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    could have been

    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:
    Such mistakes could have been avoided if we had been more careful. That means 'We made mistakes because we were not careful'. Then please read the following sentence:
    She couldn't have been happier if it had been diamonds.
    Could you please kindly explain what this sentence means? Does this mean ' It wasn't diamonds and she was happy' or 'It wasn't diamonds and she wasn't happy'?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    #2

    Re: could have been

    It means that even if you had given her diamonds, she would not have been happier. It wasn't diamonds and she was delighted.

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    Dear Tdol,

    First, Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.
    Second, could you please explain the meaning of 'plain ring'? I can't find it in my dictionaries. I guess it is a ring but not a gold one or a diamond one. It's made of metal or something like that. Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It means that even if you had given her diamonds, she would not have been happier. It wasn't diamonds and she was delighted.


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    Yes, Jiang,
    You're right. Plain=simple.
    Cheers

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    Hi,
    Thank you very much for your reply. Now I see.
    I'd like to type your name but why 'humble'?

    Jiang


    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Yes, Jiang,
    You're right. Plain=simple.
    Cheers


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    You are welcome, jiang. Humble is a username, a nick.

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    #7

    Re: could have been

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post

    Dear Tdol,

    First, Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.
    Second, could you please explain the meaning of 'plain ring'? I can't find it in my dictionaries. I guess it is a ring but not a gold one or a diamond one. It's made of metal or something like that. Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    In this sense, "plain" may refer to a ring without a precious stone, such as a diamond. It is not necessarily an inexpensive metal; it may just not be adorned with a jewel.

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    Dear Humble,

    Yes, I know it is a username. but 'humble' means 'low in rank or position or poor'. That's why I don't want to type it. But I don't mean to interfere in your choice.

    Jiang
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    You are welcome, jiang. Humble is a username, a nick.
    Last edited by jiang; 26-Oct-2006 at 02:27.

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    Dear Humble,

    Yes, I know it is a username. but 'humble' means 'low in rank or position or poor'. So I think a positive username would be better.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    You are welcome, jiang. Humble is a username, a nick.

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    Dear Mike,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In this sense, "plain" may refer to a ring without a precious stone, such as a diamond. It is not necessarily an inexpensive metal; it may just not be adorned with a jewel.

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