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    Quote Originally Posted by smee1
    It is going to be an oral exam next thursday and I think that if I tell the examinator "She would have liked them to have been taller, slimmer and as intelligent as science could manage" it is going to be good.
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    Firstly, they're called examiners. For an oral, use shortened forms to make it sound more natural:

    She'd've liked thum tuh-uv bin taller, slimmer and us intelligunt us science could manage.

    The small words should be stressed less. I have used the letter 'u' to indicate the schwa sound, the unstressed vowel sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smee1
    It is going to be an oral exam next thursday and I think that if I tell the examinator "She would have liked them to have been taller, slimmer and as intelligent as science could manage" it is going to be good.
    That is good, but I think the one I came up with later is even better, thus:
    • She would have liked them to have been slimmer, taller and as intelligent as science could make them.

    What do you think?

    (I am fairly sure that the word is examiner.)

    I wish you well.

    :)

    P.S. Tdol left the ex off of examiners.

    :wink:

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    Dear RonBee and Tdol,
    I agree on the use of "to make" instead of "to manage". I think that "to manage" aims at hability and "to make" at accomplishment and I am already expressing hability by the modal "could". What do you think?

    To the word "examiner" I finally found it in my issue of Longman dictionary but anything about "aminer" I bet Tdol will say something about it. Perhaps it belongs to some kind of students' slang.

    Forgive me for the word "examinator" I sort of invented it to make this short because, in my English level, we are familiar to say "the person who gives the exam" and it seemed too long.

    Thank you.
    Jorge

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    The 'ex' seems to have been swallowed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smee1
    Dear RonBee and Tdol,
    I agree on the use of "to make" instead of "to manage". I think that "to manage" aims at hability and "to make" at accomplishment and I am already expressing hability by the modal "could". What do you think?
    Um, do you mean ability? (Your analysis seems logical enough to me.)


    Quote Originally Posted by smee1
    Forgive me for the word "examinator" I sort of invented it to make this short because, in my English level, we are familiar to say "the person who gives the exam" and it seemed too long.
    We would say used to when talking about something we are accustomed to doing.

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