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    paraphrase of words and word combinations

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to revise my paraphrasing of the following using words and word combinations from the next sentences?

    1.1. It will cost a handsome sum of money.
    1.2. It will cost a substantial sum of money.

    2.1. You won’t deceive him.
    2.2. You won’t take him in.

    3.1. They don’t need such obsolete methods.
    3.2. They don’t have use for such obsolete methods.

    4.1. This is what I’m driving at.
    4.2. This is what I’m leading up to.

    5.1. I have a good mind to put the matter before him.
    5.2. I am inclined to put the matter before him.

    6.1. The mocking laughter rang in his ears.
    6.2. The derisive laughter rang in his ears.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 12-Aug-2008 at 19:45.

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    Re: paraphrase of words and word combinations

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post

    4.1. This is what Iím driving at.
    4.2. This is what Iím leading up.
    The others are correct.
    "leading up" doesn't mean anything.
    "This is what Iím leading up to" is possible. It means you're in the process of making a point; you're leading up to a conclusion ("this").
    "driving at" means "trying to explain/get across". "This is what I'm trying to get across". Again, you're driving at the conclusion.

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