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    if the interest of the group flags/ on the whole/ pitfalls of law

    Dear teachers,

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

    What do you think should be done if the interest of the group flags?

    fag = fall, wane

    On the whole, what are the main pitfalls that may await a young teacher at school?

    on the whole = considering everything

    pitfall = snare, trap

    It's an uphill climb covered with pitfalls and treachery.

    The other half saw unbridled idealism, unaware of the pitfalls and treachery of the political machine.

    Your article avoids the usual pitfalls of the law.

    pitfall = an unforeseen, unexpected or surprising difficulty; delusion;

    pitfalls of law = sunken rocks of the legislation

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: if the interest of the group flags/ on the whole/ pitfalls of law

    Flags - in this instance 'wanes' is better. Fall is too sharp.

    Pitfalls for a teacher - not either snare or trap, rather more to do with the act of teaching and controlling the class.

    An uphill climb may well be treacherous but no pitfalls or treachery (committed by a person!)

    Pitfalls - not of or in the law. Problems, deficiencies, delays, lack of competence are some of the matters you may come across in law but you are on the wrong track entirely with your thoughts on pitfall for this.

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    Re: if the interest of the group flags/ on the whole/ pitfalls of law

    Hi apex2000,

    To the best of my believe I have to have the courage of my convictions expressed in my original post.

    pitfall = an unapparent source of trouble or danger; a hidden hazard

    pitfall: trap or hidden danger


    pitfall = snare, trap (in figurative sense) … ruse, subterfuge, provocation, critical situation, when things come to a pretty pass

    Speak about the pitfalls that may await a young inexperienced teacher at the first lessons, (to be tongue-tied, peals of laughter, to impose silence, to undermine discipline, to follow the well-beaten path of, interest flags, crowded curriculum, defective memory for names, traces of fatigue on the part of, formidable exercises, not to feel the time, recess, rowdyism)

    Marketing pitfalls are attempts at marketing that have gone bad. What is considered bad is what doesn't work when it comes to increasing revenue through an advertising medium. In other words, sales that didn't result from a specific tactic that was used trying to create a sale. Not all tactics may have failed, but may have underperformed as well.

    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_marketing_pitfalls#ixzz19WiTW39z


    The pitfalls of a universal life policy are: We discovered that your premiums go up after the age of 60, however they don't explain that to you. after awhile your premiums don't cover the cost of insurance and the policy sort of eats itself up as the premiums are too expensive to continue the insurance. We nearly lost my husbands insurance. He has paid over $25,000 in premiums. Now we have to reduce the benefit in order to retain the insurance!!......

    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_most_common_pitfalls_of_universal_lif e_insurance#ixzz19Wj4zL34


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    Re: if the interest of the group flags/ on the whole/ pitfalls of law

    You've had my answer, Vil.
    Do not believe everything you find in any Wiki, but if you prefer Wiki then why are you asking us?

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    Re: if the interest of the group flags/ on the whole/ pitfalls of law

    Hi apex2000,

    Please, excuse my urgency. I set on all written in English at random. Naturally you are my last, the highest instance where I refer the marginal cases.

    Thank you again for your gratuitous assistance.

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    Re: if the interest of the group flags/ on the whole/ pitfalls of law

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi apex2000,

    Please, excuse my urgency. I set on all written in English at random. Naturally you are my last, the highest instance where I refer the marginal cases.

    Thank you again for your gratuitous assistance.

    V.
    Perhaps it is your urgency that is your undoing:
    "To the best of my belief (not believe) I have to.........." from your previous post and then you must explain what you really mean by "I set on all written in English at random." from above. Do you intend to say that you select different pieces of written English at random?

    Finally there is absolutely no need for "gratuitous", which could even be misinterpreted!

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