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What does "It wasn't all romantic" mean?
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First of all, "there is no any romantic at all" is not a grammatical sentence. You could say "there is not any romance at all" or "it is not romantic at all", but you cannot use romantic as a noun in ...

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fewer iterations vs a fewer iterations
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The indefinite article can be used in the plural or in the singular form. But that article does have its own plural form: the zero form (there is nothing!): Singular: An apple A car Plural: ...

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be located in New York vs locate in New York?
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He locates in New York. This sentence means that he is locating things or people in New York. I don't think that is the meaning you are looking for. To locate something means that you find the ...

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Why do we use the "continuous" verb form here?
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The population of the world is increasing very fast. Why not “increases”? This construction, the verb be followed by a participle, is called continuous: it means that the action is happening. The ...

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She loves being looked at. or She loves looking at her
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Let's clear up some confusion, and give our "she" a name. Let's call her Alice. Alice loves being looked at. This means that Alice loves it when Bob looks at Alice. Alice loves looking at her. ...

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"The dog chased the cat" vs "The cat chased the dog"
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This has absolutely nothing to do with verb tenses or active or passive voice. The usual, normal, interpretation of those sentences is: The dog chased the cat. dog = subject, cat = object The ...

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Using the pronoun 'we' when I'm not a part of it!
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It is very simple, if you are part of the group you talk about, using they is possible, but it will still include you as a speaker. You just talk about yourself in he third person! Users who base ...

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One of my favorite movie / one of my favorite movies
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One of means you are talking about one item from a group. If there is one apple on the table, and I want you to take that apple, I would not say *Take one of the one apple on that table. but ...

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How do I interpret “different user roles”?
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User roles are a concept that I think deserves to be translated correctly on its own. It is not the same as a user, or even a user with a role. The user role can exist without any users, and the ...

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That’s the bit about aspiring models being deterred
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The conversation gets interrupted by Strike's remark and Robin's question about skipping the rest. Mr. Strike answers to that ("no, no, keep going"), then Robin goes back to the original conversation ...

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There is nothing 'free', it's always 'free of cost' - is it right?
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Free has several meanings, and usually, the intended meaning is clear from the context. One of the meanings of free is without cost, so if the context is clear, it is not necessary to explicitly ...

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What is the difference between "control" and "inspect"?
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No, in English those two words are very different in meaning. In some languages, control has a similar meaning to inspect, verify or check, but in English, control in this case only means to exercise ...

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Kyle had been born four years to the day after her mother had died
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Yes, to the day means exactly. (as in exactly the same date). To the hour would be even more precise. When we say that something happened four years after something else, we usually don't mean it ...

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nothing /nobody has done something
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It depends on two things. Firstly, whether we see the Catholic Church as a person (personification) (then nobody would fit) or as an institution (the nothing fits). Normally, we have no problem ...

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I'm on the market
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You may want to have a look at this question. Without further context, I would assume that the girl is not seeing anyone at the moment (she is not in a relationship), and she is looking for someone ...

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What to call it when someone always looks for greener pastures?
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Although Maulik V. is right in stating that what you describe is human behaviour, not all humans display the behaviour in such a way that it deserves special attention. For the cases where the ...

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'Let's move!' - is this okay in the context of going to watch a movie?
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The more common option is indeed let's go, but let's move works as well - with a slightly different meaning! Let's move can mean several things: Let's displace objects (or people) from one place to ...

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Who is a person with 'integrity'?
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I think it refers to the strong moral principles :) Actually, the that you refuse to change part is arguably redundant. The major point of (moral) principles, especially strong ones, is that they are ...

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How to understand "She gives a dinner for me"?
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If someone gives a dinner for you, it is implied that that person is hosting a dinner party in your honour. If someone just gives you prepared food to eat, she gives, buys or cooks you dinner. If ...

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Meaning of the following passage with the word "shed" in it
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To shed is indeed "to get rid of", in the sense of "shaking it off your back". A cat sheds fur, and as we learn in this article, spiders shed their skin. It means that they lose a ...

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How to explain "the factory got flooded"
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I cannot open your link (network security at work...) but I would guess that the phrase "the factory got flooded" is not so much a metaphor, as it is a pastiche for a very standard excuse. Compare it ...

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Using the adverb “not”
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Both sentences mean more or less the same thing, but, contrary to what Man_From_India says, they are not the same. The night was so quiet that a sound could not be heard. This means that if there ...

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What does "I have never looked back" mean?
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Look back here means that you would wonder afterwards if you made the right decision. When I look back at my life, I wonder if I would do things the same way... If you say that you never looked ...

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what does take approach mean?
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Taking an approach means selecting the direction from where you want to start solving a problem. For instance, I could find myself wanting to teach someone a language. I could start with just ...

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Why does "but" comes after "save"?
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It is – at least to the modern reader – redundant. Actually, these two sentences would mean exactly the same: You can eat all fruits, except one. You can eat all fruits save one. You can eat ...

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What does "His soap box doubles as a tee box" mean?
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Soap box is an idiom that indicates a box someone stands on when speaking in public, usually trying to convince people about something. A tee box is the area on a golf course from where the players "...

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How to understand "per capita"?
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Per capita literally means "per head". It is used to be able to judge absolute size or numbers relative to population. If two countries A and B both let in 1000 immigrants, but A has 1 million ...

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What does 'staggering than 'X' amount' mean?
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I would assume that something went wrong when somebody edited the line from: [...] was fetching more than $94,000. to [...] was fetching a staggering $94,000. The than should certainly not be ...

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Difference between "is added" and "was added"
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This feature is added to the last version. is not grammatical. It is not now being added, since the last version is already out there. This feature is added to the current version. This feature ...

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Is the phrase 'the best out of bests' correct?
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The more common form would be The best of the best. Where the second best denotes the collection of best [items], the first best denotes the best one in that collection. I would not dare to claim ...

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