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Aptitude to learn proprietary systems/applications quickly and easily

Updating my resume and I am trying to make this "resume highlight" make sense. I originally had it written as "Able to learn proprietary systems/applications quickly and easily" but I was looking for ...
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“X is inequitable because Y is disproportionate to Z.” Is there a better way to put this?

While a full Major League Baseball season is 162 games, the first round of the playoffs is only a 5 game series. I feel that this system is inequitable because the length of the opening playoff ...
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Is “Everyone tends to get the best of my worst” a valid sentence?

Is there any alternatives to the above sentence? I just needed to know how to say : "everyone tends to find my worst qualities easily" in a subtle way. And i really had no what to tag it with :)
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Is it close the door or shut the door?

I am confused regarding which one to use and at what situation we use both the sentence or whether it has both the same meaning or different meaning? 1.Close the door. 2.Shut the door.
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Meaning of “How do I respond when confronted by a person you spoke ill about me to a fault?”

How do I respond when confronted by a person you spoke ill about me to a fault? What does this sentence mean?
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find something gone or find something has gone

Are both of them right? Next morning when you wake up, you find your kidney has gone. Next morning when you wake up, you find your kidney gone. If they are all right, what's the difference?
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Can't come up with the correct sentence

I have some trouble coming up with the right sentence for a form input where I'm asking a user's first and last name. What I'm actually trying to say is that the name the user is filling in will be ...
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Meaning of “but if one turns it thither ever so little” in context

I am reading the book Pensées, and I can't understand a paragraph. Please help me review it. The difference between the mathematical and the intuitive mind.—In the one, the principles are ...
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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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Thanking you in anticipation

Is this correct to use Thanking you in anticipation to say thanks?
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Please explain the meaning of the word “distance” in the sentence

Distance sometimes lets you know who's worth keeping and who's worth letting go Unless the distance is playing games with the vision and its all a mirage, a vagueness of a dream
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A sentence with too many commas [closed]

Can someone please explain the following sentence? This perspective provides a primarily pragmatic justification, therefore, for confidentiality, in that any perceived limitations to, or ...
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Could somebody rewrite this sentence in a simple language? [closed]

"A knight had only to swop his armorial surcoat and shield for those of another to be safely taken for that person." (Hanley, Catherine., War and Combat (1150-1270): The Evidence from Old French ...
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What does “…and books seem to outnumber rolls as such.” mean?

"In England we call them rolls of arms: in Spain they are known as armoriales — armorials — or libros de armeria — books of arms, and books seem to outnumber rolls as such. Of nearly 30 Spanish ...
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139 views

Meaning of “The personification, of the natural is exactly the tendency I wish to suppress in myself, to eliminate for good.”

I'm reading Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey and there is this sentence in there that confuses me: The personification, of the natural is exactly the tendency I wish to suppress in myself, to ...
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What does “a man lives in the mind of his own confinement” mean? [closed]

Can anyone explain what this line means? A man lives in the mind of his own confinement.
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The meaning of “Nothing much seemed to dent this vision of corporate hegemony squeezing out all but the most profitable trash”

I came across this sentence while looking up the meaning of the word hegemony: Nothing much seemed to dent this vision of corporate hegemony squeezing out all but the most profitable trash. It ...
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137 views

Is this sentence correctly constructed for the meaning one is trying to convey?

Here is the sentence: Techi's brother Data is Painting Dye's husband, Time Line's best friend. The sentence before that establishes that Time Line is Painting Dye's husband. The meaning trying ...
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167 views

Explain the meaning of the two sentences

I'm a bit confused by these two sentences: The general government consumption expenditures are used as another measure of government size, although they do not account for the full government ...
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271 views

What's the meaning of this phrase?

"For a long time I had a strong desire in studying and research in sciences to distinguish some from others, particularly the book [Euclid's] Elements of Geometry which is the origin of all ...
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955 views

implement something for/in/on/with something?

Which preposition is correct to use in the following sentence?: Implementation of this technique for/in/on/with complex objects is complicated (meaning: it is complicated to apply this technique ...
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What does “blow over someone's quest” mean?

What do the following sentences intend to convey to the reader? One blew over the industrialist's quest. One blew over the ford's quest.
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Grapes and vintners

Please, can you translate this? These dregs are distilled until a clear liquid results that retains, supposedly, the vapors left behind by the grapes gone to the vintner. I suspect that the ...
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What is the meaning of 'exhausting the evidence' in the sentence?

Here is the sentence ... let us call the relevant, overall sets of scientific belief ‘theories’; different, conflicting theories are consistent with the data; the data exhaust the evidence for ...
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Meaning of “Would you value the ethics of consequence over means?” [closed]

I've been reading a book for a while and I've stumbled on the following sentence, which I didn't quite understand: Would you value the ethics of consequence over means? The context is the ...
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How should this sentence be interpreted?

So I am reading the essay "On Some Verses of Virgil" by Michel de Montaigne (translation by Donald M. Frame) and I came across this particular sentence. Is there any ugliness in doing wrong that ...
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Application of a sentence in a situation

In the film The Exorcist, father Demien Karras challenges the daemon Pazuzu to get a bigger dare. That dare would consist in abandon the body of the girl Regan and penetrate Demien's body. My interest ...
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“This fine-looking, commanding man had become a shadow of his former self.”, I don't know how to underatand this sentence. Help me please

"This fine-looking, commanding man had become a shadow of his former self." "a shadow of his former self" means he was not like what he once had been, right? Then, I am wondering if "this ...
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Without vs before

In order to answer a question I have to take a look at a document that is not with me by the time that question was raised. Which of the below sentences is more suitable to express that idea? I ...
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167 views

Meaning of “but if I can't do better, how is it to be helped?” [closed]

The following is an excerpt from the novel, Jane Eyre. I don't quite understand the meaning of the italicized sentence. Would someone please enlighten me on that? "It is a long way to Ireland, ...
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249 views

Meaning of “would that I might forget him”

"Would that I might forget him," Ned said bluntly. — A Song of Ice and Fire Does the sentence in quotes mean, "I would forget him if I could"?
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What does this mean? [closed]

What does the following sentence mean? Self-serving bias beckons us not to false modesty but to a humility that affirms our genuine talents and virtues and likewise of others. closely looking at the ...
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Any of four combinations are true? “Both X and Y are A or B” could be wrong?

I want to write a sentence to mean that any of the following 4 situations are true. X = A and Y = A, X = B and Y = B, X = A and Y = B, X = B and Y = A. The following sentence, Both are A or B. ...
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Which event does the sentence refer to about the love-letters?

Quotation from My Life Autobiography of Havelock Ellis: The love-letters of the Brownings have been used to exploit the indignation of the superior people who make this protest. I have looked into ...
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Help in deciphering the meaning of this convoluted sentence

I was reading an answer on one of the sister sites of this site and came across this line : A common question, glad you asked it. Here is all you never thought you would ever not want to know ...
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170 views

What does “the grit of something” mean?

I read this sentence: those problem are the creative grit of a theory What does "the creative grit" mean?
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There are fifty who can reason synthetically for one who can reason analytically

In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backwards. That is a very useful accomplishment, and a very easy one, but people do not practise it much. In the every-day ...
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“Holding her finger” vs “holding on her finger” vs “holding onto her finger.”

Mary peered down at the beach, and holding her index finger, she sank back to her seat with a sigh. Mary peered down at the beach, and holding on her index finger, she sank back to her seat ...
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“The above technique is a double-edged sword” [duplicate]

In our native language, we say this "The above technique is a double-edged sword". Is it appropriate to say it in English? If not, what is the nice way to express the same meaning?
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What does this sentence mean: “Cologne, with its seven and seventy evil savors, was a posy-bed to it.”?

This is a sentence from a book I'm translating, the one before that is "The first thing I met was a regiment of the vilest odors that ever assaulted the human nose, and took it by storm." So, what is ...
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What does this sentence mean: “Troubles are poor things to hug. They've got too many prickers.” [closed]

This is a sentence from a book for children. I'm trying to translate it into Chinese. Not sure what this means. DO we want to hug troubles or not?
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A water circle of few radius is around the park

Look at the below image. Do you see the water in few feet radius around a land? How do you describe this? Let's assume that the land is a park and there is no fountain. Can I express it as "A water ...
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What does the expression 'justified for him his own idea' mean?

I am reading a novel, and I did not understand one of the sentences in it. Following are two lines from the novel. The narrator is talking about a guy called Paul and her father. They were once ...
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“for which” usage

I am writing comments to my algorithm and I used this sentence to describe one variable. But I am not entirely sure if it makes sense and if I used commas right. id of node, for which, program is ...
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What’s the meaning of the line “The conclusions of the Second Vatican Council of 1962 -65 were given too liberal a reading by many Catholics?”

Though it must be a plain statement for native English speakers, the captioned line in the Time magazine’s (February 25 – though a pretty belated subject) article titled “The Second Act” - ...
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Pre-clause, Post-clause

I have two possible sentences of the some situation and I am confused: Realizing he did not belong there, he left the meeting early. He left the meeting early, realizing he did not belong ...
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“1st Prize” or “1st Rank”? [closed]

I was just updating my CV when I noticed the following lines in the 'Interests and activities' section: ● 1st Prize for ‘Best Performance’ in State Drama Competition. ● 1st Rank in ...
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The difference between using a comma or a full stop

What's the difference between "I see, I see" and "I see. I see"? Can one use a comma in between? The first sentence could be used in formal writing, right? What about this one: "My house, my rules" ...
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Can 'it' be used plurally?

Can 'it' as a pronoun refer to many different imperative verbs? For instance, in the sentence: Abide by thy customs, thou excellent one: grind thy corn, drink thy water, praise thy cooking,-- if ...
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Please help explain this long sentence

It bore an engraved escutcheon, a herald's wording of which may serve for a motto and brief description of our now concluded legend; so sombre is it, and relieved only by one ever-glowing point ...