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What's the meaning of the sentence "You are such a commitment"

I heard it from a vlog https://youtu.be/tWZl11CYPNM?t=140. Looked up on google but still not clear about it.
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What's the meaning of "annoyance of remembering to save"?

I was reading a book of programming language and I didn't understand the the meaning of below sentence. The sentence is: "Navigate to File | Auto Save. This toggle will save the annoyance of ...
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What does this line regarding COVID-19 laden food industry mean?

This article has this line, “A franchisee of a restaurant model invests everything, just like an independent operator. They gamble on everything,” Gagnon explained to Yahoo Finance. “Now they have a ...
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What is the meaning of "needs his space..." on this comic page?

"Marshall needs his space to move freely." Could you explain what the bar keeper implies? One of the comic readers said, that this phrase implies a gunfight, which marshall Sykes should be ...
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a sentence from the book "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan

The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant ...
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I am unable to make sense of this sentence:

I am unable to make sense of the highlighted sentence in the attached picture, especially the phrase, "leading note" if it's really used as a phrase. Unfortunately, the context doesn't help ...
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What does "Name seemed to be in doubt" mean in this context?

Hunger, chaos, thawed mud everywhere, uncollected debris, water pipes bursting, unofficial warnings of tainted water supplies, gas explosions. Unrest among Free Britons. Today being pay day, pay ...
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Can't understand the sentence written in Scottish accent

-- 'Sae, ye dullyeart horse-punckin, ye'd hae it that the Laird's worrrd is kilted in a tippit?' He waved his Bible at the Lord's creation beyond the window, mostly concealed as it was by broken ...
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Need help with a provision in an agreement

I ran into this provision when reading a WTO agreement and wasn't sure of its meaning. These timetables shall provide for all measures referred to in paragraph 1 to be phased out or brought into ...
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What does Shadow ... directly off ... mean?

I happened to read a line(source), which made me a hard time understanding: More precisely, a local module or package can shadow another hanging directly off sys.path. For me it's more readable to ...
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Meaning of sentences from an introduction to "The House of the Dead"

From Julius Bramont's introduction to a 1911 edition of The House of the Dead by "Fedor Dostoïeffsky", from Project Gutenberg: Hence his rage with the calmer men, more gracious interpreters ...
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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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What's the meaning of would in the following sentences

I know the meaning of "would" when it is used in conditional sentences, but I have a huge problem when I'd like to use it without "if". I read lots of websites and similar posts ...
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Difference that the addition of commas make to a sentence

How do the following sentences mean differently? The candidates who got high marks were pleased. The candidates, who got high marks, were pleased. a. Those who got high marks and those who did not ...
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A short paragraph meaning

In considering the life of Shakespeare, we have at our disposal a fair number of facts; but on these facts the industry of commentators has constructed an additional mass of great magnitude and ...
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Get negative thoughts (away from yourself / out of your mind)

I was wondering as which one of the following structures sounds more natural to be said to Yoga students by their master? a. Get negative thoughts away from yourself. b. Get negative thoughts out of ...
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What does "even had the Archaic Greeks thought in such terms" means?

my friends, I have a question from a book. Here is the quote: The appeal to massive supernatural forces in order to account for large-scale physical events is explanation of a sort: but it appears ...
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“My cat always hits me” or “my cat only hits me” [closed]

“My cat always hits me,” “my cat only hits me.” What is the semantic difference ? Is “my cat always only hits me” valid one?
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Who is the member of FINRA, SIPC?

I have read a sentence in a material: TD Ameritrade Clearing, Inc. is the contracted custodian and clearing firm of TD Ameritrade Hong Kong Ltd. for U.S. securities markets and is a member of FINRA,...
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Function of “ever”

I didn’t do my homework on Monday, and I did do my homework on Tuesday. “I ever didn’t do my homework” is wrong because I did do my homework on Tuesday. Then, is just saying “I didn’t do my homework” ...
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What does "diametrically opposed" mean in this context?

Only one traditional BE phoneme has been omitted from the consonantal inventory, this being the aspirate, and the typographical signal of its absence – the apostrophe – is regarded as a regrettable ...
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Don’t all the prepositional phrases modify words?

I don't think “because of (something)” or “when it comes to (something)” modify words, although they are prepositional phrases. For example, "I didn’t do homework because of health." It just ...
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comparing things that are long to tell?

In the following sentence I am comparing two things: There is no comparison between a solicitor who works in a lower court in countries like Australia and Britain and an advocate in a US court of law....
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Take sb on as a job

I liked to undestand the sentence below but it didn't seem to be right. He took a few aspiring actors as their manager and agent. It should mean He is their manger and agent. But as in the sentence, ...
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Meaning of “May you drink cups of tea watching clouds of ambient sheep float across pastoral landscapes awash with pale sunlight.”

May you live in boring times. Like, the dullest times ever. May you drink cups of tea watching clouds of ambient sheep float across pastoral landscapes awash with pale sunlight. The pears in the ...
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She venerated her parents' memory

She venerated her parents' memory. Is this sentence clear in its meaning? whose memory is venerated? her is possessive and parents' is also possessive.
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She'll never stop being angry with me

A: Well. What happened? Did you recite my poem to my girlfriend? B: Yes. A: And then, what did she say? Did she give you a message for me? B: Well... A: Did she or didn't she? B: Yes. She gave me a ...
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Meaning of within 72 hours before

What does this exactly mean: You must fill in this form within 72 hours before you arrive into Germany. Does that mean I have to fill the from 3 day before entrance? Or, I can fill it out any day I ...
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"Two doors opened out of it to the left and to the right," meaning from A Study in Scarlet

An excerpt from A Study in Scarlet: A short passage, bare planked and dusty, led to the kitchen and offices. Two doors opened out of it to the left and to the right. Could anyone please explain to ...
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What is the meaning of "sleep arousal" and "unchanted" at this comic page?

"Also, you have a level of sleep arousal that, at this point in our relationship, does nothing for me." "You need to be alert. We're entering The Unchanted Forest".
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Can you use and understand the meaning of this sentence without using "too"?

Please consider this sentence: Is this motorcycle heavy to handle for a 5'10'' guy with around 60 Kg weight? Now I guess you understood what I mean by this sentence. I want to ask if this motorcycle ...
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What does “ Now, the question is how much to do in the PCs” mean?

in an extract from D5 Conference by Wall street journal I read: I think there's going to be tremendous revolution, you know, in the experiences of the post-PC devices. Now, the question is how much ...
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What does "Sah" mean in this context?

"... It's one of the few countries in the world where the workers don't go on strike." Boos, cheers, laughter. The King said: "Anyway, I want to see the boys in blue and khaki jumping ...
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What is the overall meaning of the following sentence?

Would you please tell me the overall meaning of the following sentence? "Almost since the invention of writing, more than five thousand years ago, the signs that stood for words that expressed (...
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What type of earth material is the author talking about?

"He (the giant king) would have liked to tame the very fire at the heart of the earth if he could in order to make the pillars for his throne room." And what does "tame...the heart of ...
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What does this sentence below mean? 2

I have another question. "Poor Clara, who appeared to Higgins and his mother as a disagreeable and ridiculous person, and to her own mother as in some inexplicable way a social failure, had never ...
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Meaning of a sentence which uses "would rather"

I would like to know the meaning of the sentence which is underlined here in the image. The image reads as follows: ·············The text in the image begins here··········· Would rather means 'prefer'...
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Tell me which one is correct?

(1) In English, we don't have many specific words or pronouns to show respect like lots of other languages do Or (2) In English, we don't have many specific words or pronouns to show respect unlike ...
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What does this sentence below mean?

I have a problem to which I haven't been able to find a solution for hours. Recently, I have been reading Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, and there is a sequel after the story ends. In that sequel, ...
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Is there a difference in the meaning of this sentence if I put "according to" at the beginning of the second dpd clause vs at the end of the sentence?

I want to say Taliban is never trustable Taliban was a supporter of Xinjiang islamist militants (source: China) I wrote this sentence: Taliban is never trustable, and they were one of the ...
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What does it mean "It's five to twelve"? [closed]

Is it 11:55? OR 12:05? It's quite ambiguous in Korean.
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Modal verb + "be able to"

I might (be able to) help you. You may (be able to) get extra money. You should (be able to) feel this You re foolish to expect to (be able to) do that. Is there any meaningful difference between the ...
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"That hints at the most unpredictable force disguised despots contend with: their citizens."

could someone help parse out this sentence? "That hints at the most unpredictable force disguised despots contend with: their citizens." -- from The Economist After several attempts, I still ...
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as academic discussions go

Here is the full context: When Dharma Kumar visited Calcutta and came with me to Ranajitda’s addas, she expressed astonishment at the range of issues we managed to discuss in our evening gatherings. ...
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What does ‘have rather’ mean?

The beauty of Qingdao has rather to be seen in its waters than mountains. It’s written by a translator, which means the original text is not English. I wonder why did he write has rather to be, is it ...
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What does "give/shoot someone a sharp look" mean?

She gave/shot him a sharp look. What does "sharp" mean in this context? Is it a normal word to use in this kind of context?
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What is the name of a type of sentence

"Who is he" is called an inquisitive sentence. I wonder what is the name of a sentence like "please close the door".
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What is the meaning of this sentence from Thomas Hardy's book?

There is a paragraph in beginning of Thomas Hardy's "The Distracted Preacher": But when those of the inhabitants who styled themselves of his connection became acquainted with him, they ...
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Meaning of ' send the form through your HR' in the sentence

What is the meaning of send the form through your HR in the following sentence? Simply obtain another subscription form, tick the additional membership column, fill in the other necessary details, ...
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Can explain me in the way I understand [closed]

the services performed by workers for wages as distinguished from those rendered by entrepreneurs for profits. What does it mean? Can explain me one by one?

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