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Is it “visit at the doctor” or “visit at the doctor's”? What's the difference? [duplicate]

Are both expressions OK? Why/ why not? Why do we say "at the doctor's"?
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Extend or Expand

"However, Robertson is no sentimentalist. After devoting years of his life to bears, he is under no illusion about their feelings for him. It is clear that their interest in him does not extend beyond ...
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What does the word “afford” mean here?

What does the word "afford" mean in this passage from an online article? I'd appreciate some synonym as well. Email Limits What You Can Do You do things with people. How you talk is what you ...
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What does “baking tradition” mean?

She agreed to marry him on one condition: that they have 12 children. True to the old baking tradition, they made 13. Source What does the old baking tradition mean? There's no mention of baking ...
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What does “it's you lot” mean? [closed]

I've just finished watching "Pride" and one thing stays unclear to me. There was a scene where a guy comes up to a group of women and asks with a dose of anger in his voice "It's you lot, is it? The ...
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Word for a person who is “needy.” [closed]

I'm looking for a word that describes a person who is "needy." All I'm finding are words that treat "needy" as if it meant only "impoverished."
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the meaning of counteraction and countermeasure [closed]

Do counteraction and countermeasure have the same meaning?
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The difference between “have been able to” and “was able to”

I have been able to buy the house I spoke of the other day. (1) Does (1) mean that I bought the house? I was able to buy the house I spoke of the other day. (2) I was able to ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence [closed]

I do not know that this is a right place to ask such a question but I give it a try and if it doesn't so I will pack my bag and never gonna do this again in this place :D I came across this sentence ...
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Noun for person who tells how not to do something, and then does it

Okay so I'm sure many people have seen this happen before and it tends to happen apparently intentionally, in more of a way to seem comical, but here is the example for what I am talking about: ...
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Do I get the meaning of the sentence correctly?

This text is about keeping your inbox as empty as possible. The second sentence confused me. I guess the author says that achieving the simplicity of "One touch" method requires a lot of efforts and ...
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What is the meaning of “banned” in this sentence?

I'm wondering what the correct definition of "banned" is in the following sentence: The private ownership of handguns ought to be banned in the United States. Does "banned" refer to an outright ...
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What would be “Sternum-Intermediate” distance?

Not entirely sure if this question fits the board, but it does not seem to require advanced medical knowledge. Do note I am no native speaker, hence I am afraid to misinterpret the possibly obvious ...
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The striking interference of youthful reading

OED Online gives this meaning for 'to interfere with': Const. with: to molest or assault sexually. ["interfere, v.". OED Online. December 2015. Oxford University Press. ...
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Can something be more unique than something else? Can something be very unique? [duplicate]

Family debate - one says that uniqueness is relative, others say something either is or is not unique. Does uniqueness mean that there is only one of a certain thing/person, so that it would mean more ...
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reading vs. studying [closed]

Whats the difference between reading and studying?
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What is the difference between “mourning” and “grieving” someone's death?

It seems to me that both words are interchangeable, I can mourn or grieve the death of a loved one for weeks, months or years. And both terms mean to feel deep sorrow for the loss of someone dear. ...
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You or yourself

I need some help how to write it? Keep the child in you! Or "Keep the child in yourself"? I have checked some samples but I am still not sure.
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You're all caught up!

What does the term "You're all caught up!" means, many a time I see this on my WordPress account & also on Google Plus.
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What is the symonym of the word dissing here?

What is the symonym of the word dissing here? But be wary of simplistic, baby-out-with-the-bathwater answers. Achieving Inbox Zero is not about “dissing” email, or melodramatically declaring “email ...
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the time tense (had now been detected)

Thank so much for your help. I found the following sentence in a newspaper this morning: "The virus had now been detected in 23 countries in the Americas," she added. Is the sentence's verb ...
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with you or to you [closed]

Do the prepositions have different meanings? I don't exactly know their meanings. Let me know the meanings if you have the time. Please help me.
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Meaning of 19th-century American parlour games [closed]

I would really appreciate it if someone could explain to me the meaning of three American parlour games of the 19th century. I am currently translating a novel where these games are mentioned and ...
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What is the difference between opinion and fact? [migrated]

This is a usage question. Seriously. Folks use both words with great confidence, which leads me to believe they know what they're talking about. We are assured that on EL&U questions must not be ...
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What is the relationship between two meanings of the word “astringent”?

The adjective astringent has two meanings (Merriam - Webster): Causing contraction of soft organic tissues: styptic, puckery Suggestive of an astringent effect upon tissue: rigidly severe: austere; ...
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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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“Yonder” as a fabric or fiber

In the novel Fortress of Eagles by C.J. Cherryh, the word "yonder" is used like this: ... the most incorruptible, tiresome priest alive, ... him in the rope belt and rough-spun yonder. Although ...
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The meaning of “biting economic sanctions” [closed]

The full sentence from the Economist is "China is reluctant to impose biting economic sanctions on the authorities in Pyongang,....." I'm not sure "bite the sanctions" means cancel punishment or stop ...
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Difference between “season”, “time of year”, “time of the year”

"Winter, summer, spring and fall are seasons". Is it possible here to use "times of year" meaning "season", like "Winter, summer, spring and fall are times of year"? What is the difference between ...
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What does “sun cut flat” mean?

I've been following Bob Dylan for decades and there is this famous opening line of one of his songs that has puzzled me all along. Please can someone explain what it means? "Perhaps it’s the color ...
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The meaning of the following lines?

I encountered the following sentence when reading the book "Algebra for young mind": For others, however, mathematics is a daunting subject, whether it takes the form of equations on a whiteboard or ...
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What's the meaning of “what have you got?” in 1953 film “the wild one”?

In 1953 film the wild one, there is a line: Question: What are you rebelling against? Answer: what have you got? I don't understand the meaning of the answer.
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What is the correct use of the words “will” and “going to”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two sentences: when will we eat? When are we going to eat?
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What is a “terrorist jacket”?

In Connie Willis' Doomsday Book, American archaeologist Lupe Montoya is described as wearing a "terrorist jacket" in several places: Kivrin’s tutor Latimer, looking older and even more infirm than ...
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Meaning of “No other language but shell would do something like that”

The sentence : No other language but shell would do something like that comes from here: http://0pointer.de/blog/projects/systemd.html Does it mean good or bad ? Do I mean "Shell is good, because ...
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Two meanings of “belisle” [closed]

Whereas " belisle " is a French word as well as English indicating a trap for foxes, http://www.snareshop.com/products.asp?dept=468 it's surprising to find it elsewhere with a very shocking ...
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What's the meaning of “It's got something to do with” and when do we use it? [closed]

What does "It's got something to do with..." mean? Does it have the same meaning as "It has got something to do with..." or "It is related to..."? For example, in this conversation, what does it ...
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What is the difference between hand in, turn in and hand over?

What is the difference between these verbs. In which context should I use which? I think that these verbs may be interchangeable, but not all the times. For example: I turned in my homework to the ...
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What is the opposite of someone who has been sheltered?

I am looking for a word to describe a teenager as someone who is "not sheltered." Someone who has been exposed to many different people, communities and ways of thinking. Worldly seems too broad of a ...
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What is the etymology of the term “form factor”?

I'm a theoretical physicist, and am doing some work on quantities called form factors. To an expert, a form factor says something about scattering particles from fields. This probably originated from ...
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Meaning of “is irrespective if”

I am reading a contract which is plain english except from a sentence which says: [your] right to be paid for work done on this contract is irrespective if [agency] is paid by the [client] My ...
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Is the sequence of words “modulus like parameter” meaningful?

Does the sequence of words "modulus like parameter" mean that the involved parameter can be considered as a modulus even though it can be something different in some cases ?
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Difference between “God bless” and “God bless you” [closed]

What is the difference between God bless and God bless you?
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Do “to infinitives” used with adjectives, such as “anxious”, “unwilling”, etc. indicate purpose?

"To infinitives" are often used as adjectives and adverbs to indicate purpose. I have something to eat. He came to play. When we use "to infinitives" with adjectives like anxious and ...
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What does solid mean in playing pool [closed]

I've read a dialog about two men playing pool and I found a line that really confused me. A: Hey, did you see that shot? I just sank three balls! B: Yeah, but the first one was a solid, and I'm ...
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have difficulty in understanding usage of being [migrated]

I have recently encountered some sentences relating to being while reading some books. However, the sentences don't make a sense for me because I can't understand them. Could you explain me the ...
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What is “healthy” food? [closed]

Is it more common to use healthy to identify foods that are: Low in fat/calories/cholesterol etc. or High in nutrients/vitamins etc. I realize it's often a combination of both, but I encountered ...
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What does “you’ve got cars on the brain” mean? [closed]

I was chatting with someone today and the person wrote this sentence, but I don't get the meaning of it under the context. A: I will be a little late today. My car does not start. B: You’ve got cars ...
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Is there any difference between 'in the control of “ and ”in control of"

For example: the terrorist is in the control of the government the terrorist is in control of the goverment
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Appearances: Ambiguity in meaning

People care way too much about their appearance/ appearances? Google provides much more evidence for the singular but I have learnt not to trust it. In a formal essay I would opt for the plural ...