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We should seek common ground while maintaining different opinions. Does this sentence make sense?

I am not sure whether "maintain different opinions" can be used here. Thanks a lot for your corrections or suggestions.
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What is the best word for “kitchen appliance” as a website/domain name?

Need your help! Starting a website related to best kitchen appliances and looking for name related to kitchen appliance like kitchen gadgets Culinary Epicureana Epicure kitchenware
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What does “do to the beast” refer to?

"Do to the Beast" is a title of The Afghan Whigs's album and I have no idea what it can mean or refer to. I would be grateful for any ideas. Thank you.
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What does “packaged charm” mean?

from Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, Chapter 4: He looked around and yawned. “I haven’t been sleeping well. It’s nice in here. But after a while the lushes will fill the place up and talk loud ...
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What does this sentence mean? “huffing out his nose ring”

"the man groans, huffing out his nose ring in annoyance." as far as I know 'huff' means to be angry or to breathe loudly, but what does that have to do with a nose ring?
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What does “your end” mean? [duplicate]

In my English homework, a student gets asked if she would put "Any news your end" in a formal or informal letter. My class should translate it, but in my native language it means something ...
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A bode for disunity? Can “bode” be used this way?

I have only seen "bode" used with "bodes ill", "bodes well", "bodes no good". Bode as omen or portent of generalities. The word has an old Shakespearean feel ...
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Can one call an object 'dirty' if it was stained by blood? [closed]

So suppose a mosquito has sucked your blood, but you manage to hit and smash it against, say, your own shirt, or maybe your wall. There remains a small blood stain. Would it be inappropriate to say ...
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“Confuse A & B” vs. “Confuse between A & B”

The verb confuse Is sometimes (but not always) followed by the word "between", which leaves me a bit... well, confused. Is there a difference in meaning between saying, for example, that an ...
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What does “lover of ladies” mean?

What does it mean? A playboy? Like a womanizer? I was watching a video on YouTube where a British man said "he's a lover of ladies" but then goes on to say "he's a very nice guy" ...
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What's the difference between synergy and synergism?

Do synergy and synergism mean the same thing? Is there some sort of subtle difference in connotation? I'm asking in the context of American English, if it makes a difference. Edit: the context is ...
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Especially: emphasis or exclusion?

Does the word especially exclude and discount anything that is not denoted? For instance in the following example, would this sentence mean only those in Florida, or is it simply an emphasis and those ...
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Explain what this comparison actually means! What does the writer want to convey in this comparison? In what way does Latin relate to French rap? [migrated]

Can anyone please explain what this comparison actually means? The Arabic of “Frozen” is frozen in time, as “localized” to contemporary Middle Eastern youth culture as Latin quatrains in French rap. ...
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Meaning of “squeeze the limit”

I was watching a movie and the phrase "squeeze the limit" came to my attention (if I heard it right). I have never heard the phrase before, and according to the Japanese subtitle, it seem ...
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Could someone deconstruct this sentence and explain where it is right or wrong grammatically?

The sentence is: I'm of the fuck covid opinion. A friend of mine stated it and I would like to know if someone could explain why it should or should not be written differently.
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Meaning of “sub + to + v ” structure [duplicate]

"Biden to revive/boost U.S Pakistan relations" What is the meaning of "sub + to+ verb" structure. How is it different from.."Biden going to"
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What would you call a form of government where the community governs itself?

Let us suppose that there was a society that existed on a communal level where there weren’t really any formal official laws, but rather the community sort of liquidly governed itself, using de facto ...
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What's the difference between “subject to” and “subjected to” in contracts? [duplicate]

Applicants are subject to testing ... Applicants are subjected to testing ... When employers use "subject to" or "subjected to" in this way, does "subject to" imply they ...
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Is it grammatically correct to ask a service provider “What is your charge rate ?” [closed]

Is it grammatically correct to ask a service provider "What is your charge rate ?" or "Please let me know your charge rate?"
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why “Teeth scaling" mean dental cleaning? [closed]

Teeth scaling is a type of dental cleaning. But, the "scaling“ is hard to relate to “washing". How to make sense to it?
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What is the best idiomatic way to apologize for lots of questions/inquiries? [closed]

What is the best idiomatic way to apologize to someone when I sent her lots of questions/inquiries on the last few days?
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What does it mean to register the half-radishes?

In his description of meanness, Theophrastus says: " Entertaining his clansmen, he will beg a dish from the common table for his own servants; and will register the half-radishes leftover from ...
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Is there a difference between “move for move” and “move after move”?

On paper these two look the same to me but when I try to use them in the same context one always seems to convey a different meaning to the other (could just be me). Here are some examples to ...
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what does “solitude is the mother of anxieties” mean? [closed]

Quote 1: Solitude is the mother of anxieties. by Publilius Syrus Quote 2: Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self. by May Sarton In Quote 2, The solitude seems to be ...
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irritated vs annoyed

When trying to understand the difference between irritated and annoyed I get this definition: Annoy means: To disturb or irritate, especially by continued or repeated acts; to bother with unpleasant ...
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My wife smoked lamb and game [closed]

The other day, I read this conversation one person texting the other about his wife: " My first wife smoked lamb and game and the second was half Russian and half Spanish " I don't ...
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What is the meaning of 'file' in : “we had each stowed away at the foot of our beds a file, a brace of pistols, a pound of powder and twenty slugs”? [closed]

I am quoting from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Gloria Scott by Arthur Conan Doyle: "The sham chaplain came to our cells to exhort us, carrying a black bag, supposed to be full of tracts, ...
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Are “as of this writing” and “as of writing” both correct? [closed]

As of writing, ... As of this writing, ... Which is it? The first sounds wrong to me, but I wonder whether both are used.
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What does “old man's milk” mean in this quote?

I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man's milk and restorative cordial.— Thomas Jefferson What does he mean by "old man's milk"?
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Choosing Colons and Semicolons

For semicolon and colon, I have found out that if in two independent clauses the second one explains the first clause, we use colon; if not, semicolon. How do I know the second case? My examples: ...
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Does “trap” make sense in this context? [migrated]

The non native speaker does not want to fall into the trap of using a foreign strange word. Does the word trap in the above sentence make sense in context?
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What does “klioklio” mean? [closed]

I'm reading Malcolm Lowry's letters and his second letter to Conrad Aiken finishes like this: Klioklio, C. M. Lowry Does anyone know what "klioklio" mean? Thanks in advance!
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What does “Everyone is naive all the time” means in the following text

I am translating a psychoanalysis book, here is a background about this chapter: in this chapter the author is speaking about getting it. it can be a joke, saying, or a point or anything that needs to ...
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What is the difference between younger and youngest?

I just want to know as I have read in a paper article that a person has two brothers and one sister. However, that person mentioned one brother as younger and other siblings as youngest.
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Is there a non-risqué double entendre?

Merriam Webster's definition (and all of the definitions I've found) for double entendre is: "a word or expression capable of two interpretations with one usually risqué." Although "...
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When may a text be described as being “near-sense”? [closed]

I have found this word used to describe the lettering on this [amphora]https://www.khm.at/objektdb/detail/56581. (More photos are available using the "photos" icon in the SE corner.) I find ...
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What does this sentence mean? “Knowledge of the oil industry an asset.”

My question is about "an asset" in this context, what does it mean? and can one paraphrase the above sentence, so it can be more understandable?
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How can I express the fact that the reason why I wore pants has been the same?

Since the start of the latest lockdowns, I haven't been wearing pants often. The only times when I wear it have been when I meet with a particular friend of mine. Now, I want to express the fact that ...
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Term for someone who always changes their aesthetic?

I seem to always change my aesthetic, or at least fit into most aesthetics and adapt to them easily. This mainly affects my fashion and choice of wallpaper customization. For example, I'd be into a ...
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What is ridin in “We're ridin' with Biden”? [closed]

What is ridin in "We're ridin' with Biden"? Source: [Dantri.com]
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Using “drop by”, “call on” or “come round” as synonym of “make a short visit” in video game?

Is using "drop by", "call on" or "come round" proper to a situation when I have little time for playing game so I just log in, look around at what's happening, maybe ...
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Is “basic” a synonym of the word “principle”

So principle is the same as fundamental, but I'm not really sure if "basic" would best describe principle or principal
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What is 'I'm still my best with you' mean?

In the lyrics of the song 'The Best Days', what do the following lines mean? When the world gets the worst of me I'm still my best with you" Does it mean that though the world sees the person's ...
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what does to word 'crete' mean in English? [closed]

In my native language, words are created using 'Root Words' + 'Prefixes/suffixes'. Also the root words make sense for us. Is English the same? For example I think the word 'crete' is the root and 'dis,...
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Grammar, Meaning of Following Sentence

The corporate powers that be had decided last minute that I couldn't interview two key figures or use their information due to confidentiality issues and pre-IPO precautions. This writer of the ...
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Help Finding a word that fits in any language [closed]

does anyone know a singular word or short phrase (2 or 3 words max), in any language, that means either of these phrases: "to lose ones' self intentionally in order to rediscover who you are&...
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Five Thousand year old word, ght

There was an answer here June 2011 by Kosmonout stating, So, x did not become ght. Instead, both of these words came from a language that existed about 5000 years ago; during those 5000 years, the ...
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What's the difference between boom, boost & rise? [closed]

What is the difference between these 3 words in use and which is more correct with tourist...
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Exclamations with “what a(n) …!”

Do we always mean something positive in such exclamations? For example: What a boy! What a book! Can they be interpreted in a negative way depending on something like intonation or whatever? I mean,...

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