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Language Questions / true vs real
« Last post by highdeki on June 20, 2018, 01:46:35 pm »
Can you tell me the difference between "a true story" and "a real story"?
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Café / Re: GDPR
« Last post by davel on June 20, 2018, 12:07:50 pm »
I think your initial post, Duncan, sums this up perfectly!

For those of you not (directly) affected, throughout the months of April and May we were absolutely inundated with emails from anyone and anywhere where we had any type of "account" where they held any personal data. In some cases, we had to actively "opt in" to continue - a good way to weed out those sites we accessed only once three years ago when purchasing a new bird cage for great-aunt Agatha. In most cases, however, we had to do nothing other than read their updated terms and conditions.
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Café / Re: ODI
« Last post by Bertha on June 20, 2018, 11:54:45 am »
I read an article that the English women were hoping England would win. It seems that spousal abuse rates rise when England loses.
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Café / ODI
« Last post by Darryl on June 19, 2018, 11:59:23 pm »
Unbelievable. Woke up this morning to the shattering news that England had scored an ODI record 481 against Australia. We had no chance of getting near that. Gotta hand it to the Englishmen. Duncan would be smiling.  :)
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Language Questions / Re: ---- bore them into a count out
« Last post by admin on June 19, 2018, 10:30:51 am »
I'm not sure TK - but I think: what he was saying was so boring that they rapidly became (almost) unconscious or comatose.
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Language Questions / Re: make sense of...?
« Last post by Britta on June 19, 2018, 07:54:53 am »
... the memories we produce constitute a personal narrative that makes us (helps us) understand our lives.
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Language Questions / Re: subject
« Last post by lee.ck on June 19, 2018, 07:44:59 am »
In my opinion,
The active: We mean something peculiar by happiness.
The passive : Something peculiar is meant by happiness (by us)
The inversion of an adverbial phrase: By happiness is meant something peculiar.
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Language Questions / make sense of...?
« Last post by lee.ck on June 19, 2018, 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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