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Topic: the antonym of the phrase 'modern medicine'
Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 5:38:36 PM
Thank you very much for your valuable replies so far.

If medicine can be divided into two in terms of 'time', then one is modern (or new) medicine and the other is ___ medicine (or old medicine, … though I don’t know exactly how one expresses it). I suppose there’s such a way of looking at medicine.

I wanted to use the phrase in the following sentence.

________ or ____ medicine wouldn’t (or couldn’t) have saved your life from your illness.


This is a sentence not unlikely to be said to a patient whose illness begins to be cured or has been cured. In one sense it says the value of or a blessing from modern medicine.
Topic: the antonym of the phrase 'modern medicine'
Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 6:59:13 AM
Hello,

___________ could not (or cannot) cure tuberculosis.

I’m looking for the antonym of the phrase 'modern medicine' which fits into the underlined part in the above sentence.

Thank you.
Topic: growing vs. increasing
Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 9:05:35 AM
Hello,

Quote:
A. The growing black economy is beginning to worry the government.
B. There is now growing concern for their safety.
C. There are signs of growing disaffection among his followers.
(Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary)


Can the adjective 'growing' in the example sentences be replaced with the adjective 'increasing' with the meaning of the sentences not changed?

Thank you.
Topic: spelling (awesome, awful)
Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2019 5:35:29 PM
Hello,

awesome
awful
…………………………………………

One ( = awesome) has an 'e' in 'awesome', but the other (= awful) doesn’t have an 'e' in 'awful'.
Please explain this difference.

Thank you.
Topic: When it got a little warm,...
Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2019 9:44:16 AM
Romany wrote:
Just have a quick squiz at your first sentence again. Look at the verb tenses. Can you see where you can make it grammatically correct?


Thank you very much, Romany, for your reply.

By 'Although it got a little warm' I meant 'Although it got a little warm yesterday'.
That is, it was a little warm yesterday, but it is cold today.
Topic: When it got a little warm,...
Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:48:31 AM
thar wrote:
You have two opposing ideas about the weather here, so your conjunction has to express that conflict.


Eg
Although, even though, but, while, however.


Thank you very much, thar, for your reply.

I rephrased the sentences, following your advice.

Although it got a little warm, it gets cold again today.
Although it gets cold, it will get a little warm again tomorrow.
The weather is unstable around the vernal equinox.
Topic: When it got a little warm,...
Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:04:35 AM
Hello,

When it got a little warm, it gets cold again today.
When it gets cold, it will get a little warm again tomorrow.
The weather is unstable around the vernal equinox.
(self-made sentence)

Please correct the above sentences.

At this time of the year, with the weather changing each day or within the day, it seems to trifle with people.
How does one describe the changeability of the weather?

Thank you.
Topic: How to ask one’s 'X'th birthday.
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 7:46:37 PM
Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Onsen,

just do a forum search with "manyeth", "manieth" or "whichth",
and you'll find several threads concerning this question.


Much appreciated.
Topic: How to ask one’s 'X'th birthday.
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 7:17:45 AM
thar wrote:
You can't ask an ordinal question.

1 In Britain, you wouldn't ask an adult, that is personal.but if you did.

How old are you going to be? How old are you now?

Or, less likely
Which birthday is it?


You might get a cardinal or ordinal answer:
I'm five.
I'm going to be five.
It's my sixteenth.
I'm ninety-eight. (When someone gets old it becomes OK to ask again, as if not dying becomes a source of pride!)Whistle
My ninety-eighth.

But you can't ask the ordinal question.


Thank you very much, thar, for your reply.

You can't ask an ordinal question.

The above sentence is a discovery to me.
Topic: How to ask one’s 'X'th birthday.
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 6:45:13 AM
Hello,

Dad: I know today is your birthday. But I don’t know the 'X' in the phrase 'your 'X'th birthday'. I’d like to use that phrase.
Daughter: Do you mean you don’t know how to ask it?
Dad: Yes, I mean that. How does one ask so that the answer is:

A. Today is my twentieth birthday.

Daughter: Do you mean ordinal numbers?
Dad: Yes. And this way of asking seems to be applicable in other cases such as:

B. The item will be discussed at the 5th conference.
C. I’ll buy a video of Mozart’s 39th symphony on my way home from work.
(self-made conversation)


My question.
How does one ask questions so that the answers are A, B and C, when only 'twentieth' '5' and '39' are unknown?

Thank you.

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