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What does this sentence mean? How can I say it differently?

There the Ancients told of a prophecy.
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Can you please check or correct these sentences for me? [closed]

"I would not like/ want to be talked about my body features on national television." "You got fake lips and I don't" Would it be I don't or I didn't? If they are wrong please help ...
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Is this the correct way to use the word 'persuade' and 'predefined'? [migrated]

"You can use the word 'that's at the end of the sentence only if its persuaded by predefined context" Is it right how I used the word 'persuade' and 'predefined' in this sentence. If no ...
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Implication of unstated contrasting cases

Apologies if this question is answered elsewhere. I didn't know how to refer to the following phenomenon and consequently I didn't know what to search for. I'm happy for more expert users to add/...
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Meaning of “Milestones” in this sentence

and our sense of milestones for dealing with specific issues that might over time get us toward a more stable relationship.
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A hard to understand paragraph [closed]

How can the bolded part of the following text be expressed in the simple language? While the principals are a cut above this level of qualification the incompetence of the American government to do ...
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What is the precise meaning of this sentence? [closed]

What is the precise meaning of this sentence? Almost every year since records began, our species has had more energy at its disposal than it had the year before. For the past 50 years, the growth ...
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“All the way back” vs “All the way in the back”

Are "All the way back" vs "All the way in the back" the same ? I found the explain for "All the way" phrase in here: https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/...
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Which expression is correct?

What I want to express is: background: When the CPU is processing data, multiple processes may use one CPU at the same time. In order to prevent the data of one process from being speculated by ...
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I'm in construction

I read from a book: What do you do?/ What is your job? I'm in construction. I'm in retail. Do the answers "I'm in construction." & "I'm in retail." mean "I work in the ...
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What does it mean: A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration? [duplicate]

Does it mean any day in a timeframe of 60 days max to the action, in other words: it could be 1 day or 59 days before?
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Fact or Opinion

The book contains techniques that some people may find useful. Can anyone give me some explanation on this sentence whether it's a fact or opinion. Seems like a very basic question, but it really ...
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What does it mean “Please, provide us with the manuscript upon submission” [closed]

Today I received an email from one of our co-authors for a research manuscript asking that: Please, provide us with the manuscript upon submission Now my question is that he needs the final manuscript ...
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What does “shown for scale of purchasing power” mean?

On this page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millionaire In the right part, there is a photo of a luxury house. The text underneath says: A large suburban home valued at roughly $1,000,000 (2006) in ...
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What is the meaning of “longer hours” [closed]

I was on the NJ transit and saw an advertisement outside our local baseball stadium for TD bank. The ad said: “Big fans of the patriots and longer hours” - TD bank. I can totally understand why a Bank ...
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What does “I have got a witness 'set up' down the road? ”mean?

set up The context is a detective telling another detective about the case in an episode of Wandavision. I specifically want to know what does "set up" mean here?
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Is the semantics of this sentence correct?

The speaker tries to say that I could have explained what I mean more accurately which would increase the chances of him solving my problem. He says the following: "Your attempt at explaining ...
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“ Can you explain and give some examples of it's usage ” [closed]

Can you help me with learning this phrase
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What is the meaning of “otherwise” in this text? [closed]

The head on the obverse is archaic in type, and very much resembles that of Sapor I. The crown has attached to it, in many cases, that "cheek-piece" which is otherwise confined to the first ...
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What does “be it” mean in this context? [duplicate]

I googled about this "be it" thing and I found a little sth about it, I learned it's an old subjunctive inversion, but I can’t understand meaning of the sentence below: But such an “...
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What does this sentence mean: “You said, levelling your voice”? [closed]

What does it mean to level one's voice at someone? The full sentence is: You said, levelling your voice at him as if it was a sword.
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Which sentence is the best?

Which one is (more) correct? Do they all mean the same? How long will it take FOR dinner be ready? How long will it take TO dinner be ready? When will dinner be ready? When is dinner going to be ...
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LOVE NOKIA / NOKIA LOVE makes sense? [closed]

I'm making a simply typography design which would either say LOVE NOKIA or NOKIA LOVE. I want to use one of them to convey : I love Nokia / We love Nokia / We all love Nokia. But for some reasons I ...
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Meaning of “Thank you for entertaining my application”?

I found this line at the end of an application. What does it mean actually? When to use it? Thank you for entertaining my application.
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What does “rigor of Silver’s hand-tuned models” mean in this extract?

As Election Day loomed in 2012, traffic at the New York Times website spiked, as is normal during moments of national importance. But this time, something was different. A wildly disproportionate ...
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During vs in vs due to differences [closed]

There can be at least 3 possibilities to say about deaths caused by any virus/pandemic, for example covid-19. N number of people lost lives during covid-19 pandemic. N number of people lost lives in ...
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Is this just an error or am I missing something?

I ran across the following passage on a package of tea: "As the farmers all our teas come with a Tea Passport guaranteeing quality and sustainability from bush to cup". I don't see how this ...
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What does 'I feel sorry for my job' mean? [closed]

I wonder what the following sentence means: I feel sorry for my job. Does it mean that I feel dissatisfied or unhappy with my work? Thanks.
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Can the word 'While' mean 'On the one hand' in the beginning of the sentence? [closed]

The usage of the word while as on the one hand at the beginning of the sentences looks confusing to me. I tried looking for threads addressing this question on this site. Unfortunately, I couldn't ...
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What does “subject” means in “subject (a place, text, etc.) to a thorough search in order to locate something.”

I read the sentence "subject (a place, text, etc.) to a thorough search in order to locate something." from the definition of "scour". I want to know the meaning of "subject&...
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Which phrase is correct, “what happened is” or “what happened was”? [duplicate]

Which phrase is correct, "what happened is” or “what happened was"?
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“Forgive my verbosity”

I heard a text in English read out loud the other day. It was a translation from Russian of a letter a man had written in response to an existential question addressed to him by letter by his sister. ...
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Must I “stand” in order to “stand still”? [closed]

When I tell someone: Stand still! do they need to be standing at that moment? When I tell someone: Sit still! do they need to be sitting at that moment? If yes, is there a more general statement (...
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“I am really not into it” vs “I am not really into it” [duplicate]

If someone asks help on a subject, and I am lacking in knowledge on it, which is appropriate or correct? I am really not into it I am not really into it The intention is to convey that I am not well ...
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Which is appropriate to use “budget for” or “willing to pay” [closed]

Someone wants me to help him on assignment etc. Is it correct to ask Whats your budget for this? How much you are willing to pay for this? Will 100$ work for you ? (Here I am directly giving the ...
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Use of recurring words - 'somebody who' [closed]

Think of somebody who takes you for granted, somebody who is treating you with disgust, somebody who thinks about you as a thing to use. Is that sentence well written? I mean the recurring part '...
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Understanding sentence (at odds; critical standing)

But Mendelssohn’s enduring popularity has often been at odds — sometimes quite sharply — with his critical standing. What do at odds and critical standing mean in the above sentence?
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What does 'non cumulative overtime' mean in this sentence?

The side effect is mainly neutropenia which is reversible within 5 to 7 days, and non-cumulative overtime. What does 'non-cumulative overtime' describe in this sentence? 'neutropenia' or the time?
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Understand long sentence (no comma)

Could you give me some tips on how to simplify and understand long sentences like the following? For example, when to take a pause; what to look for; etc. This meant communications had to be relayed ...
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what does it mean“This status anxiety fuels the ambition needed to reach for success”? [closed]

Is there anyone who explains it to me? " This status anxiety fuels the ambition needed to reach for success."
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What does “Don't patronize me” means

I heard these lines in several places - Don't patronize me . what does this exactly mean? Checked the definition on google. But I couldn't get a feel for it.
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Meaning of some words

The closing decades of an artist’s life do not generally make the biographer’s heart beat faster, but Claude Monet is one of a handful of painters who bucks the pattern of an irrelevant old age. While ...
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I can't understand this sentence

I read an English text. In this text I came across a sentence that I can't understand it as a complete sentence: "In this context and who can argue against the ethos of closer observation of what ...
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Meaning of “running stationary radar down”

I heard this in a true crime show. The whole quote goes like this: (He's a police officer btw) At approximately 10 pm, I was sitting here running stationary radar down towards the Circle K. So what ...
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not sure if “as” in the sentence's context i have written can be approved

I was wondering if someone could lend me a hand with the following- The customer service gave me your number as the driver making deliveries. In the above sentence, what is 'as ...' referring to? ...
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What does “controversial” mean here? [closed]

i.e., "The new agricultural reforms gave way to controversy." Does it mean that the public unanimously disagree with the reforms, or they disagree within themselves as to the subject matter?
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Meaning of “emanating” in the enclosed paragraph

A friend asked me to read and edit a short story for fun. I was just wondering if he was correct when he wrote this. Its dazzling rays of resplendent, golden sunshine spread far and wide, across the ...
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What's the meaning of the mentioned sentence?

What is the meaning of the last line in this paragraph. It would be helpful if someone would make me understand the last line simply in context of the whole paragraph.
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Can I delete “while doing so” in this sentence?

"Worse, should you attempt to diet but don’t get enough sleep while doing so, it is futile, since most of the weight you lose will come from lean body mass, not fat." what function or ...

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