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    Default Re: Prepositions: What a big headache!!

    I hate to repost this but can anyone have a look at the #18 post?? Two of my questions still remain unanswered.

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Prepositions: What a big headache!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo_Lin View Post
    I hate to repost this but can anyone have a look at the #18 post?? Two of my questions still remain unanswered.

    Many thanks in advance.
    New questions:

    1. gesture for/toward me (which one is correct? Or both acceptable but have different meanings?) It depends on the context.

    2. on the right (of something or somebody)
    to the right (of something or somebody)
    on the right-hand side (of something or somebody)
    All acceptable? No differences?

    They are all acceptable.

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    Default Re: Prepositions: What a big headache!!

    Thank you, bhaisahab. :)


    But actually there're still two unanswered questions. Have to repost again.

    I'm making a great effort refraining myself from slapping her in the face.
    I'm making a great effort to refrain myself from slapping her in the face.

    "I'm making a great effort doing something" or "I'm making a great effort to do something. "?

    My English teacher(not a native speaker) says only the latter(to do) is acceptable. But the former one sounds natural to me too.

    And:
    what's the difference between shortbread and shortcake?
    What's the difference of shortbread and shortcake?
    between or of, which one is good?

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    Default Re: Prepositions: What a big headache!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo_Lin View Post
    Thank you, bhaisahab. :)


    But actually there are still two unanswered questions. Have to repost again.

    I'm making a great effort refraining myself from slapping her in the face.
    I'm making a great effort to refrain myself from slapping her in the face.

    "I'm making a great effort doing something" or "I'm making a great effort to do something. "?

    My English teacher(not a native speaker) says only the latter(to do) is acceptable. But the former one sounds natural to me too.
    Both are acceptable but "refrain" is the wrong verb.
    And:
    what's the difference between shortbread and shortcake?
    What's the difference of shortbread and shortcake?
    between or of, which one is good? You are asking about the differences between two things.
    Bhai.

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    Default Re: Prepositions: What a big headache!!

    I'm making a great effort refraining myself from slapping her in the face.
    I'm making a great effort to refrain myself from slapping her in the face.


    "I'm making a great effort doing something" or "I'm making a great effort to do something. "?


    My English teacher(not a native speaker) says only the latter(to do) is acceptable. But the former one sounds natural to me too.
    Both are acceptable but "refrain" is the wrong verb.
    And:
    what's the difference between shortbread and shortcake?
    What's the difference of shortbread and shortcake?
    between or of, which one is good? You are asking about the differences between two things.

    Hi, Bhai. Thanks again for your patient answer. But I'm still confused.
    1. which verb should be used instead of refrain?
    2. I don't quite understand your second answer. Do you mean "between" and "of" are both acceptable but they have totally different meanings?

    Many thanks in advance.;)

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    Default Re: Prepositions: What a big headache!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo_Lin View Post
    Hi, Bhai. Thanks again for your patient answer. But I'm still confused.
    1. which verb should be used instead of refrain? Use "restrain".
    2. I don't quite understand your second answer. Do you mean "between" and "of" are both acceptable but they have totally different meanings?
    In the context of your sentence only "between" is correct.
    Many thanks in advance.;)
    Bhai.

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    Default Re: Prepositions: What a big headache!!

    Refrain | Define Refrain at Dictionary.com

    You "restrain" yourself. You "refrain" from slapping her face.

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    Default Re: Prepositions: What a big headache!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo_Lin View Post
    I reposted some of my unanswered questions in the #23 posts (page 3). Please have a look at it. And I might update this thread on a regular basis, would keep it preposition-only. Will new updates be answered? Do I need to start new threads?
    As you see from this thread, things can become a little confusing if several people respond to different questions at the same time. You will be far more likely to receive helpful answers if you restrict yourself to one question (and relevant follow-ups) per thread.

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    Default Re: Prepositions: What a big headache!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo_Lin View Post
    Attention: I reposted some of my unanswered questions in the #23 posts (page 3). Please have a look at it. And I might update this thread on a regular basis, would keep it preposition-only. Will new updates be answered? Do I need to start new threads?
    YES! Definitely! And give each thread a title which includes the word or phrase being discussed.

    Rover

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