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'under the guise of' or 'under the banner of'

Could anyone please tell me when to use 'under the banner of' and when to use 'under the guise of'? Does banner have to be applied for a large group? e.g. 'They were hunting fox under the banner of ...
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so that I arrived at the station vs

Q: I left home early so that I arrived at the station in time for the train. In case that "...so that subject ..." structure indicates results as in the above sentence, auxiliary verbs can,...
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Is the expression “we could might be able to […]” grammatically correct?

I came across the expression “we could might be able to [...]” a few times (although it seems that this expression occurs very rarely). Example #1 (source): That adds about 7KB minified, and ...
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An unfamiliar word ‘raked’

I had something weird happened to me not too long ago, I was texting a friend and was asking a question that isn’t super illegal but it didn’t cross any lines within the law. To cut a long story ...
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not going to happen

I'm not sure when to use the phrase "that's not gonna happen". Does it mean it actually will never happen? I think using "not gonna happen" implies that I'm going to do the best I can to keep it from ...
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What is the meaning of “but why though?” [on hold]

What is the meaning of " but why though?"
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Connotations of the word Triassic [on hold]

Our company is planning to name a new venture as Triassic... and our user base is native English speakers mostly in the US and rest of the world. I wanted to check with native speakers does the word ...
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What is the word for pride in one's own race [on hold]

Someone informed me of this word years ago but I have forgotten it. I may be wrong but I think it began with 'p'
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Can anyone tell me meaning of this line [on hold]

A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary
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What does the phrase “Seal to the rescue” mean? [on hold]

What does the phrase "Seal to the rescue" mean?
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Use of 'constraint' and 'size' , and the meaning of the sentence

Sentence: When dodo's ancestors setteled on this island with abundant food,no competition from terrestrial mammals, and no predators, it could survive without flying, thus was freed from the ...
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What does poor audience mean?

Here is the statement.. We did a show at the party and hardly anyone came. Great show great place but poor audience. What does poor audience mean here? Thaks.
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“restart” vs “reset” in the context of a game or puzzle

Given a partially-completed puzzle or game (e.g. sudoku or klondike solitaire), would reverting the puzzle/game to the initial state be considered "restarting", "resetting", or is there a third, ...
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Use the word “Works” to mean “Projects”

Suppose I have done some computer projects (i.e. built some programs). Now instead of the word "projects" I want to use "work". How can I use it to mean projects? Work or Works? Do they convey the ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase 'dichotmous dilemma'?

I have the idea that 'dichotomous' means conflicting and 'dilemma' is state of mind when one/many cannot simply decide between two options. But I'm unable to wrap my head around the phrase. Also if I'...
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about midnight meaning [on hold]

All are requested to submit the assignment by 16-11-2018, 12 O' Clock midnight. What is meaning of this I have to submit it by before 4 hours today or I have 28 more hours to do this?
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What does the word “loops” mean in this context?

In a golf game's description, I found the following sentence: In order to be safe, ping your ball up and around loops. I am not sure about the meaning of "loops" here. My research suggests that ...
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Hold the affirmative

What does it mean to hold the affirmative or the negative? Upon this , Senator Douglas holds the affirmative and Republicans the negative
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What does “risk divides too wide for any bridge” mean?

I read a sentence "China should re-learn Deng’s self-knowledge, or risk divides too wide for any bridge." Can you help explain the meaning of "risk divides too wide for any bridge" and show where the ...
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When the position of the verb and the subject is changed, how can I interpret?

When I was reading Today's NY Times, I saw this sentence. But gone is the city's vision of a mixed-use community filled with apartments, some of them for residents of more modest means. I don't ...
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How to define a sense of bitter satisfaction (or ironic bitterness) at having resigned over a principle - which was then upheld after you left

Tracey Crouch, UK Sports Minister, resigned because the government delayed a ban on gambling machines. More than a week after her resignation, the government changed its position - and acted upon her ...
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What's the difference between usage of “inquiry” and “enquiry”? [duplicate]

Are they interchangeable? I feel like "inquiry" is used to investigate and figure out something, but "enquiry" if you're asking general questions of something, but that's just how I use it. What is ...
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What's the difference between a Minister and a Secretary of State in the UK [on hold]

Could anyone please explain the difference between a Minister and a Secretary of State, or are both words sometimes used for the same function? Bit confused, I always thought the Minister was in ...
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Is 'in a colloquial sense' grammatically correct?

I saw in a thesaurus that 'colloquial' is synonymous to 'informal' , so can 'in a colloquial gesture,sense,manner etc' be grammatically correct? Or is colloquial only limited to experssion (in a ...
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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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Meaning of “generating new actualities” in context

Jordan Peterson at Oxford Union: ... a society that's only composed of the left-leaning liberal types is very good at generating all sorts of new possibilities, but very bad at generating all ...
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what does the word “process” mean in this sentence? [on hold]

I would like to ask this question to an IRS representative for getting information about whether my application is still in progress or if the process completed without any problem? Is this the right ...
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find vs find out

I know "find" is commonly used with something, and "find out" with information. However, I did see this sentence before: "I found that....", like, "I found that it costs more than I thought." My ...
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Could you explain the grammar of this sentence? [on hold]

"This is an extension of the past work to a new version, and use this as a measurement of the fitness of the communities it detects." My question is, what does "it" stands for in this sentence? And, ...
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What does the word interest mean in this sentence? [on hold]

What does the word interest mean in this sentence? And what does that mean? There has been a resurgence of interest in religion over the last ten years. Origin: from Longman online dictionary.
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Meaning to use the sentence if it's correct [on hold]

I want to send email, but I'm not sure if this sentence below it's correct or not. "we are received a lot of pressure and stress from the customer" Thank you in advance
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What does 'ambient' in this scenario?

Ambient: relating to the immediate surroundings of something. "the liquid is stored at below ambient temperature". Cited from Oxford Dictionaries. As far as I know 'ambient' is an adjective that ...
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Mine’s a gin and tonic

I encountered a sentence that's full of British culture: I have found a pair of my father’s old tan driving gloves, the sort that say ‘Mine’s a gin and tonic’ and that my mother would have ...
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What are the bounds of the term “any amount”?

According to Merriam-Webster, the noun "amount" is defined simply as "the total number or quantity". But, subjectively, I know it specifically as a positive integer (or at least a discrete amount) ...
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What's the distinction between a narrative and an essay? [on hold]

During a recent symposium a speaker stated that "Thomas Kuhn's book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions was not a narrative, it was an essay. In searching online there are discussions of ...
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Omitting ',' or not in the case of ', from the cellular level to the organ-system level,'

I read through my textbook and encountered this quote 'Homeostasis is a dynamic condition. In response to changing conditions, the body's parameters can shift among points in a narrow range that is ...
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Do English speakers ever call the electric outlet a “tap”? [closed]

Do English speakers ever call the electric outlet a "tap"? If not, is the word "tap" used in the electrical field in any way?
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What is the meaning of “jobs problem”?

I find on Wikipedia that "labour problem" is defined as"the problem of improving the conditions of employment of the wage-earning classes." Does the "jobs problem" in the context like "xxx(some ...
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What do you call a person who fights injustice? [closed]

I need to know what a person is called who hates injustice in the world and fights for equality for all.
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What does “trail” mean in “trail of death”? [closed]

I read this sentence saying: The wildfires leave trail of death in California. What does the word "trail" mean here? The closest meaning I found in dictionary is "marks by actions". So, is it like ...
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before and after

Novartis places great emphasis on leadership development in its pharmaceutical business. It offered over 160 leadership development courses in 2003 for approximately 4000 associates worldwide. The ...
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What do you call it which seems like love but actually it is not? [closed]

Just wanna know what do you call something which seems like love but actually it is not.
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the kind of September [closed]

I see a phrase in the lyrics of the song, Try to Remember. That is : Try to remember the kind of September when life is slow and oh, so mellow. What does the kind of September mean in this context?...
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over at least 12 month [closed]

I quote from a book called ' leadership for sustainable future' : Review and assess current competencies, performance, potential, readiness and mobility over at least 12 months What does over at least ...
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A way to describe a group of trees of one species using only one word

While working on a short story I faltered when I tried to depict in a concise and yet expressive manner a fact that main character was at the edge of a birch woodland. I don’t really like a word ...
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What's the meaning of “register” in “register one's sadness”

Buses were basically built for crying. If you’re on the back of the bus, everyone can see you and register your sadness when they get on, but is free to turn their back to you or avert their gaze as ...
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What does Sontag mean by “…wheeled-up words like blood-brain barrier”

I'm reading The Way We Live Now by Susan Sontag, and have a problem with this paragraph: The one thing I'm sure I couldn't take, Jan said he said to her, is becoming disfigured, but Stephen ...
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What does the words “lead your enemies” mean in this context?

In a video game's description, I found the fo6 sentence: "You can win the game if you get the hang of leading your targets and predicting their movements.' I am not sure about the meaning of the ...
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What does the words “strafe your shot” mean in this context? [on hold]

In a game's description, I found the following sentence: "Even if you initially miss, you can keep the player moving to strafe your shot and still hit a few targets." I know the lexical meaning of ...
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Can a house have a 'roof' but no 'ceiling' in its upper floor?

A user in the Spanish Language site asked a question about how to distinguish 'ceiling' from 'roof' in Spanish, and gave us the following example: The top floor of my house does not have a ceiling ...