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    Dear teachers,

    I have four questions to ask:
    No.1

    I'd like to make sure I undersand the difference between 'take advantage of' and 'make use of'. We must make full use of the time. I can't replace the underlined part with 'take advantage of' because the latter means 'to make use for gain' and I can't gain something from time. Is that right?

    No.2
    She spoke for the _____ that they three had all lost the _______ to work during the spring break and they needed a good long rest.

    a. team; desire b. group; interest
    c. company; inclination d. gang; intention
    The key is 'c' but I think all of the choices are correct. Could you please explain them to me?

    No.3
    In all cases, two people like one another and ednjoy being together, byt beyond that, he degree of intimacy between them and the reasons for their interest vary enormously.
    a. common b. mutual
    The key is 'b'. No problem. 'b' isn't correct because it can only mean 'more than two people'. Is that right?

    No.4
    Initially, much depends on how people meet, and on _________ first impressions.
    a. favorable b. unforgettable
    'a' is correct. No problem. Could you please explain if I could choose 'b'. If I can't then why?

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

    Jiang

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    Default Re: take advantage etc.

    1 I think it would depend on the context; I could take advantage of time if I used a few spare minutes to go outside for a cigarette, which wouldn't be making full use of it.

    2 I can't see what's wrong with a). B) would be 'lost interest in' and d) doesn't really collocate for me.

    3 'mutual interest' can exist for two people, but often carries the idea of reciprocating rather than sharing

    4 It's much too dramatic for me; you'd make an unforgettable impression on someone if you walked into the room and set your hair on fire, but it probably wouldn't be favourable.

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    Default Re: take advantage etc.

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    Dear Tdol,
    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    No.2
    Can I use 'to work' as an attribute?

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

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    1 I think it would depend on the context; I could take advantage of time if I used a few spare minutes to go outside for a cigarette, which wouldn't be making full use of it.

    2 I can't see what's wrong with a). B) would be 'lost interest in' and d) doesn't really collocate for me.

    3 'mutual interest' can exist for two people, but often carries the idea of reciprocating rather than sharing

    4 It's much too dramatic for me; you'd make an unforgettable impression on someone if you walked into the room and set your hair on fire, but it probably wouldn't be favourable.

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    Default Re: take advantage etc.

    Jiang, what do you be mean by attribute?

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    Sorry. It should be attributive.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Jiang, what do you be mean by attribute?

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