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Have vs. get in the causative

In causative constructions, for example: I'll have him do it for me. I'll get him to do it for me. What is the difference in meaning between them? Obviously, there's a difference in ...
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Connotation of a sentence in a listening material from TPO

(Here for the original audio source (MP3 file). The part in question begins approximately at 2'18'') This conversation is an excerpt from one listening material in a TPO (TOEFL Practice Online) test, ...
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The striking interference of youthful reading

OED Online gives this meaning for 'to interfere with': Const. with: to molest or assault sexually. ["interfere, v.". OED Online. December 2015. Oxford University Press. ...
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“I'm living a lifetime in every minute that we're together.”

I'm living a lifetime in every minute that we're together. quoted from the movie "Notebook" I have a trouble while interpreting the meaning of this sentence. I guess it means he is fully ...
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What is a “terrorist jacket”?

In Connie Willis' Doomsday Book, American archaeologist Lupe Montoya is described as wearing a "terrorist jacket" in several places: Kivrin’s tutor Latimer, looking older and even more infirm than ...
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Difference between “compact” and “accord”

What's the difference between those two words? But the Marshall Islands holds an important card: Under a 1986 compact, the roughly 70,000 residents of the Marshalls The debate over loss and ...
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Are there suffixes akin to -phobe and -phile that are less extreme in meaning?

The suffix -phobia means fear of, often irrational fear of. For example, according to Wikipedia: Ophidiophobia or ophiophobia is a particular type of specific phobia, the abnormal fear of ...
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Usages of the word “hacky”

What does the word "hacky" means and what is the differences between the words "hack" and "hacky" For example: "I found a hacky solution" Is this means the solution is awful or means cheating but ...
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Is “face-off” a misnomer?

In ice hockey, the face-off is the method of starting play. The two teams line up in opposition to each other, and two opposing skaters try to gain control of the puck after it is dropped between ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “Signal Advance?”

I posted this question, “Signal Advance”: Unsure of meaning or contextual use, on Biology SE, as the phrase was used in a biology text that I am reading, Recombinant DNA; Genes and Genomes - A Short ...
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What does whole-animal mean?

Kindly explain the meaning of whole-animal The Country Cat (restaurant) is known for whole-animal, farm-to-table scratch cooking, and at PDX Sappington was determined to break down animals, smoke ...
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“May the red sun concede the green down into the blue waters for our sons and daughters”

I found this sentence in the lyrics of "Doin' What You Were Doin" produced by Vintage Trouble. Does it mean like, "Don't take it for granted, the blessing of our beautiful earth, and do the roll ...
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The relationship between and correct usage of the words Chronometry and Horology

Wikipedia for 'Chronometry' states: Chronometry applies to electronic devices, while Horology refers to mechanical devices. While on 'Horology', Wikipedia describes it in more detail, creating ...
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“To hear” meaning

I have a great deal of difficulty understanding the correct meaning of this dialogue from the Pink Panther animated series: "To hear Harry, you'd think (or you think, I'm not sure) you didn't have a ...
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What does 'if' mean in this sentences?

For similar reasons fragile natural states cannot support many, if any, private elite organizations. As the two world wars and the Cold War of the twentieth century illustrate, external violence is a ...
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what's the meaning of“ run over”?

what's the meaning of" run over"? Similar observations concerning the pitfalls associated with undertaking accounting research that operates on either center-margin have been offered before, and in ...
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unit as an adjective usage

the science dealing with the areal differentiation of the earth's surface, as shown in the character, arrangement, and interrelations over the world of such elements as climate, elevation, soil, ...
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Distinguishing among classification, typology, taxonomy, and ontology?

I recently wrote a thesis applying archaeological typology to art attribution. In the process, it became clear that disparate disciplines share analogous debates regarding classification. I'd like to ...
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Do these phrases have the same meaning?

Do the phrases 'within one week of the date of the request', and 'within one week after the date of the request' (i.e. the request is made 27th October, 28th Oct - 3rd Nov is the one week period after ...
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Destigmatise -usage, meaning

Could someone explain the meaning of the word "destigmatise" and how can I use it? Is it a colloquial word? Thank you in advance!
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What's the meaning of the idiom “to lie flat” when applied to a document or project?

I'm encountering this idiom in a government/business context. For example, someone will say that changes to Document A affect Person X's workload, so we'd like to get that document "lying flat" for a ...
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The meaning of “pure” vs “clear”

So I'd like to express the "clearness" (in sense of elegance) of some spatial shapes (BTW not sure about this phrase, probably "spatial forms" is more correct). I'm going to use either "pure" or ...
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Some or more of something

I want to say "some 50 or more yards apart" (meaning at least 50 yards apart) but I'm not quite sure it's correct. I couldn't find the answer or an example of its use in google search. However, I ...
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What does “the networked listened” mean in regard to NBCUniversal’s decision to break off relations with Donald Trump?

There was the following passage in the Vanity Fair (June 30) article reporting that NBCUniversal announced that they would put an end to their relationship with a new Presidential candidate, Donald ...
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about “ should have to ”

It's not right that he should have to ride the lightning. I found this expression in the story of "Ride the Lightning". I think it is okay to use "should ride" or "have to ride" instead of ...
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How to identify if a word is positive, negative, or neutral?

I am studying for SAT and English is not my first language. I really struggle with vocabulary. I memorized about 1000 words for the test, but only a few showed up on the test. I am planning on taking ...
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What would be “Sternum-Intermediate” distance?

Not entirely sure if this question fits the board, but it does not seem to require advanced medical knowledge. Do note I am no native speaker, hence I am afraid to misinterpret the possibly obvious ...
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What does “sun cut flat” mean?

I've been following Bob Dylan for decades and there is this famous opening line of one of his songs that has puzzled me all along. Please can someone explain what it means? "Perhaps it’s the color ...
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The meaning of the following lines?

I encountered the following sentence when reading the book "Algebra for young mind": For others, however, mathematics is a daunting subject, whether it takes the form of equations on a whiteboard or ...
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What is the difference between hand in, turn in and hand over?

What is the difference between these verbs. In which context should I use which? I think that these verbs may be interchangeable, but not all the times. For example: I turned in my homework to the ...
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When should you use regardless and irregardless?

Does anybody working with words ever experience synesthesia?
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“OF” between the subject and the verb “seem”?

When reading "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," I came across the sentences as following: "'They of seem so helpless and frail. But there are none in the forest so bright as these.'" What is this "of" ...
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“Imponderable” definition and usage

If "ponder" means "to consider carefully",did "imponderable" originally mean "not able to be considered"? And how did it seemingly evolve into its usage today meaning "unanswerable" (despite careful ...
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Black folk forms

"Among the major figures of the Harlem Renaissance, Countee Cullen (1903-1946) is the writer whose role in that movement is most difficult to assess. This difficulty arises in part because his poetry ...
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Slang meaning of “pod”

From Seinfeld, season 2 episode 5 ("The Apartment"): JERRY: Let me explain something to you.. You see, you're not normal. You're a great guy, I love you, but you're a pod. I, on the other ...
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Difference between “where” and "what' when asking for a place to visit

What is the difference between where and what when asking for a place to visit as follows: (a) Where will we visit in Yilan? (b) What will we visit in Yilan? Is there any difference in ...
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What is the meaning of active service and active services in the context of corporations?

Can anyone explain to me what's the exact meaning of "active service" in the context of corporation? Does it mean full-time job? And what are the "active services of a corporation"? Following is the ...
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Obscure sentence

I'd like to know if the following sentence is grammatically correct: Deep perineal pouch is related above to perineal membrane. I'd like to know what is the correct meaning the sentence implies ...
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Murdered in cold blood?

In Shakespeare's Othello, would the murder of Desdemona be a "cold blooded murder"? When looking up the meaning of a cold blooded murder I find it means that the murder was premeditated or deliberate. ...
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What does the term “auspicious hands” mean?

I've often read "auspicious hands" and thought of it in the literal sense, hands that are likely to yield a desirable result and it seems that this may not wholly define the meaning intended by this ...
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Meaning of expression: “at the main”

I've stumbled upon this phrase in The Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse: And the next moment my fizziness was turned off at the main by the sight of a pile of telegrams on the table. I ...
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variance and purchasing alarms definition

Kindly explain what are variance and purchasing alarms? ...
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Can people effect something within or about themselves?

"Effect" as a verb means to bring about a change in something (a policy change, a pleasant home atmosphere, etc.) I've always seen sample sentences indicate a change being effected external to the ...
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what is the hidden meaning of “flow into the gaps”

Could anyone please interpret it for me, "flow into the gap" in this sentence: "Few cultures just keep going all by themselves, they steal rivals' ideas, they flow into the gaps that others leave ...
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Which word will suit best? psalm vs. prayer

In this sentence: "The rector read out the _____" which word will suit best in the blank space? Is it psalm or prayer? What is the difference between these two words with respect to this ...
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Is a new meaning of ‘chair’ emerging?

It seems like a new meaning of ‘chair’ is emerging, namely, that of an awardee who retains honorary status for a given standard period of time (typically, a year), as in the following announcement on ...
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how to use ' in love with' correctly?

I know that it usually describes romantic and sexual attraction. But can you say 'I'm in love with him' about your friend whom you love platonically? Is it appropriate?
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what does this sentence mean?are contradictions insignificant or the playwright?use of commas?

Obviously audiences were in a mood to listen to a playwright ready to fix a remorseless gaze on the contradictions within a personality, even the most insignificant one, a playwright who refused to ...
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“Both” when an action requires two parties

I sometimes come across sentences like this one: Both sides in the refugee dispute have been making seemingly contradictory claims about the age and gender of the Syrian refugees — portraying them ...
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If you have to ask yourself whether you're too drunk to drive, you probably are

I've encountered the phrase "If you have to ask, ..." many times; sometimes as a dangling sentence. I wonder if it is always a disdainful, idiomatic remark meaning: for some reason, your question ...