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What's the meaning of “if anything else”?

I don't seem to understand the exact meaning of "if anything else" in the beginning portion of the sentence below. I think I could use your help to understand what it actually means. If anything ...
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Is there a difference between “tongue-tied” and “speechless”?

Earlier today, a student of mine was telling me a story about how his colleague, upon seeing him wearing an over-the-top jacket, was so surprised that she couldn't say anything. Question: Which ...
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Is “What the problem isn't, is that they're too attentive” an oxymoron?

This is a very slightly tongue in cheek question with some interesting, hopefully, grammatical side-effects: Is the following an oxymoron? What the problem isn't, is that they're too attentive. ...
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what does “our step family mash-up” mean? [closed]

in a movie, a girl describes her family new house as a place for her mother to write the next book, big enough for her and her brother and her step family mash-up. her mom is married a man who has ...
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Is there a difference between: “The coming year” and “next year”?

If it were now January, would "the coming year" be taken to mean this year? If it were November would "the coming year" refer to the next calendar year or a period running from November to November?
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“For three years” vs “in three years” [duplicate]

I haven't talked to my wife for three years. I haven't talked to my wife in three years. Are in and for interchangeable in these sentences?
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One word for “Besides knowing my advantages, I also know my drawbacks”?

I wish to point out some drawbacks on my own research work after I have praised it. As a _____, I am aware of my work's drawbacks, which could be fixed if I had more time. Is there an ...
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Definition relating to geometry [closed]

What word in geometry that describes angles has a meaning outside geometry that means strange or odd ?
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What does “the bulls” mean in this context? [closed]

I'm reading The Witchcraft Delusion in Colonial Connecticut, 1647-1697 by John M. Taylor, (originally published in 1908, reprinted in 1971) and I'm not quite understanding what is meant by "the bulls" ...
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“in these cases use is the best guide”

Please, explain the meaning of the phrase "in these cases use is the best guide". I can't find it in a dictionary. No context. thanks in advance)
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How to find all forms of a word ? [duplicate]

How to find all forms of a word ? Given that you have a noun , a verb, an adjective or an adverb ? The forms i am referring to are : Noun Verb Adjective Adverb Thanks !
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Does 'invidious' imply hatred/malice for 'envy'? [closed]

invidious (adj) = (Of an action or situation) likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others Etymology: c.1600, from Latin invidiosus "full of envy, envious," from invidia "envy, ...
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Difference between floor and storey

I've read once about "x stories" .. Want to know if there is any difference between storey and floors. Or they are just alias for each other used in difference variations of english language ?
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Do submarines float?

Is it correct to say that a submarine floats if it is below the water surface? According to the dictionary definition, it seems to me that this is a correct way to refer to a submerged submarine. ...
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Contextual meaning of “privilege” [closed]

I am not a native English speaker and have some confusion on the word privilege. I checked its meaning from the dictionary: a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a ...
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can I use “used to” for something is “used for” some objective?

I am curious about using "used to" which is used for expressing some habitual actions in the past. But how to use it for passive voices? Example 1: I used to eat chocolate too much when I was a baby ...
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What is the meaning of “metaphysics” in terms of study/science beyond the physical?

I understand that metaphysics is a branch of philosophy and it's about explaining the fundamental nature of the world, etc. But it seems it has also another non-philosophical meaning. Based on the ...
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What does “in my bones” mean? [closed]

I can't get the meaning of the phrase "in my bones". Help me make a suitable sentence using it. Does it have a positive connotation?
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What does this quote from the book “1984” mean?

I'm having some trouble understanding what this quote means: The object of power is power The line is from 1984, by George Orwell. The more I read it, the more it doesn't make sense. Could ...
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Is it common to use “totally” in such a way as “Michelle Obama’ s totally running in California.” [duplicate]

Vanity Fair magazine (October 23 issue) carried an article titled, “A brief history of Michelle Obama career-goal rumors,” and wrote as follows under the caption, “She’s totally running in ...
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What does “mertilize” mean?

I have been unable to find a definition, or a source for the word mertilize. I've seen it used on TV, in articles, and even in comic strips.
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Use of decline for condition has got worse

I am trying to say that health difficulties have got worse - or the difficulties have increased: I have long term health difficulties that have declined and are significantly impacting on... Does ...
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What does “a turn-away crowd” mean?

When I watch some sports events, narrator says, "A turn-away crowd tonight, a sold-out American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX" (actually this one is from WWE ;-) What is the meaning of " a ...
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What word means to feel better by writing about what you feel?

What word means "to feel better by writing it down?" Usually speaking about your emotions.
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“polished surfaces reflect brutal efficiency” meaning?

This is the description of the location "The Ebony Barracks" in Act 3 of Path of Exile. I wasn't too sure whether to ask it here or in Gaming.SE since it is English related. What is the meaning of ...
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What does the phrase “old Charlottes” refer to?

I'm reading the novel Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian at the moment. It has the following passage in it: '… it seemed to me there was an unnatural proportion of Lord Mayor's men among ...
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Difference between Interoperability and Interaction [closed]

Is there any difference between those two terms: 'Interaction' and 'Interoperability'?
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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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Conclusion VS Summary [closed]

In the scientific papers it is very common to see words like abstract, summary and conclusion. What is the difference between those words and how we can use them correctly?
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the meaning of “this far”

what does" this far" mean? is it a synonym for"thus far"? and what does it mean in this example:" Oh I guess we made it, Or at least we made it this far, And it all looks smooth from here."?
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Does “candlelight” mean “compare side by side”?

Some of my colleagues use the word "candlelight" to mean "directly compare similar things". A specific example is comparing two lines on a line chart like this: "We can use this chart to ...
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What's the meaning of “pillage and plunder”? [closed]

In the last episode of "Once Upon a Time" (S04E04 - The Apprentice) there was this dialog: Girl: Well, I don't pillage and plunder on the first date, just so you know. Man: Well, that's because ...
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To what extent do 'earn income' and 'generate income' differ? [closed]

I've had a short search on this but may have overlooked an easily-accessible source that differentiates the two. They don't seem synonymous, but I can't yet point to a definition of the two. To me, ...
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“… and then Judah decides to eliminate his mistress.” Is it correct to use “eliminate” for “kill”? [closed]

In a review for the 1989 film "Crimes and Misdemeanors" a critic says: "...and after his mistress has been eliminated, Judah decides..." meaning "has been killed". I always thought of "eliminate" as ...
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How to use “sous vide” in a sentence

First, I'm not sure if sous vide is a trademark or just a cooking method like boil or fry. How should I use sous vide in a sentence when writing a recipe?
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what does “I think it was par for the course” mean [closed]

In an interview ElonMusk says the following about steve jobs(http://www.freshdialogues.com/2013/02/25/elon-musk-on-steve-jobs-innovation-critics-transcript/). I think it was par for the course ...
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“As if it weren't bad enough”: meaning and subjunctive mood?

This is a sentence from a preface of book: As if it weren’t bad enough that I wrote my first book during our first year of marriage, I wrote this book during our first year of parenthood. Although ...
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Does the word “comparatively” require two operands?

Comparatively is similar to relatively. When using relatively it is common that you are comparing against general knowledge or an aforementioned entity(ies). When using comparatively, do you need ...
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“All but” - what does it mean? [duplicate]

I actually have a very naive question. When someone says All but five people have left the town. What does it actually mean? Have 5 people left the town or has everyone else left, with only 5 ...
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Is “Needless to say” ever worth saying? [closed]

I get a weird twinge in my stomach when ever I have the urge to write "Needless to say." If it's needless to say, it would seem stupid to say it. Am I right? Am I wrong?
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“Would you like some coffee?” “Thank you!” - In this context, does “thank you” mean “yes, please” or “no, thank you”?

The OED defines "thank you" as a polite expression used when acknowledging a gift, service, or compliment, or accepting or refusing an offer. ...
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isolate vs. isolated

I'm doing research paper and I want to write a sentence like We wanted to compare two groups isolated. A colleague told me to write isolate, without d. I just checked, this is an actual ...
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Contentious Vs. Controversial

Are the words contentious and controversial synonymous AND interchangeable? or is there some difference in some contexts or in emphasis? For example, take this sentence I found in an excerpt from a ...
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“Preliminary Considerations”

In my thesis I have a part where I provide all the algorithms which I have developed. I want to introduce this part with a chapter containing the literature review regarding these algorithms, ...
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What's the difference in meaning between “evidence” and “proof”?

What's the difference between "evidence" and "proof"? I've noticed that the word "evidence" is often used in English as if it meant proof. For example, ...there is evidence of human existence in ...
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What is it called, when a situation is described in a complicated way instead of a simple one?

How to say in English, when one describes the matter in a more complicated manner than it is. For instance, one has two options, A and B; and either of them has to be accepted. One want to say the ...
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Meaning of “I'm going to have to let you go now”

I got a call from my company and I heard as follows: Sorry, we are going to have to let you go now. Can anyone tell me what does this means.
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Why 'aye aye sir' instead of 'yes sir' in naval response?

From Wikipedia, I know Aye aye sir is used in a naval response. I want know the origin of why Aye aye sir is used here? Another question: when I saw TV series A Song of Ice and Fire, I found Aye is ...
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On the Existence of the Word 'Grousily'

Is 'grousily' a word? I would like to use it in a sentence to mean 'grumpily, as if in imitation of a rumpled grouse' but don't think it's okay because of how I couldn't find it in either OS X's ...
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Founder or co founder? [duplicate]

I created a website one year ago and a friend joined me on the project seven months later. So i worked one year on it and he worked four months. I searched on many website to understand the ...