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What are the uses and connotation of “the reason why”.?

What are the uses and connotation of "the reason why". I heard someone says; "tell her the reason why", I didn't understand how he use it Thanks.
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Does “a home” here mean “house” or “homeland”?

Does "a home" here mean "house" or "homeland"? This ability to enjoy life is a rich and vital gift. It enables a person to bear stress well. It saves us from turning ...
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What is “this” meaning in the sentence?

The gases around Earth, which make up its atmosphere, break up the sun's light. This makes the light bounce around in different directions. Is the word "this" meaning gas/atmosphere or ...
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What does “Give in it” mean?

What does "Give in it" mean in this sentence? The shoes may seem tight at first, but the leather has plenty of give in it. And when can I use it?
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What is the difference between “whimsy” and “whimsical”? [closed]

Please, feel free to provide with examples.
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What does “dramatic” mean in this context? [closed]

"Name one moment in time that has had a positive effect on you. Preferably, choose a moment in which you took action in some way. This moment doesn’t have to be dramatic, simply any moment that ...
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What's the difference between “wrap” and “wind”?

I've looked them up in several dictionaries, but I find them very similar in meaning because both mean to turn something around something else, for example: She wound a scarf around her neck. She ...
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Threw/Dropped it on the floor

A man is trashing an apartment. Moments later, the man came back into the living room carrying a fridge, which he threw/dropped on the floor. I feel that a fridge is a too heavy thing for one to be ...
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Is the word “stage” used correctly in this meaning?

They are at the stage in which they are. I mean they are where they are, with things which they got. For example they don’t have a big house, they have average house and this is okay to have this ...
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What does “How do you find life in Japan?” mean?

What does "How do you find life in Japan?" mean? I'm asking this question because I've looked up the definition of life on the Cambridge dictionary website and the closest thing that I could ...
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What does there now mean here? “There now! What did I tell you?”

What does there now mean here? "There now! What did I tell you?" And when can I use it like this?
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What does “reflect on” means in this context?

Political parties engage strongly during a campaign. Popular votations are an opportunity to highlight themselves, reflecting on concrete issue against the background of their basic ideologies and ...
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ours won't be simply “42.”

What do you think "42" means? Google offers "42, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, is the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and ...
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employed 20 workers last week

I am not sure if "to employ" means "to have someone on the payroll" or "to put someone on the payroll." Is it ambiguous? Consider the following sentence: The company ...
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What does “that's a coped” mean?

"Technically every time you go back into the bottle, that's a coped." This is from a video of a nail artist. She is applying nail polish and says this. I think 'the bottle' is a manicure ...
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The tornado is building with wind speeds of over 100 kilometers an hour

Weather report Weatherman: A severe cold spell is forecast for northern regions this week with temperature dropping to minus 20 degrees Celsius. The tornado is building with wind speeds of over 100 ...
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What does described mean here?

What does "described" mean in the sentence? "Two contenders are from the genus Patu: males of Patu digua described in Colombia had a body length of 0.37 millimeters (0.014 inches)"...
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The difference between managing member and manager [closed]

Who is a managing member? Can I use the word-combination "manager" instead of "managing member"?
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What does “subject teacher” refer to?

In my country, we have two main kinds of teacher (not counting university lecturers) – primary school teachers and secondary school teachers. The latter kind are referred to as 'subject teachers' (...
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humankind and well-off

Are word "humankind" and "well-off" formal or not? Can I use, for instance, in academic writing so: Humankind has all possibilities to make all people well-off And are there any ...
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Does 'sings a song of significance' literally mean 'sing'?

Does ' sing a song" here mean literally 'sing"? What makes for happiness is something far beyond the tension-relieving quality of life’s temporary distractions and even more than the ...
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“bubble” 's possible new meaning in English

What is the meaning of the following sentence: And I shall carry on with the 40 hour week working with people who are in more bubbles than a bloody aero !! This is a top up-voted comment from the ...
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Understanding the meaning of hypocrite

The dictionary definition of hypocrite is : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings I need some clarification on how to use it. Example - one person is saying ...
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do my weather forecast

The weather segment on the TV news Weatherman: I hate my job. I hate doing the weather forecast; every day probability of this, probability of that. Even if I get the weather forecast right, I still ...
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Meaning of 'cost'

The following sentence is the headline of the Washington Post. The same nuclear fears Pelosi has about Trump cost an Air Force major his job in 1973 I know the usual meanings of cost as a noun and a ...
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envision / predict / forecast

If I have a quarrel with somebody and say: I can envision all your further words! Is it appropriate in the context that I want to emphasise that all they words are a commonplace for me and they ...
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“Bind oneself with the consequence”

The collective decision is authentic: people are binding themselves with the consequences of their own decision.; It is their own decision, not one imposed on them by political elites. - Swiss ...
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Which should I use: 'near of the place' or 'near the place'?

Which should I use: 'near of' or 'near'? Can I use both? For example: "I live near of the river." "I live near the river." Are they grammatically correct? Is there any difference ...
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What does the word 'broke' mean in “country Is 'Broke' With state subsidies…”

Does "broke" here mean "without money"? Brazil's President Says Country Is 'Broke' With state subsidies to fight poverty now ended, Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on ...
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Meaning of “soul” in the context

Ah! she said, triumphantly: the little boy hurts, doesn't it? I said, stonily, it might be a good idea if, instead of a psychiatrist, she stopped off one afternoon at a delousing station. Did I (with ...
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What does “leading” imply here?

"He was a leading spirit in the conference." Does the statement infer that the subject was leading as if an influential or in a mere literal sense?
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Waves 8 or 9 of the UK Household Longitudinal Study

Could you see what the word "Wave" mean in the title "Waves 8 or 9 of the UK Household Longitudinal Study"? Google search repeatedly comes back to the similarly titles and I have ...
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the interest comes in

At a bank Teller: "Well, let's see... this money that you're depositing comes to almost $100." Boy: "Right". Teller: "So, if you put this into a savings account and save it ...
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you leave your money longer

Woman: Hi. I'd like to open up a bank account. Teller: What sort of account do you want, a checking account or a savings account? Woman: What difference does it make? Teller: A checking account is an ...
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How is 'nor' used in this sentence?

In the following lines taken from Book 2 of The Iliad (Pope), (1) what does nor mean in the context? (2) are heard and obey'd transitive or intransitive? ... Your own resistless eloquence employ, And ...
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Can I use “rant” when also seeking a solution?

Some dictionaries say "rant" means to speak or shout in an aggressive, unreasonable way. Some even describe ranting as "nonsense"-talking. Can "rant" be used in a ...
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Does“ jinxed” here imply that her plans were ruined altogether or that everything fell apart during the holiday?

Does" jinxed" here imply that her plans were ruined altogether or that everything fell apart during the holiday? The strike has jinxed my plans to go to Hawaii for the holidays.
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Meaning of “battery” in “same substantial battery of six physical tests”

Does "battery" here mean "group"? Bing dictionary gives the definition "a group of similar things". I am not sure the definition fits. The research, overseen by ...
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Enigma vs puzzle

What are the differences between a "puzzle" and an "enigma"? All dictionaries say about the "mysterious" effect in the word "enigma". Native speakers, do you ...
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major purveyors of viral spread

Does "major" in the phrase "major purveyors of viral spread" mean: (1) main; greater or more important (like in ‘he got the major share of the spoils’) (2) significant, important. ...
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Are you making this up? [closed]

Man: But do you make enough money for everything you do? Woman: Just enough. I make do. Man: So do I. I make do as well. I get by. I get up in the morning. I get dressed. I get on the bus. I get off ...
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What does ‘they belonged’ mean in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?

A second later, a gigantic pair of wheels and headlights had screeched to a halt exactly where Harry had just been lying. They belonged, as Harry saw when he raised his head, to a triple-decker, ...
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“I just jump in”

What does it mean "I just jump in" in the second sentence? Am I right if I think about it accordingly to the Cambridge dictionary's definition: "to suddenly become involved in a ...
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What does “schmill” mean?

In Disney's Hercules there's a scene (at 57:30 on Disney+, or on Youtube) in which Megara tries to convince Hercules to spend some time with her instead of doing whatever his trainer Phil planned for ...
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What does integrity mean in these sentences?

According to Hernandez, some streamers see live-streaming as a form of self-improvement, even without an audience. Many use it as a way to feel more comfortable with the idea of broadcasting and ...
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What does “just” mean in this sentence

A boy is looking for a bank Boy: Oh, this must be a bank. I'll just make sure. What does that notice say? Uh, yes. Bank of the World. Good. What does this notice say? Closed. What does "just&...
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to keep in your account

At a Bank Woman: Hi. I’d like to open a saving account. Teller: OK. What type of balance, how much money do you intend to keep in your account? Woman: Probably less than a 1000 dollars. What does &...
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'mighty's meaning in 'the mighty Mississippi River' is necessarily related to the large size?

I am a non-native English speaker. I thought the word might is associated with strength, power, or capability, rather than great size in its essence. However, the second definition and the example ...
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What does “let's go with” mean here?

At a Bank Man: "Hi. I'd like to open up a bank account, please." Teller: "Well, let me help you. There're three basic types of accounts." Man: "Right." Teller: "...
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“It was wonderfully made” - meaning?

I would like to know what the first sentence means (from a story, it is a description of a hornet): It was wonderfully made, both before and behind. Its wings were folded upon its terrible body.

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