What does this get mean?

“Get on your hands and knees.” –– learningyoga.com I’m wondering if get above is a linking verb (OLAD #11) or an intransitive verb (# 18) that takes locative adverb. I guess if the prepositional phrase, on your hands and knees, denotes a predicative complement, it would be #11; denoting the direction of verb get, it … Read more

Using another word instead of “in other words” in a sentence

Is there any other form to use instead of in other words in this sentence? this toy provides children to learn how to use their ability in other words, children can learn new things from the toy. Answer You could use: Essentially, That is to say, i.e., namely. Also, I’d recommend starting a new sentence, … Read more

Changing a sentence to be more formal

How can I write the following sentence in a more formal way? you can classify your questions from easy to strong. Answer “strong” is not the right word here. A long password is “strong” because it’s hard to hack, but a question isn’t “strong” if you expect that many people won’t get the right answer. … Read more

What do these ‘settle it’ mean?

Something that might have been fixed, Talked out or around, But the whole school had turned out [A] To watch them settle it. — Gregory Djanikian, The fight, writersalmanac.org Bob will be there? [B] That settles it. I’m not coming. — OALD It seems [A] and [B] have the same syntactic constructions. Do they also … Read more

What does ‘terms’ mean in the context?

We request that you read the terms and conditions carefully before signing. __ Martin Hewings, Advanced Grammar in Use The two words, terms and *condition*s, seem to be similar and it gives me the impression that synonyms are reiterated. What does terms mean in the context? Answer Terms are the binding conditions of the contract … Read more

Is this ‘interfering’ an adjective or a verb?

A lamp flickered on. It was Hermione Granger, wearing a pink bathrobe and a frown. “You!” said Ron furiously. “Go back to bed!” “I almost told your brother,” Hermione snapped, “Percy — he’s a prefect, he’d put a stop to this.” Harry couldn’t believe anyone could be so interfering. –– Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s … Read more

What does this ‘make up to’ mean?

[q] Managers who go on to earn engineering degrees can make up to $100,000 a year. — corpus.byu.edu/coca What does ‘make’ mean? I guess it might be either [a] or [b] below from Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s. [a] 14 a [linking verb] — used to indicate a total [b] 17 [+ obj] : to earn or gain … Read more