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User Name: thar
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Topic: to accommodate a friend with money.
Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 6:00:47 AM
adverbial, I assume - how they help

They accommodate your friend

how do they do that, in what manner?
with money

Topic: 10 Year Challenge
Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 5:52:54 AM
I have been thinking about Tov with these fires.

I miss Ex, as well. He was good fun, lots of interesting life experience.

You do know Rom and JJ are still around - and me!

Yeah, some people do seem reappear as new names but I never work too hard to check it is them - I just go with the flow, everything as it comes. Even though it might mean I treat someone as a new member when they have been around a while. Whistle

Topic: limp across the line
Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 5:51:42 AM
Here, in this context, yes, I take it that it means to win.

Because there is no 'line' to cross for the other candidates or parties. There is no 'limping across the line in third place' as you could in athletics, because in an election, the only 'race' is counting the votes that have already been cast.
Topic: to accommodate a friend with money.
Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 3:32:11 AM
Accommodate = (in this context) give them what they want

They were unwilling to help your friend by giving him money

They might have been willing to help in other ways.



(of a building or other area) provide lodging or sufficient space for.

fit in with the wishes or needs of.
"any language must accommodate new concepts"
Topic: A little paraphrase
Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 5:42:32 PM
You're welcome.

Forgot to say this presumably means pretend as in 'dare assume', but that doesn't change the overall meaning.
Topic: "a" or"the" / Is "yesterday night" correct?
Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 4:51:54 PM
Actually, it is more complicated than that.

The thing to ask is 'which question are you answering?'

Which case is it? The fourth case.
That might work if you are going through the cases.
The first case was in X, the second and third were in Y last month. The fourth case was confirmed in Malaysia last night.

But the question here is actually 'What disease?' A case of Wuhan virus.
'fourth' at that point is treated line any other adjective.
A case - a bad case, an unusual case, a fourth case.

I know, it looks illogical - there is only one fourth case so it is specified. But it is not specified here. Here, the more important thing is that it is a case of Wuhan virus (not a case of ordinary flu); it is not important that it is the fourth case of Wuhan virus (not the third of the fifth)

If it were the number of cases that were important, and since these are presumably not counting those in China, it would have to be 'the fourth case if Wuhan virus in Malaysia was reported last night'.
Topic: So as to
Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 3:33:10 PM
The problem is that in your sentence the exam gets a good mark.

Which makes no sense. An exam doesn't take an exam.

There is no dummy pronoun 'it was hard ( for students) to get a good mark'

So the exam is still the subject that gets the good (or bad ) mark.

That is why they don't work unless you add the new or dummy subject.

The exam was so hard as to be impossible to pass.

Ie the exam was impossible to pass.

Also, the title suggests you are conflating
So + adjective as to
So as to
These are completely different constructions. The title does not reflect the construction you are asking about, so just be aware there is 'so as to' as well.

Topic: Buckle
Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 10:43:16 AM
Grammatically it might be OK, but logically it makes no sense so I think grammatically it doesn't mean what you think.

if you buckle, you are not acting like a strong man

so saying you can't do those things doesn't make sense.

At the moment they are linked by the conjunction - they are linked together as a single thing that you cannot do:

you can't buckle to them and beg for mercy

If you want to contrast them - if you do one then you can't do the other, then you have to initiate a new phrase

You can't buckle to them and then expect to act like a strong man
You can't buckle to them and then act like a strong man

Since I don't know what you are trying to say, I can't give any other guidance.

Topic: Ministry
Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 9:39:07 AM
It is badly constructed.

if you are going to put an explanation in brackets, it should be not be after a possessive 's.

From the perspective of the MIT (the Ministry of Trade and Industry), we certainly expect...

But it feels wrong to make it a simple noun from a possessive

the explanation of "MIT's" is not "Ministry of Trade and Industry". It is actually "Ministry of Trade and Industry's" - but as you have noted, that just looks silly.
But the word is a possessive

The trip is his (John's) first trip abroad


The trip is his (John) first trip abroad

The possessive 's is the same - it is the word, with that ending. Not just a bit added on that you can ignore.
Topic: a flow of blood / the flow of traffic
Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 9:33:39 AM
It will depend on the situation

They had to put something, so they chose two examples with different articles, but it all depends on the situation and the context - a/the flow of what.

Roadworks stop the flow of traffic

The flow of blood from the wound was unstoppable

Police report a better flow of traffic now that the accident has been cleared

Blushing makes your face go red with a flow of blood to the surface capillaries