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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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What does clocks and honey mean?

On the reddit AMA https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/4lbjwa/i_am_richard_dawkins_evolutionary_biologist_and/d3lz831?context=3 there is a following question Are clocks or honey more dangerous to ...
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What art is being mentioned in the line “Art is long, and time is fleeting”? [closed]

What does art refer to in the poem: A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow? Art is long and time is fleeting My book says Art refers to the “art of living” but this doesn't convince me ...
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Meaning of “straw beneath my feet” in this context

I was reading 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, in which, there was a sentence "but I know, as surely as I see this straw beneath my feet, that sooner or later justice will be done." I dont ...
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“What would I not exact from you…?”

The meaning of the phrase in bold is incomprehensible to me. Could someone please explain or paraphrase the sentence for me? CAESAR. Vengeance! Vengeance!! Oh, if I could stoop to vengeance, what ...
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Meaning of following statement:

I came across this statement and I can't understand the overall concept of the part I have made bold: "Current trends in scholarship demonstrate a new historical and ethnographic consciousness. ...
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Combining two sentence in one while ensuring grammar errors are not present

Since English is my second language, I have been trying to wrap my head around the subheading I am writing. I feel like it would be better written if it was divided into multiple sentence, but I was ...
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Can you clear my these grammar doubts? [on hold]

Q1 Meaning:His clothes are burning a hole in my eyes. Q2 Rephrase it:He dealt unfairly with his partner. Answer:His partner was dealt with unfairly with by him. And not,he dealt with his ...
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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 “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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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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Meaning of “keep up someone's lick”

I have come across this phrase recently. What does it mean? "she don't keep up her lick here...". From The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain. "Why, this watch. I bought her out in Illinois--gave ...
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What does “twist” mean in this context?

From the poem "The Free-Selector's Daughter" (emphasis mine) I broke my pipe and burnt my twist, And washed my mouth with water; I had a shave before I kissed The free-selector's daughter. ...
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what does “already” mean when used with the present continuous? [on hold]

Does this sentence: "I am already doing it." have the same meaning as "I have already done it."?
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Usage of “across”

Does this sentence make sense? "Each transaction generates a huge amount of data across the supply chain" I'm writing a statement of purpose and want to convey that a large amount of data is ...
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What is the meaning of “yet” in the sentence? [on hold]

What is the meaning of "yet" in the next sentence? This object, relatively nearby, offers the best opportunity yet to build a good understanding of how such jets actually work
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what is the meaning of this phrase?

I am not looking for a fact here, I know that this is highly debatable. My question is about the information mentioned here in the sentence: Many scientists believe that global warming and its ...
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what does “stretch” mean in this context?

"We achieved a major breakthrough on Greece which enables us to enter a new phase in the Greek financial assistance programme," Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister, ...
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What does “up-front” mean in this sentence?

But he stressed that the Fund had made a big concession by agreeing debt relief would only be decided in 2018, rather than up-front. ...
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Some confusion in conversation, need clarification

I applied for a job today (online). The conversation I had with HR is below. Me: Since I'm from India so could you please let me know whether you'll be providing H1B-Visa or not? HR: ...
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referent of 'such a conviction'

The following is taken from the novel Frankenstein: At that age I became acquainted with the celebrated poets of our own country; but it was only when it had ceased to be in my power to derive its ...
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what does “Emperor lives on” mean? [on hold]

Simply, I couldn't understand that sentence. I found that sentence on an image on twitter . could you help ?
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Can you tell me what tense is: “if + simple past, would + infinitive”?

She hugs and smiles thinking if Arjun wasn't so greedy he would be alive today. It is easy to understand , if he had not been greedy he would have been alive today. But, what does the above mean? ...
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Meaning of “I'm so excited I could crush a grape”

I read this on a sports website, where a fan is welcoming a new signing in their team. I assume this means one is really excited, but what is the meaning of "crush a grape" - does it imply opening a ...
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What does “liabilities” mean in this context?

From CNBC's article "Will AI spark a wave of job losses in banking? This what the experts think". (Emphasis mine) "There's a lot of liabilities," said panelist Matthew Blume, director for client ...
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“10 Commonly Misunderstood Words In English”

We have all probably misunderstood words and then used them in the wrong context from time to time, so a little update might come in handy. This infographic from Grammar called 10 Commonly ...
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What does “common refrain” mean here? [on hold]

The common refrain for my entire tenure here: We all get too much email. https://glyph.twistedmatrix.com/2016/04/email-isnt-the-problem.html Of course I googled separate words and phrases from this ...
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What's a “summer-funeral hit”?

In a YouTube comment commenting on Jamala's song 1944, someone says You guys enjoy your summer-funeral hit! I have nothing else to add. after saying Ukraine should't have won! What a ...
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GRE-reading comprehension [on hold]

The restraint largely explains her lack of popular success during her lifetime,even if her talent did not go completely unrecognized by her eighteenth-century french contemporaries. even if -what ...
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Meaning of “engage with” in the given context [closed]

Here is the sentence: "Are there ways you will use what you learned through our academy to engage with other male members of your community?" The text is from a survey which deals with the ...
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Usage of “Have something to do with”

The other day, I was eating at a restaurant with my mate. The food was really good but the waiters seemed to be rather rude. Then when we left there, my mate asked me what I thought of this ...
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Can you be ill from an injury (I don't mean an infection) [duplicate]

This is something that crops up on the BBC a lot and irks me. For example, from a story today: One woman is critically ill and three others have been injured after they were stabbed near a ...
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What is the meaning of 'other than' in this paragraph?

I was wondering what the meaning of 'other than' would be in its context in the following paragraph. "If he buys the car from the company after two years, this may be a cost-effective way of ...
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Wiv and Wet Wiv

There's a song I've hear sung by John Denver, of which I'm quite fond, but there is a joke in it I seem to be missing. It's called Saturday Night in Toledo Ohio. The lyrics I can't figure out are ...
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Is there any difference between ”control of/over“ and ”power over"

For example, what to choose here? "To compete for the control of/over a corporation" or "To compete for the power over a corporation" UPDATE If two workers compete for absolute control/power, what ...
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“I'm living a lifetime in every minute that we're together.”

I'm living a lifetime in every minute that we're together. quoted from the movie "Notebook" I have a trouble while interpreting the meaning of this sentence. I guess it means he is fully ...
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What does “trail” mean in this sentence?

But market expectations have long trailed the Fed's, and still do. source: http://www.businessinsider.com/market-risks-repeating-1994-bond-sell-off-2016-5
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Difference between “Registration” and “Enrollment”

I'm developing a scholar system which I have to support english(and others) language. This system haves an "Enrollment" proccess. I've called it as "Enrollment" after some research because I could not ...
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How would you describe the word 'tron'? [closed]

I have searched the meaning of tron and found various results. I though it would be related to working people like robots. Can you please answer me the various possible meaning of tron?
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What is the meaning and interpretation of the word Rosario? [closed]

I have come across this word multiple times. I have been trying to get some reasonable interpretation for this word. Especially relative to a certain context. It seems that the word is related to the ...
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Clear-cut = human-driven disturbances? [closed]

I was wandering how to correctly title my research paper. In this, I compare the dynamic of natural disturbances - windbreaks, insects, fire... to extent (dynamic) of clear-cuts over multiple years. ...
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Meaning of “upon 90 days”

In a license contract we have, this legalenglish quote: LICENSEE reserves the right to terminate this License Agreement with or without cause upon 90 days written notice for LICENSOR beyond the ...
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Exact meaning of “Generation Uphill”

There is a "Generation Uphill" article about the millenials from The Economist. I've looked up in some dictionaries for uphill word, however I am not sure is it used here as an adverb or an adjective. ...
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Words “configuration” and “settings” in context

Are the words configuration and settings correct in the following context?: chair configuration / chair settings regarding the height of said chair, inclination of the chair back, etc. If so, are ...
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“impairment” vs. “impediment” (and derivatives)

Today I wrote the phrase "free from any procedural impediments" and am wondering how the meaning would change if I instead wrote "free from any procedural impairments." What is the difference ...
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Meaning of “ to be dizzying in”

There is a text in my english book that talks about the wetlands from Brazil and there is a sentence that goes like this: "(...) life is dizzying in its abundance, variety and beauty." I have already ...
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Request resolved [closed]

I have contacted an IT center about a request, they replied and said that my request has been "resolved" What does that mean that the request was denied, or that it is being processed? Thank you
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Making a sentence feel more welcoming and less stressful

I have the following sentence: Increase your rating as you develop your coding skills while you evaluate the skills of other developers. However, I now realize that this sentence is a bit off ...
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Clarifications on the meaning of split

Can someone tell me the meaning of the word "split" in a part of a sentence that I read on a certain book which I don't remember anymore. Part of the sentence that I recall is: his death came at a ...
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Has been sick or has been sicking [closed]

I have been looking for forms or conjugation of the verbs... In this case the verb 'sick' and in every page i found it say... He has been sicking... So.. 'He has been sick' which form is it? ...