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Help with meaning of “the difference narrowing the longer women had the vote”

In the quoted passage below, I came across a sentence I don't understand: In 1955 Maurice Duverger published The Political Role of Women, the first behavioralist, multinational comparison of ...
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“Try to remember” vs “Try to remind yourself”

I've always been confused between these two and not able to understand which one to use and when. Help Please P.S.-Help me with good tags if possible
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meaning a phrase [closed]

I'm reading a story in English (it's not my native language), two guys are spending time in a hot tub and talking and joking, and one guy answers the another “Mmm, deep ramming,” Mark teased. He was ...
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What's the word for luck in gamers vocabulary?

You know sometimes gamers use this word when they describe a person having a tremendous amount of luck in a game esp an FPS game like counter strike. It's not "coincidence" or "lucky" but there is ...
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Woke up - assumptions [closed]

When someone says "woke up" is it assumed that the person was sleeping in the horizontal position? Do they physically have to move up after they regained consciousnesses? Would it be correct to ...
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what does “ a cripple song” mean? [closed]

What does " a cripple song" mean? is " cripple" related to " feelings"? is it a cultural phrase? or somehow is related to unable people?
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Meaning of attic faith

Today, while reading my English-Vietnamese dictionary, I came across a relatively new phrase, "attic faith", which is translated into Vietnamese as "niềm tin không thể bị lay chuyển". As I looked it ...
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Is calling someone 'didactic' risking offense?

As I understand it, 'didactic' is used to mean something that has the ulterior motive of teaching especially in a moral connotation and also to mean patronising, or appearing patronising. So does ...
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What do you call a person who loves nuts and bolts? [closed]

What do you call a person who has a fetish for fasteners such as bolts, nuts and screws?
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Is using Answerer is correct? [closed]

If there is a position in a company that answers questions related to for example physics, what is the best word that describes this position? "Answerer of Questions related to Physics" ?
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Is the difference in English between height and length based solely on perspective?

In particular, I find it odd that a newborn baby is given a "length" whereas I as an adult am given a "height" even though the same dimension is being measured. The difference in use seems to be that ...
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Name of person who gives subsidy?

What is the proper name of the person who gives subsidy to someone? Most times this is given by some Ministry, but an individual can also give subsidy to someone.
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Does somebody's “lady” mean somebody's wife?

I recently visited a historic Buddhist temple in Japan and a grave there was in honor of the wife of a feudal samurai lord. The woman was referred to as the lord's "lady" in English. Is it an ...
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meaning of “Be gone image from my mind!!” [closed]

I was talking to someone about something and she said: Uh, Be gone image from my mind!! What does it mean?
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Is 'good' a double-entendre in some parts of the US? [closed]

In the movie The Incredibles, the characters have the following dialogue: LUCIUS (FROZONE): Honey? HONEY: What? LUCIUS (FROZONE): Where's my supersuit? HONEY: What? LUCIUS ...
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Can the word “unsettling” be used in a positive sense?

For example, in the phrase: John told Mary something unexpected and thoroughly unsettling - but in the best way a person can be unsettled Is there something wrong (meaning-wise) with this? Can the ...
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differences between sentences with 'sorry'

What are the differences between the following sentences with 'sorry': I'm sorry for disturbing you. I'm sorry to disturb you. I'm sorry to have disturbed you. I'm sorry that I disturbed you. I'm ...
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Differences between past perfect and past perfect continuous [migrated]

In the book, Advanced grammar in use says The past perfect continuous is mainly used in written texts and is less common in speech. what is the reason of that and how do people use the past ...
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how do I interpret “for all but writing this book for me”?

The full quote comes from a book dedication: To every man and woman in the world, for all but writing this book for me Is it saying 'Thanks everyone for everything except for writing this ...
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What's the difference between “established” and “founded” [closed]

In this sentence: "CARE was ...... in 1945 to help people after World War II." A. founded B. built C. established D. constructed The answer is C. But why don't we use "founded" in this case, I ...
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Pronunciation of a made up company name called 'logeek' with domain 'logeek.ly' [closed]

I wanted to ask how native speakers find this made up company name, is it conveying any message to you? I wanted to merge words 'logically' and 'geek' into one. I wonder if you, as native speakers, ...
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Meaning of “She is borderline” [closed]

I got this from a movie.What does is mean when someone says "he/she is borderline?"Does it mean "grounded?"
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Is the word 'parameterizable' an incorrect variation of 'parametric'?

In other words, are all these uses incorrect?
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What is an adjective for a group of people who have already been convinced of something?

I'm looking for a word that could be used to describe a group of people who believe the same thing. The members of the blog site worked hard to win others over to their political views, unaware ...
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What's the meaning of the parts that i have made bold: [closed]

I came across this statement and I can't understand the difference between of two "text" which is bold, and also meaning of the "elaboration" within below statement, does it mean composing on texts or ...
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Specific word or phrase

Want to know what word/term would mean that a tool or concept is being used incorrectly or underutilized.
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does otherwise fit in this sentence

I am writing a mathematical report and i wrote this: In the following sections, the value of x is always 1 unless it is stated the otherwise. Did I use otherwise correctly here please ? Thanks ...
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Word to describe someone that has posted “proof”

Pretend locks cannot be picked. What would be a word to describe someone that has spent a long time writing an article full of absolute nonsense which they think is correct, believing for some reason ...
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Word usage in the phrase “life after death”

Who first coined the phrase "Life after Death"? And since the word "death" means "no longer living", and "life" means "living", I find the phrase and/or question to be a conflict of words. Wouldn't ...
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difference Criterion vs Criterium [closed]

Extending this question: "Criteria" versus "criterion" What is the difference between "criterion" (singl, noun) and "criterium" (singl, noun) ?
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It might be a runner

What does it mean if somebody says: "It might be a runner"? Example context: "I have to check with my boss, but I reckon it might be a runner."
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What is the difference between attended POS and unattended POS [closed]

What is the difference between attended POS and unattended POS. I cannot get the sense role of the word attended and unattended. Are they different devices? Please, provide clear explanation if ...
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What's the difference between “any” and “every”?

When I see "every" and "any", I think they have the same meaning but it's not actually so! To be more specific, what's the difference between "everything/anything", "everytime/anytime", "everywhere/...
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A word to describe multiple people, animals or things meeting in one place [closed]

I'm looking for a word that describes multiple things meeting or joining in one place. Kind of like a confluence, but much more vast and varied. I'm trying to describe a public place where people of ...
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Can anybody put this sentence in a simpler way, please?

"This is very powerful because one more app becomes one more contact in your address book," said Mittal. source: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/31/bharti-airtel-chairman-sunil-mittals-son-kavin-betting-...
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Usage and meaning of 'would prefer to have+past participle [migrated]

What is the meaning "would prefer to have+past participle " in the following sentences: I would prefer to have stayed at a small family-run hotel than a big international chain. I would prefer to ...
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What are little boys made of?

"Snips and Snails and Puppy dogs tails" I've found several possible definitions for a "snip" such as: An insignificant person Something easily obtained, i.e. a bargain A piece of something that ...
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is simple a filler in this sentence

Things just simply don't work is simply a filler in that sentence ? by filler i mean that the meaning of the sentence is the same with or without it (i know this is not formal english, but i need ...
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When do I collect my money '…as I pass Go'?

I was playing Junior Monopoly yesterday. The, er, grown-ups disagreed (!) over precisely when you collect your £2 pocket money. On the board itself the instruction is "...Collect £2 pocket money as ...
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What is the difference between phrases “buyer name” and “buyer's name”?

I really confused about using of possessive adjectives. One another example - "type of something" (type of thing) and something type (thing type) - what is the difference? Where and when should I use ...
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Is there a word for a question that leads to more questions?

I'm looking specifically for a word (noun or adjective) that means "A question that leads to more questions". Something that is difficult to answer because it would involve answering yet more ...
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In terms of poetry, what is the Thomas code?

I was reading a book review of Wittgenstein's Mistress on goodreads, and I came across the sentence, "Without such accessible lecture notes, I may not have ever cracked the Thomas code and may never ...
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Why would the word “just” in a sentence cause a reader to miscontrue the meaning?

You meant to say that selling a jointly owned item would make sense for future monetary needs, wanting to know if the joint owner agrees. You say "Why don't we just sell the item as we no longer need ...
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Tedious/unskilled mental work

Can one used the word manual work to define a process of a nonphysical work, where there is no need of skills, it is monotonic and there is a lack of automatization? For example: Someone creates ...
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The meaning of a statement

In a journal, the following statement is a condition for submitting a paper. Does this statement mean that I must pay in order to publish my paper? If not, what is its meaning? If desired, 25 free ...
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How is “totalitarian” properly used in a non-political sense?

The adjective totalitarian meaning: Of or pertaining to a system of government which tolerates only one political party, to which all other institutions are subordinated, and which usu. ...
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How to interpret “one of the best”? [duplicate]

Please look at the following sentence that my friend said today This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I want to know whether this means that she has never seen any movie which was better ...
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What does “upstage card” mean in “If I play bridge, I will refer to playing my chosen suit as using an “upstage card.”?

There was the following paragraph in an article written by Joel Stein under the title “How Trump went mainstream (and you can too)” in Time magazine (May 26). “We should also be aware of our ...
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Definition Required Please

Could when people please help me with the following definition? I would like to know what the technical definition is when an individual uses the language of others or they adapt their language to a ...
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What does the phrase “made my hair” generally imply, and do men use it commonly?

I recently came across a women who was exclaiming that she had just "made her hair" after her boyfriend pulled her hair-band off. I have never really heard of this phrase before, hence the question: ...