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“Regret telling” vs. “regret having told”

Is there a difference between: She regrets telling him (that) she didn't like his mother. She regrets having told him (that) she didn't like his mother. To me, the first phrase sounds ...
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What does “My duh on” mean?

What does "My duh on X" mean? Does it mean "I like X" or "I don't like X" or something else? What does "duh" mean in general?
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What do you call someone who's involved in a project (non-leading role)

We currently have two roles for our project, namely: project manager `someone who is involved', ie. regular worker/employee but I'm not really satisfied with worker. What do you usually call ...
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What is the differences between these three words? [closed]

tell apart say apart speak apart please tell me about differences between these words. And also what do they mean? Are they expressions?
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How will people understand this “I am not in a/the good state"?

Suppose I participate in a basketball game with my friends. I do not play as well as usual. Can I explain to them: Sorry, I am not in the good state Will the audience naturally take it to ...
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7 years old and later

I am pretty confused with this statement "documents which are 7 years old and later should only be migrated" does it means "2007 to 2014" ,or "2007 to old"
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What does 'Moonshots' mean?

I read an article on TechCrunch titled, "Gates Foundation Picks Its Moonshots In India To Reinvent Toilets Globally" The 'Moonshots' is not familiar to me; it is not defined in the dictionary. ...
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Who “substitutes” whom? [duplicate]

Context: Equation 1 requires substituting A for B. Does this mean all "A" in equation 1 is replaced with "B" or vice versa?
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“Holy Spirit” or “Holy Ghost”? [closed]

Until today I believed that both terms are basically the same. But our English teacher told us that the correct term is Holy Spirit. Is there any difference between Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost? I ...
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Does milk toast, milk-toast, or milktoast mean the same as milquetoast?

So of late I've been hearing a lot of people call other people (or their actions) milk toast. I thought it was weird because those two words should conjure up breakfast food and not "spineless". So I ...
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The difference beetween 'nasty' and 'horrible' or 'terrible'

For the most situations adjectives 'horrible' and 'terrible' are synonyms. But I often come across with word 'nasty' with similar meaning like 'nasty cough', 'nasty smell'. Is there any difference or ...
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Difference Between “Plot” and “Storyline”

What is the difference in story writing between a "plot," and a "storyline"? Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th Edition) says a story line is: the plot of a story or drama Collin's ...
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What does “through” mean here?

Through his sleek salesman talk I could discern duplicity.
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Using besides in a sentence

Besides gaining my career, the course will surely contribute to our country’s wealth. Is this use of besides correct?
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What is the ranking of these synonyms in terms of a sense of importance?

As far as I can tell "imperative", "critical" and "utmost importance" are synonyms. Are any stronger than the others in terms of conveying a greater sense of urgency or importance? I fond the ...
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Stag party vs. Bachelor party

Do they mean the same "a men-only party" or are there differences in their specific usage?
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Correct expression for “time of the day” greetings?

What is the correct description of good morning/good evening/good afternoon, etc? Are they called greetings of the day, or time of the day greetings? If not, what are they called?
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What is Poetry? What does not count as Poetry? [closed]

Background: a google "define:poem" did not give me much closure: poem: a piece of writing in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by particular attention to diction ...
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Word for “growing in intelligence”

I'm looking for a word whose definition is something along the lines of "growing in intelligence". I'm trying to use it in a sentence like "the people are getting smarter and smarter throughout the ...
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“Upright he held it, lords, that held it last”, meaning?

In Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus when asked to become emperor Titus refuses answering that the sceptre to control the world (i.e., power) "upright he held it, lords, that held it last". What is the ...
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Meaning of'By the month of April' [closed]

What is the meaning of 'by the month of April'? Does it mean full month of April?
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What the round is going on?

This is really annoying me. All over CBS/ESPN/EVERYWHERE I am hearing that today's NCAA basketball games are round 3 of the tournament. When did the definition of a round in a tournament change? I ...
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What does "First Lad” mean?

In New York Times (March 22) article titled, “Palmy days for Jerry,” Maureen Dowd interviews former California governor, Jerry Brown who was once the rival of Bill Clinton, and quotes his latest ...
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The meaning of nailed in the conversation

In the following conversation from the Gilmore Girls episode "The Breakup, Part 2," what is the meaning of nailed: Summer: Tristan, stop. Tristan: You are making me chase around the party. ...
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Pleased and satisfied. What's the difference?

What is the difference between 'pleased' and 'satisfied'? The dictionary says: 'She was very pleased with her exam results.' 'The boss should be pleased with you.' But I think I can say: 'She was ...
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Is it acceptable to use the noun “swing” for both a short round trip and an extensive circular tour in AmE?

I remember once coming across, while browsing some bilingual dictionary, the noun "swing" pointed up as an AmE equivalent for "circuit". But, sadly enough, what the bilingual dictionary didn't say ...
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Acoustic perfume

What is the exact meaning of "acoustic perfume" in the sentence: Let's get out of here - this acoustic perfume is too much for my ears.
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Between 5 and 10 means: “5 and 10” or “6 and 9”? [closed]

Please enter between 5 and 10 characters.
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“To look down the road” [duplicate]

In this sentence He went outside. He looked down the road. What is meant by down? I don't think he's in higher place.
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What does “Are you sometimes swinging about the U.S?” mean?

In a conversation with a U.S colleague, he asked me if I'm sometimes swinging about the U.S (exact quote is in the title). What is the meaning of swinging in this context ?
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What does “occasional bowel movement” mean? [closed]

I am reading a new comics book about Geralt of Rivia and there is a phrase in the dialog about his horse: Some food, room to run and the occasional bowel movement, that's all she really needs. ...
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Is there a word or phrase (other than euphemism/innuendo) for using one word/phrase to mean another? [closed]

Recently, on an episode of a TV series I watch, one of the female characters asks a male character, "Do you want some bourbon?", when what she means is, "Do you want to have sex with me?". Is there ...
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took the 12.15 train OR caught the 12.15 train [duplicate]

Please help me to understand these complicated verbs 'to take' an 'to catch'. I know the difference from the related topics, google e.g. "If you want to go over to Sixth Ave., you'd better take the ...
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Does saying 'then' after 'sorry' imply reluctance?

A did something wrong but didn't realize it. B explained to A why what (s)he did was wrong. Then A said: "Sorry then". Is A really sorry? Literally, "sorry then" (in my head) means in light of the ...
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What does 'Lets himself be swept along like a log of wood by a current.' mean?

I read the following quote by Gandhi when he was describing the actions of a moral man: Source How can a man understand morality who does not use his own intelligence and power of thought, but ...
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“Latch onto [something/someone]” for “obtain, get (hold of) [something/someone]” in AE

I just rediscovered the colloquial expression "latch on to [something]" online and would like to know the story to its meaning of "obtain, get", which is presented by CD as AE and CE. ...
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How would you say someone was “disrespecting you” correctly? [closed]

Is there a grammatically correct synonym for the word "disrespect" in the form of a verb? As in: "Please stop disrespecting me, Bill."
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About catch the bus, train etc [duplicate]

I found the two meanings of the verb 'to catch the train, bus etc' in British English: 1) we are getting the stop/station, waiting and boarding 2) we are getting the stop/station, waiting and ...
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I want to know the difference between “you are false” and “you are wrong” [closed]

What is the difference between false and wrong? Is there any difference in meaning?
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Take the car (underground) and get the car (underground)

I know than we can say let's go by car OR let's take the car (because it is too far to walk - and I already have the car nearby.) But, can we say: Let's get the car And the same ...
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Looking for a word meaning “where or who it came from”

I'm trying to describe feedback from a software system. I believe if the application's emails seems like they are from a person rather than an automated message it will get a better response from the ...
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What's the meaning of “over two-years' time”

For example, if someone says: Looking at the next three years, I think stock prices will drop, then does the phrase "two-years' time" mean at the end of the next three years, in the next three ...
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How similar or different are “recant”, “repudiate”, “renounce” [closed]

Recant, repudiate, renounce are synonyms of abjure. I'm unclear as to how these terms may be utilized in different sentences. I will be delighted to see them all in one sentence. I seek efficient ...
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Difference between “admit” and “accept”

Which of the options sounds correct? She has been accepted/admitted at York University.
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What is the difference between institution and department? [closed]

When I submitted manuscript to journal, I was asked to finish information on institution and/or department from, I'm a teacher of a college in an university, so, I filled the college in the ...
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Why place a hand on the Bible instead of the Judge's genitals when taking an oath?

Etymonline gives the etymology of testify as ...from testis "a witness".. + root of facere "to make"... Biblical sense of "openly profess one's faith and devotion" is attested from 1520s. Related: ...
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What is the difference about two sentences below?

What is the difference about two sentences below? 1.Despite a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called "new age" treatment. 2.Despite being a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called ...
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what the logical/physical pair means?

In English, we often use logical/physical pair to describe something, like in powerdesigner, there are two type of data models: logical data model and physical data model what's this words ...
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What is the difference between phonology and phonetics? [closed]

Could someone explain briefly, with some examples?
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The phrase “running into to you” [closed]

Is there any difference when one says running into to you and running into you? If yes, what is it?