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The use of OP's in a sentence in english stack exchange [duplicate]

I have come cross the use of OP's.What does OP's mean as used in a sentence.
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what is the meaning of this---“could you have been dreaming” [closed]

what is the meaning of this sentence---``" could you have been dreaming?
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What does “traffic shot by so close” mean?

A full forty minutes later, the dual carriageway turned into the old Blessington Road, and oncoming traffic shot by so close he flinched in the glare of the lights. This was the part of the journey ...
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Need help with figuring out a sentence here

Just came across a line in a listening exercise transcript and I'm really having trouble understanding it. Why would 'being polite' be 'thinking about'how I would like to be treated by others? “There ...
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what is the meaning of “”I should think not“” in this sentences-— “‘He didn’t give the waiter a tip.’ ‘I should think not, after such bad service” [migrated]

what is the meaning of ""I should think not"" in this sentences---- "‘He didn’t give the waiter a tip.’ ‘I should think not, after such bad service"
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meaning of these 2 sentences

The context is: “Planning, as alluded to earlier, came late to the adoption of formal reasoning. Its heritage lay in architecture and surveying, which were craft activities.” As I have no ...
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What does it mean “to have claim over something”?

This is a sentence from the book Everything I Know About Love: I thought we had claim over each other’s twenties before we’d inevitably have to give the other one up.
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What do these uncommon expressions mean?

I'm a non-native English speaker and I've heard and read a lot of expressions that I believe are supposed to mean "Goodbye"; however, I don't really know what they mean (in a literal sense) and how I'...
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What is the meaning of this sentence: “I was annoyed by Mary wanting to tell everybody what to do” [closed]

What is the meaning of this sentence, please tell me. “I was annoyed by Mary wanting to tell everybody what to do”
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what is the meaning of this sentences please tell me

what is the meaning of this sentences, please tell me--""That she should forget me so quickly was rather a shock.""
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meaning of this please??----So that's twenty of each sort, right?

What is the meaning of this please? So that's twenty of each sort, right?
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Please explain the meaning of “appreciation” in the below sentence

Reactions to German Idealism, especially those of the neo-Kantians, logical positivists and Bertrand Russell, were also instrumental in the founding of analytic philosophy, which today reveals and ...
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What is the meaning of “on an exceptional basis”?

I read an english version document, and there's some words i dont quite understand (since english is not my main language), especially the "on an exceptional basis" part, can you help me guys? Thanks ...
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meaning of 'renew' in the sentence

In August 2013 the Government of Canada renewed support of $100 million over seven years (2013-2020) for the Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) program, which advances geological knowledge in ...
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Please paraphrasing this sentence

It is the 2018 - 2019 goal of Natural Resources Canada written on the site: Canadians have access to cutting-edge research to inform decisions on the management of natural resources. I can't ...
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What does “apathy on matters African” mean?

"America’s apathy on matters African is one reason such initiatives have slowed of late." What does "apathy on matters African" mean?
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What does “more than intended with” mean here?

"China's rulers reveal more than intended with clunky propaganda about their accountability." What does "more than intended with" mean here?
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what does “getting faded” mean?

I saw this sentence in NCIS tv series : The night is young. Let's get faded what does this mean? night is young and let's get faded thanks
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What does “step back” imply here?

"The aim would be to block investment in only the most sensitive industries, such as defence, police it rigorously in important ones, such as technology, and otherwise step back." What does "...
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What does “as has” mean here? [closed]

"In Britain the price of a new drug for cystic fibrosis has provoked fury, as has the government’s refusal to pay it." What does "as has" mean here?
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What does “as…as” mean here?

Even as legalistic an institution as the EU ought to be able to find a way around snags such as this. Can anyone restructure the sentence to simpler ones as it is not clear for me? For example, ...
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“To read this book later” and “To later read this book” - the difference

There is a dialog between two persons, and they are discussing some book owned by third person. There are 2 versions of phrase: To read this book later -- ask John. To later read this book -- ask ...
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What does “has… been” mean?

"India and Pakistan are so often at odds that there is a tendency to shrug off their spats, but not since their most recent, full-blown war in 1971 has the risk of escalation been so high." Can anyone ...
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What does “jaw-breaking” mean?

"India’s prime minister has promised a "jaw-breaking response" to the killing of 40 Indian paramilitary police." What does “jaw-breaking response” mean?
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Sentence meaning

It's a long time since we've seen you, Bendrix. For some reason I am a man known by his surname - I might never have been christened for all the use my friends make of the rather affected ...
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Why does a Californian utility spark wildfires? [closed]

"PG&E, a Californian utility, was forced into bankruptcy protection in January after insurers and creditors fled when they concluded that it could be on the hook for billion-dollar liabilities ...
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The meaning of a phrase someone told me

I'd like someone to explain the last sentence to me, if I was to return only platonic feelings, I guess it's supposed to be simple but somehow the way it's turned makes it very unclear to me.
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Meaning of “That'll get steam on the table.”

I was watching a movie featuring a conversation between two men. This is an attempt at transcribing the conversation: Man #1: "I'm redistributing wealth. It's quite spiritual. Karma, boy." I'm ...
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What does “run the place” mean here? [closed]

"Virginia's state government seemed unable to find anyone to run the place who has not either applied boot polish to his face while at college or been accused of sexual assault. " What do "run the ...
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Meaning of “accept […] on […]”

In the book "The Twenty Years' Crisis" by E. H. Carr, written in 1939, I read [men] accept the judgment of history on the past. After checking OED and Merriam-Webster here and here, I still do not ...
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What does “90m-strong” mean here?

"Goumin, a pet-services portal, says China has 73.5m cat- or dog-owners, a group approaching the size of the 90m-strong Communist Party." What does "90m-strong" mean here? Thanks.
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“Forgive me?” “Not at all.”

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius and Remus have the following conversation: “Remus!” Pettigrew squeaked, turning to Lupin instead, writhing imploringly in front of him. “You don’...
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What does “that would be a mistake” mean here?

"The situation is a test of President Donald Trump and his foreign-policy team, including the hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton. This week Mr Bolton hinted at the use of American troops. ...
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Have I Ever Done You Wrong Before? [closed]

Have I ever done you wrong before? I don't quite understand the meaning of this sentence. Can someone please help me with that? Thanks a lot.
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Meaning of “feet to the flames”

Nia Warfield, "Crude oil is on track for its best January ever," CNBC: Kelly also noted that investors are now holding oil companies' "feet to the flames" to increase cash flow amid the surge ...
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“You have no money” or “You don't have money” [duplicate]

You have no money. You don't have money. Which is the right way to phrase the message here?
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What does it mean by “wasn’t everybody saying”? [closed]

"As Mr Trump’s opponents called this a disaster, his supporters lambasted their criticism as hysterical—wasn’t everybody saying a year ago that it was sinister to have so many generals in the cabinet?"...
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Meaning of “could” in these sentences

Good day everyone. So I have Michael Swan's grammar book "Practical English Usage" and there's a couple of sections concerning to usage of "could". So in 82.3 it says that we use could to talk about ...
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The meaning of the sentence?

What is the meaning of this sentence?: I think few will be found to gainsay the assertion that where he trod, his daughter need not be ashamed to follow. Source: There is no Death I think the ...
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It is supposed that

Could someone say if I understand the phrase "it is supposed that" right? For example: It is supposed that tigers don't like swimming in water. I understand this sentence like there's some random ...
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What is the meaning of “squirm out of it”? [closed]

I am reading Diary of Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Book 1). But when I read to this page. I get stuck about like that I told Mom there was no way we were taking Manny with us, because we were ...
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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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“Roger was asking for help to heavens” is wrong sentence?

I'm not a native but I'm working as a writer, writing American gossip news. My boss told me that "Roger was asking for help to heavens." is a wrong sentence. What is wrong with it and what's the ...
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What does it mean by “in their thousands”?

"SpaceX and OneWeb, a communications firm, plan to launch satellites in their thousands, not hundreds." What does it mean by "in their thousands"?
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What does it mean by “a hotspot for anti-microbial resistance”?

"Widespread dumping of antibiotics in rivers has made the country a hotspot for anti-microbial resistance. " What does it mean by "a hotspot for anti-microbial resistance"?
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Does “it is not the case that it is likely” mean it is unlikely?

I'm reading Meaning and Argument and in one exercise of symbolization, there is a sentence which reads "That Jack ever slept here is unlikely." The symbolization provided is: "Negation: ~J (J: It is ...
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What does “crust of a rhinoceros” mean?

I've been reading Thank You, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse and couldn't understand what he meant by "The man must have the crust of a rhinoceros". Is this British slang? Can somebody explain to me what this ...
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What does it mean by “made a national champion of”?

"Although the chip battle may have pre-dated Mr Trump, his presidency has intensified it. He has made a national champion of Qualcomm, blocking a bid for it from a Singaporean firm for fear of Chinese ...
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love vs like, His mother loves him vs His mother likes him?

What does a native English speaker understand from each one of these sentences : His mother loves him His mother likes him is like only a weak version of love or imply a different meaning ?
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Stand out with or without “from”

On dictionary.cambridge.org the following two meanings are given for 'stand out': 1) to be very noticable 2) to be much better than other similar things or people For the 2nd meaning, the example ...