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    attitude etc.

    Dear teachers,

    I have five questions to ask:

    No.1

    Newspapers vary greatly in their _______ to the government.
    a. bias b. attitude
    The key is 'a'. Could you please explain if I can choose 'b'?

    No.2
    I don't understand the meaning of the sentence. Could you please kindly explain them to me?

    Fibers of hair and wool are not continuous and must normally be spun into thread if they are to be woven into textile fabrics.

    No.3
    There was an accident on this street this morning and ____ there had been a severe congestion of traffic.
    a. since then b. after that
    'a' is correct. No problem. Could you please explain if 'b' is correct, too?

    No.4
    She is always fashionably dressed and looks_________ among the girls in plain clothes.
    a. outstanding b. conspicuous c. distinguishing
    'b' is correct. No problem.
    Could you please explain if 'b' and 'c' are correct or not?

    No.5
    The king's daughter threatened to drink the __ chemical if he refused her request.
    a. deadly b. fatal c. mortal
    'a' is correct. No problem. Could you please explain why 'b' and 'c' aren't correct?

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

    Jiang

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    Re: attitude etc.

    1 I would say that b) is the better choice.
    2 The fibres are short and need to be woven together- wool is not very long on the sheep and needs to be turned into a continuous thread, as in a ball of wool.
    3 With 'after that' the natural tense for me would be the simple past, implying that the traffic is moving again.
    4 Not to me.
    5 Fatal- has caused or will cause death- a fatal accident, a fatal illness
    Deadly- capable of causing death
    Mortal- what causes or caused death- a mortal wound


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    Re: attitude etc.


    Dear Tdol,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I understand No.1-3 and No.5. If you have time please explain No.4. If you are busy then just forget it. I'll try to find out the answer.
    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    1 I would say that b) is the better choice.
    2 The fibres are short and need to be woven together- wool is not very long on the sheep and needs to be turned into a continuous thread, as in a ball of wool.
    3 With 'after that' the natural tense for me would be the simple past, implying that the traffic is moving again.
    4 Not to me.
    5 Fatal- has caused or will cause death- a fatal accident, a fatal illness
    Deadly- capable of causing death
    Mortal- what causes or caused death- a mortal wound


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    Re: attitude etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    No.4
    She is always fashionably dressed and looks_________ among the girls in plain clothes.
    a. outstanding b. conspicuous c. distinguishing
    'b' is correct. No problem.
    Could you please explain if 'b' and 'c' are correct or not?
    Conspicuous means she is

    1. easily seen or noticed; readily visible or observable

    2.attracting special attention, as by outstanding qualities or eccentricities

    If c. distinguishing were the answer it would have to be a past participle, distinguished.

    Does that help?

    All the best.

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    Re: attitude etc.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Conspicuous means she is

    1. easily seen or noticed; readily visible or observable

    2.attracting special attention, as by outstanding qualities or eccentricities

    If c. distinguishing were the answer it would have to be a past participle, distinguished.

    Does that help?

    All the best.

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