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Language Questions / Re: wild
« Last post by admin on August 22, 2017, 11:44:44 am »
undisciplined - natural but not controlled or educated.
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Language Questions / wild
« Last post by longman3575 on August 22, 2017, 10:20:51 am »
What's the meaning of the underlined word?

 One unspoken truth about creativityóit isnít about wild talent so much as it is about productivity. To find a few ideas that work, you need to try a lot that donít. Itís a pure numbers game. Geniuses donít necessarily have a higher success rate than other creators; they simply do moreóand they do a range of different things. They have more successes and more failures. That goes for teams and companies too. Itís impossible to generate a lot of good ideas without also generating a lot of bad ideas. The thing about creativity is that at the outset, you canít tell which ideas will succeed and which will fail. So the only thing you can do is try to fail faster so that you can move onto the next idea.
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Language Questions / most beautiful
« Last post by navi on August 22, 2017, 07:04:53 am »
1) Most elegant was John's wife.
2) The woman who was most elegant was John's wife.
3) John's wife was most elegant.

In which case:
a) 'Most' means 'extremely
and in which case:
b) We have a real superlative

And are these all correct:

1) The most elegant was John's wife.
2) The woman who was the most elegant was John's wife.
3) John's wife was the most elegant.

Gratefully,
Navi.
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Language Questions / Re: ---- The chances are a thousand to one that
« Last post by admin on August 21, 2017, 11:52:19 am »
Apologies Britta - you are quite right. On re-reading I absolutely agree.
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Language Questions / Re: ---- The chances are a thousand to one that
« Last post by Britta on August 21, 2017, 11:07:40 am »
Quote
it is very unlikely that you will never leaver = it is likely that you will leave

Sorry to disagree, but it doesn't make sense this way.
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Language Questions / Re: ---- The chances are a thousand to one that
« Last post by admin on August 21, 2017, 09:30:47 am »
It does mean "very unlikely". But in the first sentence you have the negative"never" so: it is very unlikely that you will never leaver = it is likely that you will leave. But in the second: it is very unlikely that these things will happen to you.
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Language Questions / Re: will follow
« Last post by admin on August 21, 2017, 09:28:04 am »
1. You are expressing possibility.
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Language Questions / Re: ---- The chances are a thousand to one that
« Last post by Britta on August 21, 2017, 08:34:25 am »
No, it means "it is very likely".

You will probably never leave your native village but rather have your legs shot off or your eyes blown out.
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Language Questions / will follow
« Last post by navi on August 21, 2017, 06:11:37 am »
Which is correct:
1) He is leaving for another country, but he may have some enemies that will follow him.
2) He is leaving for another country, but he may have some enemies that follow him.

Gratefully,
Navi.
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Language Questions / ---- The chances are a thousand to one that
« Last post by t k on August 21, 2017, 03:34:03 am »
Here it's different. Here every man is
potentially a zero. If you become something or somebody it is an accident, a
miracle. The chances are a thousand to one that you will never leave your
native village. The chances are a thousand to one that you'll have your legs
shot off or your eyes blown out.
  (from Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "The chances are a thousand to one that".  I thought it meant "It's very unlikely that" but the context for the fist one seems to suggest differently.  Thanks.  --- tk
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