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    Question cause / receive / deserve notice?

    1. This kind of energy _____ (should cause / should receive /deserves) our notice?

    I know "deserves" is correct here, but how about "should cause" and "should receive"?

    2. The beast leapt out from ______ (the back of / behind) the tree.

    3. Many ants crawled out from _____ (under / underneath / the lower part of ) the stone.

    4. The meeting atmosphere is relatively ______ (more lively / lively) than before.

    5. Bob is ______ (thinner / thin) compared with his wife.

    6. People have never ______ (dressed / worn) these clothes before.

    First, I have to claim that THIS IS NOT HOMEWORK! (Some one has misunderstood me.)
    Actually, I'm reading a book analyzing some common mistakes the Chinese students made.
    I just doubt some of the author's analysis, because he is not a native speaker either.
    I post my doubts here, hoping some one here can help me.
    To avoid unnecessary misunderstandings, I highlight the correct answers.

    Could you explain your reasons for me? Thanks a lot.
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    Re: cause / receive / deserve notice?

    Quote Originally Posted by registered View Post
    1. This kind of energy _____ (should cause / should receive /deserves) our notice?

    I know "deserves" is correct here, but how about "should cause" and "should receive"?

    2. The beast leapt out from ______ (the back of / behind) the tree.

    3. Many ants crawled out from _____ (under / underneath / the lower part of ) the stone.

    4. The meeting atmosphere is relatively ______ (more lively / lively) than before.

    5. Bob is ______ (thinner / thin) compared with his wife.

    Could you explain your reasons for me? Thanks a lot.
    Is this homework?

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    Re: cause / receive / deserve notice?

    NO!!!! This is not homework.
    Actually, I'm reading a book analyzing some common mistakes the Chinese students made, and the author didn't arrange these sentences as question forms as I did.
    I just doubt some of the author's analysis, because he is not a native speaker either.
    So, I post my doubts here, hoping some one here can help me.

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    Re: cause / receive / deserve notice?

    Quote Originally Posted by registered View Post
    NO!!!! This is not homework.
    Actually, I'm reading a book analyzing some common mistakes the Chinese students made, and the author didn't arrange these sentences as question forms as I did.
    I just doubt some of the author's analysis, because he is not a native speaker either.
    So, I post my doubts here, hoping some one here can help me.
    OK.

    1. Only deserves is correct.
    2. Behind.
    3. Either "under" or "underneath".
    4. More lively. But the wording is strange.
    5. Thin.

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    Re: cause / receive / deserve notice?

    I agree with Mike on #4 and #5.

    I agree that 'deserves' is the best answer in #1, but think that 'should receive' is just about possible.
    Similarly, I agree that 'behind' is the better answer in #2, but think that 'the back of the tree' is just about possible.
    In an examination, I would recommend Mike's answers.

    I think that all three answers are possible in #3, though 'the lower part of the stone' is less likely than the othe two.

    'Worn' is the answer in #6. We wear clothes or dress in clothes.

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    Re: cause / receive / deserve notice?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    OK.

    1. Only deserves is correct.
    2. Behind.
    3. Either "under" or "underneath".
    4. More lively. But the wording is strange.
    5. Thin.
    4. the author's answer is "lively"
    His reason is that there should not be a comparative degree after "relatively".
    I have never heard of this. Is that right?

    1. the author's answer also includes "should receive", but I think receive sounds a little weird. Is it possible here?

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    Re: cause / receive / deserve notice?

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    4. the author's answer is "lively".
    His reason is that there should not be a comparative degree after "relatively".
    I have never heard of this. Is that right?
    No. I can see why some might consider it poor style, but there are hundreds of citations in COCA. In any case, the presence of the word 'than' in your sentence means that 'lively' is impossible.

    1. the author's answer also includes "should receive", but I think receive sounds a little weird. Is it possible here?
    We have answered that. Mike says it is not possible: I think it is just about possible.

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