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Confusing word usage

You were more accurate than 10% of (software company) users. I use a software tool that grades me at the end of the week. One of the categories is called Mastery. I am always confused at this because ...
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Sentences with “participle clauses”

Are these sentences below grammatically correct and understandable? And which version of each example is more appropriate? 1- He is a bookworm, having lived first in Canada and then having moved ...
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What does “so to say” refer to in this sentence?

Do you think that is possible or should we just let the organic process happen, occur, so to say? Does it refer to the whole sentence or it only refers to "occur"?
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Meaning of the sentence "A gentleman is someone who does not what he wants to do but what he should do' [on hold]

May I know the meaning of the sentence "A gentleman is someone who does not what he wants to do but what he should do"
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“than would ever be wise” [on hold]

I was watching a video on Youtube and came across the line: " the claps of an audiance will matter to you more than would ever be wise." I don't really understand the part "would ever be wise", ...
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difference between “What is it near?” and “Where is it located?” [closed]

What is the difference between the sentences "What is it near?" and "Where is it located?" ? Do they have quite the same meaning? Thank you for your any help.
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“is subject to” meaning in contract [closed]

"The sublease is subject in all respects to the Lease between Landlord and Tenant. The terms in the Lease specific to the subtenant are included in this sublease by this reference." In this sentence, ...
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How come? and How is it that?

I use the set of words,not very often-"How come?" and "How is it that?" Can both the set of words be used to express same meaning on different occasions? Is "How come?" a shortened form of the ...
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Meaning of “And that’s probably likely always to be the case” [closed]

I have trouble understanding two lines in an article in NYTimes. Ever more so, it seems. The past few decades have seen “an amazing array of experimental tests of general relativity, all of them ...
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What does “introduce form into…” mean?

In China, English translation problems are of great importance in the high-stake postgraduate entrance exam, quite a few of which I found so difficult to understand, not to mention translating. For ...
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Meaning and subject of sentence

What is the subject of the highlighted phrase? What does it mean? The land's angle became more severe, the light waning, streaked as if cut with scissors and braided to the ridge piece by piece. ...
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Asking a question “did you use to…?” when we don't know whether person still have that habit or not?

“used to“ implies habitual actions is the past that is not valid now. How about questions “did you use to...?” Could we ask such questions when we want to learn about habits in the past BUT we aren't ...
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What's the meaning of bold part? [closed]

From this site Together, we’ll be looking to build on early successes with our digital-first approach to campaigns including ‘Holly’s Must Haves’ and to better utilise data for ‘always on’ cross-...
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“Can live no more” vs “can no more live”

Is there a difference in meaning between the two versions of this famous phrase/quote: "Man can live no more without air than a fish can without water" vs "Man can no more live without air ...
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He was never anything but decent toward me

I saw it in the Game of Throne and I felt kind of confused about this sentence. He was never anything but decent toward me. Is positive or negative?
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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? [closed]

From Solstice By Anne Enright: 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. ...
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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 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? [closed]

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?"...