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    another way of expressing

    Dear teachers,

    There are three original sentences as well as their adequate modifications.

    Would you be kind enough to examine the correctness of the undertaken paraphrasing?

    1.1. It is not so easy to set things right. It will take some doing.
    1.2. It is not so easy to set things right. It will be quite an effort.
    1.3. It is not so easy to set things right. It will take up a lot of our time and energy.

    2.1. We all went to the cafeteria across the road at recess.
    2.2. We all went to the cafeteria across the road during the break.
    2.3. We all went to the cafeteria across the road at interval.

    3.1. In the innermost recess of my heart I felt I was unjust.
    3.2. Deep down in my heart I felt I was unjust.
    3.3. At the bottom of my heart I felt I was unjust.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards.

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    Re: another way of expressing

    1.1. It is not so easy to set things right. It will take some doing.
    1.2. It is not so easy to set things right. It will be quite an effort.
    1.3. It is not so easy to set things right. It will take up a lot of our time and energy.


    2.1. We all went to the cafeteria across the road at recess. <school>
    2.2. We all went to the cafeteria across the road during the break. <school>
    2.3. We all went to the cafeteria across the road at the interval.


    3.1. In the innermost recess of my heart I felt I was unjust.
    3.2. Deep down in my heart I felt I was unjust.
    3.3. At the bottom of my heart I felt I was unjust.

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    Re: another way of expressing

    Hi Soup,

    Thank you for your assiduous verification.

    Concerning 2.3 and 3.3 I rely without reservation on your perfect native instinct.

    Many thanks for your backing up.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: another way of expressing

    Just a quick note to say that "recess" (at least in the US) is associated with school. Usually there's recess after lunch, and the children play in the playground or gymnasium.

    Courts also talk about having a "recess" - a break in the proceedings. Sometimes the court will "recess" until the next day. Sometimes they will do it only for lunch.

    I think - but I'm not sure - that what we call the intermission in the US is the interval in the UK. That's the period between the acts in a play when you can stand up, leave the theater, use the restroom, get something to drink, etc. They last about 10 or 15 minutes.

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    Re: another way of expressing

    Hi Barb_D,

    Thank you for your seconding. Thank you also for your further directions.

    I’m not a NES, but I know that “recess” means “a pause or interval, as from work or duty” especially at schools. I know also its synonyms “break” and “interval”. And what is more there is a term “a recess interval”. There are the following synonyms in my Dictionary concerning the term in question: “break”, “intermission”, “pause”, “period”,“spell”,”interruption”, “time-out”.

    I agree with you: interval (BE), intermission (AE), entr'acte (musical)

    Thank you for your kindness.

    Regards.

    V

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    Re: another way of expressing

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi Barb_D,

    Thank you for your seconding. Thank you also for your further directions.

    I’m not a NES, but I know that “recess” means “a pause or interval, as from work or duty” especially at schools. I know also its synonyms “break” and “interval”. And what is more there is a term “a recess interval”. There are the following synonyms in my Dictionary concerning the term in question: “break”, “intermission”, “pause”, “period”,“spell”,”interruption”, “time-out”.

    I agree with you: interval (BE), intermission (AE), entr'acte (musical)

    Thank you for your kindness.



    Regards.

    V
    Hi just a bit more "nitpicking" I'm afraid, but "entr'acte" is French and it means a break in a performance, not necessarily musical.

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    Re: another way of expressing

    OK 1.1. It is not so easy to set things right. It will take some doing.
    OK 1.2. It is not so easy to set things right. It will be quite an effort.
    OK 1.3. It is not so easy to set things right. It will take up a lot of our time and energy.

    OK 2.1. We all went to the cafeteria across the road at recess.
    OK 2.2. We all went to the cafeteria across the road during the break.
    ?? 2.3. We all went to the cafeteria across the road at interval. (not American)

    ?? 3.1. In the innermost recess of my heart I felt I was unjust. (If I said it, it would probably be plural: the innermost recesses of the heart, of the psyche...)
    OK 3.2. Deep down in my heart I felt I was unjust.
    ?? 3.3. At the bottom of my heart I felt I was unjust. (At sounds strange to me here. From the bottom of my heart is an expression: I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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    Re: another way of expressing

    Quote Originally Posted by vivemafille View Post
    ?? 2.3. We all went to the cafeteria across the road at interval. (not American)

    ?? 3.1. In the innermost recess of my heart I felt I was unjust. (If I said it, it would probably be plural: the innermost recesses of the heart, of the psyche...)
    ?? 3.3. At the bottom of my heart I felt I was unjust. (At sounds strange to me here. From the bottom of my heart is an expression: I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    I agree with VMF about plural for "recesses" in the sense of "a hidden, secret, or secluded place or part" (Merriam-Webster). I too would say "the innermost recesses of my heart".

    2.3 I would say "during the interval" (best) or "in the interval" (may not be strictly correct). I would not say "at interval".

    Also agree, the idiom is "from the bottom of my heart".
    (British native but not a teacher).

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    Re: another way of expressing

    Hi bhaisahab,

    Thank you again for your special vigilance. I’m afraid this time a little far-fetched.

    I know that "entr'acte" is French and it means a break in a performance (an interval between two acts of a theatrical performance). But on the other hand it means “another performance, as of music or dance, provided between two acts of a theatrical performance”. There are a few more words which will enrich your knowledge. “Entr’ance” also means: “a brief show (music or dance etc) performed between the sections of another performance”. In traditional theatre also incidental music could be used to bridge the 'closed curtain' periods: as well in Ballet, Opera and Drama there is a rich tradition of such musical interludes.
    The German word for this kind of interludes (Verwandlungsmusik) still refers to its original function during changing of the scene. Eventually entr'actes (or intermezzi) would develop into a separate genre of short theatrical realisations (often with a plot completely independent from the main piece), that could be produced with a minimum of requisites during intermissions of other elaborate theatre pieces (thus distinctly intended to break the action with something of a different mood, e.g. comedy or dance; also allowing the chief players of the main piece to have a break).

    Thank you for your patience.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: another way of expressing

    Hi vil,
    You are right up to a point, but it does not always mean 'a musical interlude' but can mean a simple break.


    Noun1.entr'acte - the interlude between two acts of a playinterlude - an intervening period or episode

    2.entr'acte - a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance

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