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What does “informed” mean in this sentence?

This is an excerpt from musician Sara Bareilles' interview. "I want to be someone who speaks to messages that are uplifting, and to tell people how loved they are. So it’s really informed how ...
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What's the opposite of “level scaling”?

This is a hard one. Level scaling means the enemies in a video game scales with the player. What's the antonym of that term? I would prefer it if it was one word and it didn't contain the word scaling....
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What does it mean by “hold one's heart.”

It's in Sara Bareilles' song, 'hold my heart'. The song's about a break-up with a man that Sara loves but who didn't love every aspects of her including her pains and darknesses. And there it goes, "...
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words in particular in paragraph [on hold]

Is this paragraph free of mistakes: "We once conducted an INQUIRY about stress. At the beginning, we obviously collected some personal data, such as name, age and profession, I no longer recall if ...
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In the sentence “I'm happy that you're happy.”

I came across this line; "I'm happy that you're happy" in movie. What does 'that' mean here? Does 'that' in here have the same meaning as 'when'? I in no way thought that 'that' would address this ...
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What would be synonyms for “be into something”?

I find myself repeatedly using these two expressions; "I'm into Psychology" or "I'm interested in Psychology" but cannot think of other ways to deliver the same meaning. What other expressions ...
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play snowball / have a snowball fight

A colleague of mine said there is no such thing as "playing snowball" in English. In my native language, when we talk about "snowball", we use it with the verb "play." I wonder playing snowball ...
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What is the meaning of 'be set to' in this sentence?

In the following sentence, what is the meaning of 'be set to'? I think it has the meaning of 'to be ready/prepared to'. If not so, I'd like to know the other meaning of it. Many electric clocks are ...
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What does “radicalize” mean here?

My hope is that enabling more scholars from the periphery to publish in scholarly journals will improve (and radicalize) scholarship for the better. [source] Radicalize typically has negative ...
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What does “original already” mean?

An artist called 5haus sent a song to an artist called deadmau5 on his twitch channel. When deadmau5 read the sender name (5haus) he said: "original already", does it have a positive or negative ...
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What is the best way of learning new words (vocab)

I’m a non-native English speaker and I want to know what is the best way of learning new words Is it by translate the word into my native language. Or by view the word definition in English Or by ...
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Is it correct to say “a speaking activity by using WhatsApp messenger”?

Can I use "by using" in a title or phrase or does it have to be a full sentence? I want to put a caption under one of my photos I took in one of my classrooms in which my students are doing a ...
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“No” verses “not a”

From Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary. No I didn't read your e-mail. I'm no snoop. Can I say: No I didn't read your e-mail. I'm not a snoop. If I can, what's the differences between them?...
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grocery store in American English [closed]

Many dictionaries say "grocery store" means "supermarket" in American English. I'd like to verify if that's the case. Could this term refer to a shop that is not so big as a supermarket, somewhat like ...
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How to spell a “subsubsection”?

I hesitated asking my question in Tex Exchange, but I finally opt for English Language Learners: In LaTeX, there are commands that allow you to create sections and subsections in your document file. ...
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Specific vocabulary problem: permit + reflexive pronoun

She never has more than one chocolate at once. (permits) In the dictionary, there is no entry permit oneself, but my book gives the answer: She never permits herself more than one chocolate at once. ...
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How to describe a person 'who's got firm opinion in life which is independent of others' and confident!"

Is "She is her own woman" typically used to deliver what I wrote in the title means? Or is there any better expressions?
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Opposite expression to 'A plane takes off."

When it comes to a noun, I learned 'landing' is an opposite vocabulary to 'take-off' in an airplane context. But what about the verbs? Do you say 'A plane is touching down' or 'A plane is landing' ...
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What would be an alternative to the word “reverse” as noun?

I mean the noun 'reverse' in the driving context, like 'drive and reverse'. Is there any replacement for 'reverse' in this context? Do you use, for example, 'backwards' instead of 'reverse' in ...
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'police investigation' or 'police examination'?

I think 'police investigation' is a more frequently used terms in America, but is 'police examination' also used? or is not a right expression?
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What does “sure” mean?

How is sure different from yes? How is it different from other responses? When should I use it?
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use of dominate

Mr. A has two qualities.He is kind. He is aggressive. He is more kind than being aggressive. If we say: 'His kindness dominates his aggressiveness.' 'His kindness overshadows his aggressiveness.' '...
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Expression “Mind (you)”

Mind you means in a dictionary: "Used to make a sentese less strong or general" For example - I'm lazy - I go to gym on Saturdays, mind you. But, does "mind you" mean the same thing in these phrases?...
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Definite vs definitive

In the following sentence why is definitive used and not definite? Even though she's hung up without giving him a definitive schedule to pick up the containers, this call marked the first outward ...
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Can we refer to a bar of soap as a “bath accessory”?

Is it correct and natural to refer to a bar of soap as a "bath accessory"? If not, what would you call it? I'm considering a sentence like: The hotel offers free bath accessories/bathing products....
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“Blow” in a conversation

Can "Blow" be used by itself to mean "Blow something up all out of proportion?" As in: She was written off as Blowing it (a situation) in an attempt to implicate him. (Made up example)
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Along and Alongside

Look at these sentences: I walk along the road The traffic jam along the road I walk alongside the road The traffic jam alongside the road The first sentence means as the same direction as the ...
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were <met><welcomed> by

The context ; The soldier -Private potton- had just come back from Dunkirk.He was among the first two hundred soldiers to arrive home in England. As the soldiers left the boat that had brought them ...
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What verbs collocate with policy?

What verbs collocate with policy? Make a policy? Develop a policy? The government should make a a policy to reduce the number of cars. Does this sound correct?
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Good times “are” or “is”?

Which sentence is correct? Good times is what keeps life going. Good times are what keeps life going.
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verb + a wounded body part?

I am looking for a verb that can take a wounded body part as its object. It roughly means "give careful attention to" or "treat (a wounded body part) carefully/gently." Two examples I can think of are ...
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I feel flattered means the same thing as I'm flattered?

Flatter is when you compliment someone in a way that is not sincere. To be flattered although is kinda saying "it's so nice of you" And what about "I feel flattered"?
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Can I use “ago” with any word?

we mostly see "ago" comes with time periods like two weeks ago, two nights ago, what about using ago with things other than time periods like page, post, bus, girlfriend, etc. for example 1) ...
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How can I say that an idea goes into another, more global concept?

After listing some points in my essay I need to say that all they go into a definite concept. What words can I use here? Here is my complete sentence: Goals, challenges, self-discovery, ...
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different between “be”, “there is”, “there exist”, “exist”

Meaning of "be", "there is", "there exist", "exist" These words are very similar. I don't know how to use them.
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praising poetry about a saint

I was searching for a suitable word for a piece of writing composed for speaking high of a pious man, such as a saint. I found one: encomium. Can we use the word 'encomium' for a piece of poetic ...
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Can I use a sentence with indirect speech in an essay? Example below↓

Would it be proper for written AmE? After making some points in my essay I need to state that what I've just said probably engenders a question. This (probably) brings up/arises/elicits a question, ...
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How can I say that something happens not for the first time?

Would these examples be proper for written American English? It happened not for the fist time that he decided not to attend classes. or It was not a single occasion/time when she decided not ...
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Are those alternatives exactly equal to what they replace: “very + adjective”?

Thanks to this cool webpage, I got the following rich adjective vocabulary list: Furious —> Very angry Gorgeous —> Very beautiful Massive —> Very big Dull —> Very boring ...
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What does “would be caught dead” mean?

I faced this sentence actually: One would be caught dead without one of these. What does "would be caught dead" mean?
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To: infinitive marker or a preposition?

I am not sure when to is a preposition, in these two sentences below to works on the same way for me, however, avoid is not in gerund. Use good judgment to avoid.. It was critical to achieving ...
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Will this change the meaning of the sentence?

In this sentence: You can send e-mails to targeted photo buyers and include a link to your website. If I change the word 'targeted' to 'target', will this make any changes to the meaning of the ...
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Travelling from / Travelling in from?

Can you please advise me which question would a native speaker immigration officer would ask in an airport Where are you traveling from? or Where are you traveling in from? Where are you ...
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Are “in her stead / in her shoes” interchangeable?

Can I use "stead" in the same context as What would you do if you were in her shoes? What would you do in her stead? Or what's the best way to ask this question ? Thanks
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Can you say “I savaged myself” or “She savaged herself” for something or someone?

Can you say “I savaged myself” or “He/She savaged himself/herself” for something or someone? For instance, someone was trying to prepare themselves for a contest or a competition, fiercely changing ...
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Bluer or more blue in “its more blue offerings can get steamier”?

As I know, a monosyllabic adjective is usually made comparative with -er, while polysyllabic adjective is usually made comparative with word more. The problem is that I found an article that uses word ...
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meaning of “nutritional tangents”

I'm reading The Fermented Man by Derek Dillinger. The author has this one-year plan of eating only fermented food, such as yogurt and bread. As a result, his options become extremely limited. Then he ...
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“Leave on” vs “leave”

Can there be a missing on when I say somebody leaves on some date? For example, is it okay if I say: We'll have to leave September 1st, because we have to be back in school on the 2nd. instead of:...
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The meaning of 'rutting' in Tennessee Williams' 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

Chapter XI begins as follows: STANLEY: Drew to an inside straight and made it, by God. PABLO: Maldita sea tu suerte! STANLEY: Put it in English, greaseball. PABLO: I am cursing your rutting luck....
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The verb ''feel'' about weather

Feel(V):İf you talk about how the weather feels, you describe the weather, especially the temparature or weather or not you think it is going to rain or snow. I have some confusion about this ...