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I would like to submit an opinion letter arguing that my sentence should also be considered correct [migrated]

I am a high school student from a country where English is not the native language. In my recent English exam, the following two sentences were involved: The official correct sentence: "Hence, ...
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Meaning of joined in marriage [closed]

“I joined in marriage Ben and Nicole”… when the officiant write it in the marriage certificate can it have a double meanings? The first meaning is- I united in marriage Ben and Nicole- meaning I ...
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A sentence such that the use of the contraction "y'all" would fix the ambiguity of the sentence's meaning

I'd be pleased to find out about more sentences with this property. Here's a sentence I found which I have an inkling might be an example of such a sentence: "I will give you all A's" Is the ...
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S is not A but B = S is B but not A

Does the sentences "The point is not urgency but importance" and "The point is importance but not urgency" have same meaning? Normally, we use the construction of the first ...
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"It is confirmed that" [closed]

Can I write as below? It is confirmed that, The A requires B. The C requires D. (1.2. Are just random sentences..)
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Usage of In and Within difference

This has been asked before but I didn't understand. I am no English student, but can someone explain how these two statements could mean different things? Xylem and Phloem within a vascular bundle ...
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What is the meaning of the sentence "The apocalypse of X"?

I am not really a native English speaker. And so reading somewhere I found a sentence/phrase something like this of which I am not sure how to interpret the meaning correctly, "The apocalypse of ...
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Interpreting sentences containing data [closed]

Is the construction correct? The daily actual irradiation was lower than the day-to-day target 48% of the time in the entire month. How do you interpret this sentence?
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Parsing a peculiar legal sentence [closed]

A certain Government Order goes (Section 2a) — These rules shall not apply to the appointment of persons to ministerial posts in the Civil Courts subordinate to the High Court/Khas Adalat of ...
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Reality or unreality-if you had seen the notices next day in all the papers, you must have supposed my evening's entertainment an unqualified success [closed]

(From The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, Chapter VI, published 1892) Passage 96 Pinkerton was in the waiting-room, feverishly jotting in his pocket-book. As he saw me enter, he ...
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"Students leaving on campus often complain having roommate problems." [closed]

I came across the following sentence in a corpus called SkELL (Sketch Engine for Language Learning): (1) Students leaving on campus often complain having roommate problems. https://skell.sketchengine....
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Simple or compound sentences? [closed]

John ate and drank to his satisfaction. John ate the yam and drank the juice. My question: Are these sentences simple or compound sentences?
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What's the meaning of "hardly seem more implausible"?

In the following text, what does "the latter scenario could hardly seem more implausible" mean? The result suggests one of two scenarios. One is that arctic foxes gave rise to swift foxes, ...
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What is "and therefore profits"?

I have read an article called "Stocks have shrugged off the banking turmoil. Haven’t they?" in The Economist newspaper, but I find it hard to understand the meaning of a sentence. The ...
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About the meaning(s) of "to have much to recommend something" [closed]

Not sure if the mentioned expression in the title is just, I tried to figure it out based on my language skills/instincts. It is a citation found in a programming book. Sometimes between the title and ...
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Unsure of the meaning of ‘secure’ and ‘return’ in: ‘its object was…to secure her from any return of Mr Collins’s addresses…’

The full quote from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is as follows: This was very amiable, but Charlotte's kindness extended farther than Elizabeth had any conception of;— its object was nothing ...
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A binge is on its own

I am quite sure that the sentence There was a binge yesterday is grammatically correct. But what about semantics? I mean, there was an event like a drinking party yesterday. Do I use the binge word ...
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What is the negative form of "As soon as I saw her, I recognized her"? [closed]

Whether "No sooner had I seen her than I recognized her" is equivalent to the expression " As soon as I saw her, I recognized her" or " As soon as I had seen her, I recognized ...
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I may go to the party - permission or possibility? Or both? [duplicate]

Hope you can help me to answer this tricky question. I´m posting here as I got the impression that it needs a linguist or at least a native to answer it. When you say: I may go to the party. Does this ...
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What does 'picket fence' mean here? [closed]

Today I was listening to a song from Fall Out boy called Miss missing you. At one point in the song, they sing the line: "Baby you were my picket fence". I know what a picket fence is, but I ...
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The meaning of “how her foot feels rooted” [closed]

My question is, what is the meaning of the sentence? “How her foot feels rooted now as if it is really”. The person is talking about the right foot of Venus (The Birth of Venus). Sandro Leo can I ask ...
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Identify which one has the correct sentence structures

There are 4 options: a. Melanie wrote to her sister once a week while she was living abroad. b. While her sister was living abroad, Melanie wrote to her once a week. c. When traveling abroad, a letter ...
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How should this sentence be interpreted?

Imagine a scenario where Adam has to fight through multiple robots each day. Each of these robots is designed to throw punches. However, Adam has a secret power that can magically change their ...
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Meaning of Newton's sentence on God and natural phenomena

I read this sentence in Newton's Principia, in General Scholium: This concludes the discussion of God, and to treat of God from phenomena is certainly a part of natural philosophy. (Cohen translation,...
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What does "The 300 Light infantry" mean?

Text from Osprey Publishing, the book Saratoga 1777: Turning Point of a Revolution by Brendon Morrissey: Advance Guard: Col Daniel Morgan The riflemen had 374 all ranks fit and present out of 578 (...
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What does this sentence from a technical text book mean? [closed]

The minimum distance dmin of a linear block code is the smallest Hamming distance between any pair of codewords. Which of the following meanings are they implying? 1)You consider any pair of ...
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Difference between doing and getting things done by someone else [closed]

A traveler stops by an inn and the owner of the inn says something in two ways below. Sentence 1 - I will tie your horse. Sentence 2 - I will have your horse tied. In sentence 1, speaker will tie the ...
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Meaning of "as late as"

What have I searched so far? https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/as-late-as Can you please explain the meaning of as late as in simple words in below sentence? Sentence - the ...
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Can someone explain to me the meaning of the verse "in over your chest is way too deep"?

I was listening to the song "Wetsuit" by the band "The Vaccines" when I met with these weird lines: "Submerged, your vision's just obscured You're a lot like me In up to our ...
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Can we use under before deception?

Can we say something like this? he was under the deception of a false idea he sold his belongings. or he was under the deception of a false promise he sold his belongings. Are these grammatically ...
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Same sentence with different punctuation resulting in different meanings

(1) While the thought of an affectation for vanity's sake, on the surface, elicits shame, I have to remember I was a different person then. This sentence appears to imply that the result of the ...
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How to interpret the sentence starting with participle construction and “where”

I am reading this news article, and I found the paragraph below does not make sense to me. It will reduce the stigma, the pain and the harm caused on these patients, like stigmatizing and insulting ...
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Meaning of the phrase “not this little black duck”?

What does the phrase “not this little black duck” mean? I know it’s common among Australian people but I am not sure what does it mean.
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May I change the past perfect continuous to the past continuous and the past perfect to the past simple with the adverb "before"?

There are a lot of lessons about the PPC on the Internet and in textbooks, however, I've been stymied because an American friend of mine insists I can easily get away with changing the PPC to the PC ...
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didn't forget to do = remembered to do?

An English grammar book says the following. (50) John remembered to mail the letter. (= He remembered he had the task and then did it.) What about the following sentence? (60) John didn't forget to ...
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Is ‘trumpeted’ giving the intended meaning in this context? [closed]

This international accomplishments are often trumpeted by political officials as a cause for pride. I want to say that political officials always mention those accomplishments as a source of pride. I ...
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What's the meaning of this phrase in the chapter "The Last Lesson" written by Alphonse Daudet

I was reading "The Last Lesson" written by Alphonse Daudet. In the following para: Once some beetles flew in; but nobody paid any attention to them, not even the littlest ones who worked ...
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Meaning of "…as well had it not been for the machinations of journalists"

I've found the article written with advanced writing skill and it is way harder to understand for me. I want to know the simplified meaning of sentence in the context that I'm giving you. Can you ...
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Meaning of "Get a purge for your brain. It will do better than for your stomach." [closed]

I read the following quote today from a book about productivity: Get a purge for your brain. It will do better than for your stomach. I know that the first sentence talks about noting down all the ...
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Meaning of "separate from everything, separate from anything you can put down on paper or maybe even drive off a lot, is the value of a human life"

While I was watching an episode from CSI Miami: Season 9, I heard Horatio Caine saying this: You know, Ruben, separate from everything, separate from anything you can put down on paper or maybe even ...
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Meaning of go around in the sentence [closed]

I am trying to understand the meaning of go around in following sentence. After checking the dictionary, I found 2 possible meanings. spin a flight path taken by an aircraft after an aborted approach ...
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Difference between “my feet” and “my two feet”

I'm trying to translate the following Prophetic tradition from Arabic to English: ألا كل شيء من أمر الجاهلية موضوع تحت قَدَمَيَّ، وربا الجاهلية موضوع كله، وأول ربا أضع ربا العباس بن عبد المطلب. A ...
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What is the meaning of "encourages it for… on" in this context?

Agriculture expands yield production to meet demand to limit overlapping, and the government encourages it for crop yield forecast on TamilNadu dataset imports." What does "encourages it ...
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"after all I have seen" vs "after I have seen all"

After all I have seen, I know but one thing. After I have seen all, I know but one thing. For me, these two sentences mean the same thing. Could there be any difference?
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What is the proper meaning of this sentence? Please explain this briefly [closed]

In a Batman(2022) movie, in public memorial for mayor,there is a announcement that "As a reminder, the family asked that those wishing to honor the mayor's memory... consider a donation to the ...
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"The box contains, at most, one marble." Can the box contain no marbles?

Does the sentence "The box contains, at most, one marble." apply if the box contains no marbles?
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"We" vs "One of us" vs "Someone" [closed]

Is there a difference between We One of us Someone ... will be here throughout the day to provide service Is one of them grammatically incorrect, or would they change the meaning? Thank you
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"Something won't happen because something is good." It seems the 'something is good' would affect the first 'Something' negatively but doesn't

I am writing about minimal web design, and these are the first lines I wrote: Minimalism was one of the major web design trends throughout the 2010s. And it likely won't fade away in the 2020s because ...
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How to use "Some more so than others"?

Consider the following sentence: Americans all around the world felt a sense of pride, some more so than others. Is such a usage of the phrase correct?
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Is it understandable to say "I'm listening to the 70's"?

Is it grammatically correct and understandable to say the following, where the word "music" is omitted.? I'm listening to the 70's"
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