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"Not so much something as something" works when the two items being compared are different in degree in some way. So friendship and love are forms of personal relationship that differ in degree of clo …
answered Feb 9 '18 by JeremyC
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I have heard this before but cannot find a reference for it. It is a very old-fashioned expression so it is weird that in the definition you found such a term as 'freaked out'. Maybe I don't know wh …
answered Feb 3 '18 by JeremyC
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@EdwinAshcroft is right, but even without any more work being done there surely is something very wrong with the sentence quoted."Through analysis...I complicate what may suggest.." is incomprehensibl …
answered Feb 25 '18 by JeremyC
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It means that the politicians and officials, being highly educated, sophisticated, and financially secure, do not feel in their emotions, as distinct from considering in their minds, what life is like …
answered Mar 14 '18 by JeremyC
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"keep doing correspondence with me" is not idiomatic BrE. The following all are: "keep corresponding with me" "keep on corresponding with me" "keep up the correspondence with me"
answered Feb 6 '18 by JeremyC
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Perhaps can be used for rhetorical purposes that are not necessarily logical. The obvious quotation is Winston Churchill "Now, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, …
answered Feb 28 '18 by JeremyC
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In that context "right" means in such a direction and of such a strength that the sound of the waves sometimes carried all over town. There is something of a tautology here because the sentence is l …
answered Mar 3 '18 by JeremyC
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The text quoted was written in an era in which it was taken for granted that students at, we presume in this case, an ancient university were all gentlemen. In that context cheating at cards was not j …
answered Oct 7 '18 by JeremyC
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"Even you" suggests that there is something remarkable about the lion running away when other animals have done so. Presumably that remarkable thing is the proverbial courage of lions. If that is wh …
answered Mar 14 '18 by JeremyC
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The word 'discriminate' has taken on very heavy emotional significance in recent years. Not so long ago, I could boast of being a 'discriminating collector of antiques', meaning that I chose very care …
answered Aug 2 by JeremyC
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If you wish to communicate so that what is understood by the people to whom you wish to communicate is what you mean, then I urge you never to think of relying on formal logic, however unambiguous it …
answered Jul 29 by JeremyC