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    Hi,

    I've just found out this forum, and it definitely looks promising to me!
    I'm french, and I've been an English enthusiast for several years, mainly learning from books. I often missed a native speaker to answer usage questions, when to use one word or the other with similar meaning etc.
    You can expect a great deal of post from me

    Here are my first questions:
    - what's the difference between "my speech went down rather well" and "my speech came across rather well" ?
    - ... between "conceited" and "supercilious" ?
    - ... between "hamper" and "hinder" ?
    - ... between "sneer" and "spurn" ?
    - ... between pull up/down/in/over (for a vehicle) ?

    Thanks in advance!

    FRC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Hi,

    I've just found out this forum, and it definitely looks promising to me!
    I'm french, and I've been an English enthusiast for several years, mainly learning from books. I often missed a native speaker to answer usage questions, when to use one word or the other with similar meaning etc.
    You can expect a great deal of post from me

    Here are my first questions:
    - what's the difference between "my speech went down rather well" and "my speech came across rather well" ?
    It's a matter of perspective. The first might be said by the speaker, but only a listener could tell you (the speaker) how something came across.

    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    - ... between "conceited" and "supercilious" ?
    While they certainly do go together, they are not the same. (Certainly, a conceited person might be supercilious.) A conceited person is overly concerned with his or her self, while a supercilious person looks down his or her nose at others. ("Supercilious" is from Latin. It refers to raising one's eyebrows in disapproval.)


    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    - ... between "hamper" and "hinder" ?
    Those are so close in meaning as to be nearly interchangeable. I'll let Mike handle it.

    :wink:

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    - ... between "sneer" and "spurn" ?
    To sneer at somebody is to show disapproval. To spurn somebody is to reject that person.

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    ... between pull up/down/in/over (for a vehicle) ?


    As far as I know, only "pull up" and "pull over" are used. To "pull up" someplace is to stop your car there. To "pull over" is to stop your car by the side of the road, usually in response to a police order.

    :)

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    Thank you for your answers,

    To sneer at somebody is to show disapproval. To spurn somebody is to reject that person.
    Do they both convey some lack of respect?

    FRC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Thank you for your answers,

    To sneer at somebody is to show disapproval. To spurn somebody is to reject that person.
    Do they both convey some lack of respect?

    FRC
    Yes, I would say so. Especially sneer. I suppose you could turn somebody down politely. To spurn somebody does seem to indicate a certain amoungt of rudeness.

    :)

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    TY!

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    Default Re: A newbie with usage questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Hi,

    I've just found out this forum, and it definitely looks promising to me!
    I'm french, and I've been an English enthusiast for several years, mainly learning from books. I often missed a native speaker to answer usage questions, when to use one word or the other with similar meaning etc.
    You can expect a great deal of post from me

    Here are my first questions:
    - what's the difference between "my speech went down rather well" and "my speech came across rather well" ?
    - ... between "conceited" and "supercilious" ?
    - ... between "hamper" and "hinder" ?
    - ... between "sneer" and "spurn" ?
    - ... between pull up/down/in/over (for a vehicle) ?

    Thanks in advance!

    FRC
    Ron has done a good job with your questions. I just want to say that your English is excellent and comes across as quite polished. :wink:

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    I think your english is ouite good even though you say you are French.

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