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    [Grammar] keep sth as adj+a/an+n as

    Yet banks’ reluctance to close down businesses that are not profitable “keeps decent industry-level returns as remote a prospect as ever” What is the grammar in "keep .. as ... as ever"? I only know it means "keeps ... very far away/out of reach. etc"
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    [Grammar] Please help with this sentence. Thanks

    We have no right more essential than the right to engage in our own political speech. What does the underlined part mean? Your help will be appreciated. Can I put it this way: Our right to engage in our own political speech is more essential than any other right of ours.
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    [General] How to make it good English?

    “If the U.S. government continues with its irresponsible dilatory approach over its debt disease, there will be a day when Uncle Sam busts his borrowing limit while the groaning U.S. economy drifting far beyond redemption,” said the not always perfectly fluent English-language commentary. “In...
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    “? large field." Help listen to the sentence. Thanks.

    Afghanistan has no formal party or primary system * the large field.
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    [General] Help listen to this word. Thanks.

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the opera's business model was *, and neither he nor the city would ride to its rescue.
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    [General] Reconcile...with?

    "To my friends on the right, I ask you to reconcile your commitment to America’s military might with a failure to act when a cause is so plainly just. To my friends on the left, I ask you to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in...
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    [Vocabulary] "farm league"

    Top employers have begun to treat summer internships as something of a farm league. What does "farm league" mean here? some kind of a club? PS: Sorry this post should not be here.
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    [General] Help listen to two sentence.

    1. its manufacturing index in August expanded as fast as *(it could?) since June, 2011 --- 1 by user437283654 on SoundCloud - Hear the world?s sounds 2. the secretary of state made the case ***** on Capitol Hill. --- 2 by user437283654 on SoundCloud - Hear the world?s sounds Thank you for...
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    [Grammar] Where is "that"?

    eg. The targets could include military headquarters, command centers, as well as missile and rocket launch sites the US says were tied to the chemical munitions. 1.Why "that" can be intentionally erased, with the insert "the US says"? eg. It's protesting the exposure of women's skin during the...
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    [General] Could you help me listen to this?

    ...cognitive level is about * a tenth- or eleventh-grader. Thank you so much for your help.
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    why do people pronounce "Mexico-Mehico"?

    I hear that a lot on TV. Is it from Spanish?
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    [General] “credit off-off-balance-sheet”

    "In trying to prevent off-balance-sheet lending, regulators may push credit off-off-balance-sheet." What does "push credit off-off-balance-sheet" mean here? Does it mean "regulators may raise banks' leverage of lending to allow them to lend more money...
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    [General] "justify"

    "It created a template for the GOP's utter abandonment of the balanced-budget policies." Can it be "It is justified for..."? If not, what word can be used here to make the sentence more concise?
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    [Vocabulary] "otherwise" ?

    "You swore an oath to fight for liberty. Now, circumstance has provided you the opportunity to shape the future. Honor that commitment and avert a destiny the world might not otherwise survive." I don't quite understand 'avert...survive'. Could you rephrase that part and tell what "otherwise"...
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    [Vocabulary] midget words?

    investigation---probe support---back courage---guts Are they called "midget words" or "small words"?
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    [Vocabulary] "formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance"

    What are the simpler words for these four big words? Your help will be appreciated.
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    [General] “no one really exited anything”

    They fear that if they start unpicking the loss-making parts, their entire operation might unravel. “If you go back in time, no one really exited anything,” says Jamie Forese, the head of Citi’s institutional-clients group. “People worried that if you limited your geographic reach or product...
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    [General] "were to manufacturing industries"

    The new standard agreements will be every bit as revolutionary for finance as the standardisation of grades of steel, rubber and bolts were to manufacturing industries in the middle of the 19th century. What does the Bold part mean here? What's the connection here? Your answers will be...
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    [General] "post with central counterparties on their derivative transactions"

    Among the biggest at the moment is “collateral management”: helping financial institutions and companies manage the collateral that they are owed or that regulators want them to post with central counterparties on their derivative transactions. Does "with central counterparties" mean by with...
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    [General] Need help on this clip, thanks. Now music, math and science are deeply intertwined with all three descending in some way from *. Your help will be appreciated.