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    fix a blank check?

    "If you had a blank check, how would you fix it?"

    What does the verb fix mean here, please?

    Thank you.

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    Re: fix a blank check?

    First, do you know what "blank check" means?

    If you do, what do you think "fix" could mean in this context (what do you do with blank checks)?

    For future reference, looking up a dictionary may help you. Please bookmark http://onelook.com/browse.shtml for future doubts about vocabulary.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: fix a blank check?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    First, do you know what "blank check" means?

    If you do, what do you think "fix" could mean in this context (what do you do with blank checks)?

    For future reference, looking up a dictionary may help you. Please bookmark http://onelook.com/browse.shtml for future doubts about vocabulary.
    What I know about a blank check is a check you haven't put on any amount of money.

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    Re: fix a blank check?

    It can be completely blank, it might just have the signature on, or it might have an amount of money specified but no recipient yet.

    I don't know why "fix" was used in the original sentence. A blank check isn't an error - it's usually been done on purpose - so there's nothing to fix. Where did you find the original sentence?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: fix a blank check?

    So to fix a blank check is to put an amount of money on it?

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    Re: fix a blank check?

    Where did I say that?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: fix a blank check?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It can be completely blank, it might just have the signature on, or it might have an amount of money specified but no recipient yet.

    I don't know why "fix" was used in the original sentence. A blank check isn't an error - it's usually been done on purpose - so there's nothing to fix. Where did you find the original sentence?
    "What is one major problem you see in the world? If you had a blank check, how would you fix it?"

    It's one of questions I need to answer for an enterance to a conference. http://www.htlcinfo.com/high-school-students.html

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    Re: fix a blank check?

    A blank check is an idiom meaning an unlimited amount of money. "It" must refer to something that requires fixing. So the sentence means "how would you fix this if money were no object?"
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: fix a blank check?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi L View Post
    "What is one major problem you see in the world? If you had a blank check, how would you fix it?"

    It's one of the questions I need to answer for a enterance entrance/entry to a conference. http://www.htlcinfo.com/high-school-students.html
    Is this a sort of competition? Will entry to the conference be decided based on the answers to these questions?

    I will give you a hint. You have misread the question. "Fix" refers to the problem, not the cheque.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: fix a blank check?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Where did I say that?
    No, you didn't say that, it's my guess after looking at a dictionary.

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