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    Naturally

    1) are predominate and dominate the same?
    2)
    "McKinley, though he too was persistent and determined, was naturally more gentle and considerate"
    Question: What does naturally here mean?
    a) By nature
    b) Normally, without exaggeration

    I think normally here does fit, too, because it might be normal for McKinley only?
    3) Is the following sentence correct:
    "orphans normally lead miserable lives"
    4) What does on the brink means?
    5) I cannot take on more responsibility or responsibilities?
    Last edited by belly_ttt; 01-Feb-2008 at 06:10.

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    Re: Naturally

    Both has the almost same meaning. Minor differences would be:

    1) Pre-dominate--applies to something that exerts the most marked influence or pervails from a long time.

    EG: a) Their marriage took place amidst lots of singing and dancing, a custom that is pre-dominant in their culture.

    Dominate:applies to something that is uppermost because ruling or controlling.

    Eg: a) He has a very dominant character.
    b) He ruled an empire that dominated the entire world.
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    McKinley, though he too was persistent and determined, was naturally more gentle and considerate".

    --Naturally here, would be by nature or by birth.

    --"Normally" means "usually" or " ordinarily".
    She normally comes late.
    He normally does not eat much.
    orphans normally lead miserable lives- is right.
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    "On the brink" means at :
    the point of a major change, on the edge, on the verge.

    -- When I met her,she was on the brink of crying.
    Last edited by shalstudent; 01-Feb-2008 at 11:04.


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    Re: Naturally

    Thanks shalstudent although you missed the fifth one,
    so how about sentence 4) orphan naturally lead miserable lives?

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    Re: Naturally

    Sorry, missed the last one. A bit doubtful about this part, but maybe the moderators can throw more light on this:

    First person noun:

    ---I cannot take on any more responsibility - is right.
    --We cannot take on any more responsibilities.

    Second person noun:

    --The responsibility of this project is yours.
    --The responsibilities of this project lies with you.

    --A child is a responsibility to its parents.
    --Children should be taught of their responsibilites at an early stage.
    --A child should be taught of his responsibilty at an early stage.

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    Orphans naturally lead miserable lives, may not always be true. When speaking, we always say, "Orphans normally lead miserable lives."

    A child may be an orphan by birth but if it is adopted, it won't lead a miserable life.
    Last edited by shalstudent; 02-Feb-2008 at 07:14.

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