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    loophole/cutting edge drugs/seal

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to revise the following sentences?

    He said that in recent years many loopholes in security had been closed, but that legislation could not eliminate human error.

    loophole = an ambiguity (especially one in the text of a law or contract) that makes it possible to evade a difficulty or obligation

    A loophole is a weakness or exception that allows a system, such as a law or security, to be circumvented or otherwise avoided.

    Even with cutting edge drugs and therapies available today, those who suffer with joint pain have had limited options to relieve and comfort their joints.

    cutting edge = in accord with the most fashionable ideas or style
    cutting efge drugs = drugs which at the cutting edge of modern medical treatment.

    The gas pipe has been sealed off to prevent escapes.

    seal off = make tight; secure against leakage

    Police have sealed off the street where the gunman is hiding.

    The police sealed off the area after the bomb threat was received.

    seal off = impose a blockade on

    I stamped and sealed all the envelopes ready for posting.

    seal an envelope = to close an envelope by sticking down the top edge

    Let me add a few words to the letter before you seal the envelope up.

    You'd better seal up that hole in the wall.

    seal up = close tightly

    And with my hand I seal my true heart's love.

    seal = to set or affix a seal to; to confirm; to ratify; to establish; as, to seal a deed

    Seal up your lips, and give no words but ``mum''.

    seal up = to shut close; to keep close; to keep secure or secret

    Search warrants in the case of a 28-year-old Utah woman missing for three weeks have been sealed.

    The 3rd District Court clerk's office said Monday that the search warrants have been sealed by a judge.

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: loophole/cutting edge drugs/seal

    Let me add a few words to the letter before you seal the envelope up.- I wouldn't use 'up'

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