Results 1 to 2 of 2
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Bulgarian
      • Home Country:
      • Bulgaria
      • Current Location:
      • Bulgaria

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,000
    #1

    up to the mark/ to stay afloat

    Dear teachers,

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

    The ancient towns of the present-day Russian struggle to stay afloat in today’s hard reality.

    Hence, if the website is not up to the mark, it can be extremely difficult for the company to stay afloat in the market for a very long time ...

    Vietnam shipbuilder fights to stay afloat.

    up to the mark = satisfactory, up to a given standard

    afloat = is in the move, in circulation (of bills and other negotiable instruments)

    to stay afloat = to keep afloat = to stay on the surface, not sinking; survive (intact); remain; get off safe; be left standing

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

  1. riquecohen's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • Brazil

    • Join Date: Aug 2010
    • Posts: 6,002
    #2

    Re: up to the mark/ to stay afloat

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

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

    The ancient towns of the present-day Russian struggle to stay afloat in today’s hard reality.

    Hence, if the website is not up to the mark, it can be extremely difficult for the company to stay afloat in the market for a very long time ...

    Vietnam shipbuilder fights to stay afloat.

    up to the mark = satisfactory, up to a given standard Yes.

    afloat = is in the move, in circulation (of bills and other negotiable instruments) I`ve never heard it used in this way. Float is closer to this definition.

    to stay afloat = to keep afloat = to stay on the surface, not sinking; survive (intact); remain; get off safe; be left standing To stay afloat means to remain solvent, to not go bankrupt.

    Thank you for your efforts. V

    Regards,

    V
    Henry

Similar Threads

  1. Stay Around
    By Mac_Lir in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 24-Jul-2009, 17:32
  2. If you stay around
    By angliholic in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 27-Oct-2007, 03:02
  3. stay hunger,stay foolish
    By hector51 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-May-2007, 10:57
  4. Stay On It
    By namsteven in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Nov-2006, 08:30

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •