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    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1
    Bernard James was a scientist. To be __________ he was an ornithologist.
    a. accurate b. exact c. precise
    The key is 'b'. By looking them up in my dictionary I only have a rough idea of each. But I am not sure whether my understand is correct or not. Could you please kindly see if my explanations are correct or not?

    'presise ' is used in contract etc.
    'accurate' lays stress on whether it is true or not.
    'exact' is difficult for me.

    No.2
    The group soon decided to find a clearing in the forest _________ they could make camp for the night.
    a. where b. wherein
    The key is 'a'. No problem. But why isn't 'b' correct? Can I understand it as 'in the forest'?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1
    Bernard James was a scientist. To be __________ he was an ornithologist.
    a. accurate b. exact c. precise
    The key is 'b'. By looking them up in my dictionary I only have a rough idea of each. But I am not sure whether my understand is correct or not. Could you please kindly see if my explanations are correct or not?

    'presise ' is used in contract etc.
    'accurate' lays stress on whether it is true or not.
    'exact' is difficult for me.

    No.2
    The group soon decided to find a clearing in the forest _________ they could make camp for the night.
    a. where b. wherein
    The key is 'a'. No problem. But why isn't 'b' correct? Can I understand it as 'in the forest'?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    I am beginning to doubt that your exercise book was written by a NES.

    1. "Accurate" is incorrect, because "scientist" was already accurate.
    Both of the other two are correct. They have almost identical meanings in this use -- clearly and accurately delineated.

    2. As far as I am concerned, wherein would work in #2. It would refer to "clearing".

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    Dear Mike,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I understand them.
    Yes, all the exercise books are written by Chinese. The texts were always written by native speakers but the exercises are not.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I am beginning to doubt that your exercise book was written by a NES.

    1. "Accurate" is incorrect, because "scientist" was already accurate.
    Both of the other two are correct. They have almost identical meanings in this use -- clearly and accurately delineated.

    2. As far as I am concerned, wherein would work in #2. It would refer to "clearing".

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post

    Dear Mike,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I understand them.
    Yes, all the exercise books are written by Chinese. The texts were always written by native speakers but the exercises are not.

    Jiang
    You're welcome.

    That explains everything. They still lead to interesting discussions.

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    Default Re: accurate etc

    'In the forest wherein' doesn't seem right to me.

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    Dear curmudgeon,

    I have got different answers now. Could you please explain why?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    'In the forest wherein' doesn't seem right to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    'In the forest wherein' doesn't seem right to me.
    Sounds like it was written by Paul McCartney, the composer of the unforgettable line: "But in this ever changing world in which we live in."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear curmudgeon,

    I have got different answers now. Could you please explain why?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    As Ouisch points out, there is no need to repeat. Using 'wherein' after 'in' is unnecessary (in my opinion)

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    Dear Quisch
    I can't understand you. But I know ' in which we live in' is incorrect. But my sentence is different with this. So could you please kindly explain if 'wherein' is correct or not?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Sounds like it was written by Paul McCartney, the composer of the unforgettable line: "But in this ever changing world in which we live in."

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    No, I've read it again and Mike is right. Yes they were in the forest but it was the clearing wherein they made camp

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