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Why do people tend to use negation of negative statement

Why do people tend to use negation of negative statement? Let us see an example statement, he is not unhealthy, ... The above statement can have beginning like he is healthy, ... Why exactly ...
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Are both versions correct?

source: AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND | GEORGE MACDONALD But for a four-wheeler as takes families and their luggages, he's the very horse. I was searching for the usage of luggages and found ...
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What does “work on my tan” mean?

Here is the context: He It's not gonna be easy She Well, I don't do easy. If I wanted that I'd move to Florida and work on my tan
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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 is the exact meaning of this excerpt from Chapter 52 of “Pride and Prejudice ” by Jane Austen?

While elaborating on the arrangement between Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham in her letter to her niece Elizabeth Bennet, Mrs. Gardiner mentions the following: ...His debts are to be paid, amounting, I ...
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How can I counteract the meaning of “only” changing due to verb modifier?

How can I counteract the meaning of "only" changing due to verb modifier? "Only" has a different meaning if there is a modifier to the verb. I want to make "I only strive towards success," mean the ...
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Semantic implications of “The President and we are disbanding the Forum”

In a widely publicized statement, a group of CEO's on President Trump's "Strategic and Policy Forum" wrote that because of contention surrounding recent statements by the president: As such, the ...
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What is the meaning of the following sequence of words: “adj or pp+as+pronoun+verb”?

What is the meaning of the following sequence of words: "adj or pp+as+pronoun+verb"? Example: It is climate that largely determines the type of agriculture that may be carried out in a particular ...
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Meaning of gosh all, git-up in this context

In the song Jeepers creepers by Louis Armstrong, there is a line that goes like this: Oh, gosh all, git up, how'd they get so lit up? It refers to the eyes of a person. My question is: what does "...
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established in or over

In the following passage from Meredith's Diana of the Crossways, Sir Lukin, who tried to seduce the heroine and who has to keep that episode in secret from his wife, is remorseful. Reflection ...
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Is it grammatically incorrect to use “It was double the pleasure…”?

English is my second language and somebody told me that the second sentence I created is grammatically incorrect: It was a great pleasure to meet you. And it was double the pleasure to share a ...
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“that was a classic money handshake”

I'm reading the play "Dumb Show" by Joe Penhall. (See on Google Books) Almost at the beginning of the play one of the characters uses this phrase: classic money handshake. What does it mean? (Barry ...
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Connotation of a sentence in a listening material from TPO

(Here for the original audio source (MP3 file). The part in question begins approximately at 2'18'') This conversation is an excerpt from one listening material in a TPO (TOEFL Practice Online) test, ...
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1610 Meaning of 'occasion'

Source: Journals of the House of Lords (1610) That whereas the House of Commons have already, among their Grievances, preferred a Petition to His Majesty, as of Right and Justice, That the Four ...
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What does “See it styled” mean?

I browsed a watch website and there's a section for an image gallery and the title "See it styled". The images in the gallery depict the watch worn by different people in different situations. The ...
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what is the meaning of 'ruinously'?

What meaning does 'ruinously' convey in the given sentence: "A city so ruinously sad that it had forgotten its name." Does it mean that, it was so badly sad that it had forgotten its name or that ...
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Endebted v. indebted: is there a difference in meaning?

I was recently told by a senior academic that I ought to replace the word indebted with endebted in an essay during which I suggest one text alludes to another. I have searched the web (no help) and ...
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What is the meaning of “mortal enemies”?

Can you please help me to grasp the meaning of "mortal enemies"? Does it mean "earthling, human"? The full quote is as follows: Guard me from the wicked who attack me, From my mortal enemies ...
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Meaning of the term “empty use” in the context of modal verbs

I'm reading a book titled Comprehensive High School English Grammar & Composition. The author, who is Indian, says this on the use of the modal verbs can and could: Can is used to express "...
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Is 'a … lot' derogatory?

From this question, here is a quote from The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist by Conan Doyle, published in 1903: The landlord further informed me that there are usually week-end visitors—‘a warm ...
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Can “to fly on” be used to mean “to land”?

Can "to fly on" be used to mean "to land"? Here are two examples: (1) "The Navy has traversed a long and complicated road in trying to develop a UAS that would fly on and off its aircraft ...
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take somebody out to a big restaurant

I have always assumed that the adjective "big" meant "large in size/width/height" when used with physical things and had related figurative meanings (eg of major importance/relevance, outstanding, ...
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Can “the light” see the seas of summer leaves?

There is this song called Run in the Rain (by Tom Grennan). And part of the lyrics (Verse 2) goes like this: When the light can see The seas of summer leaves The melodies resolve and the ...
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Pragmatics and subtle differences in meaning 'good' vs 'all-right', 'ok' etc

I've heard and noticed that the word 'good', when used in conversation, has connotations that may not be obvious to an L2 user. 'Good' can be taken to mean, that the person using it is ...
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Is “entitled to” the same as “entitled as”?

I was listening to a philosophy video from the university of Queensland (on four dimensionalism view on fission) and at the end there was a paragraph that says: Since I am many, I survive as many, ...
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What does 'jealous' mean in 'the Courts are bound to be jealous, lest they should turn contracts of service into contracts of slavery'?

Paul Davies. JC Smith's The Law of Contract (2018 2 ed). p. 454. As this case was published in 1890, I don't know if Fry LJ were using an older meaning of 'jealous', let alone try to guess which ...
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What are the meanings of “devoted to” and “year of years” in the passage?

Even his artistic oeuvre, though sublime, is minute. Fewer than 20 finished works are generally attributed to da Vinci. He failed to complete some of his most important commissions such as the “...
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Which words are modified by “so long forgotten” in this sentence?

In the main hall a bar with a real brass rail was set up, and stocked with gins and liquors and with cordials so long forgotten that most of his female guests were too young to know one from another. ...
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Does 'evinced' make sense in this context?

Is this sentence correct, and if so, does the word evinced make sense here? An aura of gloom and doom had also settled over the City, evinced by a fusion of dirt, ash, building debris, and ...
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Meaning of “its own loom would have forsworn” in O Henry's “Furnished Room”

The paragraph is as follows; The young man followed her up the stairs. A faint light from no particular source mitigated the shadows of the halls. They trod noiselessly upon a stair carpet that its ...
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What is the definition of dig? If someone begins to cut into a surface is it considered that they have dug something? if not, why not?

According to the following extract: Mrs. Baker wanted to go ice fishing. She read several books on the subject, and finally, after purchasing all the necessary equipment, she went onto the ice. ...
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adverb vs. adverb + enough

Interestingly, only 38% of couples bother to get married these days. Interestingly enough, only 38% of couples bother to get married these days. What is the difference between the meanings of 1 ...
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Can participant be used for devices or machines

I have a technical documentation where robots are working together in a team. They are referred to as participants (lower case!). Is this correct in English? How should it be called? (field bus) ...
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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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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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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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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 “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 ...
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The comparison using a single “not”

Today I'd like to present my question about the passablity of what I'll post below. Just as I talked with my american friends(I am Japanese) on discord, a certain person said to me; Are romantic ...
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What does the phrase “blast your way” mean in this context?

Here is the sentence: Blast your way through 90's nostalgia and into the 21st century with Mr. X, who is the latest hero to join the list of our game's celebrities. None of the following ...
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Meaning of 'shot havoc'

In D. H. Lawrence one can find a lot of unusual constructions. Here's the one (from his essay on Herman Melville's Moby Dick): He was a mystic who raved because the old ideal guns shot havoc. The ...
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Why is she using “for” instead of “to” after the verb “lose” in this sentence?

I'm watching the famous TV show, “Desperate Housewives”.  I have learned a plethora of words and grammar things from it, but now something caught my ears and I'm a bit stuck.  There's this sentence in ...
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In Charles Bukowski's “Some people” what is the meaning of phrase “It's Cherub, they say”?

I'm puzzled at a phrase in Charles Bukowski's poem "Some people". The second paragraph reads: it’s Cherub, they’ll say, and they pour wine down my throat rub my chest sprinkle me with oils. ...
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Does “We're going to buy you X” sound vaguely confrontational, vs. “We’ll buy you X”?

McWhorter, J, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue (2009), p 127. [emboldening mine]   What they think brings English back to par with German and the rest is, for example, the tricky English future ...
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How do you understand this sentence as a native English speaker?

I and my colleague, we tried a photo app. After taking a photo, there's a "Cancel" button. A popup says "Are you sure you want to delete the photo before sharing it" is shown when you choose "Cancel". ...
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What does “stunt babies” mean?

I’m watching a documentary, and a sentence confuses me. Births in royal families were always packed out, it was an honour, and also people there to make sure that the right baby came and was kept. ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct in this context?

My instincts tell me that you won't refuse me this one time. Is the sentence above grammatically correct? I am a bit doubtful about the phrase in italics - this one time. Context: I am asking for ...
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What is the difference between span and period in this context?

span the period of time that sometimes exists or happens period a length of time That said, I still don't see the difference. I have the following exercise in my schoolbook: The course would have ...
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Is it okay to say 'margin of survival'?

I read a sentence 'Most animals lived very close to the margin of survival.' And the writer wanted to say: 'Most animals lived in conditions that were hard to survive.' I wonder whether his ...
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Meaning of “breakers close beneath her lee” in Byron's Don Juan

From Byron's Don Juan, Canto II: Some lash'd them in their hammocks; some put on Their best clothes, as if going to a fair; Some cursed the day on which they saw the sun, And ...