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Meaning of “ground” in this sentence

Novelty or daring seems to buy immunity from criticism on more practical grounds. This is a sentence in an article talking about architecture history. Does the "ground" here mean "...
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What is the mean of « is believed to »

I give an example. Alex is believed to have been played in London.
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Figuring out the meaning and syntax of the English translation of Charmides

I was reading The Dialogues of Socrates translated into English and one particular sentence in Charmides sprung out as odd. I can't tell what it is trying to say, but I also can't figure out if it is ...
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If you lost your signifcant other or a partner, but you weren't married, are you still a widow/widower or what is the correct term?

If you dated someone and lived together, built family and had kids for e.g. 10 years or more, but you weren't married, they weren't your spouse, what does that make you when they pass away? Definition ...
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“Right tol loor rul!” Meaning - Dickens, Dombey and Son

In Dickens's book Dombey and Son, at the start of Chapter 2, Mr. Chick says the following to his wife Louisa Chick right after she made an observation of the death of her sister-in-law: ‘Don’t you ...
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Comparison (using Ellipsis)

I am trying to figure out when do we need to use an action verb explicitly and when can we omit it using the (ellipsis concept). For Example: John is taller than Jim [is] (I understood that here is ...
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What's the grammar behind “A'warring”, from the lyrics of Symphony of Destruction?

What's the grammar behind A'warring, from the lyrics of Symphony of Destruction by Megadeth? It's the first time I'm seeing the use of such apostrophe.
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Phrase, Word or Idiom for “Stopping someone from doing something”

In my office I had stopped one of my colleagues from working on a project. And I had to inform it to someone. And using sentence I had stopped him from working on it. shows a bit of less respect for ...
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What is a word that describes a monolithic national identity?

Something similar in French would be la jacobinisme (Jacobinism); however, I’m not looking for a political party but a phrase or word in the English lexicon. The definition would be: [Blank] is a noun ...
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Is this an Adjective Clause?

I have a question. Yesterday, in PBS news, I heard "a somewhat surreal, pandemic version of what is usually a full-throated rally to show off a new vice presidential pick". How do we ...
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Is it ok to have past and present perfect tense in the same sentence (ex 1). I am unsure of which of the three sentences is more grammatically correct

I had sent them a text on 31st July but haven’t heard back from them. I had sent them a text on 31st July but never heard back. I sent them a text on 31st July but haven’t heard back yet
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Is there a word for the material of a forest floor?

I was in a forest last weekend and spent some time enjoying the texture of the forest floor - even now in the summer, it consists primarily of slowly decaying dry leaves and twigs: I thought I had in ...
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What is the word for a person who does something although you have asked them not to and have explained to them why you dont like for it to be done? [closed]

I have asked a person not to do something. However, they did it anyway and so I just kept my mouth shut about it. And they said. "Oh, I didn't think you were gonna go along with it. I'm surprised ...
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What does it mean when a dog 'takes over'?

What does it mean when a dog 'takes over'? I've seen it in the Out Stealing Horses (2019) movie. the conversation they had is this: First person: Border collie is the smartest dog in the world. ...
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How do you describe states of a change while the change is in progress? [duplicate]

For simplicity I will give an example. I have a document with a title and my boss asked me to update it. Before the change happened I would call the titles "current title" and "future ...
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She stole her best friend’s boyfriend (from her)

She stole her best friend’s boyfriend (from her) What is the reason for adding the redundant phrase from her after mentioning that it's her best friend?
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Simple Noun/Adjective Confusion

Honesty is the best policy In this sentence, it is clear that Honesty is the noun. But should policy also a noun? I'm not good at grammar so I'm sorry if the question sounds dumb.
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Use of adjective after an object

Can i use an adjective after an object and verb? If yes, can i use participle adjectives or simple adjectives or both? He came running. He came wounded. He came happy. I saw the man sad. She lies ...
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In “You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink”, why is the horse a male?

In the proverb "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink", why is the horse a male? Is there an origin/backstory, similarly to how boats are considered female? Also, I ...
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What is a collection or a great number of baskets called?

Let's say you have some baskets of cherries, blueberries... whatever. Is there a name for an aggregate? As in a flock of birds, a scurry of squirrels, etc.. Is there a name for a specific number or ...
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Is there a phrase or word for an “inverse” bibliography?

When documents (books, papers, web pages) cite another work, they may have a list of said works in a specific section. Depending on the level of formality and other details of the document, that ...
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What is the meaning of “over”?

In the book i've met the sentence and i can't understand the sense of the preposition "over". Would you so kind to explain this occasion of the usage of the preposition? The context: She ...
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Author(s) last name(s) (to use possesive or not)

I am translating a text and the result is the following: author's last name(s) and authors' last name(s) how do I state that both a single author's last name(s) and that multiple authors' last name(s) ...
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Check the grammar

My interest in Science and Maths had been one of the reasons to pursue engineering. Is this sentence grammatically correct? or use of "has been" instead of "had been" would be ...
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According to the AP styleguide should the degree symbol by omitted when writing the GPS coordinates in decimal degrees?

The closest answer I could find was the wikipedia entry for decimal degrees which states that in most systems the degree symbol is omitted.
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Hi. Is this the correct way to say “ I have been done my work by him”? I mean I have completed my work by someone then how should I say it correctly?

Is this the correct way to say " I have been done my work by him"? I mean I have completed my work by someone then how should I say it correctly?
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Correct tense for “base”

I'm reviewing a document and I'm not sure of the correct wording for "base". This is the original sentence: correction bases on local references And this is my proposal: correction based ...
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How is “eff and blind” used?

A crossword clue in the Times 2 Jumbo Crossword Book—an assemblage of crosswords published in the Times—reads "use obscene language". The answer given is "eff and blind", confirmed ...
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I stand corrected vs I stand to be corrected

What's the difference between "I stand corrected." and "I stand to be corrected."?
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“Owe” and “own” sound similar but have nearly opposite meanings

You can own a beer, or you can owe someone a beer. These are approximately opposite statements of your wealth (in beer). I can see some references that both are "From Middle English owen, from ...
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How can I rephrase this sentence in a more eloquent way?

This is the sentence right now: My nights’ dreams of majestic quests to explore its outskirts on the back of my magnificent horse extended into the light of day If it's not clear, I'm basically ...
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constructions like n-grams, p-frames, k-mers

I apologize in advance. I am not sure whether this is the right forum, I couldn't find one more appropriate that this. I am posting this here in the hope that non-native English speakers are present ...
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Plural subject and singular predicate

I wonder if it's correct to say: "Graphs are a special data structure." Here, "graphs" are plural, but "a special data structure" is singular. I remember I have seen this ...
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What would be the best phrase for meeting on-site (in contrast to remote / web meetings)?

As far as I understand there are several phrases possible: "We want to ..." "meet in person" "meet on site" / "meet on-site" "meet locally" "...
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How do I use “hypnotic fascination” in a sentence? [closed]

Aren't "hypnotic" and "fascination" two words?
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Would it be okay to use “would be” in if-clause?

Is it gramatically correct or not to include "would be" in the if-clause. Your physician may recommend you to be evaluated if you would potentially be a candidate for this vaccine.
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What do we call a person who takes care of the child all the time? [closed]

Please explain about that And I need one word of that.
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Buried in a sea (of data) - mixed metaphor?

I wrote something was "buried in a sea of data", and an editor flagged it as a "mixed metaphor". To me it sounds idiomatic, and I don't see a problem with it. I figure the strict ...
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passive to active voice help [closed]

Can someone help me to transform this sentence: " More specifically, the sites that are listed in World Heritage sites are considered in the tourism sector by UNESCO." from passive to ...
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Order of Correlative Conjunction + Preposition

Which of the following sentences is correct? Are both grammatical? 1: I hope to see you in either France or Belgium. or 2: I hope to see you either in France or Belgium. I have looked around in a ...
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Why do we use “catch” for describing a contracted illness

Why do we use "catch" for describing a contracted illness. I'm curious about why we use "catch" to describe getting a cold or flu. Do we say "catch" because it has the ...
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would: polite request [migrated]

I'm learning modal verbs, would! I'll try for understanding how can 'would' be used for polite requests by approaching with a methodology. The methodology is that we think 'would' is the past version ...
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Translate the sentence

I can't figure out the problem with the boy in this sentence. I looked up the phrase "tear off" in the dictionary, but when it goes with "except about two inches around", I found ...
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Past perfect in reported statements of complex sentence

If the sentence is reported statements, whether both parts of the sentence have to be in Past Perfect or only the first one? For example: "I had loved her for more than half of my life," she ...
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I have an English question on this post -> Firebase: Should I add GoogleService-Info.plist to .gitignore?

I was reading this StackOverflow answer but I have an English problem and cannot understand the answer. this is the link Firebase: Should I add GoogleService-Info.plist to .gitignore? In the answer, ...
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Is there a term for the type of phrase being used in “far and wide”?

Can you categorise terms that use two related but possibly contrasting words together, to describe something like a totality? Two examples I can think of: "I searched far and wide" - meaning,...
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Is the distinction between “that” and “which” now archaic?

I know the technical distinction between "that" and "which." Knowing this rule lets me find the misuse of these words in almost every scenario. In top-notch scholarly papers, New ...
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pronunciation help. What does the simple /i/ means

The cambridge dictionary phonetics use phonetic symbol /i/ in addition to /I/ and /i:/ I assume they use the DJ phonetic transcription. The other source I read says that /i/ is the old spelling for /I/...
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Why do people say “The” when refering to one thing because its famous yet should be called “a” due to there being multiple of it [closed]

I'm assuming there are heaps of these kind of situations where it happens but... For example Why do people refer to Doctor Who's Tardis as "The" because its famous when the Doctors Tardis is ...
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Does disproportionally mean unequally?

So I want to know that this statement actually means: "People with power have oppressed both men and women disproportionately." Does this mean that people with power have oppressed men and ...

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