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The use of the word 'only' under complicated situations [migrated]

I read that question: different usage of the word "only" Then I'm wondering how to represent following situations in the short sentence using the word 'only'. 'He' can speak English, ...
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sticked to vs stuck at vs glued to [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker, so to me these three phrases sound ok: This system consists of NFC codes sticked to the tables. This system consists of NFC codes stuck at the tables. This system ...
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Please let me know the meaning of one sentence “Who knew that thing would top out at one twenty”

I have one question about drama dialogue. Please see the sentence below and FYI, Vito is a criminal and it's the scene the case solved. Surprisingly, Vito's truck got all the way to Arizona before ...
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Fire off (Phrasal verb)

I've looked up the phrasal verb fire off in the major dictionaries. Although no dictionary states that the phrasal verb suggests no intention of hitting a target. All the example sort of suggest so. ...
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Semicolon use before conjunction

"This is not a film about people with disabilities, but about the deep paths of human communication." Could I change this to - "This is not a film about people with disabilities; but the deep paths ...
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Origin of “Caught between a rock and a hard place” [duplicate]

caught between a rock and a hard place Where is this expression coming from? I understood the meaning but, for me, literal translation doesn't make sense. Can you give me some image?
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I don't understand two points in the following sentence [closed]

I don't understand two points in the following sentence: I have quite a lot of family and when I was growing up it was in a real, good, ordinary family – you couldn’t really get away with ...
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what is the Forty-five day escrow?

I want to make sure this English sentence. A: When are these people moving in? B: Forty-five day escrow. A: That’s like three months from now. In this sentence, B said it's 45 day ...
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Escalation: Ask team leader if problem is “too big”

I am not a native speaker and want to know if "escalation" is the matching word for this: I get a question from a customer, and I don't know if I am allowed to answer or do it. I want to go to my ...
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Could you please give me the meaning of this poem/ Does anyone know the correct punctuation of the Original poem please? [closed]

Dusted with yellow The Bumble–bee comes, A good natured fellow Who buzzes and hums Where even an elf Could scarcely crawl The hollyhocks near And the foxgloves too Are happy to ...
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the meaning of 'case' in this sentence

I don't understand the meaning of case in this sentence: That may be wise policy, but it will also create an impression that many more potential problems exist than is the case. I also don't ...
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Is “hiree” a word or are there alternative words with such meaning?

I need a word that means "someone that was hired." For example a trainee is someone who is being trained. I google'd hiree and I got some results, but am not sure if this is a proper word.
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intention vs. purpose

Oxford Dictionaries define the nouns as intention A thing intended; an aim or plan purpose The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists So which sentence ...
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If I swallow part of an animal, am I not entitled to say “I swallowed an animal”?

As the question implies, if you swallow part of an animal do you think it mean it can be can be considered "swallowing an animal"? My argument was that part of an animal doesn't mean the whole animal. ...
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The meaning of “make it into”

Explain me please the meaning of the phrase in next context: Bleeding edge technology is a category of technologies so new that they could have a high risk of being unreliable and lead adopters to ...
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Single word meaning one who searches

I'm looking for a single word in English that means something akin to "one who searches" or "one who searches for meaning." I am hoping for a rustic/obscure word (not a commonly used word), but not ...
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Negation with 'such as'

I want a foo that doesn't bar, such as a baz. Is baz referring to a foo that does bar, or a foo that does not bar?
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What differences are there between “impact,” “effect,” “consequence,” and “reaction”? [closed]

When the volcano erupted, the___of the explosion was such that thounsands of trees fell down a.impact b.effect c.consequence d.reaction
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“The burn was too slow” what is it means? [closed]

Could you let me know the meaning of this sentence? After one guy make fun of other woman, he said like this and go. "That’s too long. The burn was too slow"
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Regarding education, does the term “special needs” usually only refer to severe mental disability?

I thought that when discussing education, the term "special needs" referred to individuals with severe mental disability, such as having a very low IQ. However, this question on academia.SE talks ...
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Can I say two-series to describe a series of two events?

I am presenting two talks on two different dates, and I would like to describe the first one as the first of a two-series talk. Is two-series talk a word that can be used with this meaning? Googling ...
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What do “former” and “latter” refer to, here?

Here I am trying to peer into the meaning of this below paragraph (full version here).Being a non-native English speaker I am struggling in making sense, especially the bold part.The paragraph : ...
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Term for someone who leaves a relationship after the other person buys them a bunch of stuff

I'm looking for the proper term. So there's a female. Her name is Kaylee. Knows this guy that is madly in love with her and would give anything to be with her. Well, she is struggling and needs ...
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Meaning of 'roll' in 'I have all my grass to roll'

‘Oh, I am so sorry,’ said Hans, ‘but I am really very busy to-day. I have got all my creepers to nail up, and all my flowers to water, and all my grass to roll.’ The above is a part of ...
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Guideline(s) vs rule(s)

Is "guideline" actually a synonym for "rule"? My understanding was that a guideline is a suggestion, but I could certainly be mistaken. Sources like: thesaurus.com suggest that it is, but some ...
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Does the word “brownie” have the same implication as the N-Word?

I was watching the latest episodes of The X-Files a couple of weeks ago and in one of the episode a middle aged white man driving down the road in Texas stares at a Mid Eastern/Asian guy at a traffic ...
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Does the term “E-post” exist (in English)?

If I'm not mistaken, the term for the place, at which we receive mails in the "physical world", is called a post (or a post-box). However, when referring to the "electronic world", I've never ...
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How nothing from me differs from not from me? [migrated]

At the end of every day we deploy our product with our team members developed features. Each one will get a turn to deploy in daily manner. The person who going to deploy will ask like, Is there any ...
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Trial vs try out (verbs)

I've look them up in the major dictionaries. They seem to mean almost the same thing or do they? Apparently the only difference is trial is British. Let's try out / trial this new computer / system / ...
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Does “wobble” sound negative?

I'm launching a project which I want to make big as possible. I want to find a name, but I'm not looking for any real meanings. This project is a web tool (Javascript prototype & API) so I want to ...
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What does 'A stratospheric success' mean? [closed]

Stratospheric is the adjective of Stratosphere which means the layer of the earth's atmosphere above the troposphere, extending to about 50 km above the earth's surface. People say A stratospheric ...
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meaning of “takes”

What does "takes" mean in this context? Alys includes this mobile writing in a so-called ‘personal repertoire of possible behaviour while walking the streets of London Town’. It forms the final ...
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Is there a word for the creation of something that solves a problem?

Is there a word for the creation of something that solves a problem? I've been using entrepreneurship, because at its core thats what entrepreneurs do, but is there a more specific word that targets ...
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Specific name for double PhD

Person with single PhD is granted with title "Doctor". Is there any specific word for double doctorate?
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Of the translations of the gambler

What follows is a few sentences from two existing translation of The Gambler by FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY. At first,I must say ,I don't want by any means to take PEVER and VOLOKHONSKY part. In my view ...
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Sardonic or sarcastic tone?

Is this sentence sarcastic or sardonic? "But that, as far as I can tell, is not my point." (from Dave Barry's "Lost in the Kitchen")
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What does “terrific rep” mean in this context?

I would like to know the meaning of "terrific rep" as used in the pilot episode of the TV serial "The Office." Here is the context: Michael: Question. How long do we have to... [Telephone rings] ...
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Meaning of: “Therefore whether it were I or they” in scripture [closed]

In the following passage: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in ...
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Do “I saw a dream” and “I had a dream” meant the same thing? [closed]

Which of these two is more appropriate: I saw a dream. I had a dream. Is there any difference between them?
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What does 'nuance' mean? And how to use in sentences? [closed]

I don't know why, but despite having read the definition over too many times to count, its one of those words that just doesn't click. I see it being used in sentences and have never been able to ...
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discharged with something

Does "discharged with casual ease" mean "lacking casual ease"? Context: These often aphoristic observations, discharged with casual ease, can verge on possessing the lyrical poignancy and ...
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Understanding Sentences about Flossing

In a news article about the benefits of flossing, the following sentences confused me (please read the article first): In the past decade, three systematic reviews sought to navigate these muddy ...
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The usage of “Per se”

Is the usage of the phrase "Per se" correct in this sentence? Sometimes, religion, though not be enaugh per se, may lead to violence.
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How is the word 'but' used in the famous quote 'What is life but a series of inspired follies?'

The full quote attributed to George Bernard Shaw: What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every day. I ...
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If everyone in the world were a clone, would OPINIONS be considered OBJECTIVE? [closed]

Simplified Core Issue of Question: Do matters of opinion always fall under the umbrella of "subjective" by default? Original Question: If everyone in the world were an identical clone, then would ...
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Cry and cried - drop the y and add ied [closed]

I understand the usage of the two, but I'm looking for how to describe these types and rules for when you drop y and add ied. If that makes sense Thanks
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What does it imply when someone is called “Lucifer in the flesh”?

Washington Post (April 28) carried an article under the headline “John Boehner just called Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer in the flesh.’ He does this sometimes,” and the Stanford Daily (April 28) detailed the ...
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What does “there” refer to in the sentence?

I've read a sentence in a Burmese story. "The medico went to the nearest village and there in the bazaar he found various kinds of meat and fish" I wanted to know whether "there" refers to "the ...
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Can a proposition be mistaken for a 'claim'?

You confirm that this is true. In which case..... positive declaration (eg. 'x' exists). I would suggest that the above statement is an 'if, then' proposition. Anybody making this statement cannot ...
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“Disclaimer: mock-up screens employ source material from the internet under fair-use policy”

Does the sentence in the title make sense? I have a document where I have inserted some mock-up screens that I created myself. However, the screens consist of graphics which I downloaded from the ...