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    Dear teachers,

    There are a few triads of sentences. Would you be kind enough to examine the correctness of the undertaken paraphrasing?

    1.1. I bear you no malice.
    1.2. I bear you no grudge.
    1.3. I bear you no ill-will.

    2.1. There is more in it than meets the eye.
    2.2. there is more in it than can be seen at first glance.

    3.1. There is ample room for improvement.
    3.2. It is by no means perfect.
    3.3. It leaves much to be desired.

    4.1. There was ample time to get things in.
    4.2. There was enough time to get things in.
    4.3. There was sufficient time to get things in.

    5.1. I donít feel equal to it today.
    5.2. I donít feel like doing it today.
    5.3. I am not able to cope with it today.

    6.1. She was on the verge of tears.
    6.2. She was ready to burst into tear.
    6.3. She was about to burst into tears.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards.

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    Default Re: paraphrasing of six sentences

    Hi Vil,
    My comments are below.
    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    There are a few triads of sentences. Would you be kind enough to examine the correctness of the undertaken paraphrasing?

    1.1. I bear you no malice.
    1.2. I bear you no grudge.
    1.3. I bear you no ill-will.

    This grouping makes sensne to me.

    2.1. There is more in it than meets the eye.
    2.2. There is more in it than can be seen at first glance.

    Was there not a third for this one? Anyway, good paraphrase.

    3.1. There is ample room for improvement.
    3.2. It is by no means perfect.
    3.3. It leaves much to be desired.

    3.3 is far more negative. 3.1 and 3.2 can indicate that it's "pretty good but not perfect" but 3.3 makes it sound like it's barely useful.

    4.1. There was ample time to get things in.
    4.2. There was more than enough time to get things in.
    4.3. There was sufficient time to get things in.

    Your original 4.2 and 4.3 were quite similar, but don't carry the "more than enough" meaning. My father used to have a phrase "an elegant sufficiency, bordering on an over-abundance." If you want the original 4.2 and 4.3 meaning, then use adequate instead of ample.

    5.1. I donít feel equal to it today.
    5.2. I donít feel like doing it today.
    5.3. I am not able to cope with it today.

    These are not very simliar. Maybe 5.1 and 5.3 are similar, but not wanting to is not the same as not feeling up to it.

    6.1. She was on the verge of tears.
    6.2. She was ready to burst into tear.
    6.3. She was about to burst into tears.

    Okay - "about to" is more imminent than "ready to."

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Default Re: paraphrasing of six sentences

    Hi Barb_D,

    Thank you for your studious examination.

    Was there not a third for this one? Anyway, good paraphrase.
    Thank you for your provocative question. There are still two versions.
    There is more in it than can be seen at first blush.
    There is more in it than can be seen at a glimpse.

    3.3 is far more negative. 3.1 and 3.2 can indicate that it's "pretty good but not perfect" but 3.3 makes it sound like it's barely useful.

    I agree with your reasoning.
    Really and truly ďleaves much to be desiredĒ is an idiom with the following meaning: (leave a great deal or much to be desired) .ĒBe imperfect or unsatisfactoryĒ. As in:

    His account of the election leaves a lot to be desired.
    This usage can also be put in a more positive way, that is, leave nothing to be desired, meaning "to be perfectly satisfactory," as in

    His account leaves nothing to be desired.

    Your original 4.2 and 4.3 were quite similar, but don't carry the "more than enough" meaning. My father used to have a phrase "an elegant sufficiency, bordering on an over-abundance." If you want the original 4.2 and 4.3 meaning, then use adequate instead of ample.

    Thank you for adequate (competent) admonition. I will follow your advice.

    These are not very simliar. Maybe 5.1 and 5.3 are similar, but not wanting to is not the same as not feeling up to it.
    I donít feel like doing anything

    December 1st, 2007 ó sragavan
    For the past 2 months, either me or my wife or my son was sick and down with cold and flu. My son had recurring 3-4 days of flu for almost three times over the last month and I almost took 2 week vacation to get him better. I was back from my vacation during last week. Just a few days after I returned from my vacation, his flu started again (last friday, Nov 23). Till now he was down with fever and yesterday I got him hospitalized him at Apollo. All the tests related to flu failed and the doctor concluded that it is FUO (Fever of Unidentified Origin) and then the doctor requested for an abdominal CT Scan and that too turned to be all fine and finally we did a chest x-ray to see that it is some sort of Pneumonia. I was so worried he had non-stop fever of 102+ F for almost 8 days and no signs of coming down. Just after the test, the doctor started an anti-biotic and Iím hoping that his fever should come down in a few days. Doctor advised us to keep him at hospital for atleast 5 days. I donít feel like doing anything
    I think that I donít feel like doing anything = I am not able to cope with this wretched situation under the present circumstances.

    Thank you again for your dedicated character.

    Regards.

    V

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    Default Re: paraphrasing of six sentences

    Hi again,

    I'm not sure that "in a glimpse" is very idiomatic. It has the same overall meaning, to be sure, but I'm not sure I've heard it used that way. "...at first blush" is good.

    I see what you mean about "I don't feel like doing anything" as being applicable when you've been sick for a while.

    But right now, I need to summarize a seminar I attended, and frankly, I don't want to. It wasn't great but I have to good give reasons why, and I just don't feel like it.

    So for 5.2, how about this: I just don't have it in me to do that today.

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    Default Re: paraphrasing of six sentences

    Hi Barb_D,

    Thank you again for your helpful directions. I agree with your concluding modification of the expression ďdonít feel like doing itĒ.

    Regards.

    V.

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