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Meaning of “Other side of the world”

Can anyone kindly explain me the figurative meaning of "follow someone to the other side of the world"? Any suggestions are appreciated!
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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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Are both these sentences grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I have recently found the following. I do know the first sentence is wrong. (1) "I am not a fan of him." Meaning : I am not his fan. (2) I am not a fan of his. Meaning : I am not one of his ...
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Is this use of concession correct? [closed]

On https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tientsin_incident I read An additional problem for the British was normally the concession police handed over Chinese suspects to the Tientsin police to be tried by ...
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Could you please help me out this sentence? [duplicate]

I have recently read a sentence from The Economist magazine. Researchers there are rushing candidate vaccines into trials. I don't understand, is there anything missing in this sentence? Why "...
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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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I'm searching for the meaning of “Up to”

If we substitute this infinitesimal matrix A into orthogonality condition A^{t}A = 1 defined in chapter 1, we will get (1 + x A')^{t}(1 + A'J) = (1 + x J^{t})(1 + x J) = 1, which is same as x J^{t} = -...
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Can we use “next of kin” for things as a metaphor?

Wheat has been man's next of kin. Does this sentence make sense to native English speakers?? It's supposed to be a simile, meaning wheat is like family to humans. It's a translated sentence from a ...
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Present perfect vs past simple

Should I say : 1- I think I know you , I think we have met before. 2- I think I know you , I think we met before.
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What does 'respectively' mean in this sentence?

This sentence is from one of my exam. Find A and B of C and D, respectively. Should I find {A, B of C and A, B of D} or {A of C and B of D}? I think the answer is the second one because '...
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Are these two sentences distinguishable on contextual grounds? [duplicate]

1) Let me see if I can find a match on tinder? 2) Let me see if I could find a match on tinder? For instance, in healthy banter with your friend, you tell him he's so ugly that no one would swipe ...
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“Can” vs “Could” - emphasis

Which seems more grammatically sound and emphatic? I could swear there was a motel room here. or I can swear there was a motel room here. 'Can' seems to me to talk about an ability to do something....
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Is the sentence semantically correct?

I have a quick question: is this question semantically correct? This approach is not only based on X, but it even enhances this technology. I'm quite confused, because if something enhances ...
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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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How does this sound for native english speakers?

I left out the "I" ("I helped ...") in my last message which is quite common in colloquial german. (Ich habe heute eingekauft => Habe heute eingekauft). But reading this again, I think it might sound ...
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difficult sentence meaning

What is the meaning of this sentence? ... because believing in something will be seen by the passive nihilist as preferable to taking the risk of not believing in anything, to taking the risk of ...
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William Faulkner's “Soldiers' Pay” first paragraph

The second line of the first paragraph says: "He suffered the same jaundice that many a more booted one than he did, from Flight Commanders through Generals to the ambrosial single-barred". I cannot ...
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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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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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Expression/ idiom meaning: “Hold your shoulders back!”

I was reading the poem Father Forgets (pdf) by W. Livingston Larned. Part of the line said, "Goodbye, Daddy!" I frowned, and said in reply, "Hold your shoulders back!" I couldn't find the ...
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What tricks and techniques are available to me to help simplify and decompose dense prose? [closed]

I'm having trouble understanding the following paragraph from Thomas Hardy's "Return of the Native." Using this as an example, what tricks and methods might help me simplify complex passages like this ...
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Meaning of “the artist that perishable tissue has to think” and “with these” [closed]

Please help me understand the following paragraph better. When standing before certain men the philosopher regrets that thinkers are but perishable tissue, the artist that perishable tissue has to ...
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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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justify my being, as afraid as I was

What does this sentence mean? 'There is simply nothing in my current reality to justify my being as afraid as I was. Does it mean that he is the most afraid to justify himself?
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What is meaning of “bad pitch” and “grab him and stuff under a mattress…” in the first episode of Rick&Morty?

I started watching Rick and Morty with English subtitles but English is not my first language, and I have a problem in understanding the exact meaning of some dialog;This Dialog is between Jerry and ...
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What is wrong in this sentence [closed]

Which of these is correct "I thought she has it" or "I thought she had it"?
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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

I'm having trouble understanding the sentence "in which old associations and the fair young hermit, now within those walls, bore a nearly equal part" in the following paragraph from The Tenant of ...
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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 the word occupancy mean in this sentence? [closed]

The day for changing from one occupancy to the next was on a Saturday. As far as I know, occupancy doesn't refer to a place but the use or the period of time you use a place, and it's uncountable. I ...
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Is the sentence logical?

It had been sunny for a week when the storm broke out. Is this sentence logically valid and sound? If I think of it, it looks like it means when the storm broke out, it was sunny. There couldn't be ...
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Is this correct usage of “pursue a degree”? [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? If no, how should I say this sentence correctly? Many Thanks. My excellent mathematical skills led me to pursue a mathematics and physics diploma.
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What does “Touch the bottle again.” mean here?

This is from a dialogue in The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Huge spoiler ahead, so be warned if you haven't read the book. Joe and Cappy, who are 13 year olds, drink a half quart Four Roses which ...
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"I could be something approaching myself''

This sentence Partly this was because she was the only person on the island with whom I could be something approaching myself is from John Harding, The Girl Who Couldn’t Read (2014). I can't ...
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What does “having a confirm for someone” mean?

The context: "Thanks for your message. Sorry for that you haven't received the item yet. I understand you truly, but please don't worry; we will fix the problem for you smoothly. Could you please give ...
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What does “object” mean in this sentence?

His friends were those of his own blood or those whom he had known the longest; his affections, like ivy, were the growth of time, they implied no aptness in the object. -- Strange Case of Dr. ...
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What does “convey/possess a sense of immediacy” mean?

Such contemporary accounts often convey a sense of immediacy and impact... The opening pages still convey a sense of immediacy and excitement... The challenge of the environmental beat is to convey ...
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what does the sentence “I'd hate for anything to come between us” means?

What is the meaning of the sentence "I'd hate for anything to come between us"? After knowing the meaning of used phrasal verbs and all that, I can get a good enough idea of its meaning. But,I am, ...
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What does “To die quietly of old age would be to go there on foot” mean?

I have seen "To die quietly of old age would be to go there on foot" {a translation to English from the original} and can't get the exactly meaning of them. I know what's the meaning of 'To die ...
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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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“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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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?"