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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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Is it grammatically incorrect to use “It was double the pleasure…”?

English is my second language and somebody told me that the second sentence I created is grammatically incorrect: It was a great pleasure to meet you. And it was double the pleasure to share a ...
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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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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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“Algorithmic …ing…” vs “Algorithm …ing”

Q: Question is general, but let's take some concrete examples: Isn't "Algorithmic Auditing" - about audits done by (or using) algorithms (and subject can be whatever) "Algorithm Auditing" - about ...
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Starting a new phrase: To vs That

I have to following sentences to start a new phrase, are they all correct? Any differences in the meaning? The novelty of this measure is to weigh the errors of the pixels by ... The novelty of this ...
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Use of “beware” and “be aware” in this particular situation

We have a large motorized moving gate. I am designing a sign to warn people to stay clear of it. So which one should it be? "Beware of moving gate!" or "Be aware of moving gate!"
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What does it mean to possess a danger?

Here's the sentence I'm trying to understand: This made the division between High and Low Church or Tory and Whig stark indeed, and the result was the 'prostitution of the pulpit, particularly in ...
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Does “with a view to” have any other meanings/uses in addition to with the intention or exceptions of…?

I came across this use of with a view to in this sentence and couldn't make sense of it through existing definitions. "The line of argument taken by these two documents, as well as their rhetoric, ...
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Word for Crowdsourcing in the reverse direction (or antonym for Crowdsourcing)

Generally, Crowdsourcing means leveraging others' abilities and facilities to perform tasks. Simply someone assign its work to a group. So, what's the word for the reverse operation: a group of ...
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it is simply an imperative that

I know the meaning of "Imperative", but I have some problem about the exact meaning of it in the provided context. Can I here replace "it is simply an imperative that this dancing..." with it was ...
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meaning of “democratising”

Does "the artwork’s twin" mean "the practical version of the slides that would be used in everyday life"? Does "democratising premises of participants engaging in a process of risk- and responsibility-...
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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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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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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 ...