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A bender is a person or thing that bends something else. To bend something is to change its shape or direction without breaking it. The element benders are shaping and turning the elements to their will.


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No, not entirely. Credit in this context means to acknowledge as the source of something. Planting the seed means to create the initial or the inception of the initial idea, gift, or talent. Like a flower, a person can plant an idea even though they do not actively foster, nurture, grow, or tend to it.


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They have different, although slightly similar meanings. When you have a bunch of options to achieve a goal and you write off some of them, you would say you ruled them out. Out of the question has a more strong opposition to an alternative, which makes that option even unworthy of consideration or pondering. Imagine you landed on a secluded island with a ...


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The sense here is agreeing with the speaker that the action will have that consequence. Namely, realising you can't sing plus stopping believing in God will have the effect of making you want to stop singing in the church choir.


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The word “able” means having enough of any necessary characteristics (strength, skill, permission, whatever is needed) to accomplish something.1 The word “ablest” is formed from “able” and the “-est” suffix, which indicates the superlative form: it is equivalent to “most able.” It isn’t used very often by today’s English speakers,2 but it is certainly ...


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"Any" normally means "some" or "more than nothing". If someone asks, "Is there any water left in the bottle?" he means, is the amount of water left in the bottle more than zero. And that's exactly the meaning here. What course would you adopt if you had ANY prudence? That is, someone with no prudence at all might adopt ...


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Well, “What makes rain?” and “What makes it rain?” would yield two different answers. The former could be answered as simply as saying clouds. Or, the former could be answered with a more complex description of the composition of the rain. The answer for the latter would entail a discussion about the moisture content of air, temperatures, dew points, fronts, ...


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Let's say you're investigating a murder scene. There's a kitchen knife nearby but the body has no stab wound. It has a bullet hole though. Possible causes of death: Kissed to death Stabbed to death Shot dead Cause (1) is out of the question. It's so ridiculous that you wouldn't even consider it a real possibility. Cause (2) is a possible cause of death. ...


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We know Ronaldo wants to score a free kick for the Italian side. The phrase indicates he tries multiple times to score a free kick, but is disappointed to fail. Let's break it down, leaving out the middle section: "..a run of misfortune that has had little effect on his otherwise excellent numbers, but gnawed away at the notorious perfectionist as each ...


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Like the input signal, the output signal is also balanced, and since the collector voltages either swing in opposite directions or in the same direction, the output voltage signal [no comma] taken from between the two collectors is, assuming a perfectly balanced circuit, the zero difference between the two collector voltages. The passage in the original site ...


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There's a missing comma. I'll emphasise it with parentheses, "The output voltage signal, taken from between the two collectors is, (assuming a perfectly balanced circuit), the zero difference between the two collector voltages." --- In other words, "The signal is the zero difference between the collector voltages" –


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The angry woman, "Trunchbull", is complaining about cake that was stolen from her. She is bragging that it was very high quality cake, made with "butter and real cream". Apparently this angry woman must provide food for the person she is complaining to, and what she provides is low quality food, "the filth I give to you". She is ...


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macOS Big Sur (version 11.0) is the next major release of macOS, Apple Inc.'s operating system for Macintosh computers. It is the successor to macOS Catalina (version 10.15) and was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 22, 2020, with public beta release scheduled for July and general release projected for fall. It is named after the ...


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Both sentences could technically be read in either way: that Tom was fouled and you were both furious, or that you both got fouled and were both furious indepentently. However this ambiguity isn't much of an issue, because most speakers will contextually understand that a foul (in sport) happens to usually only one person at a time and that you're probably ...


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Use "suppose" when there is a higher level of ambiguity. E.g, 50-50 chances that 1 of 2 options will happen. Use "expected" when the final result is known (or desired) to a higher degree. Example: It rains and I have no umbrella. I expect that I will get wet. Another example: Teacher: I expect that you will do our homework. Even ...


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The word "latrine" is a reference back to "shithole" and means the same thing. (I'm assuming you've looked up the words.) The article says that Trump rejected immigrants from countries that he said were "shitholes", that is, "latrines". He did this while saying that he would prefer immigrants from Europe, like those ...


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Using "Wouldn’t" here mark the question as 'rhetorical'. "Wouldn’t this also be the perfect course for prospective arsonists to sign up for?" is actually a statement in question form, not a question seeking for an answer, "Would this also be the perfect course for prospective arsonists to sign up for?" is a real question, ...


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The specific phrase "To think that..." is an idiomatic phrase which basically means "Can you believe that...".


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A further clue to what's described is in an earlier sentence: ‘These drills run at a tremendous speed,’ the father said, ‘so when I switch on the drill the mileage numbers on the speedo spin backwards at a fantastic rate. I can knock fifty thousand miles off the clock in a few minutes with my high-speed electric drill. And by the time I’ve finished, the car’...


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You could rewrite this many ways, but one example would be: Ctesiphon, indeed, was not worth to Persia what it had been worth to Parthia. The construction "is ... to ..." can describe worth, meaning or relationship. For example: "He is a friend to me". or "It is nothing to him". In your example, the specific relation is not ...


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