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Connotation of a sentence in a listening material from TPO

(Here for the original audio source (MP3 file). The part in question begins approximately at 2'18'') This conversation is an excerpt from one listening material in a TPO (TOEFL Practice Online) test, ...
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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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“ that was a classic money handshake”

I'm reading the play "Dumb Show" by Joe Penhall. (See on Google Books) almost in the begining of the play one of the characters uses this phrase" classic money handshake". What does it mean? " (...
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How would you call this kind of listing?

There are traditional classifieds where a real estate can be characterized this way: 2-bedroom apartment for rent in Leicester with an area of XX sq ft ... but the same can also be displayed ...
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Event pitch shall be shadow free

what does this wording mean "Event pitch shall be shadow free"? does it mean that the pitch (field/area for the event) should be free of shadows for the cameras and television stuff?
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How to reformulate 'honor the data'

I have written sentence like this The resulting property models from cooperative inversion honor the geophysical data My Professor wants me to reformulate the sentence, in particular he raised a ...
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What is the meaning when someone say “it doesn't get much weird than Lynda?”

Lynda made a dance performance, it's very weird and many audiences couldn't understand it. Then a guy made a comment "It doesn't get much weird than Lynda?". What does he mean ? Is that "Lynda is ...
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vast lived mythology of terror surrounding cancer

Does the bold part mean "disease cancer that has killed a lot of people in modern days, which sounds like mythology but it is reality" Context: The work may offer satiric comment on science’s ...
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What does 'if' mean in this sentences?

For similar reasons fragile natural states cannot support many, if any, private elite organizations. As the two world wars and the Cold War of the twentieth century illustrate, external violence is a ...
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What is the meaning of “enormous condescension of posterity” in below context?

Consider the abstract, As the works of dozens of women writers have been rescued from what E. P. Thompson calls “the enormous condescension of posterity,” and considered in relation to each ...
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The meaning of “pure” vs “clear”

So I'd like to express the "clearness" (in sense of elegance) of some spatial shapes (BTW not sure about this phrase, probably "spatial forms" is more correct). I'm going to use either "pure" or "...
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Meaning of the term “empty use” in the context of modal verbs

I'm reading a book titled Comprehensive High School English Grammar & Composition. The author, who is Indian, says this on the use of the modal verbs can and could: Can is used to express "...
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Why is 'X notwithstanding' more correct than 'notwithstanding X'?

Source: p 575, Garner's Modern American Usage (3 ed; 2009), by Bryan Garner: notwithstanding is a FORMAL WORD, used in the sense "despite," "in spite of," or "although." E.g., "Notwithstanding an ...
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usage and example of “except on terms that…”

"He said Britain could never rejoin the EU except on terms that would not be acceptable to the country." I don't really understand the meaning of "except on terms that..." here in the sentence. ...
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I could do with the exercise

This is a telephone conversation. Does "I could do with the exercise" here mean "I am exercising"? Everyone’s reallymad. . . What directionisCoventGarden? . . . I’m calling just to check that ...
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“was of the” meaning

I am reading a novel. There is a sentence "Motion was of the essence, ......". I am confused about 'of' in the sentence. What is the difference between "Motion was the essence" and "Motion was of ...
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encounter and disencounter

Does anybody has any idea what "encounter and disencounter" mean in this context? ...the work of the Colombian Colectivo Cambalache, who run a ‘street museum’ as a barter and informal ...
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difference between post deictic and epithet

I was looking at some examples of the two, and there was one example including two sentences of different kinds that I couldn't sense the exact difference between. Deictics: The identical three (...
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something shouting down the road to something else

What does "to shout down the road to" mean here? Context: To pursue the conversation on triangulated conversations, Creed’s Work No.850 seems also to shout down the road to Gormley’s artwork ...
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What does “week accommodation” mean?

I have been selected as an intern in a company. The company mentioned in the internship offer letter that it would provide travel and "week accommodation" during the course of Internship. Does that ...
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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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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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what does this phrase “I’m kind of feeling like I need to cut loose” mean?

i don't know if this is a phrasal verb or something similar? what does this phrase means? I’m kind of feeling like I need to cut loose
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Can anybody explain or rephrase this for me, please? “out to 11 years of maturity”

On Japan, Grossman further noted that Japanese debt had negative yields out to 11 years of maturity as of April 25. source:http://www.businessinsider.com/global-negative-bond-yields-2016-5
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represent a form of ‘up yours’ to

What does "represents a form of ‘up yours’ to the confining ‘indoors enticements’ of the gaming industry" mean? Does it mean "represents some kind of freedom in contrast with gaming industry ...
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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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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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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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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 mean ...
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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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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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“For only through assiduous repetition is it possible to redistribute skewed tendencies.” | meaning

To set the quote into context here's an excerpt from Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by H. Murakami. There was little left to do but lean up against a wall and count the change in ...
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Does “wealth” only refers to a financial aspect?

For a contest I'm attenting, the organisators uses, in their theme description, the world wealth. I wonder of the meaning of this word... Here is the sentenc where it's used : Europe need to ...
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Meaning: 'who would then have the effrontery to say, … however …'

I first encountered the sentences below on p 125, The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution (2004; but the newest edition dates at 2015) by Linda Monk JD. Here is an online ...
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What does “create pot's answer” and “get policy on pot” mean?

These two sentences are from The Economist: 1.The legal market has already created pot's answer to the e-cigarette, which reduces damage done by smoke to lungs. 2.Rather than having to take on Big ...
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performative spillage of theater into real life

Does "performative" in "performative spillage" mean "theatrical (in relation to performance and theatre)" or "in action and in practice (in contrast with in speech)"? Context: when, during a ...
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What does the boldfaced “it” refer to in the context?

From the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Weekly: The Global Agenda Council on Human Rights developed a new paradigm that recognizes the important, though not exclusive, role of multinational ...
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using against the edifice the instruments or stones available in the house

What does the highlighted sentence mean? Is it some kind of saying? What is the meaning of "edifice" here? Source: Read the Cultural Other
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living nearby in both actuality and spirit

Does "living nearby in both actuality and spirit" mean both having close thoughts and living in close geographical locations (close cities and countries) ? Context: it is no surprise that ...
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conjured with a strong element of deliberation

Does the following sentence want to say that "Sadler himself agrees that situationists themselves deliberately impose complications into this conception"? Context: As an implicated party in this ...
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“à la carte” in the context outside dining

I have seen à la carte several times on a menu which means what it original meant, something separate from a package, you have to pay extra to order it separately. However, this word has gone way ...
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Unnamed vs Nameless

I've scouted around and found that: Unnamed defined is "not having being given a name" Nameless defined is "not having a name / unknown as to what the name is My main question is what is the term ...
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What is the meaning of active service and active services in the context of corporations?

Can anyone explain to me what's the exact meaning of "active service" in the context of corporation? Does it mean full-time job? And what are the "active services of a corporation"? Following is the ...
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“There” as a reference to a previous email?

When you are sending an addendum to a previous email of yours, is it correct to say "As I have mentioned there ...", when you are referring (some part of) the content of your initial email? For ...
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What is one word to describe someone who plans and manages and whom one consults about a new plant/factory?

I want one word to describe a guy who is a manager, a planner, and a consultant for new startup factories or plants. Can you please help me? Thanks and sorry for bad English.
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what does this sentence mean?are contradictions insignificant or the playwright?use of commas?

Obviously audiences were in a mood to listen to a playwright ready to fix a remorseless gaze on the contradictions within a personality, even the most insignificant one, a playwright who refused to ...
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Meaning of “equate to”

Does "equate to" in the following context mean something like "result in", meaning that "in order to describe serious and difficult art we do not need to use a difficult language"? Serious and ...
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Are both of these sentences correct?

Jack's son told him that he is his son. and Jack told his son that he is his son. Considering that the sentence being said is true (e.g. dad doesn't say that he is the son of his son), are ...
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What does objective functions mean?

In the sentence "Capital needs to be extended in a way that directly affects objective functions of the decision makers". I'm not clear on what "objective functions means". Knowing the context of ...
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What's the meaning of “his jaw was set.”

This is a passage from a novel: "No," he said again, standing up straight and wiping his palms on his pajama pants. "We've already got plane tickets." (Both quotes are Neal's) "Neal, I'm serious....