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Critical Perspective?

Okay, so my paper question is "How does this movie employ the critical perspective?" What exactly am I supposed to be looking for here to prove that that movie does, indeed, employ the critical ...
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Should I use “tournament”, “championship” or simply “game” for an online competiion site?

We're releasing a website in which the users can submit and join video game competitions. The game can be League of Legends, FIFA, Counter Strike and so forth. We're not native english speakers so ...
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Meaning of the following sentence [on hold]

I don't understand the following sentence, especially last two words: Does your job, or hobby, involve sitting, keyboard use or repetitive tasks like chopping or grinding?
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“trip us or trap us” meaning

I'd like to know the meaning of this phrase from a song by TheLastFiveYears: If I didn't believe in you I couldn't have stood before all of our friends and said, 'This is the life I choose- ...
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Does “on earth” replace “on the earth” in modern English?

I am a non-native English speaker. Since school, I was taught "on the earth" is equal to "in the world", and "on earth"'s meaning should be "indeed". But nowadays, I find "on earth" has replaced "on ...
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what to use: Them or it?

Question about the phrase: please, could you fill out 3 documents in attachment and send them (or it?) to me Thank you in advance!
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What are the uses of the modal verb “would”? [on hold]

Besides the future-in-past sense in conditional sentences, what other alternative uses can the word would have in conversation?
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Is retard/retarded a word for discrimination? [on hold]

Are these words used for making fun of people with Down's Syndrom? This question came to mind when I saw some specific pictures, googling the words. I am asking this seriously.
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What does it mean when a person is 'besieged by apoplexy'? [on hold]

What does it mean when a person is 'besieged by apoplexy'? Not sure what this means either. Thanks
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What does it mean when a female 'displays her wares'? [on hold]

What does it mean when a female 'displays her wares'? I've heard this before and am unsure what it actually means.
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Can “capable of being hurt…” mean a kind of ability?

"I think that’s what it means to be “real” as a parent or a teacher – to be vulnerable, to be capable of being hurt. The only way to avoid the pain of vulnerability is by shutting out all emotion and ...
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Origin of 'put your hand on your heart'

What does this phrase mean? How does putting a hand on your heart (at least on the region of chest where your heart is) do anything? Does the phrase have different meanings for men and women? ...
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how do size describing words relate to each other? [on hold]

English has quite the amount of words that indicate how big something is: big, large, huge, giant, great, gigantic, gargantuan, titanic, monstruous,... I might be forgetting a few. The question I ...
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“The immobility of countenance of a red Indian” [on hold]

There is a sentence in The Naval Treaty (one case included in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle): He had, when he so willed it, the utter immobility of countenance of a red ...
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meaning of 'on the fold' [on hold]

The Destruction of Sennacherib By Lord Byron (George Gordon) The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold, And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold; And the sheen of their spears was ...
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What does the sentence “ treat as oil fire” in some MSDSs mean? [on hold]

I came across the sentence " treat as oil fire " in a MSDS as a fire fighting procedure. Can you please tell me what it means?
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Another expression for “drinking behavior,” or “drinking habits” in this sentence.

"In other words, a member's drinking behavior is influenced by observing his peers drinking behavior. " To avoid repetition of (drinking) in this sentence, i need one word for ...
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“Why might that be?” meaning

What does it mean- "why might that be? " This is the complete sentence:If America’s universities are indeed poor value for money, why might that be?
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What does someone not good at "faking cheer” mean?

There was the following passage in New Yorker's (March 25) article titled "A bad day in American-Israeli relations: “I talk to him all the time. He is representing his country’s interests the ...
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Umbrella term for organizations that help people?

Is there a word besides humanitarian which we could use to describe any organization (non-profit, charity, volunteer, or otherwise) whose explicit purpose is to help people? Is that precisely what ...
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What does “the gum-treed sky” mean? [closed]

Extract: The Whales by Evie Wyld There are four of them footslogging single file along the trail. They sweat and wave their sticks at the flies, spitting the salt off their lips and feeling the ...
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“Product detail page” or “product details page”? [duplicate]

As a name for a (web) page that shows detailed information about a product, which of the following is better fitting/correct: product details page or product detail page Or is there an ...
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What does “Who's down to go” means? [duplicate]

What does "Who's down to go" or "Who's down to go with me" means?
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A word for 'to empathize without identifying with'

I'm looking for a verb or noun that refers to our capacity to abstract someone else’s experience or experiences vicariously. Such a word would be good for describing what it takes to be able to ...
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What does “What a make!” mean?

Stumbled across this on a photography forum. All the bells, dials and whistles on this one. I handled her once. Nice! But surprisingly heavy. The impression of weight (and a lasting impression ...
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What's the meaning of scriptionist? [closed]

I made some research and it seems that's not a word, but I could be wrong. So, what's the meaning of it, if it has one, and what's the first impression you get when you read the word? Edits: Well, I ...
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How to make sentence using big words? [closed]

I don't know how to make it in sentence with some words like the word Distinguish meaning different. For example Coke can and 7up can are distinguish because it is different flavours. Normal Coke ...
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What kinds of educational institutions do people call “school”?

It often confuses me when english speaking people say something about their "school" and later I discover that what they meant is some kind of college. In Russian language, which I am a native speaker ...
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Defference between ''may'' and ''may well''

What's the difference between may and may well in following sentences? Besides, which sentence says it is more likely to rain? It may rain. It may well rain.
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It would be… vs. it could be

When my doorbell rings and I think it is my friend at the door, what should I say? It would be my friend at the door. It could be my friend at the door. What is the difference between those two ...
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What does “#Race together” mean? Is this a perfect English sentence?

Starbucks decided to stop their baristas writing “Race together” on customers’ cups in response to raging public criticism. Totally apart from political, social, or racial dispute involved in this ...
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What is the difference between Mitigate and Mollify?

I have a feeling that mollify is used with anger and other emotions while mitigate can be used with severity of something such as punishment. Mitigate: to lessen in severity or to appease ...
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What's the word for the facial expression over an unexpected disappointment?

If your friend says something sarcastic to you unexpectedly when you are talking about something that makes you exited or your innermost feelings and makes you feel stupid. What's the most widely ...
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What does “dredging deep for steel” mean?

'Owners had been advised to lock their stable doors, and to great effect had done so after the Derby. The Pump disclaims all responsibility for Sid Halley now ludicrously fingering Ellis Quint ...
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I don't know how to put the meaning into sentences? [closed]

When I search the meaning of a word in a book, I can understand it, but sometime it's hard, because some words have different meanings. So after reading and finding the meaning I understand it, but ...
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logic Programing [closed]

"Anyone who is thin, tall and energetic will be good basketball player. Some people are tall but not good basketball players. Anyone who do exercise or eating healthy food will be energetic. Saman is ...
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What is the meaning of sarcastic? [closed]

I've searched this term on internet. It shows various meanings of sarcastic which means that this word is a slang. However i just want to know the meaning of sarcastic in this very particular line ...
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Is it correct to say “he tells me” in the following: [closed]

What is the best way to indicate that there have been ongoing conversations where one has continued to discuss the same topic over time? He tells me that they are getting divorced. OR He has been ...
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“eclipsed public knowledge of all economists—better ones, he says— before Smith.” Meaning of this sentence

Even Smith’s critics do not deny the book’s immense influence. Murray Rothbard levels the criticism that The Wealth of Nations, in fact, eclipsed public knowledge of all economists—better ones, ...
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What does “stage-cutch” mean?

I would like to ask about the meaning of "stage-cutch" in David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. it appeared in my translation test this afternoon and I didn't find any definition of it. In my opinion, ...
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If A is a component of B, then what is B relative to A?

For example, we have the concepts of mentor and mentee, or trainer and trainee: If person A is a trainer of person B than person B is a trainee of person A. How can I apply a similar concept for ...
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What does 'Extreme end of the Spectrum' mean? [closed]

"The rioting is only the extreme end of the spectrum of bad behaviour by British youth and young adults." What does it mean? Thank you!
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How high is “probability” in terms of likelihood as compared with “possibility”?

There is the following famous line in the book, “Life Lessons” co-authored by Elisabeth Kuble-Ross, an expert on death and dying and her colleague, David Kessler, “We all live with the possibility ...
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meaning of “mask out” in screen printing

I'm having a hard time translating a passage about screen printing. For screen prints, mesh (originally silk) is stretched tautly across a frame. An image is glued or otherwise affixed onto the ...
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Sometimes “you don't want to do that” means “I dont want you to do that.” Is there any opposite saying? [closed]

Sometimes "you don't want to do that" means "I don't want you to do that". It is said that some great bosses will use these words when they want to help you think through. Is there any opposite ...
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When to use –ing form and ed -form? [migrated]

I have read a manual. One of its sentences is "These are the basic symbols used generally". I don't really understand the difference between "These are the basic symbols used generally." and "These ...
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What does the “it” replace in this passage from a Murakami short story?

I would like some help with what the word it in the paragraph below (with emphasis added; the word is not emphasized in this way in the original). Does it refer to the TV or the antenna outlet? The ...
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can the adjective “sexist” be replaced by “chauvinistic” in this context?

"the nature of these rituals generates a sexist mentality among the new members" can "chauvinistic" denote the same meaning as "sexist" in this phrase?
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Is the sentence ambiguous in “it had seemed like” part?

"she told me she was sorry, that there had been a special offer on sunbeds, and it had seemed like the right thing to say at the time" To whom had it seemed like the right thing? The speaker, or the ...
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What “order in advance” means?

I am buying somethings from one site and I aways see this phase: "Order in Advance". Order in advance for your specific needs! This mean that I need to order (or buy) a lot of things to have my ...