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What does “I am often down in the dumps” means?

What does "I am often down in the dumps" means? feel bad about messed up things?
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What does the “down the block” mean?

I saw a sentence from the English learning website that show an example " You stay away from those boys down the block, hear? They'll get you in trouble. " I don't know how to understand "down the ...
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Is there an idiom or a phrase that means “he's a talented writer”?

Is there an idiom or a phrase that means "he's a talented writer"? I can think of a few way of expressing it, but none of them sound particularly good or idiomatic even. Most of them sounds weird. ...
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Is “enter a dance animation with” idiomatic?

Is "enter a dance animation with" idiomatic? It's a very new expression, because it's mostly used for video games, so I was wondering if it was idiomatic? I am not sure if new expressions can be ...
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inquiring about a subject of a sentence that you've just overheard

Imagine you have just entered a room and saw your friends talking about something. One of you friends is finishing her sentence (your friends are talking about aircraft, but you don't know that): ...
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“Upon after the fact”, what fact?

I am sorry asking you on daily basis. But I appreciate all of your support. Now I am reading this article, and I came across this paragraph, saying, While many other states have legalized ...
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How do we use “drill in”?

I found an entry in a dictionary, but it only says "teach by drills and repetition" without providing any example. Now, my question is if we can say "drill yourself in X". For example: You can ...
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Is “doing X in morse code” idiomatic?

Is "Yawned words in morse code" idiomatic? I am not sure if it's idiomatic, but I don't think I've ever seen a phrase like that in my life. I know that "blink in morse code" is idiomatic, but I am ...
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Usage of past participles

1- The funeral is at 3.00, followed by a reception at Shawn's bar. I saw this sentence in a tv-series. Can I say that this sentence is a reduced form of the sentences below? 2- The funeral is at 3....
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He dropped by my house so that he gave me the invitation card

I live in Korea. But I lived in the US for 4years and I probably know English as much as I need. My friend asked me if that sentence was wrong or right. And I said it was wrong. I thought if the ...
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What do they call a small piece of tactics in chess that involves several moves?

Imagine you are a professional chess player and you contrive a plot, in which you will get your foe's valuable piece, say, the queen, within more than one move - say, within 3 or 4 moves (each one, ...
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The word “this” in this phrase

If a woman say: At our last yearly convention in Miami all the men were crazy about this extremely beautiful woman. Will the person who she is talking to understand that she is talking about ...
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Meaning of “platonic twin” [on hold]

What does platonic twin mean here? I scooped up one of the detached nanoprobes. In reality, the drones mimicked my intentions with their own manipulators, picking up the nanoprobe's platonic twin......
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“As we have seen” vs. “As we saw”

What is the difference in meaning between "As we have seen" and "As we saw" when occured in a book in the following context: As we have seen/saw, [a description of a phenomenon that occured earlier ...
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How do you use 'throwback to'?

Do I have to say full sentence after throwback or is it ok to just say throw back to noun? For example, between 'Throwback to when I was a high schooler' and 'Throwback to highschool', which is ...
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Is the pronoun “it” in the correct position?

The book that your father got from USA yesterday I want it for few days to read. The pronoun used “it” which refer to book - is it in correct position?
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“Has someone smoked” vs. “Has someone been smoking”

If I come into a room full of smoke, should I ask: A: "Has someone smoked here?" or: B: "Has someone been smoking here?" I can literally see the smoke, but the person who was smoking has ...
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The meaning of more than in mathematics

In a mathematical question it is stated as follows. On Monday I sold 15 cows and today 5 more than on Monday. How many did I sell today? The question is one of ambiguity. Does 5 more refer to a ...
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“tell me what that movie is about” vs “tell me what that movie about is”

Tell me please which sentence is correct. Could you tell me what that movie is about? Could you tell me what that movie about is? In theory, the second has to be correct because the part what ...
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What does the phrase “rolling onto rails” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a game in which the player has to roll a ball into a hole: You might not feel adventurous if your ball rolls gently onto rails and jumping onto them might be much cooler, ...
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Permission is required + infinitive clause

Is there a correct and natural way to construct a sentence starting by "Permission is required" that contains both the action that requires permission and the person who would do the action. For ...
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When someone acts obstinately / stubbornly towards you

I have a very long-lasting question about some quite close concepts which I am sure they have some equivalents in current English. I really appreciate it if you could do me a favor and let me find the ...
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Help understand lines from “A Brief History of Time”

‘In science and with people, things are often not what they seem, and pieces that ought to fit together refuse to do so. You’ll learn that beginnings may be endings; cruel circumstances can lead ...
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Remaining used only before a noun

According to the OALD remaining is used only before a noun. But in the following sentence One option to see through their project of a life-time is to elect Mr. Hunt, a one-time advocate of remaining ...
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Renovations IN/ON the backyard

On the phrase: Next week, renovations on the backyard will be made. is the correct preposition "on" or "in"?
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Is 'reason being' grammatical?

Is the usage of 'reason being' ungrammatical? I heard so many times people use this. I don't know is this correct usage or not.
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How to write a letter to change my travel information

So, I was writing a letter to change my departure date and time for a bus trip, and I was so confused about this grammar structure. Since the staff already asked me to confirm the dates/ times I wish ...
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<Grudge>, <rancor> and <Ill will>

What do you call a long-lasting quite negative emotions towards someone because of their actions which has been remained since the past? I wonder which choice is more appropriate in this sense? As a ...
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Using absolute phrases to show reason

I was watching a video and announcer said this: "...over the weekend the LA Lakers gave away almost everything to the New Orleans Pelicans, the sole reason being to bring Anthony Davis to the ...
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Do we use quotation marks with like?

For example: My little brother went to my mom He's like mom can you give me 5 dollars? My mom's like honey I gave you $10 last weekend. Do I need to use quotation marks after he's like/...
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I shall do my duty by him

In the following sentence I shall do my duty by him What is the force of the preposition by. I think its force is that of agency, but the answer given in my book is direction. I don't know how Also ...
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Why is “modest” weaker than “moderate”

A quick reading of Fed language alongside contemporaneous‎ economic data shows that "modest" is a touch weaker than "moderate," with a threshold a bit below 2% gross domestic product growth, ...
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Adjective for describing a shirt being worn in the wrong way

What adjective would you use to describe the way this shirt is being worn?
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An adverb for performing a punitive action on someone who is actually not guilty?

What's the right adverb for describing a punitive action that is done when the one being punished is actually not guilty? For example, Those who had been ___________ly thrown into prisons and ...
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Can i write the positon and scope of an essay in one sentence [on hold]

There are various qualities that determine a good friendship in the long term, but these in particular social respect and trust has a significant impact on the long-lasting friendship.
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What's a natural way to say “I am getting familiar with something”

I am looking for a simple and natural way to express the process of getting familiar with something. Some options I've been considering include I am acquainting myself with something. I am ...
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Draw out, throw out, toss out

What is more common in the game of "Rock, Paper and Scissors"? She drew out scissors. She threw out scissors. She tossed out scissors.
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Last one to the camping site has to do the cooking

What will be a natural way to increase the length of "last one to. "? Two people are racing to the camping site in their cars. So one of them says: Last one to the camping site has to do the ...
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What is a correct way to express this?

How do I express a person who is both shock and hurt from breakup confession? What is a correct way to say it? ‘his face filled with a mixture of shock and hurt.‘ I feel it is bit weird to write it ...
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High highs Low lows

I don't quite understand this expression: High highs Low lows I was looking for a reference and found this: http://www.ulifeline.org/articles/429-the-highs-and-lows-of-bipolar-disorder Can I ...
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What does the phrase “building hopping chop” mean here?

Here is a sentence from an endless runner game: Building hopping chops is a good strategy to avoid unexpected dangers. The player is advised to leap to the side when she sees any danger or goes ...
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Breakups - Makeups

I came across this expression: Frequent breakups and makeups Is the "makeups" associated with the state after someone copes with the "breakups"?
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The use of the colon in context

Tell me please if I used the colon correctly in the following sentence. What word does convey the meaning better: connote or imply? I am not sure if it is a correct use of it. So tell me please ...
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<Disobedient>, <Defiant>, <Rebellious> or <Insubordinate> child/youngster

I wonder what do you call a child or a youngster who disobeys against their parents orders, sometimes even the conventional and social rules and regulations, and someone who often talks back to their ...
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“what do you do at your job” or “what is your job about”?

Let's say there is a person whose job I know of, but I want to know some details, what he exactly does at it. What is the most common way to aks the question. Does any of the following sentences sound ...
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What is the plural of the noun “epistle”? [on hold]

What is the plural of the noun epistle? Is it epistles? Or, is it epistle? I've looked up the word here but there is no information about the plural form.
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Is the Tongue movement exactly the same while pronouncing the T in “Part of” and “Party”?

I'm speaking about the American accent. The R-flavored flapped T is very very hard to pronounce for Arabic speakers like me. I somehow managed to pronounce the T in the terms "part of" and "Sort of". ...
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what's the meaning of '8 cars tow up'?

It's from movie scene and there are those dialogues. 'This used to be A Appliance Manufacturing. This sits on a 14-acre lot. This floor alone, 20,000 square feet. It could easily be converted into ...
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Company or companies ---should I use singular or plural

Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India has been adjudged as one of the best public sector insurance company for 2018.
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Can infinitives replace gerunds after 'rather than'?

I learned from grammar books that rather than can be used both as a conjunction and as a preposition. So can live replace living in the following sentence (A) like (B)? I think it can according to the ...

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