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    Dear teachers,
    I have four questions to ask:

    No.1
    Parents who believe a child is ___________ to turn out 'no good', treat the child as if he or she were no good, and often have their fears realized; false belief becomes reality.

    a. destined b. doomed
    The key is 'a'. I think 'b' is also correct. 'a' means they were born to turn out 'no good'. 'b' means outside influence makes them fail. Is that right?

    No.2
    Scientists first________the idea of the atom bomb in the 1930s.
    a. conceived b. considered
    'a' is certainly correct. But what's wrong with 'b' ?

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    The following is error correction:
    In laboratory tests, nutritionists look for the numbers of nutrients patients have in their bodies.
    According to the key 'numbers' should be corrected to 'amounts'. The reason for this is that 'nutrients' is an uncountable noun. This is so confusing that I can't figure it out. My questions are: 1. Why 'amounts' instead of 'amount'? 2. If it is uncountable noun why 'nutrients' which is obviously in plural form?

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    How frequence do you eat a raw vegetable salad?
    According to the key 'frequent' should be corrected to 'often'. My question is: Can I correct it to 'frequent'?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,
    I have four questions to ask:

    No.1
    Parents who believe a child is ___________ to turn out 'no good', treat the child as if he or she were no good, and often have their fears realized; false belief becomes reality.

    a. destined b. doomed
    The key is 'a'. I think 'b' is also correct. 'a' means they were born to turn out 'no good'. 'b' means outside influence makes them fail. Is that right?
    "Destined" has to do with "fate", either good or bad. "Doomed" can also have to do with fate, but only bad. I agree that both are correct.

    No.2
    Scientists first________the idea of the atom bomb in the 1930s.
    a. conceived b. considered
    'a' is certainly correct. But what's wrong with 'b' ?
    One can "conceive" an idea. One can also consider an idea conceived by someone else. Because the subject is the generalized "scientists", I would choose A. It is likely that the idea was conceived by one group of scientists or another.


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    The following is error correction:
    In laboratory tests, nutritionists look for the numbers of nutrients patients have in their bodies.
    According to the key 'numbers' should be corrected to 'amounts'. The reason for this is that 'nutrients' is an uncountable noun. This is so confusing that I can't figure it out. My questions are: 1. Why 'amounts' instead of 'amount'? 2. If it is uncountable noun why 'nutrients' which is obviously in plural form?
    Your confusion is understandable. Nutrients is obviously a countable noun, as it is in the plural. The reason for amounts here is that the level/amount of each nutrient is important. "Number(s)" of nutrients would refer to counting the nutrients, rather than measuring them.

    calcium - 700 mg
    potassium - 200 mg
    sodium - 400 mg

    The number of nutrients would be three. The amounts of nutrients would be the individual values.

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    How frequence do you eat a raw vegetable salad?
    According to the key 'frequent' should be corrected to 'often'. My question is: Can I correct it to 'frequent'?
    You can correct it to "frequently" -- an adverb. :wink:

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    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,
    I have four questions to ask:

    No.1
    Parents who believe a child is ___________ to turn out 'no good', treat the child as if he or she were no good, and often have their fears realized; false belief becomes reality.

    a. destined b. doomed
    The key is 'a'. I think 'b' is also correct. 'a' means they were born to turn out 'no good'. 'b' means outside influence makes them fail. Is that right?

    No.2
    Scientists first________the idea of the atom bomb in the 1930s.
    a. conceived b. considered
    'a' is certainly correct. But what's wrong with 'b' ?

    No.3

    The following is error correction:
    In laboratory tests, nutritionists look for the numbers of nutrients patients have in their bodies.
    According to the key 'numbers' should be corrected to 'amounts'. The reason for this is that 'nutrients' is an uncountable noun. This is so confusing that I can't figure it out. My questions are: 1. Why 'amounts' instead of 'amount'? 2. If it is uncountable noun why 'nutrients' which is obviously in plural form?

    No.4

    How frequence do you eat a raw vegetable salad?
    According to the key 'frequent' should be corrected to 'often'. My question is: Can I correct it to 'frequent'?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang
    You're very welcome. :wink:

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