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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 ...
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How to use "Some more so than others"?

Consider the following sentence: Americans all around the world felt a sense of pride, some more so than others. Is such a usage of the phrase correct?
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"lose the hide and hair on him", what does this mean?

I was reading Roland's Song and I encountered this part: stand everything, the great heat, the great cold, lose the hide and hair on him for his good lord. Do you know what "lose the hide and ...
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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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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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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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"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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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 ...
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"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 ...
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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 ...
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"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 ...
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They were all sitting there primly dressed in their spring Sunday best

Quote: They were all sitting there primly dressed in their spring Sunday best. The story happened in the start of the fall semester. Why did they dress in their spring Sunday best? Is it one of the ...
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What is the meaning of "be places"?

Recently I saw the sentence "Sometimes I just am places". What does it mean? Actually, it was used when one of the characters in the movie asked his friend "why are you here?", and ...
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A Question About the Use of "who is believed to"

I have a question regarding the grammatical use of "who is believed to". (a) The old banker, who is believed to be funding the syndicate. (b) The old banker, who is believed to fund the ...
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Meaning of 'Nothing herein shall require the Owner to disclose any of its information' in an agreement document?

What is the meaning of the sentence from an agreement document? Nothing herein shall require the Owner to disclose any of its information. The sentence previous to this sentence has some types of ...
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Meaning of "unthinkable fold"

The enemy seeing the unthinkable fold in front of them, fled What is the meaning of unthinkable fold? I tried to google it but to in vain. Source of this info is here: https://youtu.be/dK08CT_3LjU?t=...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What does "humble" imply here?

Corn dog is the most humble street food.
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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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