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This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about the meaning or correctness of a word in a sentence. Give as much context as possible.

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As I know, the word yet is usually used in a negative sentence. But if it's used in a positive sentence as below, would it imply a negative meaning here as well? "We have yet to detect any signs …
asked Oct 10 '17 by dan
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According to Collins dictionary, raise can mean: verb If you raise money for a charity or an institution, you ask people for money which you collect on its behalf. I am wondering if I …
asked Jan 15 '18 by dan
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Court documents detail what a man charged with murder told investigators about the abduction and killing of Mollie Tibbetts. I'm not sure what 'what' is doing in this sentence. 'Detail' here is …
asked Aug 22 '18 by dan
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"The Sorcerer's Stone! Of course -- the Elixir of Life! But I don't understand who --" "Can you think of nobody who has waited many years to return to power, who has clung to life, awaiting th …
asked Oct 16 '18 by dan
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"Do mine ears deceive me?" said Fred, ... Harry Potter I'm wondering if there is any difference from "Do my ears deceive me?". In "mine ears", I think the word mine is an appositive to 'ear …
asked Jan 30 by dan
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But the others wouldn't let Professor Quirrell keep Harry to himself. It took almost ten minutes to get away from them all. At last, Hagrid managed to make himself heard over the babble. "Must …
asked Oct 4 '18 by dan
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The poor murdered girl must be revenged. I saw the sentence in the dictionary on my cellphone. I doubt the use of 'revenged' in that sentence and I think it should use 'avenged' instead because, …
asked May 3 by dan
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I have never seen look is used as a transitive verb. This is from the book Harry Potter. I don't quite get "Harry didn't look it, but he was very fast." Here is an excerpt for more context. Exa …
asked May 8 '18 by dan
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Carla: I thought you ... a healthy guy! A: were B: are I encountered this question on an online quiz. I choose A, but the answer key is B. I'm wondering why A is incorrect?
asked Aug 12 by dan
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I saw this sentence from a news article. Is it ok to use 'on' here? If yes, are there any differences compared with 'in'? "We’ll continue to work closely with our partners in the international com …
asked Oct 11 '17 by dan
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Collins dictionary says: If you are wary of something or someone, you are cautious because you do not know much about them and you believe they may be dangerous or cause problems. I found some …
asked Nov 7 '17 by dan
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The title of this article is: High-ranking House Democrat dealt surprise defeat at polls According to this dictionary,I figure the verb deal means this sense: (transitive) to give …
asked Jun 27 '18 by dan
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None of them noticed a large, tawny owl flutter past the window. I saw this sentence in the book Harry Potter. I think the sentence should be written as: None of them noticed a large, taw …
asked Aug 30 '18 by dan
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In 1863 the first underground passenger railway in the world opened in London. It ran for just under seven kilometers and allowed people to avoid terrible ____ (crowd) on the roads above as they tr …
asked Jan 16 '18 by dan
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"Because if Harry here --" Mr Malfoy shot Harry a swift, sharp look, "and his friend Ron hadn't discovered this book, why -- Ginny Weasley might have taken all the blame. No one would ever have bee …
asked Nov 8 '18 by dan

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