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Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

This tag is for questions about the meaning of a longer passage of English. A SPECIFIC CONCERN must be emphasized.

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meaning of 'narrow' in 'narrow possessiveness'

What does 'narrow' mean in the following sentence, which is from Political Ideals (1917) by Bertrand Russell? He will not desire for his country the passing triumphs of a narrow possessiveness, but ...
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Question about someone who tries to shift attention [closed]

What is it called when someone always tries to shift the attention to someone else when theyre being told they are doing something incorrect? For example: A manager is telling an employee that they ...
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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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Within the next 6 months vs at least 6 months before?

The instructions say, "If you are a permanent resident whose 10-year green card has expired or will expire within the next 6 months, you may begin the renewal process" "Additionally, if you applied ...
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Meaning of 'very fine' when expressing a relationship

Example: He is very fine to work with. From the Cambridge dictionary I get two (relevant) meanings: SATISFACTORY (adjective) EXCELLENT (adjective) To me these two meanings seem very different. ...
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How disrespectful is it to say “with all due respect if there is any due” and is there another way of saying this?

What does it mean when someone says in a debate "with all due respect, if there is any due" and would it be considered a little disrespectful or very disrespectful? Also these days is the phrase "with ...
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“The decision of the Competent Authority of the Board shall be final and binding on the candidate.” what is the meaning of binding here? [closed]

"The decision of the Competent Authority of the Board shall be final and binding on the candidate." Can anyone make me understand what is the meaning of the statement especially the bold part? I am ...
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Can anyone make me understand what is the meaning of “stipulated” here?

"Those who have already applied under RTI Act 2005 or otherwise may apply afresh for the same along with required fee of Rs. 500/- before stipulated date. " Can anyone make me understand ...
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“It's ok to somebody” sentence structure

I corrected a student as she had made the sentence "it's ok to Martin". I know that this sentence structure is incorrect, she asked why I had made the correction and I am having difficulty explaining ...
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meaning of 'glib' in 'glib uniformity'

The phrase 'glib uniformity' has been used in at least a few books. For example, in Political Ideals (1917), Bertrand Russell wrote The state is justified in insisting that children shall be ...
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What is the meaning of “candy striper” in the following paragraph?

What is the meaning of "candy striper" in the following paragraph? Samuel Beckett gets all the credit for being the darkest playwright — fail, fail again, etc. — but compared to Edward Albee, ...
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Is it correct to say “so be it” in condition structure [closed]

Is it correct to say "so be it" in condition structure? for instance: if you want to go, so be it.
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Seven swans a-swimming [duplicate]

In the famous Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas", presents like "geese a-laying" and "swans a-swimming" are mentioned. What does the "a" refer to in this context?
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What is the role of “one” in this sentence?

I can't understand what is the role of word "one" in this sentence: A hillside in the morning so radiant with light one has the feeling he has been looking at Van Gogh's drawings. Source: The ...
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What does “I’m a lip speaker rather than lip reader” mean?

There was a heated argument going on in the British House of Common over the question whether the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn really uttered the word “stupid woman” at Prime Minister, Theresa May ...
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Conformation of a simile

निगाह-ए-गुल से बुलबुल यूँ गिरी है गिरे जिस तरह तिनका आशियां से Literal English translation The nightingale's fallen from the flower's view as a twig falls from nest I think it's a simile. ...
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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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explain the meaning of the following bold sentence [closed]

Their despair was successfully exploited by some self-seekers in a communally surcharged atmosphere. Surcharge is a verb that means- to charge an extra amount. refer to the link:- Cambridge ...
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What is the meaning of “differences of degree and not of kind”

Trying to get the idea from the sentence. What I am saying is these are only differences of degree and not of kind, as in labelling a minority as religious or political or social. What is the ...
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How to describe buying a drink with a cheaper price when buying a meal set

I'm a HongKonger and my mother language is Cantonese (A kind of Chinese?). I just wonder the sentence that I read on the restaurant menu is correct. "Upon Purchase Of Above Set, Can Enjoy Premium To ...
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Meaning of throwdown in the context

Saw this on Instagram. We've invited Google to WeWork Fulton Market for a hamburger throwdown. We're pretty confident. What does throwdown mean here?
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What does “going Ozymandias” mean?

There is a YouTube video with the following title WestWorld Delores Goes Ozymandias On Man in Black Season Finale 1x10 Who doesn't know the tv show and this particular scene, here is a little ...
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Becoming; airtight - usage in the presented contexts [closed]

I am pleased to join the community. I would like to confirm whether it is correct to say: 1) "He employed becoming means to alleviate harmful effects of (...)" 2) "He managed to pinpoint the ...
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Having completed and after having completed

(After)having completed his work, he left his office. Is there any difference in meaning between with and without 'After' in the sentence
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What’s the difference between “How can I help you?”and “How can we help you?”

I heard this expression in a video about buying clothes.In that video,the shop keeper welcomed the customer by saying "How can we help you?".But he is the only one in that store.So I wonder why he ...
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Why does the author use ‘would’ in “I would kill him inchmeal just now”?

I am a sanguinary murderer of time, and would kill him inchmeal just now. But the snake is vital. I'm confused because of "just now". Doesn't that mean 'a short while ago'? If so, why is there 'would'...
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Can the word “doing” be used in singular for activity without a goal? [on hold]

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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Does 'to mend cars' sound well?

I wonder if the usage of mend regarding cars is okay. There were some discussions on other sites, but there is not a really clear answer. So, is it okay to say 'This guy mends cars' (this is his ...
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If your employer tells you “we will push your rate up to $40 an hour” does it mean they will push it to exactly $40/hr?

I am confused if that sentence means exactly $40/hr or just up to $40/hr in which case the rate could become $35/hr for example.
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Wistful or Wishful? [closed]

Is there a difference between 'wistful' and 'wishful'? And if so, in what context would you be able to use them?
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I saw no one / I didn’t see anyone

I saw no one / I didn’t see anyone. We can’t use double negatives, but is there any difference between these sentences?
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What is the meaning of “lies forgotten”?

I found the words "lies forgotten" in this picture:         (Click for full-sized image.) What is the meaning of "lies forgotten"?
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What does “by all constitutional means” mean in this context?

This is an extract from a speech Churchill made in 1947. Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or ...
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“projective activity” in cognitive sciences context [RESOLVED]

I'm was not sure what is meant by projective in this context. As in the case of understanding spoken or written language, an enormous amount of general knowledge is constantly mobilized in ...
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About the meaning of the bold part?

It is interesting that when we are introduced to books as sources of information in our childhood it does not usually go like that. We are taught to consult books like oracles, and the idea of the ...
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“Direct it”: which meaning is right?

Tell me your secrets, all of the creepy shit. That's how I know it's true. Baby, direct it, name in the credits, like the movies do. from "Imagine" by Ariana Grande I have done research ...
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About the usage of “had” in this sentence?

Epistemologically speaking, it is facts about the relationship had with the trusted that determines the justification of trust, it is not the mere absence of defeating reasons. (Source) It seems to ...
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What does “Step up the two of us” mean? [closed]

Can anyone explain to me, what does "step up" mean in the song Imagine by Ariana Grande, which she says at the beginning: "Step up the two of us, nobody knows us get in the car like skrrt"
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Draw my attention (from something) to something

"A beautiful woman always draws my attention". "While I was chatting at Laura's party, a beautiful guy suddenly drew my attention". «Now I wish to draw your attention to what has attracted my ...
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“"Welcome to the fourth episode of…” How many episodes have been done? [closed]

There is currently a debate among my friends. It is about our final listening test. In the audio script, the content was about a Radio show and the MC said "Welcome to the fourth episode of ...
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What does it mean by “in their thousands”?

"SpaceX and OneWeb, a communications firm, plan to launch satellites in their thousands, not hundreds." What does it mean by "in their thousands"?
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“User interaction” in the context of the USK [closed]

I was looking at the USK recommendation for a game that my children want to have. The game is Roblox. It has the rating USK12 due to violence digital purchases user interaction I don't understand ...
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What does “read chapter 18 onwards” mean? [closed]

What does "read chapter 18 onwards" mean? Read until chapter 18 or from 18 to end of the book? This is confusing.
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What does my boss mean

When I had my 1:1 with my boss today, I told him at the end of the meeting that I would start my vacation after today. He said "Try to be relax and enjoy your vacation". I replied "Sure I will". Then ...
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meaning of the phrase “we almost had a moment there”

in the first episode of "True detective" series there's a scene (38:30) when two officers interrogate another retired officer about one of his past case and in the middle of conversation he asks one ...
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What does it mean by “a hotspot for anti-microbial resistance”?

"Widespread dumping of antibiotics in rivers has made the country a hotspot for anti-microbial resistance. " What does it mean by "a hotspot for anti-microbial resistance"?
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what is the meaning of perforation here? [closed]

"After the test is over , at the perforation point , tear the OMR answer sheet , hand over the original OMR answer sheet to the invigilator and retain the carbonless copy for your record." I can ...
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Meaning of “And of all the successive shapes which society has taken, that most nearly approaches perfection…”

I have some trouble with the last sentence of this paragraph from Huxley's "The Struggle for Existence in Human Society"(1888): The history of civilization–that is, of society–on the other hand, is ...
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Does “ostensibly ” make sense in this sentence?

Does ostensibly make sense in this sentence? An ostensibly perfect world destroys itself What I'm trying to convey is A so-called perfect world destroyed itself But so-called is not very ...
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What does “but she felt it all the way down” mean?

A paragraph from Redemption Road: A Novel, by John Hart: People filed out. The big patrolman waited until the end and brushed Elizabeth with a shoulder as he passed. The contact was swift, but she ...