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    kadioguy is offline Key Member
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    milk is left to stand

    In the Oxford Dictionary of English, it says:

    cream
    noun
    the thick white or pale yellow fatty liquid which rises to the top when milk is left to stand and which can be eaten as an accompaniment to desserts or used as a cooking ingredient
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    What does 'to stand' mean?

    Which one does 'to' here mean?

    a. used to show purpose or intention. For example:
    I set out to buy food.
    I am going to tell you a story.
    She was determined to do well.
    His aim was to become president.

    b. used to show the result of something. For example:
    She managed to escape.
    It was too hot to go out.
    He couldn't get close enough to see.

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...n/english/to_2
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    Re: milk is left to stand

    The definition should specify that the cream only rises to the top of unhomogenized milk. This happens if you leave a jug of such milk undisturbed or, in other words, leave it to stand.
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    Re: milk is left to stand

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The definition should specify that the cream only rises to the top of unhomogenized milk. This happens if you leave a jug of such milk undisturbed or, in other words, leave it to stand.
    Thank you!

    Which one do you think 'to' here mean?

    a. used to show purpose or intention.
    b. used to show the result of something.
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    leave verb
    to make or allow somebody/something to remain in a particular condition, place, etc.

    leave somebody/something to do something
    Leave the rice to cook for 20 minutes.

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...eave_1?q=leave
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    Re: milk is left to stand

    Definition A fits better. It means "leave it for the purpose of standing".
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