a Present Simple, as in: This programmer regularly documents any change he has recently made in his code. ? If the answer is positive, what does ...

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