Questions tagged [sentence-meaning]

The tag has no usage guidance.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
4 votes
4 answers
3k views

What does "the book was drenched" mean, from the first page of a scanned book?

The first printed page in the scanned online version of Analytical Solid Geometry by Shanti Narayan says, "the book was drenched". I'm positive it doesn't have anything to do with wetness. So what ...
-1 votes
1 answer
52 views

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 ...
0 votes
1 answer
167 views

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 ...
71 votes
7 answers
6k views

"Why does paper cut so well?", ambiguous question? [duplicate]

I have posted a question titled "Why does paper cut so well?" (on the Physics stack exchange). After a while, I noticed that over 40 people understood the question as "Why is it so easy to cut paper (...
0 votes
3 answers
4k views

Expression/ idiom meaning: "Hold your shoulders back!"

I was reading the poem Father Forgets (pdf) by W. Livingston Larned. Part of the line said, "Goodbye, Daddy!" I frowned, and said in reply, "Hold your shoulders back!" I couldn't find the ...
0 votes
0 answers
20 views

"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 ...
4 votes
3 answers
7k views

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 ...
-2 votes
2 answers
49 views

"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....
0 votes
1 answer
69 views

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?
2 votes
2 answers
471 views

Why does "There was little pretense of objectivity." mean "there is almost no objectivity"?

Today, I am reading the book Freedom for the Thought That We Hate. In Chapter 1, the author talks about the press industry in the 18th century: The newspapers of eighteenth-century America were ...
-2 votes
1 answer
111 views

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, ...
0 votes
1 answer
48 views

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 ...
1 vote
1 answer
111 views

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 ...
0 votes
1 answer
47 views

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 ...
1 vote
2 answers
252 views

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 ...
1 vote
1 answer
171 views

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 ...
1 vote
0 answers
24 views

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 ...
0 votes
1 answer
211 views

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 ...
0 votes
1 answer
61 views

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 ...
0 votes
1 answer
281 views

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 ...
0 votes
1 answer
73 views

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 ...
-1 votes
5 answers
8k views

What did Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great essayist, mean in this quote from a lecture in 1871?

What does the quote, "If a man can write a better book or preach a better sermon or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, even if he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a ...
2 votes
2 answers
320 views

Meaning of "it is only a small percentage of whom this would be true at present." [closed]

In the extract It will be said that men will not work well if the fear of dismissal does not spur them on. I think it is only a small percentage of whom this would be true at present. could the ...
-1 votes
1 answer
159 views

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 ...
2 votes
4 answers
90 views

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,...
1 vote
2 answers
100 views

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 (...
-1 votes
1 answer
74 views

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 ...
0 votes
1 answer
42 views

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 ...
0 votes
3 answers
93 views

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 ...
1 vote
3 answers
86 views

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 ...
0 votes
0 answers
52 views

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 ...
4 votes
2 answers
1k views

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.
2 votes
2 answers
84 views

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 ...
1 vote
2 answers
67 views

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 ...
0 votes
2 answers
107 views

"as much as my place is worth"

Quote: “Bless you, sir, if any one is about he will be, for he is always the first stirring. But here he is, sir, to answer your questions for himself. No, sir, no; it is as much as my place is worth ...
0 votes
1 answer
35 views

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 ...
1 vote
1 answer
252 views

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 ...
-2 votes
2 answers
23 views

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 ...
14 votes
10 answers
86k views

Meaning and interpretation of Bilbo's "half as well" quote

In The Lord of The Rings, Bilbo says the following to his assembled guests at his eleventy first birthday party: I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half ...
-1 votes
1 answer
99 views

What's the meaning of the following sentence by Isaac Newton?

What's the meaning of the following sentence by Isaac Newton? Is not the Sensory of Animals that place to which the sensitive Substance is present, and into which the sensible Species of Things are ...
0 votes
1 answer
77 views

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 ...
1 vote
2 answers
10k views

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
0 votes
3 answers
52 views

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 ...
1 vote
2 answers
228 views

Why is "plumbing" used, and what does "new lows" mean?

At the start of the year unemployment was plumbing new lows. Can you explain why "plumbing" is used and what "new lows" means?
-1 votes
2 answers
109 views

Present perfect vs past simple

Should I say : 1- I think I know you , I think we have met before. 2- I think I know you , I think we met before.
1 vote
1 answer
47 views

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 ...
1 vote
0 answers
65 views

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 ...
0 votes
0 answers
22 views

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 ...
0 votes
1 answer
48 views

"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?
0 votes
3 answers
118 views

"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?

1
2 3 4 5
8