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    in and about

    Dear teachers,

    1. There was something ______ the man's voice that sounded familiar.
    a. about b. in

    The key is 'a' but I think both are correct. Is that right?

    2. Until he took off his galsses________.

    a. I didn't recognize him b. I hadn't recognized him

    The key should be 'a'. Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    hello dear Jiang

    for question no. 1: i think both can be used.
    s.th in means that he is strangely atractive.
    sth about can mean in every field, in dressing, the way he speaks, ...

    but about the second field, i thind choice B is better.

    hope i was wright

    Matilda

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    Re: in and about

    1 I think that both are OK.
    2 I prefer 'didn't' because the moment of recognition was simulataneous with the removal of the glasses. The logic behind your choice of b) is correct, but usage steers me to a).

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    Re: in and about

    Hi matilda,
    Thank you very much for your reply.
    Best wishes,
    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by matilda
    hello dear Jiang

    for question no. 1: i think both can be used.
    s.th in means that he is strangely atractive.
    sth about can mean in every field, in dressing, the way he speaks, ...

    but about the second field, i thind choice B is better.

    hope i was wright

    Matilda

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    Re: in and about

    Dear tdol,
    No. 1. Could you explain the difference between the two?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    1 I think that both are OK.
    2 I prefer 'didn't' because the moment of recognition was simulataneous with the removal of the glasses. The logic behind your choice of b) is correct, but usage steers me to a).

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    Re: in and about

    Nott much, but 'in his voice' would refer to a specific characteristic and not the voice as a whole.

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    Oh, I see. Thanks!

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Nott much, but 'in his voice' would refer to a specific characteristic and not the voice as a whole.

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