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What do “track” and “screen” mean in this context?

The first study showed infants a toy car that moved down an inclined track, disappeared behind a screen, and then reemerged at the other end, still on the track. The researchers created a "...
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in a play on — meaning? — context: 'No woman no cry'," joked Benish in a play on the Bob Marley lyric

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/russias-night-wolves-ride-motherland-033540813.html Likewise its riders come from varied social backgrounds, from car mechanics, to businessmen -- even a few monks. "...
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answer the phone [closed]

If I get the call from a job agent, at first, he/she will introduce himself/herself and the agent company name. But, English is not my mother language, I am not sensitive about the person name and ...
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Does she pronounce differently for these fiance's?

1 fiˈɒnseɪ ; 2 fiˈɑːnseɪ To my ear, it sounds like both pronunciations are the same. Does she (real woman or machine, I don’t know) pronounce (1) for both symbols, or pronounce (1) and (2) ...
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Is inpolite to say “check this out”?

Is there any problem to say check this out in a corporate environment in general situations? E.g: I am writing an email to a supplier to verify an issue, sending a ticket to IT support or even ...
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Are the possessives treated properly below? Can there be a plural possessive when the following word is not plural?

The impact of employees’ clothing on customers’ perceptions and behavioral intentions has been examined in various contexts. ...we examine the influence of other customers’ dress style on customers’ ...
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Does “none” take cause SV-inversion?

Consider the following: From none of the documents can it be taken that cats like mice. From none of the documents it can be taken that cats like mice. To me, the second Option sounds correct. ...
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Jolts you awake

The context is from Inception: Arthur: So, once we've made the plant, how do we get out? I'm hoping you have something more elegant in mind than shooting me in the head? Cobb: A kick. ...
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Do “nested” and “embedded” mean the same?

When we have a loop and a second loop inside it, how do you refer to the outer loop and the inner loop? Which one would you call the "embedded" loop, and which one the "nested" loop? Which one ...
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How to analyse/parse 'what there are/is [noun] to [verb]'?

Thanks to user oerkelens, I now understand the meaning of my quote, so ask NOT about it here. Yet this construct still mystifies and sounds wrong to me, so I'd like to decompose it further to ...
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“confused about” + “remembering”

I want to say that beginner moms find it difficult to remember all of the numbers related to their baby (number of kicks, diapers, feeding times and so on). Here’s what I’ve written: The majority ...
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Why do you say “I suggest TO you” but not “I honour TO you?”

Why do you need the TO when you say I suggest to you, but not when you say "I honour you. You can say "I give to you my word" but you can also say "I give to you my word.|
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Do we cook/boil/<something more appropriate> tea? I'm talking about a specific way of preparation whose description is given below

In northern parts of India, tea is prepared by first boiling the water and then adding sugar,milk and dried tea leaves into it, and then the whole mixture is boiled for 5-6 minutes. We can use "...
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Help understanding the difference between “been made” and “being made”

Where has this product been made? -China. Where has this product being made? -China. I know the best question would be something like this: Where is it made? . I also know the grammar being ...
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combine two sentence into one sentence

I want to combine two sentence into one sentence. But I'm not sure what whether correct or not. I have been honeymoon trip to Hongkong. It was my last trip. 1+2: I have been honeymoon trip (that) ...
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Is there a friendly calling for uncle?

‘Auntie’ seems to be a friendly calling for ‘aunt.’ Then is there the word for ‘uncle’?
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ten out of ten horseshoes — meaning?

"Mastering Regular Expressions is the definitive guide to the subject, and an outstanding resource that belongs on every programmer's bookshelf. Ten out of Ten Horseshoes."—Jason Menard, Java Ranch ...
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whenever and no matter when

Sentence 1a: You can come and stay with us whenever you want. Sentence 1b: You can come and stay with us no matter when you want. Sentence 2a: You can ask for help whenever you need it. Sentence 2b:...
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Negative and positive question

In a topic about negative structure: negative question, Swan said that a question could ask a confirmation of a negative belief. So, let's look at the following two sentences: Oh, Dear. Can't they ...
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What does sb. mean in NED?

What does 'sb.' mean in this dictionary, NED, below?
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What kind of grammatical structure is “It's time we stopped talking.”?

Is it in any way different from We should stop talking now? Of course the sentence structure is different, but do they imply the same thing?
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How can I ask a follow-up question, that assumes there is a possible positive answer to the first question?

For example: "Is there any way to do something? (in that case/ assuming there is / other), how is it done?" Which is the best or more common way to express that assumption?
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Hobgoblin, hobnail, hobnob

I would like to know if "hob" can be considered as a prefix, and if yes, does it have some meaning, at least vague? I am thinking in particular about words hobgoblin, hobnail, hobnob...
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Morphological analysis of 'unlawfulness'

How would you give the internal structure of the word 'unlawfulness'? My attempt: un - law - ful - ness prefix - noun - suffix - suffix Internal structure: law + ful > Adjective un + law + ful > ...
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“By way of contrast VS By ways of comparing”

What is the difference between these two phrases? Do they have the same meaning or not? e.g "Elephants are very tall. By way of contrast, the insects are small." e.g "I study language by ways of ...
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Which day of the working week is called blue? [closed]

I heard that there is one, which is it? I couldn't find it. All I found was Blue Monday (date) on Wikipedia but here I am looking for a day of the week. Is there one?
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How to properly combine two sentences by using a relative clause?

I am trying to make a sentence with a relative clause. For example: Some students took the exam. Most of them passed. I think above sentence should be like this. Some students who took the ...
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One word for preparing (rubbing/polishing) marble tiles?

In India, at many places, floors are prepared with marble tiles or cemented floors with marble chips inside. After fixing everything in floor once, floor is smoothed using rubbing sandpaper like ...
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Is there tomorrow or Will there be tomorrow?

Which usage of "there" is proper for future tense? Is there Liverpool's match tomorrow? or, Will there be Liverpool's match tomorrow? Edit: My point is that how can I use "there" ...
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Difference between “partner and friend” [closed]

What is the difference between "partner" and "friend"? Can somebody help me?
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question about meaning of “in place” in this text

Also, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says airline passengers arriving from Ebola stricken countries, must now land in one of these five U.S. airports. They have enhanced Ebola screening in ...
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The sense of movement in ( back out )

I have checked the learner's dictionaries of Cambridge, Longman and Macmillan but never found the sense of movement in the definition of the phrasal verb "back out". I was pretty sure that I heard it ...
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I had to report to the police

Context: I sent money to buy a second hand iphone 5s from him but he just whatsapped me the picture of DHL receipt and told me he that he had already sent out the parcel. I tracked the tracking ...
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what are the Basic Phrasal verbs for beginners [closed]

I want to learn Phrasal verbs from starting, please help me. Thanking you.
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Why do people say “too little too xyz” instead of “a little too xyz”

I've heard people say for example "It was too little too late". But isn't it more suitable to use "a" instead of "too" there? English is not my first language so I am sorry if this is an obvious ...
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Do you know what his name is? [duplicate]

Do you know what his name is? Do you know what is his name? I saw this in grammar text book. The first is the correct one because "Subject + Verb". The second is wrong. We do usually say "What ...
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Is the word 'lousy' offensive to use informally?

As far as i know this word appears many times in newspapers in magazine. So officially it couldn't be that offensive. But if I use this word describing an individual like I left my job because i had ...
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use of the verb 'come out' regarding photos

Read the following sentences My photos don't come out well. I dont come out well in photos / pictures. My understanding about the above sentences is When i say the first sentence it means - The ...
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At times or in times?

In the example below which preposition is appropriate in or at? Family will be there for you [at/in] the most difficult times no matter what.
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Adjective after noun?

I'm currently struggling with a minor grammatical issue and would love to get your opinion. Sometimes an adjective is placed after the noun. Is there a specific rule when this is okay? E.g., "using ...
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under significant provocation relating to timetable… I don't uderstand what that means

The very first paragraph from the acknowledgments section of a computer book: First, I would like to thank Jim Minatel, the acquisitions editor who put the platform in place to get Beginning ...
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Good of you to see me

“Good of you to see me.” (The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith) When I saw the sentence, I guessed that somewhere in dictionaries might be written that ‘of’ denotes ‘in respect that’; ‘in respect to’; ‘...
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How does the placement of the adverbial (before vs after the agent) change the sentence?

Both of your examples are grammatical, but what could run you into trouble is when the prepositional phrase only applies to the subject of a passive sentence. For instance: [A] The problem ...
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Which meaning of 'vanity', in Ch 7, Line 32 of Jane Eyre?

[Source: Line 32, Ch 7, Jane Eyre]: Miss Temple seemed to remonstrate. "Madam," he pursued, "I have a Master to serve whose kingdom is not of this world: my mission is to mortify in these girls ...
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headed or heading, started or starting?

Consider: Two units are headed your way. Two units are heading your way. Don't get me started! Don't get me starting! Is there any difference in meaning? And I don't see why passive ...
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J.R.R. Tolkien's Letter 171

p 240 of 493 of this PDF at http://85.17.122.176/bookreader.php/139008/The_Letters_of_J.R.R.Tolkien.pdf: 'Helms too they chose' is archaic. Some (wrongly) class it as an 'inversion', since ...
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Can “for -ing” form be used after a noun to indicate the purpose of the noun?

Is the following sentence correct? The most effective measure for stimulating the economy is reducing interest rates. In this context, the "for -ing" clause means that The purpose of the ...
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is that an erroneous use of “steppes”: “the high Himalaya in the northern steppes..”

A quote from a page about Bhutan: The rugged east, visited by few Western travellers, the high Himalaya in the northern steppes separates the kingdom from Tibet. Isn't that an erroneous use of the ...
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question about meaning of “ cross referenced ” and one more word

By listening to the ambient sounds in the cockpit before a crash, experts can determine if a stall took place, the RPMs of the engine, and the speed at which the plane was traveling.When these sounds ...
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What is the meaning of the perfect participle clause 'anyone having touched this wire…'

Anyone touching this wire will get a shock. I know here the participle clause means 'anyone who touches this wire..'. My question is, if I'd use perfect participles(having touched) instead of ...

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