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    Smile being about to

    Can you help me to undersand bold and underlined words in these 2 sentences better? if possible.. 1) A major problem for users is looking up a word and then not being about to figure out which sense is the one needed because there are no examples of the word's use.. 2) A great deal of information can be learned by offering more than the meanings of the words.

    THank u for your concerning...

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    Re: being about to

    Are you sure the first one wasn't "and then not being able to..."?

    You can look up the word, but it has many definitions.
    You are unable to decide which one of the definitions is the one used.
    If the dictionary gave examples instead of just the meanings, it would be helpful.

    I've underlined the parts in my paraphrase that correspond to the ones you have highlighted.

    <edited to change the one that was in italics (a mistake) to underlined
    [not a teacher]
    Last edited by Barb_D; 21-Sep-2007 at 23:24.

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    Re: being about to

    Dear Barb_D, sorry for interfering, can "not being about to figure out" mean, even the users don't get close to understand?In other words, , the referred words donít make any sense to the readers about the meaning which they are looking for, therefore even they canít make any guess.


    Also I think you forgot to underline " one of the definitions "

    Thanks.

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    Re: being about to

    I fixed the underlined part - it was in italics by accident.

    No, I really think it was a mistake. I think it shoud be "not being ABLE to figure it out."

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    Re: being about to

    Dear Barb_D, at first I was thinking the same that she was mistaken. But then I realised that the title of the topic is the same as well, it didn't seem likely to me, 2 typos at the same time and even one of them is the title. To make sure I googled the pharase with quatation mark, and surprisingly look what i found, "the whole text of the question". She was not mistaken, really that phrase was written.May be more context would be helpful to you to clarify the meaning, Dictionary.com (in the last paragraph)

    Thanks.
    Last edited by LwyrFirat; 22-Sep-2007 at 08:31. Reason: spelling mistake

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