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    rightfulness / lawfulness / legality?

    Dear teachers,

    Following multiple-choice questions are making me feel ahrrrg!
    Would you help me?

    - Have you checked out the ( ) of the contract?
    A. rightfulness B. lawfulness C. legality D. authority

    The answer should be C. legality, but A. rightfulness and B. lawfulness seem correct to me. I checked some dictionaries but still I'm not sure. Would you tell me the difference among those three words and why legality has to be chosen?

    - We've decided to ( ) the company Macrodisk, Inc.
    A. name B. identity C. nominate D. denominate

    When I checked dictionaries, some said denominate means name. Then, is denominate also a possible answer?


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    Re: rightfulness / lawfulness / legality?

    I agree with you that at a glance rightfulness / lawfulness / legality look the same. But to determine the most appropriate answer, you may deduce from the elements of the question. The main element is contract. Contract is the product of legal activity, a legal document. Thus, it certainly has something to do with law.

    Rightful means correct, right, or legal (in a general sense)

    Lawful means allowed or recognized by law. But this term tends to be used in technical or literary contexts.

    Legal means connected with the law.

    Based on the above, legality is the most suitable answer.

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    Re: rightfulness / lawfulness / legality?

    PS, no the answer is 'name' for the second.

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    Re: rightfulness / lawfulness / legality?

    Tank you ontohodz!!!
    Now I get the idea why legality is the answer.
    Lawful means allowed or recognized by law. But this term tends to be used in technical or literary contexts.
    Dose this mean lawfulness is used in something like court documents? When I googled "lawfulness of the contract", many of the texts were from government or court rulings.


    Hi tdol,
    Yes, A. name is the answer for the second question, and when I tackled this one, I got a score.(Hooray!)
    However, since I didn't know the meaning of "denominate", I looked it up in dictionaries, and they made me puzzled. One of the problems is the word isn't in the learner's dictionary I have. Then, when I checked it online dictionaries, the definition was like "To give a name to; designate." So, I thought "denominate" can be another possible answer for the question.
    Will you kindly tell me why denominate can't be an answer?
    English is soooo deifficult...


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    I'm sorry ontohodz. I didn't mean to tank you. I wanted to thank you!

    Ah… Would anyone not mind explaining the difference between "name" and "denominate" to me?


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    'Denominate' is often used in financial circles, where people would denominate a currency to make things clear in international trade. If you look at 'denominated' in http://view.byu.edu/, you'll see that virtually all of the exapmles come from finance.

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    Tdol, I really appreciate your kindness!

    At first, I somehow didn't understand what you meant when I checked just "denominate" on the site because I got only three examples, and the only one of them seemed related to finance.
    Then, I've leaned about wildcards and I was able to have a lot more examples. So, now I think I've gotten the idea of what denominate means.


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    It's often a good idea to search databses for other forms- the past tense and past participle are the same, and many cases will be in the past, from sources like the press, technical books. If a base form doesn't provide much, try the wildcards, try gerunds, plurals, etc, according to the type of words- you often get better results.

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