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meaning of “the scale still hunched and human” and 3 other phrases

I am reading the book "Aloft" By ChangeRae Lee, and I have the questions of the following 3 phrases. be exactly in your own skin the scale still hunched and human putting on a serious buzz in a rope ...
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How to interpret “and” and “over”

Include title cards and additional graphics over cards and picture It's about video production. Does it mean: Include (title cards) and (additional graphics over cards and picture). Or Include (...
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What's the difference between “to find an answer to it” and “to find an answer of it”?

To solve something is to find an answer to it. This is the definition of "solve" in my dictionary. Honestly I can't quite catch the meaning of the part "to it". To solve something is to find an ...
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Are there synonym phrases for “It is/was exactly the opposite!”

The question is quite straightforward - I did not include my research as it only resulted in synonyms for the word "opposite". The context is that something is completely different to what you ...
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Word for an amount of money that is possible to pay but is not reasonable

Suppose that paying k$ for something (e.g., a house) is possible for me (I have that amount of money), but considering other factors (e.g., I may be able to spend it in a better way), I think it is ...
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What is the antonym of deaf [on hold]

Is there a one-word antonym of deaf? After thinking about it I haven't come up with anything. Nor have I found anything on the internet. I know the phrase hearing person but is there one word that ...
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concept of “There tends to be a lot of”

I cannot place any meaning of the "tend" from the dictionary in the following sentence for having an acceptable concept: There tends to be a lot of obsidian flakes and chips in the hearth ashes, ...
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Have not vs Have never

Can someone please tell me what the difference is between the two phrases: Have not and Have never? As far as I know, "have not" is usually used to mean that something has not happened in a period ...
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What does one mean in this context

What does one mean here? We have travel brochures for ten different destinations Feel free to take one Does it mean: You can take one brochure You can take as many brochures as you want of ...
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What does “leaving” mean in this context?

We are thinking of using grey plaques to signify people who have done important work within the government and white plaques for those who have done good works in the community. Lastly, our green ...
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“we are pretty close in our hearts” VS “our hearts are pretty close”

Is the following line a ill-expressed sentence? Even though there is a great distance between us, we are pretty close in our hearts Certainly, the writer was intended to send out the ...
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Singular countable nouns after “there isn't any”

Can I ever use singular countable nouns after there isn't any? I have read many books that say any can be used with both singular and plural countable nouns. Though plural nouns is more more common in ...
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Which is the correct version “who's side” or “whose's side”?

Which one is correct in this case? I need to hear both sides of the story to know who's side I'm on. I need to hear both sides of the story to know whose side I'm on. I have seen both ...
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Meaning of union in this sentence

Billy Hunter, the union’s longtime director, was ousted when a widely publicized independent audit discovered evidence of mismanagement, abuse of funds and conflicts of interest. Source: New York ...
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Meaning of “virtually” in the following sentence?

The list of things I believe,though I have no evidence for the truth of them, is, if not infinite, virtually endless. I found two main relevant senses: virtually: 1 : almost entirely : NEARLY ...
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Are these adjectives coordinate or cumulative

I'm designing a board game and I've run into an issue regarding a string of adjectives that come up frequently in the game. Sadly, I'm a non-native speaker, so I thought it best to reach out and be ...
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Complements: -ing form or infinitives

Not sure if this was already discussed, but I am confused about the use of -ing form/infinitives as complements. I've found in several threads in Stack Exchange that the verb "to be" has to be ...
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Asking to know if a sentence is correct

Is this sentence grammatically correct? When would you let me know have I been accepted? I felt doubt because it seems there is two questions.
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“types” vs “type” with each and all

I have different functions. Each function is able to deal with only one thing. If I have 3 variables, X1, X2, and X3, then, I can fit three different functions to these variables. One function to each ...
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Why are there two 'for's in “she only has eyes for for a research professor”? [on hold]

‘The owner, Keenan Wynn, has got it bad for his waitress Kotty (Terry Moore), but she only has eyes for for a research professor (Frank Lovejoy).’ I've seen the sentence from Oxford dictionary. I'm ...
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to/at which is more appropriate here?

Q1. Which sentence is more appropriate here to or at? I don't want them to come to my house. I don't want them to come at my house. The first sentence feels natural to me. But I was ...
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“was acquainted with” or “have acquainted with”?

I can not decide which one is correct or more accurate for using. I have acquainted with structure of remote control in primary school. I was acquainted with structure of remote control in ...
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What does “stereo” mean in “ıf you ever see your 'stereo' again”? [on hold]

After all you don not really want to hear that you will be lucky ıf you ever see your 'stereo' again. "Stereo" was not clear when I checked it out by dictionary what it meant, the explanation was not ...
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past perfect continuous and completion

He was really dirty because he had been repairing the car. Is it possible to say this even if the repairs have been completed, but I don't want to emphasize the completion just the fact that being ...
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What does the speaker imply in “piecrust collar” and “smell of horse”?

I could not understand the implication in this sentence, especially the "piecrust collars and smell of horse". I am totally lost! Could anyone help please? The context is : Will (a quadriplegic in ...
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the category of “as” here?

I looked up the word “as” in my dictionary and got three categories of it: prep. conj. and adv. However, in the following sentence, I think the word “as” possesses the attribute of “noun” or “pronoun”...
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structure of the once in a blue moon

Which one is correct from the structural point of view? Why?: Only once in a blue moon will Mr. Smith let us get out of class early. or Only once in a blue moon, Mr. Smith will let us get out ...
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“a pair of variables” and “mixture of Gaussian models”, why in the first sentence `a` is correct while is not required in the second sentence?

As I mentioned in my previous question, a is a determiner used with a noun. However, I am confused about the usage of a in the following sentences. Let (x_1, x_2) be a pair of variables. The ...
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prefer doing vs prefer to do

Just saw this: "prefer ~ing" / "prefer to infinitive" and I am wondering if there are any differences between "prefer doing" and "prefer to do". I have read a book about grammar ...
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Meaning of the phrase “in front” in context

Here it goes: Most often, when you miss a heavy press in front, you won’t know why: a position error of a couple of inches is hard to feel under a heavy weight. Does in front mean at the beginning ...
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What's the meaning of keep up-to-date in context?

The point is that debt payments — interest and repayments of the original loan — are easier to keep up-to-date for borrowers with a rising income. Source: BBC My problem is with the phrase "keep ...
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Does “take” make sense here? [on hold]

I am hungry. I want _____ something. A. to drink B. to eat C. to take
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How long you been waiting to spring that on me? Is the sentence correct?

Is it a wrong sentence of present-perfect? but I heard a native speaker said it. Does it lack 'have' before 'you'?
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Identify the statement that uses the present tense correctly [on hold]

Joe is teaching primary school science. By the end of the year, Joe will have been teaching primary school science for three years. Joe has been a primary school science for three years now. Joe is ...
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“be n-dimensional vector of variables” vs “be an n-dimensional vector of variables”

For the determiner in English, I learn that they are used in many different situations. For example, a is used before a noun. However, sometimes I misuse it. Therefore, I would like to understand it, ...
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Can you use the adjective “hard” in slang speak as an adverb?

I am wondering if the slang speak "hard" as in "I hard countered her champion in the last game", can be used in other sentences to mean a similar thing, and how widespread the usage is. Notice the ...
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“Was I was wrong” -> why “was” twice? [on hold]

I see it's ungrammatical, but some natives still use that. Then what's the differences it has comparing when you just say it grammatical, such as "Was I wrong?" / "I was wrong?"
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Ask about the time between two events [on hold]

I recently got an offer from a company and was discussing the start date with the HR. I am still in college with one semester left and he said normally people will take a month or two off after ...
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“function models ONLY two variables at a time” vs. “function ONLY models two variables at a time” - place the adverb correctly

I read about using only in English. From my understanding, only is a modifier that it is placed next to a verb, a noun or a subject that need to be modified. I also learn that changing the place of ...
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When can we use short forms of be?

It’s clear that we can say we’re, they’re, he’s, she’s. However, when the subjects are not subject pronouns, can we use short forms of be? For example, can we say: My dad’s washing the car. ...
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Evaluate meaning in Math [on hold]

In Hebrew I don't know the translation of evaluate: What is correct (and why?): (1) evaluate equation (2) evaluate expression (3) evaluate formula Can you give more example when we use the verb ...
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Comma after coordinating conjunction and before fronted adverbial

I'm not sure what to do with one of these commas. Which of these sentences is correct? 1) I'm sorry for even asking this, but, unfortunately, it's something that has to be considered. 2) I'm sorry ...
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inversion: with great power comes

#1 below is an instance of inversion, i.e., the subject "great responsibility" follows the verb "comes." I'd like to know whether this inversion is optional; is #2 correct? With great power ...
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What is the meaning of “co-opted” in this sentence?

I am reading Anthology for Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, and on page 173 I get stuck in understanding this sentence: In some cases national and political connotations were an ...
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What's the difference between Much, Many and A lot of? [on hold]

Someone can explain me which is the difference between Much, Many and A lot of?
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How do I email a clinic to book a consultation?

I want to email a clinic to book a consultation about some cosmetic problem I've been dealing with. Can I say I'd like to consult about ...(some cosmetic problem) Is this the right way to use "...
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When do i use an definite or indefinite article instead of nothing after the word “of”?

I hear it's not correct to use an indefinite article after "of". But i don't know exactly in which cases it's correct and in which not. And also, maybe it doesn't only apply to the word "of". Maybe ...
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Would using “one of either” be correct?

I was writing a comment the other day when I wrote a sentence similar to the one below: You can choose one of either (Pizza, Mac and Cheese, or Spaghetti). Obviously the choices are made-up, but ...
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Does the article change the meaning of the expression “Student with [a?] physics background”?

I have heard natives say both student with physics background and student with a physics background so I assume both expressions are grammatical. Is there any difference in meaning?
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Is “I grant you” more condescending than “I give you”?

I wonder if, for American native English speakers, it is more condescending to use "I grant you" than "I give you"? (I raised my question this way just to make it specific; I do not have a ...

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