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The phrase 'at stake' is idiomatic, which is what makes this hard to understand. The meaning of 'issues at stake' is similar to 'undecided questions' or 'unresolved conflicts'. To 'illuminate the issues at stake' means to explain the various perspectives involved in the questions or conflicts. The phrase 'at stake' relates to this meaning because one side ...


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“Stake” comes from card games and gambling, where the “stake” is the prize or the pot. What has been put in the pot (what is at stake) will be won or lost. Examples when the police arrest you, your freedom is at stake. “With Brexit looming, the future of Ireland is at stake” USA Today / Yahoo News


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When trying to understand this passage, the key word to understand is culprit. From Oxford: culprit (noun) a person who is responsible for a crime or other misdeed. • the cause of a problem or defect: viruses could turn out to be the culprit. So, a culprit can be a criminal, or a cause. Ms. Dello begins her quote with: If searching for a culprit......


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It can mean two things: I play soccer regularly, but I am not actually engaged in playing right at this moment. I know how to play soccer, and have played regularly in the past, but at this stage in my life I'm not on a team or otherwise playing regularly.


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To do something "for perspective" means "to put it in perspective"--to correctly assess the size or importance of a thing relative to other events or objects. So in this case, by taking a break from social media, Whalen gets enough perspective to see that even if the things that happen online are negative, they are not something to commit suicide over.


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"I will give all-out of me" is not a natural construction. There are two idioms you seem to be combining here: one is to go all out, and the other is to give something your all. They both mean that you'll try your hardest or best. So a more natural version could be "I will go all out [to do x]" or "I will give [the task] my all" or "I will give ...


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In my opinion, it doesn’t make a major difference but still makes a difference. "They should have been together." Is definite and expresses no uncertainty in anyway "In a way, a part of you thinks they should have been together." This leaves some doubt and less certainty in the answer. It also adds the fact there are multiple angles and viewpoints in ...


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