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    boost/mull/concede

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    The United States is also boosting its aid efforts. More than 2,200 Marines arrived aboard the amphibious ship USS Bataan, boosting overall US troop numbers to 7,000 either in Haiti or offshore.

    boost = increase or raise

    After this initial boost, recruiting will fall off again.

    boost = encouragement

    We have to give him a boost.

    boost = the act of giving hope or support to someone
    Germany mulls boosting troop levels in Afghanistan.


    The committee have mulled over your suggestion but have decided not to accept it because of the cost.

    I have to mull over your notion.

    mull = reflect deeply on a subject; think over; ponder; mull-over

    Jackie Smith concedes that the WSF could have had a greater impact on policies of economic globalization, but she says where the movement has made the greatest progress is in the minds of the population.

    concede = admit; make a public avowal

    The former president conceded the election to the opposing party.

    The athlete conceded when he saw that he had lost.

    concede = acknowledge defeat

    The defeated nation conceded some of their land to the enemy.

    concede = give up; yield; surrender

    I concede that I might have been wrong.

    concede = confess

    He conceded ten points to his opponent.

    concede = grant

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: boost/mull/concede

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    The United States is also boosting its aid efforts. More than 2,200 Marines arrived aboard the amphibious ship USS Bataan, boosting overall US troop numbers to 7,000 either in Haiti or offshore.

    boost = increase or raise or to improve something, the first one indicates ‘improvement’ and the second means ‘increase’

    After this initial boost, recruiting will fall off again.

    boost = encouragement = a push upward

    We have to give him a boost.

    boost = the act of giving hope or support to someone
    Germany mulls boosting troop levels in Afghanistan.


    The committee have mulled over your suggestion but have decided not to accept it because of the cost.

    I have to mull over your notion.

    mull = reflect deeply on a subject; think over; ponder; mull-over=to consider carefully

    Jackie Smith concedes that the WSF could have had a greater impact on policies of economic globalization, but she says where the movement has made the greatest progress is in the minds of the population.

    concede = admit; make a public avowal = to acknowledge as true

    The former president conceded the election to the opposing party.

    The athlete conceded when he saw that he had lost.

    concede = acknowledge defeat

    The defeated nation conceded some of their land to the enemy.

    concede = give up; yield; surrender

    I concede that I might have been wrong.

    concede = confess

    He conceded ten points to his opponent.

    concede = grant

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    All seem correct.

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