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“aiming to” vs “aimed to be”

I'm trying to define a goal for my scientific journal paper. What is the proper use of English language and grammar here? Does it make sense in its current form? We are running a study towards ...
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Make the present count meaning

Kindly tell me what is the meaning of make the present count in this sentence from the last sentence of an article run by the Dawn.COM electronic newspaper: The leaderships on both sides need to ...
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Is 'keep someone across' a new phrasal verb?

How common is the expression 'to keep someone across' the news. Is this a new phrasal verb? I've noticed it mostly in the last four years on British news programmes, such as the BBC. It seems to mean ...
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what is the purpose of the suffix 'ish' at the end of the adjectives 'girlish' and 'boyish'

Hi could anyone tell me what is the purpose of the suffix 'ish' at the end of the adjectives 'girlish' and 'boyish? I mean you could use the suffix 'ly' but what is the need of the ish? I know that it ...
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Is “Grey tsunami” a mere metaphor, or acknowledged phrase to represent for accelerated global increase of old age population?

The article of the Economics (April 26, 2014) titled “Demography, growth and inequality; Age invaders” ends up with the following passages: It (shift to ageing population) will be a world in which ...
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What does “rummun” mean in this sentence?

"They have had a bitter quarrel I think" said he and bit into the bagel. "They're rummuns" said he chewing it.
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Illness and injury

I've just heard on BBC Radio 4: A man is seriously ill after having been hit by a police car. Is this a correct use of ill (assuming that he hasn't contracted an infection)? I'd not have used ...
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what does drive mean in the “donation drive” [closed]

What does drive mean in the donation drive? What's the difference between donation and donation drive? Thanks!!!
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the definition of the metaphor

The metaphor designates something (A) as something (B), something in the quality of something not itself. Corngold, Kafka's Die Verwandlung: Metamorphosis of the Metaphor I would like to ask ...
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what is the difference between multi-lingual heteroglossia and translational polyglossia? [closed]

What is the meaning of this particular sentence considering the difference between multi-lingual heteroglossia and translational polyglossia. Looking forward to the next section, we might ask whether ...
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Meaning of “call” in “close call”

"Close call" can basically be translated as "narrow escape", however, I couldn't find a definition of "call" that would be suitable for this situation. Does "call" (noun) have a meaning of "escape" or ...
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Can the verb “to log in” be used to describe the process of selecting an answer to a multiple-choice-question?

I realize this question may sound a little weird. The reason I am asking is the following: In a question I answered, someone linked to this Wikipedia entry about a certain game show. In this ...
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“No less than” vs. “None less than”

Is the expression none less than similar to the idiom no less than? Which form is preferable to use in the following example: None less than the country's president attended today's meeting. OR ...
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“No less than” idiom root

I know that "No less than somebody/something" means that this somebody/something is important. What I don't understand is why this idiom means so!! What I literally understand is that "No less than" ...
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In this sentence, what parts of speech are the words 'next' and 'last'?

Could someone please tell me what the word 'next' and 'last' are? I mean the word class. 'it's your turn next ish' 'I read the letters last ish' Thank you!
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What are the effects of word order in cause and effect sentences?

What are the differences between cause-and-effect sentences in which the causal agent precedes or follows its result? Both forms can be syntactically correct, but this question is concerned with their ...
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what word class are the following words?

Ok, so I would like to know what word class numbers are and also time? for example twelve or seven o'clock?
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If a chicken crosses the road, is it still a pedestrian? [closed]

A pedestrian is one who travels on foot, ped being the Latin root for foot. But even though many people refer to chicken's feet as feet, are they actually feet scientifically speaking, such that they ...
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Who is a “person who makes notary action”?

A notary is a person who certifies documents. Who is "a person who makes notary action"? Is that the notary or the customer who asked for his documents to be certified? I got this phrase from a local ...
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Difference between “I've got a cold” and “I've gotten a cold” in American English [duplicate]

I once heard there is a difference in meaning between these two sentences in AmE. Is there any? The possible duplicate Difference between "I have got" and "I have gotten" does not ...
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Meaning of Top Gun quote

In the movie Top Gun Maverick says: "I'm gonna need a beer to put these flames out." This was part of a compilation of quotes supporting the gay theme of the movie. Urbandictionary doesn't have a ...
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This is where you are vs this was where you were? [migrated]

I have some troubles to correctly express myself in a certain situation so I'd appreciate any advice you can share with me. Situation: I'm looking for someone. After some time I walk into a room and ...
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Paraphrase or a clear translation [closed]

Coop died, streaming with dysentery over a slit trench in an agony of jabbering delirium, killed by dehydration. In the sentence above, the italicized phrase between two commas is confusing. What ...
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Does “would” indicate intent but not possibility?

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but if "would" implies intention but not possibility, then, generally, it must only refer to persons not events. If such is the case, then this sentence, "Would it be ...
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What does “Back on for today” mean?

I received the following email from a colleague, who is a native speaker of American English: Back on for today. Starting at [10:00]. What does "back on for today" mean?
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What is the meaning of “as having”? [migrated]

What is the meaning of "as having" in English language? For example, in this fragment: Celebrities who have been quoted as having used something Is this an idiom or something else? I am not ...
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Sentences start with Of

What is the meaning of of when it starts a sentence? For example, and what is the grammatically correct way to write a sentence starting with of?
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What is the meaning of “What a box to sweat in!”?

I have started to read "The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway. I stumbled a lot shortly after the beginning, as I'm a middle-aged Japanese dude who is struggling to learn English. I need someone's ...
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What's a word for someone who enjoys giving others pleasure? [duplicate]

What's a word for someone who enjoys giving others pleasure? Basically the opposite of schadenfreude, schadenfreude being pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. I'm looking for a word ...
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Best verb to use for formation in strategy formation

I am writing an article about strategy formation and have trouble finding the right verbs. For instance, I would like to say something about the process of forming a strategy but have some serious ...
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Can blue also have a positive connotation?

I came across a statement that roughly translates as: I hope everything is blue with you. The original German/English statement is: Ich hoffe, alles ist "blue" bei dir This was sent to a ...
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The difference between “it” and “he/she”

There seems to be a difference between these two pronouns besides the obvious one of animacy. I want to know if people agree or can point out the flaw in my thinking. I've been attempting to wrangle ...
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What does “the take-up” mean?

I couldn't find the proper meaning in the dictionaries. Could anyone explain to me what does the author mean by "the take-up" here in this excerpt? There has been a trend towards setting the ...
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references on the usage of 'ish'

Can anyone please help me. Is there any work/literature available to suggest that the suffix 'ish' can stand alone, or be used for approximation etc? any other information on the suffix 'ish' will be ...
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What is the subject of 'concerning' in this sentence?

What is the subject of 'concerning' in this sentence? by choosing the last of these alternatives my main subject has become the conceptions held by five of our major writers concerning the function ...
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theories/research on the suffix 'ish'

Can anyone tell me if there is any research/theories/books that can tell me more about the suffix 'ish'? I am looking for any information regarding the usage of the suffix and how it was formed? Any ...
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What is the meaning of this particular sentence? [closed]

Consider: You might be primarily concerned with what these books were as works of art, with evaluating their fusions of form and content. I can't understand this sentence, especially the ...
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The descriptive narrative of literary history [closed]

Can anybody explain this sentence to me? you might be concerned with how this flowering came, with the descriptive narrative of literary history. What does "with the descriptive narrative of ...
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Is “a major overhaul” pleonasm?

Is it correct to say "a major overhaul", or the meaning of "major" is actually included in the meaning of "overhaul", thus a combination of these two words is a pleonasm?
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What do “doe” and “save us the conversation” mean? [closed]

First, I wanna ask the meaning of the word "doe". Is it like "buddy" or "pal"? Seems it has lots of meanings. Second, I wanna ask the meaning of the sentence that saves us the conversation. ...
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Use of the word 'irregardless' [duplicate]

People often use the word 'irregardless' but what they mean is 'regardless'. Is irregardless correct English?
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What to call a patient's close relatives, friends and family members in one or two words?

It's connected to a scientific paper for a public health topic. I need to name a patient's surrounding of caregivers which can include family members, friends, close relatives. I came up with a ...
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Are there situations where we can use either “say” or “tell”, but not both, in a sentence? Consider the following examples: [duplicate]

Are these examples grammatically correct? 1: I want to tell you something./ I want to tell you that _______. I want to say something to you./ I want to say to you that _______. 2: You ...
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What does this “Change” mean in Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’?

The word Change doesn't seem to make much sense in this quote from A Christmas Carol. To emphasis the sentence, I kept it in bold-type. MARLEY was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever ...
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Difference between “Aligned with” vs “In Alignment With”?

Is there a difference between "aligned with" vs "in alignment with" ? Context: you will align US with OUR Inner Truth; clearing all the ways and reasons WE may not be in alignment with OUR Inner ...
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This long sentence is ambiguous, and difficult for me to understand [closed]

I got this sentence Property value litigation is no different than any other type of litigation where experts are used in that expert opinions are fair game for attack by the opposing side in ...
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What does “state-bearing” mean?

I came across this term "state-bearing" yesterday and did not get it. As in the following example: "There was an emergence of state-bearing elite groups (civil servants and bourgeoisie) – we get an ...
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Could “The flesh of the god” be an ambiguous title? Why?

Is the phrase "Flesh of the god" grammatically and semantically acceptable, or should it be "Flesh of the gods"? I am writing an article and I'd like to use it for the title. I am from Finland, so I ...
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Meaning of “pull one's lips”

from "Collectors" by Raymond Carver. His(Aubrey's) eyes had lighted and then dimmed at the sight of the carpet. He shuddered. Then he took off his coat... Aubrey Bell stared at the carpet. He pulled ...
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Using the word “maintenance” with “repair”?

I read a document and quoted one sentence. Yet even in the auto industry, the bulk of the work lies not in manufacturing but in maintenance —or its avoidance. In software, 80% or more of what we ...