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The 'but' at the start of a sentence shows a contrast / surprising disjunct with a statement in a previous sentence / main clause. I'll invent a suitable situation. [B] Though John is smaller than average, he excelled at basketball. One can't insert a 'but' into this sentence as a standalone sentence. But now with a previous sentence (or main clause, if ...


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In the early days of cartography, when many regions were unknown and uncharted, the cartographer would frequently draw a dragon or a sea monster where no information was available about the geography of that region. This was at a time when there was still some degree of mythology, and many genuinely believed that there were dragons and sea monsters in the ...


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I have problem with this sentence: If the world was dominated by emphasis, the Monarchy preferred discretion, restrained passions, a calm tone of voice. I can't get the first part. What is the meaning of "emphasis" here?, and What is the meaning of "If the world was [were?] dominated by emphasis"? The article seems to be a light hearted (amusing) piece of ...


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The term "meaning system" refers to a manner in which a person or organization attributes meaning, along with the sources of held meanings (e.g., that person or organization's community) and how they interconnect. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17439760600566008?journalCode=rpos20


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“We all try to have good looks but we can’t be cool. The only way for some of us to be cool is for some of us to look like nerds. If that’s you, be nerdy. Whether you are talking about science or fancy basketball statistics, own and be proud of your nerdiness.” I don’t really think this is about self-deprecating yourself in speech; I think it’s about being “...


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The important phrase here is “settled upon her”. The appropriate sense is: settle, v. V.30.b. To secure (property, succession) to, on or upon (a person) by means of a deed of settlement. Oxford English Dictionary. The effect of a deed of settlement is that the beneficial owner of the property (here, Lydia Wickham) is not allowed to sell it or ...


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