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Does this sentence conveys the message of awareness of coronavirus and being alert?

In India, the lockdown is kind of ended. It's still there but most of the things are allowed but precautions. That doesn't mean coronavirus cases are decreasing in India. Basically, I want to say ...
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“To change the sense” vs “to alter the meaning”

A. Your modification changes the sense of the sentence. B. Your modification alters the meaning of the sentence. What is the difference?
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Far From The Madding Crowd

I'm having trouble understanding the following paragraph from Far From The Madding Crowd. Had the wife now but gone no further. Yet, perhaps, under the harrowing circumstances, to speak out was the ...
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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 “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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Usage of 'Both'

" Innocence is courage and clarity both." I heard this sentence. Is it correct?
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“It is for people who” vs “it is for the/those people who”

A. Mnemonics are for people who don't know. B. Mnemonics are for the/those people who don't know. Which one is correct? If both, what is the difference in sense/meaning?
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What does “humble” imply here?

Corn dog is the most humble street food.
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kindergarten “readiness,” to society’s detriment

Children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less ...
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Using a preposition with the word 'grant'

Obedience he had secured, and honor had been granted him... My question is why is it 'granted him' and not 'granted to him?'
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Past Subjunctive Sentence

If we started now we would be in time (but we cannot start now) This is an example sentence in my grammar book for past subjunctive used after If. The sentence sounds to me a suggestion rather than ...
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What is the meaning of the line Send the duly filled typed application form

I have a form given by the employer which has the name, qualification, sex, and such stuff and in the advertisement, there is a line given below. Is that mean I should type the details using the ...
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Don't knock it till you try it vs. Don't knock it till you have tried it

Don't knock it till you try it vs. Don't knock it till you have tried it. Are there any differences in meaning of these two sentences? The first one is the simple present tense, while the second the ...
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Comma splices correction

Which one is correct? In the Middle Age a lord’s intricate wall hangings were more than mere tapestries ; they were and were a measure of his consequence and wealth.
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Is “as unlikely as” used correctly here?

"The possibility is just as unlikely as your dog coming back." Does it mean that the possibility of whatever that's being stated is not possible just as his dog not coming back?
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Use some triage with

I don't understand a phrase (use some triage with sth) in this sentence--"He knew the system administrators would notice his attack and deny him access so he quickly used some triage with the ...
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Is the sentence “I’ll remind you when that happened” correct?

I’m not a native speaker, so I’m utterly confused: in my language, which is Spanish, we’d say “Te recordaré cuando eso pasó”, but the one I’m asking about just sounds weird to me... The context is ...
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What's the meaning of “the co-regulatory process must be sustained”?

It's really hard to understand the following sentence. Maybe I can analyze the following sentence as the union of two sentences, the co- regulatory process have first identified a framework for ...
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What is the overall meaning of the sentence?

I came across the following sentence and could not understand the gist of it: To the extent that it foresaw the effect the Internet would have on society, what makes the Frankfurt School—an early ...
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Sentence from Seneca's Consolation to Helvia

In Consolation to Helvia, a letter Seneca wrote to his mother while in exile, the English translation says: I don't have doubt that I shall have more influence over you than your grief, than which ...
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How to interpret “only” in sentences?

I have hard time understanding how to interpret "only" in sentences. Consider the following statements: "Only on Saturdays I play football". Can I interpret this as "If I ...
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same as what she said vs same as she said

I have some questions confusing me. (I work in a cafe.) Is this the same order as she said. Is this the same order as what she said. What is the difference between 1 and 2 and which one is correct? ...
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Grammatical check

If you don't mind could you please tell me when will I expect the date of joining. Is this a correct sentence for asking about my joining date?
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Suggestion for a sentence

It leads to inhibition of protein synthesis is take place. Is it a wrong statement ? If it is a wrong statement , could you please make a sentence for me which have same meaning as stated by above ...
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'yet' and tense of the sentence

"You try breaking that window yet?" I can't guess the exact tense of this sentence, because of 'yet'. Is it a question for someone who is trying to break the window or have tried to break it?
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What is the meaning of this sentence? “How many men do you know who can connive an Indian out of clothes?”

In the third episode of Barkskins (France circa 1600s), a man wants to work for somebody but he refuses. Then he says this sentence to convince him. "How many men do you know who can connive an ...
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Use of the to explain a behavior

Please check if there is a repitition of the here The model can be used to investigate the frequency dependent behavior of the Sinusoidal signal How about, The model can be used to investigate the ...
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Is it correct to say “this book is worth the acquisition”?

Can you please advise whether or not grammatically and meaningfully correct to say "this book is worth the acquisition" when you find a book relevant and want to buy.
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What does “comer” in this context mean?

In the Law 43 of the novel 48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene writes: In the game of power, you are surrounded by people who have absolutely no reason to help you unless it is in their interest to ...
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Meaning of “Other side of the world”

Can anyone kindly explain me the figurative meaning of "follow someone to the other side of the world"? Any suggestions are appreciated!
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What is the exact nuance of 'a bit' in this sentence?

Would that I’d begun a bit sooner, but one always assumes one will have more time If you see only this sentence, what feeling does 'a bit' give? Can I interpret it the speaker hopes she didn't ...
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Meaning of 'what is this compared to her previous song'

'What is this compared to her previous song'. Two people argued about whether a song was good or not, and one just responded with this. What did they mean by that? I haven't found any satisfactory ...
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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.
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“Can” vs “Could” - emphasis

Which seems more grammatically sound and emphatic? I could swear there was a motel room here. or I can swear there was a motel room here. 'Can' seems to me to talk about an ability to do something....
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What is the meaning of this sentence? „This is the ante room of ante rooms“

What is the meaning of this sentence? This is the ante room of ante rooms. It was used in the document "Inside the Vatican".
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difficult sentence meaning

What is the meaning of this sentence? ... because believing in something will be seen by the passive nihilist as preferable to taking the risk of not believing in anything, to taking the risk of ...
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Can someone explain why they omitted 'of the' in the second second sentence after the word 'majority'?

A Vast Majority of the World’s Population Breathes Unsafe Air But the truth is that as it stands at the moment the majority population do not believe this.
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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 to you. ...
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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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Translation of sentences

The US death toll from the coronavirus climbed to 12 on Thursday, with all but one of the victims in the north-western US state of Washington. What does it mean: 11 dead in Washington Or just 1 one ...
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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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What is the meaning of “head-poppingly”?

In a book I'm reading there is a sentence like this If you travel to a foreign country, you will make the charming discovery that there are many differences between the local way of life and your ...
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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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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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What's the meaning of the sentence below?

If the world takes the shape of whatever the most powerful AI is programmed (or reprograms itself) to desire, it even opens the possibility of evolution taking a turn for the entirely banal – could an ...
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What is the meaning of this quote from Barbara Ehrenreich?

I am currently reading Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich, and I read the quote But Jesus makes his appearance here only as a corpse; the living man, the wine-...