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What this person is saying in “American English” accent?

Video At 1:02: He says Human beings should be ..... from each other. Also a little bit confusion between 0:02 and 0:10. I believe it is: Went through .......
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Can you explain these phrases of British accent?

Source:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH2UnMxR3IM I am unable to understand English commentary in the video between 0:19 and 0:45. I understood,'Andrew Flintoff ..... 3 wickets in 4 balls ......'. ...
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What is the interpretation of this liner? [closed]

Source:http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/mrsfunnybones/kohinoor-and-other-british-gems/ But there is a silver lining to my eggplant-hued cloud. Now if trolls on Twitter badger me with the ...
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Understand: is not under natural authority but is under the arbitrary authority of the self-appointed and self-validating

Today I encountered a sentence: A slave's education is not under natural authority but is under the arbitrary authority of the self-appointed and self-validating I boldened the doubtful words and ...
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What does “refer to their own interest” imply?

I'm decent with the English language but this sentence makes no sense to me. "Whatever reasons we may have for preserving or protecting non-sentient beings, these reasons do not refer to their own ...
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Why break wind means fart?

As a non-English native speaker. I found it hard to understand why break wind means fart.should I just remember the phrase and give up to try to understand why it means that.
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what does “one could shunt symbols around” mean?

I am reading Gödel's proof book. But there is sentences that i cannot understand. "One of them "From a fixed set of axioms and a fixed set of typographical rules, one could shunt symbols around and ...
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Is it common to use -in the integration- in this case?

can you please tell me if this sentence is understanable to native speaker and is it common to say it like this? Besides being used as a stand-alone module, (the module's name) can work in the ...
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Make exception for (X) in (Y)

I've tried to parse this statement, but it was really hard, and neither I can understand it: An office culture that makes exceptions for remote people results in second-class citizenship, putting a ...
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What is the difference between the two questions?

Is man not extremely foolish, to be unable to see this? How is that different from Is man not extremely foolish if he is unable to see this?
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'succeed' and part of speech

I have the following sentence. I'm really excited to share with you some findings that really surprise me about what makes companies succeed the most, what factors actually matter the most for ...
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Does “gone astray” mean the same as losing the way?

If I walk along a hiking path and I lose my way somehow, can I say that I am gone astray?
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I don’t get what “as it were” means

I don’t understand whenever I read “as it were”. Could anyone please explain it to me in a plain way along with some examples of how to use it? My English mightn't be as good as yours.
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Meaning of “as anything but ______” in a sentence [closed]

I have found a GRE question from official ETS practice book for verbal. I am kind of stuck with the type of the question asked in GRE that is posted here. The media once portrayed the governor as ...
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Any difference between “I know C did it” and “C did it”?

I was working on a logical problem. In this problem I have a problem with the statement made by B. B said I wasn't I know C did it I thought that the second statement of B means C did it. In the ...
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What is the exact meaning of “3 is not a factor of m or of n”?

3 is not a factor of m or of n. Meaning of the above statement the way I understand it is 3 is not a factor of m or 3 is not a factor of n. I think that I might be wrong because here I suggested an ...
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“specifically true in this situation to the (possible) exclusion of other situations” - Clarification?

Please, take a look at this answer from English.SE. I am interested in understanding the precise meaning behind the ninth paragraph: What the form BE+V-ing really does is to indicate that the ...
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What does “In others, not at all.” mean?

From the NY Times, "Their father has the only key to the front door, and he keeps it locked. In some years, they are allowed outside only a handful of times. In others, not at all." The sentence ...
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What is the meaning of the numbers in this case?

I came across phrases like this: I haven't read it, but a lot of 130s students love it. Most of my exposure to this book comes from tutoring and grading for 161 which are just a little ...
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English Questions' Length

I usually write very long questions which come not to be understandable, so I feel I have to keep a number of words and I must not exceed it. So, when I want to write an English question, what is the ...
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Understanding English (Listening skills)

I've been trying to improve my listening skills for about 9 months. I realized that I can understand "BBC Radio 4 extra" very well (especially the drama), but I find it's hard to understand "CNN" and ...
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Why are these NOT unstated assumptions for rural spaces? - Test 3, Q27, by Mark Shepherd [closed]

Passage: Mastering the National Admissions Test for Law by Mark Shepherd, page 146. = Page 2, only first two paragraphs under the heading 'Spaces of Consumption' Don't read the entire PDF. Sorry, this ...
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Why is this an unstated assumption for rural spaces? - Test 3, Q27, by Mark Shepherd [duplicate]

Passage: Mastering the National Admissions Test for Law by Mark Shepherd, page 146. = Page 2, only first two paragraphs under the heading 'Spaces of Consumption' Don't read the entire PDF. Sorry, this ...
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Obtaining the mind maps and mapping them to the other language [closed]

Please tell me if I must separate my question but I see that one of the major language difficulties is that some words are sorta synonyms yet occasionally some synonyms have some flavours, which ...
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What does “east of the Indiana/Ohio border” mean?

Today I am reading an Algorithms textbook. The author, in order to explain the shortest path between two vertices in a graph, gives an example in the real world: At one time, there was a speed trap ...
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difference between ‘fast’ and ‘quick’

I was reading a game of thrones and got an ambiguous understanding of two words: fast and quick It looks like the author is describing two characters whose characteristics are quite opposite. Is ...
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Problem listening to foreign accents [closed]

From the beginning I had some problems listening to foreign accents. Like when someone from my native country (India) speaks English I understand it at once, but if someone from a foreign country ...
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Explanation of a paragraph about irony [closed]

It's your brother's MR. T PUPPET, which of course is kept in the apartment with a sense of profound humorous irony. But as usual with your BRO's exploits, this is no ordinary irony, or anything close ...
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Understanding a passage in relation with 'Clauses' and 'Phrases'

Below is the screenshot of a passage from 'Oxford Guide to English Grammar by John Eastwood'. The passage says A clause has a subject and a verb. Subject and Verb are the elements of a sentence or a ...
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What is the meaning of “polarisation” in this paragraph?

The implication is that the process of technical change, at the firm level, is generally evolutionary. Firms that survive within the marketplace will move along a technical trajectory accumulating ...
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How would a native speaker understand a malformed question?

In Portuguese, to transform an affirmative phrase in interrogative, you just append a question mark. When learning English, beginners sometimes just append the question mark, forgetting about ...

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