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How to explain saying to someone in precise way

The meaning of following saying, in my opinion, is whoever said it is now happy about the difficult and challenging life which helped him to grow. Without it he wouldn't have been successful person. I ...
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What is difference between timetable and schedule?

I'm building an application, that shows schedule/timetable for university students. I'm confusing, what is the correct word for it: schedule or timetable? How should I name it? Here is the result of ...
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To university or to the university [closed]

Is better to say "to university" or "to the university"? I have this doubt.
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A word to describe the believing that two events occuring at the same time are linked to eachother while they are not correlated at all

A word to describe the believing that two events occuring at the same time are linked to eachother while they are not correlated at all. For example: Bob walks on the street and yells at someone who ...
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What is the meaning of the sentence [closed]

Taking in with a wave of his hand the rich, black earth spreading all the way to the horizon, he exclaimed: “My God, what couldn’t we do with such wonderful land.” Then he added as an afterthought: “...
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Problem on using been properly [duplicate]

What is difference between meaning please help on this topic for the last time. I've been to London. I've never been to London. I'd been to London. I'd never been to London. I've been in London. ...
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What do these words and sentences mean?

I'm translating an episode of a TV series called "Sons of Anarchy". In a scene (where business partners have a meeting): A: "Quinn showed us some Red Woody rough cuts. Business is good." B: ...
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Is there a purpose behind strange “this will serve as” language for airline announcements?

I've been attempting to search for an explanation for the reason for the odd turn of phrase that crept into airport language in the USA 10+ years ago. All of a sudden it seemed that common phrases ...
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Double negation: not, neither - nor in a sentence

Can you please explain why these sentence are correct: He hadn’t done any homework, neither had he brought any of his books to class. We didn’t get to see the castle, nor did we see the ...
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What does 'folk refrain and diction' mean here?

"He composed several truly original 'story poems' in folk refrain and diction". I did search the meanings of 'refrain' and 'diction' on internet but could not make sense with their use in the ...
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What does the author want to say in these lines?

"I suppose the sets and the studio lights needed the girls and boys to be made to look ugly in order to look presentable in the movie" (Please have a look at the image I have attached, which actually ...
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Why spacecraft without -s in plural? [duplicate]

Why is it common to say spacecraft without -s in plural?
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Get to doing something

I've heard this construction a few times. What does it mean exactly, and is it grammatically correct? For example: "it underwent a number of changes until it got to being exactly what I wanted ...
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The meaning of “diversify” [closed]

I have this sentence: Many wheat farmers have begun to diversify into other forms of agriculture. And I struggle to understand the meaning of "diversify" here. Does this sentence mean that they ...
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Can you explain the end of this long law sentence for me [closed]

This is the sentences. It's really long and complicated and I'm not native English speaker. The end is not clear for me and I don't understand the parts about foreign law and award and etc. Slade ...
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Analysis of the Phrase "if you have questions, then I'll be available after class [duplicate]

I am looking for an analysis or explanation of the phrase "if you have questions, then I'll be available after class." Although this is structured like a conditional, it's not actually a semantically ...
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What do we mean by “Mastering the elements” [closed]

In our company, there are several values to respect, all the employees must have these values and practice them, on the other hand the company too has its principles and qualities, one of these ...
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Dilemma regarding use of 'Shortly'

I am waiting for my exam result. Today my Institute website says "Results will be declared shortly". I am confused whether it means result will be declared today or within somedays? What exactly ...
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What exactly is a shoulder cord when speaking about military uniform? How to distinguish it from a lanyard, aiguillette and fourragere? [closed]

I think I know what the fourragere, aiguillete and lanyard are so you don't have to worry about explaining those but I just don't get the point about wearing the shoulder cord. I haven't found the ...
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What does “Wine! Because you never got a pony” mean?

The term Wine! Because you never got a pony appeared in a meme on my social media. My first reaction was to question if there was a spelling mistake, i.e. Whine! Because you never got a pony would ...
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Explanation of “You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs” [closed]

I was reading a novel when I happened to stumble upon a expression that a character had said: "You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs." I thought real hard about but I can't seem to ...
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What does 'meta' mean? [duplicate]

I referred to the urban dictionary and it says meta means something used to characterize something that is characteristically self-referential. But I'm still confused. Cause I don't see any ...
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'white-sleeve badge? [closed]

Can somebody please explain this expression from a Mark Twain story: 'Sedgemoor trade-mark, white sleeve badge'? Here is the context: Among other things he said that my character was written in my ...
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The Richest Man in Babylon Explanation

I am reading "The Richest Man in Babylon" but could not get the meaning of the following sentences: Provide also that thy family may not want should the Gods call thee to their realms. For such ...
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What is a “Knee-jerk contradiction”? [closed]

In the discourse-guidelines there are multiple bullet points of what to avoid to improve conversation. One of these points is Knee-jerk contradiction. Now I know what a knee-jerk is and I know that (...
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Need help in understanding the question

I have a problem in understanding the sentence Alpha indicates the IoU (Intersection over Union) for neighbouring candidate boxes; step sizes of the sliding windows are determined such that one ...
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Hello, I am confused with days calculation, can someone clarify this for me? [closed]

for example If you had shower on Monday(2.1.2017 18:00), then you had no shower on Tuesday (3.1.2017 18:00) and then had shower again on Wednesday (4.1.2017 18:00) And it is still 4.1.2017 on-going ...
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“Everything you want (to do)” vs “All you want (to do)”

On a language-exchange app I use, a non-native speaker said (emphasis mine): When you are absolutely sick and tired of exams and everything you want is to listen to music One person corrected ...
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What does “To avoid IP issues” mean? [closed]

I'm following a discussion on a public forum and, one of the users replied the following: Hmmm....I honestly never dealt with large arrays like that. Can you post a screen grab of what you ...
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The meaning of “stalking dirt-floor stalls”

So much has been written about that night in the years since that fact and myth have become intertwined. Regular power-outs, a guest list of Beatles and Blow-Ups, acid casualties stalking dirt-...
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The meaning of “is right up there” [closed]

Bob Dylan’s first electric tour, the Velvets’ Exploding Plastic Inevitable, the Pistols and Buzzcocks in Manchester ’76. Some gigs continue to resonate for decades after the band leaves the stage. ...
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What does “small way” mean?

I want to ask the meaning of this passage: He was falling, landing heavily on the rocks of the creek bed. He lay there, gulping in the sweet air among the rocks. He must carry on down, even a small ...
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“My bad” versus “My mistake”

What is the difference between the expressions "my bad", which I believe is informal, and "my mistake"? Is register the only difference between these two expressions? I had never thought about it, ...
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Word or phrase for the moment/reason/motive you reveal to someone why you had acted a certain way prior to parting ways

A massive cliche in action movies (especially James Bond), but is there actually a word for that moment when the evil villain reveals their deadly plot to the action hero before (usually attempting ...
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Is there any difference between ”control of/over“ and ”power over"

For example, what to choose here? "To compete for the control of/over a corporation" or "To compete for the power over a corporation" UPDATE If two workers compete for absolute control/power, what ...
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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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The meaning of the 'enclosure' word

I can't understand the meaning of the word 'enclosure' in the context: "This client reads one or more RSS feeds, queues up the enclosures for download, and processes several downloads in parallel ...
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Please help me to understand the following definition of “Precautionary Principle”

for "precautionary princple", it gives the following definition. where there are threats or serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific cerntainty shall not be used as a reason for ...
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How to name information that has to be provided to someone vs by someone?

In web app user interface I have a screen for a "task". On this screen, a user can see a form with fields. For each field user can indicate one of two options: This field contains information that is ...
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What is the meaning, form and pronunciation for the items listed in bold? [closed]

Tide laundry detergent is meant to be used for household cleaning purposes, but thieves are turning it into something dirty. Authorities are reporting a spike in thefts of Tide, and in some cities ...
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What does “Polite conversation is rarely either” mean?

What does the quote by Fran Lebowitz "Polite conversation is rarely either" mean? Does it mean "If it's polite it's likely not a conversation, if it's a conversation it's likely not polite?"
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Why are there two “to”s in “from … to … to …”?

To denote that something applies to a wide range of items you can use the phrase "from ... to ... to ...", e.g. Animals can live anywhere, from forests to deserts to deepest pits of the oceans. ...
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What exactly does it mean for one to “…bleed on the page…”?

This question is spurred by some quotes I found connected to George Lucas and the creation/writing of Star Wars that I used in this answer on the “Movies & TV” Stack Exchange site. Specifically ...
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Usage/meaning of would in this very specific context (book)

Can anyone explain me the meaning of would (underlined) in this specific context? How would you rephrase this sentence? It's an excerpt from the book In the Teeth of The Evidence: And Other Mysteries ...
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Explanation of “harder than a monk's jockstrap”

In Hard Girls by Martina Cole there is this sentence (it's on Google books if you want context): Patrick had once remarked that Jennifer James was harder than a monk's jockstrap I'm a native ...
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Meaning of “There is no better time to be happy than now.”

Does it mean that the timing to be happy is rare, so that we should seize the day and be happy? Could anyone help clarify, please?
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Is delayed appositive correct term for this?

I have heard a term called delayed appositive, which is an appositive that is delayed as shown below. The hunter was trying to fight the bear, a real brute of a man. Here, this a real brute of a ...
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Explanation of a phrase

I was reading the book The Power of Habit, and I came across this beautiful phrase : Water is most apt analogy of how habit works."Water hollows out for itself a channel, which grows broader and ...
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“… with little interference to absorption-with one exception.” What does this mean?

I have read this information in some blog: Can someone explain what the sentence "About 50% of the small intestine can be removed with little interference to absorption-with one exception" means?
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Please, could anyone help explain this sentence to me? [closed]

"I'm afraid anything that involves language learning has always defeated me." I found this sentence in a Cambridge dictionary, and I wonder that why this sentence has 3 verbs but just 1 ...