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Topic: FIRST AND LAST LETTERS COME IN NEW WORDS (continued 2014 edition)
Posted: Sunday, January 17, 2021 5:52:46 AM
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Topic: playing in poison ivy
Posted: Sunday, January 17, 2021 5:49:37 AM
Hello,

Quote:

dermatitis Inflammation of the skin.
• The only dermatitis she had ever suffered had been the result of playing in poison ivy when she was little.
omitted
(Merriam Webster’s Vocabulary Builder)


About the phrase 'playing in poison ivy':
Q1. What is the action expressed by the phrase like?
Q2. Please explain the use of the 'in'.
Q3. Why is the uncountable noun phrase 'poison ivy' used? Is it just to show a certain type of substance?


Thank you.
Topic: FIRST AND LAST LETTERS COME IN NEW WORDS (continued 2014 edition)
Posted: Saturday, January 16, 2021 5:01:23 AM
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Topic: I'm afraid we're not remotely interested in your proposal.
Posted: Saturday, January 16, 2021 4:58:03 AM
Hello,

Quote:

remotely adverb (SLIGHTLY)
in a remote or very slight way:
A. I'm afraid we're not remotely interested in your proposal.
remotely


In the following sentence I removed the 'not' from the above quoted sentence.

B. I'm afraid we're remotely interested in your proposal.

Does B work?


Thank you.
Topic: FIRST AND LAST LETTERS COME IN NEW WORDS (continued 2014 edition)
Posted: Friday, January 15, 2021 9:56:43 AM
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Topic: sight better
Posted: Friday, January 15, 2021 9:53:59 AM
Hello,

Quote:

sight better
a (damn) sight better


Quite a lot better (than a different person, thing, or condition). "Damn" is used to emphasize how much better someone or something is.
The car should run a damn sight better now that you have the tires aligned properly.
So far our new intern has been a sight better than our last one.


sight better


Why is the word 'sight' used here?


Thank you.
Topic: ..., but after they had children they started ...
Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2021 7:13:08 AM
Hello,

Quote:

agnostic A person who believes that whether God exists is not known and probably cannot be known.
• Both of them were always agnostics, but after they had children they started attending church again.
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(Merriam Webster’s Vocabulary Builder)


About the sentence:
Both of them were always agnostics, but after they had children they started attending church again.

In the quoted sentence, can the 'started' be replaced with 'began'?


Thank you.
Topic: FIRST AND LAST LETTERS COME IN NEW WORDS (continued 2014 edition)
Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:47:32 PM
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Topic: FIRST AND LAST LETTERS COME IN NEW WORDS (continued 2014 edition)
Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 7:13:59 AM
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Topic: I saw the faintest trace of a smile cross Sandra’s face.
Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 3:58:21 AM
Hello,

Quote:

A. I saw the faintest trace of a smile cross Sandra’s face.
trace


In the following sentence I changed the phrase 'Sandra’s face' to 'Sandra and Mary’s faces'.

B. I saw the faintest trace of a smile cross Sandra and Mary’s faces.

Does this change have any influence on the phrase 'the faintest trace of a smile'?
That is, does it change to 'the faintest traces of a smile' or 'the faintest traces of smiles', etc.?
Or does the change not have any influence at all?


Thank you.