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Saturday, April 11, 2020 1:46:50 PM
The "Stay Behind" operations in Norway became public in 1979-1980 through the arrest of a shipping owner who had a secret cellar with bazookas and machine-gun. Some persons were in the know before that. Just watch:
multiple uses of "more"
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 3:17:23 AM
There is one rule: KISS
It stands for Keep It Simple Stupid
so your friend is right
Avoid repeating more- unless you really want to drive the nail in
A gripping word or have I lost it?
Monday, December 16, 2019 8:15:05 AM
On the list of 10 words to learn in 2020 is
. The thesaurus gives affecting, touching, alternatively painful. The etymology is given as [1350–1400; Middle English poynaunt < Middle French poignant, present participle of poindre < Latin pungere to prick, pierce].
I honestly thought is derives from french
, and meaning a grip. A synonym of poignant not listed is gripping. Shouldn't it be added?
Se met à sonner.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 3:10:43 PM
Joe's question is however pertinent, as "to ring" is the infinitive equivalent to
to ring :
it rings :
it has rung :
ça a sonné
The thing is "begin" or "start" is translated as commence and it is followed by the infinitive if a verb
start to speak :
commence à parler
start a lecture :
commence une dissertation
So you see that English and French are not
To / in
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 4:47:44 AM
is preferred in the context, otherwise the same.
It emphasizes that there is a movement in and then out of the city. Obviously if you travelled to Istanbul then it is assumed that you have been inside town.
Modern life makes it more complicated. I have taken flights to Stockholm [the airport (actually called Arlanda)] while never been [stayed] in Stockholm [the city]
In some languages the difference would be expressed with dative, and accusative - which doesn't exist in Modern English.
Er lyden for "synspunkt" riktig?
Sunday, September 1, 2019 3:56:00 PM
helt riktig. Synes jeg hører "Fire" altså firetallet ikke det å senke flagget eller lignende-
I would rather be a freeman among slaves than a slave among freemen.
Sunday, August 25, 2019 4:11:38 AM
Both cases are imaginary, but, yes, the first one is preferable, because it gives more opportunity for advancement…
I disagree. The first gives you autodetermination.
A slave is a slave, at the whim of the master.
Advice for learning English Vocabulary
Saturday, August 24, 2019 6:44:21 PM
Speaking the language is obviously the easiest way to learn the everyday vocabulary that everyone needs.
Obviously, when speaking you have no time to be fancy, and it is super-easy to say something that is completely corny. That's the way it is.
for a written source to common everyday language, I usually recommend reading crime novels, instead of "high literature". Some terms are hopefully not needed - such as knowing crack, meth, coke.
Loss of grounding
Thursday, August 22, 2019 8:02:38 AM
May I add a tiny warning: in other contexts - like electrical engineering the term
loss of grounding
can mean something else.
[I just add this for readers who encounter the expression and who may think it has only one meaning].
are both questions correct?
Thursday, August 8, 2019 3:41:54 AM
is also synonymous with
Argue is a much more one-sided affair, and assumes that you can reason with the opponent.
Bargain/Haggle very often ends in just quoting numbers that may converge to the sales price.
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