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    Default well rounded & well grounded

    Hi teacher,

    Please help me with bold phrases "well rounded" and "well grounded" and if possible, change the following sentences in another words so that it would be simpler to me.


    The School believes in the development of well rounded educated individuals that are "well grounded" and ethically sound so as to be able to contribute actively to the community at large in a positive manner

    thanks in advance

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    Default Re: well rounded & well grounded

    In this context "well rounded" means "versatile" or "many-sided", that is having good (enough) knowledge of various subjects.

    A "well grounded" individual has a working knowledge of a certain field.

    All in all, the school tries to educate their students so that they have a broad enough knowledge of various subjects in their field, while at the same time the knowledge of those subjects is good enough to be used in practice.

    If that didn't make it clear enough, just say so and I (or someone else, I'm sure) will elaborate some more.
    Last edited by CarloSsS; 13-Jun-2013 at 18:14.
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    Default Re: well rounded & well grounded

    I don't think "grounded" refers to having a working knowledge in this case. An individual who is grounded is "sensible and down-to-earth; having one's feet on the ground."

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    Default Re: well rounded & well grounded

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve.nabi View Post
    Hi teacher,

    Please help me with bold phrases "well rounded" and "well grounded" and if possible, change the following sentences in another words so that it would be simpler to me.


    The School believes in the development of well rounded educated individuals that are "well grounded" and ethically sound so as to be able to contribute actively to the community at large in a positive manner

    thanks in advance
    I agree with Dave's take on "well-grounded". In this context it is associated with sound ethics.

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    Default Re: well rounded & well grounded

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I don't think "grounded" refers to having a working knowledge in this case. An individual who is grounded is "sensible and down-to-earth; having one's feet on the ground."
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I agree with Dave's take on "well-grounded". In this context it is associated with sound ethics.
    Fair enough. Could you explain why you think that "well grounded" in this context doesn't mean "having a good basic understanding (of a certain field etc.)" because I don't see it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Fair enough. Could you explain why you think that "well grounded" in this context doesn't mean "having a good basic understanding (of a certain field etc.)" because I don't see it.
    Like Mike said, it is associated with "ethics" in this passage. You want a person who has a level head and good ethics. "Anding" ethics with a good background in a academic subject doesn't make sense.

    And if you were to say someone was well-grounded in an academic field you would mention the field. You wouldn't talk in general about it. If they meant to say the students had a firm foundation in their chosen field, they would say something like "well-grounded in their fields of study."

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    Default Re: well rounded & well grounded

    I thank you all (Carlo, Dave and Mike)

    I got the overall meaning of the Text, even though I'm still a bit confused about "well grounded" and don't know which opinion is more correct,

    However, I think the Text is not so good and common grammatically, do you agree?

    the Original Text Come from the link
    http://www.tanarata.net


    Thank you again for taking your time




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    Default Re: well rounded & well grounded

    thank you all for helping, I somewhat understood

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve.nabi View Post
    thank you all for helping, I somewhat understood
    If you only somewhat understood, what problems are you still having? We like to know that our answers have been completely understood.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: well rounded & well grounded

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you only somewhat understood, what problems are you still having? We like to know that our answers have been completely understood.
    Thanks a lot for your attention "emsr2d2"
    I understood phrase 'well rounded' but i'm not sure enough about phrase 'well grounded', actually I can not judg about it and need some more clarification
    Thanks again


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