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    underlie

    Her fever will underlie her points in the exam.

    [I mean -- Her fever will have effect/will influence her exam which she is going to write]

    Please help me on this.

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    Re: underlie

    Her fever will affect her exam results.

    The underlying cause of her poor exam results is the high fever she had when she took it.


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    Thank you Barb_D.

    Are these sentences are correct?

    Her luxury car underlies she is a rich girl.

    Her playing in the rain underlies she soon to be suffering from cold fever.

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    I have never used underlie as a verb and it doesn't sound natural.

    In the car example, it shows, demonstrates, even betrays (if she is acting otherwise) that she is rich - it does not underlie it.

    In the second example, you can say soon led to her suffering.

    Don't try to use it as a verb until you become a lot more familiar with it. But it makes a perfectly good adjective.


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    Thank you friends.

    Is this sentence correct?

    His hardwork must be the underlying significance of his reputation.

    Please help me.

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    Re: underlie

    underlies means - accounts for

    In your sentence, I'd rather say:

    His hard work underlies his significant reputation. (= accounts for)


    Another example:

    A basic knowledge of grammar underlies (accounts for) the ability to use language to express meaning.


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    Thank you. This is my try.

    Her death underlies my sorrowness.

    Her marriage with AIDS person underlies her death.


    Are these sentences are correct?

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    Re: underlie

    yes, they are, but remember that the word 'underlie' in these sentences affects the breaziness of communication. It is more common in written E, and sounds a bit as though taken from a poetical piece of prose.

    My two cents: sorrow - not sorrowness.

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    Re: underlie

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you. This is my try.

    Her death underlies my sorrowness.

    Her marriage with AIDS person underlies her death.
    I am not sure what underlies means in either sentence. (Try: "Her marriage to a person with AIDS....')



    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Are these sentences are correct?

    Say:
    Are these sentences correct?
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