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Does “recenter” have a British spelling?

I know that "center" and "centre" are the respective American and British spellings of the word, but is "recenter" spelt "recentre" in the British way, or not? I tried to Google for "recentre", but ...
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what does“ I've got some time on my hands” mean? [duplicate]

"My shift at work's kinda long, you know? It is -so I,ve usually got some time on my hands to, you know...whatever. Think, I guess."
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meaning of this semicolon

Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger, and a snake surrounding a large letter H. (Harry Potter and the ...
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Meaning of “a white-looking black girl with no ostensible power”

Dr. King’s spellbinding message of hope, love, and the universality of mankind instilled the confidence that even someone like me, a white-looking black girl with no ostensible power, could create ...
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How can I tell the difference between “an hour” meaning “per hour” versus “in one hour's time”?

The "an" can be used as a preposition with the meaning of "per": My rate is $10 an hour. Also it can be a used as a determiner: I will be ready in an hour. How can I tell these 2 apart?
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What does “shop i” mean?

In this text: NAME: Samantha Greenbriar YEAR: 11 TEACHER: Fletcher PERIOD: 5 SUBJECT: Shop I ASSIGNMENT: Metalworking - Engraving GRADE: C- What does "shop i" mean?
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Keep it on/off/charging?

I have a question about using "keep" with "charging". I've heard people say keep your laptop off to save energy. But can you use the structure with "charging"? I am not sure if it can be used ...
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What does “didn't trust himself to speak” mean?

As he looked at Dudley in his new knickerbockers, Uncle Vernon said gruffly that it was the proudest moment of his life. Aunt Petunia burst into tears and said she couldn't believe it was her Ickle ...
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meaning of 'who'd be writing to you?'

   The envelope was thick and heavy, made of yellowish parchment, and the address was written in emerald-green ink. There was no stamp. Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, ...
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Is this statement correct?

My uncle asked me to telephone my cousin and tell him that he (my uncle) will telephone to my cousin. So I sent a reply to my uncle saying: I called cousin and told him that you would call him by ...
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Does “Joey Kangaroo” have a supplementary meaning?

My twins love Peppa Pig, and whenever it is possible I let them see the original English version. There's a rule of thumb that all "young" characters, except the piglets themselves, have a name which ...
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The function of “might”

What is the function of this "might?" I am from Niger. People there don't dare to dream big. But I thought I might dream big.
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What is the meaning of `light my fire` in this sentence? [closed]

What is the meaning of light my fire in this sentence: You light my red fire. Hot white, and blue. American Flag? The context is the song On Our Way by Lana Del Rey: You, ooh-ooh-ooh You ...
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Can I say “voted polls” to mean the polls I have voted in?

How can I correctly identify polls I have voted in? Is “voted polls” right? Or there is a better way?
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Can “enclosure” be used in E-mail?

"enclosure" has the meaning "attachment", can it be used in an e-mail? Are they the same in this meaning?
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“[…] which would by the end of the evening, raise nearly two million dollars”

Is the highlighted phrase an indirect way of saying "the auction raised nearly two million dollars"? The program featured a cocktail hour—the Top Spin (gin with lime juice), the 40–Love (strawberry ...
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“He lost the game to his rival but he was only complimentary.” [closed]

What is the function of only in this sentence? He lost the game to his rival but he was only complimentary.
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How do I convert a verb to adjective?

I want to say "You need activate added user." but I don't know why I say it. I don't know any rule for which I can say added user.
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Is 'where do you sit' idiomatic?

I often use the expression Where do you sit on the second floor? Where does the clerk sit here in this building? Obviously I use the verb sit to mean location? What is your location at ...
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metal reinforcements on wood

What is the name for metal elements reinforcing and protecting wooden elements, for example on coffers, doors, wooden window shutters, even covers of finest ancient books - often decorative? (my ...
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“Who has emerged as the less gutsy Nadal to his less regal Federer, playing to the heart-warmed fans”

What does the bold part mean? I don't understand the structure of it, especially the "less […] to […]" part. The match itself was something of an anticlimax. Djokovic, spent from his encounter ...
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What does “it” refer to here?

"They stuff people's heads down the toilet the first day at Stonewall," he told Harry. "Want to come upstairs and practice?" "No, thanks," said Harry. "The poor toilet's never had anything ...
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Why is “do” sometimes added to declarative sentences?

Many people use the word do in statements, but I don't understand the significance of doing so. For example, consider the following sentences: I know you. I do know you. I speak English. ...
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What does it refer to or what role does it take?

   One day in July, Aunt Petunia took Dudley to London to buy his Smeltings uniform, leaving Harry at Mrs. Figg's. Mrs. Figg wasn 't as bad as usual. It turned out she'd broken her leg ...
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What does 'trust' mean in this context? [duplicate]

   That evening, Dudley paraded around the living room for the family in his brand-new uniform. Smeltings' boys wore maroon tailcoats, orange knickerbockers, and flat straw hats called ...
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Meaning of “failed to appear”

In Kaluga, south of Moscow, the strike began when trains headed from Moscow to Kiev failed to appear. Does it mean that trains departed Moscow station but they did not arrive in Kiev station? And is ...
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“Costs a pretty penny”

I have read "costs a pretty penny" before. Is it okay if I instead use "costs a pretty dollar" or "costs a pretty yen"?
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What does “I don’t even count them in the till” mean?

I don’t even count them in the till. What is the meaning of "in the till" here? I googled but got nothing for this.
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Meaning of “index to” in this paragraph

In the following paragraph, what does the last sentence mean? Accounts like these are sometimes copied into English and American journals. They lead the reader to infer that the arts and customs ...
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Do English speakers in UK or US use the term “iron” for the tool to press clothes to remove creases?

Do English speakers in UK or US use the term "iron" for the tool to press clothes to remove creases? E.g. I had a problem to find pictures of iron like this: What I find mostly was this: How do the ...
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With the keyword or with a keyword

I have the following sentence: This section of a program starts with keyword "protected". Should I use any articles before keyword?
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How to use “be + going to” and the present continuous?

I wonder how to use "be + going to" and the present continuous. For examples: If I say I’m leaving tomorrow. does that mean I’ve got my plane/train ticket? And if I say the sentence I’m ...
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“the” vs. “a/an” + clauses

Here's the situation: I meet a friend and I tell her about yesterday: “Hey, John!” “Hi, Sarah!” “How was yesterday's trip?” “It was great. Karl took me to the countryside to show me his new ...
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Continued to vs Continuing [closed]

Here are two examples from the news: In July exports of goods continued to decline Pregnant women continuing to drink alcohol despite warnings from medical experts Whats the difference ...
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pronunciation: airplane

“crashed his remote control airplane” [audio link] (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) Airplane sounds like in the audio /ˈerəpleɪn / instead of /ˈeəpleɪn/. Is he really pronouncing the ...
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Alternate word for closure

I'm developing a UI where college students can post their requests regarding some tips about clearing a game or an overdue assignment etc. Now, these requests are handled by their peers and can be ...
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Combing sentences with “though” and reasoning with “this is due to”

I wrote the following sentences, and I am wondering about the words used to join the fragments together. Though 2D shape of a signal post is circular, the minimum rectangle is adopted in lieu of ...
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error on article and punctuation

Here is my small paragraph. The accepted object is further verified by fitting a circle for a selected slice. If the circle fitting error is lower than the defined threshold, it is accepted as ...
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What does pronoun “it” refer to?

"A container had a line with a number beside it for every hour."
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Portend vs. Presage [closed]

What's the difference between portend and presage? Do they have any differences with each other?
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Explanation of a paragraph about irony [closed]

It's your brother's MR. T PUPPET, which of course is kept in the apartment with a sense of profound humorous irony. But as usual with your BRO's exploits, this is no ordinary irony, or anything close ...
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“Alive in the next minute”

Consider the following sentences: We ourselves don't know whether we'll be alive in the next minute. We ourselves don't know whether we'll be alive in next minute. We ourselves don't know ...
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Which one is anterior to the other?

If she beats (a) him he’ll claim (b) she cheated (c). (The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language) The time of (c) is certainly earlier than (b). But which one is earlier between (a) and (b)?
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“Almost all workload is done by me” — is it correct and formal?

Is it correct to say, "Almost all workload is done by the server computer"? What I wonder about is the almost at the beginning of the sentence, and the usage of done. Is this suitable for a formal ...
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In and at uses in city and places or any alternative?

What is right? I live in Seattle? I live at Seattle? and can I use Hails instead and how?
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Difference between “within” and “inside” [duplicate]

I am Indonesian and I think my English is bad especially when it comes to vocabulary. One day I ran into the words within and inside. I opened Google Translate, translated both words into Indonesian, ...
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“the many” instead of “many”

We should like to thank the many people who have written to us offering their support. The sentence I quoted above is an example from Longman dictionary. I was wondering can we remove the article "...
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“Team meat” or “Meat team”

Based on what I know from English grammar, team should come after the name. The examples are "Soccer Team", "Basketball team", etc.. But recently I've seen some indie developers naming themselves as "...
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Countable and uncountable nouns

I just asked some question and I have another one and this one is more unsettling to me than the previous one. So, how can you tell which nouns are countable and uncountable? I understand you cannot ...
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“Not much of skyscraper by today’s standards, is it really?”

Please help me know, what is the exact meaning of the following sentence and what could be the context where I would use it? Not much of skyscraper by today’s standards, is it really?

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