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    Default correction of a few sentences 5

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to share with me your opinion concerning the feasibility of the following sentences?

    He is not a flier in the accounts.
    flier= a human with exclusive abilities in given area
    Have you finished that book yet? (read it to the end)
    We had an excellent dinner, and finished up with a glass of brandy.
    I haven’t finished with you yet. (still have something to say)
    Have you finished with that dictionary? (make complete or perfect, polish)
    The woodwork is beautifully finished; smoothed and polished.
    They gave a finished performance of the quartal.
    He gave the picture a few finishing touches.
    It was a close finish.
    close finish = a race in which the leading contestants cross the finish line so close together that the winner must be determined by a photograph taken at the moment of crossing
    The close smell of the small unaired room left a nasty taste in my mouth.
    close smell = smell of stagnation
    We all learnt by experience.
    They don’t have enough experience to do the job.
    Has she had enough experience in work of this job?
    She hasn’t had enough experience for the job.
    She has 10 years experience in the job.
    She had quite an experience.
    She caused him to make experience upon wild beasts.
    I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. (P.Henry)
    To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed.
    Those that undertook the religion of our Savior upon his preaching, had no experience of it.
    Whence hath the mind all the materials of reason and knowledge? To this I answer in one word, from experience.
    He's counting on his mother to take care of the twins, for she's had plenty of experience with them.
    Another unlooked-for experience was in store for us. (unlooked-for = not expected; unforeseen; not anticipated / in store = in readiness)
    We had never experienced this kind of holiday before and had no idea what to expect.
    He experienced severe hardships as a child.
    Widows seem to experience more distress than do widowers.
    I'll never forget my experience with bandits.
    Tell us about your experiences in Africa.
    It has to be experienced to be understood.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Default Re: correction of a few sentences 5

    I thought that most of the sentences were beautifully done -- finished, polished statements -- and perfectly lucid, grammatical, and expressive.

    Here are a few I thought had gone wrong:

    He is not a flier in the accounts.
    flier= a human with exclusive abilities in given area

    I don't think most people would understand the sentence until they read the definition.
    - Possibly "He's not exactly a flier in accounting" would be understood, especially in context.
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    Have you finished with that dictionary?
    (make complete or perfect, polish)
    This is the right interpretation of "finished" only if you imagine that the person is creating or authoring a dictionary.

    But more likely the sentence means, "Are you done using it? Have you finished using it?"
    > "Have you finished with my lawn mower? I'd like to get it back."
    > "Are you finished with that atlas? It's my turn to use it now."
    > "Are you finished with that dessert?" the waitress asked. "I'll remove the plate."
    > "Are you done with the flashlight? Please put it back where it belongs."

    To use "finished" in the sense of "make complete or perfect, polish" you might say:
    > "Are you finished with that short story you were writing for class?"
    > "Have you finished the dress you were sewing?"
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    close finish = a race in which the leading contestants cross the finish line so close together that the winner must be determined by a photograph taken at the moment of crossing

    I think this should be called a PHOTO FINISH. It is the closest possible "close finish." A "close finish" just means any finish in which the second place contestant finishes hard on the heels of the winner.
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    Has she had enough experience in work of this job?

    This isn't right, and it is not clear what the meaning is.

    > Has she had enough work experience to fill this position?
    > Has this job given her enough work experience?
    > Does she have enough experience to get to work on this job?
    > Does she have enough work experience to do this job?
    > Has working on this job given her enough experience?
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    She caused him to make experience upon wild beasts.

    This isn't right, and it's hard to figure out what it might mean. The expression "make experience" is not used -- not to mention that the back story here is hard to imagine.

    > (?) She got him to experiment on wild animals (?)
    > (?) She had him get a lot of practice with wild animals (?)

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