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    Lightbulb Re: Security and the Falling Dollar(1)

    Every year, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is briefed by the chief of U.S. intelligence on potential threats to the nation. The list is sobering, but usually predictable and typically includes global terrorism, nuclear proliferation and regional conflicts.
    Security and the Falling Dollar - WSJ.com

    Hello! I am reading an article titled Security and the Falling Dollar in the Wall Street Journal. The quoted is the first paragraph of it. Could you answer me the following questions? Thanks in advance.

    Q1: Would you please outline the function of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in a nutshell? I accessed its website and got lost.
    U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

    Q2: U.S. intelligence = the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence?

    Q3: What does 'list' refer to? Does it refer to the report by the chief of U.S. intelligence?

    Q4: Why did the journalist use "but" here?

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    Re: Security and the Falling Dollar(1)

    The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence oversees the various intelligence agencies of the U.S. government: the CIA, the NSA, Army Intelligence, etc.

    There is no one chief of U.S. intelligence.

    Intelligence - espionage and counter-espionage; data gathering

    The list is the list of threats to the nation.

    "The list is sobering, but usually predictable" means there are not usually any surprises on the list.


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    Re: Security and the Falling Dollar(1)

    Could you answer me the following questions?
    I don't know if it's just me but the way the sentence is phrased sounds a bit odd to me. Not so polite perhaps. Don't get me wrong daffodils, I'm not saying you mean it that way.

    What do you think, teachers?

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    Re: Security and the Falling Dollar(1)

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Could you answer me the following questions?
    Better:
    Could you answer the following questions for me?

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    Re: Security and the Falling Dollar(1)

    Thanks RB. So what is it about the original sentence?

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    Smile Re: Security and the Falling Dollar(1)

    RonBee:

    Thank you very much for your answers.


    Tedtmc:

    Thank you for pointing out the inappropriate expressions of mine. Please keep doing. I am happy to improve myself.


    Cheers!

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    Re: Security and the Falling Dollar(1)

    You're welcome daffodils. We'll share and learn from each other.
    But, I still can't tell you why it is 'odd' though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    You're welcome daffodils. We'll share and learn from each other.
    But, I still can't tell you why it is 'odd' though.
    Thanks for your response. I think "answer" should just have one object but I used two objects "me" and "questions".

    Another alternative as below might work:

    Could you answer my questions as the following?

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    Re: Security and the Falling Dollar(1)

    Could you answer my questions as the following?
    Could you answer my questions which follow.
    Could you answer my questions as follows:

    OK, let me explain I think it is odd:
    Could you answer me the following questions?
    The sentence is grammatically correct just that it could be better put.

    After all, it is also correct to say:

    Could you pose me the question?
    Could you supply me the question?

    I think 'answer me' sounds a bit like an order. It could be phrased in a more polite manner, for example:

    Could you answer the following questions for me?
    Could you help me to answer the following questions?

    not a teacher

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    Re: Security and the Falling Dollar(1)

    Could you answer me? = Could you give me an answer?
    Could you answer my question? = Could you give me an answer to my queston?
    Could you answer the following questions? = Could you answer the questions that follow?

    You could use any of those, daffy, but what happened is that you mixed them up (specifially, one and three). Why can't you do that? Well, I could attempt an explanation, but I don't want to work that hard.

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