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Question about ellipsis

"Are you sure that your men will find much to release? I have men, too, in the forest to-night, close behind me, and THEY will be here first and do the releasing." (a quote from 'Interloper', by ...
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Contact us as you find convenient

The context is that clients can use means of communication convenient to them. One employee at my work proposed the phrasing below. Contact us as you find convenient. Does that sentence make ...
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“This isn't the place for you” meaning?

Would you say that this line is an indirect way of telling someone they shouldn't come/be somewhere? Or if not indirect, maybe some other adjective?
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What is the difference between 'related'/'relation' and 'associated'/'association'

I am coming to this from a very technical background. I am basically trying to figure out when to use which of those terms to describe the associations/relations between classes in an UML class ...
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how can Use the title 'Mr'

Use of titles in English language, can we use title Mr if we use the designation like Secretary Sports Mr Saleem Akhtar, etc, or we skip it. i am asking in reference to make a news report or news ...
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What does it mean when someone say “He is politically correct?” [closed]

I am often hearing in the office that someone says this sentence "He is politically correct?". What's the difference between "He is correct" and "He is politically correct?".
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On the shift in the context

What is the meaning "on the shift" in this context: The Climate Group works with business and governments on the shift to a low carbon economy, and Kenber issued a stark warning on the choice for the ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “divert from”

In this sentence here, do you think diverted from means distracted from or change of course? The second option doesn't seem to make much sense, though. “When the imperial mantle finally falls on ...
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The meaning of ETA - to origin or to destination?

I'm writing an application with the embedded Uber taxi app functionality. In short, when the user points to a point near his or her location in our app, a Uber button appears, with the following text: ...
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is saying “white bread” to the white considered as racist in everyday conversation?

I have just watched "Top Five" played by Chris Rock. In this movie, there is a scene that Chris Rock saw a white actor and here is the conversation: The actor (played by white male actor): Hey, ...
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Circumstance usage with grammar [duplicate]

Would it be better to say: “If I was in your circumstance, I hope, I truly hope, I’d do the right thing.” OR “If I were faced with your circumstance, I hope, I truly hope, I’d do the right thing.”
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What's the meaning of “I'm slinging mad volume and fat stacking benjies”?

Recently I was watching the television show Breaking Bad. There's a sentence of dialogue from season 2, episode 6 that confused me: Jesse Pinkman: You got something for me? Skinny Pete: Yeah, ...
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Making sense of a sentence in a politcal economy article

Reading this critical geopolitical economic article, I found myself troubled understanding this sentence: "Markets have priced in nothing bad from here to as far as the eye can see." Here's the ...
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What's the difference between “insulated” and “isolated”? [closed]

I don't know the difference because they have the same meaning.
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Which phrase is more common or do the two phrases have different intentions?

Not all people are hard-working. Not everyone is hard-working.
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Never perhaps did any man suffer death with more justice, or deserve it less

Source: From Alexander Hamilton to Lieutenant Colonel John Laurens, 1780 October 11 ... [Major John André] he ought to be considered as a spy and according to the laws and usages of nations to ...
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what does “deliver” mean in the context? [closed]

You go to a store and buy a product that sounds like it's the best deal. But then you get it home, and it doesn't deliver. What does deliver mean here? Does it mean It doesn't work as you expected? ...
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How and why is “an internationalist Englishman” different from “an English internationalist”?

There is the following passage in Benn Steil’s “The Battle of Bretton Woods.” (John Maynard) Keynes was more an internationalist Englishman than an Englsih internationalist. Therefore it was not ...
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Is there a rule regarding the placement of “please” in a sentence? [duplicate]

Both written or spoken? For example: Please have a seat. Have a seat please. And how would the use of commas change the meaning or tone of the request? Are there other options that I've ...
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The time suits me well or fits me well?

Which is better to refer to the time, saying that it suits me well or that it fits me well?
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What's the meaning of 'fan his pantaloons' in this quote?

Consider... the university professor. What is his function? Simply to pass on to fresh generations of numskulls a body of so-called knowledge that is fragmentary, unimportant, and, in large part, ...
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What does 'it should be proved" mean in the following context? Could you rephrase the sentence? [closed]

It's about building earthquake-resistant houses built of earth in rural areas of earthquake-prone zones. The sentence is : "Using locally available building materials as well as the skills of local ...
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Usage of “take somebody to somewhere”

As I understand, the phrase above can mean to invite someone to somewhere, then to give someone a lift/to provide transportation for someone. Do I get it right? As I am not a native speaker of English ...
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The fierce side of things?

Red flowers in their season and scarlet berries in the winter-time were offered at his shrine, for he was a god who laid some special stress on the fierce impatient side of things, as opposed to the ...
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Adding vs Contrasting: meaning of the required linker

I have a complicated text, but I built two sentences with the main idea. I'd like to use either a) or b) as the last sentence. We prepared ourselves so that "some stuff" is probably available, but ...
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In the 2011 film “bad teacher”, there is an exchange between several characters [closed]

Squirrel: I am so excited we're gonna be across-the-hall mates. But I'm so sad… it's because your relationship ended. Elizabeth: Who are you again? Squirrel: Amy Squirrel. Elizabeth: ...
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What does “I chap easily” mean?

I remember hearing this line in an old American comedy TV program A guy starts kissing his boss's hand because he gave him a promotion, and the boss says "be careful (or was it, Stop it, I think, but ...
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Does “Romantic” have to do with Roman Empire or Romania? [closed]

I was reading the biography of Mihai Eminescu, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mihai_Eminescu, and in the first line it said that this guy was a romantic poet. I didn't know what a romantic poet ...
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“slap yourself five”

Any ideas about what the "slap yourself five" means in the following context? "When someone says something you disagree with, before you call that person names and slap yourself five for your ...
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What is the difference between “could not get to” and “did not get to”?

Take, for example, this sentence: Away from Vatican City, Tome was quiet as authorities ordered all public offices and schools to close (close), and banned (ban) cars from the roads. Millions of ...
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meaning of 'greasy dangers'

"....and I'm hungry, and I don't like to eat alone, and I'd be glad to have you face the greasy dangers of a meal at the Finn's with me.” It's a part of 'Nightmare Town' by Dashiell Hammett (1924). ...
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Source and meaning of the proverb “Milk says to wine, Welcome friend”

While investigating an unrelated expression, I came across the following proverb in George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum ; or Outlandish Proverbs, Sentences, Etc., second edition (1651): Milk says to ...
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Why are “dynamic” and “deontic” modalities so called?

It is said that there are three types of modality: deontic, epistemic and dynamic. Here are sample sentences for each type of modality: (1) You can stay as long as you want. [deontic] (2) ...
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Do you ever use the phrase 'good for you' with a completely positive connotation? [duplicate]

I feel the phrase 'good for you' shows a sense of detachment or lack of interest and sounds so rude while the phrase 'I feel happy for you' shows a sense of interest and friendship. I wonder why would ...
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“Check that mate” : OED on usage of 'checkmate'

In a recent post How exactly is “to checkmate” used as a verb?, the answer given by @WS2 listed some OED examples of metaphorical usage of 'to checkmate'. Among them: [1649 A. Ascham Bounds ...
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what does “feels” in the text imply and why does “feels” place in the position? [closed]

In one corner of the BrandLab, Jeff goes to work running VW's folks through a rapid-fire succession of video ad campaigns the BrandLab feels have worked. I don't understand what the BrandLab ...
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How to dissect/parse 'which' followed by five subordinate clauses ? (1786 UK)

Source: p 174, The Catholic Christian Instructed in the Sacraments ..., by Richard Challoner, 1786 A. Continency is not required of all, but such as have by vow engaged to keep it: and ...
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Possible Interpretations of “Log”

While doing some research I ran across the following passage. I know what "shackles' are, what might a "log" be? “It is very seldom that a boy deserves both a log and a shackle at the same time! ...
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What am I implying with the expression: “Let's meet so we can get a better feel for each other” in a dating context?

Just want to make sure I don't say something silly or nonsense. I am not a native speaker and the expression "have fun" is translated as "have fun" in all other language but in English is means let's ...
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The Wider Empire and the wrong parts of Britain

The following quotation is taken from an article by Fintan O'Toole titled This glorious and unruly English that lets everyone in. (The Observer, Sunday 15 September 2013) What do the terms "the ...
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what does agnostic mean? [closed]

"REST(Representational state transfer) endpoints are entirely agnostic about the kind of data that is passed back and forth between them; you can have SOAP data, XML data associated with AJAX, JSON, ...
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Can I say “feeding the server with data by the bus riders”?

I want to write something about Android app for bus tracking system based on Crowdsourcing. So can I use feeding like this? "Feeding the server with data by the bus riders"
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What means “perfect major”? [closed]

Regarding the context of this sentence: I’d put taking classes with great professors above picking the perfect major. What does the author mean with perfect major? I am not able to translate this. ...
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Midnight at the Halls or Midnight in the Halls

I was writing a title for an article and I was curious which version of the title would be more grammatically proper: "Midnight at the Halls" or "Midnight in the Halls" It's trying express the fact ...
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Can I say: one route number traverse with many buses with the same number! [closed]

For example there is many buses with the same number drive the same route so can I say, so can I use traverse like this: "one route number traverses with many buses with the same number!"
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Is it possible to 'claim' a concession?

Underlying most OED definitions of the word claim, both noun and verb, is some notion of right or entitlement. ( An exception arises in the case of meaning 2c - the loosely used he claimed to be ...
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Should I use divide or subdivide in this context?

I want to write something about an app for bus tracking. As a community-driven system, the application's users are subdivided into three groups: inactive users (not riding the bus), bus riders, ...
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Is there an AmE/BrE difference whether “by date X” means by the beginning or ending of this date?

A job application in England wants applications to arrive by the 30th. I understand this to mean by the end of the 30th (in London time). The accepted answer to this question appears to indicate the ...
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Propertied Interest

I'm reading the book Paris, Capital of Modernity by David Harvey, in which there is a chapter called "Rent and the Propertied Interest". Many times, the author uses the term propertied interest as if ...
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Meaning of “curled” in a sentence

Could you please give explanation of word "curled" in the next sentence I curled it and it correctly returns status code 400. And please provide characteristic of it (how much is it slangy?), ...