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Topic: IELTS TASK2 Essay #1
Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 7:29:38 PM
For my five cents worth consider this:

"That said, there are strong arguments for the relative importance of innate talent in the success of a player. As a matter of fact, there is more to a skill than a learned technique- for had it not been so, everybody would have become as superstar in their profession. That extra mile actually has to be gone with innate ability and talent."

Relative in the context you have, appears to signify less than what you mean to attach to the importance
of innate talent. See definition of "relative" at TFD :
Adjective, 1. having meaning or significance only in relation to something else; not absolute: a relative value.

As should probably be "a"
Topic: liquid courage
Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 3:28:39 PM
Daemon wrote:
liquid courage

slang The decrease in timidity or inhibition that comes from imbibing alcoholic beverages. More...



More like the increase in stupidity and rendition of good senses that comes from imbibing alcohol.
Topic: Two friends, two bodies with one soul inspired.
Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 3:14:24 PM
Daemon wrote:
Two friends, two bodies with one soul inspired.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)


One soul inspired, sole is the bell's toll,
Of same purpose the single-minded goal.
Topic: the lion's den
Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:07:38 PM
The lion's den is the best place to beard the lion if you want the lion's share of it.
Topic: An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels...
Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017 6:12:45 PM
For better or for worse,
Be it all in due course,
Made fast, engaged at last.
Now that she had her pick,
Her cares over so to speak.






Topic: Quotation, n.: the act of repeating erroneously the words of another.
Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017 7:56:42 PM
Daemon wrote:
Quotation, n.: the act of repeating erroneously the words of another.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)


...while modestly refusing to take any credit for the embellishment.
Topic: Alliance, n.: In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted into each others'...
Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:12:49 PM
Daemon wrote:
Alliance, n.: In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted into each others' pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)


In international politics the union of two thieves who, having jointly plundered a third, must trust
their own pockets to each others' hands and prove that 'there is honor among thieves'.
Topic: if (one's) life depended on it
Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 1:56:18 PM
Daemon wrote:
if (one's) life depended on it

Under any circumstances; no matter what. (Used almost exclusively with a negative statement regarding something that one couldn't or wouldn't do.) More...



If one's life depended on it, depend on it, one would go to any length to preserve it.
Topic: Sally Jones: How did a woman from Kent join Isis and became the 'White Widow'?
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 7:36:01 PM
The Independent on line, October 12, 2017. Edit: Is there anything wrong with this caption?
Topic: To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent. A reporter can write equally well about everything that is...
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:18:24 PM
Daemon wrote:
To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent. A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)


Provided that the reporter can view what is presented to his view, and the creative writer chose well
what to view within his deepest sympathies.

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