Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. Ever Student's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: Aug 2008
    • Posts: 1,059
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    Question Please help me to find the gist of the meaning

    Hello all,

    Would you please describe the following paragraph? I haven't understood what the writer says.


    "I have never benefited anyone in any manner whatsoever without having received in return, from one source or another, ten times as much benefit as I have contributed to others".

  2. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 17,863
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: Please help me to find the gist of the meaning

    I have never helped anyone without getting ten times as much benefit in return.

    I"m not sure if this person is being humble and saying "good deeds come back in wonderful ways" or bragging about how selfish he is by not helping anyone unless he already knows it will help him more.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

  3. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 20,886
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: Please help me to find the gist of the meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I have never helped anyone without getting ten times as much benefit in return.

    I"m not sure if this person is being humble and saying "good deeds come back in wonderful ways" or bragging about how selfish he is by not helping anyone unless he already knows it will help him more.
    Though I'm pretty sure it's more likely to be the former. Perhaps Ever Student can tell us which reading fits the context?

  4. Ever Student's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: Aug 2008
    • Posts: 1,059
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: Please help me to find the gist of the meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Though I'm pretty sure it's more likely to be the former. Perhaps Ever Student can tell us which reading fits the context?
    Hi Ray,

    The context is on Napoleon Hill and his book. Yes the former fits to the context. Thanks.

Similar Threads

  1. help me find the meaning
    By Toxic in forum English Idioms and Sayings
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 26-Feb-2010, 14:22
  2. find vs. find out clues
    By sjc55 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-Nov-2009, 01:23
  3. Trying to find the meaning..
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 25-Jan-2009, 19:50
  4. find the meaning
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-Jun-2008, 11:29
  5. Please help me to find the meaning
    By silent_pain in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Apr-2008, 13:07

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •