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what is the concept of the bold part?

Extracting from: A TALE OF TWO CITIES Jerry, left alone in the mist and darkness, dismounted meanwhile, not only to ease his spent horse, but to wipe the mud from his face, and shake the wet out of ...
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Trying to say how long it takes to go somewhere and back again

How can I say this line in shorter and better English? It used to take 2.5 hours to travel from my home to University and 2.5 hous to travel home. So, it used to take a total of about 5 hours a ...
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PC blinkers have prevented

Bouvet says PC blinkers have prevented the Socialists from addressing working-class anxieties about immigration and the rise of Islam – even in its moderate form – in areas where the so-called ...
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Which one should I use? over / on?

Which one should be correct fit for here? Tilted house on/ over silt I think its "on", but need to be sure.
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Wish clause with different tenses

I have encountered a question related to wish clauses. According to the answer key, the answer must be like this I wish you had not bought a camera already as my cousin works in a camera shop and ...
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What could be the best fitted word here?

What could be the best fitted word here? Is it good to keep fasting continuous days? The word continuous might mean here everyday or a day and the other day and follow by that.
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Is pun objectionable?

I have often heard people say "pun intended" or "pun not intended" and thought nothing of it at the time. However, last week, someone said "excuse the pun". And that got me thinking. The play on words ...
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Indirect speech of Imperative and Interrogative sentence

1 Direct speech: He said to me,"will you please help me? Answer 1: He requested me to help him. Answer 2: He asked me if I would help him. Which one is correct? I am confused if we consider first ...
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pledge your first-born child to Microsoft — I don't understand what that means

From a book called Access 2013: The Missing Manual: At this point, you're probably wondering how much that part in the center of Figure 21-1—the SQL Server database engine—actually costs. ...
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meaning of “excise”

Although the prime minister has made it a hallmark of his government to give MPs the opportunity to debate and vote on proposed military missions, parliamentary consent is not actually required to ...
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he was coaxed a safe distance away — meaning?

Source: Tortoise pursues man in ‘slowest chase ever’ Once Rose was coaxed a safe distance away, the tortoise turned and beat a hasty retreat back to the female. Well, it wandered back as quickly as ...
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Using the phrase “the fact” rather than dummy “it”

She doesn’t like it when you are so quiet. Could you use "the fact that" instead of "it" that is used as an empty or dummy subject or object in the bold part?
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Gerund or infinitive?

Is this possible to use the infinitive in these sentences?And how to form the last one? I simply can not do it. In brackets I wrote variants which to my mind suit it best. 1.Not overdoing(or to ...
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infinitive and noun as object in a sentence

Is this possible to use a noun and an infinitive as objects in one sentence? Example: Is this a correct sentence: 'I love animals and draw'? A person means that she likes animals and also she likes ...
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When should I use the word “skies”?

What's the difference between "sky" and "skies"? I'm really confused since I watched a news saying "People cheered and clapped as the moon blocked the sun for about 2.5 minutes under clear skies on ...
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Why is the pronoun “I” capitalized?

"I" is the only pronoun in English that is always capitalized. Is it correct to write it non-capitalized? Are there historical reasons beyond that rule?
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Perfect infinitive

I thought we can use perfect infinitive construction to talk about plans which didn't happen. For instance: I was to have started work last week, but I changed my mind. But what about that ...
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I can't find the main verb here

Whatever I have up till now accepted as most true and assured I have gotten either from the senses or through the senses. What does this sentence mean? I can't find the main verb here.
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Is this correct: 'Every other line is white'?

Every other line is white. Is this correct? I know we say "I play tennis every other day" to mean I take a day off and then play then a day off then play, but in the example, it is the subject. So ...
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Could anyone please explain the sentence

I saw the sentence in a dictionary.I couldn't understand what he did, even though I understood what the verb meant which was to be unable to move. He jammed the window open with a piece of wood. ...
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Build or form bonds with?

Which sounds better? Is there a difference in formality or any other aspect? Furthermore, are you aware of any better word choice? Example Sentence: Thus, one have the opportunity to interact and ...
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What does the expression “increasingly cast in terms of” mean?

I had never ever seen this phrase before!! The context is shale gas, and here is the whole paragraph for you to understand :"The issue of shale gas has become part of a wider debate about the ...
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Usage of “later on”

Can I use later on on the following sentence? I'll check the website later on. I'll inform you later on. Please correct me for any mistake and let me know the best fix for it.
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Meaning of “beaten by life”

"They were not like the prostitutes in old desi films, buffeted and beaten by life" Sorry I know I used a term here that isn't appropriate but I need to know the meaning here. And I'd like to know if ...
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the article before the noun “person”

Me and you are very similar types of (a) person. I am not sure if the article before the noun "person" is necessary or can be omitted.
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Could anyone please correct my sentences [closed]

I've written some sentences in English.But,I don't know if they are correct or not grammatically.I would appreciate it , if someone could correct me. Thank you in advance 1.AS soon as you've seen ...
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Should I use “most important” or “most importantly” in the following case?

Should I use most important or most importantly in the following: When was the last time I stepped in this house? she thought. But most important/importantly, what kept me away from it for so long?
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Word choice - Have come to understand / have understood

I didn't understand a friendship between a guy and a girl, but now I have come to understand the relationship. I didn't understand a friendship between a guy and a girl, but now I have understood ...
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What's the difference between “what are you waiting for” & “what do you waiting for”? [closed]

What's the difference between "what are you waiting for" and "what do you waiting for"? Thank you!
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It was the last time + past / past perfect / present perfect

Here's a context. I met one of my friend, Jungsu, 2 years ago, but after that I haven't met him until now. Then, is it possible that I write like... It was the last time that I met him 2 years ...
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“I am?” or “Me?”, what is the difference between those responses

For example: "You have been promoted!" "Me?" or "I am?"
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past perfect here

Please could you have a look at this little text: I had preordered these books for a long time in a library, as they did not arrive I choose to find them by my self and finally found them. I had ...
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If you agree, you 'nod'; if you don't agree, you _________?

It is all about gestures and not uttering a word. If you agree, you nod i.e. move your head up and down. But what if you don't agree? Do we have a word to describe the gesture? In short, what's ...
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See / Have seen

Here's a sentence that I get mixed up. It's as if we were all friends that have know each other for a long time even though it is the first time that I see them. It's as if we were all ...
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What are “class rolls”?

I found this expression while preparing for the IELTS test: "Teachers will take the class rolls." What are these "class rolls"?
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what does “camp” mean here?

From a wikipedia article:[1] During his career, Mercury's flamboyant stage performances sometimes led journalists to allude to his sexuality. Dave Dickson, reviewing Queen's performance at ...
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Question about an audio clip (transcription request)

I'd appreciate some help. I'm trying to understand what the man in the audio file says. I have no idea after he says, "It's going to be very interesting...[???]". Can you write what he said after ...
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What are the differences between indemnity, indemnification and compensation?

I tried to google them but no luck. Based on my research, it seems like indemnity and indemnification are exactly the same? indemnification is a more general term, including non-money values, but ...
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Can 'that' ever modify book in these sentences?

Can that (either separately or as the first word of a phrase) modify "book" in the following: 1 I have never heard of that Jane Austen's book. I.e., can the sentence be equivalent to I have ...
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'should have + past participle' for expectation

In Advanced Grammar In Use, Unit 20, there's this: We also use should have + past participle to talk about an expectation that something happened, has happened, or will happen: (1) If the ...
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Ambiguous use of “as well”

I would appreciate it if a native speaker could answer to my question about the following conversation? A: Enjoy your holidays. B: I hope you enjoy your time and be happy as well. What does as ...
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What is the phrase describing “insects causing trouble and anxiety repeatly”?

He has to fight with a lot of insects around his house in every summer, which have caused repeated trouble and anxiety to him. Could I call them haunting insects indicating the effect they are ...
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What does “for ten percent of the time” mean?

There is a sentence: The study has also found that being sad for ten percent of the time is actually good for you. Let's face it. We can't be happy all the time. I don't understand the meaning of "...
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what does “inform design decisions” mean here?

In the above example, the task matrix describes the various methods (and their frequencies based on persona) for accomplishing the goal of booking an airline ticket. The user task matrix helps you ...
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'not everyone is prepared' : Is 'not' a determiner?

Despite the overnight detention of Thailand's ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and a number of family members and politicians, there are indications today that not everyone is prepared to ...
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What is exactly the difference between “gaze” and “stare”?

According to dictionaries, they both mean "to look steadily at somebody / something".
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How should I use the word 'signal' here?

Can I use the word 'signal' in the following sentence? If not, how am I supposed to phrase it? I have no ideas. She told us she did notice that he tried in many times and in many ways to send her ...
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How to professionally express a desire to relocate?

I want to start applying to jobs in the UK, and in my cover letter I wish to include my desire to relocate. What would be a preferred way of wording this? I'm XYZ, looking to relocate to ABC this ...
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find/make a time for something?

-- Shall we go for a vacation? -- Let's __ a time for it. A. make B. find C. get D. fix I narrow the answers down to "make" or "find", and I prefer "find", but there is "make an appointment"...
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refile to — meaning?

Example with a context: (The story was refiled to paragraph 12, to say "another person's vehicle" from "the man's vehicle" to make clear the person carjacked was not the student who was shot) ...

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