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    What does well mean in this sentence?

    The superb screen shows the redesigned menu system well and is good for watching films, although not as good as the Apple machine.
    And what is Apple machine ?

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    Re: What does well mean in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by usignolo View Post
    The superb screen shows the redesigned menu system well and is good for watching films, although not as good as the Apple machine.
    And what is Apple machine ?

    Thanks in advance,
    Max.
    First, the question asked in the title of this thread is impossible to answer. Understanding a sentence isn't a simple matter of translating each word in it and adding all the 'meanings' to it. An utterance has a meaning, and the words in it are one of the things that contribute to that meaning; the context supplies the rest - though by 'context' I include things like intonation and expectations as well.

    In that sentence, what the 'word' well does is modify the verb 'show'. 'Machine' is often used in IT to refer to computers - especially when there's a chance that readers will assume that it's either an IBM PC or a clone running a Windows operating system.

    This looks as if it comes from a review of a laptop with Windows Vista pre-installed ('redesigned menu'). The reviewer - like most Apple-users - 'damns with faint praise': 'It's quite good, but still not as good as an Apple Macintosh [more probably, a MacBook].'

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    Re: What does well mean in this sentence?

    Many thanks for a very informative answer!!!
    "In that sentence, what the 'word' well does is modify the verb 'show'."
    I`m very glad to hear that because it means that I understood and translated this sentence into Russian correctly.
    This sentence is from a free newspaper "The London Lite"(Friday, 8 August 2008)
    The article is called "BlackBerry Boldly goes into battle with Apple`s iPhone."
    Actually, you were right.)
    I have a little request for you: if I have any mistakes in my answer, please, let me know. It`s very important for me.

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    Re: What does well mean in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by usignolo View Post
    Many thanks for a very informative answer!!!
    "In that sentence, what the 'word' well does is modify the verb 'show'."
    I`m very glad to hear that because it means that I understood and translated this sentence into Russian correctly.
    This sentence is from a free newspaper "The London Lite"(Friday, 8 August 2008)
    The article is called "BlackBerry Boldly goes into battle with Apple`s iPhone."
    Actually, you were right.)
    I have a little request for you: if I have any mistakes in my answer, please, let me know. It`s very important for me.
    Will do (= shorthand for 'I will do that'). But your answer was fine.

    You may not have noticed that 'boldly go' is a reference to the introductory words to the Star Trek series; it's suggestive of an epic, heroic attempt.

    b

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