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Topic: Make up by weight
Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 3:04:12 PM

they make up (form) 25% of the vehicle parts.

But you have to specify what '25% of the vehicle parts' means.
Is that a quarter of the vehicle parts by volume/size, by cost, by weight?

It is 25% if you are calculating it by weight.
Topic: you shall have the suffrage of the world
Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 2:56:19 PM
That quote that someone queried recently about the rainbow bridge between monk and beast, from an E.M. Forster novel - I posted the wider passage to show context, and it contained, if I remember correctly -
Amabat, amare timebat. Just like that, in passing.

Literature of this age just assumes that you can read French and Latin. Ancient Greek, on the other hand - that is being pretentious. Whistle

Ah, yes, here it is. Found it.
He could not be as the saints and love the Infinite with a seraphic ardour, but he could be a little ashamed of loving a wife. Amabat, amare timebat. And it was here that Margaret hoped to help him.

On the one hand, it is ridiculous that literature is was so elitist it assumed a classical education. On the other hand, I guess it did give people an impetus to learn the languages if they hadn't been taught them! Whistle

But you don't often come across a Latin or French word that does not have some sort of cognate in English - amorous, timorous. Even without knowledge of the language you can make a stab at working it out.
The other way round is harder - There is a whole language of words in English with no cognates for French speakers.
Topic: you shall have the suffrage of the world
Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 12:00:41 PM
Ah, go on. French is just English words with extra letters! Whistle
Topic: Three Parent Babies
Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 11:51:15 AM
In the Faroe Islands there is a fatal mitochondrial disease that has reached levels higher than other populations due to the small population and founder effect. Now it has been identified it is screened for. It can be controlled with a constant drug regimen to 'feed' the mitochondria, but it has caused some to think about whether to have children (1 in 33 residents is a carrier) - but the answer is to adopt, not engineer the mitochondria!
Instant widening of gene pool and needy babies get families.
Albeit in the Faroe Islands! Whistle

I have nothing against mitochondrial intercession from a moral standpoint, but isn't this the better solution, surely?

Just 48,000 people live in the Faroe Islands, but they include children from Ethiopia, Korea and India, welcomed with open arms in this remote Atlantic archipelago where adoption rates are the world's highest.

Among the newest citizens is Anna Maria, who blew out the four candles on her birthday cake in the capital Torshavn one recent day, surrounded by family and friends.

Two years ago Anna Maria was adopted from a New Delhi orphanage by two local lawyers. Brother Ludvik, seven months older, was born in Bulgaria.

A Danish autonomous territory, the Faroe Islands have "the highest number of adopted children in the world in proportion to the population," says Mette Garnes, a social worker at DanAdopt, one of two Danish adoption centres.

With 10 to 15 children adopted each year from Bolivia, Bulgaria, China, Ethiopia, India, South Africa, South Korea and Vietnam, the isolated and remote Faroe Islands have an unusually multiethnic population.

"In terms of appearances, it may look like a multiethnic mosaic, but these children are fully-fledged Faroese and considered as such from the day they arrive here. They are not immigrants or foreigners," says Anna Maria's father Heoein Poulsen.

A dozen adoptions a year may not sound like much. In relative terms however, it amounts to four times more than in France or Denmark, according to official statistics from those countries.

Moreover, the Faroese have a long tradition of adoption. In the last century, mothers who had many children or who lost their husbands at sea often gave one or several of their children away to childless women.

Yet surprisingly, the archipelago has a strong birth rate, with women giving birth to an average of 2.6 children.

"Everybody wants to have children," says Poulsen, who heads a support group for parents hoping to adopt.

He is fighting to get Faroese authorities to raise state allowances to adoptive parents from the current 50,000 kroner (6,600 euros, 9,500 US dollars) per adoption.

Adopting a child can cost parents up to 150,000 kroner (20,000 euros, 28,600 US dollars).

"But there's no price tag for a child for us, we can't imagine life without children," says Heoein's wife Birita Ludviksdoettir, 41, who was unable to have her own children.

The couple waited two years for their adoption to go through.

"The day we came home with Anna Maria and Ludvik was the happiest day of my life. We were met at the airport by our friends and family carrying flags and bouquets of flowers, as if we were heroes," Ludviksdoettir recalls.

"We were finally a family, and here, maybe more than in any other country, children are paramount," she says.

For Poulsen, who drops his children off at a municipal daycare outside the town every morning, the Faroe Islands are "a paradise for children, who live close to nature and their extended families and friends and in a peaceful environment with no crime."

And the two children appear to have integrated well into their new surroundings.

"At the beginning, some of their friends were a little curious about their brown skin, but after that they were quickly 'adopted'," says Kristina Soemark who works at the daycare centre.

Like the two lawyers, 60-year-old Knut Gray also believes adopting his children was the "best gift ever."

One of the first islanders to adopt children from India in the 1980s, Gray says he and his wife Solrun "absolutely wanted to have kids."

Life without daughters Guunva, 23, and Anna, 21, "would have been empty."

And, he says, his daughters never experienced any racism.
Topic: you shall have the suffrage of the world
Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 11:25:23 AM
From Middle English "prayers or pleas on behalf of another", from Old French, from Medieval Latin suffragium, from Latin suffragium (“support, vote, right of voting”). The sense of "vote" or "right to vote" was directly derived from classical Latin.

You shall have the prayers of the world

(countable, Christianity) A prayer, for example a prayer offered for the faithful dead.
Creed of Pope Pius IV
I firmly believe that there is a purgatory, and that the souls therein detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful.

1969, G. J. Cuming, A history of Anglican liturgy:
As these holy prayers and suffrages following are set forth of most godly zeal for edifying and stirring of devotion of all true faithful Christian hearts […]

2006, John E. Curran, Hamlet, Protestantism, and the Mourning of Contingency: Not to Be, page 86:
In explaining and defending suffrages for the dead, Catholic argument repeatedly involved the assumption of the importance of time.


Prière d'intercession. Un monde où le suffrage pour les défunts n'existe pas plus que la notion de vie éternelle
Topic: U sound as in book in the word bush
Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 6:15:15 AM
Simply put, the spelling is how you write down the words you say. You need to be hearing and saying the words, in order to read them and spell them.
It cannot be done by books and phonics in isolation. English is just too irregular for that.
The way you 'interpret' the letters on the page will depend to some extent on the dialect you speak.

Luckily, in context everyone does understand each other. Except Glaswegians (from Glasgow) and Geordies (from North-East England) Whistle

But you are East Midlands, aren't you? Or West Yorkshire, judging by the reference to Leeds? In which case, a lot of the 'standard' phonics will not always fit in with the way people speak locally. That is why you have to pronounce the words the way your local dialect pronounces them.

The spelling will still be consistent, within the normal irregularities that everybody faces.
Topic: " off to the start..."
Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 5:53:20 AM
Yes, I think it is fixed. I can't think of another word that you can replace 'start' with.
Topic: " off to the start..."
Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 5:33:35 AM

They got off to a good start.

You specify which start.

They got off to the start that the manager demanded.

It is just an idiom - you start with a good start. That is too repetitive, so you choose another way of saying it. They got off to a good start. It means to begin, start on a journey or endeavour - in this case the journey through the tournament.

'off' means starting, away. (eg a race starts and they are off!)

'Got' just makes it more active than 'were'. It makes it more something they did, rather than something that happens.

This definition is of a good or bad start, but the adjective is flexible, or in this case omitted because they specify which start was demanded.

collins dictionary

get off to a good/bad start
If you get off to a good start, you are successful in the early stages of doing something. If you get off to a bad start, you are not successful in the early stages of doing something.

The new Prime Minister has got off to a good start, but he still has to demonstrate what manner of leader he is going to be.
England got off to a bad start in the Championship.

See, even the dictionary doesn't believe England can ever do well. Whistle

You can use 'be' instead of 'get'. And any appropriate adjective. But it needs something to define it - it can't be just 'got off to a start'.

Macmillan dictionary

be/get off to a good/bad/slow etc start

used for saying that something begins in a particular manner, especially a race or a competition
She got off to a slow start in her election campaign.
The Games are off to a flying start with a new world record in the women’s marathon.

Topic: U sound as in book in the word bush
Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 3:16:59 AM
Sorry, no.

You learn by experience. Some are just the exception to the normal pattern.

mostly it is a short open u
rush, gush, hush, lush, mushroom, brush

but sometimes the sound is -a longer closed u
bush, cushy, tush, shush.

Phonics is useful, but it needs to work with listening and speaking, so the two work together to work out what the sound is in that particular situation. Don't worry - children do learn this quickly!

Topic: ...convert people who are non-believers of Christianity.
Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 3:07:06 AM
It is rather redundant to say you want to convert non-believers. Those are the only people you can convert!

If you are trying to convert people to Christianity, then by default they must start off as non-believers.

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