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    Dear teachers,

    1) Would please give me an example where the word “odd” means 'from time to time'?
    2) a wishing-well.
    Is it a type of well or a type of wish? An example please?

    3) Would you please give me sentences with the collocations :
    a- burning desire
    b- blazing row
    c- heavy smoker
    d- devoted friend
    e- golden opportunity

    (this is NOT a homework - Can I say “a” homework ?)

    Thanks a million.
    Hela

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    1) Would please give me an example where the word “odd” means 'from time to time'?

    I'm not a heavy drinker, but I do enjoy the odd glass of wine.

    2) a wishing-well.
    Is it a type of well or a type of wish? An example please?
    It's a well where you throw a coin in and make a wish.

    3) Would you please give me sentences with the collocations :
    a- burning desire
    I have a burning desire to make a million.
    b- blazing row
    My girlfriend and I had a blazing row when she found out I'd lied to her.
    c- heavy smoker
    He smokes forty cigarettes a day- he's a heavy smoker.
    d- devoted friend
    A devoted friend will never let you down.
    e- golden opportunity
    The job advert looks fantastic- it's a golden opportunity for me to get the position I really want.
    Quote Originally Posted by hela
    (this is NOT a homework - Can I say “a” homework ?)
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    Thank you VERY much for you help, TDOL!

    See you soon,
    Hela

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    Learn anything new, Hela?

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    Dear Mister Micawber,

    Do you have the feeling that I am not learning a lot? That's quite possible since I keep on asking the same questions. But this might also show that, at least, I am trying hard, an't I? ("an't I" correct spelling ?)

    Still more questions though: Would you please give me sentences with the following collocations?

    a) topsy-turvy

    b) (feel) a stiff breeze

    c) rise to the occasion

    d) a smooth talker

    I hope you're not too bored with me yet!
    See you very soon!

    Hela

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    You're a real smooth talker, Hela.

    a) topsy-turvy: 'My world's gone topsy-turvy since I fell in love-- I don't know whether I'm coming or going!'

    b) (feel) a stiff breeze: 'Feeling a stiff breeze out of the southeast, we took advantage of it, hoisted the staysail and headed up the coast at a brisk 8 knots'.

    c) rise to the occasion: 'Although normally a modest, self-effacing man, my father could always rise to the occasion and offer a very grandiose toast at important celebrations like Christmas or New Year's dinner.'

    d) a smooth talker: 'My uncle is a real smooth talker: he could sell a refrigerator to an Eskimo.'

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    Dear Mr Micawber,

    Thank you very much for your help.

    What is the exact meaning of "smooth talker" ? Is it someone who could make you believe anything he wants ?

    Best regards,
    Hela

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    A smooth talker is someone who talks convincingly and says the things you would like to hear.

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    Thank you for the definition Mr Micawber.

    All the best,
    Hela

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