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It had been a bad autumn in Wall Street, where prices fell in accordance with that peculiar law which proves railway stocks and bales of cotton to be more sensitive to the allotment of executive power than many estimable citizens trained to all the advantages of self-government.  (from The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain the part in bold.  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / ---- With a hide like that
« Last post by t k on Today at 04:50:47 am »
And the draughts are damnable—asphyxia in front and pleurisy in the back. There's Trenor leaving the box without drawing the curtain! With a hide like that draughts don't make any difference.  (from The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "With a hide like that".  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / conversational editing
« Last post by Takashi on October 16, 2017, 04:03:08 pm »
I'd appreciate it if you could help me with the underlined part of the last sentence.

"A wonderful, heartfelt strategy for becoming more peaceful and loving is to practice allowing others the joy of being right —— give them the glory. Stop correcting. As hard as it may be to change this habit, it’s worth any effort and practice it takes. When someone says, “I really feel it’s important to...” rather than jumping in and saying “No it’s more important to...” or any of the hundreds of other forms of conversational editing, simply let it go and allow their statement to stand."

Could you paraphrase "conversational editing" in this context?  Could it be also ways to correct somebody's remark by editing it to some extent?

Thank you very much.

Takashi
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Language Questions / Re: Meaning
« Last post by admin on October 16, 2017, 02:15:19 pm »
>Grateful if anyone can explain it.
Me too :)
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Language Questions / Re: like the ones you see in movies
« Last post by Darryl on October 16, 2017, 05:15:31 am »
Yes.
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Language Questions / like the ones you see in movies
« Last post by navi on October 16, 2017, 03:19:17 am »
Are these sentences correct:

1) A tall cowboy, like the ones you see in the movies, opened the door.

2) Strange robots, like creatures you see in science fiction movies, were moving around in the hall.

3) A tall cowboy, like John Wayne, was inside the phone booth.

Gratefully,
Navi.
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Language Questions / Re: Be they/whether or not
« Last post by t k on October 16, 2017, 02:55:02 am »
I am just an EFL, but as an engineer, I would suggest this.  --- tk

The elevator is accessible from all floors.
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Admin Announcements / Spam - warning to spammers
« Last post by admin on October 15, 2017, 09:24:14 pm »
A little bit of advertising spam has been creeping in recently.

Please be warned. We shall delete the posting, delete the account and ban the user.
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Language Questions / Re: what "it" refers to
« Last post by Takashi on October 15, 2017, 05:04:12 pm »
Thank you very much indeed, Mr Baker!
I really appreciate it.
Everything is clear now.

Takashi
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Language Questions / Re: either... or
« Last post by admin on October 15, 2017, 10:14:44 am »
1 and 2 are a - 3 is b
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