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What part of speech is the word “entire” in “over the little garden field entire”?

The sentence is: "After a while she got up from where she was and went over the little garden field entire." A quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I want to know if the ...
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How did epilogue and epigraph come to take on meanings opposite spatially when used in books?

I was thinking today about the apparent similarities in spelling at the start of the two words: Epigraph Epilogue And the fact they have seemingly opposed semantics. The first appearing at the start ...
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What is the difference between need and necessity?

I was asked what the difference between need and necessity was by a non native speaker. It was in the context of the name of an article to do with global warming, i.e "The need/necessity for....&...
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“Mistaken as” vs. “mistaken for”

I heard someone use the words mistaken as rather than mistaken for. Is this correct? If it is correct then what is the difference between the two? Is it ever wrong to use mistaken as, and if so, why? ...
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Does “more recently” just mean “recently” here?

Here’s the context: “In England’s residential nurseries in the 1960s, there was a reasonable number of caregivers, and the children were materially well provided for. Their IQs, though lower than ...
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varying/ varied/ various/ a variety of

may I ask what is the difference between the use of 'varying', 'varied', 'various' and 'a variety of'? Many thanks!
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Are “Get” or “Grasp” stative or dynamic verbs?

In Merriam–Webster, the definition of understand is as follows: to get the meaning of something / to grasp the meaning of something. Now my questions are regarding a sentence like: I don’t ...
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be intended to vs intend to

I see a lot of examples of be intended to and intend to. Both of them mean plan to do. Some examples: Selling was my game and I intended to be a winner. The ban is intended to be permanent. I guess ...
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English can be a right dastard sometimes. Why not?

Bastard, meaning one begotten and born out of wedlock, is a very old word from Old French (earliest OED citation 1297). Dastard, meaning one who meanly or basely shrinks from danger; a mean, base, or ...
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“conquer by flood and by field”

While reading an English poem from Robert M. M'Cheyne (1813–1843), Jehovah Tsidkenu (= Jehovah our Righteousness) there is one stanza that reads Jehovah Tsidkenu! my treasure and boast, Jehovah ...
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“Party on sideways” meaning

"This is one of my favourite couples to smoke up, drink down or party on sideways (does that sound weird?) with." This appears on a backpacking blog which suggests other blogs to follow. The ...
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What is a role of 'how' in 'How so many people' : [how][so many people] or [how so many people]?

I realize how so many people don't have those simple things that we so much take for granted. "how so many people don't have those simple things that we so much take for granted" is an ...
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Does “stipulated” in a mathematical context mean “assumed”?

I don't have a specific example, but I seem to remember mathematical texts using the word "stipulated" to mean "assumed". Say something like ... and the validity of the last ...
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Does this sentence conveys the message of awareness of coronavirus and being alert?

In India, the lockdown is kind of ended. It's still there but most of the things are allowed but precautions. That doesn't mean coronavirus cases are decreasing in India. Basically, I want to say ...
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'born into this skin'

my first time posting a question. Recently I found this sentence: 'I was born into the position and skin to do so.' The writer is talking about how he was fortunate to have been given the opportunity ...
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Does “gentle” have the figurative meaning of castrate?

In Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time the male Aes Sedai (magicians or sorcerers) are being "gentled", because their magic use is dangerous for themselves and others. I'm not a native speaker of ...
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What does this sentence mean exactly?

I edited the sentence so it gives better sense to you guys & thank you: These effects are rather as of the psychic forces of the body not being brought into cooperation with the physical forces, ...
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Semantic Difference between “Skill” and “Skills”

I believe that there is a subtle semantic difference between skills and skill. According to the Oxford English dictionary, the uncountable noun "skill" refers to the ability to do something well ...
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What is a Rood Lebaxer?

I've been doing some geneaology and found an ancestor in the 1841 Scottish Census with an occupation of Rood Lebaxer. This person lived in Southern Scotland so I'm guessing they would have been ...
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Meaning of “hats and cats”?

In the film High Society, Daxter-Haven has the following line when addressing a room full of people: Dear gentle folk of Newport -- Or maybe I should say, "hats and cats"? What is the meaning of "...
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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 of ...
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What is the meaning of “pent”

Under the arching heavens of the afternoon swift passing, and the voices of children and women, The many-moving sea-tides, and I saw the ships how they sail’d, And the summer approaching ...
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Has anyone come across the word 'subscrub' or 'sub-scrub'?

I was at a Scottish boarding school (long since closed) and each table in the refectory had six boys. The most senior boy was called 'the divider; the second 'the sub-divider; the third was called '...
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What is the difference in nuance of amiable and affable?

Both come from Latin. The noun amicus(friend) from amo(I love) The verb affor(to address) from ad + for(to speak to) I am pretty sure etymologically amiable should be much more warm, pleasant and ...
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'up' meaning each/apiece in sports?

I often hear sport scores being mentioned as '5 up' meaning the score is tied at 5 each/apiece. AHD gives: up adv. ... Each; apiece: The score was tied at 11 up. Can anyone ...
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Why is “remove to” no longer used?

By Googling, the difference between remove and move can be found as follows: As verbs the difference between remove and move is that remove is to move something from one place to another, especially ...
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Can the phrase “once more” be a noun in American English?

Can the phrase "once more" be a noun in American English? I'm wondering if it can, as the two Japanese online dictionaries I'm using for my translation of 今一度 both say that the entry, -which only ...
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“Luke drove as if they were in a jeep, in high gear with hammer changes on the corners.”

This is a sentence from John le Carre's novel 'The Honourable Schoolboy'. Does anyone know what 'hammer changes' mean?
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Difference between supplemental NP and absolute clause?

What is the difference between a supplemental noun phrase and a absolute clause? In these examples and in general. Is it just the non-finite nature of the second example? Are they not serving a ...
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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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Best practice regarding the words until, till, til, 'till, 'til and to

I often see in English the word 'till used as until. Example I'll wait 'till the end of time. Now I have found out that this may be wrong. The correct writing is without the apostrophe 'till and ...
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What does “some hats wear men” mean?

In the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), there is a scene where Peter and his friend Ned are in Aunt May's car before they go to Liz's party. Aunt May says this line to Ned: May: Ned, some hats ...
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Difference between intrusion on/upon/of/into

Different dictionaries suggest different answers. One example, suggests that all of them, except for of work. However, as we can see here the of structure is also possible. There must be a ...
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The meaning of the word nonce in a specific context

I came across this word in a biography of the Beatles and I can't grasp its meaning, so I would be grateful to anybody who could try to explain it to me. I looked up various definitions in a ...
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Craving vs longing vs yen

What is the difference between long, yen, and crave, as verbs and nouns both? Longman: Longing - a strong feeling of wanting something or someone Craving - an extremely strong desire for ...
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Etymology and distinction between pottage and potage

At dictionary.com, there is a bit of an inconsistency in the origins and meaning of two historical variants of the same (probably French) word: Potage noun, French Cookery. 1. soup, especially ...
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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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Possible use of “formal”: absence of rigor

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word "formal" used as an adjective has, among other definitions, these meanings ([...] are examples or precisions): Done in accordance with convention or ...
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May an adverbial qualifier suffice to free the word “free” of its ambiguity?

Free is an ambiguous word. For the purpose of this question I'll skip any meaning the word may bear as a verb, and I'll also overlook the "free from/of" variant. In fact, I'll just focus on the two ...
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Are there significant differences in how “college” and “university” are used in syntactic constructions?

To me (an American), "what to study in college" sounds acceptable. Meanwhile, "what to study in university" sounds wrong. This suggests that these words have different grammatical attributes. This ...
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Difference between stratification, hierarchy, and caste system?

What is the difference between stratification, hierarchy, and caste system? (note: caste system here does not refer to India) To me, Stratification is the act of designating people into different ...
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Working vs walking on both sides of the street

Dictionary.com renders "work both sides of the street" as: To take two contrary positions at once; have it both ways Similarly, idiom.thefreedictionary.com has "work both sides of the street" as: ...
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List of, or name for, words with distinct meanings?

Let me explain my question. The word "run" has quite a few meanings but a large number has to do with the main meaning, whether we talk of journey or water running or running into another person, etc....
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Is “over” meaning “again” related to “over”'s other meanings?

In addition to the physical position meaning, "over" has a number of nonphysical and temporal meanings including "again". My own examples: I couldn't read your note. Write it over....
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“These kids I tell you” or “kids I tell you” expression meaning

I have read them in few disconnected articles and in conversations but could not understand them completely. "These kids I tell you" or "kids I tell you" expression meaning. What do they mean ?
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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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Meaning of dialogue in “Madam Secretary” episode

I am watching American Drama "Madam Secretary" season 1, episode 14. And there are some dialogues I can't understand. I wonder what the meaning of last two sentences is. Please help me! Russell:I'm ...
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For how long has “as” been synonymous with “because” in British English?

In British English, it seems that "because" can always be replaced with "as." Here is an example of "as" meaning "because" in British English: I popped down to the shops as we were out of loo roll. ...
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How does one determine when a comedian is also a humorist?

Wikipedia's list of humorists are categorised as people who write or perform humorous material, but the article also states: A humorist is usually distinct from a stand-up comedian. Woody Allen ...

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