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So I think there are a couple of things that might be throwing you off, and let's try to tackle them one by one. First, let's get the quote right. Properly quoted, the original line goes like this: To supply this deficiency, abilities are required of a far superior cast to any possessed by the writer of the following pages The original has writer, not &...


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Neither seems likely. The word "take" does not mean "eat". It means "carry to a place". "to work" isn't an infinitive, "to" is a preposition and "work" means "workplace". These are cookies that Emilia brings to her workplace to share with her colleagues. It is quite common to bring ...


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It means to some extent or partially. I don't think your two senses are mutually exclusive. If the phrase were omitted, the sentence would mean that the quality of education was the only thing that the country's prosperity depended on. The intelligent reader would understand your second interpretation; that there must be other things which will also make a ...


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"So far this week" is the span of time from the beginning of the current week to the current moment. An example context is where someone has been busier than expected so far, and there might possibly be more to come, e.g., "So far this week I've already had three meetings, two interviews, and a project review, so I'm hoping I can catch a break ...


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It probably means that it will soon be night (understanding as to mean because). See this. However, while looking for a definition as proof of my interpretation I also found this - definition 2. Oddly, Collins only gives the 'approach' meaning under American English, though I'm perfectly familiar with it as a British person. Indeed, it's the basis of a ...


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Like @nschneid said in a comment, it is a non-technical way of conveying how the actual number is stored. If you blur your eyes enough, "with a note" is a metaphor for a physical note1 that tells you how to interpret the information. The metaphor says this: Someone wanted to express the number 12.75 in a way that you can understand. They wrote the ...


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First of all, this text is from 1817; the language and tone is somewhat outdated. "Cast" is using the definition found here in the noun list, 10b, a "characteristic quality." "to" is idiomatically paired with "superior." We would say that one thing is "better than another," but "superior to" it. ...


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In this classic scene it's usually the family solicitor (lawyer) who reads out the will, and this sounds like legal language. I think you have the right of it. I found this definition in the Longman online dictionary: to show that a situation exists or something is true In other words, their not liking Grandfather's decision is not evidence that he was ...


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Ambiguous sentences can mean more than one thing. So such sentences will make sense, but will it make the specific sense you intend? Context will often be the "tiebreaker" and prevent problems. When ambiguous sentences are taken out of context, that might confuse someone - but it's not the original sentence's fault. John saw the girl with a pair ...


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Words have definitions, and they have implications. There is the literal meaning of the word, and all the associations that come with a word that aren't part of its literal meaning that you would find in a dictionary. These implications are often called "suggestions" or "subtext", and a "hard suggestion" would be an ...


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