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    please help me

    Hiiiiiiii everyone
    could you please tell me what does this sentence mean?
    an unnecessary burden:
    feeling fair-to-poor when good-to-great is possible?
    by the way this sentence is found in a medical text about asthma.

    thanks a lot.. :)


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    #2

    Re: please help me

    Would be better to have the full sentence, and possibly the one before too.


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    #3

    Re: please help me

    thank you Anglika..
    OK but I cannot tell you because it is a title of a chapter in a book that talks about asthma as I said..


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    Re: please help me

    If it is a chapter title, then the chapter is likely to be discussing asthma as a condition that should not have arisen and which can be controlled before it becomes intolerable.

    It is saying "Asthma is a burden [a load] on the sufferer but one that is not necessary".

    Incidentally, "An unnecessary burden" is a phrase, not a sentence.


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    thanks a lot Anglika for this clarification .The meaning now is so clear.

    I would ask you another question if you do not mind.
    If I said that a child has figured out what is the meaning behind this in following paragraph:
    The are many reasons for this failure to adequately control childern`symptoms. it is not easy .it can be very time-consuming to manage these conditions. there is a lot of "trial and error" involved,and every child ends up requiring a slightly different approach. then ,just when you think you have a child figured out, he changes.

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    Re: please help me

    Hi,

    to figure out means: to solve; to compute or find the result of, to work out, to understand.

    In the paragraph you quoted, it means when you think you have understood how your child will react to different things (medication), or how his/her asthma is affected by different environments then...he changes

    Hope this helps

    Matt


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    THANKS a lot Matt for your help..
    your explanation is so clear .
    and Now I figured out the meaning ..
    Thanks again..


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    #8

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    Hiiiiiiii everybody

    could you please tell me what does this paragraph mean:
    Airways are counted in generations, with the trachea being number 1. This then divides into generations 2,3,etc., down to 26 or so.
    what does generation mean ?

    one more question please :)
    If I said sth is clear as mud !
    what is the the meaning behind this?

    Thanks a lot for everyone who is willing to help me..


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    Re: please help me

    It would appear that because of the way in which the airways divide into branches, that "generation" is used to indicate the many sub-branches within the system. There are also references to parent and daughter tubes, presumably indicating where tubes divide.

    It is as clear as mud to me - mud cannot be seen through.


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    Re: please help me

    Goo0ood evening everybody :)

    Here is a paragraph and I want to translate but I do not understand it.
    could you please tell me what is the the meaning of it:
    The nose should be the subject of an entire book. While it is terrific for holding glasses and adept at identifying the smell of fresh-baked cookies , the real purpose of the nose is to protect the rest of our respiratory tract.

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