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What is the difference between the prepositions 'up' and 'onto', both indicating 'motion'?

Up shows direction of motion. You can go up the hill from anywhere on it, even from the very bottom. Onto shows motion to a place that is on top of something. The motion itself does not need to be ...
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... the guns of war exploded. Does it mean that the war started, or did the guns really explode?

If a gun 'explodes' it is usually destroyed and is not useful any more. I suspect the writer meant to say something like 'the guns of war sounded'.
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That is/was great. - which one should I use?

It seems that referring to the news or narration of an event is done by using verbs in the present tense. So, the appropriate response to Q.1 is, "That is great." Likewise, for Q.2 the ...
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Meaning of "about" in context

"About" in this context is an adverb here, not preposition. "About the best I can do" means its approximately the best I can do.
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what "bear out" mean in this context?

This is partly mis-parsing the sentence, and partly bad writing. This isn't the phrasal verb to bear out; the writer is simply saying that this behavior is born from, or out of these things. You can ...
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Does using "there" a second time matter?

It is still grammatically correct with or without "there". "there" just points out that the doctor is in the hospital, so it makes it more specific to where the doctor is, nothing ...
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An English proverb for we should always use sweet words

I’m not sure if these are exactly the same, but the closest ones I can think of are You’ll catch more flies with honey than vinegar (Metaphorically means that you are more likely to persuade people by ...
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What does "hump" mean in this context?

It's just a vaguely obscene metaphor. "Have sex with the American Dream". Humping is not like "making love". It's boring, routine sex, done without much emotion or connection. ...
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Need clarification on meaning of sentence

First off, note the "to these rankings" is a link to a page containing descriptions of poker hands. So the demonstrative "these rankings" refers to the rankings described if you ...
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What does "unwinding assets" mean here?

As part of the Quantitative Easing strategy for addressing the pandemic, the Federal Reserve Bank purchased about $80 billion of Treasuries and about $40 billion of commercial and mortgage-backed ...
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The meaning of the word "stretched" in the sentences in bold is ambiguous to me

You are creating a false dichotomy. If the number of soldiers was 1 and that one had nothing to do all day, they would not be “stretched.” If the number of soldiers were 100,000, and each was already ...
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