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Meaning of in an Orwellian sense

Please tell me the meaning of the under-lined words Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/article-2560254/Identity-politics-putting-Indias-democracy-jeopardy.html#ixzz2tRy3kBH8 In ...
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Electric cars are easier to make our dreams come true than gas fueled cars [closed]

Electric cars are easier to make our dreams come true than gas fueled cars. This sentence does not sound right to me. Can anyone explain why I might think so.
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Do vs Dost, the difference [closed]

"Thou coward knight, why wilt thou not do battle with me?" -The Age of Chivalry, Chapter 16 In this sentence, why is do not dost? Very commonly do I see the word dost be used in older text in place ...
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What is role of the word “of” at the beginning of a title? [closed]

Some book titles and movie titles start with the word of; for example: Of Time and the River, Of Mice and Men, Of Corset's mine, Of Time and the City What is the purpose of using of in ...
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What types of words can be appended to a keyword to produce a legible phrase? [closed]

I'm creating a random business name generator. For example if I provide the word: cars, the generator will create a handful of random words such as: robot cars cars united penny cars cars delight ...
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Is this sentence correct?

Please help me correct this sentence the baby suffer from defects due to deformities that were left behind I know it might be wrong. I translated it from my native language.
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Brief Sentence with proper pronoun [duplicate]

Grammatically speaking, which is correct: It is us. [or] It is we.
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Is reprocreate a word? [closed]

I am English and my girlfriend is Canadian. We had a dispute about a word she was using. The word is reprocreate, i said I don't believe that is a word and she said it was in Canada. Obviously I know ...
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I thought it would have happened.- Is it a correct sentence? [migrated]

"I thought it would have happened" If it is a correct sentence, what kind of sentence it is? Is it Future Perfect sentence said in the past? Please explain what does it means clearly as I am ...
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“James will […] implore the big man to *make* every part of his 7-foot-1, 275-pound frame *felt* by the opposition.” [migrated]

But the lighthearted interplay often devolves during games. [LeBron] James will shout at Mozgov for a failed defensive assignment, criticize him when a play isn’t executed properly, implore the ...
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What should I use instead of ain't? [duplicate]

Can you help me figure out what to use instead of ain't?I can't figure it out,what are the two words this contraction is made of???
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Can I say “ One year closer to coming home”

My sister is studying abroad for 2 years and I want to wish her a Happy Birthday by saying One year closer to coming home, is it correct ? Do you have any ideas to say something similar like this ? ...
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“Who” in a Sentence [closed]

Saw the following sentence, and it threw me off a bit: "It's you who keep us inspired." Is "you" or "who" the subject of "keep"? Can "who" be either singular or plural, but it's plural in ...
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Why does everyone uses “the dream home/the dream home” instead of “the dreaming home”?

This question was suddenly popped out in my head. I wonder if "dream" is a noun and verb (followed by the definition in my dictionary (hope it has a quality enough) ) why it is widely used as "the ...
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Possessive-gerund/ sentence structure

Here's an alternative/clearer version of my original question: Consider the following sentence: Instead of his being stationed on a plank, I want him on a pedestal. This shows the possessive ...
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I believe his innocence or I believe him innocent.

Can we either say I believe his innocence or I believe him innocent?
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Can 'easierly' or 'easiestly' be held grammatically consistent?

The concise substitute for 'in an easy way' is 'easily'. In order to save words, can't 'ly' be allowed for the comparative and the superlative degrees as well? I have already seen instances like '...
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I thought you were already gone [migrated]

Is it correct to say: I thought you were already gone. I heard this but i think that it's not correct "were gone". How can I say the same thing in a correct way?
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“I am gone far away” vs “I am far away”

I want to ask you a question about the correct usage of "be gone" in the below sentence. I don't understand which sentence is correct and why, especially the grammar. But I'm already gone far away ...
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Identify the phrasal categories [closed]

Can anyone check and correct it? I've got a problem with this sentence: “The central assumption underpinning syntactic analysis in traditional grammar is the phrases and sentences are built up of a ...
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Difference between Grandma and Grandma-ma?

This is my first question here so please be gentle with me. I have a relative staying with me from Mississippi who says things about manners and behavior in reference to his grandma-ma. It goes a ...
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“was reconstructed by…” / "has been reconstructed by… (simple past vs. present perfect)

I'm editing a book in which the following formulation appears frequently in the notes: "This article has been reconstructed by [...]. The sources for this reconstruction are [...]. The text has been ...
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differences between using of first and firstly [duplicate]

When Eva was first diagnosed with diabetes she was twenty. When Eva was firstly diagnosed with diabetes she was twenty. Which one is grammatically correct to say and as I know both first and firstly ...
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Does “or”, “and” at the end of a list determines meaning of the list? [closed]

I am confused with usage of "or" in a list. I found a similar question, Is it correct to use the conjunction “or” more than twice in one sentence? but this is not what I am looking for. Here is an ...
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Should we use year-end or end-year? [closed]

I wonder that should we use mid-year and year-end or to use mid-year and end-year. What 's diffirent?
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What are these seemingly incorrect sentences called?

I sometimes stumble upon phrases such as This command not executed. This widget property of B.C. This page intentionally left blank. The verb is missing here, isn't it? I see these types of ...
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Can a participle phrase modify a whole sentence or clause?Or they have to stick to a specific word or phrase?

new comer's here and like most other user my desire to find out more about English grammar,as in their usage and structure, brought me here.I'm looking forward to working with you all in the future, ...
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What is the grammar structure of this sentence and what does the expression “that will have him” imply?

What is the grammar structure of this sentence? The Bishop stands, eyes blazing, denouncing the insidious infernal element within London from every pulpit that will have him. I tried to ...
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a photo or a snapshot

There's a Polaroid photo in the album, and I want to ask the owner about the person in it. Can I ask him: "Who's that man in the snapshot (shot)?, or I should ask "Who's that man in the picture (photo)...
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which one is correct does vs did

which one of those sentence is correct grammatically :- 1- does my weight has increased 2- did my weight increase Thanks in advance
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“Duration of the time” or “duration”?

I am not sure whether or not we can, for "duration of the time", write just "duration". Here is the text which I encountered the problem in writing: The expressions "bosom friends" and "bosom ...
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What is the rule that describes the usage of “or” between multiple adjectives describing the same noun?

What is the rule that describes the use of "or" in these sentences? "Do you want strawberry or grape jelly?" "Can I drive the red, blue, or green car?"
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“With” used to introduce a clause. What is the name of this construction?

Would anyone happen to know the name of the following grammatical construction that I've italicized below (the clause beginning with "with")? My searches have been unsuccessful. This process mirrors ...
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Agency recommended that she 'not face' charges? [duplicate]

An excerpt from the sub-headline of a recent article in the WSJ: FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday explained why his agency recommended that Hillary Clinton not face criminal charges for her ...
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grammar of “keep your seat belt fastened while seated” [migrated]

I understand the meaning of the phrase "keep your seat belt fastened while seated" which you can see at the airplane written on the front seat. But I absolutely can't figure out the grammar of the ...
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Which one is correct? “another way of looking at” or “another way to look at”? [migrated]

Which one is correct? "another way of looking at" or "another way to look at"? The result of a quick google search was that "another way to look at" is more common, however "another way of looking at"...
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Why are there exceptions for the usage of 'is' and 'are' for singular pronouns?

Rule: In statements, 'is' follows a singular noun, 'are' follows a plural noun. Statements: He is hungry. (singular) They are hungry. (plural) Exception: You are hungry. (singular) Rule: In ...
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In grammar, what type of word would this made-up word “Tshi” be? [closed]

From Red Letter Media's insightful review of Revenge of the Sith: "Tshi [meaning] disappointed in the cooking of the duck meat." Presumably the context is that it is a feeling one might have. As in "...
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What does “ago” mean in this sentence?

She told me last year that she went to Europe two years ago. Did she go to Europe in 2014 (two years before today), or 2013 (two years before she spoke the sentence)? I checked Merriam-Webster, ...
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Can someone describe the difference between “—”, comma and “:” for putting emphasize? [closed]

Referring to this : Usage of a comma for emphasis I don't really get the diffrence between "—", comma and ":" in the case of putting emphasize in some sentences like this: don't forget () they ...
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Should there be an apostrophe in the phrase “Comments Section?” [duplicate]

I have seen on many sites a section labeled "Comments," referring to an area where you can leave a message for someone, or on something. When referring to this section is it correct to say Comments ...
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How to use “next” - 'your next purchase' is ok, but 'next purchase' is not [migrated]

According to my grammar books, it reads that you can say "Discount on your next purchase" but not "Discount on next purchase" because you have to put "your" or "the" before "next". could anyone can ...
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It's ages since… or it has been ages since

According to some grammars, present perfect tense should be used in the main clause, and simple past in the 'since' clause. I have lived here since 1999. I haven't eaten carbs since I spoke to you. ...
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This process will continue UP TO A TIME in the future [closed]

When I am about to tell you that the process is still going to continue, but unsure at what exact point of time the process will end. Is the sentence "This process will continue up to a time in the ...
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not only-but also

He is very handsome. He is very smart. If I join these sentences by using ''not only - but also '' , which of the sentence is more correct '? '' 1/He is not only very handsome but also very smart. ...
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“If you knew what the future” held/holds? [duplicate]

So, I was listening to Katy Perry's Firework, and she sings If you only knew what the future holds... My problem with this is that I think that her usage of "knew" means that she should sing ...
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What “xyz” is OR What is “xyz”. Which is correct if I am not asking the question but trying to explain the answer?

If I want to tell the audience about the objective of the session and the objective is to understand "xyz", then what would be the appropriate statement to put in the slide? ...
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relative pronoun' which '

There has been an enormous increase in the number of shops, stores and supermarkets which provide facilities for self-service. I am not sure what "which" refers to. Does it refer to supermarkets or ...
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How to put following sentence in proper manner.

I am preparing my resume and I have hard time describing one of my work experience. I have one of the experience in which I was working to company "Z" through company "Y" under the payroll of company ...
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which one is better/correct: 'Features' or 'Will be featured' [migrated]

In the sentence: The upcoming festival ( features / will be featured ) a performance by a famous singer. Which one is the correct/better one?