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Understanding a sentence about electrical switches

Obviously, an LBS does not support the protection over the costs of a CB, as it is designed to meet the requirements of IEC 60947-3 only. So how should i understand this correctly? I need to ...
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Change of subject in respect of “in order to”

"In order to" or the shortened version "to" always require that the subject of the main clause and subordinate clause are the same (cf. https://englishstudypage.com/grammar/using-in-order-to-in-...
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What does “Nothing is too good for him to eat.” mean?

I don't exactly know what it means. Which is the correct form below? All are good enough for him to eat. There is not any good thing (or food) for him to eat. From The Forsyte Saga: The Man ...
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can we use 'assign' like this?

In my article, there's a part that I want to say that we should keep some of our old buildings because of its historical value and implement our city development plans in another area. so is this ...
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What is the English equivalent for “для особо одарённых”?

There is a steady expression in Russian: "для особо одарённых". It can be used in such context: Повторяю для особо одарённых... Straight translation is "I repeat for the gifted". But in general it ...
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What's the meaning of “put on your mac” and “put on your heels”?

I'm A Dog - D.Brown "Put on your Mac, put on your heels" From point-blank range you shoot to kill, yeah Wonder if you know how I feel Like it's just you and me in here, yeah Hello kitty you're so ...
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What is the meaning of “administrative”? [closed]

In IAS full form : Indian Administrative Services. What is the meaning of administrative ?
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“Compass” as in “compass their ends” — meaning in context

Anatomy of the sentence: Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing I know this is the origin of "all that is necessary for evil to ...
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Please help me with this [closed]

My questions are below in bullet points but Firstly I would like to let you know about something that may help you better understand what I am trying to write as well as being able to help me better. ...
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What does the phrase “offers no provision” mean?

The Wikipedia page for Hart Island says that The only access to Hart Island is by ferryboat. Hart Island and the pier on Fordham Street on City Island are restricted areas under the jurisdiction of ...
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How did you use that information to help solve/solving the problem?

I have recently read someone saying: - How did you use that information to help solve the problem? so my question is, what's the grammar rule that makes this right as opposed to - How did you use ...
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What is the difference between words “notability” and “significance”?

I've seen somewhere that "notable" is related to a person or a concrete thing, while "significant" is related to a sign or a symbol. Is it correct?
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Is medicine a humanity?What does the humanity here refer to?

Humanity’s dramatic progress against specific infectious diseases has far outstripped the pace of investment in good health care systems, responsive governance, dependable infrastructure, and the ...
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What does “I want the boat flipped” mean? [closed]

I'm not sure about the meaning of "I want the boat flipped". It is the Captain of yacht talking to his crew. Can it mean that he wants his crew to thoroughly clean the boat?
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What does “the stable saving truth” in this passage mean?

A computer would wait forever to receive my command but would process it the very moment I hit Enter, no questions asked. No teacher had ever been so patient, yet so responsive. Nowhere else—certainly ...
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I want to know the meaning of the phrase below [closed]

Things will have their first or second agitation: if they be not tossed upon the arguments of counsel, they will be tossed upon the waves of fortune; and be full of inconstancy, doing and undoing, ...
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He could scarcely provide a more striking contrast to [migrated]

Sandeep Mathrani starts as the office-rental firm’s chief executive today. He could scarcely provide a more striking contrast to WeWork’s founder and ousted boss, Adam Neumann. With no prior ...
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Is there a name for the phenomenon that something becomes less so as it becomes more popular? [closed]

Apologies in advance if this is silly. I've come to think that some things become less so as they become more popular. I'm wondering if someone ever wrote/talked about this and if it has a name. For ...
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Which is the meaning of “living in chop”?

I am reading a science-fiction short story and I met this sentence that I can't understand. "living in chop” You can read the the whole sentence in the attached file. What does it means?
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Meaning of the slang word “yep” [closed]

When I use the word yep my girlfriend tells me it means no. She might be seeing just the dismissive part of the question. What I've found just now is that it means yes to the question and no that you ...
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'what would make you think that' vs 'what make you think that' [migrated]

What would make you think that? What make you think that? What meaning does would add? I don't know well how to use "would". I understand a little when it's used as a past principle of will, but ...
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Confusing use of 'up to'

You can cancel the tickets up to thirty minutes before the scheduled departure of the train. Is the use of 'up to'semantically correct? Or, is 'at least' more appropriate to replace 'up to'? Should ...
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what does it mean?All presents and acouted for [closed]

I saw that in first Episode of The Pin and Jake's adverture Seoson 1..what does it mean?
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As a noun, does the word 'laic' operate as a synonym for the word 'layperson'? [duplicate]

Based off of my Internet searches, it is not quite clear to me in what way this word operates. Collins Dictionary, according to the page at which I looked when I looked up the word 'laic', said that ...
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“To the extent of” in this context

Often it is suggested that the differences amount only to personal preference. However, not all of the descriptions are equally able to describe all observations of the real world. To the extent ...
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“Will you be at home tomorrow?” and “Are you going to be at home tomorrow?”. What is the difference? [duplicate]

Can't undrestand what is the real difference between "Will you be at home tomorrow?" and "Are you going to be at home tomorrow?". Both variants are grammatically correct. Maybe it is some meaning ...
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'In tone' meaning [migrated]

I've read a text aboat early friendship effect on relationship with siblings. This text is in the book 'Vocabulary for IELTS'. In a sentence it says: And children who as preschoolers were able to ...
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What is the meaning of “We have outfoxed the fox, which makes us very bloody foxy.” in the TV series Misfits?

In the episode 5 of season 1 of the British television series Misfits the character Nathan Young says: We have outfoxed the fox, which makes us very bloody foxy. Transcript. What does it mean in ...
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What does “Manistan” mean?

The word is in Chapter two of Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me (have to read this for a class). It seems to be a new word that was coined by Hamida Ghafour, but I can't find anything about ...
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Should we avoid using the word Endeavor when unlikelihood of success is implied?

When I was investigating the difference between the verbs Endeavor and Strive, I read a description which sounded quite ambiguous to me (possibly because I’m not a native English speaker). The exact ...
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I thought it was the other way around vs I would've thought it was the other way around [migrated]

"I'm the chick and Chandler's the duck." "I would've thought it was the other way around." These sentences are from the television show Friends. I think instead of the second sentence, using I ...
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conferring - to confer - meaning

I'm from Brazil and here the word confer (conferir) has the same meaning as check. But in the dictionaries online I couldn't find this meaning in its definition: https://www.merriam-webster.com/...
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He laughs best who laughs last

He laughs best who laughs last. Can anyone tell me what the above sentence means? From the structure of the sentence, the clause 'who laughs last' is the object of the verb 'laugh' and 'best' is ...
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What does “a lesser human being” mean?

I want to understand what the speaker meant in this sentence. You’re a lesser human being. Actually I've checked with this site but I don't really understand that meant. Could anyone give me a ...
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'I thought i have known you.' and 'I thought i had known you' [migrated]

Which sentence is grammatically correct and what does the sentence mean? I'm a bit confused about the sentence can be mixed with present and past tense or not?
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The meaning of “if you can't make it anymore”

When I was reading Twitter, I found the sentence using “can't make it anymore”. I could get it out what the sentence means but I couldn't get any result in google about the meaning of “can't make it ...
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What is a “pony soldier”?

In New Hampshire yesterday, presidential candidate Biden called a voter a "lying, dog-faced pony soldier". In this context, what is meant by a "pony soldier"?
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In “experience teaching”, is “experience” a noun adjunct?

In an MIT textbook from 2007 the author, Robert G. Gallager, writes in the preface: My original purpose was to write an undergraduate text on digital communication, but experience teaching this ...
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Net as an abbreviation for network?

I'm wondering if net is a suitable abbreviation for network. On the one hand, it sounds fine for me (maybe because I'm used to this terminology from the internet or similar). Apart from that, common ...
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What does “extended” mean? [closed]

What does "extended" mean below? Extended to whom or what? Is this meaning of "extended" esoteric? At Politics SE, Jontia commented But in this context extended means granted. The UK does not have ...
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Nobody at the table said so[meaning here] [migrated]

I read this passage in I heard you paint houses: The night before my testimonial dinner, Russ and I had a sit-down with Jimmy. We sat at a table at Broadway Eddie's, and Russell Bufalino told Jimmy ...
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Can the word “deepen” be replaced by another word in the article title? [closed]

When glimpsing the title "Is Russia eyeing Belarus takeover? Integration talks deepen", I think the word "deepen" is ambiguous and guess it means "worsen". Perhaps the reporter uses a confusing word ...
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What does “maintain a definition” mean in this passage please?

The Census Bureau, the data angency charged with creating statistics on household incomes and their distribution, does not maintain an official definition of middle class status. This is because there ...
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What does “Chap” when it describes a person? [closed]

Hello I am a student and I was wondering what "chap" means in this particular form. Because you ‘re not the kind of father a chap could go when he is in trouble These words are from the play "...
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What does “ a humorist of no small parts” mean in this sentence please?

It was in this letter that he mentions how More, himself a humorist of no small parts, had given him the original idea for his "Praise of Folly" and very likely it was the good-natured horse-play of ...
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Need help to explain “set a-rattling the sabers of”

Austin had distanced himself and his colonists from American filibusters in dramatic and determined fashion, but the sad escapade set a-rattling the sabers of many a newspaper editor in the United ...
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Show somebody to something

The verb "show" doesn't need any preposition. We show somebody something. So what does this structure mean: Show somebody to something For example: They show me to a cent. What I feel is it is ...
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“Studied at” vs. “Went to”

What is the difference between the two. I realize "went to" might be a bit less formal but both are correct, aren't they? For context, while in class I said to the teacher "I went to (name of school) ...
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Using colon in display of numerical time DURATION

What was Jeff's time? +--------+----------------------+ | Person | Time taken (minutes) | +--------+----------------------+ | Jeff | 0:06 | | John | 0:07 | | Peter ...
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What’s the difference between “Happy with something” and “satisfied with something”?

I wonder if there is a difference between “happy with” and “satisfied with”. Are they exactly same? For example, given sentence: Are you happy with my choice? But I think it is also okay to say “Are ...

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