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Meaning of axe in “Axe me a question!” [duplicate]

What is the meaning of axe in: "Axe me a question!" Thank you for your time.
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What do the words “that is” mean?

There's a guy like me in every state and federal prison in America, I guess - I'm the guy who can get it for you. Tailor-made cigarettes, a bag of reefer, if you're partial to that, a bottle of brandy ...
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data haul — meaning?

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/probe-heads-towards-historic-comet-landing-092723386.html It has enough battery power to provide about 60 hours of work, but can continue until March with a solar ...
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Using the verb suggest as the word advise

When we say "I suggest Jamie to take the job " We talk to HR departmant not to Jamie..So I would like to ask how can I give an advice somebody and tell somebody else what I said. "His doctor ...
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To The Question At Hand

On some forum somebody asked: How powerful was the Soviet Union? Then, there was this long answer: Does it matter? Actually I partly want to comment on what that other guy said. Let me ...
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yet with present perfect

"we did not know about national skinheads; they did not exist yet" "we did not know about national skinheads; they have not existed yet" I know what means the first: it means that we did not know ...
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Past tense or present perfect in this sentence?

I'm just wondering if in the following sentence I have to insert a present perfect or a past tense form of the verb give: Explorer James Cook explored the east coast of Australia and ... (give) New ...
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Construction “to his being offered” needs explanation [duplicate]

This sentence is from the Wikipedia article about Michael K. Williams from "The Wire". The scar led to his being offered roles as a thug in music videos. As I see it, the word being is either a ...
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How to improve English skill for IT

I am a graduate program in Vietnam, English is a second language. I have some feeling and the servey about the current work. Advantage: using the computer more than 8 hours per day, and the ...
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“It had now been two weeks since he had left the house”

It had now been two weeks since he had left the house. Is this use of since correct? Is the tense of the verb after it correct?
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Difference between “however” and “whereas”?

What is the difference between however and whereas? Cooking is hard, whereas eating is easy. Can I use however in that sentence (instead of whereas) or not? If not, why? The meaning of the two ...
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Actualizing something in accordance with something

If a trading company sets prices which are much higher than the prices put by the rivals. Then this company carries out marketing research and realizes that its prices on goods do not meet actual ...
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'should have' in a future sense

A quote from BBC's live feed on today's Philae landing, a post by journalist Jonathan Amos: Assuming Philae can avoid the cliffs, the boulders, the fissures and the steepest slopes, it has a good ...
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What does configure mean originally?

I see configure everywhere from fields like computer science to marketing, but what exactly does it mean originally? In what day-to-day scenario would one say "configure"? Dictionary.com says: to ...
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A subsidiary company which works for a parent company, but it has its own independent commercial affairs

What do AmE native speakers call a subsidiary / sister company which works together with parent company when each one of these companies has its own directing manager and, aside from the fact that ...
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Usage of “smooth”

The 5th definition of smooth in Macmillan: showing disapproval relaxed and confident in a way that usually persuades people to do things. This word shows that you do not trust people like this ...
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Should I use Infinitive or Gerund?

Sentences conveying confident intentions produced by Chinese speakers are unlikely ________ the attitudes of friendly or hostile. 1.show 2. to show 3. showing
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“I wanted/have wanted/was wanting to be a doctor since I was ten”

Please help me answer the following question: I have wanted to be a doctor since I was ten I wanted to be a doctor since I was ten I was wanting to be a doctor since I was ten Which one ...
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you can't be a good shepherd

(1) can: used in the negative for saying that you are sure something is not true That can't be Mary—she's in New York. (OALD) When the complement of be-verb is not specifying one as in OALD’s ...
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“Who/whom was this street named after?” [duplicate]

I would like to know whom a street was named after. That's how I am asking it: Whom was this street named after? Is the question correct?
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Does it sound weird when you listen to the sentence?

Once my teacher let me translate a sentence into English, and after I did that he said it sounded weird and native English speakers would never say like that. I want to know whether it sounds weird to ...
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Usage of “who do you like for…”

I remember a teacher in a video course taught me that "who do you like for..." is an idiom, but I almost never came across it. The following are two examples he gave: Who do you like for the best ...
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“We are planned for audit on Friday” vs. “We planned for audit on Friday”

Can anyone please let me know the difference between these two sentences? We are planned for audit on Friday. We planned for audit on Friday. Which one is correct, or are both wrong?
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Grammatical structure of the sentence “There is no dinosaur skin left to study.”

I am trying to figure out the grammatical structure of the following sentence: There is no dinosaur skin left to study. This is what I have: There is -> (what?) -> no skin -> (which/what?...
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Is “I have got a pencil” appropriate here?

A teacher passed out pencils to all the students in the class and said, "Has everyone got a pencil?" The students answered, (a) I have a pencil. (b) I have got a pencil. (c) I have one ...
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Which to use, 'washroom' or 'restroom'?

I'm from India; in our office we refer toilet to 'Wash-room' and 'Rest-room', which is the correct form to use and if there is a difference, what is the difference between the two words?
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Which is the correct word to be filled in the blank in this sentence, “use”, “using”, or “to use”?

Touch screens are electronic visual displays that allow a user to interact directly with what is displayed on the screen, rather than ___________ a pointing device, such as a mouse. Which is the ...
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sit, set, or put him among my classmates

I set him among my friends I put him among my friends I sit him among my friends Having take into account previous explanations, I assume that the third one is used a more polite and bossy ...
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“He thanked me for the present {I sent / I had sent} him”

Which of these sentences is correct? 1.​ My friend thanked me for the present I sent him. 2.​ My friend thanked me for the present I had sent him. If both are correct, which of them is more precise?
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meaning of 'positive' in 'trapped in a positive self-reinforcing cycle'

What is the meaning of positive in the following text, please? The causes for the decrease in the quality of life [in mega-cities] are paradoxically the prosperity endowed on such metropolitan ...
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Using nonetheless - “Her view of life seemed a little offbeat. NONETHELESS, I couldn't judge her.”

Is nonetheless used correctly in this paragraph? Her view of life seemed a little offbeat. Nonetheless, I couldn’t judge her. My intentions had never been good, either. If nonetheless is not the ...
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Can a gerund phrase serve as an appositive?

I had problems starting the car this morning. I had no difficulty passing the exam. I had no trouble finding a place to live. We all had a good time dancing last night. The children have a lot ...
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Which word is more proper to be filled in the blank in this sentence,“it” or “he”?

The questioned sentence is: In order to find out who _______ might be, they agreed to hang their straw hats up before the door, and he whose hat was blown away was to yield himself up to his fate. ...
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How do you read this, “to staff a 100 bed”?

The health provider will get $20 million from the Abbott Government to staff a 100 bed hospital in Sierra Leone. (here is the audio) (from Aussie ABC) I don’t hear clearly how the presenter is saying ...
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Why “THE classroom” in this paragraph? It doesn't seem to refer to a particular classroom

The importance of global media appears to increase year after year, so much so there have been calls to introduce news channels into the classroom. The words above start a sample essay said to be ...
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Does “49er” mean “A 49-year-old man”?

Is it right to say "I was talking to a 49er" to aim that "I was talking to a 49-year-old man"? I know that it's meaningless to say it, but my question is: "Is (age)er = (age)-year-old man"?
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Semicolon in “I put conditioner on my hairy knuckles; it makes them soft and shiny.”

Is this semicolon correct? "I put conditioner on my hairy knuckles; it makes them soft and shiny." (Ignore the strange statements, it's a project for year 7.)
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“The task of science,as we know , is to discover facts…”

"The task of science,as we know , is to discover facts; but a haphazard collection of facts cannot ______________________ a science " According to my test book, the answer for the blank is that " be ...
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“ It is known that John Lennon was interested in oriental religions”

I have two example of sentence on passive forms and I know the answers according to my book but I could not get it. The first example is that Form 1: " It is known that John Lennon was interested in ...
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trainings/teaching courses about (a suitable preposition)

I want to say that the theme of trainings/teaching courses for staff is personal development. These courses are dedicated to the theme "Personal Development". Staff of a company learn how to develop ...
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Must have told vs should have told [duplicate]

A: "Why are you so mad?" B: "You ...... me you weren't coming to dinner. I waited for you for two hours " The answer is " should have told " and I can understand why but there was another option ...
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Words and their derivatives and their meanings

Whenever I find a new word I look it up in an English-to-English dictionary. Sometime it happens that the word I am looking for is not listed in the dictionary, but the other form of it is listed. ...
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What does the word “turn-in” in “Turn-in instructions” mean?

I have run into that phrase when I read a homework assignment. I can't find any clear explanation on the internet. I only see "in-turn" instead. Please help me understand that. If you need the context ...
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“In addition to outgunning other types of computers…”

I was reading an article about tablets , I came across this sentence ( highlighted one) which I am not sure I could understand it ..Because for me its meaning contradicts the rest of the article..What ...
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Fats' words were fairly persuasive

(1) Andrew's words were persuasive. (2) Fats' words were fairly persuasive. Sentence (1) is a preposition; in (2) adverb, fairly, is added. Whose words were more persuasive to the speaker, if the ...
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Is it possible to forget your mother tongue?

Is it possible to think in English without translating? Someone who learned English, Is it possible to think in English this person? to be like mother tongue or like a baby born in America.
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There's vs There are

For example: There's two options here or There are two options here I hear a lot of people say the first line (or something similar), but isn't that incorrect? Isn't it plural and therefore ...
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“Andrew looked at him in the mirror”: can “him” refer to Andrew?

(1) Andrew looked at him in the mirror. (2) Andrew looked at himself in the mirror. Does (1) include (2)’s possibility? Or does him in (1) only refer to someone other than Andrew?
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All your choice of an employer depends on is whether

I wonder whether this phrase below is grammatical? All your choice of an employer depends on is whether 1) you possess necessary skills and expertise in the sphere of corporate finance. 2) you ...
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so far, so cold war

In the broadest possible terms, then, this is the cold war all over again – implacable opposition, openly stated, with nowhere to go, no overarching authority to adjudicate, no sit-down, no road map, ...

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