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You can refer to the apellido paterno as the paternal surname and the apellido materno as the maternal surname. However, you cannot assume that all or even most English speakers will know what these terms mean without an explanation. If you want to refer to both surnames together, simply using "last name" is probably not a good choice, as it's very ...


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With respect to your own name, you can definitely refer to both of your parents' last names collectively as your last name or your surname. It is also used collectively in the same way a single last name would be: for example, even in English-language bookstores, the books of Mario Vargas Llosa are alphabetized under "V". Formally, a last name made ...


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If you just want to use both names without having to explain the different system, the simplest answer is to hyphenate them into a single name. Some married women, especially those with an established career, choose to hyphenate their maiden name and husband’s name as a balance of maintaining continuity vs social convention. (Note that the children in these ...


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It is dated slang, meaning "go missing". With the implication of going on a bender and getting very drunk. Dictionaries give a rare and dated sense of "bat (noun)" as "spree" or "binge" Apart from the example you give, I've found in The Parade's gone by: Every so often he'd go off on a bat and not show up at all. ...


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It means they said it about them. You see this when a quote is attributed to a person, but the quote doesn't specify who or what the quoted person was speaking about. In your example, the quote uses a pronoun "her", so it has to be made clear Trump said it about (or 'of') the federal judge. “Well I haven’t said it was her, but she’s outstanding,” ...


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The expression is non-standard slang. The meaning is clearly, given the context, that Eugene is annoyed by the proposal to turn the building with the largest amount of space into a church instead of making better use of it by turning it into "a lab, a machine shop, very least a sweet-ass game room". It is very likely an expression invented by the ...


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I'd understand this as "we got near them and handled the situation". We can use "get on something" to mean "start work to do something" Can you clean the toilets? Sure, I'll get on that right away. Here the meaning seems to be similar. Glen is saying that the walkers broke out of the quarry, but he dealt with the situation (...


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"move up" generally means to improve or to go to a higher level. here the phrase "move up that time table" means " to reschedule to earlier time".


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Said of her means he said something, and it was about her - she was the subject of the statement. It's a way to connect the reported speech with its subject. So yes, you're right!


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"The evidence is in" is an idiom, at least in the U.S., meaning that there is enough information available to make a decision or a conclusion. It is a polite way to say that there is no need for further discussion. It literally means only that "evidence is available," but the definite article makes it clear that no material evidence is ...


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I will assume you've looked up "radiance" and "haunting" in a dictionary. "In the black" here means darkness, the total absence of light. Putting the meanings together, the author is describing frightening/disturbing light. But it's imaginary. Have you ever been in a dark place for so long that you imagined seeing light when ...


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It means that there may not be anything that makes it true. In general, "if anything" is inserted as a subordinate clause in a question about what things are in some way available, to acknowledge the possibility that nothing may be available. Another way to put this particular sentence (though not a better way - the original is good) might be: ...


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I think he meant that they will reach peak emissions before 2030. (If it didn't mean that, he wouldn't be bragging about it.) To advance a timetable is to move it up, or move it closer to the present.


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In this context, it’s likely that Elvira was paying for the hospital room in which the incident happened. She chose to pay for the best quality room the hospital had (which is why “Only the best was good enough for you”), but wasn’t aware that the services she was paying for included closed-circuit TV recording.


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That sense of "quality" means "how good things are". If they are defective, they are of low quality. If they are flawless, they are of high quality. If quality is spotty or uneven, some examples will be good, and some will not be as good. American Heritage Dictionary "quality" 3b. b. Degree or grade of excellence: yard goods of ...


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“quality” here means degree of good/bad. A common example would be wireless signal as you move around a city. In some places (or spots) it’s good, and in others it is bad. We could call this uneven coverage “spotty”.


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