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    Dear teachers,

    There are six original sentences as well as their modifications as a result of paraphrasing of some words and words combinations from the corresponding former one.

    1.1. I will feel better if I get it off my chest.
    1.2. I will feel better if I have it over and done with.

    2.1. You shouldn’t take things so much to heart, he acted for the best.
    2.2. Don’t let it worry you, he acted for the best.

    3.1. He complimented us on our success.
    3.2. He congratulated us on our success.

    4.1. There was nothing original about it, in fact it was quite commonplace.
    4.2. There was nothing original about it, in fact it was quite ordinary.

    5.1. It’s a very controversial matter.
    5.2. It’s very disputable matter.

    6.1. He took infinite pains with his work.
    6.2. He took great pains with his works.

    Would you be kind enough to verify their English sounding?

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: paraphrasing of six sentences 5

    1.1. I will feel better if I get it off my chest.
    1.2. I will feel better if I have it over and done with.

    2.1. You shouldn't take things so much to heart, he acted for the best.
    2.2. Don't let it worry you, he acted for the best.

    3.1. He complimented us on our success.
    3.2. He congratulated us on our success. But the meaning here is slightly different. To congratulate doesn't imply to compliment; i.e., your work is stellar.

    4.1. There was nothing original about it, in fact it was quite commonplace.
    4.2. There was nothing original about it, in fact it was quite ordinary.

    5.1. It’s a very controversial matter.
    5.2. It’s very disputable matter. It carries a slightly different meaning, and I can't seem to put my finger on what that difference is exactly. Sorry.

    6.1. He took infinite pains with his work.
    6.2. He took great pains with his works. But infinite means immeasurably great.

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    Re: paraphrasing of six sentences 5

    Hi Soup,

    Thank you for your rational verification.

    I agree with your notes with some reservations.

    1.1. I will feel better if I get it off my chest.
    1.2. I will feel better if I say and be quit of it.

    5.1. It’s a very controversial matter.
    5.2. It’s a very moot matter.

    I know that “moot point” = “a matter that is still open to discussion or debatable, but usually with the connotation that it is an academic question because it is no longer significant or because agreement is unlikely to be reached.”
    Whether Shakespeare actually wrote the poem remains a moot point among critics, or It's a moot point whether the chicken or the egg came first.

    On the one hand “controversial” = “debatable; not universally believed”.
    On the other hand “debatable” = in doubt or dispute: arguable, contested, disputable, doubtful, exceptionable, moot, mootable, problematic, problematical, questionable and “disputable” = in doubt or dispute: arguable, contested, debatable, doubtful, exceptionable, moot, mootable, problematic, problematical, questionable

    6.1. He took infinite pains with his work.
    6.2. He took total pains with his work.

    I know that “infinite” = immeasurably great or large; boundless: infinite patience; a discovery of infinite importance.
    On the hand “immeasurable” = impossible to measure but on the other hand the same word means “vast; limitless”. I comprehend your trend towards the infinite accuracy of the interpretation.

    Thank you again for your finicalness( I mean the good sense of the word).

    Regards.

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    Re: paraphrasing of six sentences 5

    Get it off my chest = confess what's been a burden to me to keep secret = say it so it's out in the open. (Depending on what you have to get off your chest, it may NOT be over and done with. Only the burden of keeping the secret is done with. For example, if my secret is that I was expelled from school and I finally tell my parents, that is probably NOT the last we'll talk about the matter.

    A moot point is used these days to mean "that's not what we're gong to discuss."

    A: Peter called - he can't pick you up. You'll have to take a taxi home.
    B: Paul was the one was going to pick me up. Not Peter.
    A: Oh, I thought he said Peter.
    B: No, his name is Paul!
    A: Okay, that's a moot point. Whatever his name is, he called and said he can't do it, so you'll have to get a cab.

    You can use "contentious" or "hotly debated" as substitutes for "controvertial."

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    Re: paraphrasing of six sentences 5

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    There are six original sentences as well as their modifications as a result of paraphrasing of some words and words combinations from the corresponding former one.

    1.1. I will feel better if I get it off my chest.
    1.2. I will feel better if I whenit is over and done with.

    2.1. You shouldn’t take things so much to heart. He acted for the best.
    2.2. Don’t let it worry you. He acted for the best.

    ...

    4.1. There was nothing original about it. In fact it was quite commonplace.
    4.2. There was nothing original about it. In fact it was quite ordinary.
    The first two sentences do not mean the same thing.

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    Re: paraphrasing of six sentences 5

    Hi Barb_D,

    Thank you for your very true to life explanation. Thank you also for your note concerning the meaning of “moot”. I was much taken with your versions of controversial namely "contentious" and "hotly debated". Indeed contentious = involving or likely to cause contention; controversial: “a central and contentious element of the book”.

    Thank you for your assistance.

    Regards.

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    Re: paraphrasing of six sentences 5

    Hi RonBee,

    Thank you for your fair note “The first two sentences do not mean the same thing.” I found another more expedient substituent of the expression “to get smth off my chest” namely “say and be quit of it”.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: paraphrasing of six sentences 5

    I will feel better if I get it off my chest.
    I will feel better if I speak my mind.

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    Re: paraphrasing of six sentences 5

    Hi RonBee,

    Thank you for your last felicitous modification. I find that you are very felicitous in your choice of words.

    Maybe it is quite possible another version?

    I will feel better if I get it off my chest.
    I will feel better if I speak my mind.
    I will feel better if I speak out.

    speak one’s mind

    Also, speak out. Say what one really thinks, talk freely and fearlessly, as in

    Will you give me a chance to speak my mind or am I supposed to agree with everything you say? Or

    Jan welcomed the chance to speak out about abortion.

    Regards.

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 14-Jun-2008 at 16:19.

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    Re: paraphrasing of six sentences 5

    Hi, vil.
    I've been learning a lot from your posts. Thank you.
    I believe paraphrasing is a good exercise for language learners.
    I'm looking forward to your next posts.

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