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Take advantage of this opportunity

I find myself recurrently stopped while writing e-mails for a main purpose (e.g, answering a direct question from a previous mail somebody sent me) and wanting to add a second theme "taking advantage ...
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Can a proposition be mistaken for a 'claim'?

You confirm that this is true. In which case..... positive declaration (eg. 'x' exists). I would suggest that the above statement is an 'if, then' proposition. Anybody making this statement cannot ...
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the dynamic would surely be altered

What does "the dynamic would surely be altered" mean in the following context? If I wish, I may effectively restart the pilgrimage into the unknown, though, with no necessary end in sight this ...
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By the term x y means z, what is the meaning of the word by in this context

The standard definitions of By says "agent performing the action", "do something before a certain time" etc.. but I am not able to understand what by means in this context. Usage example in Kant's ...
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Term to describe when one event cannot occur without the other

So my wife and I were just having a conversation concerning a situation at her work, and I was trying to think of a term to describe the GM's approach but it's eluding me. Here's the context: ...
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The word “posterity” in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution [on hold]

Can someone help me understand what is referred to with the word “posterity” in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution? Thanks! Since it’s only one sentence I’ll share the whole Preamble below. We ...
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withing coughing distance [on hold]

I was reading an excerpt from an article in The Hindu, and came across some constructions which threw me: Clearly, in the post-Greenspan age, a central banker does not have the defences available ...
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what is “a backyard project”?

"Jennings is the founder of Mambo, the Australian surf-wear brand famous for its cheeky prints. It started as a backyard project in the 1980s and grew into a multi-million dollar company with 22 ...
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what does pi mean?

I've ordered some good from supplier. and before shipping the products he sent me the following: how much is the goods do you want to declare,as i need to make the pi what does pi mean ? pi is a ...
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Can I use “some” as a synonym of “very”?

I heard some used unusually a few times. Based on context, I figured that the meaning of some in that sentences was very. However, I'm not sure. Can I really use some as a synonym of very? Here are ...
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What does “Trump opposes women who were born women” really mean?

New Yorker April 22 issue carried Andy Borowitz’s article that came under the title, “Trump reassures supporters that he still opposes women who were born women.” It begins with the following passage: ...
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What does “owes a great debt to the 19th century” mean?

I encountered a sentence: With the invention of the printing press in 1440 by Johannes Gutenberg the nature of bookbinding changed. More books were produced and the binder had to find new, faster ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence from the book The magic of Thinking Big? [migrated]

Few people I know of any age are reaping more from life than this senior citizen who resolved not to got out to pasture. Also what does pasture mean here. Thank You.
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Meaning of “at least a quarter” in the quoted sentence [closed]

Consider the sentence, Any small and medium startup validates and rethinks the focus area at least a quarter which might change the approach towards their offerings What does the "at least a ...
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What would be “India Run” in this article? Does it have some historic background I can't find?

Once the wind and current systems dominant in the Atlantic came to be known, the square sail was adopted for use on the lateen caravel, giving rise to the “caravela redonda”. or square-rigged caravel, ...
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Is this the correct way to say: “Let me know when you come around” [closed]

For example... I'm in the chat room and I'm waiting for some guy who is not around. How could I say the following? "Let me know when you come here" Is this the correct way to say? "Let me ...
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What does “My tongue doubles back” mean?

I was reading a novel when I came across this phrase. "My tongue doubles back in my throat as the senses comes back to mind and I choke on the words, "I love you too." What does the "my tongue ...
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“You don't have to do this” — is it an offensive sentence? [closed]

I said this to someone I don't personally know, who had signed my packet when I am not at home. I wanted to tell him do not do this again next time. I said this sentence but his friends seemed to be ...
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What is the meaning of “bunt”?

I was reading about advertiser David Ogilvy, and at some point he gives the following advice: Don't bunt. Aim out of the park. Aim for the company of immortals. What is he referring to? I looked ...
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What is the meaning of the last 2 sentences?

The last 2 sentences of this article say That's 888-972-SEAL. Tell 'em Frank sent you.. What do they mean? From the definition of urbandictionary, Frank refers to a male who is extremely charming ...
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What is the meaning of “free credit” here?

What is the meaning of free credit at this website? Google translate says that credit means the ability of a customer to obtain goods or services before payment, based on the trust that payment will ...
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at second remove

Does "at second remove" mean "of secondary importance and not as evident as other elements"? There is something deeply moving about such an encounter with nature, even if it is at second remove.
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at the expense of

I have some problem with "at the cost of" here. Does "light reveals itself at the expense of obscuring something else" mean: light reveals itself by lighting other things (because light itself ...
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What does “Pudding for supper..” mean in this context?

Here's an excerpt from the novel "Moby Dick". Emphasis mine. "‘Look at that chap now,’ philosophically drawled Stubb, who, with his unlighted short pipe, mechanically retained between his teeth, ...
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What does it mean to “feel Humpty”?

I was reading a book written in the UK and a character stated that speaking to her sister made her "feel Humpty". I am not sure what she was feeling, as the rest of the dialogue gave no clue. Can ...
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Meaning meaning [closed]

Could someone please help me out of the misunderstanding problem below? Empowering the underprivileged lies in assuring them that education holds the real source of power
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Does the phrase “waste breath” always indicate talking in vain? [closed]

everyone, I am wondering if the phrase "waste breath" always indicates wasting time and talking in vain. Let's say a teacher said to his class: Since you do not understand this grammar rule, I'll ...
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Toward or towards in this sentence [duplicate]

Which of these sentences sounds correct? These dynamics are used to explain the convergence toward an equilibrium state. These dynamics are used to explain the convergence towards an ...
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use of “how” and “In”

My question is whether "How" can be preceded by "in" in a sentence and if the following instance where it has been used is grammatically correct. One of the major ways in which the current times ...
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Is there anything wrong with my interpretation of this sentence?

I'm not sure about the meaning of Flights arriving on Jet Green Air have been delayed intermittently. This sentence is found on this website. The following is my interpretation of this ...
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what does “considers most” mean here?

The United States signed but has not yet ratified the Convention; however, the United States considers most of the Vienna Convention’s rules as representing customary international law. does it ...
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what does “preceding warfare” means? [closed]

Peace treaties concluded after cessation of hostilities were usually considered to be valid because of preceding warfare. preceding means "come before (something) in time" warfare means ...
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What does “dangling off turrets” mean here?

It takes me a while trying to understand "dangling off" as well as "turrets" in the following context, have looked up all the meanings of turret in dictionary but none makes any sense here in the ...
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On the use of “Dissent”. [closed]

The moratorium on the use of cars caused great dissent among the citizens. Can I use the word dissent in this sentence? If not, what can I use? Thanks!
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Use of “what” vs “that”? [duplicate]

There is a song titled "Better Not Wake the Baby" by a band called The Decemberists. One of the lines in the song is as follows: Drown yourself in crocodile tears, Curse the god what made ...
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What does “our project has gone to Kan” mean? [closed]

I heard the expression, "our project has gone to Kan", and I thought it has gone to a new location. I was thinking, is there a location called "Kan" or "Can", or is it a short form for Canada? But ...
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Meaning of 'Energy Lease' [closed]

Translating a short story, I'm totally stuck with this sentence: (the landowners) plied the land for energy leases The story happens in an unnamed small city in the Unites States, and though ...
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whats does “requires consideration of encounters and power” mean? [migrated]

as Nanda maintains, ‘Deconstructing central structural concepts in American society such as race, gender, religion, and ethnicity is an essential component of teaching cultural anthropology as ...
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Correlation to or between

My Brazilian friend wants me to check his PhD abstract in English. The information of gravimetric and topographic surveys shows the shallow nature of ECSMT with ~ 1.4 km deep, there is a strong ...
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“The feminine expressions could be spotted in ewes” - what does it mean here?

Could you explain following phrase please?: The feminine expressions could be spotted in ewes due to female hormones but not in male sheep. Dictionaries have too much meanings for "to spot" and ...
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what does “truce alliance” mean?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘treaty’ variously: in a narrow sense, as a ‘contract between two or more states, relating to peace, truce alliance, commerce or other international relations’, ...
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does “open to charges of” equal to “doing propaganda” here? [closed]

Always open to charges of propaganda and interference in the internal affairs of other nations, public diplomacy challenged both the spirit and letter of the Havana Convention. Book | ...
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Word for when someone enforces a rule on some occasions but not others [closed]

If you have a set of rules that no one follows due to lack of enforcement, but on rare occasions when a rule is broken, out of convenience for the rule maker, they enact discipline for breaking that ...
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Word/term for users who are not experts and scientists [duplicate]

In the field of computer science, what should users who are not experts and scientists be called? I've come up with ordinary users or regular users. Any formal alternative or widely-accepted ...
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What does “then” mean in this context?

In the book Diplomacy: A Very Short Introduction by By Joseph M. Siracusa, we find the following passage: Prior to World War II, then, diplomacy was essentially a government-to-government ...
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For free vs. free of charges [duplicate]

They are seems to be similar in meaning, however in a specific context Googling vote for the first. ... teaching users for free. I think free of charge(s) is more appropriate choice but I ...
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Who are these people in context?

Text came from preface. I should also be remiss if I did not thank the anonymous Delegates for their thoughtful reports and constructive suggestions. Even those who did not much agree with me gave me ...
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What is meaning of “Apropos acknowledgements,” at start of a phrase? [closed]

Apropos acknowledgements, I should first of all like to express my gratitude to my friend and colleague ... This quotation came from a preface of a book. As far as I understand, from ...
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is “reads as” equal to “similar to” in this context?

For all their efforts, the diplomats at Versailles achieved the precise opposite of what they had set out to do, inexorably, tragically laying the groundwork for the next, more horrible world war. ...
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A strong antonym for “dictator”?

Is there a formal antonym for the word "dictator" other than " democratic" to describe a school principal?