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What is the meaning of the expression “my likeness” in the phrase below?

"I sued American Apparel because they calculatingly took my name, my likeness and image and used them publicly to promote their business." I tried every translation for "likeness" in Portuguese I ...
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Reference of a phrase

What the bold part reffered to? Could it be rephrased like this: "and children learn the reflex to think in terms of mental states". If yes, what's the meaning of reflex to think about mental state? ...
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Why “being stripped” was used in this example ? Why not “to be stripped”? [duplicate]

The warning from the European commission could lead to that country being stripped of its European rights.
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Pronoun missing?

A line in the movie Stargate goes It's got writing unlike we've ever found before. It seems to me this sentence is missing a pronoun what/anything. Is this a case of ellipsis? Is it grammatical as ...
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She has hating AGAINST / FOR her?

Which preposition goes together with "hating" (as a noun) in the following contexts? Ann took Lee's boyfriend, therfore Lee has hating against / for Ann. They have hating against / for ...
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Can continuous form of tense be used with “for” and “since”

I want to know if it is grammatically correct to use continuous form of tense be used with "for" and "since"? For example: instead of They had been friends for six months if I say They were friends ...
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Can “Down to business” be a shortened version of the idiom?

Can the idiom Now, let's get down to business. be shortened to Now, down to business. ? I don't want the part "let's" as it is, to some extent, a friendly approach when the speaker is far ...
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I got this shirt for 10% off, I got this shirt 10% off

If a person gets 10%off on a shirt, then what is the most natural way out of the two below: 1.) I got this shirt 10% off. 2.) I got this shirt for 10% off. I guess #1 doesn't sound natural ...
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The number vs A number of

Consider the following sentences: The number of students who passed the test was very low. A number of students have passed the test. When should I use singular or plural verbs for the phrase "a ...
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What is the difference between two sentences is botha are correct [on hold]

What is the difference Between two sentences Is this two sentences are same meaning??? 1)None is equal to him 2)there is none equal to him
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Meaning of “Dip the old wick in a vat of bad wax.”

I came across this phrase when I was reading a detective novel An Innocent Client by Scott Pratt. A policeman found the dead body of a priest with his penis cut off and said this to himself. "What'...
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“when you do something” or “when you are doing something”?

Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences. You are bending too much when you are squating. You bend too much when you squat. The context is a man ...
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Verb precedes Subject example

Before our amazed eyes was a white unicorn. Why is unicorn the subject of the sentence instead of eyes? It is because the preposition "before" that was placed in front of the words "amazed eyes"?
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Strange usage of the 'ing' with the want verb

I started reading Harry Potter and there is a sentence They didn't want Dudley mixing with a child like that. I understand the meaning of the sentence, but could someone explain why mixing is used, ...
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what does “what is in the rest of the boxes” mean?

I am reading a book "Denying to the grave". In one paragraph, the author writes: Always ask "Compared to what?" and "What is in the rest of the boxes?" when someone makes a claim about the risk or ...
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Meaning of “not less bare of style”

“Her hand and wrist were so finely formed that she could wear sleeves not less bare of style than those in which the Blessed Virgin appeared to Italian painters” The sentence is from George Eliot's ...
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Is there a word for these types of tattoos?

I kept googling "sleeve tattoos", but I can't find sleeve tattoos like the ones in the picture above with that term. Is there a keyword or a word that refers to that particular tattoo style?
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Can you help me to find out the wrong words in the brackets? Thank you ^_^

1.The factory (was closed down) (considering) the use of excessive (chemical) made the river (dries out) 2.The Maasai tribe (are) people (whom) have (wondered) throughout the world for (nearly) 1000 ...
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Is there a word for pant sleeves?

Is there a word for pant sleeves? I know that 'sleeves' is used for sweaters, but what about pants? I don't think the phrase 'sleeve pants' is idiomatic. Is it? By pant sleeves, I obviously mean the ...
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Are there any nuances between “dismiss” and “ignore”?

According to the ODE, to dismiss something (e.g. an idea) means: Treat as unworthy of serious consideration. 2.1 Deliberately cease to think about. And to ignore something, ...
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“Are you hearing me” Vs. “Do you hear me”?

When I learnt English grammar I was told that some of the senses don't get "ing" of present continuous, therefore we should say "I see it now" rather than "I'm seeing it now". On the same logic, "I ...
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what does back-to-back mean?

i am learning this course, which says By the end of this exercise, you'll be writing two queries back-to-back in a single script. You got this! at the end of this exercise, I got following 2 ...
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“He just borrows them, not steal(s)” — Coordination of a negated verb in ellipsis

Little John keeps borrowing Bob's colored pencils but he's too playful to remember to give them back. Bob's mom is upset and talks to John's about it. John's mom would say something along the lines of ...
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Is there a synonym for “increasingly”?

Air transport is increasingly used to export fruit and vegetables to countries where they cannot be grown or are out of season. Is there a synonym for "increasingly"? And, can I use "growingly"? (...
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meaning of “to go by six-forty-five”

But she doesn’t really believe these silent Saturday-morning appearances have anything to do with early-onset Alzheimer’s; on any given weekday morning Harvey Stevens is ready and raring to go by ...
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“Dark as her sister was fair” meaning in this context?

Snape gestured Narcissa to the sofa. She threw off her cloak, cast it aside and sat down, staring at her white and trembling hands clasped in her lap. Bellatrix lowered her hood more slowly. Dark as ...
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Difference between “on doing” / “in doing”

While reading a book, I saw a phrase which distraced me. ("on entering the door") And I searched the internet for more information on this usage "upon/on doing". Then I found a very competent comment ...
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Which context has the verb “constitute” been used in here?

I read this sentence in a book named "Word Power Made Easy": It is only the few who are so constituted that lack of learning becomes a nuisance. I am not able to figure out which context the verb ...
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“I want $20 worth of this.” Or "I want $20 of this

If someone has to buy something "worth a particular amount", which will be the more natural way to express this? I want $20 worth of X. I want $20 of X. Which version is more common in AmE,...
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why “American-born”, not “America-born”?

I tried but failed to wrap my head around the grammar for the term "American-born" (and all other similar expressions - "Canadian-born", "French-born", ...etc). Is it a set phrase or is there some ...
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Does “save as” mean “unless”?

The cookies will not be used to determine your identity, save as expressly stated otherwise herein. Does "save as" mean "unless" in this context?
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What does “with effectiveness for the future” mean?

(...) you shall have the right to withdraw your consent for the data processing, with effectiveness for the future (...) (https://productdata.vwgroup.com/data-protection.html) What does Does it ...
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Diagnose VS Recognize

In the following context, I wonder if you could let me know which choice doesn't work and why: When my doctor couldn't ........... my disease after a week of treatment he said to go to better ...
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Why is “more than meets the eye” grammatical in some cases?

I find this idiom very interesting, idiomatic and intuitive but not that grammatical to me. Why should we use meets, the third-person singular simple present sense? Can I change it to any other senses?...
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When doing / while doing

I am a little confused about using "when v-ing" and "while v-ing". When should I use "when v-ing" instead of "while v-ing" ? 1- Always keep some change with you. It’s useful when buying a bus ...
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It was the first Sunday of / in December

It was the first Sunday of December. It was the first Sunday in December. To me 'of' seems like: 'possession' and 'in' seems like: 'containing'. Sometimes we get to see: Buildings in this ...
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What does it mean: “The dance and the simple video are everything”?

Here is the full phrase "But honestly the dance and the simple video are everything", and i took it from comments (on youtube) to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au8QGTiPhEw Could someone ...
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“A determinative factor”, “A determinant” and “A decisive factor”

To me, and based on dictionary definitions a "determinative factor", a "determinant" and a "decisive factor", imply a truely "crucial factor" which can lead you to make a decision about something. ...
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What other good C++ books are there?

I've started reading a book about C++ written by [some author]. The book is very good. What other good C++ books are there? Does the selected question sound natural? Do native speakers say that way?
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How do you carry out your task

I want to understand how to use the phrasal verb "carry out" So my question is can i ask " how do you carry out your task? Which tools do you use?" and can i ask "do you still carry out your test?" ...
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“Seventy-seven head of cattle”? Singular or plural noun after numbers

In another translation from Chinese to English, I met this part - Seventy-seven head of cattle. As far as I remember English grammar, head in this case can be used instead of heads only if we say ...
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What is the meaning of sweep off

In the sentence what is the meaning of sweep off Plague swept off millions. kill better describes the sentence, but no dictionary have the word sweep off meaning to kill/be killed. In ...
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Grammar for “pay way too high a price”

I understand the meaning intuitively, paying a price too high, or pay a high price, but it puts “a” after the adjective. How does the grammar work here? What is this grammar called?
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What does “outweighed by” mean?

We are allowed to use your personal information where it is in our interests to do so, and those interests aren't outweighed by any potential prejudice to you. (https://beam.org/privacy) To ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb draw up

Meaning of the phrasal verb draw up is to come to a halt and it is used the following way The train drew up at the station. He drew up his car outside my house. But I found a sentence in ...
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Meaning of draw

What is the meaning of draw used in the following sentence Who drew the first prize? Does it mean to pull, but this meaning is a bit awkward in this context.
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I would think ( that ) … vs I think …?

What NAm/BrE native speakers exactly mean when they say or reply with " i would think ( that ) ... " ? I mean if it's used in only one possible correct way and therefore doesn't need any further or ...
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Correct place of the adverb never

What is the difference between the following two sentences regarding the position of never? There never has arisen a great man who has not been misunderstood. There has never arisen a great ...
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Can the expanded form of {don't/doesn't} be used as 'correct English'?

I know it may not be very common, but I need to use it in its expanded form (i.e., do not and does not) for a formatting issue. For example: X does not see any logic in your reasoning. X: is ...
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What's the meaning of “to ask the indulgence of someone”?

In the book 'the little prince' by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, I found the expression 'I ask the indulgence of the children'. What's the meaning of that? I'm not sure if it means 'I ask the children ...

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