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in exchange for
Thursday, December 25, 2014 7:59:26 PM
I'm often all at sea, using the phrase.
in exchange for means at cost of. Right?
They gave us two of our prisoners in exchange for two of theirs.
What is meant by They gave us two of our prisoners?
I don't know why our prisoners need be given by them.
I'm confused who give whom?
I gave him chocolate in exchange for some licorice.
I don't know whose "some licorice" is. some licorice is mine?
I guess that it means I got his chocolate at cost of my licorice.
John gave Mary a book and got a sweater in exchange.
got a sweater means John got a sweater, and the sweater belong to Mary, right??
be inclined to do / incline to do
Thursday, December 25, 2014 6:55:01 AM
I don't know when "be inclined to do" is used and "when incline to do" is used.
I incline to walk with my wife after supper along the river.
I am inclined to walk with my wife after supper along the river.
I incline to my wife's view of walking for an hour after supper.
I am inclined to my wife's view of walking for an hour after supper.
be inclined to do = incline to do
Both of them equal tend to do
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Saturday, December 20, 2014 7:23:29 PM
It's a difficult
There are several places where I don't understand it.
Please help me. Thanks a lot.
Free shipping isn't all that hard to
Does come by meas bypass? The sentence means Free shipp often occurs.
Target has been doing this for two months.
What does Target refer to?
I don't know what is meant by "promotion-heavy".
And free shipping alone shouldn't make you
pull the trigger on
any old purchase.
In the context, "pull the trigger on" means click on the purcharch you want to buy with your mouse on the online shops. Am I right?
in plain view of
Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:31:25 PM
Does "previous instances of neglect" refer to the authorities' ignoring?
The authorities didn't do their responsibility.
I don't know whether the "neglect" is parent's neglect or authorities's.
Many states struggled to provide numbers. Secrecy often prevailed.
It means authorities of states are afraid that AP's reporter exposes their not fulfilling their duty.
What is meant by "Secrecy often prevailed"?
in plain view of
Thursday, December 18, 2014 8:03:52 AM
Hi, guys. I have a question what is meant by "in plain view of child protection authorities". I have referred to many dictionaries, but it still confuses me.
"in plain view of" equals "according to records of child protection authorities", right?
At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span
in plain view of
child protection authorities
it's derived from
Sunday, December 14, 2014 7:02:06 AM
[often passive] constrain somebody (from doing something)
She felt constrained from continuing by the threat of losing her job.
She felt constrained from continuing by the threat of losing her job. = She was aware that the threat of losing her job constrained her from continuing.
avenge / revenge
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 2:39:40 AM
Hi, guys. I can't distinguish avenge and revenge.
revenge is a noun. and avenge is a verb.
Somebody sworn to avenge yourself on someone. And somebody took revenge on someone.
If there have any error, please point out it for me. Thanks.
The pronunciation of "th"
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 10:36:05 PM
thing th was pronounced θ
thesis th was pronounced f similar to finish
hypothesis th was pronounced d similar to dirty
Right? Anyway, it sounds like this to me.
charge to stop a payment
Saturday, November 22, 2014 11:01:55 PM
charge (somebody) to do something
The bank doesn't charge to stop a payment. From
How to understand the sentence "The bank doesn't charge to stop a payment."?
I don't know what is meant by "charge (somebody) to do something".
Friday, October 31, 2014 9:19:36 PM
Although my own children
, I found myself turning instinctively in the direction of the little voice. He was trailing after his mother, looking reluctantly over his shoulder at a display of remote control toys in the large department store.
What is meant by children were grown? Does it mean children have grown up?
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