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carryall

Definition: (noun) A capacious bag or basket.
Synonyms:holdall, tote
Usage:She threw her cell phone, wallet, and gym shoes into her carryall and ran out the door. Discuss. Play

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Using the Past Perfect

If we are highlighting that the action or event in the past perfect tense came before another action or event, this second verb is often (but not always) in the past simple tense. The past perfect can appear in a sentence either before or after a later action or event. Regardless of its position, what does the past perfect always refer to? More... Discuss

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The Tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng

Unearthed in 1977, the tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng is an important archaeological site located in Suizhou, China. Dated to about 433 BCE using calendar data gleaned from a lacquered clothing chest, the tomb houses the remains of Yi as well as 21 women. It is noted for containing a large ensemble of ritual musical instruments, including dozens of string instruments and a set of 65 bianzhong, or bronze bells. How many performers would have been required to play this particular set of bells? More... Discuss

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First Manned, Untethered Hot Air Balloon Flight (1783)

The pioneering ballooning efforts of the Montgolfier brothers of France made 1783 a noteworthy year in aviation history. That year, the pair developed the first practical hot-air balloon—and demonstrated its safety by sending aloft a sheep, a duck, and a rooster. Months later, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent, Marquis d'Arlandes, made the first manned, untethered flight in a Montgolfier balloon, but they had not been the first choices to pilot the historic flight. Who were? More... Discuss

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René Magritte (1898)

Before gaining the support of a Brussels art gallery and taking up painting full-time, Magritte earned a living designing wallpaper and advertisements. His early works were in the Cubist and Futurist styles, but he soon embraced Surrealism. Dislocations of space, time, and scale were common elements in his illogical paintings, and he used certain images—the sea, the female torso, the bourgeois "little man" in a bowler hat—repeatedly. Why did art thieves return a stolen Magritte painting in 2012? More... Discuss

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He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must thereafter fall with the greatest loss.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) Discuss

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smallness
brave
timid
sleeplessness
misconception
bigness
sleepiness
finality
inconclusiveness
construct

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Which of the following is an adverb of manner?




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v. To cut small bits or pare shavings from (a piece of wood)
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seditious
shut-in
housebound
made-to-order
truculent
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Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was first celebrated by the Greeks in about the eighth century and was not adopted by the Roman Catholic Church until the later Middle Ages; no one is quite sure when this festival was first introduced. As related in the apocryphal Book of James, it commemorates the presentation of the three-year-old Mary in the Temple to consecrate her to the service of God. More... Discuss

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take a breath

To inhale and then exhale. More... Discuss