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    Question!

    Hi...


    People considered him the rainmaker

    Which has different meaning?
    ① people regarded him as the rainmaker.
    ② people looked upon him as the rainmaker.
    ③ people supposed him as the rainmaker.
    ④ people thought of him as the rainmaker.
    ⑤ people took him as the rainmaker.

    with regards...
    Last edited by nautes20; 17-Jun-2007 at 03:41.


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    Re: Question!

    Quote Originally Posted by nautes20 View Post
    Hi...


    People considered him the greatest rainmaker

    Which has different meaning?
    ① people regarded him as the rainmaker.
    ② people looked upon him as the rainmaker.
    ③ people supposed him as the rainmaker.
    ④ people thought of him as the rainmaker.
    ⑤ people took him as the rainmaker.

    with regards...
    looked upon connotes the idea of respect

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    #3

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    That's interesting. I don't get that difference at all. To me, those are all the same. (What's missing is the "greatest" from all of them, but that's not the point of the question.)

    The only one that doesn't read naturally to me is "People supposed him as the rainmaker." I would say "People supposed that he was the rainmaker."


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    I find #3 and #5 odd - I agree with Barb's suggestion for #3 and would rephrase #5 as People took him to be the rainmaker.


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    People took him to be the rainmaker [?]
    I wouldn't say so, Anglika. Maybe you meant People took him for a rainmaker.


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    Quote Originally Posted by adrian b. View Post
    People took him to be the rainmaker [?]
    I wouldn't say so, Anglika. Maybe you meant People took him for a rainmaker.

    Sorry - I meant what I wrote. Though your sentence is also correct, with a different meaning.

    Mine says he is specifically thought to be the rainmaker [that the people have been waiting for]

    yours implies he could be a rainmaker.

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