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English Sentence interpretation

Under the schedule of rates of a commercial contract it is specified that schedule of prices includes "All rents, royalties, licenses, permits, permissions and any other fee, duty, penalty, levy, ...
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Used is pronounced as /juːzd/ or /juːst/?

Different dictionary pronounces used differently. One as /juːst/ http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/used Other as /juːzd/ http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/used ...
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Is there a single word for “reducing various arguments of different levels to the same level”?

A man faces various arguments, of different sophistication, consistency and factual accuracy, on a particular matter. Due to him unable to perceive and analyze them, or he just doesn't care, or he's ...
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Can PhD be written as PH.D in a name card? [duplicate]

I came across a name card from an academic staff, with title after the name written as PH.D Is this proper? WW
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What would you call a person who keeps on boasting about himself and is jealous of others' achievements?

I have come through some words like schadenfreude and envy, but am still looking for a better word or a phrase, or a group of words that will do the trick. Actually I'm trying to explain the nature ...
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What is a word for mystery stories where the reader has no idea about what happened? [on hold]

I am searching for ESL high level English mystery but instead found really obvious stories where the crime is just stated LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER by ROALD DAHL ...
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Alternative to phrase “Plantation shutters”?

I live and work in Atlanta, in the South. I write descriptions of property for real estate agents. A desirable and popular window treatment here are what is widely referred to as Plantation Shutters. ...
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“Decides that” or “Decide that” - which is correct and why? [duplicate]

"The coaching staff decides that changes must be made." or "The coaching staff decide that changes must be made."
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What kind of words is called extreme or moderate? [on hold]

Since English isn't my first language, I have some difficulty getting the feel of different word or what the tone is that the author who uses it is trying to express to the reader. Some examples of ...
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Single word describing something “outside of oneself”

ie.: The idea was "(blank)". It didn't come from myself, it was divine inspiration, dumb luck, etc. or maybe: My essence/spirit was outside my body. It was "(blank)".
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Meaning of word “nicy” [on hold]

Can you explain me the meaning of word "nicy"? I'm newbie in english, and I've already tried google translate, but I'm not sure. Maybe there is some informal forms, or other ways of using this word.
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What do you call the period between having sex?

If a couple are having a romantic or sexy get away where they're staying in bed and having sex and otherwise hanging out - is there a term use for the periods where they're not actually in the act of ...
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I noticed vs I have noticed [duplicate]

Is there a difference between I noticed and I have noticed? What is the correct use of each of these? Thanks
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Can ideas “make a mark” on someone, or is this expression reserved for people?

I am writing about an idea that "stuck" with me, made an impression. The expression that came to mind is "it made a mark on me" but I see it used primarily referring to people making a mark on ...
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What is the word for a deep desire that was prohibited?

What is the word a deep desire that some external force has kept you from gaining it? For instance in the movie Foxcatcher, the rich guy always wanted to be wrestler but his mother didn't let him ...
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What does “Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time, and it annoys the pig” mean? [on hold]

It's a quote by Robert Heinlein. I'm curious to hear its deeper meaning.
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a word for 'blbbhlbl'

is there a word for the sound made at 2:19 of this video? An interjection will also do
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Word for something that is emotionally charged in a way that reduces the chances of approaching the subject from an objective point-of-view?

Is there a word for something that "has a lot of emotional associations which lead to difficulties in approaching the subject rationally and objectively"? For example, I would say that "gay ...
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What is the opposite for “thin-skinned”? [on hold]

What is the idiom or term for describing a usually respectful and nice person who is not easily offended by others' criticism, advice, jokes, or insults? ( I know the opposite is "thin-skinned", but ...
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When quoting, what's the difference between “someone says” and “as someone says”?

In formal/academic writing, I see some people start a quote by using "someone says" and others "as someone says...". For example, Toni Morrison argues that "the process of organizing American ...
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“Jiggery-pokery” - Can Anyone Remedy this Paucity?

Reading U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent (p. 8) from the majority in King et al. v. Burwell, I encountered the following term (emphasis mine), “The Court’s next bit of ...
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struggling in english communication [on hold]

my problem has to communicate in english to others what step i will take to recover my communication and how to learn and improve my communication anyone can give correct solution for my problem My ...
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What counts as a polearm?

Based on the definition, I would think both lances and spears are a type of polearm. However, in some cases, I have seen the word polearm used separately to lances or spears. For example, in the game ...
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Can “ were known” be considered as a copular verb?

I have to analyze the valency pattern of this clause "These glorious full colour prints that resulted were known as brocade pictures". Can I consider "were known" as a copular verb followed by the ...
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A frequent point of confusion is an or a correct? [on hold]

Is this sentence correct grammar - He would add an unique voice to our group.
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expressions meaning to risk death [on hold]

I am looking for expressions roughly synynymous wtih 'to risk death'. The following are some examples. Can you think of others? to risk one's life to put one's life on the line to flirt with ...
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Synonym for “swearing” [on hold]

The actual word "swearing" is considered to be inappropriate in IELTS's acadamic writing. Then, what is the most suitable synonym for "swearing" in academic writing? I'm now taking an IELTS course. ...
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Substituting how for that

I feel the following sentence would be used by Native speakers but only in highly informal speech in certain areas: In his letter he explains how the book has a great plot and is generally enjoyable. ...
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Is this sentence active or passive voice? [on hold]

Is the sentence Are the people satisfied with the legal system? active voice or passive voice? I tried making it passive voice by changing it to Is the legal system satisfied with (the people).
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Single word for “how many”

Is there a way to say "how many" in a single word? (even something in Old English should be good enough)
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absence makes the heart grow fonder [on hold]

Why does the idiom: absence makes the heart grow fonder have the form of grow and not grows?
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International Phonetic Alphabet: why are the symbols used for the letter “i” in “champion” and “billion” different?

If you have a look at the phonetic transcriptions (in IPA, International Phonetic Alphabet) of "champion" and "billion" you get a different symbol for the letter "i" (Cambridge Dictionaries Online, ...
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How to find the base of a converted word? [on hold]

Say I have the base 'sport' (noun) and convert it into 'to sport' (verb). Are there any linguistic rules or methods to be applied when determining the base of a word? Comment: by base I mean the ...
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Help on interpreting this sentence? [on hold]

These same perspectives may contribute to a 'glass ceiling' prohibiting relationship-oriented (i.e. feminine) leadership behaviors from being integrated into organization management structures. I ...
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Why 'blood vessels' and not 'blood tubes'?

I have a silly question. The way I imagine arteries and veins are as tubes that arise from one part and carry blood to the other part. Why do we call them 'vessels' (which reminds us of cooking ...
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Hypernym for “query” and “report” [on hold]

One hypernym for teacher and student is person. Vehicle is a hypernym of car and lorry.... Is there a hypernym for query and report?
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my annual leave [on hold]

Hi I don't understand how annual leave works ,from March to may I had 86hrs annual leave but in June I have done as 93 ,that's 7hours but from where can you make me understand please how this works
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Usage of thanks to other [duplicate]

Once I want to show my expression to thank, can we use only one word "Thank" instead of "Thanks"?
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What is the name for the thing we search for?

For example I'm looking for a specific string in a list of files. Is there a single word for a-thing-that-I-search-for? I could only thing of a Holy Grail, but that's too sophisticated for normal use. ...
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Single word that could mean three other words [on hold]

I would like to know whether there's a word which could mean these 3 things: Support Like Congratulate I hoping to use it in my website for user's status. I would really appreciate if you could ...
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Quoting poems with omitting a conjunction

Ulysses ...; and though We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are, One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in ...
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what does “First quality” mean?

My English teacher asked me what "First quality" means? No website on internet gives any definition of that term. is it correct to say like this? Starbucks is famous for its first quality coffee
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Which is correct, 1 or 2? [on hold]

The teacher said to me, "Who are your parents?" Reported Speech The teacher asked me who were my parents. The teacher asked me who my parents were.
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What does the word “there” refer to?

He went to the nearest village and ( there) in the bazaar, he found various kinds of meat and fish.
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what is the meaning of “dry up and blow away” in this sentences?

"The Canadian flag's supposed to be a symbol of power... it's a leaf! Yeah, don't mess with us or we'll dry up and blow away!"-Jeremy Hotz Suppose that truth had simply dried up and blown away in the ...
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Confusion between:“{is/has} no chance” and “{is/has} no match” [on hold]

Which form is correct in the sentences below? A snake has no chance/match to an angry rabbit. OR A snake is no chance/match to an angry rabbit. Please explain when I should use has ...
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Difficult sentence strucure [on hold]

His thesis works relatively well when applied to discrimination against blacks in the US, but his definition of racial prejudice as "racially-based negative prejudgements against a group generally ...
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Can someone help me to understand this difficult sentence structure?

Please help me to understand the following. I have difficulty with the passage that appears between the two dashes. Gutman argues convincingly that the stability of the Black family encouraged ...
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1answer
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Would have find or found [on hold]

A friend is looking for an apartment in a certain time in the future and she doubt if the owner would agree to renew her contract. So what do I say? Do I say "by the end of the contract you would have ...
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First wife vs. Former wife

Does one of the designations indicate that one of the partners is dead vs. divorced? First vs. Former

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