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"I dislike his being blunt" means I dislike it when he speaks in a blunt manner. "I dislike him being blunt" means I dislike this person-- when he is being blunt. Actually, the first is more grammatically correct--and this is probably what the speaker means to say--- but people very often use the second way.


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[the] reveal the moment in which previously withheld information about characters or plot is unveiled.


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According to ThisDayinQuotes.com in the September 19, 1926 edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune...in [his] column “Notes on Journalism” what Mencken actually said was: No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the ...


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In addition to the fact already mentioned that "killed" is less specific than murdered, I'd say that "the killed man" is unidiomatic. "Killed" and "murdered" are both verbs, but here they are used as an adjective, making them attributive verbs. By using these verbs without an object as in your examples, they become deverbal adjectives (verbs behaving ...


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I have a couple suggestions for the reason: Vindicate: to show that (someone or something that has been criticized or doubted) is correct, true, or reasonable http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vindicate Justify: to provide or be a good reason for (something) to prove or show (something) to be just, right, or reasonable to provide a good ...


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The "past week" refers to the most recent week. If this is the fourth week of July, the "past" week would be the third week of July. The "last week" refers to the final week in a series. If the fourth week of July is the last, or final of four weeks of July, the current week would be the last week of July. "Last" week can be used for the "past" week, if ...


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The difference is "past week" would be to count back exactly a week from now, while "last week" is the calendar week preceding the present week. "Past week" is usually used when going through something/event. "Last week" is usually used to point to that particular week. Example: For the past week, it was raining heavily. Last week, it was ...


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Patch to mean an area where one operates (especially for police officers, criminals or salesmen) is common in informal BrE. It could sometimes equate to a hometown but not always. 3.1 British informal An area for which someone is responsible or in which they operate : we didn’t want any secret organizations on our patch More example sentences ...


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Your health condition entitles you to the seat upgrade. M-W: entitled -ˈtīt-liŋ, -əl-iŋ\ transitive verb 1 : to give a title to : designate 2 : to furnish with proper grounds for seeking or claiming something


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I would go with parting shot: A final remark, usually cutting or derogatory, made just before departing. The parting shot can (and usually does, at least in movies) include a revelation.



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