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Topic: get started
Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:43:43 AM

get started
to begin doing something
It's nearly ten o'clock. Let's get started.

get started

Is the 'started' in the phrase 'get started' transitive or intransitive?
I suppose it is intransitive.

Thank you
Topic: Artist Rendering, An artist rendering, Artists Rendering
Posted: Friday, July 13, 2018 10:47:18 AM
thar wrote:
Unlikely as it is, you could have several artists contributing to one image - an artists' rendering.
Or you could have one artist making many images - an artist's renderings.
Or many artists, many images - artists' renderings.

Now you have to work out what 'an' refers to in those cases... it is a bit strange to get your head around.

Thank you very much, thar.

As to your questions:

'an' refers to the 'rendering' in 'an artists’ rendering'.

'an' refers to the 'artist' in 'an artist’s renderings'.
Topic: Artist Rendering, An artist rendering, Artists Rendering
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 10:55:07 AM

A. Artist Rendering and Drawings
Artist Rendering.

B. An artist rendering of the royal chamber at Mycenea
An artist rendering

C. Artists Rendering of Medical School Development
Artists Rendering

How does one use 'Artist Rendering' (=Rendering, uncountable) and 'An artist rendering' (=rendering, countable) properly?

How does one use 'Artist Rendering' (=Artist, singular) and 'Artists rendering' (=Artists, plural) properly?

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Topic: would
Posted: Saturday, July 7, 2018 8:35:10 AM

Building a Church
Building Notre-Dame took nearly two centuries from start to finish. The cathedral became a lifelong project for Sully. Work on the sanctuary and nave began first. In 1182, under the reign of the new king, Phillip II, the high altar was consecrated. Sully was able to celebrate the first Mass in the cathedral but would die in 1196, nearly 150 years before the main structures of the cathedral would be finished in the 1300s.
(from The People’s Cathedral, NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS)

About the underlined parts:
Why is 'would' used in each part?
What is wrong with not using 'would', but writing them as 'died', 'was finished', respectively?

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Topic: If I’m not going to ..., I shouldn't ...
Posted: Sunday, July 1, 2018 11:14:41 AM

In 2015, as thousands of refugees were arriving by boat each day, Daod traveled to Lesbos as a volunteer doctor. Later, back home in Israel, he started having nightmares. He was haunted by a child he’d dragged from the water and resuscitated. "Ok I rescued him, I did successful CPR—what else?" thought Daod. "He will be traumatized all his life. If I’m not going to give him the support for his mental health I shouldn't give him the support for his life."

After Fleeing War, Refugee Children Face Lasting Psychological Trauma

Is the outline of the sentence in blue beginning with 'If I’m not going to…' the following?
Giving him the support for his life is impossible without giving him the support for his mental health.
I would be grateful if the original sentence were rephrased.

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Topic: alone together
Posted: Friday, June 29, 2018 11:11:33 AM

A. My dad and I used to go on a camping trip alone together every summer.
B. Didn’t it ever occur to you that they would probably like to be alone together.
(Longman Language Activator)

C. Finally the two of us were alone together.
Oxford Learners Dictionaries

What does the phrase 'alone together' in the sentences A, B and C mean?
Does it mean the same in each sentence?

Of the two words 'alone' and 'together', does either one modify the other or not?
And on which does the accent fall, 'alone' or 'together'?

The phrase is a combination of antonyms. I have the impression that it is somewhat strange.

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Topic: The standard of service has gone right down...
Posted: Monday, June 25, 2018 10:32:39 AM

The standard of service has gone right down since the company was privatized.
(Longman Language Activator)

What does the 'right' in the sentence mean?
Does it mean the following?

5. all the way, completely, totally, perfectly, entirely, absolutely, altogether, thoroughly, wholly, utterly, quite The candle had burned right down.

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Topic: looking for the right verb
Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2018 7:42:06 AM
sureshot wrote:
robjen wrote:
Is there a verb meaning "to decrease something by a large amount"?

Thanks a lot.


The choice of single word substitution will depend on the intended sense in the given sentence. Two words that immediately come to my mind are "slash" and "chop".

Hello, robjen and shureshot.

How about 'axe'.

axe verb
(British English)
(US English ax)
1 axe something (informal) (often used in newspapers) to get rid of a service, system, etc. or to reduce the money spent on it by a large amount
Other less profitable services are to be axed later this year.


Topic: How long were you in your previous position?
Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:40:54 AM

How long were you in your previous position?
(from Oxford Collocations Dictionary for students of English)

The sentence is in the past tense, not the present perfect.
Suppose the sentence is one said to an applicant by an interviewer.
Was the applicant working as an employee in their previous position or not when they were interviewed?

Thank you
Topic: a little-known fact
Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:26:07 AM

It's hard to easily categorize this: based on a little-known fact about Beethoven's habit of moving frequently, it offers up a fun story of how he not only moved, but moved all five of his pianos from place to place.
The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Does the phrase 'a little-known fact' have room for being interpreted in two ways?
That is: a fact which is known a little or a fact which is known little.

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