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onsen
Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 7:47:43 AM
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Hello,

A. Against her better instincts, she ran back into the burning house to save some of her jewellery.
(from the following quote)

Quote:

instinct noun
• ADJ. | good, unerring Against her better instincts, she ran back into the burning house to save some of her jewellery.
(Oxford Collocations Dictionary)


Q1.
What does the phrase 'against her better instincts' mean?


Q2.
Do the following sentences B and C work? If they work, what do they mean?

B. Against her good instincts, she ran back into the burning house to save some of her jewellery.
C. Against her best instincts, she ran back into the burning house to save some of her jewellery.


Q3.
Please explain how the following phrases D and E differ from each other.

D. some of her jewellery
E. some jewellery of hers


Thank you.
FounDit
Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 11:08:00 AM

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onsen wrote:
Hello,

A. Against her better instincts, she ran back into the burning house to save some of her jewellery.
(from the following quote)

Quote:

instinct noun
• ADJ. | good, unerring Against her better instincts, she ran back into the burning house to save some of her jewellery.
(Oxford Collocations Dictionary)


Q1.
What does the phrase 'against her better instincts' mean?
It's a common phrase used to show how a certain action can be foolish or dangerous. In this example, her better instinct would be for self-preservation, to desire to live. But against that instinct she ran back into a burning house to satisfy the instinct to retain possessions.

Humans have three basic instincts: self-preservation, sexual reproduction, and social connection.


Q2.
Do the following sentences B and C work? If they work, what do they mean?

B. Against her good instincts, she ran back into the burning house to save some of her jewellery.
C. Against her best instincts, she ran back into the burning house to save some of her jewellery.
We have good, better and best to choose from. So in the choice between jewelry (possessions, certain kinds could be thought of as good) and self-preservation, the better instinct is self-preservation. That's because possessions can be replaced, life cannot.


Q3.
Please explain how the following phrases D and E differ from each other.

D. some of her jewellery
E. some jewellery of hers
This is just two ways of saying the same thing.

Thank you.
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