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What is the correct interpretation of this sentence? [closed]

Such a test must be performed no earlier than 48 hours before crossing the border. What does this mean? I am confused.
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What does this bit of Cockney mean?

In the 2nd episode of the 3rd season of Would I Lie To You?, a fragment is shown from a 1985 episode of London Weekend Television's The Six O'Clock Show, with someone purporting to be a former Teddy ...
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Meaning of “fully half of their leisure time, and more than on any single activity save work and sleep” [closed]

Can you explain the meaning of highlighted part in simple speech? I could not clearly understand this part "and more than on any single activity save work and sleep" The amount of time ...
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Please help me to read a long sentence

In other words consciousness is an illimitable power, and though at times it may seem to be all consciousness of misery, yet in the way it propagates itself from wave to wave, so that we never cease ...
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Although and though meaning ‘but’ [migrated]

I have a car, but it is very old. I have a car it is very old though. I have a car although It is very old. -> 4.Although I have a car, It is very old. 5. Although it is very old, I have a car. ...
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'laid out on three levels of elevation 20 feet in height' Help me understand this phrase

The following is the description of the camp. I cannot imagine what it is, because of the ambiguity of the underlined part. The wooden building is 20 feet high? Could anyone be kind enough to explain ...
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“Submit the assignment by February 10th.” What does this statement mean? [duplicate]

Question "Submit the assignment by February 10th." What does this statement mean? Possibility 1 The assignment should be submitted by February 10th, 23:59. Possibility 2 The assignment ...
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What does Raw Defiance mean? [closed]

I looked up about the word "Raw" and found it has bunch of different meanings, one of them being 'A Natural, uncontrolled quality' And, the other day, I heard someone say, in a bit of an ...
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Meaning of these verses from a poem by Keats [closed]

What does these words mean : And in the midst of this wide quietness A rosy sanctuary will I dress With the wreath’d trellis of a working brain, I'm not a literature student, these verses were ...
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Does double ‘each’ make ambiguity?

Each person has each car If There are people A, B, C and car A, B, C: It means people have car A or B or C car or people have car A and B and C? Everyone works every day It means people works Mon., ...
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Meaning of “discriminatory disinterest” in this sentence

Whether motivated by outright prejudice or simple discriminatory disinterest, ... This sentence-piece is taken from a text written on the illegalization of cannabis, stating that Mexican immigration ...
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What does this sentence mean? How can I say it differently?

There the Ancients told of a prophecy.
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Implication of unstated contrasting cases

Apologies if this question is answered elsewhere. I didn't know how to refer to the following phenomenon and consequently I didn't know what to search for. I'm happy for more expert users to add/...
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A hard to understand paragraph [closed]

How can the bolded part of the following text be expressed in the simple language? While the principals are a cut above this level of qualification the incompetence of the American government to do ...
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“All the way back” vs “All the way in the back”

Are "All the way back" vs "All the way in the back" the same ? I found the explain for "All the way" phrase in here: https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/...
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Which expression is correct?

What I want to express is: background: When the CPU is processing data, multiple processes may use one CPU at the same time. In order to prevent the data of one process from being speculated by ...
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I'm in construction

I read from a book: What do you do?/ What is your job? I'm in construction. I'm in retail. Do the answers "I'm in construction." & "I'm in retail." mean "I work in the ...
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What does it mean: A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration? [duplicate]

Does it mean any day in a timeframe of 60 days max to the action, in other words: it could be 1 day or 59 days before?
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Fact or Opinion

The book contains techniques that some people may find useful. Can anyone give me some explanation on this sentence whether it's a fact or opinion. Seems like a very basic question, but it really ...
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What does “shown for scale of purchasing power” mean?

On this page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millionaire In the right part, there is a photo of a luxury house. The text underneath says: A large suburban home valued at roughly $1,000,000 (2006) in ...
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What is the meaning of “longer hours” [closed]

I was on the NJ transit and saw an advertisement outside our local baseball stadium for TD bank. The ad said: “Big fans of the patriots and longer hours” - TD bank. I can totally understand why a Bank ...
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What does “I have got a witness 'set up' down the road? ”mean?

set up The context is a detective telling another detective about the case in an episode of Wandavision. I specifically want to know what does "set up" mean here?
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Is the semantics of this sentence correct?

The speaker tries to say that I could have explained what I mean more accurately which would increase the chances of him solving my problem. He says the following: "Your attempt at explaining ...
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“ Can you explain and give some examples of it's usage ” [closed]

Can you help me with learning this phrase
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What is the meaning of “otherwise” in this text? [closed]

The head on the obverse is archaic in type, and very much resembles that of Sapor I. The crown has attached to it, in many cases, that "cheek-piece" which is otherwise confined to the first ...
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What does “be it” mean in this context? [duplicate]

I googled about this "be it" thing and I found a little sth about it, I learned it's an old subjunctive inversion, but I can’t understand meaning of the sentence below: But such an “...
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What does this sentence mean: “You said, levelling your voice”? [closed]

What does it mean to level one's voice at someone? The full sentence is: You said, levelling your voice at him as if it was a sword.
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Which sentence is the best?

Which one is (more) correct? Do they all mean the same? How long will it take FOR dinner be ready? How long will it take TO dinner be ready? When will dinner be ready? When is dinner going to be ...
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LOVE NOKIA / NOKIA LOVE makes sense? [closed]

I'm making a simply typography design which would either say LOVE NOKIA or NOKIA LOVE. I want to use one of them to convey : I love Nokia / We love Nokia / We all love Nokia. But for some reasons I ...
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Meaning of “Thank you for entertaining my application”?

I found this line at the end of an application. What does it mean actually? When to use it? Thank you for entertaining my application.
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What does “rigor of Silver’s hand-tuned models” mean in this extract?

As Election Day loomed in 2012, traffic at the New York Times website spiked, as is normal during moments of national importance. But this time, something was different. A wildly disproportionate ...
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During vs in vs due to differences [closed]

There can be at least 3 possibilities to say about deaths caused by any virus/pandemic, for example covid-19. N number of people lost lives during covid-19 pandemic. N number of people lost lives in ...
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Is this just an error or am I missing something?

I ran across the following passage on a package of tea: "As the farmers all our teas come with a Tea Passport guaranteeing quality and sustainability from bush to cup". I don't see how this ...
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What does 'I feel sorry for my job' mean? [closed]

I wonder what the following sentence means: I feel sorry for my job. Does it mean that I feel dissatisfied or unhappy with my work? Thanks.
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Can the word 'While' mean 'On the one hand' in the beginning of the sentence? [closed]

The usage of the word while as on the one hand at the beginning of the sentences looks confusing to me. I tried looking for threads addressing this question on this site. Unfortunately, I couldn't ...
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What does “subject” means in “subject (a place, text, etc.) to a thorough search in order to locate something.”

I read the sentence "subject (a place, text, etc.) to a thorough search in order to locate something." from the definition of "scour". I want to know the meaning of "subject&...
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Which phrase is correct, “what happened is” or “what happened was”? [duplicate]

Which phrase is correct, "what happened is” or “what happened was"?
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“Forgive my verbosity”

I heard a text in English read out loud the other day. It was a translation from Russian of a letter a man had written in response to an existential question addressed to him by letter by his sister. ...
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Must I “stand” in order to “stand still”? [closed]

When I tell someone: Stand still! do they need to be standing at that moment? When I tell someone: Sit still! do they need to be sitting at that moment? If yes, is there a more general statement (...
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“I am really not into it” vs “I am not really into it” [duplicate]

If someone asks help on a subject, and I am lacking in knowledge on it, which is appropriate or correct? I am really not into it I am not really into it The intention is to convey that I am not well ...
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Which is appropriate to use “budget for” or “willing to pay” [closed]

Someone wants me to help him on assignment etc. Is it correct to ask Whats your budget for this? How much you are willing to pay for this? Will 100$ work for you ? (Here I am directly giving the ...
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Use of recurring words - 'somebody who' [closed]

Think of somebody who takes you for granted, somebody who is treating you with disgust, somebody who thinks about you as a thing to use. Is that sentence well written? I mean the recurring part '...
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Understanding sentence (at odds; critical standing)

But Mendelssohn’s enduring popularity has often been at odds — sometimes quite sharply — with his critical standing. What do at odds and critical standing mean in the above sentence?
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What does 'non cumulative overtime' mean in this sentence?

The side effect is mainly neutropenia which is reversible within 5 to 7 days, and non-cumulative overtime. What does 'non-cumulative overtime' describe in this sentence? 'neutropenia' or the time?
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Understand long sentence (no comma)

Could you give me some tips on how to simplify and understand long sentences like the following? For example, when to take a pause; what to look for; etc. This meant communications had to be relayed ...
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what does it mean“This status anxiety fuels the ambition needed to reach for success”? [closed]

Is there anyone who explains it to me? " This status anxiety fuels the ambition needed to reach for success."
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What does “Don't patronize me” means

I heard these lines in several places - Don't patronize me . what does this exactly mean? Checked the definition on google. But I couldn't get a feel for it.
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Meaning of some words

The closing decades of an artist’s life do not generally make the biographer’s heart beat faster, but Claude Monet is one of a handful of painters who bucks the pattern of an irrelevant old age. While ...
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I can't understand this sentence

I read an English text. In this text I came across a sentence that I can't understand it as a complete sentence: "In this context and who can argue against the ethos of closer observation of what ...
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Meaning of “running stationary radar down”

I heard this in a true crime show. The whole quote goes like this: (He's a police officer btw) At approximately 10 pm, I was sitting here running stationary radar down towards the Circle K. So what ...

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