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Language Questions / make sense of...?
« Last post by lee.ck on Today at 04:42:12 am »
Why, of all the things that might occur to us when we think of childhood, do we mention a few particular memories? Why, of all the things that happened to us as children, do we rehearse and remember the stories and images that we do? One answer is that the memories we produce constitute a personal narrative that makes sense of our lives. Good feelings and positive events, on the one hand, can be placed in a context that makes them seem as if we deserved them and as if they help define who we are. Such a context may also include important information about how to repeat desirable experiences. If we constantly feel bad in some way, on the other hand, then it exacerbates our anxiety not to have any explanation or reason for it. A personal narrative can provide a reason for bad feelings, whether by assigning blame for them or by deriving a lesson from them.

In this sentence, what is the meaning of sense?
A dictionary says ‘make sense of’ as a phrase means ‘understand’ but I think the subject of ‘understand’ should be a person, not a personal narrative. Is the sense used as a part of the phrase or used as any other meaning?

Many thanks in advance!
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Language Questions / Re: all the silver and gold that was / were left
« Last post by Bertha on June 18, 2018, 12:00:14 pm »
Also, the word "all" is actually the qualifier, and some would argue that the preposition is elided in the phrase: all of the silver and gold.  In that case, the verb agrees with "all" and not the "silver and gold" anyway.
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Language Questions / Re: ---- bore them into a count out
« Last post by Russellz on June 18, 2018, 08:47:34 am »
The benefits I get from this forum are very good to study.
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Language Questions / Re: all the silver and gold that was / were left
« Last post by admin on June 17, 2018, 08:23:58 pm »
Yes - silver and gold is not countable
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Language Questions / Re: ---- feelin' his piss
« Last post by admin on June 17, 2018, 08:23:11 pm »
Yes - his new power
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Language Questions / Re: ---- feelin' his piss
« Last post by Darryl on June 17, 2018, 09:28:10 am »
Yes, that is more likely, Bertha. Not a phrase used here much.
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Language Questions / Re: all the silver and gold that was / were left
« Last post by Darryl on June 17, 2018, 09:25:50 am »
The silver and gold is being referred to as one single amount.
Now, if you said all the silver pieces and gold bars you would need the plural verb.
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Language Questions / Re: if you don't
« Last post by Darryl on June 17, 2018, 09:23:15 am »
Yes. Both of your shorter sentences have the same implication.
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Language Questions / if you don't
« Last post by azz on June 17, 2018, 07:57:23 am »
Can one say
a. You have four days to hand in your paper. If you don't, you will fail your course.

instead of
b. You have four days to hand in your paper. If you don't do it in four days, you will fail your course.
?

Can one say
c. There are four days left for you to hand in your paper. If you don't, you will fail your course.
instead of
d. There are four days left for you to hand in your paper. If you don't do it in four days, you will fail your course.

Many thanks
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Language Questions / all the silver and gold that was / were left
« Last post by bookworm on June 16, 2018, 01:10:32 pm »
I'm wondering why was (singular), instead of were (plural), is used in this passage:

Asa responded by removing all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the Temple of the Lord and the royal palace.
1 Kings 15:18a (NLT)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+15%3A18&version=NLT
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