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    State officials report that soaring rates for liability insurance are forcing cutbacks
    in the operations of everything from local governments and school districts
    to day-care centers and recreational facilities.



    Question: Ah... ...maybe I cannot express it accurately, but let me try it.
    I know rates has not only the meaning percentage/proportion but also fees.
    Of course, it's right if rates here means percentage/proportion;
    but rates here means fees, I feel it's okay

    But one word in a sentence can't have 2 meanings, so the problem makes me feel puzzled
    Can you help me solve the problem?

    Dear teachers, sincere thanks!!!
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    Re: rates

    When a word has two meanings, logic, context, or simple common sense dictates which meaning is correct.

    It's the same in Chinese, surely?

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    Re: rates

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    When a word has two meanings, logic, context, or simple common sense dictates which meaning is correct.

    It's the same in Chinese, surely?
    I have understood your words. Yes, it's the same in Chinese.
    Generally I feel "one word one meaning" in Chinese, but it may have two or three meanings in literary works or political essays.

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    Re: rates

    But as a Chinese, he will encounter some difficulties in the process of studying English.
    Sometimes I must select one meaning from "many meanings" when one English word itself has many meanings. And
    such English words are really not few in my feel.
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    Lomonosov ever said that English is a philistine language, but now, in my eye, English is absolutely not a philistine language. If a foreigner is really interested in English, he will encounter many difficulties.
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    Re: rates

    Quote Originally Posted by dodonaomik View Post
    State officials report that soaring rates for liability insurance are forcing cutbacks
    in the operations of everything from local governments and school districts
    to day-care centers and recreational facilities.



    Question: Ah... ...maybe I cannot express it accurately, but let me try it.
    I know rates has not only the meaning percentage/proportion but also fees.
    Of course, it's right if rates here means percentage/proportion;
    but rates here means fees, I feel it's okay

    But one word in a sentence can't have 2 meanings, so the problem makes me feel puzzled
    Can you help me solve the problem?

    Dear teachers, sincere thanks!!!
    I don't see the conflict. "Rates" means the actual costs -- in dollars (or whatever) per unit. It is an absolute cost (everybody pays the same). If you factor in a business, municipality, or person's income, you get a percentage or proportion (relative cost). They are never assumed to be the same.

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