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The Butterfly Effect [closed]

I send a butterfly emoji to a guy for 'good luck'. In reply, this guy responded this to me with a winky face:
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meaning of “obvious statement” and “the form of lengthy”

I've come across those two statements in an article and not been able to understand what they mean. Can anyone please explain their meanings to me? As in the sentences below: "...those who are tech-...
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WOULD vs Is in these sentences

It is not as easy as people would wish. It is not as easy as people wish. In 1 I used "would" , In 2 I used the present simple. What is the difference between these 2 and why is would used and ...
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What does this sentence imply?

"He’d held on to his confidence through the whole episode; yet now, as his thoughts returned to that horrid scene, it was as if something that had always ...
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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 does 'open-to-all person' mean?

What does the phrase or sentence mean when a person doesn't seem to have a private life and someone makes a comment on him. Ex: He must be the open-to-all person.
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as if everything depended on us

In this sentence: As I understand it, for you philosophy and literature remind us that ‘not all of me will die’, or, rather, that it is not worth living as if everything depended on us. I can't get ...
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Which are right: “I lost one of my friend’s phone number” Or “I lost one of my friends’ phone number” [closed]

Which of these is grammatically correct: A - I lost one of my friend’s phone number Or B - I lost one of my friends’ phone number They appeared on a grammar test in a classroom, and the teacher ...
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Sentence meaning (Story- The Tiger King)

The story The Tiger King, ends this way: On that day father and son played with that tiny little wooden tiger. It had been carved by an unskilled carpenter. Its surface was rough; tiny slivers of ...
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Allow X: What’s the difference between “for the sharing of X” and “to share X”? Do they mean the same thing?

What is the difference between these two: Presentation events allow for the sharing of knowledge. Presentation events allow to share knowledge. Do they share the exact same meaning?
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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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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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They have some background strong

I'm trying to understand the meaning of the expression "background strong". The line in the title is quoted from a movie, "Dying to survive". Here is some frame: an indian oil shop owner wants to ...
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What does “uncontrolled document” mean? [closed]

I was reading, let's say a policy statement or terms of use document, and at the bottom of each page it had printed in a footer: THIS DOCUMENT IS UNCONTROLLED IN HARD COPY FORMAT For example you ...
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Usage of 'Both'

" Innocence is courage and clarity both." I heard this sentence. Is it correct?
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What is the meaning of a quote by Walt Whitman as follows [closed]

I am trying to make sense of the following which I assume is a reference to the conflict with the American Indians. Specifically, what do the pronouns "they" and "it" respectively refer to in the ...
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Nobody's idea of [closed]

"Yet the Tories have gambled, choosing a populist leader who is nobody’s idea of a safe pair of hands." What does it mean by saying "nobody's idea of sth?"
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What's the meaning of “I may have lost a little bit of this year” in this sentence?

Does it mean that I lost a part of my idealism this year, or it says without a vision, my idealism would has been less? which one? I am really glad I wrote a vision because I think I would be a lot ...
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Meaning of a passage in “Night on Highway 128” by Cary Mullis [closed]

From Night on Highway 128 by Cary Mullis: I was driving up a long and winding road between Cloverdale and Booneville in Mendocino County, heading for my weekend cabin. My girlfriend was asleep and ...
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meaning of “to immigration” in this sentence?

Does it mean "climate change for immigration" or "climate change" and "immigration" are 2 different issues? In areas that range from occupational safety to climate change to immigration, legislators ...
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What does this sentence mean?? '' the distribution between modes has tipped sharply in favour of road transport since the 1990s. '' [closed]

What does this sentence mean? Although many candidate countries inherited a transport system which encourages rail, the distribution between modes has tipped sharply in favour of road transport ...
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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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Sentences with “participle clauses” [closed]

Are these sentences below grammatically correct and understandable? And which version of each example is more appropriate? 1- He is a bookworm, having lived first in Canada and then having moved ...
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Meaning of the sentence "A gentleman is someone who does not what he wants to do but what he should do' [closed]

May I know the meaning of the sentence "A gentleman is someone who does not what he wants to do but what he should do"
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“than would ever be wise” [closed]

I was watching a video on Youtube and came across the line: " the claps of an audiance will matter to you more than would ever be wise." I don't really understand the part "would ever be wise", ...
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difference between “What is it near?” and “Where is it located?” [closed]

What is the difference between the sentences "What is it near?" and "Where is it located?" ? Do they have quite the same meaning? Thank you for your any help.
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How come? and How is it that? [closed]

I use the set of words,not very often-"How come?" and "How is it that?" Can both the set of words be used to express same meaning? Phrase and idiom meaning of the two sentences are nearly same. ...
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Meaning of “And that’s probably likely always to be the case” [closed]

I have trouble understanding two lines in an article in NYTimes. Ever more so, it seems. The past few decades have seen “an amazing array of experimental tests of general relativity, all of them ...
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Asking a question “did you use to…?” when we don't know whether person still have that habit or not?

“used to“ implies habitual actions is the past that is not valid now. How about questions “did you use to...?” Could we ask such questions when we want to learn about habits in the past BUT we aren't ...
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What's the meaning of bold part? [closed]

From this site Together, we’ll be looking to build on early successes with our digital-first approach to campaigns including ‘Holly’s Must Haves’ and to better utilise data for ‘always on’ cross-...
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“Can live no more” vs “can no more live”

Is there a difference in meaning between the two versions of this famous phrase/quote: "Man can live no more without air than a fish can without water" vs "Man can no more live without air ...
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He was never anything but decent toward me

I saw it in the Game of Throne and I felt kind of confused about this sentence. He was never anything but decent toward me. Is positive or negative?
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The use of OP's in a sentence in english stack exchange [duplicate]

I have come cross the use of OP's.What does OP's mean as used in a sentence.
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what is the meaning of this---“could you have been dreaming” [closed]

what is the meaning of this sentence---``" could you have been dreaming?
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What does “traffic shot by so close” mean? [closed]

From Solstice By Anne Enright: A full forty minutes later, the dual carriageway turned into the old Blessington Road, and oncoming traffic shot by so close he flinched in the glare of the lights. ...
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Need help with figuring out a sentence here

Just came across a line in a listening exercise transcript and I'm really having trouble understanding it. Why would 'being polite' be 'thinking about'how I would like to be treated by others? “There ...
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What does it mean “to have claim over something”?

This is a sentence from the book Everything I Know About Love: I thought we had claim over each other’s twenties before we’d inevitably have to give the other one up.
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What do these uncommon expressions mean?

I'm a non-native English speaker and I've heard and read a lot of expressions that I believe are supposed to mean "Goodbye"; however, I don't really know what they mean (in a literal sense) and how I'...
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What is the meaning of this sentence: “I was annoyed by Mary wanting to tell everybody what to do” [closed]

What is the meaning of this sentence, please tell me. “I was annoyed by Mary wanting to tell everybody what to do”
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what is the meaning of this sentences please tell me

what is the meaning of this sentences, please tell me--""That she should forget me so quickly was rather a shock.""
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meaning of this please??----So that's twenty of each sort, right? [closed]

What is the meaning of this please? So that's twenty of each sort, right?
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Please explain the meaning of “appreciation” in the below sentence

Reactions to German Idealism, especially those of the neo-Kantians, logical positivists and Bertrand Russell, were also instrumental in the founding of analytic philosophy, which today reveals and ...
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What is the meaning of “on an exceptional basis”?

I read an english version document, and there's some words i dont quite understand (since english is not my main language), especially the "on an exceptional basis" part, can you help me guys? Thanks ...
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meaning of 'renew' in the sentence

In August 2013 the Government of Canada renewed support of $100 million over seven years (2013-2020) for the Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) program, which advances geological knowledge in ...
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What does “apathy on matters African” mean?

"America’s apathy on matters African is one reason such initiatives have slowed of late." What does "apathy on matters African" mean?
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What does “more than intended with” mean here?

"China's rulers reveal more than intended with clunky propaganda about their accountability." What does "more than intended with" mean here?
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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 thanks
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What does “step back” imply here?

"The aim would be to block investment in only the most sensitive industries, such as defence, police it rigorously in important ones, such as technology, and otherwise step back." What does "...
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What does “as has” mean here? [closed]

"In Britain the price of a new drug for cystic fibrosis has provoked fury, as has the government’s refusal to pay it." What does "as has" mean here?
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What does “as…as” mean here?

Even as legalistic an institution as the EU ought to be able to find a way around snags such as this. Can anyone restructure the sentence to simpler ones as it is not clear for me? For example, ...