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Does this sentence of Melville lack a verb?

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5 answers
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Is "one" unnecessary in this quote of Melville?

11 votes
4 answers
966 views

What does "spinning upon the shoals" mean?

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3 answers
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What does "gan" mean in "White thy fambles, red thy gan And thy quarrons dainty is."

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What might 'unhooped oceans' mean in this passage of Melville?

9 votes
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Why was "a world" used in this sentence of Melville?

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2 answers
885 views

What does 'bower' mean in this sentence from Walden?

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2 answers
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"in the Hebrew it ..." vs "in Hebrew it ..." - what is the difference of meaning in this paragraph of Milton and in general?

5 votes
1 answer
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How did 'man of war' get that name?

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3 answers
670 views

What is meant by "the crotchet of the law" in chapter VIII of Milton's "The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce"?

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2 answers
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What do 'spile' and 'bung' mean in this sentence written by Thoreau?

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What does 'made' mean in "In his case there is no idle eloquence, no made,[...]"?

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2 answers
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What does "get on" mean in this sentence from Walden?

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1 answer
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What does "to skin your eyes for sth" mean?

3 votes
2 answers
617 views

What does "Passed out of record" mean?

3 votes
1 answer
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Why there is no article before venture capital firm in "Beller’s first high-profile role was at venture capital firm Andreessen Horwitz, .."?

2 votes
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Why there is no article before "heire"? [duplicate]

2 votes
2 answers
173 views

Articles before "covenant"?

2 votes
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Is "thinks I" in Melville's Moby-Dick used in the sense of "thought I"? [duplicate]

2 votes
2 answers
167 views

What does "The by-gone-day proclaym'd" mean in scene ii, act I of The Winter's Tale?

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Meaning of "Bore many gentlemen" in Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure"? [closed]

1 vote
1 answer
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What is the difference between "That'd be me" and "That be me"? [closed]

1 vote
1 answer
63 views

What was more frequent in Early Modern English: "How many a man who was ..." or "How many men who were ..."?

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What does 'attorney' mean in this passage from The Winter's Tale

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1 answer
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What is meant by "to take the offence" in Act I, scene 1 of "Two Noble Kinsmen"?

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1 answer
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"to lie deep" vs "to lie deeply" - is "is certain it must lie very deeply" incorrect? [duplicate]

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2 answers
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Is "The eviction process coincided with the deterioration of John's, Vlad's son, health." correct?

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2 answers
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Is "... his mother was possessed of a tyrannical nature and led her peasants and also her immediate family a miserable life." correct?

1 vote
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What does "the apricot and black humid evening" mean? [closed]

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Indefinite article - are there any exceptions for proper nouns? "an Aristides" vs "Aristides"