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    Smile balky students

    Even after her retirement, she continually would make a "project" of some balky students in whom she spied a spark of potential. Often these were students from the most trouble homes, yet she would alternately/alternatively bully and charm each one with her own special brand of tough love until the spark caught fire.

    First, should I move continually prior to make?
    Second, does balky students mean strong sturdy or stubborn students?

    Which should I use here, alternately or alternatively? Thanks.

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    Re: balky students

    1. I would write:
    "Even after her retirement, she would continually make a "project" of some [...]"

    2. balky (b')
    adj., -ier, -iest.
    1. Given to stopping and refusing to go on: a balky horse; a balky client.
    2. Difficult to operate or start: a balky switch; a balky engine.
    "balky" here could mean students who don't want like to study or just difficult students to teach to.

    3. Definitely alternately.

    "When you alternate two things, you keep using one then the other."
    Last edited by Noego; 18-Apr-2007 at 01:57.

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    Re: balky students

    Thanks, Noego.
    Though now I see alternately works here, I still don't get 3. Why not alternatively?

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    Re: balky students

    Well look at your context.

    The sentence means that the woman went from bullying them to charming them in turn. This is what alternating means.

    Here's the meaning of "alternatively" from Cambridge Advanced Dictionary.

    "used to suggest another possibility"

    as in:

    "Allow about eight hours for the drive from Calais. Alternatively, you can fly to Brive."

    So basically if you alternate, you go from one thing to another.

    If you offer an alternative, you offer a different approach (you don't alternate).

    Sorry, I'm kind of tired today, things on my mind. I feel like I'm not making sense at all.


    Basically, in this excerpt, the woman goes from being kind to being a bully. She isn't just kind or just a bully, she is both in turns.

    This is the meaning of "tough love". When you are somewhat are hard with people for their own good.

    If you have more questions, I'll be happy to help you out.

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    Re: balky students

    I just thought of how you could use alternatively.

    "You can't teach students while bullying them. Alternatively, you could try being kind to them."

    See what I mean?

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    Re: balky students

    Thanks, Noego.
    It's crystal clear.

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