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This expression usually means: Go somewhere more private if you are going to be so affectionate. It's typically used as an admonition when a couple is making other people feel uncomfortable because they are being overly affectionate in a public setting. I've never heard of the expression being used when the person saying the phrase couldn't see the couple. ...


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It is a bad question that doesn't test English skills and so should be ignored. I believe the questioner wants you to notice the difference between: Amanda, who lives in New York and my brother who doesn't [live in New York] The first, with a comma, is a non-restrictive relative clause. It describes Amanda. The second, without a comma, is a ...


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The meaning of "make someone something" is "make something for someone". It would be possible to say: Mum made me a sandwich, but then ate it herself. Mum intended the sandwich for me, but either changed her mind or forgot. The word "make" doesn't include the sense of "give".


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According to qz.com: Most cesses are ineffective, expensive, rarely serve the purpose they were levied for, and, generate insignificant amounts in revenue. The salt cess is one such example, generating Rs3.3 crore in the last financial year. The cost of collection was Rs1.5 crore. If we convert those numbers to US dollars for comparison, we get $538,000 ...


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When music was playing on a stereo or in the garage, she could tune it out or switch it off . . . Switch off is used literally to designate turning or flipping a switch to end the functioning of a machine or appliance. But it may also be used metaphorically of mental function: we might speak of "switching off" your attention to some phenomenon. In your ...


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This is a tricky one. Going by bare definitions according to the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, improve means to (​cause something to) get ​better while pain means a ​feeling of ​physical ​suffering ​caused by ​injury or ​illness Taken literally, if you described the suffering itself getting better, rather than the feeling associated with ...


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Yes, it means more or less what you guessed: the speaker was given an assignment to do a report on George Washington, but she chose to disregard the "on George Washington" part. She satisfied the "do a report" part of the assignment, but on a completely different subject, namely beavers. "George Washington report" is still the name of the assignment, though, ...


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I followed the link to the test. Although I couldn't see the test itself, I was able to locate the answers and then some further discussion (which, unfortunately, just makes everything worse): This question asked whether it was possible to ascertain the sex of Evelyn from the following sentence: “I should like to introduce you to my sister Amanda, ...


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Saying "You'll be frustrated with anything less than X." means that X is the minimum for you to not be frustrated. So for instance, if I say "I will be frustrated with anything less than a full glass of water.", this means that if I get a half glass of water, I am going to be frustrated because a half glass is less than a full glass. So your reading of the ...


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"God's gift to _____" is a sarcastic expression, usually meaning that someone thinks too highly of themselves in a certain regard. If you have a co-worker who is very overly prideful of his work, you might say: Gene thinks he's God's gift to this office. meaning that he values himself more highly than he should. In the case of the television episode, ...


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George Washington, the leader of the revolutionary forces that freed the United States from Britain and also the first President of the United States, is often the focus of study for US schoolchildren, who are forced to dutifully report on the so-called Father of the Country. (That would be a "George Washington report".) The rebellious child pictured has ...


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I disagree with the idea that this is a "popular" or "overused" utterance, on a wide basis. But as to its meaning . . . Simple answer: You are no good as a man (a failure as a man), and your mother is unwomanly (somehow mannish). You are inferior as a man and your mother is inferior as a woman. It is an insult that implies that its target fails ...


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You made the cut means that you qualified for something. It is used in theater and sports. A director might start with a large pool of aspiring actors and only a few roles. Some people will be in the play, and some people will be cut. Those who are in the play made it past the cut, or more commonly made the cut. The expression is widely to describe ...


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They do say the opposite things, but there is a changing time frame involved. The first quote says that in 2013-2014, the revenue from the tax was half the cost of collecting it. The second quote says that in 1978, the cost of collecting the tax was half the revenue from the tax. Clearly in the intervening 35 years the cost has gone up much faster than ...


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"I like her appearance", said Elizabeth, struck with other ideas. "She looks sickly and cross. -- Yes, she will do for him very well. She will make him a very proper wife." At this point in the story, Elizabeth is being a bit mean. She's talking to herself and has heard that Miss De Bourgh was intended to marry Mr. Darcy from their childhoods. She's not ...


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As written, the sentence is ambiguous. Different people could easily make arguments that Bob is in either the group that did or did not get a candy. To word this in a less ambiguous way you could do one of the following: If you do want to include Bob in the group who got a candy, rephrase it like this: All [of the] kids, including Bob, but two got a ...


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A literal fight is physical, and a metaphorical fight is more debate over policies. To give you a concrete example, you can take a look at what has been going on in the Ukrainian parliament. A couple of days ago, one of the parliament members came up to the prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, after a speech that he gave, with a bouquet of flowers. Upon ...


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"Mom made me a sandwich" means that mom made a sandwich and that the sandwich is for you to eat. It doesn't necessarily mean that she's given you the sandwich yet, but it does imply that she intends to. For example, you could be going on a long trip starting early in the morning. Mom has made sandwiches for everybody, but they're going to stay in her bag ...


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It is neither. What it is depends on what grammatical sect you follow. Note that providing follows in. The object of a preposition must be an NP, an nominal entity. Consequently, traditional grammar takes providing to be the object of in and calls it a gerund, an -ing form acting as a noun. Contemporary phrase-structure grammars take the entire non-...


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Well, you as the listener have the ability to decide for yourself how to interpret it. I'll say this, though—as a native speaker speaking from intuition, your interpretation doesn't seem very likely to me. It seems like the song is written with the following sentences in mind: Why does she sing her sad songs for me? I'm not the one to tenderly ...


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Good thought, but slightly off the mark: to hold (someone) accountable for means to consider someone responsible and therefore possibly punishable for something. In your example, the governement us not supposed to hold onto bad management, but consider them liable - and act accordingly.


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First, your quote is incomplete. See the full text here She is arguing that the social cost of drinking (prisons, hospitals, etc), which she calls "paraphernalia" outweighs the tax income by 20 million. On these grounds (assuming a ban on liquor could be enforced at no cost), public policy would be better served by prohibition than by the then-current level ...


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Your confusion seems to arise from the definition provided on that site. frolic n. gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement <their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly> In this definition, gay does not mean homosexual, but instead it means something like gay a : happily excited : ...


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It's a badly written sentence. The syntactic parallelism between the two gerund clauses lead the reader to parse this as you have done: This constant obsession about   attaining ...   and   observing ... But in fact "Constant obsession about observing our behemothic interest" makes no sense. The public is not obsessed ...


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It would appear to me that the narrator (not really the author) isn't too sure of how to parse the question that was posed - he knows that he doesn't watch, but isn't sure whether to say no to the question as posed, or to agree with the basic sentiment that the girl is saying - he ends up nodding to say that she is correct.


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The first sentence implies that the cost of collecting the tax was more than double the revenue collected. These kinds of sloppy errors are not rare because the phrases seem to take on a life of their own. There was a TV commercial here a few years ago, advertising tours to Italy, that said "each place we visit will be more exciting than the next".


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Using simple words correctly in English is not simple, even though it seems so. Simple words usually have several subtle different meanings. Consider: ... as John brought out in the comments. Why not just brought? Why brought out? The reason is because brought out has different meaning from brought. Brought out is the past tense of bring out; and bring ...


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A non-finite clause might better be defined as a clause headed by a non-finite verbform: an infinitive or a participle. Such a clause by definition1 has no tense. It cannot be the main or matrix clause in a formal sentence, because a matrix clause must be headed by a finite verbform, which defines its Reference Time—the time you are talking about. (see ...


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District has many meanings besides those you mention. Just where I live there are a Fire Prevention District, a Sewer District, a Solid Waste Management District,, a School District (with Football and Basketball Districts), a Special School District, a County Council District, a Municipal District, a Missouri House District, a Missouri Senatorial District, a ...


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I believe that evidence is related to the evidence of origin from the preceding point. The entire section is called "Enforced proof of origin".


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