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    Meaning of words

    Dear teachers,

    May I ask what the meanings of the following phrases in blue are, please?

    "WHEN Bill Gates helped to found Microsoft 33 years ago there was a company rule that no employees should work for a boss who wrote worse computer code than they did. Just five years later, with Microsoft choking on its own growth, Mr Gates hired a business manager, Steve Ballmer, who had cut his teeth at Procter & Gamble, which sells soap. The founder had chucked his coding rule out of the window."

    "To choose such formidable new foes in the middle of your life takes bags of self-belief, but it is also pragmatic—and a little poignant."

    (Note: Extracts from the latest edition of Economist on "The meaning of Bill Gates".)
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    Re: Meaning of words

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    Dear teachers,

    May I ask what the meaning of the following phrases in blue are, please?

    "WHEN Bill Gates helped to found Microsoft 33 years ago there was a company rule that no employees should work for a boss who wrote worse computer code than they did. Just five years later, with Microsoft choking on its own growth, Mr Gates hired a business manager, Steve Ballmer, who had cut his teeth at Procter & Gamble, which sells soap. The founder had chucked his coding rule out of the window."

    "To choose such formidable new foes in the middle of your life takes bags of self-belief, but it is also pragmatic—and a little poignant."

    (Note: Extracts from the latest edition of Economist on "The meaning of Bill Gates".)
    "cut his teeth" = learned his business. Comes from a baby who is teething.

    "had chucked his coding rule out of the window" = had hired someone who who wrote bad computer code [refers back to sentence 1 in the extract]

    "a little poignant" = evokes some sadness.

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    Word Order

    "May I ask what the meanings of the following phrases in blue are, please?"

    Can I say,
    "May I ask what are the meanings of the following phrases in blue , please?"

    Where can I find this kind of grammar lesson online? I don't know what it is called in grammar books? Could you tell me its name as well?
    Thanks for advice.

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    Re: Meaning of words

    Yes, you can write the sentence that way.

    This link may help on word order: Word Order in English Sentences

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    Re: Word Order

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    Where can I find this kind of grammar lesson online? I don't know what it is called in grammar books? Could you tell me its name as well?
    Thanks for advice.
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    Re: Word Order

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