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    draw a line AND gives the lie to many of the myths they foster

    Any day now, the world will hear the guilty verdict handed down by a Chinese court on Gu Kailai, the wife of Bo Xilai, a disgraced Chinese politician. China’s rulers hope this will draw a line under an embarrassing, lurid murder trial. They may get away with it. But the episode gives the lie to many of the myths they foster: that, despite being unelected, they are “meritocrats”, in their jobs because they are good at them; that they are, if not entirely honest, then at least corrupt within forgivable bounds; and that the way a new generation of leaders is chosen every ten years is orderly and consensual.

    (1) I checked the dictionary and found the definition of "draw the line" as follows:

    to never do something because you think it is wrong
    I swear quite a lot but even I draw the line at saying certain words.

    Does "draw a line" means the same as "draw the line" and can be used with the preposition "under" instead of "at" as shown in the above sample sentence?

    (2) I do not understand what is meant by "But the episode gives the lie to many of the myths they foster". Does anyone know?

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    Re: draw a line AND gives the lie to many of the myths they foster

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post

    (2) I do not understand what is meant by "But the episode gives the lie to many of the myths they foster". Does anyone know?
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    Hello, Jiayun:

    This is how I interpret it:


    The episode [the conviction of Ms. Gu] shows that the myths [claims made by that particular government]

    are not truthful.

    a. The false myths are listed after the colon that follows the word "foster."

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    I respectfully suggest that you check your bilingual dictionary for the verb "belie." I believe that it would be a

    very helpful addition to your English vocabulary.

    For example:

    "Tom says that he loves his wife, but his actions belie his words." (His actions -- he has a girlfriend, he doesn't

    help his wife with the children, he never remembers his wife's birthday, etc. -- show that his words are a "lie.")


    Sincerely yours,


    James
    Last edited by TheParser; 24-Aug-2012 at 12:22. Reason: I misspelled Ms. Gu's surname

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    Re: draw a line AND gives the lie to many of the myths they foster

    If you draw a line, you end the episode and move on- they hope that the discussion and rumours will stop now.

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    Re: draw a line AND gives the lie to many of the myths they foster

    Note that "to draw THE lines AT" and "to draw A line UNDER" are completley different idioms.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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