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What does “precedents to this story” mean in this context?

could you please help me to understand the meaning of "precedent to this story"? "There are many historical precedents to this story" Does it mean that story is written on the basis of historical ...
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quantity words used adverbially to describe the extent of something

I've noticed the word plenty can be used as an adverb: We're plenty [=very] busy with the work we have already. It's plenty cold outside. There's plenty more where that came from. ...
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What does “O's” mean in bar's (pub's, restaurant's) name?

could you please help me to understand the meaning of "O's" in such names as "Nancy O's restaurant", "George O's bar"... etc. Is there some special meaning, is it translatable? Thank you a lot!
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What does “sticky” mean in this context?

Could you please tell what is meant in this context by "sticky"? Does it mean that little girl was irksome as all the little kids use to be? Thanks a lot for help. "He knew it was dangerous; the ...
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Difference between “being passionate” and "being

I've looked at definitions of both "passionate" and "passional", and they are pretty much the same, but I can't help but feel being passionate is different from being passional
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The difference between “use up” and “run out of something”

Consider these two sentences: I have used up all my pencils. I have run out of pencils. Which one, if either, is better? What is the difference? In what context should I use each one?
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What is the meaning of “blob of glup”?

This term was used in this way, for the first time: “The oyster is a blob of glup, but a woman is a woman.” ― James Thurber, The 13 Clocks . I also saw some articles using this phrase, but I just don'...
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Adjectives that describes a person who likes to collect mementos and keepsakes

Are there any adjective that describes a person who likes to collect keepsakes? I’m having a hard time looking for words on the internet.
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meaning of “hop/simply hop”

I saw this quotes somewhere on the internet and I can't understand the meaning of "hop/simply hop" on these quotes below: "So they hop online, armed only with an avatar and their keyboard." "They ...
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What is the proper name for this vintage “traditional folding gate door”?

Could anyone tell me what is the correct or better name for this gate/door? They are usually used by old shops in Asian countries (possibly from 1940s to 1960s). The photo is on this web-page.
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What does “Pull oneself up by something” mean?

Sometimes I've come across the "phrasal verb" "Pull oneself up by something" and I really don't understand the meaning. I researched, but I couldn't find the meaning. For example: Farm people are ...
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What is the meaning of the word successfully in this sentence?

This isn't just an epigram - life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all. In the sentence above, does it mean that when you look at life from a single window you can ...
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animate, reduce or mitigate his serious attitude

I have made up two versions of an example using two different verbs. (1) Tom doesn't smile much. However, my sense of humor always animates his serious attitude. (2) Tom doesn't smile much. However, ...
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Word for shops/marketplaces without price tags

Imagine a shop where items are very limited in stock (only one or a few of each) and there are no price tags. Visitors can privately place offers on items: only the sellers will see them but not ...
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Before and Until can have the same meaning here?

In this sentence Bellow, I can't see the difference whether I put Before and Until. I didn't like gambling before / until 2020. What's the difference? Sometimes, I just don't buy it: in some ...
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Use A instead of/ rather than B

I wish to know if I should use Instead of or Rather Than in this sentence: Sometimes, people use pencils instead of/ rather than pens. I'd rather use "Rather than" (since it is used for preference)...
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Word for someone who speaks less but has positive connotation

I understand there are words like Taciturn that have same meaning but can be used to compliment someone. Taciturn seems to have negative connotation.
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How to say the following thing?

If I have a phone number in usage & after some time I no longer does, how do I then say it with just one verb in active form & without using negation? So apart from the following way:- I no ...
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Is there specific name bunk beds that are stable in a room?

As far as I know "bunk beds" are beds that a bed stacks on another one. Is there a specific name for bunk beds that are the built-in type like this? Image from http://trica-hostel.com/jp/hostel....
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Right vs privilege? [closed]

Apparently both are similar. How we can differentiate between right and privilege? Please kindly explain with examples
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Ways to say “to take something by hand” in English

I would like to know how to say "to take something by hand" in these contexts. For example, we have: Pick, grab, take, etc. And I wish to know which word would fit the best in these sentences I ...
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Gorge on Vs binge on Vs devour

I've looked up the definition of "gorge on" in Lexico dictionary and it says "eat a large amount greedily". But I don't quite get it. How is it different from "binge on" and "devour". Could you please ...
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What is the file of a cube?

In Wikipedia 3D-Chess, it is written: A rook moves through the six faces of a cube in any rank, file, or column I understand what is a column for a cube. I also deduce that a rank is somewhat a ...
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the town of Castleford

From Cambridge dictionary: He was born in the small town of Castleford, in Yorkshire. I'm not sure whether I understand this correctly. Is it a town called "Castleford"? Or there is a bigger ...
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meaning of “funky girl”?

Although i tried searching google but couldn't came across any digestible stuff my question is that if a young girl in her early twenties make an email id as "funkygirl", what is the meaning of "...
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Word-usage: Lean vs Support

These 2 words have the same translation in my native language, and I don't get the difference in these contexts. For example, should I say: Amanda leant her elbows on her thighs, leaning her hands ...
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Finding Correct word

I have doubt on a phrase. Situation: Let's think like that,I want to change the position of a box. I want to take permission from the owner of the box. What should I say? Where should I put the box?...
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Is it correct to say 'math specialized school' or maybe 'math magnet school about a school with many math lessons?

There are such schools here in post-Soviet Union countries where they teach math intensively, say, at least 1 lesson per day. Here we call them specialized schools. They can have a different profile, ...
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Scientific vocabulary for 'to remove flaws and make something complete'

There are tons of vocabularies related to this concept, such as strengthen, improve, or enhance, but I've never found one proper vocabulary for a scientific (or at least formal) usage with this ...
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What is the meaning of “little long-term ” in this sentence?

Many such drives from the government have been initiated with little long-term results. I know the meaning of long-term.But what it means when "little" word is added before it? TIA
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Word Usage: But… None/Nevertheless vs None/Nevertheless itself?

I'm in doubt because I don't know what's the difference between "But...None/nevertheless" and just the Nonetheless/Nevertheless itself. Example: He is busy.Nevertheless, he still calls me. That ...
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How to say “something can replace something else” in a more precise way

I want to say that, for example, by eating apples, you could also eat bananas, but you do not have to eat bananas. Probably I can say: "eating apples can replace eating bananas", but I think there ...
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What is the difference between scissors and shears?

I never saw this word "shears", but I found it on the internet and I went to search the meaning of that. Well, if scissors and shears have the same meaning. Let me know how to use each one.
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except and only

I found the following example in the Longman Dictionary: except 2 used to give the reason why something was not done or did not happen except (that) Liz would have run, except that she didn’t ...
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How do we say add through CGI video edit?

How do we say add through CGI video edit? I am sure there's a proper way to say this, but I have no idea how to say it in an idiomatic way. Someone need to make a video and add in a CGI hat of ...
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Which is correct, number or amount, in the following two sentences?

I have encountered the following two sentences. In the first sentence, the writer use the word ‘number’ and the word ‘amount’ in the second one. Can I ask if both are correct? or which expression is ...
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Two “distanted” cities?

The two distanted cities are included in our comparison. Is it the correct usage for "distanted"? Do we have an adjective serving our goal here? I want an adjective to fill the blank to imply that ...
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Do “how to proceed” and “how to do” express the same meaning when giving instructions?

Since "proceed" generally means to continue a course of action, how do you understand the sentence "how to proceed" when used before instructions? How to Proceed Step 01 Step 02 ...
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“Been so long *since*” + Present Perfect Tense

I'd like to ask: What's the meaning of present perfect using it after _been so long since_? For example: Someone phones me and says: It's been so long since I've talked to you. Or for ...
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Can square mean a reounded number?

Can square mean a rounded number as in "Can you knock 50 dollars off the price and make it a thousand dollars square"? The seller is asking 1050 dollar for the merchandize and the buyer is trying to ...
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an office for dealing with incoming (and possibly outgoing) mail

Is there a word for an office that deals with incoming (and possibly outgoing) mail in a company or other organization? I'd appreciate your help.
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to prompt/introduce a bill

What is the difference between "prompt" and "introduce" when the object is "bill," i.e., a piece of legislation? John prompted/introduced the bill in 2018. I'd appreciate your help.
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Can the word recipient be used to refer to objects?

The reason why I'm asking this question is because all the main online dictionaries provide the same meaning for this word, that is: a person who receives something. They don't mention objects used to ...
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How to use “Spend”?

In this morning, I have a task about rewrite sentences into ones having the same meaning. There is a sentence which makes me and my classmates really confused. This is the sentence: It takes my ...
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What is the meaning of “indicate otherwise?”

"First, the Handlins cannot adequately demonstrate that the White servant's position was improving during and after the 1660's; several acts of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures indicate ...
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How natural for Native English Speakers these phrases and how to recognize it in advance?

I'm using Mark Skipper Advanced book and there are some phrases which in my opinion are strange. Do you use the following phrases in your speech (books, films, etc.) today? Are they common/relevant? ...
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How formal is “Recipe for a disaster”

I heard the following phrase in a podcast: Credit cards are a bit of recipe for a disaster. I want to know if this phrase "recipe for a disaster" is formal enough to use it in a formal writing? Or ...
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business English [closed]

I wasted around three years studying general English courses without any progress in my writing in my formal mail. I have to send 10 emails per day so I spend a long time searching for similar mail ...
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What is the name of the person whose role is to be the first contact for complaints?

What is the general name of first contact person who is initially approached/contacted for any complain? If for example, I am part of an industry and I work in chemical engineering department and I ...
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How can I effectively express the idea of “spraying water around a certain area”?

Everything I tried didn't return enough results on Google that allows me to say it's widely used in English. I tried: Spray the (area, space, place) with water. Sprinkle the (area, space, ...

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