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    • Join Date: Feb 2007
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    #1

    Hi teachers

    Hi teachers,

    Please help me with the following expressions.

    1. Unless, Until are both of these different?

    Because I've observed many people use Unless and Until together.

    "Until or Unless you study, you won't be able to improve".

    2. 'Unless' and 'until' don't mean the same thing. However, they can be used together to cover all the bases.

    What does 'to cover all the bases mean here?

    3. Is it right to say " I am not getting it but it is at the back of my mind".

    4.Is there any other way to say 'How much did I score in my final test?

    Thank You
    Jhon





    kindly explain.


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    #2

    Re: Hi teachers

    Quote Originally Posted by jhonsmith1 View Post
    Hi teachers,

    Please help me with the following expressions.

    1. Unless, Until are both of these different? Yes>>

    Unless: 1 conjunction : except on the condition that ; under any other circumstance than

    Until / Till preposition &
    conjunction up to (the point in time or the event mentioned)

    Because I've observed many people use Unless and Until together.

    "Until or Unless you study, you won't be able to improve".="Till the time or except the condition that you study..."

    2. 'Unless' and 'until' don't mean the same thing. However, they can be used together to cover all the bases.

    What does 'to cover all the bases mean here? = to cover all eventualities

    3. Is it right to say " I am not getting it but it is at the back of my mind". Could be. Need more context to be able to answer.

    4.Is there any other way to say 'How much did I score in my final test? "What were my final results?"

    Thank You
    Jhon





    kindly explain.
    ..


    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 128
    #3

    Re: Hi teachers

    Quote Originally Posted by jhonsmith1 View Post
    What does 'to cover all the bases mean here?
    This is an Americanism taken from baseball. Each corner in a baseball diamond is called a base. When you have one member of the team standing at each base you have covered all the bases....this means that you've not left any point un-visited. Hence to 'cover all the bases' means that you've not missed anything.

    I think that just about covers it all!

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