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meaning of “plus” in “Grammar Plus” [on hold]

I've noticed some English-learning books are entitled "Grammar Plus," "Writing Plus," etc. What does "plus" mean here? It cannot be a preposition, as there is no following noun. Nor can it be an ...
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What is the difference between “thermal” and “thermic”?

Definition of thermic by Google: adjective 1. relating to heat. e.g. thermic effect Definition of thermal by Google: adjective 1. relating to heat. e.g. thermal conductivity ...
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The difference between “allow” and “enable”

Please, clarify me the difference between the verbs to allow and to enable. What are the peculiarities in their meanings especially in formal and technical context? As example, I have such context ...
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Can “Tirade” be used for a *non-angry* lengthy, boring speech/text?

When looking for a word for a lengthy, tedious, boring, text*, I had the feeling that tirade could be the right one. However I looked it up in on-line dictionaries and all of the the ones I consulted ...
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What does “rogue killers” mean?

US President Donald Trump has recently described the murder of a journalist in Saudi embassy in Turkey as being committed by "rogue killers". I first came across rogue in the context of rogue planets, ...
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What does “paradigmatic” mean?

Definition from Cambridge Dictionary, ​relating to the way different words or language items can be chosen to play a particular part in a language structure I don't understand the examples: ...
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what does “it looks warmer” mean?

A: Which one of these sweaters do you like? B: I like the green one. It looks warmer. Does it mean: Among the group of the sweaters, the green one seems to produce more warmth? The dictionary ...
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Why cant a detailed thing be brief? [duplicate]

detailed means having many details brief means short So how come are they antonyms? what if something is detailed and still short even after providing all the details? (it totally depends on the ...
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the world’s richest man OR the richest person in the world?

Who is the richest man in the world? Amazon founder Jeff Bezos surpassed Bill Gates in July 2017 to become not only the world’s richest man, but the richest person in the world with an ...
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Can the word itinerary be used in context of an event schedule

What does the word itinerary mean? Can it be used in context of an event? I looked up in dictionary and found its meaning as: the places you go to or plan to go to on journey and also  a ...
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Which one to use here? In isolation/In general [on hold]

Size is relative I know so If I'm asked in exam to answer a question in brief. Which perspective am I going to use? Brief as an answer in general/in isolation or brief according to that particular ...
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The meaning of the following sentence

Can anyone help me with these sentences? The middle classes jeer at the collier for buying pianos-but what is the piano, often as not, but a blind reaching after beauty? I don't understand what ...
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Is brief a contranym?

Why brief as a verb means to give information thoroughly and even as a noun it means a legal document, given to a barrister, containing all the information about a case but as an adjective it means ...
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Meaning of “carry over”?

In the following quote: "...Up to 400 housing units annually for ten years, with any unused units carried over each year?" Am I correct in understanding the "carry over" as: If for a year there ...
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Categorically vs. Explicitly

I have confusion about the exact difference between these two words. I understand that both are used to choose only one condition/situation/thing out of many, but it seems they have different meaning. ...
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What is difference between grains and seeds? [closed]

What is the difference between grains and seeds? Both diets include lots of vegetables and fruits; whole grains; nuts and seeds; and more seafood than meat.
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Meaning of semi-friendly arrangement

In a book I'm reading there is the phrase "semi-friendly arrangement" that I don't fully understand. Here is the context He and I silently acknowledged each other, and although I wondered ...
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Difference between the words “to cross” and “to x”

I know that there is the word cross out, with the meaning like to draw a line on something written that is relevant no more. And we cross out something in lists, etc. But could we use just the verb ...
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The meaning of “to pack in”

What is the meaning of "to pack in" in the following sentence? And so, week after week, he packed in the columns of the Liberator facts, the most damning facts, against slaveholders, their ...
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What does “courtesy” mean in “courtesy associate”?

The Longman dictionary states that courtesy can be used as a noun meaning politeness, or as an adjective meaning provided free to a customer or the public, as in courtesy phone. In job titles such as ...
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Meaning of the word “divergence”

I just read the following sentence which is part of a quote from Richard Taylor, Restoring Pride: "[..]Indeed, many people will account their lives to be successful if they get through them with ...
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Who are high school juniors and seniors in US? [duplicate]

An advertisement: The Howard Neverov Creative Writing Awards, sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis. Open to high school juniors and seniors 3 prizes of $250 each both in fiction and ...
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Proliferation in a sentence

I was reading the FATF recommendation and its title was INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS ON COMBATING MONEY LAUNDERING AND THE FINANCING OF TERRORISM & PROLIFERATION I understand every thing other ...
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Subtle difference between following words: [closed]

1.Brief, Concise, Succinct 2.Detailed, Thorough, Lengthy I know #1 are derivatives of short and #2 are of long but there is some subtle difference between them • Brief= short; not containing too ...
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Stimulating VS Various, Numerous

Is the use of STIMULATING appropriate in the following sentence or can I use VARIOUS/NUMEROUS instead? If yes, how would it change the meaning of the sentence? There are stimulating factors because ...
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Why does Google list “brief” as an antonym for “detailed”?

brief means short, in few words detailed means having many details Why are they antonyms? A detailed thing can be brief too. And a brief thing can also be detailed (concise)
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Meaning of I had a dream it would end this way

I’m watching a show, Community, and I have a question about a line of it. Please watch it: Community. The guy says “I had a dream it would end this way”, and what does it mean? Does “a dream” mean ...
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What is the word for a kid's bedroom?

I want to know a word for a kid's bedroom just like a women's bedroom is called a boudoir.
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What does details mean in the definition of detailed

Detailed (adjective) means having too many details example: a detailed answer What does this details mean in the definition of the adjective Detailed? Since the noun detail has two meanings: 1.an ...
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A very rude person AND/OR a mix of a mean and rough character

I know the word in my native language but whenever I translate it, it would be "rude", when there's another word in my language that fits "rude", which is "وقح" in Arabic. The word I want is "فظ". ...
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“diary for the coming year”

This is an excerption from an invitation email template: We meet on Wednesday evenings during term time. We would be honored if you would accept this invitation to join us on a Wednesday evening. ...
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Relationship between “detrimental” and “effective”

A sample IELTS question in the reading section concerns a passage about how dentistry has improved over the last few centuries. The passage includes: "...for most of the 18th and the beginning of ...
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Does brief really mean short? [closed]

There are this books called a brief guide to writing academic arguments a brief guide to writing from readings a brief guide to business classics as far as I know brief means a piece of ...
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What does 'hack' mean? [closed]

"Hang it! take 'em hack to the ship!" What does 'hack' mean in this sentence? I can't find the right meaning of 'hack' in my dictionary. In addition, What does 'hang it' mean?
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word meaning - articles and tidbits

When referring to a piece of information, as in "articles and tidbits," does the word tidbit always refer to juicy, gossipy, or salacious information?
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Deciphering a passage from “The Autumn of The Partriarch”

I'm currently trying to make my way through the usually incredibly dense prose in The Autumn of The Partriarch, where sentences go on and on for pages at end. Here is the passage I'm particularly ...
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Which answer is right? I had a steady (job)?

The question below is from my homework. I had a steady_____ Career Job Work Profession I searched on the internet and I found it difficult to get the answer. I think job is ...
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What is the meaning of “wrought” in this sentence and can it be replaced by “worked”?

I understand wrought as a word with two meanings--as the archaic past tense and past participle of work and as an adjective in its own right. However, I can't quite understand its meaning in this ...
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What does “mother ship of close encounters” mean?

This is the opening monologue of The Cafe, Seinfeld's 24th episode. There's always that one location, one store location that's constantly changing hands. Everybody has this in their neighborhood, ...
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Go down the hall meaning? (For giving directions)

When I asked for the directions to the HR's cubicle, I got this reply: Go down the hall then take the first left, You will find the HR's cubicle there. (I don't remember exactly what he said.) I ...
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Help to understand the usage of 'found' in this sentence [closed]

Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, is making the most of the fame she’s found from her alleged affair with President Donald Trump and is dishing details with her tell-all book “Full Disclosure.” ...
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How to understand the usage of 'face' in “the face of an immigration debate”

But Tibbetts' father said his daughter wouldn't want to be the face of an immigration debate and he begged for the family to be allowed to grieve privately. This usage of 'face' is unusual to me. ...
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What is a “closing gown”?

There were fringed bolero jackets in abundance and multiple rose-bedecked references to the so-intense-as-to-hurt romantic aesthetic of Frida Kahlo. The closing gown was painted by Romero Britto as a ...
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Meaning of “altogether”

He admits that there must be something which continues to exist when we go out of the room or shut our eyes, and that what we call seeing the table does really give us reason for believing in ...
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under cover of pinkness?

What does "pinkness" mean in the following? Something significant happened under cover of pinkness while we were busy agonising over Scotland and Ed Miliband's dodgy memory. The Financial Times ...
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Usage of the word 'trot'

I have seen a plethora of examples of sentences which use the word 'trot' in the context of horse gait, meaning a moderately paced running of the horse which is faster than horse's walking but slower ...
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What's the meaning of “least” here? [closed]

least is superlative of little. But I'm not sure if it means the same here or not: Sergeant Margaret Sorensen, fortyish, stocky, blond hair going gray, always an early riser, is enjoying her ...
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What does this figurative usage of “swampy” mean?

Not to pooh-pooh the Doobs and their smooth, aged take on swampy, countrified soul, but this show belongs to Steely Dan. (source) I have checked several dictionaries but haven't found one listing a ...
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redux in “vector class redux”

I encounter the word "redux" in "Vector Class Redux" when reading the book "fluent python", In redux | Definition of redux in English by Oxford Dictionaries redux adjective [ after noun ] UK ​ ...