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    Default out of stock/regarded as/rely on/second childhood/set about/out of work

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    This shop sells ladders, but they’re out of stock at present.

    out of stock = not available for use or sale

    Dickens is regarded as one of England’s greatest novelists.

    regard = deem to be

    A friend should be a person you can rely on.

    rely on = to place trust or confidence in; bank on (or upon); believe in; count on (or upon); depend on (or upon); reckon on (or upon); trust (in)

    Grandpa is in his second childhood; we must make allowances for him at the dinner table," my mother said, as Grandpa dropped food all over the place.

    second childhood = the childishness of old age = dotage = feebleness or imbecility of understanding or mind, particularly in old age;

    I don’t know how to set about my work.

    You are not setting about your work in the right way.

    set anout = begin, start

    The drug has done it work. (has produced an effect)

    It won’t work. = This won’t do. = That’s not the way to go about it.

    I always find plenty of out of work that needs doing in my garden.

    When too many people are out of work, it is a sign that the economy is in a recession.

    out of work = having no income-producing job; unemployed; unemployed, workless

    Do you place much reliance on your doctor?

    There is little reliance to be placed on his promises.

    reliance = trust, confidence

    He stood there in a threatening attitude.

    attitude = pose, posture

    They assumed an attitude of defiance towards all authority.

    I didn’t like his attitude that he deserves special treatment.

    attitude = standpoint; point of view

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Exclamation Re: out of stock/regarded as/rely on/second childhood/set about/out of work

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    This shop sells ladders, but they’re out of stock at present.

    out of stock = not available for use or sale

    Dickens is regarded as one of England’s greatest novelists.

    regard = deem to be

    A friend should be a person you can rely on.

    rely on = to place trust or confidence in; bank on (or upon); believe in; count on (or upon); depend on (or upon); reckon on (or upon); trust (in)

    Grandpa is in his second childhood; we must make allowances for him at the dinner table," my mother said, as Grandpa dropped food all over the place.

    second childhood = the childishness of old age = dotage = feebleness or imbecility of understanding or mind, particularly in old age;

    I don’t know how to set about my work.

    You are not setting about your work in the right way.

    set anout = begin, start

    The drug has done it work. (has produced an effect)

    It won’t work. = This won’t do. = That’s not the way to go about it.= That's not the right way to go about it.

    I always find plenty of out of work that needs doing in my garden.

    When too many people are out of work, it is a sign that the economy is in a recession= it is a sign of the economy in recession. (reduced to a single clause)

    out of work = having no income-producing job; unemployed; unemployed, workless

    Do you place much reliance on your doctor?

    There is little reliance to be placed on his promises. =A little reliance can be placed on his promises

    reliance = trust, confidence

    He stood there in a threatening attitude.

    attitude = pose, posture

    They assumed an attitude of defiance towards all authority.

    I didn’t like his attitude that he deserves special treatment.=for getting special treatment. Better to replace the clause(underlined) by a phrase


    attitude = standpoint; point of view

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    All look Ok.

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