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What tricks and techniques are available to me to help simplify and decompose dense prose? [closed]

I'm having trouble understanding the following paragraph from Thomas Hardy's "Return of the Native." Using this as an example, what tricks and methods might help me simplify complex passages like this ...
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Meaning of “the artist that perishable tissue has to think” and “with these” [closed]

Please help me understand the following paragraph better. When standing before certain men the philosopher regrets that thinkers are but perishable tissue, the artist that perishable tissue has to ...
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What is the meaning of “We have outfoxed the fox, which makes us very bloody foxy.” in the TV series Misfits?

In the episode 5 of season 1 of the British television series Misfits the character Nathan Young says: We have outfoxed the fox, which makes us very bloody foxy. Transcript. What does it mean in ...
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justify my being, as afraid as I was

What does this sentence mean? 'There is simply nothing in my current reality to justify my being as afraid as I was. Does it mean that he is the most afraid to justify himself?
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What is meaning of “bad pitch” and “grab him and stuff under a mattress…” in the first episode of Rick&Morty?

I started watching Rick and Morty with English subtitles but English is not my first language, and I have a problem in understanding the exact meaning of some dialog;This Dialog is between Jerry and ...
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What is wrong in this sentence [closed]

Which of these is correct "I thought she has it" or "I thought she had it"?
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What does the “open exchange of information” mean?

What does the "open exchange of information" mean? For example, in order to find the truth about history, there must be an open exchange of information? Could I re-write the sentence and make "...
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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

I'm having trouble understanding the sentence "in which old associations and the fair young hermit, now within those walls, bore a nearly equal part" in the following paragraph from The Tenant of ...
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Increasing clarity by breaking verbal stumbling blocks

I am marking students' essays and frequently coming across stumbling blocks of words. Although grammatically speaking these blocks are mostly correct, I find that clarity is being impaired (e.g too ...
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What does the word occupancy mean in this sentence? [closed]

The day for changing from one occupancy to the next was on a Saturday. As far as I know, occupancy doesn't refer to a place but the use or the period of time you use a place, and it's uncountable. I ...
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Is the sentence logical?

It had been sunny for a week when the storm broke out. Is this sentence logically valid and sound? If I think of it, it looks like it means when the storm broke out, it was sunny. There couldn't be ...
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Is this correct usage of “pursue a degree”? [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? If no, how should I say this sentence correctly? Many Thanks. My excellent mathematical skills led me to pursue a mathematics and physics diploma.
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What does “Touch the bottle again.” mean here?

This is from a dialogue in The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Huge spoiler ahead, so be warned if you haven't read the book. Joe and Cappy, who are 13 year olds, drink a half quart Four Roses which ...
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"I could be something approaching myself''

This sentence Partly this was because she was the only person on the island with whom I could be something approaching myself is from John Harding, The Girl Who Couldn’t Read (2014). I can't ...
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Use the Past Perfect instead of the Simple Past here

I've seen that we should use the Perfect to say about prior events that happened at a certain time and that give us context. Now, in this sentence here: A: Hello, Allie. B: I don't wanna talk ...
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what is the exact meaning of “revelation” and “just proportions”? [closed]

what is the exact meaning of "just proportions"? i need a general understanding of the bold part of this paragraph. There may have been—in fact, there probably was—a true psychic origin to these ...
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Asking a college senior for coffee catch up

Hi I want to ask a college senior for coffee catch up through the below note: "Hi xx- hope you are doing phenomenally! I am in xx and was wondering if it would be possible to catch up over coffee ...
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what is the exact meaning of “delicate female organs” in this paragraph?

what is the exact meaning of "delicate female organs" in this paragraph? what is the true explain of this sentence: "of which the delicate female organs would seem incapable."? The sounds came ...
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What is the exact meaning of “names of sensitives” and “spoke”?

What is the exact meaning of "names of sensitives" and "spoke"? does "spoke" refers to talking about something or not? Finally, above the monotonous horizon of human happenings there did actually ...
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what is the meaning of these lines?

what is the meaning of these lines "when his prototypes were holding moorland meetings in Gallo way and avoiding, or possibly even attacking with the arms of the flesh, the dragoons of Claverhouse"? ...
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does “heavy cloud” and “thunderstorm” are used in their real meaning or not? [closed]

does "heavy cloud" and "thunderstorm" are used in their real meaning or not? also i can not understand the true meaning of "judgment"?? is there anybody who can explain about this? Swedenborg claimed ...
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What is the meaning of “psychic grossness” and “want” in this paragraph?

What is the true meaning of "psychic grossness" and "want" at this paragraph? Swedenborg claimed that a heavy cloud was formed round the earth by the psychic grossness of humanity, and that from ...
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What does “having a confirm for someone” mean?

The context: "Thanks for your message. Sorry for that you haven't received the item yet. I understand you truly, but please don't worry; we will fix the problem for you smoothly. Could you please give ...
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What is the true meaning of “comes in the way of” at this paragraph?

What is the true meaning of "comes in the way of" at this paragraph? With such a mind it is natural enough that he should be struck by the evidence for extra-mundane powers which comes in the way ...
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What does “object” mean in this sentence?

His friends were those of his own blood or those whom he had known the longest; his affections, like ivy, were the growth of time, they implied no aptness in the object. -- Strange Case of Dr. ...
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What does “convey/possess a sense of immediacy” mean?

Such contemporary accounts often convey a sense of immediacy and impact... The opening pages still convey a sense of immediacy and excitement... The challenge of the environmental beat is to convey ...
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what does the sentence “I'd hate for anything to come between us” means?

What is the meaning of the sentence "I'd hate for anything to come between us"? After knowing the meaning of used phrasal verbs and all that, I can get a good enough idea of its meaning. But,I am, ...
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What does “To die quietly of old age would be to go there on foot” mean?

I have seen "To die quietly of old age would be to go there on foot" {a translation to English from the original} and can't get the exactly meaning of them. I know what's the meaning of 'To die ...
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meaning of “obvious statement” and “the form of lengthy”

I've come across those two statements in an article and not been able to understand what they mean. Can anyone please explain their meanings to me? As in the sentences below: "...those who are tech-...
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“Scary looks the future of AI” - Is this a correct sentence?

I was writing this sentence and it feels correct to me, but I am not sure. Can you guys share if the following sentence is grammatically sound and if it conveys the following meaning? Scary looks ...
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Which are right: “I lost one of my friend’s phone number” Or “I lost one of my friends’ phone number” [closed]

Which of these is grammatically correct: A - I lost one of my friend’s phone number Or B - I lost one of my friends’ phone number They appeared on a grammar test in a classroom, and the teacher ...
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Sentence meaning (Story- The Tiger King)

The story The Tiger King, ends this way: On that day father and son played with that tiny little wooden tiger. It had been carved by an unskilled carpenter. Its surface was rough; tiny slivers of ...
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Allow X: What’s the difference between “for the sharing of X” and “to share X”? Do they mean the same thing?

What is the difference between these two: Presentation events allow for the sharing of knowledge. Presentation events allow to share knowledge. Do they share the exact same meaning?
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What does “fights to break out over” and “get points down” mean in the two below paragraphs?

We are also very pleased with a new installation of the Go-Kart arena which is 120 square metres in area. Again the problem is the geology; we had to level the mounds on the track for safety reasons. ...
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Please check this sentence

Great works of art, such as the Mona Lisa and Whistler's Mother, can be deceptive their simplicity. Why is can be + adj followed with a noun? And because of that I'm not really sure about the ...
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They have some background strong

I'm trying to understand the meaning of the expression "background strong". The line in the title is quoted from a movie, "Dying to survive". Here is some frame: an indian oil shop owner wants to ...
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What does “uncontrolled document” mean? [closed]

I was reading, let's say a policy statement or terms of use document, and at the bottom of each page it had printed in a footer: THIS DOCUMENT IS UNCONTROLLED IN HARD COPY FORMAT For example you ...
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Usage of 'Both'

" Innocence is courage and clarity both." I heard this sentence. Is it correct?
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What is the meaning of a quote by Walt Whitman as follows [closed]

I am trying to make sense of the following which I assume is a reference to the conflict with the American Indians. Specifically, what do the pronouns "they" and "it" respectively refer to in the ...
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Nobody's idea of [closed]

"Yet the Tories have gambled, choosing a populist leader who is nobody’s idea of a safe pair of hands." What does it mean by saying "nobody's idea of sth?"
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What's the meaning of “I may have lost a little bit of this year” in this sentence?

Does it mean that I lost a part of my idealism this year, or it says without a vision, my idealism would has been less? which one? I am really glad I wrote a vision because I think I would be a lot ...
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Meaning of a passage in “Night on Highway 128” by Cary Mullis [closed]

From Night on Highway 128 by Cary Mullis: I was driving up a long and winding road between Cloverdale and Booneville in Mendocino County, heading for my weekend cabin. My girlfriend was asleep and ...
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meaning of “to immigration” in this sentence?

Does it mean "climate change for immigration" or "climate change" and "immigration" are 2 different issues? In areas that range from occupational safety to climate change to immigration, legislators ...
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What does this sentence mean?? '' the distribution between modes has tipped sharply in favour of road transport since the 1990s. '' [closed]

What does this sentence mean? Although many candidate countries inherited a transport system which encourages rail, the distribution between modes has tipped sharply in favour of road transport ...
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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” [closed]

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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Meaning of the sentence "A gentleman is someone who does not what he wants to do but what he should do' [closed]

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” [closed]

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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How come? and How is it that? [closed]

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? Phrase and idiom meaning of the two sentences are nearly same. ...