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What does dispatching mean

I'm waiting to receive an package. The tracking information says 'dispatching' No one can explain that to me. What does it mean? Thanks
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“Will” vs “would”

Here is the sentence from the test Without the Sun there _____________ no light, no heat, no energy of any kind. a) will be b) would be c) will The answer is obviously "b" because it is ...
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civic elements - meaning

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/09/26/the-kremlin-doesnt-have-a-blank-check-from-russians-for-its-ukraine-policy/ This development does not necessarily mean that ...
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What's the meaning of closemouthed in the context?

"Tom", Michael Corleone said, "I'm driving down to the city with Kay tommorow. There's something important I want to tell the old man before Christmas. Will he be home tommorow night?" "Sure,"...
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Proved or Proven uses [duplicate]

I always thought the verb "to prove" was irregular (prove, proved, proven). Recently, I've heard quite a few times people saying "I was proved wrong" or "It has been proved that he did it" rather than ...
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Speak At/Into Microphone

For these two sentences: He spoke at the microphone. He spoke into the microphone. , are they the same, or is one more poetic than the other?
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Verb tense of “what happened”

Help me please solve the error in the sentence. "I did not understand what happened at that moment" In the word "happened" is verb tense error.
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What is the meaning of “governing possession” & “wild” in this passage

Growing up in the listless nineteen-eighties, Cecilia Normanton knew her father well, her mother not at all. Mr. Normanton was handsome and tall, with steely gray hair brushed carefully every day so ...
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Is “trees of green” same as “green trees”?

For example in the song "What A Wonderful World", Louis Armstrong says: I see trees of green, red roses, too, I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself, What a wonderful world. ...
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How to use “any of”

Am I using any of correctly in these sentences? Any of its members are admitted. Any of its members is admitted.
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Is the “also” in the following sentence unnecessary?

This is the sentence: Ironically, the very thing that killed her was also the only thing that remained of her. If so, why?
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Use perfect or simple past in this paragraph?

I am not sure which tense I should use in the following paragraph. I put double () the parts. Should I change this to past tense, and if so, why? Thank you so much. A breaking news about a car ...
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Indefinite article with country's name? The New York Times article has it

The paragraph from the New York Times reads... Rarely has any world leader come full circle the way Mr. Modi has: Denied a United States visa for nearly a decade as punishment for his handling of ...
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The position of “rather than”

Is the following two sentences grammatical? The first sentence read a bit strange to me, but English is not my first language, appreciate for view of a native speaker :) My main research insight is,...
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He’s not the first one I’ve known who’s gone funny

He’s not the first one I’ve known who’s gone funny over a girlfriend. (The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith) He’s not the first one [I’ve known [who’s gone funny over a girlfriend]]. The ...
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London where he comes from or London from where he comes? [closed]

He comes from London. He goes to London. If we use London as an antecedent in a noun clause.what are the correct noun clauses given below? (a) London where he comes from. (b) London ...
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Are “this” and “these” singular or plural? [closed]

What does this mean? What do this mean? What does these mean? What do these mean? When I should use do or does before this and these?
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a brain region called the anterior cingulate cortex: why not “the” brain region?

From a news report: Now that they had evidence that the brain could generate both strategic and random behavior, Karpova and her colleagues wanted to know how it switched between modes. Since that ...
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to infinitive interpretation: successiveness vs. purpose

She waited until Ellie went off to the bog; then got up, came over to tell me she was leaving, and said I could have my bangle back; the one I gave her when we had our commitment ceremony. She chucked ...
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Can someone tell me what “douchebaggy ”means?

What does 'Captain douche baggy' mean? For example "The captain douchebaggy is coming''
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Rephrasing without using because

Can this statement be rephrased without using the word "because" or sounding elegant The fee is discounted substantially because organizations are expected to have a long term contract, a minimum ...
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At or In a particular time of need?

When should I use in or at for a particular point in time? Example: 1. Joe and Jill couldn't reach us at our time of need. They reached us too late. 2. Big Corporation reaches customers at their ...
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“to eat a Hero” (Seinfeld)

Another odd line from the famous TV show. What does it mean, to eat a Hero? (the full script) ELAINE: (piffling) I once broke up with someone for not offering me pie. JERRY: You did? ELAINE: He could ...
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Question about highlighted part of the text

William had no girlfriends in high school, and his mother once sat him down at the table in her spotless kitchen and asked if he was gay. She said it would be fine with her. She loved him ...
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Question about meaning of “winter formal” & “ vibrating” & “anticipation” & “senior” in this text [closed]

William had no girlfriends in high school, and his mother once sat him down at the table in her spotless kitchen and asked if he was gay. She said it would be fine with her. She loved him ...
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Beginning a sentence with “encouraged” and the antecedent of “their”

William had no girlfriends in high school, and his mother once sat him down at the table in her spotless kitchen and asked if he was gay. She said it would be fine with her. She loved him ...
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What does “social tool” mean in this text? Is it an idiom?

William was tall and thin and shy and awkward in school. His best social tool was that he played the piano, and so was recruited for school musicals, which placed him at rehearsals and cast parties ...
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What does “That's O.P.” mean?

What does "That's O.P." mean? It's an achievement in a game. The abbreviation "O.P." obviously doesn't mean "Original Poster" in this context. I think it may stand for surprise. Can somebody give ...
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Alternative “Higgsless” models would have been considered if the Higgs boson was not discovered

In the Standard Model, the Higgs particle is a boson with no spin, electric charge, or color charge. It is also very unstable, decaying into other particles almost immediately. It is a quantum ...
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“A place which we can stay” or “A place which we can stay in”?

1. (a) We need a place where we can stay. (b) We need a place (that) we can stay. (no preposition at the end of clause) 2. (a) We need a house where we can stay. (b) We need a house (that) we ...
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Asking about the location(specifically the name of the room) of a meeting

A person from the company where I'm working send me an email telling that we are meeting on the 3rd floor, but she forgot to mention the name of the room where we are meeting, so I want to ask her ...
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Past tense of “Seems like everything I've been doing recently is to follow people around.”

I tried this: Seemed like everything I'd been doing recently was to follow people around. Is that correct?
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How to express the past tense

I have just watch movie in which I think that they should built the digestive system of that toy , after watching the movie how can I express that sentence like I express it as They should have made ...
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Generic term for “lowercase”, “uppercase” and “camelcase”

I want to write something like this: In choosing his variable names, the applicant did not show a clear pattern or convention. Not only does the casing seem to be chosen randomly, ... But I did ...
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Meaning difference between using “is” and “has been”

What is meaning difference in the below sentences? Once your ID card number has been noted, there’s no way of escaping the fine. and Once your ID card number is noted, there’s no way of ...
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If this spook is a U-boat, he might pull the plug

Here's from the movie The Enemy Below(1957). You can watch it on youtube. 10:35 It might be a fishing smack or... well, it might be the conning tower of a sub, sir. - Bridge. Lieutenant Ware. ...
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What does “bidding dull care begone” mean? From O Henry story “The World and the Door”

On the evening that the material allegation of facts begins, Hedges was bidding dull care begone in the company of five or six good fellows -- acquaintances and friends who had gathered in his ...
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“The dog chased the cat” vs “The cat chased the dog”

Is it true that they have same meaning ? I tried with google translate and it gave me same meaning but "The dog chased the cat" is active voice and "The cat chased the dog" is passive voice. The dog ...
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What do StackExchange “beta” and “meta” mean?

I checked beta in a dictionary and it says beta is the second letter of the Greek alphabet, so does the beta mean second-class? I can't understand the explanation in a dictionary about meta. Could ...
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Procedure for assay of chemicals X and Y - or - Procedure for assaying chemicals X and Y

A sentence from a document describing the contents of a pharmaceutical tablet and the prodecure helping to determine whether a tablet has the proper content: The procedure for assaying ethinyl ...
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different usages of et al?

History's London is closely bound up with England's history. History's London is closely bound up with that of England. History's London is closely bound up with the history of England's. Our ...
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The meaning of “share the expenses” [closed]

What does this mean? You're welcome to stay with us as long as you share the expenses. I don't understand share the expenses. What is this saying?
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Imagine a world [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatical? Imagine a world that you can ask questions about a piece of program, and have tools that answer the questions automatically and efficiently.
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guilty of the illegal sale of houses that were not its to sell in the first place

The council appears to be guilty of the illegal sale of houses that were not its to sell in the first place. (CGEL,p.471) I don't get well what role this phrase, to sell in the first place, takes. I'...
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How is it, Kirby?

I'm watching an old TV show on youtube: COMBAT! s.2 ep.3: "Masquerade" (1963) I wonder what they are exactly and literally saying from 0:26 to 0:48. All I can hear and comprehend is that: 0:...
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Before today, I (thought/was thinking/used to think)

How can one talk about their thoughts or what they used to believe before another action in the past. If that thought or belief is general, then I guess we can use used to. Assume these examples (the ...
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stemming a bond selloff - what does “stemming” mean here?

Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-24/obama-says-russia-s-ukraine-aggression-challenges-order.html?cmpid=yhoo Ukraine’s government pledged to meet all its debt obligations, stemming a ...
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You've got us down 200, partner

Here's from the movie The Enemy Below(1957) Oh, thanks, Salvador. - You've got us down 200, partner. - Sorry, sir. - Six spades. - I thought I could do it, sir. - Well, don't go off half-...
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the northernmost large and populous

Russia is the northernmost large and populous country in the world; much of it is cold and/or dry. Although it is a very simple sentence, I am at my wit's end with the phrase northernmost large and ...
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Where is the correct occurence of the world “also” in sentences? [duplicate]

I noticed that I use this word much. The problem is that I don't know where should I put it in the sentence! Sometimes I say for example: I like T.V and also radio. Is the sentence above OK? ...

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