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    I. The result of the match was highly____. a,satisfactory b,satisfying
    The right answer is a. Why is it not b?

    II. The ____ starts on December 28th. a, sales b, sale
    I think both are fine, right?

    III. ____Mr Wingate phoned you yesterday. a, one b,a
    I know b is right, how about a?

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    Re: words

    Hi puzzle

    I. The result of the match was highly____.

    a. satisfactory
    b. satisfying (expresses a feeling, not a result)


    II. The ____ starts on December 28th.

    a. sales (sales start; plural verb)
    b. sale


    III. ____Mr Wingate phoned you yesterday.

    a. One (Mr Wingate is a person, not an object)
    b. A


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    Re: words

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    I. The result of the match was highly____. a,satisfactory b,satisfying
    The right answer is a. Why is it not b?
    Though with the same root but with different meanings:
    Satisfactory(synonym acceptable): something that is satisfactory seems good enough for you, or good enough for a particular situation or purpose.
    Sastifying: Something makes you feel pleased and happy, especially because you have got what you wanted.

    II. The ____ starts on December 28th. a, sales b, sale
    I think both are fine, right?
    Judging from the rule of subject-verb agreement, it should be "sale" (sing.) rather than "sales" (pl.)
    In addition,
    Sale:
    noun[uncountable and countable] when you sell something.
    For example, The use and sale of marijuana remains illegal.

    Sales:
    a) [plural] the total number of products that are sold during a particular period of time;
    For example, Britain's retail sales (=all the things sold to the public in shops) jumped 3.2 percent in April.
    b)[uncountable] the part of a company that deals with selling products.
    For example, a sales manager.

    NB. Definitions and Examples are quoted from Longman's Dict.

    III. ____Mr Wingate phoned you yesterday. a, one b,a
    I know b is right, how about a?
    Not really. "A" here means a certain so-and-so while "one" emphases the number of something, only one not two, three...Mr Wingate, which seems insensible.

    (Not a teacher)

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    Re: words

    Great minds think alike.

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    The result of the match was highly____. a,satisfactory b,satisfying
    The right answer is a. Why is it not b?

    The result was adequate and met the minimum requirements, it did not fulfill a need, which would be implied by the word 'satisfying'. So if the result is satisfactory, one person might consider it satisfying, but another person might not be satisfied with a satisfactory result.


    II. The ____ starts on December 28th. a, sales b, sale
    I think both are fine, right?

    No. sale=starts, sales=start (The sales start on Boxing Day - 26th December, and continue for the month of January, ...)

    III. ____Mr Wingate phoned you yesterday. a, one b,a
    I know b is right, how about a?

    Are there two or three other Mr Wingate? ;)
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    Re: words

    I read this from an article:
    This item concerned one Daniel Provenzano, 38, of Upper S.R.

    What about this? Please.

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    Re: words

    Hi puzzle

    I believe 'one' is used that way by lawyers/the courts.

    Ex: 29 Nov 2007 ... the exposure of some extremely incriminating photos of one Mr. Vladmir Putin ... [Google]


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