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    presume etc.

    Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:

    No.1
    Let us suppose/assume that the present growth rate is sustained for another 10 years where are we going to get all the energy resources wer need?
    My question is: can I replace the underlined words with presume ?

    No.2
    She was eager to go home; on the other hand, she was very reluctant to say good-bye to those who had made her three weeks on the farm so pleasant and rewarding.
    My question is: can I replace the underlined phrase with 'but'?

    No.3
    When a student challenged her theory, the professor was not displeased as we expected; on the contrary she encouraged us to think independently.
    My question is: can I replace the underlined phrase with 'to the contrary'?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    #2

    Re: presume etc.

    1 & 2- yes. I don't like 'to the contrary' in 3

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    #3

    Re: presume etc.

    Dear Tdol,
    Could you please explain why you don't like 'to the contrary' in 3?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    1 & 2- yes. I don't like 'to the contrary' in 3


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    Re: presume etc.

    I don't think that "to the contrary" and "on the contrary" have the same meaning. I think you should use the second "on the contrary" in this context.

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    Re: presume etc.

    Riyadh, you're right.

    on the contrary
    In opposition to what has been stated or what is expected: I'm not sick; on the contrary, I'm in the peak of health.

    to the contrary
    To the opposite effect from what has been stated or what is expected: Despite what you say to the contary, this contract is fair

    Source: to the contrary - definition of to the contrary by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    #6

    Re: presume etc.

    Dear Riyadh,
    Thank you very much for your reply.
    Best wishes,
    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Riyadh View Post
    I don't think that "to the contrary" and "on the contrary" have the same meaning. I think you should use the second "on the contrary" in this context.

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    Re: presume etc.

    Dear Cas,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. But this is hard for me. I am trying to explain what I understand and please see where I am wrong.
    No.1
    May I say someone said that I was sick but I was actually not sick.
    No.2
    May I say someone said the contract wasn't fair but actually it is?

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

    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Riyadh, you're right.

    on the contrary
    In opposition to what has been stated or what is expected: I'm not sick; on the contrary, I'm in the peak of health.

    May I say someone said that I was sick but I was actually not sick?

    to the contrary
    To the opposite effect from what has been stated or what is expected: Despite what you say to the contary, this contract is fair

    May I say someone said the contract wasn't fair but actually it is?

    If my sentences are correct then what's the difference?

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

    Jiang
    Source: to the contrary - definition of to the contrary by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    Last edited by jiang; 30-Mar-2007 at 14:18.

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    #8

    Re: presume etc.

    Jiang, what do No1 and No2 refer back to? Mine or yours?

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    Sorry. It refers to your explanations to 'on the contrary' and 'to the contrary'.
    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Jiang, what do No1 and No2 refer back to? Mine or yours?

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    Jiang, you have me right confused. The examples I cited for on the contrary and to the contrary match your No1 and No2, respectively. So, you see, I'm at a loss as to what your question is.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiang
    No.1
    May I say someone said that I was sick but I was actually not sick.
    No.2
    May I say someone said the contract wasn't fair but actually it is?

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