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    Some questions need resolving

    1) Do you like the frog's leg?
    ______ them, I really don't know
    a) Never trying
    b) Not to have tried
    c) Never having tried
    d) Never had tried
    --> I think a and c are both sensible. But is it possible to pick one out here? Any different ideas?

    2)If you pay for the movie, I'll _____ for dinner
    a) snap
    b) sprout
    c) spark
    d) spring
    I'm in the dilema... My dictionary doesn't mention the four words as "paying"

    3) The teacher told Sue her comments were interesting but not___
    a) stimulating
    b) synthetic
    c) relevant
    d) peripheral

    I think c and d both make sense, I chose d... But am I wrong?

    4) The boy didn't fall even though he was ___ on the edge of the cliff
    a) peering
    b) presiding
    c) perceived
    d) poised

    --> I choose c, what about you?

    5) And two questions about this sentence:
    " To reject folk tales as historical evidence because they cannot be dated and situated with precision like other historical documents is to turn one back's on one of the few points of entry into the previous century.

    How can to infinitive stand at the beginning of a sentence? And I don't understand what they mean in bold, either. Please help me. Thanks in advance

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    Re: Some questions need resolving

    Hi belly_ttt

    1) Do you like frog's legs?
    ______ them, I really don't know

    a) Never trying
    b) Not to have tried
    c) Never having tried
    d) Never had tried


    2)If you pay for the movie, I'll _____ for dinner.
    a) snap
    b) sprout
    c) spark
    d) spring


    3) The teacher told Sue her comments were interesting but not________.
    a) stimulating
    b) synthetic
    c) relevant <collocation: interesting but not relevant>
    d) peripheral


    4) The boy didn't fall even though he was ___ on the edge of the cliff
    a) peering peering over
    b) presiding
    c) perceived
    d) poised


    5) [For scholars] To reject folk tales as historical evidence because they cannot be dated and situated with precision like other historical documents is to turn one back's on one of the few points of entry into the previous century.

    The infinitive phrase is nominal and functions as the subject of the verb 'is'.

    The part in bold means that scholars shouldn't reject (i.e., turn their backs' on) folk tales because even though these stories can't be verified, they nevertheless hold some truth about the way people lived and thought during those times.


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    Re: Some questions need resolving

    1) Do you like the frog's leg?
    Never having tried them, I really don't know


    2)If you pay for the movie, I'll spring for dinner
    a) snap
    b) sprout
    c) spark
    d) spring

    to spring for is colloquial usage.

    3) The teacher told Sue her comments were interesting but not relevant
    a) stimulating
    b) synthetic
    c) relevant
    d) peripheral

    I chose d... I'm sorry but you are, since peripheral means "not important", which you don't want in this sentence.

    4) The boy didn't fall even though he was poised on the edge of the cliff

    5) And two questions about this sentence:
    " To reject folk tales as historical evidence because they cannot be dated and situated with precision like other historical documents is to turn one back's on one of the few points of entry into the previous century.

    It means that you deliberately disregard one of the few possibilities to understand historical events of previous centuries by means of folk tales.

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