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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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Is this sentence structure truly awful, or not?

I sometimes hear comments on this sort of sentence: In some cases, we find the solutions are actually. . . . The comments are to the effect that one should not to put In some cases at the ...
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Is saying, “This is funnier too” incorrect?

Regardless of context, is the sentence itself correct? What I said was something along the lines of, "This is smarter, and it is funnier too."
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Which sentence is more correct: “They are playing by the river” or “They are playing at the river”?

I know that both sentences can be used to express proximity, to be near something but "by" sounds much better to me than "at" in this case. In which situation is "at" preferable?
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What's the difference between “stared at” and “stared off at?”

What's the difference between these two sentences? Mary stared at the distance Mary stared off at/into the distance
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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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“at the age of” vs “at age”

Which sentence sounds better/more natural? She first became aware of it at the age of five. or She first became aware of it at age five.
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“peered out the plane” vs “peered out the plane window”

Is it OK to omit window in the following sentence: Mary relaxed her body as she peered out the plane. Clear turquoise water and miles of white sand started appearing on the horizon. Is it ...
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What is the mistake in this sentence? [closed]

Can't understand my easy writing comment? Something seems wrong about this sentence; I want to know where the mistake is in this sentence. Is it grammatically correct?
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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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“I hope that my search ends now” or “I hope my search ends now”? [duplicate]

I was doing a question for Yahoo Answers and suddenly I can't choice. Maybe because I never study English(after elementary and high school), I don't know which is the right sentence? Of course I know ...
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“In spite of” vs “other than.”

I would like to know which sentence flows better. This one: I was a taken aback by Limei's little confession. In spite of her impulsive personality, she seemed like a normal girl, leading a ...
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“At the time” vs “at that time”

Examples: I met Monica a year ago. At that time, I was living in New Work, in a middle-sized apartment overlooking the Mississippi River. I met Monica a year ago. At the time, I was living ...
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Using “beyond” with nothing following behind

I wrote the following: Her words hung in the air as I gazed out of the hotel window. The mountain lay quietly in the dark, like a calm, sleeping giant. A cluster of city lights glittered ...
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“I got to watch this movie” or “I got an opportunity to watch this movie”?

Ok, recently, I made an update on a website like this : So, finally I got to watch this movie ... Basically, what I was trying to say is that "I got an opportunity to watch this movie". I was ...
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Is it correct to say “under the shelter of X, a Y was taking place?”

Is it correct to say the following? All that could be heard was the wind blowing, and giant waves crashing against the rocks in the beach. Under the shelter of the inn, a barbecue was taking ...
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Use of pronouns with “and” [duplicate]

Which would be correct: Bill is making a cake for Karin and I or Bill is making a cake for Karin and myself
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Using singular or plural in a prepositional phrase [duplicate]

I need your help to resolve a grammar related problem that I often encounter: I become confused about the use of singular and plural in course of writing a sentence. Examples: Millions of people ...
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Should these questions be split?

I have these two questions: Could you give me a call please as I need to speak to you about something? What is the name of the reference because there is something important that I need to ...
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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 is the usual form of “Please do the needful”? [duplicate]

I was browsing the internet, and found that "Please do the needful" is not an appropriate sentence to use or write. According to this link, this sentence used to get used in South Asia. What would be ...
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looking for a word or expressing to express matching, symmetric

Background: A packet has a source IP and a destination IP. I set the source IP as 10.0.0.3. The destination IP can be set as 10.0.0.1, 127.0.0.1 or 138.9.32.4. These 3 IPs belong ...
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Which one is correct? “I have work experience in ” or “I had work experience in”? [closed]

Which one is correct? I have previous work experience in IBM in PHP domain during the period 2009-2010. OR I had previous work experience in IBM in PHP domain during the period 2009-2010.
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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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Does the following sentence make sense? [closed]

The bond between children and their parents is the strongest bind on earth.
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Is there a website/game builds a sentence for the given word? [duplicate]

I just got a request from someone the request is for a website/game which you gave it a word it builds you the sentence. I know it might not be a good way to learn but maybe for a while or for some ...
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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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How should this be read? [closed]

We all know that you do not belong here, have no idea what you are talking about, and can't actually script. Should this be interpreted as We all know that you do not belong here You ...
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How do you express a natural habit of a species?

I am curious to know about the plural/singular form of addressing a species. For example, which expression is correct or more appropriate: Lion does not eat wolf Lions do not eat wolves Or ...
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Use semicolon or period when telling a result of an action?

If you look at these sentences, the second one is result of the first: Alex shouts and feels pain in his leg, and he rubs the place with hand and looks at the leg. His leg swelled little bit. So ...
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A water circle of few radius is around the park

In the following image: Do you see the water in a 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 this way: ...
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What to do about multiple sentences following a colon?

For example: It happened only a handful of times in my lifetime: once when I went to the store. It just had to be done. There was no choice. Another when heading to the beach in 2013... Should I ...
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Should I use “even though” or “although” in the following sentence?

Even though we were becoming closer and closer, we remained just as friends. Although we were becoming closer and closer, we remained just as friends. Which is the one above correct?
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How can I say that I'm in progress of become a security analyst on a headline?

I would like to state on my LinkedIn's headline that I am in progress of become a security analyst. How could I say it without use that sentence, because that is a sentence not a headline. I had ...
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The “ask”. Is this a buzzword or just bad grammar?

The ask, or my ask is used in places such as: My ask of you is that you fill out the true and false questions first. Similarly, I have see the ask... Why are people using this? I believe it is ...
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“Absent additional configuration” [closed]

I have come across the following sentence but it doesn't quite sound right. Absent additional configuration, permits will be distributed at a fixed rate. Is the first part of the sentence ...
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The lady's not for turning [closed]

In Margaret Thatcher's speech, she says: To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say: You turn if you want to. The lady's not ...
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Is it correct to say: “(drink) was getting to him/her?” [closed]

I'm pretty sure you can say this: I wondered if the alcohol was getting to her. But I'm not very sure about this: I wondered if the wine was getting to her, but I could tell she wasn't ...
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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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Should I use “like a…” or “like the one of a…” in the following sentence?

What sounds more natural? This: Her body was warm, like the one of a sunbathing cat. or this? Her body was warm, like a sunbathing cat. (I'm open to other suggestions). EDIT Here's some ...
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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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“Not only” and “but also” separated by a full stop

I have the following sentence: This powder is able not only to effectively wash your shirts and sweaters, but also to clean out even the most terrible stains on your pants, handkerchiefs, socks, ...
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“I'm very interested in.” vs “in which I'm very interested.” [duplicate]

You should sell me that book I'm very interested in or is it better to write it as You should sell me that book in which I'm very interested I know that the former is more informal than the ...
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What does “disposal advance” mean? [closed]

I’m having trouble understanding the meaning of disposal advance. What do the following sentences mean? These are the amounts that we believe you are entitled to. You can derive no rights. The ...
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(out of the year) VS (during the year)

I read this sentence: In the Arctic tundra, temperatures are below freezing for nine months out of the year. Why didn't the writer use "during the year"? What is the difference between "during ...
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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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How to phrase “two companies being the most successful one in their respective countries” as a noun-phrase?

How to express this in one sentence: there are two companies, one is the most successful in America, and the other the most successful in Canada. Can we say it like this? they are the most ...
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Sentence search engine [closed]

A couple of weeks ago I came across a sentence search engine that allows you to search for a word or a phrase and would show sentences with said phrases, plus (user contributed) translations into ...
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Why 007 said “You weren't using it”? [closed]

I've watched 007 skyfall. Had one scene, that Agent was driving and 007 sat beside her. She drove very fast and then car side mirror was removed because crashed with something beside the road. after ...