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Topic: injured innocence
Posted: Monday, June 18, 2018 9:26:21 AM
Hello,

She replied to her father’s accusations in tones of injured innocence.
(from Oxford Collocations Dictionary for students of English)

What does the phrase 'injured innocence' mean?

Thank you
Topic: much of a sense of humour, much sense of humour
Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 9:22:53 AM
Hello,

Quote:
He doesn’t have much of a sense of humour.
(from Longman Language Activator)


Q1
A. much of a sense of humour
B. much sense of humour
Are A and B different or the same in meaning?
If they are the same in meaning, how does one properly use them?

Q2
C. They have different senses of humour.
Is the sentence C correct?
Oxford Learners Dictionaries explains the use of 'sense' in the phrase 'sense of humour' as singular.
Oxford Learners Dictionaries.

Q3
D. He has as much sense of humour as she.
E. He doesn’t have so much sense of humour as she.
Are the sentences D and E correct?

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Topic: This sofa doesn’t make much of a bed.
Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 10:41:07 AM
Hello,

Quote:
make [v] to have the necessary qualities to be a particular thing or a particular type of person:
A. He’ll make a good father.
B. This sofa doesn’t make much of a bed.
C. You’re quick but you’ll never make a football player.
(A, B, C mine)
from Longman Language Activator


Q1
What does B mean?
Does B mean the following?
This sofa will do for a bed a little.
or This sofa will do for a bed little.

Q2
I changed the sentences A and C by following the sentence B and obtained D and E.
Are D and E correct?
D. He won’t make much of a (good) father. (affirmative sentence → negative sentence)
E. You’re quick but you’ll never make much of a football player. (negative sentence → negative sentence)

Thank you


Topic: He is very meticulous about paying his debts.
Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 6:35:23 AM
ChrisKC wrote:
I think "meticulous" is not quite the right word. Meticulous is more about fine detail than his feeling of obligation to pay his debts. The word may be vigilant, as in taking care he pays his debts on time.


Thank you very much, ChrisKC, for your reply.

Longman Exams Dictionary gives a definition which seems to support the original sentence.

Quote:
meticulous adj
very careful about small details, and always making sure that everything is done correctly:
He kept meticulous accounts. Their planning and preparation were meticulous.
… omitted …





Topic: He is very meticulous about paying his debts.
Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:38:55 AM
Hello,

Quote:
meticulous adj. attentive to detail;
He is very meticulous about paying his debts.

from Harrap’s Standard Learners’ English Dictionary.


Q1
What does the sentence mean?
Does it mean the following?
He pays his debts so as not to fall behind with his debts by paying enough attention to it.

But in this case, what sort of 'detail' has something to do with 'not to fall behind with'?

Q2
Does the sentence refer to one instance of his paying his debts or his habitual behaviour?

Thank you
Topic: He is also a dentist.
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 9:58:02 AM
Thank you very much, leonAzul.

The aim of this thread is to undestand the use of the word 'also'.
In B it modifies 'a dentist', while in D it modifies 'He', though each sentence has the same phrase 'also a dentist'. That is, the phrase is understood in two ways, which is ambiguous, I suppose.
Topic: He is also a dentist.
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 12:12:12 AM
Hello,

A. He is a doctor. At the same time, he is a dentist.
B. He is a doctor and also a dentist.

C. He is a dentist. At the same time, she is a dentist.
D. She is a dentist. He is also a dentist.

My question:
If A, can B be concluded?
If C, can D be concluded?

Thank you
Topic: il est grand
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 11:06:09 PM
Est-ce qu'il est grand ou petit?
Topic: someone who looked like you
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018 7:56:44 AM
Hello,

Daughter: I saw someone who looked like you at the station on my way home.
Mother: Someone who looked like me?
D: Yes.
(a self-made conversation)

Q1
Can the following phrases be used in place of the phrase 'someone who looked like you'?
1. someone who could pass for you
2. someone (just/exactly) like you
3. someone (just/exactly) looking like you
4. someone similar to you
5. your lookalike

Q2
Is there any noun phrase consisting of the construction 'someone + adjective + preposition + you' which serves as a substitute for 'someone who looked like you'?

Thank you
Topic: Where is that good-for-nothing son of yours?
Posted: Monday, June 4, 2018 8:25:56 PM
Romany wrote:

The more we like someone the more we "insult" each other! It's a cultural thing.


It is a case of 'Familiarity breeds contempt', isn't it. I'm careful of this proverb.

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