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A context describes the surroundings for a sentence.

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Meaning of simple sentence in different tenses [closed]

Hello I would like you to explain me the discrepancies and the nuances of using this simple sentence in different tenses. I would like to know the context when each of this should be used this will ...
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the function of “the origin ” in the sentence

Consider the following sentence: A shell mound exhibition center was constructed in 2002 to reproduce the distribution of the relics and lifestyle of the Neolithic age, the origin, distribution ...
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he knocks ashes out against the bars?

I'm reading Jerome K. Jerome's 'Three men in a boat' The above is about fishermen's bluff. My question is in the above paragraph a man knocks ashes (from his pipe) against the bars. But what is bars?...
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If …or less meaning here

What does this sentence convey : "If applicant holds diploma or less, attaching high school certificate is required" Does it say: wether applicant holds diploma or lesser education proving document ...
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The usage of “dead eyes”and “the eyes of death” [closed]

I am thinking about the difference between the usage of "dead eyes" and "the eyes of death". Can someone enlighten me.
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Meaning of “make way with himself”?

But that wasn't all. The father came home, right in the midst of it; the child was just buried, and he was beside himself. And -- he went on the track of his wife, and he found her, and he shot her ...
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Using far away for depth [closed]

I was filling this cloze test from a book (the bolded words are answers): There are many methods of mining, each of which is based upon where a mineral deposit is found in the earth. While some ...
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Meaning of “See that wet, see that dry!”

"You'd share and share alike with the rest, whether you'd been in that particular job or not. There's fifty members, and you'd get one-fiftieth, same as Number One and same as me." "Really? No ...
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What is the 'office of call-boy'?

From the short story Percival Bland's Proxy, by Austin Freeman written in 1913; And thus was the curtain rung down on the first act. The second act opened only a couple of days later, the office of ...
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meaning of “the field of the fullers”

Accursed be the Sea-folk, and accursed be all they who traffic with them. And as for him who for love's sake forsook God, and so lieth here with his leman slain by God's judgment, take up his body and ...
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meaning of 'in one piece'

He put his drink down in one piece and lunged for a mahogany call box on his desk. I caught the name Galbraith. I went over and unlocked the door. I just wonder the meaning of above 'in one piece' is ...
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What is the exact meaning and context of “mindgame”

As I understand "Mindgame" is something something can play with one another to trick him. But in what I am more interested in, is the meaning of the mental attitude before a sports event for instance. ...
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In poetry, what can I use to refer to someone without gender?

I am translating a poem from Korean. The poet is deliberately avoiding a gender reference (or, deeming it unnecessary) by using a neutral impersonal pronoun. In Korean there are generally few inbuilt ...
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Is the term 'rubric' only used by educators and teachers? [closed]

I recently discovered one of those words that describe something you are familiar with but have never heard of or used before. When I was in high school and university, the teachers always used the ...
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Fairly deep phrase meaning

I'm having difficulty with understanding this phrase: sorry, I've been in a fairly deep recently Is this statement cut off as not making greater sense to me? That was a response to my message.
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What is the ‘art’ mentioned in: “Art is long, and time is fleeting”? [closed]

What does art refer to in the poem: A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow? Art is long and time is fleeting My book says Art refers to the “art of living” but this doesn't convince me and ...
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“These kids I tell you” or “kids I tell you” expression meaning

I have read them in few disconnected articles and in conversations but could not understand them completely. "These kids I tell you" or "kids I tell you" expression meaning. What do they mean ?
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in pursuit of / through a pursuit of

Do those expressions have some different nuance and grammatically correct? I have seen "in pursuit of" many times but rarely seen "through a pursuit of" which one would be more proper for the ...
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the proper spot of comma in a sentence

sample: Humanity has made important discoveries(,) thanks to the development of science and technology, and yet we do not know what exists in the deepest parts of the sea and the universe. I feel ...
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Opposite of “As early as possible”

My manager asked me to finish the project as early as possible Here there is no fixed deadline available but the manager wants me to finish the project soon. Consider the case where there is a ...
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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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the gist of the passage question [closed]

I recently had this question on a placement exam, and I got it wrong. (I'm sorry it is a bit long question but it is not boring) The influence of technology on diplomacy can be illustrated by ...
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Blank dialogue question [closed]

I recently had this question on a placement exam, and I got it wrong. Which best fills in the blank dialogue between the options in the following conversation? A : Recently, I've been sleeping ...
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Quotes, Italics, or Nothing? Introducing the concept of a type of list

In the following excerpt, the author is attempting to convey the need for people to create an exhaustive list of their needs and wants. He's calling this a "needs and wants" list. Based on what I've ...
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Word for original audience?

I want to say something along the lines of: The ideas proposed within Emily Brontë’s novel ‘Wuthering Heights’ would have shocked its original audience. Where “original audience” means the ...
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Meaning of word “clutch” in this text [closed]

Martin Rees recalls his mentor Dennis Sciama's dogged commitment to the Steady State Model: "For him, as for its inventors, it had a deep philosophical appeal--the universe existed, from ...
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How common is it to use the term “overland” to refer to transport by either land or sea only excluding flying?

I know I've personally used the term "overland" in the context of travel to mean travelling by any means other than air travel. In fact I thought I picked up this usage by seeing others use it this ...
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Meaning of “ to be dizzying in”

There is a text in my english book that talks about the wetlands from Brazil and there is a sentence that goes like this: "(...) life is dizzying in its abundance, variety and beauty." I have already ...
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Possible context of “underpinning”

I wonder, if I might use the word: 'underpinning' in the context of technologies. Looking for examples, I usually only find it in the context of theories and arguments. Example: "MIMO is ...
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How do I understand when to use the phrase 'mad props'?

In Legally Blond the musical they use the phrase: MARGOT: Dear Elle, He's a lucky guy. I'm like gonna cry, I got tears coming out of my nose! Mad Props! He's the campus catch, You're a perfect ...
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How should I understand 'an alarming new normal' based on given context?

"One particular challenge with lone wolves(terrorists who are inspired by ISIS, but not directly connected with the terrorist group) is that they are harder to detect. If there is no initial ...
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'Later' of 'See you later'

See you! See you later! Is there any nuance by adding later or not?
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Meaning of “about” in this context [closed]

J. R. R. Tolkien wrote in chapter III in The Hobbit the following phrase: “There were moths fluttering about,” I know how to use the word about in most contexts. In this I don't understand what is ...
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Meaning of 'dead plumber'

'The Penance', a story of Saki, is about a dead cat. I am trying to understand a phrase in the following sentence from that story: That same evening when twilight was deepening into darkness ...
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Meaning of 'local color'?

‘Ssh! ’ said Egbert quickly. The other man laughed again. 'What a rabbit you are! It’s a pity, because she’s quite a pretty girl. It seems a pity to waste her, but I agree with him that she’s better ...