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what's the meaning of “time-tagged”

i don't understand the meaning of "time-tagged" e.g. The event data is encoded into time-tagged actions (assault, kidnap,flee, assassinate)
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Usage of previously vs earlier

Sentence 1 : We need to read the essay we have written previously. Sentence 2 : We need to read the essay we have written earlier. Please tell the difference between Sentence 1 and Sentence 2.
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Gone are the days

Kindly tell me about the usage of following phrases 1) Gone are the days 2) Gone were the days 3) Gone are those days 4) Gone were those days
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What is the objection of Siddhartha here?

I am reading Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and I am not able to understand this passage But according to your very own teachings, this unity and necessary sequence of all things is ...
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(common errors) She suggested me to go shopping

Original: She suggested me to go shopping. My corrected version: She suggested to go shopping. Why is it still wrong? I've looked for some discussion here. Can we say: She suggested going ...
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A word meaning <a short article or essay>

I seem to have had another of my senior moments. I recently came across a word somewhere that literally meant a "short article or essay". [Or maybe just simply an article or an essay or a write-up, ...
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Spill the metaphorical beans?

I was reading a comic book and ran into this phrase. Is there any difference between 'spill the beans' and 'spill the metaphorical beans'? here is the context. Talk show host: "But seriously, Reed. ...
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(somebody) demonstrated improved results

I'm wondering if the following sentence is correct: In his PhD defense, he demonstrated (his) improved results. Also, should we use the determiner "his" here? What I am trying to convey is that he ...
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Putative should - what time does it express?

Here are some examples with the putative should. What is the factor which indicates the time reference expressed by the putative should in the examples? Being a foreigner to English I find it hard to ...
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American word for commode

I know several words for the toilet, i.e. bathroom. However I want to know the colloquial word for the seat on which one sits while defecating. I have read john somewhere but never heard an American ...
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Meaning of smah

I was helping my child with her homework and noticed that she has learn words starting with with sm..., st.... I found word "smuh" which i had never seen before as English is not my native language ...
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Can we say Copy-Right-Free instead of CopyLeft?

say a lot of people find the phrase "copy left" confusing so you may prefer to use "copyright-free" instead. is that ok? are they having exactly same meaning?
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Is there an appropriate parting phrase to someone leaving on bad trip?

If someone you know is leaving for a vacation it's appropriate to say something like "have a good trip" A colleague was going on a trip to visit his terminally ill mother. On his last day in the ...
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Fruitful? Fruitless? Fruitempty? Fruitmore?

I notice that the word fruitful's opposite is fruitless. It's kind of bizarre. Figuratively speaking, if the activity produces no fruit, it is fruit-less. But if it does produce fruit, shouldn't it ...
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have lived vs have been living

Present Prefect- "I have lived in this town for 12 years." Present Perfect Continuous- "I have been living in this town for 12 years." In the context that I have been living in this town for 12 ...
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Positive format of the word 'weird'?

What is the equivalent adjective of the word different? It must give a positive feeling and must be opposite to the negative feeling word 'weird'. I'm writing some dialogs for my short-film where ...
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Is “the best thing since sliced bread” supposed to be taken sarcastically?

On one day my boss said that a tool I had created to speed up my work was “probably the best thing since sliced bread”. Neither one of us is a native english speaker and we don’t also have any similar ...
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Collective word for prefix, stem and suffix

Please, is there a collective word for all the parts of a word, prefix, stem and suffix?
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“Much as” vs “Much like”

"Much as they had done with her..." "Much like they had done with her..." I was told that the use of "much like" in the second sentence is grammatically wrong. Any explanation is greatly ...
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Hit and miss, or hit or miss?

Are both "Hit and miss" and "Hit or miss" valid English phrases? Hit-and-Miss Misses the Grammar Mark claims that "Hit and miss" is illogical, but I see both in Google NGrams.
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What is a Metaphor for “Being Thrown Into a Completely New Environment”

I am trying to convey how I was thrown into a completely new environment in my essay. What would be a good metaphorical representation of that?
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Are there any famous English poems that every British-raised or American-raised person knows?

In the Chinese language, there is a poem named Quiet Night Thoughts(Jing Ye Si) by Li Bai, which is known by everyone that is native to China (from little kids to very old people, even if they are ...
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Word for paying in auctions? [migrated]

I am looking for a specific word that can be used in the following situation: You are in a auction, and want to buy it, so you "place" a price.
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What does commute/commutation mean in this context?

I am trying to understand the following sentence from a legal document. Can anyone explain me what 'commutation' means? Immovable property presently sold is free and clear of all seigniorial ...
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Regional pronunciation of “houndstooth” as “houndsooth”

I have always pronounced "houndstooth" as ˈhau̇n(d)z-ˌtüth , the exact same way I would pronounce the phrase "hound's tooth". Recently, I was told that the pronunciation should be "hound sooth", ...
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Is there a word that describes this gesture of interlocking hands on the lower stomach?

Specifically, I am referring to the traditional gesture some female service staff members seem to do, when demonstrating their work or their readiness to receive orders. Also, this is the gesture ...
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Weird Use of 'Same' [duplicate]

A few times I've seen written the word same used like some sort of mass noun, to refer to something aforementioned. As a simple example: The box contains a gun. The use of same for shooting people ...
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Is there a term for a foreign word that looks like an English word but has a completely different meaning?

Examples: gift (German) = poison Poisson (French) = fish embarazada (Spanish) = pregnant triviale (Italian) = vulgar
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Notarial Deed Translation from Canadian English

I have to translate an English document from Quebec into Polish language. However, there is one sentence that I cannot understand: As the whole now subsists with all its rights members and ...
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Words without simple synonyms

Is there a word or concept that describes words lacking simple (e.g. less pretentious, less technical, less subjugating) synonyms, or more generally words without single-word synonyms. I'm looking for ...
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How to appropriately use the word “baby” as in the pattern “ ____ baby ___”; for example, “run baby run”?

As a non-native English speaker, I am not sure what is the meaning of this pattern "_ baby _" as in "run baby run"? Another example: "USA continues to "drill baby drill" (referring to oil). What other ...
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What’s the difference between a software “developer” and a software “maker”?

We usually call someone who makes software a software developer. Why don’t we call them a software maker instead? What’s the different between software developer and software maker?
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conniption origin?

I viewed the thread about conniption dido - which I'd never heard before. But was wondering what true meaning of conniption was? I always figured it was an old medical term for seizure or ...
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Quote: nearly impossible for artists to critique themselves well?

In the recently-released movie, Birdman, Michael Keaton's character witters a seemingly famous quote to Edward Norton's character about artists critiquing themselves and how it is nearly impossible to ...
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Capitalization in direct speech without quotation marks

My question has been largely answered in the discussion linked to below. However, one question remains: in mid-sentence hypothetical direct speech without quotation marks, what is preferable ...
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What figure(s) of speech or expression are in play here?

I recently heard a somewhat poetic song lyric that I couldn't pin down. The writer says of a failed relationship: We broke a diamond with our bitter words. I get diamond as a metonym for ...
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Word for “entity who/that decides whether to grant or deny a request”?

Checker comes to mind but I want something better. The context I have in mind is in software development. What would you call the mechanism that will allow or deny user actions (based on users' ...
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A word that is a little less than cold [duplicate]

I'm looking for an adjective that says "It's cold, but not that cold". For example, lukewarm means (in my mind) "It's warm, but not that warm", and I'm looking for its cold counterpart. Every ...
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a term for a “not web” traditional application

I am writing a cover letter and I would state my experience in both web application and "normal programs". "Normal programs" sounds so bad, what is a good term that I can use without delve into ...
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What is the word to describe a situation when rival gangs come together to figure out who is stronger?

a very common situation when 2 hostile groups,gangs come against each other to fight and dominate? It could be a slang word, what is the occurrence of this situation? I can think of gang fight, but ...
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intreraction the xy spin models and heisenberg “Memorandum graduated Master” [on hold]

need this chapter : xy and heisenberg Hamiltonian in the absence of magnetic field xy and heisenberg Hamiltonian in magnetic field comparison of the two models conclusion
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which is Grammaticality correct allowed for me or allow for me [on hold]

which is Grammaticality correct? Is this allowed for me? or Is this allow for me?
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He is believed to (Passive)

What is grammatically right? A famous athlete is believed to be hurt on a road accident last night. A famous athlete is believed to have been hurt on a road accident last night.
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Word for arson by secret police

Is there a word or phrase for when, during a protest meeting, the secret police lock the doors and set fire to the building?
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Why is the apostrophe spelling of 'Doh!' so common?

This really grinds my gears- It seems to be common to spell 'Doh!' (the exclamation made popular by Homer Simpson) with an apostrophe, i.e. "D'oh!" yet clearly no apostrophe is required here. Given ...
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Sentence correction

Is this sentence correct? The irony illustrates an influential theme, that power does not lie within the object but can actually lie within the persons abilities. I'm not sure about the comma ...
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Word for “to speak louder than”?

I was trying to say: I had to shout so as to X the loudness of the music. And then I realise I didn't know any word whose meaning was "to speak louder than". Does such a word exist? At first, I ...
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apart from + verb with gerund or not

I was reading the Rails Tutorial and I came across this: The div tag is a generic division; it doesn’t do anything apart from divide the document into distinct parts. I would say apart from ...
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Can we say “the must info” in the sense of valuable information?

I heard the phrase once but don't know the context of conversation. Additionally, is "the must info" grammatically correct?
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Correct title for niece's daughter

Would my niece's daughter be my "great" niece or my "grand" niece?

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