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If everyone in the world were a clone, would OPINIONS be considered OBJECTIVE? [on hold]

If everyone in the world were an identical clone, then would opinions be considered objective?
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Cry and cried - drop the y and add ied

I understand the usage of the two, but I'm looking for how to describe these types and rules for when you drop y and add ied. If that makes sense Thanks
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What does it imply when someone is called “Lucifer in the flesh”?

Washington Post (April 28) carried an article under the headline “John Boehner just called Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer in the flesh.’ He does this sometimes,” and the Stanford Daily (April 28) detailed the ...
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What does “there” refer to in the sentence?

I've read a sentence in a Burmese story. "The medico went to the nearest village and there in the bazaar he found various kinds of meat and fish" I wanted to know whether "there" refers to "the ...
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What do you call someone who takes but doesn't want to give?

What do you call someone who takes but doesn't want to give? I just don't know the appropriate adjective to use to be honest.
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Can a proposition be mistaken for a 'claim'?

You confirm that this is true. In which case..... positive declaration (eg. 'x' exists). I would suggest that the above statement is an 'if, then' proposition. Anybody making this statement cannot ...
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“Disclaimer: mock-up screens employ source material from the internet under fair-use policy”

Does the sentence in the title make sense? I have a document where I have inserted some mock-up screens that I created myself. However, the screens consist of graphics which I downloaded from the ...
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Archaic verb form “bare”, its semantics

In King James Bible, John 12:6 we read: This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. As said here, bare is archaic ...
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please let me know the meaning of “Madam Secretary” dialogues

Whenever I cannot understand some English expression, I am getting big help from this site. Very useful website and good people. Anyway. I am watching American Drama "Madam Secretary" season1, episode ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase: 'down the memory hole'?

I have heard the phrase 'down the memory hole' used before, and I believe it to have originated in the novel 1984 by George Orwell, but I'm not 100% sure the definition I've found is right: memory ...
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“Relationship to” vs. “Relationship with”

I found two different terms regarding relationship: "Relationship with the applicant" while filling the invitation form "Relationship to the applicant" while filling the application form Whether ...
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What is a visual pun? [on hold]

I know what a regular word pun is, but what qualifies as a visual pun? Please explain what qualifies as it.
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What do you call a sentence that reverses parts of the first clause in a second clause that makes sense, too?

I'm looking for the definition of a phrase like this, where two ideas of thought are reversed and still make sense. Nothing too exciting to report, but reporting nonetheless is exciting. I feel ...
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What is the meaning of “Indie games” [on hold]

Is it just as simple as a game dev studio that has no funding?(or the only funding is through fund raisers)
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Term for people that think the minority or farfetched view is always the truth? [on hold]

Not just limited to conspiracy theorists, but folks who have a tendency to believe in alternative, super minority views as THE truth and strongly believe in them with little validation or proof. They ...
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Meaning of Further

What does further mean in a sentence like: We further describe the evaluation protocol. Does it mean "we then describe the evaluation protocol"?
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By the term x y means z, what is the meaning of the word by in this context

The standard definitions of By says "agent performing the action", "do something before a certain time" etc.. but I am not able to understand what by means in this context. Usage example in Kant's ...
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Is there a connection between the words “illicit” and “elicit”?

The words "illicit" and "elicit" seem to be spelled and pronounced similarly, although their meanings appear different. Is this a coincidence or is there a connection between the two words?
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Which word is better for use and why: Datasheet or data sheet & Timesheet or time sheet

Which word is better for use and why? 1) Datasheet or data sheet, See Both Examples: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datasheet, http://www.prb.org/Publications/Datasheets.aspx 2) Timesheet or time ...
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“Abstract nonsense” — does it have negative meaning?

Is the collocation "abstract nonsense" coloured somehow in negative way? I mean mostly the second word -- can it mean "something too strange to be good" or something like this, and in what context?
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“Incremental” growth as growth by a minimum unit

I always thought that the literal meaning of "incremental growth" was growth by one, or by some minimum unit, that "to increment by one" would be redundant, and that other usages (for addition by ...
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What's the difference between 'natural selection' and 'evolution'? [on hold]

Would you please ,tell me about 'natural selection 'by an example :)
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What is a nester?

The family lifecycle (FLC) idea has been particularly threatened. The FLC traces the development of a person’s life along a path from young and single, to married with no children, married with ...
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Does “Please verify your address” mean what I think it means?

I have noticed that customer service reps often ask me to "verify my address" or "verify my date of birth". I am not a native English speaker, but the way I understand the word "verify", I would then ...
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What is the meaning of “keeping things neutral between two people that have messed around”

What does it mean when someone tells you: They want to keep things neutral after you have messed around
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Does the joined word “Appresenter” implies resenting or presenting? [on hold]

What is the english implication of connecting these two words (app and present) to one appresenter... does this joined word implies resenting or presenting an app
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what is “a backyard project”?

"Jennings is the founder of Mambo, the Australian surf-wear brand famous for its cheeky prints. It started as a backyard project in the 1980s and grew into a multi-million dollar company with 22 ...
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I wonder the meaning of “Madam Secretary” dialogues

I am watching American Drama "Madam Secretary" season1, episode 14. And there are some dialogues I can't understand. I wonder what's the meaning of last two sentence. Please help me! Russell:I'm sure ...
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What is that called . B 0 ? / K [on hold]

Meaning of this message as some body has sended me this message I don't know about that
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What does “workday innovation” mean? [on hold]

Should I understand this as an innovative action undertaken on a working day? Is this phrase grammatically correct?
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what does pi mean?

I've ordered some good from supplier. and before shipping the products he sent me the following: how much is the goods do you want to declare,as i need to make the pi what does pi mean ? pi is a ...
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What is “an engaging content program”?

What is "an engaging content program"? I am reading a text about email-marketing and this phrase puzzled me. Here is some context: It’s time to start working on a newsletter design that converts. ...
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Help with “Rush the net”

It didn’t feel any more disjunctive than seeing Suzanne Lenglen rush the net in a full-length dress in say, 1916. Hey guys! I did not get meaning of "rush the net" exactly. Any idea? Thanks a ...
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I don't understand drama “Madam Secretary” dialogue

guys. I am whatching American Drama "Madam Secretary" season1, episode 13. And there are some dialogue I can't understand. Pat: It's a little fancy for a civil servant, but then, you came from a ...
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Is there a difference in the word person and individual in regards to law? [on hold]

What is the difference in the word person and individual in regards to law?
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What can you 'distort'? [on hold]

You can distort facts, truth, images, signals. What else can you distort? Please give examples of using this verb.
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What does “I will lose” in the lyrics of a world without love which goes: [on hold]

So I wait, and in a while I will see my true love smile She may come, I know not when When she does, I'll lose So baby until then Lennon/Paul
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What do you call a student who studies extra at home to become proficient?

What is the British English term for someone (a student) who goes home after classes and practices the lesson learned that day, or becomes proficient in the lesson taught? It is not a positive ...
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Disguised order / command

Is it a disguised command, when someone starts a sentence with; 'Maybe you could...' e.g. 'turn on the heater'; 'add more salt'? If you remove 'maybe you could' from the sentence, you are left with ...
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I have this move, so I came here to bust it [closed]

In the film How I met your mother,episode 5 season 1, Marshall talk to Robin : I have this move, so I came here to bust it. I don't understand the meaning of this. Please explain it to me. Thank you. ...
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Is there a difference in terms of a meaning between “be quoted as saying” and “quote someone as saying”?

He's been quoted as saying that they will reassess after the primaries next Tuesday. He quoted Mr Polay as saying that peace negotiations were already underway...
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Anyone helps me understand a sentence below?

In a recent article, I didn't fully understand the meaning of "on the books" in this context. Anyone with interests in ongoing presidential elections in the United States cares to enlighten me? ...
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I use british english as my english language. I prefer you to answer my question [closed]

Why alcohol can flow easily but honey can't?
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Usage of evocative [closed]

These images are so evocative which bring my childhood memory. Is it a correct and meaningful sentence? Can anyone please correct this if it's incorrect?
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Why is a young man called “son,” but a young woman is never called “daughter”?

In American English, it is acceptable and common that an older man calls a man his junior, "son"—even if the younger man is not the older man's child (or related to him in any way). Definition of ...
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Definition of 'Familiarity' in the English Linguistics [on hold]

My understanding of ‘familiarity’ according to the theories Christophersen, Karttunen, and Heim claimed is that it does not embrace those referents interpreted under ‘accomodation,’ ‘inferrability,’ ...
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What does “owes a great debt to the 19th century” mean?

I encountered a sentence: With the invention of the printing press in 1440 by Johannes Gutenberg the nature of bookbinding changed. More books were produced and the binder had to find new, faster ...
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Are “rent per day” and “rent per month” correct expressions?

Do determine the type of a suggestion in a real estate catalogue, besides "for sale", we must also denote real estate suggested to be rented on daily basis and on monthly basis. Is "per day" correct? ...
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“Friendship that insists upon agreement on all things isn't worth the name” meaning? [on hold]

here is the sentence Gandhi said and I am not sure what it exactly means. "Friendship that insists upon agreement on all things isn't worth the name" Can I interpret the sentence like the below? => ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence from the book The magic of Thinking Big? [migrated]

Few people I know of any age are reaping more from life than this senior citizen who resolved not to got out to pasture. Also what does pasture mean here. Thank You.