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How and when can we use “why else”? [closed]

what kind of Grammer rules is using of " why else" ? when and how we ca use it? and for example, what is the meaning of " why else would you do it" ?
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Is there a word which means whatever you want it to mean? Or has no meaning?

I'm looking for a word which can be used in any situation to describe something in whatever way you want, i.e it's not a word and just fits in to places..., but is there an actual word which does ...
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“ I can't take the pressure ” [closed]

What does " I can't take the pressure "? Does it mean I can't stand it? Or is it correct to use it in this way? I have read it in " this bad nigga dude I know. My God! I can't take the pressure!"
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What is a “Tamazie party”?

I found the term "Tamazie party" in a play by Joe Penhall. Is it a party related to drugs? Or does it have an idiomatic meaning? If it is a special party, is it just in Britain?
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could you explain the below sentence about reporting?

"Half-yearly reporting included in overall project management costs" a report about the costs of the overall management of the project? or something else? thanks in advance
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Praise vs Glory [closed]

What is the difference? As in 'To Glorify Him' and 'To Hymn His Praise'. I think I could also ask this question with a lower case 'h' in 'him'.
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what's a close synonym for “ sorted for Es and whiz”?

what's a close synonym for "sorted for Es and whiz"? and what does it mean in general? When And how can we use in conversation? is it polite or impolite or impolite?
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What's the meaning of the word “spitters” in The Chemical Worker's Song?

Amongst the different versions of this song (Known by various names including "The Chemical Worker's Song", "Process Man" and "The ICI Song") that are floating around, there seem to be two variations ...
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what does “ Plant Your arse” mean?

What Does " Plant your arse" mean? for example in greeting? And Is it Rude and offensive? or is politely? or if its meaning changes in different situations please explain. And please provide me some ...
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What is the meaning of 'busts up a chiffarobe'? [closed]

According to this wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chifforobe, "Chiffarobe" appears frequently in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird.[7] For instance, Tom Robinson "busts up a ...
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Does “Can I have lunch with you?” imply I have something to talk about with that person? [closed]

Last week, I asked one of my coworkers to have lunch with me. I messaged him "Can I have lunch with you?" and he reply "No, I have a meeting until 2pm" Then around 4 pm, he walked to my desk and ...
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What does “biased in your favour” mean in this sentence?

I checked several dictionaries and googled and checked previous biased-related questions here including Is it "biased towards" or "biased against"?, Word for being biased ...
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Is there a word for this emotion? Resentment over someone's good fortune without wanting it - Not quite jealousy/envy

What is the word to describe this? I was reading up about the differences between jealousy and envy and this doesn't seem to fit either, when you don't actually want what the other person has, nor do ...
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What is the meaning of “all zero at the bone”? I can't make it out

From The Shining, by Stephen King: Jack turned back, all zero at the bone. What is the meaning of this expression?
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“He walks as if he is drunk.” Grammatically correct ? Any difference in meaning from “…as if he were drunk.”?

Is it grammatically correct to use an indicative verb after "as if", or "as though" for that matter? I've heard someone say: "He walks as if he is drunk." Would there have been any difference ...
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Understanding “so as” [duplicate]

I read information here, and in other places. But I can't come up with the perfect example that move away my doubt. I found this in Oxford Dictionary which help me a little bit. But no really ...
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What is the meaning of “a trouvaille, mon cher”? [closed]

I was reading A Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde and came across this line. Can someone explain it to me? "An amazing model?' shouted Jain at the top of his voice; 'I should think so! Such ...
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“To refuse oneself” vs “to refuse”

In which cases can we use "to refuse oneself" instead of "to refuse"? Can you use "oneself" to give more emphasis to the sentence, or are you only allow to use it when you refuse something done to ...
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Usage of “Revised Document”

I offer two Word templates and recommend to use one of them in order to get a well-designed document. Using the expression revised document is correct in this case? For example: It is ...
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What does “f***ing pay” mean? [closed]

I have never seen "fucking pay" before. what does it mean. I have read this in this sentences " Let's hope you're right. that's all I have to say. Because otherwise... you know? soneone, somewhere is ...
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What does “show some (a little) leg” mean?

There was the following sentence in the New York Times (August 16) article under the title, “Where the justice at justice.”: “Attorney General Eric Holder said in May that “no reporter who is ...
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Meaning of “Updated As Reported” [migrated]

I have a question about this example: link (move mouse over the blue question mark) Choose the ID that matches the office you want to visit. This information is reported by the doctor ...
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what does “But enough about me” mean?

I want to know whether or not "but enough about me" is an idiom ? if yes, what does it mean? and when and how we can use it?
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You “show” someone a picture. You “---” someone a song?

In Maltese, we have a verb meaning "to show" corresponding to "to see/to look", and we have a different verb corresponding to "to hear/to listen": inti tara stampa (you look at a picture.) ---- ...
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What is the meaning of lemniscate related with clothing? [closed]

Here is lemniscate is used as a part or feature of clothing. What doses it mean ? TIA
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Someone being mean to someone else [closed]

I'd like to know the meaning of "My dad's being mean to me."
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Are the phrases “at once” and “in one go” equally acceptable?

You should answer this question in one go ( at once ). Are both forms acceptable?
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Connotations of “quixotic”

Would you say quixotic has more of a positive connotation or more of a negative connotation? The definition for quixotic given by Merriam-Webster is: hopeful or romantic in a way that is not ...
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“Oblivion” as a state of forgetfulness?

I usually think of "oblivion" as referring to a state of being forgotten, as in the expression "consign to oblivion". Wiktionary includes this definition, but also gives "The state of forgetfulness ...
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Trans vs Transgender vs Transsexual

As I understand it, trans means "an individual whose gender identity is different than what they were designated at birth". However, I also hear the terms transgender and transsexual used for similar ...
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“Psychically” vs. “psychologically” vs. “mentally”

This one has been giving me headaches for about a year now. Some time ago, I created an AskReddit thread with the following title: How do you psychically prepare for pain before a surgical ...
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Difference between “ditch”, “trench” and “gutter” [closed]

I have been trying to understand the difference between the three, is this a usage difference between American English and British English? What is the difference?
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“For the sake of” versus “because of”

Somewhat related to this question, but with more subtlety. I've found some places that define "for the sake of" as "because of": Wiktionary Cambridge Dictionary I suppose in a four causal ...
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Is the phrase “Infinitely more efficient” possible?

I've been having an argument with a colleague about the use of the phrase "infinitely more efficient". I use it sometimes when describing the proper way to implement some programming solutions, but ...
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“She was not happy.” - Ambiguity of the 'to be' in English

I always think about this since in my language (Portuguese) the verb 'to be' has two meanings for which I will give two examples: "She was in the room." - here the verb to be has the meaning of ...
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difference between judicial situation and legal situation [closed]

Is there a difference between "judicial" situation and "legal" situation, or is it the same? Thanks!
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Context on using available vs accessible

Consider the following two sentences: 1) Please put the medicine in the living room so that it is available to everyone. 2) Please put the medicine in the living room so that it is accessible for ...
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“no hell” or “no hang”?

I think "NO HELL" can be used to describe something that isn't bad, or not very tasty. Like a meal that tastes so-so but looked good. I heard at the dinner table last night that my wife said the corn ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “apt to” and “likely to”?

Just as there is a difference in meaning between "likely" and "liable" in terms of a desirable or undesirable outcome, is there any subtle diference between "apt" and "likely" ? Does the use of ...
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What does “It’s the loyalty (or the economy), stupid,” mean?

In the New York Time’s (August 12) article titled, “It’s the loyalty, stupid,” Maureen Dowds comments on Hillary Clinton’s calling President Obama a wimp just as he was preparing to order airstrikes ...
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Meaning of “by some margin”

Could you please explain the meaning of this? I have it in a sentence - The speaker was, by some margin, the youngest person in the room. I am a translator from English to Czech and I can´t find it ...
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What does “Have fun with 'em homies” mean? [duplicate]

I come across these sorts of sentences frequently. I'd like to give more examples to be more precise. Kill 'em homies. Look at 'em idiots. What do they really mean? I mean why add them in ...
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What do you call someone who decides to do something even though they know its wrong [closed]

Is there a word that described someone who decides to do something even though they know it's wrong?
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What is the meaning “would have” in this sentence? [duplicate]

None of the days in March are the days that I would have gone to office,but for being on annual leave.
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What is it called when you say something but it does not imply for the other?

I'm really lost for words... For example, I like people with short hair. But then someone could say, so you hate people with long hair? But, of course, I did not give any information on people with ...
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Can the adjective “squalid” be used to describe a person?

As the title states: Can squalid be used to describe a person that has really fallen on hard times (ragged clothing, worn-out, haggard etc.)? And if it can be used as such, how does it compare to ...
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What does this passage from “Great Expectations” mean?

I was reading Great Expectations the other day, and came across this passage that I couldn't make any sense of whatsoever: Why should I loiter on my road to compare the state of mind in which I ...
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what does it mean to “betray contempt for” someone? [closed]

I came across this phrase in a quotation from Carl Sagan, "they betray contempt for the intelligence of their customers". From the context, it seems to mean "to show contempt", but I couldn't parse ...
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What is the origin of the suffix: 'ship'? [duplicate]

What is the origin of the suffix: 'ship'? Why was it chosen to become as a suffix ? What made it special over other words like maybe 'cart' or 'rainbow' or something? ie friendSHIP might have ...
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Right definition of “discursus."

I was puzzled to find out the definition of “discursus” incidentally in Readers Plus English Japanese Dictionary, one of the best-selling English Japanese dictionaries, which is published by ...