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Language Questions / of this actress
« Last post by navi on Today at 08:11:47 am »
Are these sentences correct:

1) How much cyberstalking of this actress did you do?
2) How much cyberstalking did you do of this actress?

3) How much cyberstalking of her did you do?
4) How much cyberstalking did you do of her?

Gratefully,
Navi
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Language Questions / ---- out of a difficult world
« Last post by t k on Today at 04:49:30 am »
In this mood Mr Verloc missed Stevie very much out of a difficult world.  He thought mournfully of his end.  If only that lad had not stupidly destroyed himself!  (from The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "out of a difficult world".  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / on either side
« Last post by navi on Today at 04:48:34 am »
1) Two dogs on either side of him perked up their ears.
2) Two dogs, on either side of him, perked up their ears.

3) Two dogs on each side of him perked up their ears.
4) Two dogs, on each side of him, perked up their ears.

Have all the sentences been punctuated correctly?

How many dogs are there in all in each case?

Gratefully,
Navi
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Language Questions / ---- being loved for himself
« Last post by t k on Today at 04:44:53 am »
In his affairs of the heart Mr Verloc had been always carelessly generous, yet always with no other idea than that of being loved for himself.  Upon this matter, his ethical notions being in agreement with his vanity, he was completely incorrigible.  (from The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "being loved for himself".  Does it mean "being loved only because of his existence"?  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / Re: a good shaking
« Last post by admin on May 17, 2018, 10:54:42 am »
He needs waking up and putting on the right track
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Language Questions / Re: ---- discretion of death
« Last post by admin on May 17, 2018, 10:54:04 am »
The dead can tell no tales - cannot be indiscreet
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Language Questions / ---- discretion of death
« Last post by t k on May 17, 2018, 04:04:21 am »
Nothing can equal the everlasting discretion of death.  (from The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "discretion of death".  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / a good shaking
« Last post by beautyhero922 on May 17, 2018, 03:30:38 am »
What do you think "He needs a good shaking." means?

I guess it means something like "He needs to go through a bitter experience."

I would like your comments or understanding.

Thanks in advance.
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Language Questions / Re: take a risk, far enough away
« Last post by Britta on May 16, 2018, 07:53:01 am »
1. not sure about the big risks
2. he used certain techniques to thrill the audience if this audience was sufficiently removed, i.e. at least a few metres away, in order not to become aware of said "techniques" (no idea what these were, see it like magician's tricks)
3. he was overpowering/dominating the other actors even if his role didn't call for this
3. intimacy - other than in a theatre, where the closest observer is the person in the first row, the camera is often very close to the actors, revealing said "tricks" or capturing the overpowering voice and thus taking the "magic" away.
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Language Questions / Re: tourism
« Last post by Britta on May 16, 2018, 07:42:48 am »
1. Myths - "untouched nature" for example, see text.
2. Imagination - you see the things you want to see, e.g. a quaint little village instead of a poverty stricken assembly of huts falling apart.
3. Tourism - is both, visiting real places and seeing what you want to see or are led to see.
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