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What does “match X against Y” mean?

I just read a post that says: When Angular bootstraps your application, the HTML compiler traverses the DOM matching directives against the DOM elements. What does "match... against" mean? How ...
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Can I use “contend” without a preposition?

On the one hand, recent advances in the power of computers have been decried as the nemesis of whatever vestiges of our privacy still survive. On the other, the Internet is acclaimed as a Utopia. ...
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Is it “restricted to” or “restricted from”? [closed]

I came across this sentence: The power to rule was restricted to ministers, and it was restricted from king. What is the difference between "restricted to" and "restricted from" here?
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What does “as” represent for in “Cantor quits as Majority leader” and “Cantor to resign as Majority leader”?

Today’s New York Times reported Eric Canter’s defeat in Primary election in Virginia under the headline: “Eric Cantor to step down as House Majority leader” followed by the text copy: “Representative ...
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The meaning of “reserve of living”

What might be the meaning of the phrase "reserve of living" The quotation comes from Maeve Gilmore's, A World Away. How foreign to the spirit's early beauty And to the amoral integrity of the ...
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consider using one to other

Me and my tutor at work came across this sentence which I understood slightly different in our language than him: Where possible, consider alternative diuretic therapy (e.g., thiazides) to more ...
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Is this “of” means category relationship?

Here is the context. The dictionary define one meaning of "of" as expressing the relationship between a general category and the thing being specified which belongs to such a category. Is it fitted ...
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Meaning of “ He still wandered on, out of the little high valley, over its edge, and down the slopes beyond”

What does this phrase: "He still wandered on, out of the little high valley, over its edge, and down the slopes beyond" mean exactly? The doubt is about the path defined. It's clear that he ...
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When is between inclusive and when exclusive?

It seems that the exact meaning of between is very tied to its specific usage. What should I assume in a general situation about the inclusivity of between. Consider: "Pick a number between 1 and ...
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Does “unfold with something” mean “unfold like something”?

Here's a sentence I don't completely understand. The story leaps back and forth in time with crisp juxtaposing of scenes set in disparate places. The production nevertheless unfolds with the ...
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Use of “because of”

In high school, the teacher told me that because is used to answer “why” question, as below: Why you are you using my shoes? I am using your shoes because I like them. However, the use ...
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Meaning of “running off” in this context [closed]

I do not understand the use of "run off" in the following sentence. Neither was I able to find any explanation so I guess it is not a phrase? If your generator (software) was running off a ...
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“Reducing degeneracies of/from/in FKK transmitter”

As stated in the title, I'm trying to get correct preposition — of/from/in. The sentence corresponds to the title of my work that addresses degeneracies that occur in FKK transmitter. However, this ...
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“I am on it” vs. “I am at it”

What are the differences between I am on it and I am at it? What does the latter mean? I found the definition of the former on Urban Dictionary and understand that it means I'm going to solve it ...
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What does 'beyond' mean in the following?

I know, beyond just means outside a limit or further away. E.g. when I say something is beyond compare, it means it cannot be compared to anything. But in the following, I'm not sure if I understand ...
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What's the use of 'with' here? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Usage of the verb “provide” Is the sentence “It provides people an easy way to communicate.” grammatically correct? Can you provide me a mouse pad? and ...
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Difference between “she cut her hair” and “she cut her hair off”?

Why are we using off here? What additional meaning does it add? The meaning of off from http://tfd.com/off that suits this sentence is: "away (from a place, time etc.)".
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How does “off” fit in this sentence?

I was just studying the various meanings of 'off' on http://english.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/off and I stuck up at just the second example sentence: She dashed off to her room. The ...
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Is “do something by date X” inclusive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does “notified by [date]” include the end date? For example, if John says: Return it to me by March 24th. Does it mean that I need to return it to ...
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How does “among” vs “between” affect the meaning of this sentence from the Times?

I realize that this has been discussed elsewhere on the site, but I was interested in the use of the preposition "among" in a sentence from a story in yesterday's New York Times: Research done by ...
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How should I understand “She cracked open a door”?

I learned the following sentence from 100 Greatest Science Discoveries of All Time by Kendall Haven: Marie Curie's studies rank as one of the great turning points of science. Physics after Curie ...
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Usage of “screened for” in the context of a study sample

One of my friends, who corrected my manuscript, said this sentence wasn't immediately obvious to her. The sample was screened for birth defects and major disabilities. It's supposed to mean ...
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Does “notified by [date]” include the end date?

I have read the Rules of a competition. The text of the Rules include a sentence as follows: As per stated in the Rules the entrants will be notified by May 30th 2010. Does the sentence above ...
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Difference in meaning between “on his job” and “in his job”

What does this sentence mean? He is working fifty percent more on his job and fifty percent less in his job. He is 100% happier.
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What does “with” mean in this sentence?

In the sentence: He just called me to confirm everything with his father and also they have selected which company they will contact "he" is a third person pronoun and "his father" is the father ...
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What is the meaning of “upon” here?

In the New York Times: "And it worked — boy, did it work. Visitors flooded Hulu upon its public opening in March 2008." Dictionary.com: 4. immediately or very soon after 5. on the ...
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Can you actually “stand to the right” on escalator?

In Copenhagen Metro on every escalator you can see 2 labels: "Stand to the right" "Walk to the left" I had an impression that prepostion "to" is used when you describe a direction of the moving ...
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Meaning of “bearing”

Knowledge having a bearing on human life was placed highest Knowledge about human life was placed highest