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“have/has condition” or “need condition”

Yesterday, I put a message in a social network environment to inform other members about lottery: "Lottery for year 2016 is now open, try your chance. It does not have any especial condition." But a ...
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“Quite a combo” - meaning

I found this phrase in comment for one song - "I really like this song, and i really like how diverse shawns family is, thats quite a combo." It seems, that it's a some kind of idioms. I really ...
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“Comfort me in accomplishing my task”

In a formal letter, can one say comfort me in accomplishing my task as in Your presence will significantly enhance this scientific event and comfort me in accomplishing my task. ...
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Meaning and use of girl child

I just stumbled across the name of the United Nations' International Day of the Girl Child To be honest, I have never heard the term "girl child" before, and could not find it in online ...
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Before I go to sleep vs before I'm going to sleep [closed]

Are both sentences grammatically correct? Is there any difference in meaning between these two? I'm going to finish my report before I go to sleep. vs I'm going to finish my report before I'm ...
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Definiton of “lowest dredges”? [closed]

What is the definition of this sentence: He sunk to the lowest dredges. In specific, I want to know the definition of lowest dredges, in above sentence. Thanks
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What does the phrase “grain and hair of life” mean?

from the Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever: For with his maturity, Moses had found in himself a taste for the grain and hair of life. The context doesn't really help so much in understanding.
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Beyond help or beyond helpless?

Beyond help is an expression meaning "beyond the help of anything" or "not able to be fixed". However, I have also seen the expression beyond helpless being used, for example, here and here. My ...
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Phones - Phonemes - Allophones [closed]

I'm studying Introduction to Linguistics, and there's a chapter in the book talking about these terms. although I have read it, I still cannot fully understand. Could anyone give me a brief definition ...
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Definition of “ How Shakespearian” [closed]

Could you explain what " How Shakespearian" means? I've heard it recently but I can't remember in which situation the phrase was used.
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“Bump one's head on something” vs. “against something”

Can anyone help me understand the difference between bumping one's head on something and bumping it against it? Is there any substantial difference or are they used interchangeably?
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Any time or every time?

Do you notice any difference in these sentences' meanings? I want to be able to look at it every time I look at my phone. and I want to be able to look at it any time I look at my phone.
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‘Longears’, ‘Tapperbill’, and ‘Painted-wings’

I was reading The Intruder by James Reeves. I couldn't understand the meaning of the following lines Longears helter-skelter shoots Into his house among the roots. At work upon the highest ...
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What is the word or term used to describe a person who intentionally ignores a rule/regulation/order

There is a girl in my lab who, despite having been corrected numerous times in the past, continues to disregard the lab procedures regarding chain of command. She constantly goes over supervisors' ...
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Why does 'with' mean 'against' and not 'alongside' in phrases of opposition?

In phrases like fight with, argue with, combat with etc, why does with mean the subject is opposing the object (grammatical object, technically a human opponent)? Phrases like go with, study with, ...
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What does it mean: “The travel money is good for you”

Someone invited us to participate in a sportive event far away from our home country, and told us "The travel money is good for you and there will be prize money for the event". Does this mean that ...
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Is “It (North Korea) had a deep bench of (brutal madmen)” a common English phrase?

New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz Report (October 10) runs an article under the title, “North Korean government reassures citizens “It had deep bench of brutal madmen.” It begins with the following passage: ...
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build up and trade you

I'm translating a movie (Honeymoon) into Turkish, which is my native language. In this movie, a woman goes into a restaurant in her hometown and says: "I've been building up the maple beans here for ...
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If you don't reply for the next three hours

Imagine I told you something like: If you don't reply for the next 3 hours, I will stop talking to you. What would you think the meaning was? Do you think it would be If you don't keep ...
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Meaning of “I do show”

Except from an email received from tech support: I do show that the account has been updated What is the meaning of "I do show"? To whom or what does "I" refer?
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About Deadlines [duplicate]

If no exact time (such as 15:00 or 21:00) is specified about the deadline and only the date itself is given, does that mean that the Deadline date is inclusive or exclusive? For example, if the ...
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What is the difference between traffic resistance, abrasion resistance and wear resistance?

I want to learn the difference between traffic resistance, abrasion resistance and wear resistance for lawns (grasses). These terms are used in mechanics as well, but I want to learn their meanings ...
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Difference between possible, probable, plausible [closed]

It seems to be now fashionable to use the word plausible to hint at two words: Possible, meaning a thing can exist but it in fact does not exist -- like for example because no one has yet invented ...
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Why do we say “Eastern Europe” but “East Asia”?

My girlfriend, who is not a native English speaker, asked me this yesterday: why are some geographical regions prefixed with the nouns North, South, East and West, but others are prefixed with the ...
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What is the meaning of the (seemingly) noun word “claw-catch” in a poem?

From "God's Secretary" by R.S. Gwynn: Her e-mail inbox always overflows. Her outbox doesn’t get much use at all. She puts on hold the umpteen-billionth call As music oozes forth to placate ...
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Word Choice: Certain or Definite?

I would like to know the difference between "definite" and "certain". I think they're synonyms but is there any difference? for example in this exercise: "Although it is impossible to give a _____ ...
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What does Amber Gated mean?

I am reading an Employment Offer and there are case studies to illustrate the Code of Conduct, Breachs and Outcomes. If someone knows what amber gated means it would be much appreciated, eg: The ...
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Looking for a word for the act of being punished, by nature, for procrastinating [on hold]

I can not find a word for this anywhere. Does one exist?
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Most appropiate word for someone addicted to Internet [duplicate]

Apart from computer savvy or geeks,I am looking for the most appropriate English word for someone who is addicted to Internet?
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What is an “apologetic question”?

What does this mean, "apologetic question". For example in this statement: Speak in statements instead of apologetic questions "Apologetic" sounds like apologizing for something, but I don't ...
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The initialism “i.e. vs. e.g.” [closed]

Many authorities, including the redoubtable Chicago Manual of Style, discourage the use of i.e. and e.g. in formal writing. Is there a difference in usage or can they be seamlessly interchanged? For ...
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Meaning of “my pleasure” [closed]

If someone says "Let's have lunch; my pleasure." does that mean that they would be happy to do it or they want to pay?
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Meaning of Roll sevens or Rolling sevens

What is the meaning of the phrase " you rolled them sevens with nothing to lose " ? In the song entitled " The weary kind " which is a sound track of the "Crazy heart" movie , there is a line that i ...
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What really is a “Yester” in Yesterday or Yesteryear?

Apparently, Yester cannot be used alone in a sentence, except when accompanied by "day (yesterday) or year (yesteryear)". It cannot be used incombination with other portions of time like; yestermonth, ...
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Why are ferries associated with “boat” and never “ship”?

Even when a ferry is 150+ feet in length - clearly a ship, albeit a smallish one - why is it always referred to as a "boat" and not "ship" (As in "I'm going to catch the noon boat")?
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Words that describe the “barterer” and the one doing the “bartering”

Two people are bartering. one person has something he wants to trade to another person. What would this person be called? The second person is approached by the person who wants to barter. What ...
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Is “eclectic combination” a pleonasm?

Doesn't the term eclectic also describe a mix/combination? Is it correct to use this expression?
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“Big” and “Diminutive” are what kind of words…? [duplicate]

What do you call a word that look different than it means? For example, the words "big" and "diminutive"?
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what is it called when someone talks about something they dont know about [on hold]

What is it called when someone says something inaccurate about something they know nothing about??
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What's the meaning of “vertical” in a software project description?

I'm a programmer from Brazil and have here a software project to estimate. In the description I found these sentences: ...to provide the use cases for the vertical they might be interested. ...
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Is there a difference between the two sentences? [duplicate]

-The train could leave Boston. -The train would leave Boston. Is there a difference? Are they interchangeable?
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Is the use of “conversely” to mean “on the other hand” correct?

I've previously used "conversely" to mean "on the other hand". For example. I always thought this the correct usage. Conversely, I might be wrong. However, the OED defines it as: In the ...
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Meaning of “It was a line”

The title sentence is a dialogue from "Friends" (the sitcom): Monica has become acquainted with a man named Paul. On a date Paul says to Monica: "Since my girlfriend left me I haven't had sex with ...
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Inherently verses Innately [closed]

What is the difference between inherent and innate? I did a quick google but I would like a more concrete comparison and examples. This initially came up from trying to decide on the correct ...
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Meaning of “Let's big out”

"Let's big out". What does it mean? It is a sentence I have to translate with no context. Thank you in advance!
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What do the expressions “offshore”, “blind filing” and “operating at a total loss” mean?

In the 2014 film The Other Woman, there is an exchange between several characters: Carmela - Yay.- Mark's not just a cheating scumbag, he's also a thief. Look what I found. This is a list of all ...
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What is the collective noun for a group of scorpions?

I was reading Walter O'Brien's AMA on Reddit and came across this: oscarveli: How did you choose your hacker name? O'Brien: It was chosen for me in high school as I was a very docile person ...
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Can you vs. Do you think you can

Is there a right or wrong way to ask someone to do something? The other day I said to my husband, "Do you think you can fax this paper for me?" He said that was insulting and I should say "Can you fax ...
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different meanings of 'number'

My motherlanguage is german, in german there are several words for slightly different meanings of the term number, or do I just not know their english counterparts? Examples: German term Ziffer: ...
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A barbell economy

Good morning! Just read the expression "barbell economy" in USA Today. As a non-native speaker I wonder what that might mean?