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    I emptied my mind of all thoughts of home.

    I’m thinking about nothing.:)
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    emerges/differences

    It was just my guess. Now I know I'm wrong. Could you please tell me what the subject of the verb “emerges” is?
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    emerges/differences

    So then, my aim in this chapter is to pursue the possibility that the usages in categories (a)–(i) have more in common than emerges from their presentation in traditional list form. Source: English Prepositions Explained Revised Edition by Seth Lindstromberg I think the word “emerges” here is...
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    I emptied my mind of all thoughts of home.

    1. I emptied my mind of all thoughts of home. 2. I emptied all thoughts of home from my mind. I made the two sentences to mean the same thing. Are they both correct?
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    We can say much the same of Jack.

    A: Tom works very hard. B: We can say much the same of Jack. (By me.) Does the second sentence make sense in this context?
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    The cat is climbing (up) the tree.

    Yes, I’d like to know the difference in meaning between the two sentences.:)
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    The cat is climbing (up) the tree.

    Is there any difference between #1 and #2?
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    the one thing, the only thing

    Can we also take “That’s the one thing she’s good at” here to mean “That’s the thing she’s best at”?
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    The cat is climbing (up) the tree.

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    the one thing, the only thing

    Andrea takes classes in everything. She probably even takes a class in how to be annoying, because that’s the one thing she’s good at. Source: My Weird School 14, Miss Holly Is Too Jolly, Dan Gutman That’s the one thing she’s good at. Does this sentence here mean #1 or #2? 1. That’s one of the...
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    The car pulled over.

    Can we use the car as the subject of the phrase verb “pull over” like this? The car pulled over.
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    That’s more than I can say for human beings.

    Sorry that I didn’t give examples. Here are some. He doesn’t do homework. He plays tricks on girls. He deliberately misinterprets the teacher's words. He put a thumbtack on the homeroom teacher’s chair. He made fun of the substitute teacher. ... Considering these things, could we use “naughty”...
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    My mom can’t play football for beans.

    Is "can’t play for beans" a set phrase?
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    My mom can’t play football for beans.

    My mother tried to wrap her arms around me, but I know how to get away from tacklers. When Mom went to grab me, I threw her a head fake, spun away, and gave her a few of my best fancy footwork moves that I learned playing peewee football. She didn’t have a chance! I sidestepped her and ran on...
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    That’s more than I can say for human beings.

    Yes, I do. The book is from a series named My Weird School. Each book begins with this sentence: My name is A.J. and I hate school.
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    What’s a motto with you?

    Ms. Todd was wearing a TEAM T-shirt just like Mr. Klutz. “Why are you both wearing T-shirts that say TEAM?” asked Ryan. “TEAM is our new motto at Ella Mentry School,” said Mr. Klutz. “It stands for 'Together Everyone Achieves More.’” Mr. Klutz loves initials. “What’s a motto?” asked Michael...
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    That’s more than I can say for human beings.

    I think I'm beginning to understand. The naughty boy A.J. means he can’t make the same conclusion for human beings. That is to say, human beings are most likely not to like her singing.
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    They're gentlemen! And that's more than I can say for you or for me!

    They're gentlemen! And that's more than I can say for you or for me! Source: https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/267354534 This webpage says it’s the movie lines from movie Gone With the Wind. Literally, the second sentence above means “you” and “me” are not gentlemen, at least not gentlemen like...
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    That’s more than I can say for human beings.

    It’s hard to translate the sentence to Chinese because what it means is not direct. Could I read it to mean this? The degree of ugliness of Andrea’s singing is far beyond the limits of human tolerance.
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    That’s more than I can say for human beings.

    I still don’t quite understand that sentence. Would you please take some time to paraphrase it for me? Is “That’s more than I can say for...” a sentence pattern? Could you make some sentences using it?
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