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"I am a citizen of Britain" vs. "I am a subject of the British crown" vs. "I am a British national"

The first of your suggestions is best, but I would like to suggest a better alternative: I am a British citizen
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Less Jupiter than Icarus

Less X than Y, where X and Y are nouns, is a structure that we use to mean "not very much like X, and more like Y" or "not really an X, but a Y". So the sentence is saying, ...
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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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What's the meaning of "Turning back to the class at large" in this context?

At large has different meanings: (Oxford Dictionary) ​(of a dangerous person or animal) not captured; free Her killer is still at large. (used after a noun) as a whole; in general the opinion of the ...
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What does "not everyone is born with their tails facing the moon" mean?

The expression appears to be a translation of the Portuguese nasceu com o cu virado para a lua, often translated less politely as 'born with the ass (or arse) facing the moon'. It is an idiom meaning '...
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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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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 difference between "He's not good at English" and "He's no good at English"?

No good means something has no use or value, and has no potential of becoming good. Not good means something is bad or undesirable. Source: Dictionary.com So "no good at English" means he ...
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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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How can I use in a sentence the phrase 'ordinary folk'?

Those were the heady days when stockbrokers commanded salaries beyond those of ordinary folk. Ordinary folk = ordinary people (i.e. not stockbrokers).
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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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What does it mean by 'an order of French fries'?

In a fast food restaurant, french fries often are served in a small paper bag or light cardboard cup. That's an order of fries. Two such containers of fries would constitute two orders of fries. The ...
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What does it mean by 'an order of French fries'?

Language is not a matter of logic. It is mediated by social convention and common sense. I’d like one cheeseburger, one french fry, and one soda Does THAT plausible to you? I’d like one ...
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What does "pale intelligence" mean here?

This is not a standard idiom or expression. Instead it is an "impressionistic" phrasing. Somehow Dr. Rappaccini gives an impression of "pale intelligence". I get the feeling of ...
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What does "the way something happens" means

Such texts are ambiguous, in the absence of clarifying context. The sentence I hate the way he manipulates people. can mean any of: I hate the fact that he manipulates people. I hate the manner in ...
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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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