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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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How to describe this fact with an independent clause?

In fact, with more time being left to myself, I started to read books I had aspired to read when I was in high school. I mean I had more time for leisure, so I spent them on books. My usage ...
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What are a coolie and a draw, as in “feed in the coolies & water in the draw”?

In a cowboy song the narrator, who is riding an old paint (spotted horse), says the dogies (motherless calves) "feed in the coolies & water in the draw." Where do they feed, and where do they ...
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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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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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Which word should I choose in this context?

I have participated in many campaigns aiming at providing some opportunities for students to perceive vicariously what was going on in the real life behind the economic data which they were familiar ...
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Perfect word for the clicking sound which happens when you stretch your bones? [duplicate]

What is the perfect word for the clicking sound which happens when you stretch your bones? When chiropractors try to do adjustments, we can hear a clicking sound on the bones. What is that sound ...
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“Schlong” and its etymology

Donald Trump used a vulgarity to describe Hillary Clinton's loss to President Obama in 2008 Democratic presidential nomination as follows: Even a race to Obama, she was gonna beat Obama. I don't ...
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Meaning of “true north”

Roz, I'm just trying to find my true north
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In what context(s) can “said” (in the sense of “mentioned earlier”) be used?

For example, "The crime was committed at 7:42pm. The suspect was in the area at said time" or "I hereby give notice to end my tenancy at 1234 Fake Street. I will no longer be living at said address ...
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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 difference between “it's up to you” and “it's down to you”?

I see both "It's up to you" and "It's down to you" in conversations. So what's the difference?
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Treatment vs Management

What is the difference in meaning between management and treatment? Is the word "treatment" just a medical term or can we use it in another situations? i.e in order to say "I want to relieve his ...
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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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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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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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“Reassign to” or “reassign in”

I'm not a native English speaker and I'm always confused with the usage of prepositions. Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned to the name of the loan officer Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned ...
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meaning and usage of “mind you”

I often come across this expression and according to dictionaries I've looked up, it can be used in several ways such as to: introduce something that should be taken into consideration add something ...
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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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Word for eerily quiet manner when plotting something/scheming

I remember seeing a word that defined someone's creepy manner or eery quietness when having plotted against or going to plot against someone/thing. If not that, just the quietness associated with ...
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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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Does the phrase 'human race' allude to the idea of a relay?

Describing the history of humanity as a 'race' might seem odd to a listener who hadn't heard it before. Is the image behind this phrase alluding to the idea that human beings reproduce and pass on ...
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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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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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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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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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I remember taking a lot of pictures for my wedding

This is Anna studying English by myself in Korea. I've faced some expressions written in one of my English learning books. Actually there is a controversial issue that most of people think these are ...
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Can a concerted effort be made by one person?

I believe that, in the same way as a concert is a performance of a group (if it's a soloist, then it's a recital), a concerted effort is also a collective business. But I'm not quite sure. Maybe, when ...
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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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the difference between fast/quick/rapid

She is a karate coach. She is not very powerful, but she is very quick/fast/rapid. Can I use all three words quick, fast or rapid in the sentence? Could you tell me the different meanings ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Question tags — “did you” vs. “didn't you”

Typically, when we ask for confirmation/denial of a statement, we say something like the following: We turn left here, don't we? You have a cat, don't you? We've met before, haven't we? ...
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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 ...