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Is the phrase “I'm not happy unless you are” deliberately ambiguous?

The phrase "I'm not happy unless you are" is usually understood as "I'm not happy unless you are [happy]". However, it could be understood as "I'm not happy unless you are [not happy]". Is this ...
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Meaning of “entertain” in this sentence?

Hearers will accept what speakers say, and so speakers will reasonably expect hearers to accept, consider, or entertain what they say about objects or states of affairs not within the immediate ...
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The meaning of the following Sentence — “Learning disabilities are immutable irrespective of time and nature of interventions”?

Can anyone please explain to me the meaning of the following sentence? Learning disabilities are immutable irrespective of time and nature of interventions. I am also not sure whether the ...
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What is the difference between “to benefit from” and “to profit from”? [closed]

I do not understand when it is more accurate to say "to benefit from" than "to profit from". Are they interchangeable or is there precise context to employ one rather than the other?
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What does “spokes” mean in this context?

As far as I know and have checked a few dictionaries and done some research, spoke is either a verb, past tense of speak, or a noun which has a few meanings such as the metal bars on a bicycle wheel; ...
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What « Super User » mean in the StackEchange network? [closed]

I recently browsed into the Stack Exhange page and saw a Community called « Super User » and even after looking for a definition online I found the following: a consumer of electrical power. Which ...
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Zeal vs. Zest. Am I Using them Correctly Here?

Hello beautiful people, I'm writing a poem and I want to make sure I'm using "zeal" and "zest" correctly. To give context, it's about a storyteller (being I) retelling a story of a man who is giving ...
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Ambiguity of a phrase in the Java specification documentation

I have met the following text in the Java Specification Lines are terminated by the ASCII characters CR, or LF, or CR LF. The two characters CR immediately followed by LF are counted as one line ...
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Meaning of “could” in a question. Implied condition

I have a question concerning the meaning of "could" in this sentence: "It could refer back to the subject, Jane, or it could refer to somebody else." As I understand this, there's an implied ...
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Ambiguous meaning of the sentence

There is the sentence: "Women have an ability to make men think they are in charge". I do not get who is in charge eventually? Women make men think that men in charge? or Women make men think that ...
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Can the word “doing” be used in singular for activity without a goal? [closed]

I'm looking for a word, that describes activity without a specific goal. (Its opposite, activity with a goal, would be "project".) The best candidate for me is currently the word "doing". But I'm not ...
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“without” without object?

Below is an encrypt from John Lock's "An Essay on Human Understanding". I am not able to understand the meaning of "without" in this context. The problem is that it's object is not mentioned. I ...
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Convey 2 meanings in one sentence correctly [closed]

The sentence is "Tom was the first ever student from Jacksonville University to qualify for the prestigious math competition, while only being in his sophomore year" What i what to emphasise is that ...
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What is “remedy against the lusts of the flesh”? [closed]

I am struggling to understand the following sentence. “I tell them that if they will occupy themselves with the study of mathematics they will find in it the best remedy against the lusts of the ...
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Does “pass” mean OK or not OK? [closed]

Today, I received a folder of Recruiting candidate CVs from one of our HR. In this folder, there is a sub-folder named "pass". Question is does this "pass" mean the CVs inside are OK or not OK? If I ...
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All vs There Exist

If one is asked a question such as "choose all forms of data that apply?", and in the options there exists possible anwsers that denote large groups of data sets, but only a subset of that large group ...
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Can anyone tell me what “a card scandal” in this sentence means?

I have a question about a sentence from Sherlock Holmes's series "The Adventure of the Three Students". Here it goes. He was nearly expelled over a card scandal in his first year. Can anyone be ...
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“All but” idiom or excluding “but” in this context?

I'm having a bit of trouble with this section of a biology paper: "LSU was amplified in these species using F63.2 and Mollusc28R2, which amplified all but ~400 bases at the 3' end of the gene." Does ...
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What does “be in like manner” in this sentence mean?

Should the people of America divide themselves into 3 or 4 nations, would not the same thing happen? Would not similar jealousies arise, and be in like manner cherished? What does be in like manner ...
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Does using 'pen' as a verb unambiguously mean that what is written was written with a pen?

I am rewriting an employee handbook. I have a goal of making the handbook more understandable. In some cases this means I have to put more ideas than what the previous handbook has, because the ...
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Use of he, him and it in a conversation

I don't fully understand the relationship between the following conversations. Suppose, two men are fighting, and there are three commentators. At this point man 2 intends to attack man 1. ...
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Difficulty understanding some phrases in a paragraph

Can anyone help me explain the total meaning of this paragraph? Exercise 3.43: Suppose that the balances in three accounts start out as $10, $20, and $30, and that multiple processes run, ...
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What does “as busy as it gets” mean? [closed]

What does "as busy as it gets mean? For instance, 6 PM: Usually as busy as it gets (about a sinagogue). Or the photo below is called "As busy as it gets"
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What means that “Nail”? [closed]

What does nail mean in the below sentence? ( Here C# is a programming language) Nail Your C# Developer Interview.
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What does “reaching nothing down” and “I was promoted to him” mean?

I am reading "Quality" by John Galsworthy and there are some phrases and lines which I could not grasp. I thought that this site would be the perfect place to ask this question. Below are some lines ...
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Meaning of these phrases from “Quality”

I am reading "Quality" by John Galsworthy and there are some phrases and lines which I could not grasp. I thought that this site would be the perfect place to ask this question. My Questions: What ...
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The ambiguity of: “resent your message” [closed]

I am not a native English speaker. Thus I am not sure about the meaning of an email I received. Since the writer is important to me and I depend on his good will, I am afraid to ask him what he wanted ...
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What does the phrase “Mind your business” mean or refer to? [closed]

What is the meaning of the phrase "Mind your business", as used on the 'Fugio Cent' copper penny, during the period of the Congress of the Confederation in America?
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Which of these two possible meanings of this sentence is correct? [closed]

I have a question regarding this quote from "Ravens" by "Mount Eerie": And in every dream I have at night And in every room I walk into like here Where I sit the next October Still seeing ...
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May I get a simpler-structured sentence than that one?

I totally couldn't understand what is trying to be said because of the complex grammatical structures and ambiguous words. Here is the full sentence: God to him was the incarnation of the pure ...
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The difference between the meanings of “assumption” and “hypothesis” in the mentioned context? [closed]

What is the difference between the meanings of "assumption" and "hypothesis" in the following context. Feminist researchers have also developed alternatives to assumptions, research questions, ...
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How do “a headache” & “headaches” make you feel? What is the difference?

In the dictionary, headache is a countable noun. head‧ache /ˈhedeɪk/ ●●● S2 W3 noun [countable] 1 a pain in your head If you have a headache, you should take some aspirin. Ok, most ...
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Restate a question… in short responses?

Can someone please help me understand the meaning of this phrase? to restate a question in short responses How can a question (if it's something asked) be restated (paraphrased or repeated or ...
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Am I interpreting these correctly?

Right now I am reading a chapter in Walden. There are two instances where I seem to be missing the mark because the summaries I read online (ie Sparknotes) do not corroborate the interpretation I'm ...
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Confusion within Nabokov's Lolita [closed]

In Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita, right at the end of the 10th chapter, there is the following line that managed to perplex me: [T]he vacuum of my soul managed to suck in every detail of her ...
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Stack vs stuck in the StackExchange [closed]

I am not sure where to ask the question. Will be grateful if someone would move it to the right site. Right now you can see StackExchange in the left upper corner. Let us google the meaning of the ...
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Does waiter still applied as male server? [closed]

I am not native English speaker. Want to ask, does 'Waiter' still applied to male specific gender of 'Server'? Or could we call female server as Waiter too? The thing is I am currently developing a ...
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How to distinguish the temporal and causal meanings of 'since'

Here is a question by Cardinal from ELL (reproduced below). Although it already has an answer, I am looking for more detail, specifically about the differences in the causal and temporal meanings of '...
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“Marking a question as duplicate … except when a question is closed as a duplicate…”?

From the Help Center: Marking a question as duplicate is part of the question closing procedure, except when a question is closed as duplicate, the title is appended with "[Duplicate]" rather than "...
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Is the following information being said in the implied quote, to the reader, or is it ambiguous

I am referring specifically to the phrase "which we weren't." I cannot tell whether or not he is saying it to the reader or if it is part of his reply. Is it ambiguous? First example: "I replied ...
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What does 'their' designate in this sentence?

From Article 1 of GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TRADE IN SERVICES: For the purposes of this Agreement: (a) "measures by Members" means measures taken by: (i) central, regional or local governments and ...
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“Come to my roof” - does it sound awkward and/or ambiguous to natives?

From the allegedly official English subitles to a foreign movie. Confidentiality hinders me from disclosing further context. Character A addresses Character B, by saying: Come to my roof. Is A ...
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Possible ambiguity in a contract, ambiguous modifier

I just had a long discussion with someone about the following sentence from a contract (highlighting by me): The Author offers the Publisher an option to acquire the publishing rights under the ...
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Usage and meaning of “bad behavior to begin with”

I see the usage of 'bad behavior to begin with' in many places but I can't grasp the real meaning of it. I see following in internet. eg: Above all this isn't a place to call out bad behaviour to ...
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How to tell which sentences expressing purposes & which ones expressing reasons?

In Collins COBUILD English Usage: for If something is for someone, they are intended to have it or benefit from it. He left a note for her on the table. She held out the flowers and ...
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What does “pretty” mean in this context?

Does the sentence mean that Mr. Trump's comments sound hollow? I don't think it means simply "looking bad." Far from taking Washington by storm, America’s CEO is out of his depth. The art of ...
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What does “secret handshake” mean in the context?

I've read the following sentences from a book: I wanted it so bad, I’d throw myself into practicing but somehow never got good —while other kids who weren’t putting in nearly the same amount of ...
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with atleast 60% marks in either of the degree examination- [closed]

a candidate must possess the minimum qualification of a Graduate/Post Graduate in any discipline from a recognized University with at least 60% marks in either of the degree examination: Does it refer ...
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What does the RSI abbreviation stand for?

I'm reading an article about innovative design tooling from the perspective of divergence and convergence. Everything had been pretty much straightforward until I stumbled upon this "RSI" abbreviation....
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What's the meaning of “other hours”? [closed]

I'm stuck with the phrase "other hours" used in the following context: Hours went into the plotting of graphs, and other hours into instructing an assistant how to plot. Does that mean that 1/2 ...