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It means "You should be living in a proper house. Why are you living here?" It means that his words (advising her to live somewhere else) are even worse than what her Mum says to her. That is, his words are more concerned and worrying than what her Mum says. Yes, "Mum" is her mother.


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Although I'm not a native Englisher, to me, "this it is" seems like a regular structure, which in linguistics is called 'left peripheral focus'. There you go Here you are London it is (let's say you were applying for expat jobs around Europe, and finally you got on offer for London and you post it on social media)


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'Continued customer' doesn't make any sense. 'Continued custom' certainly does, because if someone regularly does business with you, their custom is continuous. It would not be unusual for a business to say "thank you for your continued custom" to a regular client. 'Existing customer' is a term you would use to differentiate from someone who may be ...


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Both sentences are grammatically correct but they mean different things. Organizers have been intent on ensuring they go ahead in July They have been very focused on this goal. They are putting all their efforts toward ensuring they go ahead in July, and have not been working on much (or anything) else. Organizers have been intending to ensure they go ...


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No, a sucker for a cult means "a gullible person who is swayed by any cult that they might encounter". The literal meaning of Did they push you right under was "Were you totally immersed for the baptism". But she seems to take it figuratively as "You became so deeply involved in that church that you became a fundamentalist". (...


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To "note" something is to recognize and then acknowledge or comment on it. To do something "briefly" is to do it for a short period of time. (Or, in reference to saying or writing something, to do so concisely or using only a few words.) If something is "briefly noted", that means that one is only saying a little bit about it ...


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What follows is my understanding of how to and shut are used in the UK. Consider a door which has some form of latch. If you pull it shut then you have moved it so that the latch engages and it cannot be opened again without operating the latch. If you pull it to then you have moved it so that there is only a small gap around the door (it is ajar) or you may ...


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If anyone should die [...] his property and effects [1] should be left for his heirs [2], and no one should interfere with them. If he should have no heirs, they should appoint inspectors and separate guardians to guard the property, The first pronoun in the passage, them, pretty clearly refers to Nouns 1 (his property and effects). The second pronoun they ...


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The text is slightly ambiguous. Hereditary (of a title, office, or right) conferred by or based on inheritance. So the text could be saying that the granting of the right passed from one generation to another, presumably via the ruler and his/her offspring. Or it might mean, and I think this is more likely, that the small tracts of land referred to passed ...


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Among more than 200 patients who had recovered from COVID-19, they found only a few with antibodies that reacted to PF4, and those reacted relatively weakly Among more than 200 patients who had recovered from COVID-19, they found only a few patients with antibodies that reacted to PF4, and those antibodies reacted relatively weakly to PF4.


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"I felt calmer than I had in a long time" means that for a long period of time before that moment, the person had not felt as calm / had felt less calm. Another way to phrase it is "It had been a long time since I felt so calm." Depending on your native language, this might be easier to understand as "I felt calmer than I had since ...


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