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Having completed and after having completed

(After)having completed his work, he left his office. Is there any difference in meaning between with and without 'After' in the sentence
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Meaning of “it is only a small percentage of whom this would be true at present.”

In the extract It will be said that men will not work well if the fear of dismissal does not spur them on. I think it is only a small percentage of whom this would be true at present. could the ...
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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 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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Can some nation “approves” something to other countries?

I'm a South Korean. Today there was an issue in Korea about what Donald Trump the US President said. https://youtu.be/JLbLk2AUSjs?t=25 Donald Trump : They won't do that without our approval. They do ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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“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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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-...