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    I had a test last week and I had following mistakes.

    Set great store by displaying humility, respect and formality.
    Teacher: set great store by something (=noun)
    They steer clear of showing disagreement directly.
    Teacher: steer clear of sby/sth. eg: try to steer clear of trouble (=noun)

    Our collegues are more common with us and dont stand out in bold relief against us like the Austrians do.
    Teacherīs commentary: I dont know if this idiom exists.




    Would you be so kind and check these mistakes. I strongly question my teacher. I am employed in getting familiar with http://view.byu.edu/. But it seems to be pretty complicated.

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    I wouldn't use the gerund in the first with 'by'. I would say 'set great store on displaying humility' or 'by humility'.
    With the second, I think you can say 'steer clear of doing something' as well as 'of + noun', so I wouldn't mark the second wrong.
    'Bold relief' exists, but the sentence doesn't sound very natural to me. Firstly, 'more common with' doesn't work, and the comparison doesn't work very well- it is mostly used literally, and when it is used figuratively, I think it tends to be used more in the positive to display a contrast, rather than its absence because the use of relief is to povide a contrast.

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