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What are the difference among “should open” and “should be opened” and “should be opening”?

I am preparing some document. In this document I need to mention User activity and corresponding expected results. For example User activity : User clicks on the Submit button. Expected Results : ...
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What does “unless it isn't” mean? [closed]

The following is a quote from the New York Times. What does the last sentence "Unless it isn't" mean? How can you paraphrase it? "On the emotional fulcrum of New York City apartment-hunting, size and ...
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“working” in meaning “functioning”

Can I say "the mechanism use tool X in its working" or it will be incorrect? Also, can I use its in the sentence or it is better to remove it from the sentence?
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Why our children called as **ward** in the school?

As i checked several email from my daughter school mail communication and i found a strange salute for my child. Your ward has successfully moved one more step ahead. You ward is now in Grade 2 ...
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What is a word that means “easy to give up”? [closed]

What is a word that means "easy to give up"? For example, "A person that would give up is more likely to lose a basketball game than a person that never gives up."
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What is the meaning of the verb “to shoot at” someone by using words? [closed]

I´ve seen many interviews where people that were being interviewed said things that were considered offensive and harmful towards someone. But the question is, in all the titles of the interviews, i ...
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Peevish, crabby, irritable, and bad-tempered [closed]

What's the difference between them? What the difference between someone who is peevish or irritable and a ‘crabby person’? As far as I get them Peevish — easily annoyed, especially by things that ...
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What is the meaning of “bunt”?

I was reading about advertiser David Ogilvy, and at some point he gives the following advice: Don't bunt. Aim out of the park. Aim for the company of immortals. What is he referring to? I looked ...
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What is the meaning of the last 2 sentences?

The last 2 sentences of this article say That's 888-972-SEAL. Tell 'em Frank sent you.. What do they mean? From the definition of urbandictionary, Frank refers to a male who is extremely charming ...
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What is the meaning of “free credit” here?

What is the meaning of free credit at this website? Google translate says that credit means the ability of a customer to obtain goods or services before payment, based on the trust that payment will ...
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What does “out on” mean in this particular context?

I was listening the song called "Hotline Bling" by Drake, but I don't know what is the meaning of the following expression: Glasses of champagne out on the dance floor. I would appreciate any ...
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What is wrong with the sentence: Scientists found some tracks in the area. It may be dinosaurs [closed]

I am solving some English tests and came up with question to identify the incorrect part in this sentence: Scientists found some tracks in the area. It may be dinosaurs But i didn't know what it is ...
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Usage of “the cubalow” - Has anyone heard the phrase?

When I was a child in the 1950s I remember my mother calling the domestic hot water tank 'the cubalow', sounding like 'queuebelow'. Has anyone else heard this word being used?
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For how long has “as” been synonymous with “because” in British English?

In British English, it seems that "because" can always be replaced with "as." Here is an example of "as" meaning "because" in British English: I popped down to the shops as we were out of loo ...
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Is “for a while” equal to “in a while”? [duplicate]

I was reading an article about Apple's products, and at the part describing this years rumor to upcomming new laptop computers it went "a major upgrade has been due for a while" I'm not sure if I ...
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Is 'unrattled' a real word? [closed]

I want a word that describes a person who wouldn't change their position no matter what. Is unrattled a correct word to use?
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“Blood in our veins” meaning

In the series "The Wire" there's a conversation between the mayor and the police commander that goes like this: - Can't you have police sit on locations where the homeless gather? Monitor them ...
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What does “flimsy facade” mean? [closed]

What does "flimsy facade" mean? This is the paragraph: The opposition, which wants the new peace talks to focus on a political transition, said the election was meaningless, while Britain and ...
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Should - what's meaning

Here are 2 sentences: "I was surprised that he should say such a thing." and "I was surprised that he said such a thing." Is there are any difference in meaning between them?
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What does “at the 1-1's” mean in the sentence?

"The fact is I'm doing pretty good at the 1-1's for now". The sentence is from "Unforgettable S02E08" http://www.allreadable.com/97bcHhDk Thanks.
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Positive connotation of 'upshot"? [duplicate]

Upshot, as defined, is only a result, good or bad. However, I seem to have heard it only in connection with a positive outcome. Is this true? Does "upshot" have a positive connotation attached?
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Question about the meaning of a sentence

The London civil servants of the 1960s and ’70s who all but ignored profitability as they issued directives across British Petroleum’s bloated corporate network were replaced by highly motivated ...
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what it looks like with the media

1) No matter what it looks like with the media and their quasi-toughness on Hilary, no, I've said it all along that the skids are greased for her. Sarah Palin. Here: ...
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What does this expression mean: Don't let him consign me to the rafters

Some once told me about someone else: "please don't let him consign me to the rafters, because he is one of those irrevocable keepsakes"
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What does it mean to “feel Humpty”?

I was reading a book written in the UK and a character stated that speaking to her sister made her "feel Humpty". I am not sure what she was feeling, as the rest of the dialogue gave no clue. Can ...
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What does “a run of resources mega- project” mean? [closed]

I'm translating an English text and when I came to this part I couldn't fully understand it. The quote is from an Australian newspaper. (Emphasis mine) Woodside had been targeting a final ...
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Does “taking the heart out of something” mean to defeat it?

Does the idiom "taking the heart out of something" mean to defeat it? Context: rituals of science have taken the heart out of the rituals of religion
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“the deep” vs “the depths”

What is the difference between deep (as a noun) and depths? Since deep is primarily an adjective, when one would use it rather than depths? From what I see the deep (always with the and in singular) ...
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A quick question about double negative

What is the meaning of "Never see no evil"? I found this phrase on a picture of a teddy bear covering his face with his paws, and there are crosses on the ground. I'm guessing it means if you are not ...
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Merriam-Webster redefinining “literally”

I think Webster's decision to redefine the word "literally" is wrong. The use of 'literally', where 'figuratively' is appropriate, has two potential causes. Either the speaker doesn't know the ...
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What does “the New York egoscape “ mean?

I was interested in the word, “egoscape” used in the following paragraph of the New Yorker magazine’s (March 14) article written by David Remnick under the title “American Demagogue”: “For a long ...
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Is it common for “unmitigated” to be used hyperbolically?

In Thousands of radioactive boars are overrunning farmland in Fukushima, the word "unmitigated" is used, even though it isn't an unqualified disaster, as noted in the next sentence. Nuclear ...
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replacing “preface” to “opening words”

when I write the first page of the book listing the contents of the book has, would it be proper if I choose the word "opening words" rather than the word "preface" like opening words (preface) ...
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Must you die to have been electrocuted?

While most sources seem to agree that death is an important part of being electrocuted, some believe that injuries caused by electricity also fit the definition. Electrocute: to kill (a person ...
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On the use of “Antonymous”

According to dictionary.com, the word Antonym means A word opposite in meaning to another , while Synonym means a word having the same meaning or nearly the same meaning as another . ...
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Meaning of “a century old if it was a day” [duplicate]

In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, there is the following sentence (emphasis mine): It was a flaking three-story house in the ancient part of the city, a century old if it was a day, but like all ...
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Meaning of government-run in paragraph?

Could anyone guide me the meaning of government-run in below paragraph? Until the late 1980s, cannabis and opium were legal in India, sold in government-run shops and traded by the British East ...
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is there some difference between the word “official” and “officer”

if I use the word "official" as a noun, then does it have some difference with the word "officer" ?? sample sentence: there are three major officers, head official, deputy official and other officer ...
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Is 'seeing' after 'open to' a correct sentence?

In a book that I'm reading, there is a sentence: We seem to be quite open to seeing others as people rather than coworkers or competitors. I just wonder I should be see not seeing in the above ...
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Overhear and Eavesdrop [closed]

I am unsure about the relationship between overhearing and eavesdropping. Am I right to think that overhearing is always unintentional, and eavesdropping is always intentional? Or is eavesdropping a ...
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What is the technical term for up & down, back & forth, and left & right?

When I of speak of direction, I'm speaking about our perception relative to the earth. We all intuitively know about all three directions. For instance, if we throw a ball, it is moving constantly ...
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What qualifies as first generation

Sometimes, I feel that the term "first generation" is used sort of vaguely sometimes. So it confuses me (because my situation) is a little bit complicated. My dad, was an immigrant from a foreign ...
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Meaning of “Busted” as an adjective [closed]

What does "busted" mean in this context? He also possesses a glass eye, an ear for heavy metal, and a busted internal radar. In reference to character Michael Burry from the movie "The Big ...
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What is meaning of few terms in this paragraph?

I came across this paragraph in a book. I am unable to understand this; What does "against the action of state" and "against state's action" in first line refer to? Aren't they both same thing? The ...
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Sentence with two possible meanings

I was reading this sentence and was a bit confused because it has two possible meanings: But I want to terminate the session as soon as user closes the browser using Ajax.           — Source ...
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Can I “need” something that is not essential?

It seems that 'need' can mean logical sufficiency, that it can mean that what has that need is essential to the need (not vice versa). I need to be the best. Correct me if that's wrong. But can I ...
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Is there anything wrong with my interpretation of this sentence?

I'm not sure about the meaning of Flights arriving on Jet Green Air have been delayed intermittently. This sentence is found on this website. The following is my interpretation of this ...
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Drama dialogue, I wanna know the precise meaning [closed]

I like watching American/English drama. But sometimes there are the dialogues I cannot understand easily. IN the dialogue below, I want to know the last two sentences(bold). Please help me. A: ...
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What do you call someone who reacts impulsively in distressing situations? [closed]

What do you call someone who reacts impulsively when faced with distressing circumstances? I would prefer a formal word that would be appropriate for essays.
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Why does “keep tabs on” mean what it means

Keep tabs on sth/sb means "to ​watch something or someone ​carefully". Why is that? Can somebody analyze and explain this idiom, please? What does "tabs" mean here, and how does the whole phrase ...