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I have some difficulties with translating

This is subject in the sense of 'citizen'. There were people of all those nationalities living in Finland. (Presumably the thing that was becoming essential was administrators knowing numerous ...
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What does "Why to not not start a startup" mean?

The author is being cute. He is listing reasons that many people offer for not starting a business. So the reasons are reasons not to start a business. If his goal was to stop you, he could just list ...
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What does the phrase "buff up" mean here?

"buff up": Buff (video gaming), a change to a weapon or ability that deems it more viable for game balance. So it means to make something more powerful, in this case, the power-up. "...
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If some sentence has truth, could it be called sarcasm

No, this is not sarcasm. Sarcasm is when you mean the opposite of what you say, and it's negative or hurtful towards someone. In your example sentence, although sending that message to someone may be ...
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If some sentence has truth, could it be called sarcasm

Not really. Sarcasm is when you say something, but mean the opposite, for humorous effect, in order to mock/criticise or poke fun at someone. It's not always intended as an insult, although it could ...
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What is the meaning of "wherein" in this context?

Lexico: In which. 'the situation wherein the information will eventually be used' So it could be replaced with "in the way that". This is ironic in the way that the song is a farewell ...
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"Generations of pure-bloods, wizards all - more than *you* can say, I don't doubt!" meaning in this context

"Generations of pure-bloods, wizards all" is appositive to "us". It's understood that it's a description that applies to "us"; we are generations of pure-bloods. James K ...
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Does "attempt" in past-tense imply failure?

Your two given contexts imply failure, yes. If it says something after the "attempt" to retry it, it implies that you have failed and have to wait for the next try. If one just says: I ...
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the usage of 'as' : as they consider different things they can pretend to do

Yes it means "because". "as" here is a conjunction: because; since Source
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add to and change the environment in their own ways

Consider the shorter version of this sentence: Children can add to the environment in their own ways. This says that children can add to the environment, but not exactly how. The same is true of the ...
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add to and change the environment in their own ways

Imagine you provide a room for children to play in that has only a large cardboard box filled with wooden blocks. The children could use the blocks to build pretend chairs, tables, people, dragons, ...
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What does “this time around” mean?

As far as my knowledge goes , this idiom is used to convey the mood that betokens a slight but sure change in routine .
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Meaning of "Most of modern Finland still lay beneath the sea, which means that the first settlers must have arrived from the south and the south-east"

A common thing in English is to leave out phrases that "should" be understood. "Should" in scare quotes because even native speakers can often be confused. (I don't have enough ...
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Meaning of "Most of modern Finland still lay beneath the sea, which means that the first settlers must have arrived from the south and the south-east"

To build a bit on the comments, "still" is not limited to situations involving the present. It may apply to situations in the past or future. He will still love her after she leaves means ...
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Is it rude to say you would not know what it is

The phrasing in your question taken literally means the interviewer asked you a question, and that you don't think the person you're speaking to knows what that question is. But that's rather obvious ...
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He mocked me for not speaking clearly - did "not speaking clearly" really happen ? or it is just a thought?

He mocked me for not speaking clearly. Does this mean I did not speak clearly? Yes, indeed, it does. He laughed at me for not speaking clearly. Same thing. You did not speak clearly. for not x ...
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He mocked me for not speaking clearly - did "not speaking clearly" really happen ? or it is just a thought?

The sentence obviously says nothing at all about whether your speech was unclear as a fact generally agreed upon. Context would obviously change this. The microphone was defective, and Tom mocked me ...
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What does "Goals" mean in this context?

It's essentially short for "Those are worthy goals to aim for", often used ironically. In this case, Charlie is suggesting the idea of setting the goal of being a self-made multimillionaire ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase "plain style" in this context?

From https://preachingsource.com/blog/what-is-a-plain-style/ : Plain preaching is defined as much by what it lacks as what it contains. Plain preaching gets to the core of the message without an ...
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Having brothers established

The "having" clause in the second sentence is essentially He had brothers who were already established ... where the subject of "were established" is the brothers. In this ...
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What is the meaning of "stretch" in this context?

'Stretching' one's voice means pushing it to its limits. A voice can be 'stretched' in different ways - by trying to reach a high pitch, by shouting at a high volume, or as you suggest, by speaking ...
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What is the meaning of "stretch" in this context?

"Cried aloud" here means "spoke aloud", not "cried" in the sense of "wept".It does not mean "cried without stopping". The "utmost stretch" ...
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What does "statements of great density" mean?

Yes, the second meaning does apply. Dense prose is characterized by great length, the use of numerous unusual or technical terms, and a level of structural complexity that together make it difficult ...
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What does "statements of great density" mean?

You've used a dictionary to find the possible meanings, so you know as much as any native speaker. How would a native speaker determine which it means? Context. Given that the text goes on to speak ...
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Taylor offered him 500 dollars to do the work

Technically the sentence is ambiguous. It is possible (although unusual) that Taylor offered the unnamed "him" payment for a chance to do the work, possibly in hopes of gaining reputation. ...
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What does “It’s presumptions of you” mean?

It's a malapropism. Either by the author or put in the character's mouth by the author. Normally, one would expect It’s presumptuous of you which in context would have to mean that they are ...
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"Once you have days that are 118, 99 feels amazing."

These are Fahrenheit (American) temperatures. 99 degrees F may seem hot most times but if you have had days at 118 degrees F then 99 feels cool. 99 degrees F is 37 normal degrees, and 118 F is 47 ...
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What does "paralleled by" mean?

It's definition 3. Definition 3 means the two things are similar. In this case, being in a wheelchair is similar to being carried. Definition 5 means someone makes a comparison between two other ...
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What does “fell at recess” mean

Merriam-Webster offers this definition: a suspension of business or procedure often for rest or relaxation —children playing at recess In America, the period called recess occurs during school and ...
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Can we say "leftover pizza" to refer to some pizza that is bigger than crumbs but much smaller than a slice?

Leftover pizza has a subtly different meaning to the one expressed by the OP. To avoid possible confusion, say left-over scraps The OP's solution "I dumped the leftover pizza" sounds like ...
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Can we say "leftover pizza" to refer to some pizza that is bigger than crumbs but much smaller than a slice?

"Listen up, guys" (A Mother Says to Her Kids through A Note on the Fridge) Leftover pizza should be put in the fridge! Pizza crusts should be put in the garbage bin! Thank you for your ...
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Can we say "leftover pizza" to refer to some pizza that is bigger than crumbs but much smaller than a slice?

There is no suggestion that if something is left over it is of a particular size. So even if you have a spoonful of rice left over from the meal it is still leftover rice. similarly if you cater for a ...
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Can we say "leftover pizza" to refer to some pizza that is bigger than crumbs but much smaller than a slice?

Simply say: I dumped the pizza crusts in the garbage Pizza crusts are the edges of the pizza basically.
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Does the adjective honey-tongued carry a positive meaning

Yes. These days, honey-tongued can have that more positive meaning, although it almost always still carries at least a hint of suspicion of there being some degree of ulterior motive on the part of ...
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Adverb clauses or phrases are essential or non-essential depending on the context or a comma?

You have got the whole thing backwards. Commas do not determine grammar. Grammar determines proper use of commas. In example 1, the comma is wrong because the clause is essential and follows the ...
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Does the adjective honey-tongued carry a positive meaning

No. I would always interpret honey-tongued as meaning that the sweetness extends only to the tongue, and not to the person. A word for the kind of person you are describing would be appreciative.
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Causative-verb question. You got to go to the basketball game last night?

In casual English, mainly in American dialects, 'to get to' do something means 'to have the opportunity to', or 'to be able to' do that thing. I didn't get to go to the game last night because I had ...
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Causative-verb question. You got to go to the basketball game last night?

You got to go to the basketball game last night? means, roughly: Were you allowed to go to the basketball game last night? or Were you able to go to the basketball game last night? This is a very ...
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Trouble interpreting this little text?

In this context, I believe "headline" is being used in a way similar to how it might in a place like Las Vegas, where "to headline" means to appear as one of the stars in a show. ...
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that is vs that is to say

Good point. It would indeed sound unnatural to substitute "that is to say" here. Sometimes, as you note, "that is" can be replaced by the longer "that is to say." That ...
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Trouble interpreting this little text?

"Trump Campaign Chief to Headline Jan. 6 Hearing on Election Lies" This is a journalistic headline (in a different meaning of headline - the bold text at the top of the page or story) and ...
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what does "très riping" mean?

This "broken english" has resulted in many mispellings, even in just this one sentence. mis-spelling of ripping, old-fashioned slang for 'very good/exciting' - @KateBunting excellent; ...
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What is the meaning of the word "deposit" in this context?

Michael has answered your question as to what the papers were that the owner tore up, but I feel like there's still some confusion around the user of the word “deposit.” deposit noun … 2 : something ...
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He is the hand of glory

I haven't played the game so I don't know the context, but ... I presume you know what "glory" means: Honor, praise, distinction, etc. "Hand" of course literally means that part of ...
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An interpretation of "be to + infinitive" in Bertrand Russell's "The Conquest of Happiness"

are to + infinitive is used for something which is expected/should/must happen in the future. Some simpler examples They are to be here by eight. The prisoners are to eat bread and water from now on. ...
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What is the meaning of the word "deposit" in this context?

When you rent or hire something, the hire company can require you to pay a 'deposit' to cover the cost of replacing the rented items if you lose, damage, or fail to return them. In this case some ...
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What does "range in millions" mean?

As @Lambie correctly points out, the short answer is yes. To range To range over something is to take an arbitrary value (or to vary) within it. Usually, we talk about something ranging from A to B ...
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What does "make out a receipt to someone" mean?

to make out a receipt or to make out a check MEANS to write the name of the person to whom you are giving the receipt or check in the appropriate space.
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What does "straight" mean in this context"

I would argue that the most relevant sense is Merrian-Websters 3.c: straight: 3.c. free from extraneous matter: unmixed I would also add pure and undiluted to that definition. In this case, Kubrick ...
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