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Are there too many conjuctions in the sentence?

Although some studies find that hosting refugees may be economically beneficial because of their participation in the local economy, the largest benefits are in the long-term, whereas hosting costs ...
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What does “whiffed” means in this sentence?

"He whiffed his first debate by forcing himself down the throat of Joe Biden." Could you tell a synonym of this word? Source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/22/donald-...
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Not able to understand the meaning of a particular sentence

"When she joined the organization, my mother was an 18-year old, fair and green-eyed plump girl with a ready laugh. Most men around her were older to her-coming from varied backgrounds, rural, ...
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Meaning of “no odds against success affected me”

Now I was in the right mood for these undertakings – failure being almost certain, no odds against success affected me. It's used in the above sentence. Failure being almost certain means that sure ...
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Adjective “ little” can be used as subject? [duplicate]

Despite the thorough investigation after the assassination, surprisingly little is/are known of the motivations of the killer who struck down the prime minister.
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What does “humble” imply here?

Corn dog is the most humble street food.
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What does this sentence/idiom/phrase mean?

I saw a sentence in a book: When George heard that the meal was on the house, he went to thank the restaurant owner for the free food. The sentence does not make sense to me. I tried Google ...
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The meaning of part of the sentence seems contradictory [closed]

"People do not tell truth oftenly. It is strongly recommended that not to follow that trend as the risk and the consequences of the truth unfolded overwhelms the minimal advantages one can ...
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What does this expression entail? [closed]

After the quake, everyone saw the glimmers of hope on the horizon.
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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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Sentences within a sentence [closed]

Is there a standard way to manage sentences within a sentence? For example: Using the following definition Definition 1: A graph G is isomorphic to another graph H if there is an isomorphism f from ...
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Why using gerunds and infinitives as a noun when the verb has its own noun? [duplicate]

to forgive is a great value Forgiveness is a great value Forgiving is a great value Does meaning change ? And why ? Grateful to your help
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Explanation of “I am as smart as I am humble.” [closed]

When a character replies to "Are you smart?" as: "I am as smart as I am humble." Is there a logical explanation as to whether the character means that he/she is smart or not smart, ...
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Without A and B / without A or B / Without A nor B

Solutions without overcomplications and mistakes. Solutions without overcomplications or mistakes. Solutions without overcomplitations nor mistakes. Nominal Sentences of my own. Does one not make ...
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“well it's actually quite fast if you put it in transit speaking.” What does this sentence mean?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9hl9iwas1k&t=2m23s 2:25 The sentence comes from a youtube video about an embarrassing situation when a girl meets her ex's new girlfriend. The girl complains about ...
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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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'Group A is bad'. Does this statement imply generalization? [closed]

My friend and I have an argument. My stance is that saying 'Group A is bad' means generalization, he says that it isn't and that can only be determined if he added the qualifier 'all' or 'some'. My ...
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What do you understand by this sentence [closed]

Someone posted the below sentence on Facebook: “ Nursing “ is a step up game for a female pedophile. Comments erupted about breastfeeding, while the poster claimed his sentence was about "nursing&...
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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 does “Doesn’t harm the books!”mean here? Is it an imperative sentence?

These days, you can find out how to disinfect books on a librarians’ thread on Reddit. Your best bet appears to be either denatured-alcohol swipes or kitchen disinfectant in a mist-spray bottle, ...
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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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The implication of “the problem” or “the problems” in “I don't want to be involved in the problem(s) of my boss.”

What is/are the difference(s) between the two sentences? Is it just the number of problems, or do they mean something different other than the number of problems? I don't want to be involved in the ...
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Meaning of “a siren calling attention to a fog that it does nothing to dispel!”

From the given sentence: a siren calling attention to a fog without doing anything to dispel it! What I understand is that, there is someone who discusses complex things, but does nothing to ...
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What is the meaning of “studied a favorite philosopher” in this text? [closed]

In the silence of his tent, as he studied a favorite philosopher during the dead of night, he thought he saw the Genius of the State, with veiled head and cornucopia, stealing away through the ...
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A sentence that I don't understand

How do you read this sentence: "Mischel remembers graduate students’ desks giving way to mattresses, and large packages from Ciba chemicals, in Switzerland, arriving in the mail." The ...
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What means share the feelings of another? [closed]

I understand it like having the same feelings (experience the same feelings of another), that's right?
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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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Using word ( stuffing) to refer to information, speech

Just a question if you can help me with please: can I use the word ( stuffing ) to refer to information e.g ( would you agree to stuffing this information into chapter one ? ) is this question ...
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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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What is the difference between “counterintuitive” and “contradiction”?

According to the Cambridge dictionary, Counterintuitive: Something that is counter-intuitive does not happen in the way you would expect it to and Contradiction: a fact or statement that is the ...
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What is the meaning of “unqualified gain”?

What is the meaning of "an unqualified gain" in context of the following sentence? For environmental advocates, the increased focus on ecoefficiency (measures to reduce negative ...
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What are some heartwarming words you can think of? [closed]

Are there any heartwarming words you can think of? Words like "blossom," "mellow," and "melt" are good examples of what I am looking for. I don't need anything too major, ...
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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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Meaning of the phrase “opining from the rafters, a movie’s overall rating”

Can anyone kindly explain the meaning of phrase "opining from the rafters, a movie’s overall rating" in the following sentence: Very few veteran critics tend to be enamored of the recent ...
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Meaning of a sentence in the book I'm reading :- How To Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan [closed]

I came across a sentence in this book that I'm not able to wrap my mind around. Here, it is: Science has little interest in, and tolerance for, the testimony of the individual; in this it is, ...
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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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What's the meaning of the last sentence? [closed]

Still, many employers may instead conclude that those employees still turning up to work can be satiated with bulk deliveries from food apps like Uber Eats. They had been trying to eat the caterers’ ...
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What is the difference between “demented” and “deranged”? [closed]

Criminals who trophy their victims are the most demented/deranged.
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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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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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Scratch my last email? [closed]

What does it mean if someone said "scratch my last email"?
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What is the meaning of “far to the east”? [closed]

What is the meaning of "far to the east"? It was only ofter a day and a night's delay that the emperor, by detaching troops under Victor to make a long circuit, cross the canal far to the ...
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Understanding a math problem

A mail carrier delivers mail to the nineteen houses on the east side of Elm Street. The carrier notices that no two adjacent houses ever get mail on the same day, but that there are never more than ...
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what is the meaning of 'as recent history goes'

I heard some conversation about England football. And one guy said "Manchester was red once again although not for long as recent history goes." in this sentence, what is the meaning of the '...
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“Do my best for something to happen” is grammatically correct?

“I did my best for them to add (something) in the list” is that a grammatically correct way to convey the intended meaning, which is (I convinced them) to add that thing to the list?
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Can we say say something is going somewhere if it was delivered? [duplicate]

Sorry for asking a stupid question. In this context: "A monkey holds a tortoise in his hand when going to the river." Can we say: The tortoise is going to the river? I think the tortoise was ...

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