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What are the meaning and grammar of “Crying isn't like you”? [closed]

Can I say that something is not like somebody like this: Crying isn’t like you. What is its meaning?
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Comparison of equality used as Adjunct - As good/happy as

I came across this sentence in A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: As happy as she was about this pregnancy, his expectation weighed on her. I was trying to parse this sentence and was ...
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Is this sentence grammaritcally correct? [closed]

There are published procedures. Should I say "spreaded"?
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How “unless” and “until” affect the structure and meaning of a complex sentence

Here is an ex­cerpt from a book I’m read­ing: Un­less con­sumed in highly skilled rit­ual con­texts, as is prac­ticed in many tra­di­tional so­ci­eties, what drugs in fact do is re­duce our per­...
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“How to we categorize appropriation”

I cannot grasp the sentence structure of this: What incites my curiosity even further is how to we categorize appropriation in the case when Japanese people say that there is nothing offensive ...
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For the linguists among us: I like loud singing vs I like singing loudly

Can you explain why using "loud" as either an adjective or an adverb changes the meaning of the sentence. Is it just an English convention, or is there something deeper going on? I like loud singing =...
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what does the word “process” mean in this sentence? [closed]

I would like to ask this question to an IRS representative for getting information about whether my application is still in progress or if the process completed without any problem? Is this the right ...
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Meaning to use the sentence if it's correct [closed]

I want to send email, but I'm not sure if this sentence below it's correct or not. "we are received a lot of pressure and stress from the customer" Thank you in advance
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English Subject-auxiliary inversion

In normal declarative English sentences, let's call them 'canonical' sentences, the verb comes after the subject. Bob is walking the Great Wall of China. Bob likes elephants. But in other types of ...
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Simplification of a sentence - the underlying usage implied by the author

I encountered this sentence in 'A Caribbean Mystery' by Agatha Christie. Thus Raymond - and his aunt Jane - had looked properly abashed - and said 'Yes,' she was afraid she was rather old-...
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Which is right: “The cream cheese comes with the bagel” or “The bagel comes with the cream cheese”?

My friends and I got into an argument about which sentence is right: "The cream cheese comes with the bagel" or "The bagel comes with the cream cheese". What is the exact meaning of each of these ...
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Is this part of the sentence ambiguous?

I've negotiated the terms of my employment contract and have inserted the following sentence into the contract... No after-hours or post-employment restrictions and obligations other than what is ...
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Why isn’t a verb’s transitivity considered only a matter of meaning, not one of grammar?

After reading some examples of intransitive verbs, I get the impression that transitivity is not a grammatical concept. It seems that it hangs on the meaning not the structure of the verb in the ...
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Help to interpret a tricky component - 'understand' from a sentence by McCloskey

Can someone please explain to me what grammar role the verb 'understand' plays in the sentence below? What does it mean? I get the parallel verbs 'hate', 'have never heard of', 'dismiss' and 'favor'. ...
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Is it 'recite over' or 'recite back'?

He was buried behind the newspaper like someone was going to ask him to recite it over. In the above sentence, would it be better to use the phrase 'recite it back' in place of 'recite it over'?
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Negation of 2 things: “and” or “or”?

I'm not a native speaker. Apologies if the question is obvious. The scenario is: I'm not doing A, and I'm not doing B. In order to communicate this joint event in a single sentence: should I say: "...
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what is the rule in sentence “they have me doing”?

I'm better than what they have me doing. Why do we speak like this? What is the role of "have" in the sentence? Why do we use ing after verb?
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“We weren't all happy” — does that mean some of us or all of us?

We weren't all happy with the result. Does this mean "All of us weren't happy with the result" or "Not all of us were happy with the result"?
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What does `who is but the form following the function of what` mean?

Can someone please break down that sentence of Alan Moore for me? I can understand that it somehow means that who has the same function as what or something like that but I don't understand how that ...
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Don't you tell where no one is, nor yet where no one's been!

That line comes from Kipling's famous "Smugler's song" https://genius.com/Rudyard-kipling-a-smugglers-song-annotated Don't you tell where no one is, nor yet where no one's been! However i totally ...
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The right understanding of the term “filter bubble”?

I know the meaning of the term "filter bubble" but I want to translate it and so I need to understand how the two words (filter and bubble) are connected to each other. Does the term mean "a bubble ...
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Metalanguage and Sentence Structure (help!!) [closed]

I got my assessment back on Friday, and my teacher said I need to work on metalanguage and sentence structure. I don't understand what she means. I have looked on the internet for past 20 minutes ...
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What part of speech is 'say' ? If I were, say, to use it?

I can use 'say' as a noun : (Chicago Tribune 2007) Aflac Insurance - the first U.S. company to voluntarily offer its shareholders a say on pay. OED (Presumably it is an uncountable noun and the ...
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What's the meaning of “Fairytale meets beat meets counterculture”?

The first sentence of the article The brilliance of Richard Brautigan by Sarah Hall reads as follows: Fairytale meets beat meets counterculture: bursting with colour, humour and imagery, Brautigan’...
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Emphasizing a noun using hyphening to create adjective

I am trying to emphasize the notion of (accumulation process) as an adjective using hyphening. I tried using accumulative-like but I am not sure if it does make sense! My sentence is: This is ...
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Possible error in long, complicated sentence? [closed]

I am reading a book and which contains this sentence. Industrial designers will usually take in a lightly defined scope, including the features, use cases, and target markets make sense for your ...
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Is is wrong for the first sentence ? sounds strange to me [closed]

Parents need to relentlessly supervise their children as they are more susceptible to creating more problems and endangering themselves.(A sentence extracted from an essay) or Parents need to ...
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Should we say “Do what you can't” or “Try what you can't”? What's the difference? [closed]

I've heard so ads say this quote: Do what you can't! But later I'm thinking doesn't Try what you can't? make more sense? In my thought how can you say Do what you can't when you can't do it, ...
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Does this sentence have two meanings?

A couple of math teacher colleagues of mine are discussing two interpretations of the following sentence: A number will give the answer 6 when it has been doubled. The intended interpretation was ...
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How to use hyphens correctly? [duplicate]

I have the following sentence: No suit you buy off-the-rack will perfectly fit you. It has to be made-to-measure, or you will have to get it adjusted at a credible tailor. It is better to get ...
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Is “groundbreaking” a positive word, a negative word, or a neutral word? [closed]

I recently encountered the following sentence: The women's movement of the 1970's spawned the groundbreaking and influential works of socialists and historians. I was asked to analyze whether this ...
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Understanding the meaning and type of a sentence with the proposition “without”

I have this sentence below, which I could not understand the meaning behind it. "I had to acknowledge that without having made a fortune I had not had to undergo the rigours of captivity. " Could ...
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“Changes in” , “Changes of” or “Changes to”

I am confused about the selection of in, of or to I want to explain that "changes in hydrological variables and changes in landscape variables in wetlands can change the populations of waterbirds" ...
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How to use of present perfect or present simple in future time clause? [closed]

I don't understand how difference is between present simple and present perfect in future time clause? For instance, I will go out when I finish my assignment. I will go out when I have ...
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Get stuck with use of “take + noun”

A sample mix bar mixes the sample and the reagent. The photometer continues to take readings. Form the above message, what if I would say "the photometer continues to take reads"? As read can also ...
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fast food is about more than just nutrition [closed]

What is the structure? It is really hard to understand why they use the phrase "more than just".
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What is the meaning of this sentence starting with “Nevertheless”?

I cannot quite comprehend the meaning of the sentence in bold print, and I wish to realize what it conveys: In the United States, a long-standing controversy over the Virginia Military Institute ...
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What's the meaning and structure of this sentence?

In the last sentence, I don't understand this meaning and structure 'They might, but who, bar a tiny majority, would want to hear the answers'. Could you expain this? Thanks!
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A difference in meaning and sentence structure

Is there any difference in the meaning and sentence structure between the following two sentences? 1- It's time you paid the electricity bill. 2- It's time to pay the electricity bill.
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How to express a situation in which a series of events take place 1-week after each other [closed]

In a course that I need to describe, there are 4 exams with the following schedule: 1/1/2012 Exam 1 1/8/2012 Exam 2 1/15/2012 Exam 3 1/22/2012 Exam 4 To express this, I used ...
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Would you write this sentence : “there is nothing a busy man is less busied with than living”? [closed]

This is a quote from Seneca’s essay “On the Shortness of Life”. I find this sentence a little complicated. There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living; there is nothing that is ...
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What's the difference between will and going to? [duplicate]

I have no idea what the difference between these are. I have heard that they have the same meaning, but how do they?
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Help with structure of a sentence [closed]

The sentence is: The purpose of research is to analyze breastfeeding problems that arise for nursing mothers and solutions to them. In this structure does the word them refer to breastfeeding ...
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Can somebody make sense of this sentence? [closed]

I am just curious if anybody can make head or tail of this sentence. It does not make any sense. On the other hand, for cemented sand, a power function can fit as the relation between UCS and ...
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Confusing sentence in an 1858 novel by George MacDonald

I’m not a native English speaker, and I was reading George MacDonald’s fantasy novel of 1858 Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women. Everything was going fine but suddenly I saw this ...
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Sentence structure and meaning (parallel structure)

In the first paragraph of this article about friendship, I encountered the following sentence: Already the characteristically modern relationship, it [friendship] has in recent decades become the ...
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Meaning of trifling, petty and picayune when describing a person

What do trifling, petty and picayune mean when describing a person? According to dictionaries I looked at, they all mean worthless and trivial, but then following sentence does not make sense to me. I ...
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…Begin running ahead happily scouting

In the sentence below, what is the exact role of scouting (adverb phrase, gerund, etc.) and what is the adverb happily for? Ricky began running ahead happily scouting the bushes.
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Unusual Use of Need in Sentence [duplicate]

As for Quinn, there is little that need detain us. Who he was, where he came from, and what he did are of no great importance. I was just reading Paul Auster's New York Trilogy and came across the ...
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Another question about the novel “Waterland” by Graham Swift

I met a question in the sentence "whose need of stories is matched only by the need adults have of children to tell stories to" of the novel "Waterland" that was written by Graham Swift. http://www....