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what is the difference between later and latter?

As cited above what is the difference between later and latter? Latter : occurring or situated nearer to the end of something than to the beginning, the meaning of latter is similar to later only. so ...
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“It was turning out the dining-room done it.”

“It was turning out the dining-room done it, if you ask me,” said Mrs. Sutton. “Now, don’t you overdo yourself, ma’am,” I says to her; but you know how she is, sir. She gets that restless, she can’t ...
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Sun 'goes down' or 'comes down'?

A couple months ago I read a book with the statement When the sun goes down and today in a movie I saw the man said Let's wait for the sun to come down. I believe both are refering to the sunset. ...
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Whats the difference between “my”, “i”, “myself”, “my own” [on hold]

I always gets confused over these words, please help me understand them more clearly
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Impel and compel and the finer nuances

I was contemplating over the two words - impel and compel. consider the examples: 1. she impelled me to take the job 2. she compelled me to take the job. is the word compel somewhat derogatory or ...
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The adventures of Tom Sawyer sentence meaning

What does this phrase from The adventures of Tom Sawyer sentence mean: "True, the knife would not cut anything, but it was a "sure-enough" Barlow, and there was inconceivable grandeur in that -- ...
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“similarly to” in the sentence beginning

Similarly to the previous version of this product, this version contains the same feature and .... (a long description of the product) Is the usage of "similarly to" in the sentence beginning ...
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Fodder - idiomatic meaning

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/little-sign-progress-obama-putin-speak-231431925--politics.html While U.S. officials denied those accusations, confirmation of Brennan's visit could provide fodder ...
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Is “optical illusion” a tautology?

An illusion is a "visual deception", so is there any type other than "optical"?
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Difference between “Generally, I am…” and “I am generally…”?

Revisiting my CV, I have stumbled over a small question. I originally wrote: “I am generally willing and able to relocate worldwide.” Today, I noticed I could also write: “Generally, I am ...
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Optimisation fence [on hold]

Could anyone explain what "optimisation fence" mean? I have found it in several papers but don't get the meaning at all.
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Is “something appetite” correct as a noun? [on hold]

Trying to find a name for a restaurant using appetite word. As my native language is not English, Do combinations such "Apple Appetite", "Pizza Appetite" make sense?
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'Blowing Dixie double four time' and 'He can play the honky tonk like anything' meaning

in Dire Straits "Sultans of Swing" what is the meaning of these two lines: In the first verse: You get a shiver in the dark It's been raining in the park but meantime South of the ...
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What does ‘great conk of a nose’ imply?

There was the following sentence in a pretty old (October 7, 2013) article of New York Times titled, “A Jew not quite English enough,” which comments on the life and lifestyle of Ralph Miliband, the ...
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What does ‘Rock a hat” mean?

There is the following sentence in Tina Fey’s “Bossypants": ”Don Fay dresses well. He has an artist’s eye for mixing colors and prints. He wears tweedy jackets over sweater vests in the winter ...
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Only a waning candle sheds its light around

I found above mentioned sentence in a article is it some proverb? What does this mean? Below I am copying paragraph where I found this. May be this would be helpful to answer. Only a waning candle ...
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“I could not” vs “I would not be able to”

Does I could not do X have the same meaning as I would not be able to do X? It seems to me that the first can mean the second, but it mainly means: I tried and I was not able to do X. Is that so?
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Usage of “In present-day”

Does the sentence In present day technology, the method can be broadly applied. correctly translate the idea that Now, with the development of inexpensive desktop computers, the method can be ...
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what's the meaning of “It is telling to note that”?

what's the meaning of "It is telling to note that"? "It is telling to note that the language of exclusive territoriality in disputes such as this one originates with local authorities"
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Out - usage, meaning

Different databases use different naming conventions for variable-length string datatypes. VARCHAR(n) or TEXT(n) are common naming formats for variable-length strings. Figure 3-6 shows ...
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The word “Overachieving”

Does "Overachieving" have negative connotations? I was considering the title "The Overachieving subconscious" I am trying to convey that 'your subconscious is a very powerful tool' with this title; ...
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The meaning of “you dark horse” [on hold]

What does "you dark horse" mean, and how is it used?
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Meaning of “sensorily”

As a non-native English speaker, I am having a hard time understanding what the author means by sensorily austere here. The quote is taken from Man in the landscape, by Paul Shepard. The desert is ...
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what is the difference between “be into” and “be keen on” and “interested in”

I am keen on studying English, I am interested in studying English. Can you write with some examples?
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Entertainment-related compounds

Ok I just want to ask and confirm a few compounds. 1) games shop or game shop - a place where you can buy video games 2) amusement arcade or arcade - a place where people went to play arcade ...
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what “ranging” means in “He was a veteran of a hundred rangings”?

This sentence is picked from "A Song of Ice & Fire:A Game of Thrones". I have no idea of the phrase"a hundred rangings". I'm not a native English speaker. I appreciate if someone can help me.
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Business rules application to design encompasses… - help me make sense of that phrase

This chapter is the final of four chapters covering the case study design of the relational database model for the online auction house company. Business rules application to design encompasses ...
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All the scary, … - meaning [on hold]

The objective of this book is to provide an easy to understand, step-by-step, simple explanation of designing and building relational database models. Plenty of examples are offered, and even a ...
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discussing meaning in language - poetry and song lyrics [migrated]

Not really a language question (probably more of a meta question really), but where is the best forum to discuss meaning / interpretation of poetry / song lyrics - pragmatics, inference, metaphor, ...
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What does “a culture of expectations” mean here?

I was reading this. Many of them just don’t have a culture of expectation at home,... Hard to do without a culture of expectation. I don't understand.
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Meaning of “appreciate the calm”

From a web development book: Instead of taking a moment to appreciate the calm, developers have taken advantage of the stabilizing front-end platform to pile on a whole new wave of front-end ...
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Meaning of “just as much” and “just as”?

Could someone please tell me their meanings? I know these two have different meanings. And I have been trying to Google them, but they are no help. Can we replace much in the first phrase with any ...
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Tumble about = fall upon?

I've been reading Eveline by J. Joyce (It's about a young girl who wants to run away from home and town with her boyfriend Frank to Buenos Aires; he's a sailor and they would travel by ship -- she ...
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What does the word “institutional” mean in this context?

Racism and sexism are examples of institutional practices that result in discrimination against individuals on the basis of their race or gender. The dictionary definition of institutional is ...
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What does “the once and future” mean?

I've encountered the phrase “the once and future X” and I'm confused by it. It seems to be closely related to Arthurian legends: the book The Once and Future King (referring to Arthur) or the episode ...
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bent upon exerting the fascination he knew was his only by the results

I read this in the novel 'Of Human Bondage' by Somerset Maugham. It follows as below. 'Philip was even more than usually shy and abrupt; and whether on account of this, unconsciously bent upon ...
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Is there a word for taking a (possibly undeserved) authoritative tact?

I feel like there's a word that I know but can't locate in my brain for regarding someone from a position of authority. The word, in itself, is neutral (not negative or positive) so it's not really ...
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What does 'authorizing against' mean?

I'm sorry if that question seems quite obvious for some of you, but I'm not native from english country and have some trouble with some expressions. Today, I found this sentence : In the end, all ...
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News article: “Man sentenced for murdering his 10th wife”. What does this mean?

Today I saw this headline for a news article online: Man sentenced for murdering his 10th wife I can't tell if a sentence of this nature means that the man has murdered 10 people (all of which ...
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What does “to give up someone ” mean? [closed]

Does it mean that you no longer want someone, or that you have to leave someone, like it or not?
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Insert or Enter? [migrated]

What is the difference between Insert and Enter? If I have a form to fill in, which legend is better? Insert your data or Enter your data Thanks, Nk
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what's the meaning of “It is generally held that”?

what's the meaning of "It is generally held that"? e.g. It is generally held that already during this period Egypt was losing some of its power and dominance
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what's the meaning of “It is not without interest that”?

what's the meaning of "It is not without interest that"? e.g. It is not without interest that most of the reports of military campaigns and the scenes of destruction of towns are dated to the late ...
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Trust him about as far as I can throw him?

Here is a quote from The Avengers, 2012 film. Coulson : But first, we need you to talk to the big guy. Natasha : Coulson, you know that Stark trusts me about as far as he can throw me. Coulson ...
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Given: example quote. How to analyze it(explain, respond, or give an opinion) fro a research paper? topic of paper:sleep deprivation [closed]

Scientists claim “Sleep deprivation leads to lower alertness and concentration” as well as impairs memory” (Peri). *This quote asserts the idea that insufficient sleep cannot enhance learning and ...
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What is unfreeze your hearts?

Stephen Colbert was taking about the CIA Interrogation Report when he said, "unfreeze your heart!" @6:12 in the video. What does that mean? How can I use that term? Does it mean, 'forget about it"?
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What does “it's all on you” mean?

I just wonder if "It is on you" can mean "It is because of you". This phrase is from Tony Stark in The Avengers, 2012 film. Common and natural saying in English-speaking countries?
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What does it mean by “Is that still a thing”?

Someone asks "I want to know about your girl friend. Is that still a thing?" to his friend. What does he exactly ask about? I don't understand. Please help me understand.
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*seniority* in the context of work

generally I associate "seniority" in the workplace with where an employee in the organizational hierarchy, and not with the amount of time an employee has been with the company. This term often ...
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What does “jelly dum dum” mean?

In a conversation on Facebook, I said something like "this makes my ears explode", and someone replied "not sure if jelly dum dum". I want to know what "jelly dum dum" means, please. Thank you!