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Maybe vs Probably? There is a lot of confusion [closed]

Maybe/Might = >0% something will occur Probably = It is likely something will occur Why does saying "probably" imply more confidence than "maybe/might" if both imply that ...
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meaning of“should have condemned his action”

Does "should have condemned his action" here mean "Spiritualist should have condemned his action ( Making every allowance for the difficulty of distinguishing) but they didn't it" ...
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What's the meaning of “wrought”, “in its own right” and “in legal system after legal system” in the following sentence?

I have a hard time interpreting the meaning of "wrought", "in its own right" and "legal system after legal system" in the following sentence. That inquiry is important ...
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What “the ceiling was too high to make out,” means [closed]

I was reading Harry Potter and the Philopher Stone when I came across this sentence "the ceiling was too high to make out," What does "make out" stood for in this context? (In this ...
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what does “taken refuge in wilful imposture” mean?

what does "taken refuge in wilful imposture" mean? If Slade ever really did this, it may probably be accounted for by a burst of ill-timed levity on his part in seeking to fool a certain ...
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While <A was happening>, <B happened>

Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin The tree was slender compared to other weirwoods he had seen, no more than a sapling, yet it was growing as he watched, its limbs thickening as they reached for ...
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“A ten minute interview” vs “An interview of ten minutes” [duplicate]

I remember my English professor saying that these two sentences are quite different in meaning, but after four months, I cannot recall the exact difference. Can somebody explain to me what's the ...
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What is the meaning of “unqualified gain”?

What is the meaning of "an unqualified gain" in context of the following sentence? For environmental advocates, the increased focus on ecoefficiency (measures to reduce negative ...
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meaning of a sentence in movie Headlock

Please help me to understand sentence '' You’re a gnat’s ass away from having this conversation behind bars.'' to in the following dialog in movie ''Headlock'' (about minute 26 to 27). PETER TO TESS: ...
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What does safety-valve mean in terms of a “safety-valve caporegime” in Godfather?

I recently came across some terminology in the Godfather novel and do not understand the exact meaning behind the word. The appropriate quote from the novel is: ...The first person he called was Luca ...
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Does “having” a child refer to when the child was conceived, or to the time of their birth?

If I was conceived during a romantic vacation in Paris but was born some months later in Ohio, would it be right to say "my parents had me in Paris" or "my parents had me in Ohio"? ...
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Verb + Suffix ‘Ion’ as noun

I've been wondering on the usage of the suffix -ion and what it means if put at the end of a verb. I notice that oftentimes it means the process/ action of the verb. Examples: Transformation, ...
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I've just discovered that “spuriative” isn't a real word. What word am I mistaking this for?

I've just discovered that "spuriative" doesn't exist in English, despite having quite a firm definition for it in my head. I've even used this word in spoken conversation to many English ...
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it was best not considered

Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin Soon they were high enough so that looking down was best not considered. There was nothing below but yawning blackness, nothing above but moon and stars. The ...
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Are the Africans brought over from the Transatlantic Slave Trade considered “immigrants”? [closed]

Are the Africans brought over from the Transatlantic Slave Trade considered "immigrants"? Although I realize that they are forced to come to the US against their own wills, the definition of ...
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What does “enlarged conception of space” mean?

What does "enlarged conception of space" mean? Zollner gave a dignified reply to the supposition that he was tricked in these cord-tying experiments: "If, nevertheless, the foundation ...
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Usage of 'there'

'There will be no produce if we are not there.' Can the clause 'If we are not there' be used to mean 'If we don't exist/survive' in the sentence? Would it be semantically correct? Would it be in line ...
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bobbing their hats at the chapel doors (author's use of the word)

I'm having a really hard time understanding this phrase (from Iris Murdoch's story "Something Special"): “Don’t start on that thing again,” said her mother. “Sam’s a nice young fellow, and ...
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Where vs. In places where

He built cathedrals in places where there were no cathedrals. The New Yorker Many Medicare patients live in places where only one H.M.O. The New York Times What is the trait you most deplore in others?...
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Does “screen” here refer to something like “net bed” or not?

Does "screen" here refer to something like "net bed" or not? Doesn't it refer to a "Folding screen"? which one is true? While some slate writing was going on, a bed, ...
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What's the meaning of buzziest in this context? [duplicate]

This is the context: Seasoned travellers, especially the sort that jet around the globe clutching laptops, know that certain words are to be avoided like the plague. This is because those who choose ...
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Is there a correct answer to this 12th Grade English question, listed below?

This was published on BuzzFeed as a supposedly 12th Grade English question Should you change this sentence to make it grammatically correct? "We took shelter in the middle of the night when my ...
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Authority vs Cerification vs Credentials [closed]

I want to know the difference of these three words (Authority, Certification, Credentials) I search about these on dictionary, but It is difficuit for me Can you describe the proper usage? As far as I ...
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What's the meaning of buzziest? [closed]

This is the context: "Seasoned travellers, especially the sort that jet around the globe clutching laptops, know that certain words are to be avoided like the plague. This is because those who ...
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How to interpret “only” in sentences?

I have hard time understanding how to interpret "only" in sentences. Consider the following statements: "Only on Saturdays I play football". Can I interpret this as "If I ...
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Are “to be unselfconscious” and “to lack self-consciousness” completely synonymous?

As an expert non-native speaker, I can sense a slight difference in the two expressions, in that "being unselfconscious" can be used in a positive sense, whereas "lacking self-...
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Difference between potential and power

I am not so sure about the difference in the meaning of "power" and "potential" and when would I rather use one over the other. For that, I have tried to put them in some sentences ...
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Explain the structure of this sentence: “Segway will be to the car what the car was to the horse and buggy."

Dean Kamen, the inventor of Segway, ever said: Segway will be to the car what the car was to the horse and buggy. It seems to me that the structure of this sentence is “Segway will be (something1) ...
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Meaning of the phrase “opining from the rafters, a movie’s overall rating”

Can anyone kindly explain the meaning of phrase "opining from the rafters, a movie’s overall rating" in the following sentence: Very few veteran critics tend to be enamored of the recent ...
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Does “lower part” refer to the “lower part of Dr. Slade's body”?

Does "lower part" refer to the "lower part of Dr. Slade's body"? A chair opposite to me was raised some eighteen inches from the floor; my slate was taken out of my hand, and ...
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What does “academics” mean in this sentence?

The interview usually takes place in an academics' tutorial rooms. Does "academics" mean a higher education institution or a higher education program?
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What's a word for someone who needs to always be flustered about something? [duplicate]

A word for a person who if left in an impossibly perfect environment, would find a way to be upset with how perfect it was. Someone who will invent issues to be offended about. Someone who is never ...
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Can I write this about eyes?

I looked into her egocentric eyes and told her to get lost. Is it okay to use this kind of adjective before eyes? thanks
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Does“ domestic life” means “in his house”?what does "absence of regard for 'conditions' mean?

Does" domestic life" means "in his house"?what does "absence of regard for 'conditions' mean? he did not pay attention to conditions or he did not set conditions, which one is ...
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What does “buglike sunglasses” refer to?

I'm reading "Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal" by "Nick Bilton" There is a line that describes one of characters sunglasses as "buglike ...
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What is the 'traffic thunder'?

Please let me know what 'traffic thunder' means!!! Here is the whole sentence. On a bridge in the busy shopping district of Causeway Bay, a popular spot for pro-democracy protests over the past year, ...
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What is meant by “web” in words “world wide web”? [closed]

Dictionaries provide a description of the word depending on the specific context. Cambridge Dictionary, Collins Dictionary Each word has its own meaning. And when you collect a few words in a heap, ...
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What's the difference between a quarter and a district?

All I want to know about these words is their meaning difference and how they are used in sentences... (If you can give me examples it would be great :))
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Does “them” pronoun refer to “outside intelligences”? What does “such as to” mean?

Does "them" pronoun refer to "outside intelligences"? What does "such as to" mean? It is impossible to record the many mediums of various shades of power, and ...
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Help with the meaning of a sentence

I thank you in advance if you can help me with the meaning of the sentence: "I favoured what motivates him above addressing the priorities of the company". "Above addressing" means ...
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De Jure and De Facto Girlfriend

The message of the sentence I want to create is, “She is my girlfriend in practice and by title.” However, I want to substitute the word “in practice” with “de facto” and the word “by title” with “de ...
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Is the lyric “ Tell them not to fear no more” wrong in expression?

When I listen to Oasis's masterplan and see the lyric 'And as they land upon the shore, tell them not to fear no more', I doubted whether it is wrong in expression. Usually,If the sentence already has ...
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Can the word 'slab' be used to mean 'range'? For example, distance slab and weight slab (in technical specifications), income tax slab

In Merriam-Webster dictionary, none of the meaning of 'slab' is 'range'. But slab is also used to mean range in India. For example, limit X1 for weight slab 10-20kg, limit X2 for slab 20-30 kg.
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What does “four years in advance of the last fifty” mean?

In a speech given by Lucy Stone called "The Progress of Fifty Years" in 1893, she says, "Four years in advance of the last fifty, in 1833, Oberlin College, in Ohio, was founded. Its ...
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How to ask if someone is doing the same thing as before without using “still” for negative connotations?

"So, X, are you still living in Y?" "So, A, are you still working at B?" For a conversation opener or continuer, is there an alternative way to enquire, interest, about someone ...
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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 “level” here mean “height”?

Does "level" here mean "height"? Colonel Olcott's wise conclusion was that, as the evidence was so conflicting, he would put it all to one side and test the mediums in his own way ...
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Seven Cavaliers

In Chapter 6 of "Gone with the wind", She had scarcely touched plate in here hands and seven cavaliers about her. I cannot understand what this sentence is talking about. What does "...
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What is meant by “hard mail adress”?

Does "hard mail address" mean postal address? I received a text: Please, send me your e-mail and also your hard mail address But I do not know the meaning of "hard mail address".
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What is the word for two different sides against each other?

Ok so you all know cowboys vs Indians, Russia vs USA, blue black vs white gold (the Internet dress) Is there a word for two sides against each other? If you get what I am saying.