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    Dear teachers,


    I have three questions to ask:

    No.1
    Al his plan for starting his own business fell________.
    a. through b. down
    The key is 'a'. No problem. But 'b' also means 'fail'. Could you please explain why I can't choose 'b'?

    No.2
    It was suggested that all government ministers should _______ information on their financial interests.
    a. uncover b. tell c. disclose
    The key is 'b'. But I think it should be 'c'. Is that right?

    No.3
    Everyone who has visitedt he city agrees that it is _______ with life.
    a. vibrant b. energetic
    The key is 'b'. But I feel it should be 'a'. The problem is I can't find the phrase ' energetic with'. Nor can I find 'vibrant with' in my dicitonaries. Could you please explain which is the key?

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

    Jiang

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    Default Re: fall through and fall down; etc.

    No1. Fall down in that sense means to lag in performance, whereas fall though means to fail.

    No2. c. disclose sounds right to me too.

    No3. Both sound kind of off to me, a. vibrant more so than b. energetic. To me, the latter refers to color, whereas energetic can and does refer to life; e.g., The city is full of energy; it's energetic with life. It still sounds odd, but not ungrammatical. Could be just me.

    All the best.

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    Dear Cas,
    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    No.1
    So only 'fall through' is correct?
    No.3
    Did you mean 'the former refers to color'?

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    No1. Fall down in that sense means to lag in performance, whereas fall though means to fail.

    No2. c. disclose sounds right to me too.

    No3. Both sound kind of off to me, a. vibrant more so than b. energetic. To me, the latter refers to color, whereas energetic can and does refer to life; e.g., The city is full of energy; it's energetic with life. It still sounds odd, but not ungrammatical. Could be just me.

    All the best.

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    Sorry. Thank you. Yes, I erred. (It's late.) The former, color, is vibrant; city lights are vibrant; the city is full of energy; it's enegetic.

    All the best.

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    Dear Cas,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.
    Sorry to keep you working late.

    Have a good night.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Sorry. Thank you. Yes, I erred. (It's late.) The former, color, is vibrant; city lights are vibrant; the city is full of energy; it's enegetic.

    All the best.

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