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what is meaning of subject to in the following sentence [migrated]

hello there I m Sajid and I exceptionally confounded about the utilization of subject to what is the significance of subject to in this taking after the sentence? This was partially because ...
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what does “already” mean when used with the present continuous? [on hold]

Does this sentence: "I am already doing it." have the same meaning as "I have already done it."?
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What do you call a person who reconnoiters?

If a saboteur is one who sabotages, and a spy is one who does espionage, what do you call one who reconnoiters or performs reconnaissance?
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What does “thought of being bounded” mean?

The record books say that the extent of my domain is 120 acres. But it is obvious that, at every dawn, I am the owner of all the acres I can walk over. It is not only boundaries that disappear, but ...
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What does it mean ? ..an alternative to..?

All, I was reading a document talk about a computer science framework(dcm4chee). https://dcm4che.atlassian.net/wiki/display/ee2/Compression+Service But I have problem to understand some sentence of ...
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How “however” is functioning in the given sentence? [on hold]

Thwaites began to consider what kind of animal he’d like to be. His initial plan >was to become an elephant. Elephants were big, he reasoned, and, if he could build an elephant exoskeleton, he ...
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Clause identification problem

The sentence is as follows: "All we do is just fight." My opinion is the only essential component that a clause should have is a verb. Therefore, an analysis of the sentence above would be that ...
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1answer
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How to answer “So what?” Essay Question [on hold]

I am writing an essay and I am comparing two books (Station Eleven and The Stone Angel). I figured out that the characters from these novels are very similar, thus I will mostly be comparing these ...
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Does “the wind pushed it on with the others” mean?

does "the tiny seed is flying very low, but the wind pushed it on with the others" mean 1) "the tiny seed is flying very low and the others is flying high and the wind pushed the only tiny seed on." ...
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What does “in the know” mean?

Following are a part of introductive speech given by a moderator at a meeting in the U.S. I couldn't understand or get the nuance of the sentence. Could you explain or express in another way? "This ...
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what does this this really mean [on hold]

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1023022114433591&id=100001774353503&refid=28&ft=qid.6285502051566951670%3Amf_story_key.7318698620419988704&tn=%2As#BRUPampersParty ...
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Adjective for person with learning disability?

I'm looking for an adjective to describe a person with a learning disability. I've thought of using "learning disabled", but I don't like the sound of it. I've also thought of using "learningly ...
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If we need to change word order in embedded (indirect) questions, why don't these change word order?

If we need to use different word order in direct and indirect questions (example: Are they planning to marry? / Do you know if they are planning to get married?), why do these embedded questions use ...
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1answer
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Sentences ending with two periods. Is this always a typo?

Here's the example (right before the second photo) I saw today prompting me to ask. I have seen this on multiple occasions. A lot of them in web articles actually. I always thought that this might ...
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1answer
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A word for the sentiment: “You're the most beautiful man/woman I've ever seen” (but in reality I've seen others)

It is common and flattering to tell a man/woman You're the most beautiful man/woman I've ever seen. The thing is, this is never true. It's just like calling someone a "best friend". In most ...
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1answer
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Does 'hot news' in present past tense contains 'recent past'? [duplicate]

In present perfect tense, Does 'hot news' in present past tense contains 'recent past'? Let't take this sentence for example. "Malcolm X has just been assassinated." Does the sentence mean hot news ...
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In the tense of present perfect, Are 'recent past' and 'hot news' the same? [duplicate]

In the tense of present perfect, I learned that "I have finished the work" means 'recent past' and "The man has died"means'hot news' Are 'recent past' and 'hot news' the same in meaning?
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Meaning of “keep up someone's lick”

I have come across this phrase recently. What does it mean? "she don't keep up her lick here...". From The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain. "Why, this watch. I bought her out in Illinois--gave ...
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1answer
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What are all possible and grammatically correct variations of the following sentence? [on hold]

It pushed them with a great force. I can think of the following: They were pushed by it with a great force. [passive voice] With a great force it pushed them. [is it correct? sounds unnatural] ...
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Positive connotation of “fluke”?

Many sources (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, for a start) suggest the word "fluke" has mostly positive connotations when used in the sense of "accident." That is, "a fluke" properly describes a lucky accident, not ...
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1answer
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Is this correct usage of the word irony?

Comment on Reddit Today I learned that TIL Mark David Chapman planned to kill David Bowie and had a front row seat (along with John & Yoko) for Bowie's Broadway show the day after killing John ...
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What's the proper expression for “An approach to a problem”? [on hold]

I want to express the following: Method X provides a way to tackle problem Y. Is there a neater way of expressing this?
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An excellent novel in its own right [on hold]

What does the following sentence mean? An excellent novel in its own right. Somebody can be rich in his/her rights but how can a book be excellent in its own right. At the end books are ...
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2answers
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Do I need a comma after this question mark?

I want to write the folowing sentence in some work: You went there on Thursday? for instance, is not an interrogative clause but a declarative one, even if the utterance may be a question. In the ...
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Where did the phrase “a whole new world” come from?

"A whole new world" as in, "a new perspective." Yes, there's the song from the film Aladdin in the 1990s but the saying has been around far longer, hasn't it?
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What do we call “A person who disowns during bad times and claims during good times”?

Is there any single word to describe a mentality of a person who disowns something during bad times and claims the same during good times?
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When alphabetizing, which comes first:

When alphabetizing, which comes first: DeWald or Dewald?
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What is the single word for someone who gives nicknames to the others without any bad thoughts?

I don't mean the namedropper thing. What am I, if I put a cool nickname to my friend without insulting them?
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Is nationalism specifically secular?

Does the word nationalism specifically imply a feeling of kindred superiority in a secular sense? For instance, if country X opposes themselves to country Y based on religious practice or reasons, ...
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Churchill Quotation? [on hold]

Did Winston Churchill really say something like "The best way to create a virtue in someone is to attribute that virtue to him?" Does anyone know the source of such a statement?
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A word for doing what's best for you?

I feel like there is a word for this, but I cannot think of what it might be? For example: let's say you know someone who is constantly in trouble with the law. They're very naive, foolish, and ...
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Is there a word or collocation for an unwanted person? [on hold]

I'm looking for a word or collocation we use in British English when we want to refer to someone who's interested in you, attracted to you, but whose advances at you are not welcome. Thank you! :)
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Can anybody help me to correct sentence [on hold]

I give you . using 'I give You ' Is it correct grammer
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what is the meaning of this phrase?

I am not looking for a fact here, I know that this is highly debatable. My question is about the information mentioned here in the sentence: Many scientists believe that global warming and its ...
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What is a more articulate method of expressing that one posses technical aptitude?

I'm often confounded when trying to articulate in a concise manner that a person is literate or savvy in matters technical (i.e. computers, software, IT). For example, I am composing an email with ...
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How do I write about “fun” without using that word? [on hold]

I'm a fortunate writer in that I get to write about toys. I get to describe games, puzzles and many more fun things for kids and adults. But I'm feeling like a broken record that's relying on the word ...
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Plaque Formatting [duplicate]

For this plaque: Is it appropriate to capitalize With Appreciation To The or make them all smaller case? Is it appropriate to have "Cochise College Governing Board" two font points bigger (14) than ...
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Alternative usage of 'Status Quo' [on hold]

What is another word, or sentence for using the phrase '...following status quo'. I am looking for an alternative and cleaner usage of this word or phrase
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1answer
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preposition + genitive vs non-genitive subjects + gerund

I was wondering which of the following phrases are correct? "without their having to learn" or "without them having to learn"? Any help is highly appreciated.
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polite synonym for obnoxious behavior

Looking for a polite/coherent way to convey someone's behavior who "copies" another person, or is "up their ass" a lot
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1answer
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Why would “to center around” be illogical? [duplicate]

I have seen the discussions of "to center on" vs "to center around", and usually the argument is that "to center X around Y" is illogical. The counter-argument is generally that it is an idiom and ...
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What matters vs. what matter when starting a sentence

I am wondering if it would be better to write in the sentence below, "what matters most is" or "what matter most are," since what follows are two clauses. Or should "what" stand as the singular ...
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I am about to close the door. [on hold]

I am about to close the door. Hi, can we make the "Passive voice" of this sentence?
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1answer
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Can I use “for” twice in a sentence? [on hold]

I was looking for icebreakers for a class I'm teaching. In this sentence, there are two "fors"
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English grammar

Can anyone explain the use of "to be" in the sentence below? Is it right or not and how? Modifies the search to be case-insensitive.
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1answer
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“Well-rounded” usage in USA

What's the first recorded use of the term "well-rounded" as it refers to being competent or trained in several fields, e.g., from astronomy to literature to social dancing to cookery?
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grammatical name and grammatical function [on hold]

the genes of many of those infective agents.what is the grammatical name and grammatical function of the expression?my own answer:noun clause and function adjective noun infective agents.
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1answer
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Origin of “a lot”

I am working on a novel set in the early 19th century and am wondering if the phrase "a lot" is too contemporary. That happened a lot with debutantes, he mused.
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Grammar problem [on hold]

Is it necessary to add 's' after ' any' if the noun is countable noun? For example , the paramount king announced that any girl in the town could join the party with the prince. Do I need to add 's' ...
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N or AND in pronunciation

Can I say «n» instead «and»? Example: I like apples n pears.

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