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maybe Parasomnia ??? i don’t know what it could be

okay so when i was younger , about 8-11 years old , i experienced something very strange, and i say that because anytime i try to find out what could’ve happened, it just pops up sleep paralysis or ...
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Can you expiate someone else's wrongs?

This is a public notice to the people of a town in Yugoslavia (now in Serbia) by a Nazi commander in 1941. This was a reprisal attack against the people of the town because some Yugoslav partisans ...
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Meaning of “as well asleep as awake”

What does "as well asleep as awake" mean in this sentence? I think it overall means it's so evident that you can sleep no matter what, but I would like to know what "awake" supposed to mean here. Can ...
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English Philology vs English studies difference in meaning and connotations for Natives?

In Poland, English University major is called "English Philology" (pol. Filologia Angielska), and this is how it is usually translated and communicated. By the Poles. When you google English ...
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Tenth grade dance

"During the middle of a toast to the bride, you don't have to interrupt yourself to tell them you accidentally skipped the part about drinking wineat her house before a tenth grade dance." What is a ...
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Is “temerity” a positive or negative word? [on hold]

I am confused about usage of word like "temerity". Is it a positive or negative quality to have?
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Teach + Uncommon Object

After I asked a question on Psychology and Neuroscience SE, some confusion arose over my use of the phrase 'to teach a disorder' I was told that 'to teach a disorder' is a poor choice of words when ...
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Is there a difference between “I am male” and “I am a male”?

Both versions seem grammatically correct to me, since the word "male" can be either a noun or an adjective, so it can be used with and without an article. But I wonder, is there any difference in ...
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noble - can it be split into morphemes?

Can I split noble into nob + the suffix -le? -le is found in other adjectives such as little, brittle, fickle nob is found in noble, nobleman, nobleness, nobler, noblesse, noblest, nobly. But ...
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What is the definition of semantic and lexical?

I google around for the definitions of the word, yet they don't make sense. I am a foreign student and have hard time understanding google definition.
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Do these two expression have different meanings?

I really don't know if it's the right way to do it. or I really don't know it's the right way to do it. I think they basically have the same meaning but I would like to listen to other opinions.
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Inference from a reading comprehension

The transplantation of organs from one individual to another normally involves two major problems: (1) organ rejection is likely unless the transplantation antigens of both individuals are nearly ...
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I execute a mission by giving others missions, they are not missions for me. How to call them?

A mission that plans a task may be structured in multiple parts. These parts can be missions. Is there a word for the constituting missions? They are not "partial missions", because to complete the ...
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To prise open the gap between price and prize

The words "price" and "prize" and "prise" are easily confused. They mean different things*. It is not a difference of writing between US and British English. Part of the confusion is that "price" ...
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Is it possible: Attend a contest but not a contestant?

Can I attend a contest to observe or to confer, but not compete for a prize (not a contestant)?
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What does “10 years too soon” mean?

I’ve read an article on the Verge. The title was YouTube bans robot fighting videos for animal cruelty roughly 10 years too soon. And here’s the article. I can understand the first part of the ...
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What is the word to describe an action taken for ones self?

I was wondering what is the best way to describe an action taken for one's self without a negative, or positive connotation behind it? Such as in the action of someone recusing themselves from an ...
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Using a verb like 'to finish' with different nouns

Here is an example: I finished lunch. I finished shower. Why is 2 incorrect? What is the difference between these two nouns that makes the grammar different?
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Is it correct to say Win-win lottery?

Is it correct to say Win-win lottery? It is meant the kind of lottery where you will get a prize anyway.
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Can I use 'global people' to say people from around the world?

I need to write a short sentence where I refer to people from all around the world. Can I use 'global people'? Or is it a totally different concept? Thanks!
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What meaning does phrase “separate classes for boys and girls” carry

I was passing past a school where it said "separate classes for boys and girls", meaning separate classes for boys and separate classes for girls. Does this phrase "separate classes for boys and girls"...
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Meaning of the phrase “embedding theoretical knowledge into practice”?

So, I have been writing my application for a job, and I want to mention that I consider the job as an opportunity where I convert the theory I have learned in my study into practice (real work). In ...
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Meaning of earlier in “1 year ago, maybe earlier”

Someone told me this a while ago, but I always remember it cause I couldn't quite understand. Does the "earlier" in the sentence "1 year ago, maybe earlier." means that it was prior to 1 year ago (...
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What does Affair means in “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” [on hold]

My question is about meaning of word "affair". Does it has a meaning of "case,deal" or "relations, love affair"
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“Valid through 2021” means until when?

If some validity period, say a promotion, specifies "valid through 2021", does that mean until Dec 31, 2021, or Jan 1, 2021? This is in the USA, if this differs around the world.
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Testament of Youth meaning

In the famous autobiography 'Testament of Youth' by Vera Brittain, what the word 'Testament' means? Does it mean 'testimony', 'era', or 'pledge'/'promise'?
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what means “low ceilling means in ”The old man at the bridge"?

The line comes from The Old Man At The Bridge By Ernest Hemingway.Here is the line: It was Easter Sunday and the Fascists were advancing toward the Ebro.It was a gray overcast day with a low ceiling ...
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Meaning of “controversy surrounding”

The controversy surrounding [something] If there are 2 sides, 1 side supporting [something] and another side opposing [something], which side does it represent?
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use of Complementary in specific context

Whenever I used to read some academic books, I frequently read this sentence ""complementary value of each other meaning"". Like, if would put prefix to this sentence it will look like, Reliability ...
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What is exactly “This sounds like barn door statistics!”?

This sounds like barn door statistics! How to understand this phrase?
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Correct usage of 'proverbial'

Is it the correct usage of the word 'proverbial' to suggest to someone who is completely bald that they need to 'let their proverbial hair down'?
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Drove my chevy to the levy, but the levy was dry [closed]

-come on people- Meaning follows the song i.e., the day the music died - in that the kids who went to the levy to listen to music (and make out) no longer had this music to listen too, the water(music)...
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what mistakes are in this text .. maybe someone will help correct this text to a stupid Pole? [closed]

Because (incorrect) interpretation of the light analysis of several galaxies cannot be evidence the universe is expanding as Hubble figured it out (redshift). Strange. Our cluster of galaxies, a ...
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“to be to one’s account” as in “All costs shall be to the Customer’s account.” [on hold]

What is the meaning of "to be to one’s account"? It doesn't seem to be there in dictionaries.
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Can “literally” correctly describe something presented as not being literal? [duplicate]

Not that I expect to find English used correctly in spam email but I recently received a message with the following subject line: This Literally “Scrubs” The Air In Your Home I'm willing to accept ...
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Is recepted a word?

I have been saying this for years, I think. I also thought I had heard it used before. However, today I used it in a sentence, and my spell checker under lined it. The sentence(fragment) I wrote was: ...
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Meaning of the word “fold” in the sentence “Lamb astray from the fold” [closed]

Here's a extract from the fable "wolf and the lamb" from Aesop's Fables by George Townsend Wolf, meeting with a lamb astray from the fold... In the above sentence what is meant by "fold"? Is it a ...
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What are possible semantics of participle constructions?

Consider a participle constrution A being B, C happens. What are the possible semantic relations between the parts? Which of them is/are the most likely one(s)? And can one even be sure which ...
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“I like watching” vs “I like to watch” What's the difference?

Which of the two possibilities would native speakers more likely say when they watch a football (soccer or American) match from the comfort of their home? What sport do you watch most on television?...
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Meaning and structure of headline “Hair it is: A List of …”

"Hair It Is: A List of Hair Words". What are the rules for this header? Why is the noun before it is? Intuitively, I understand the meaning of this header. But please explain it for certainty.
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What this means: “that is very nuanced”

Does "very nuanced" mean "very different" in this sentence? We are marrying the two up in a way that is very nuanced.
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What are the differences in sentence meaning caused by the placement of 'not' in these two sentences?

I'm translating a sentence of character dialogue from Japanese to English, and came up with two possible translations for the final sentence of the dialogue. Below is the translated dialogue. "His ...
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What means “work up over”? [closed]

Here is an example: "If you get her worked up over something you are going to do with or to her, follow through."
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Meaning of “e'er” in this sentence (sentences that start with e'er/ever)?

I am reading "Tristram Shandy" and as a non-native English speaker struggling very much to grasp the meaning of some sentences. Can someone help me with understanding the meaning of the following ...
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I Assume vs I think ( that ) … .? [closed]

What are the main difference/s in terms of their meaning and usage between saying " I Assume ( that ) ... ." and " I think ( that) ... ." ?
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Can proceed be used to mean an event that occurs after another?

I've been using the word "proceed" in a manner that I am now wondering if is correct. I use it to describe an event as having occurred after another in the following format: "Event A proceeds Event B"...
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Save use in a sentance [closed]

when a person says: I am clear on Tuesday save between 9-10am and 3 -4pm. Is this person available in those time or NOT available?
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An English or French word that summarizes 'A very attractive or seductive looking woman' [closed]

I'm looking for a word (English or French) which summarizes 'A very attractive or seductive looking woman'. Also looking for a word or term that explains the Women Beauty. Edit: Out of my research, I ...
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Continuous Past vs Continuous Past Perfect [migrated]

Well, guys, please consider the following: When he arrived, he was repairing the bike. When he arrived, he had been repairing the bike. Which one is better? Or do they have their own senses?
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What does this piece in boldface mean given the context?

Italy's government tightened the laws on dealing with migrants, sharply increasing the fines that can be imposed on ngos that rescue people at sea and bring them to Italy without permission. The ...