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    Stress in moderation is normal and not always negative.

    Hello all,

    A: Can stress be good?
    B: Well, sometimes, yes. Stress in moderation is normal and not always negative. Some people believe that they are more productive and effective when they operate under stress or close to a deadline.

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    1)Does the underlined part mean "stress in moderation is not always negative"?

    2)Does bold part mean "when they are close to a deadline"?
    It is a bit confusing.
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    Re: Stress in moderation is normal and not always negative.

    1) Yes

    2) No, it means "when they operate close to a deadline".
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    Re: Stress in moderation is normal and not always negative.

    Quote Originally Posted by ambitious-girl View Post
    Some people believe that they are more productive and effective when they operate under stress or close to a deadline.
    I've marked the two conditions the sentence says people may experience in blue. Does that clarify it?
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    Re: Stress in moderation is normal and not always negative.

    Does that clarify it?
    The mark was REALLY helpful. Thanks so much GoesStaion.
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    Re: Stress in moderation is normal and not always negative.

    Some people believe that they are more productive and effective when they operate under stress or close to a deadline.
    Are "under stress" and "close to a deadline" adverbial phrases?
    I couldn't find collocation "to operate close to a deadline". But, I found "to operate under/with a deadline" ? Can we use those too?

    Some people believe that they are more productive and effective when they operate under stress or with/under a deadline.

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    Re: Stress in moderation is normal and not always negative.

    'Under stress' is an adverbial prepositional phrase. 'Under' is a preposition there.
    'Close to a deadline' is an adverb phrase. 'Close' is an adverb there.
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