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User Name: Omar Mariani
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Occupation: SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR FREELANCE LEXICOGRAPHER
Interests: LANGUAGES
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Joined: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Last Visit: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:16:55 AM
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Topic: He died...of a broken heart, a distemper which kills many more than is generally imagined.
Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:16:31 AM
A real waste!
Topic: The important thing was to love rather than to be loved.
Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 9:01:39 AM
Both are just as important
Topic: I love my computer.
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2016 10:42:23 AM
Far from being alone, you are in good company
Topic: what is "far too short"?
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2016 7:50:11 AM
FAR TOO SHORT = too short by half, excessively short, you had never expected that time to be so short, you would have liked it to have lasted longer. FAR lays emphasis on the idea of excessive shortness
Topic: The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2016 7:39:27 AM
The right time blended with the right place should always bring forth the best results

I couldn't agree more with JMV
Topic: "would say" or "used to say" or "said"
Posted: Saturday, March 12, 2016 6:11:03 PM
Used to + verb = would + verb Both can be used for a habit in the past, Simple Past can also be used for a habitual action in the past but it is not as specific as the others

Would is not used to refer to states in the past which are no longer true:
 This building used to be a school ten years ago. (would is impossible here)

Would is followed by actions not states.- Used to may be followed by both states and actions.- eg. used to be, used to like, used to swim BUT would swim,

B. His clear brown eyes looking up into mine.... is an absolute clause

C. But that was yesterday ... without any context means just that, you refer to something that happened yesterday and has no connection whatsoever with today



Topic: a bridge too far
Posted: Saturday, March 12, 2016 5:09:19 PM
No bridge too far VOLUNTEER Gurkhas proved there is no such thing as a bridge too far by successfully completing one of the most gruelling tasks undertaken by military engineers in peacetime. The 89 soldiers from the Queen's Gurkha Engineer Regiment return to their base in Hong Kong today after restoring Nepal's main road link as part of Britain's disaster relief aid to the flood-hit Himalayan country. ("[Belfast Telegraph]. World affairs material)
Topic: Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
Posted: Saturday, March 12, 2016 5:05:06 PM
An army marches on its stomach
Topic: bored to tears
Posted: Friday, March 11, 2016 4:11:18 PM
bored stiff = also bored to death/tears (informal) Either because there's nothing interesting to do, to watch on TV, etc or because you feel time hangs heavy on your hands through having nothing to do
Topic: Is th tense usage correct?
Posted: Friday, March 11, 2016 10:31:09 AM
She believed that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

KEEPS is all right because it refers to something regarded as true, a timeless truth

This truth might be extended to:

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away and a raw onion a day keeps everyone else away" (Just a bit of humour)

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