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    rephrase of words and word combinations 8

    Dear teachers,

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

    1.1. She said she would have to show these documents to somebody else before she put her name under them.
    1.2. She said she would have to sho these documents to somebody else before she sign under them.

    2.1. Do you think I can sit here and chat with you about other peopleís affairs when all this is going on?
    2.2. Do you think I can sit here and gossip.

    3.1. They knew they had but a small chance of running away.
    3.2. They knew they had but a small chance of escaping.

    4.1. I tried to telephone him but didnít succeed in reacing him.
    4.2. I tried to telephone him but failed.

    5.1. When the war was over soldiers and officers that had been taken prisoners returned home.
    5.2. When the war was over prisoners of war returned home.

    6.1. The boy looked around for a good place where he couldnít be seen.
    6.2. The boy looked around for a good place where he could be hidden.

    7.1. When I was looking through some old documents I quite unexpectedly found an old photo of my schoolmate.
    7.2. When I was looking through some old documents I quite unexpectedly came across an old photo of my schoolmate.

    8.1. Boys are usually fond of strange exciting happewnings.
    8.2. Boys are usually fond of adventures.

    Thank you for your effoirts.

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    Re: rephrase of words and word combinations 8

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

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

    1.1. She said she would have to show these documents to somebody else before she put her name under them.
    1.2. She said she would have to sho these documents to somebody else before she could/would sign them.

    I am not entirely sure if sign under them is acceptable.

    2.1. Do you think I can sit here and chat with you about other peopleís affairs when all this is going on?
    2.2. Do you think I can sit here and gossip.

    3.1. They knew they had but a small chance of running away.
    3.2. They knew they had but a small chance of escaping.

    4.1. I tried to telephone him but didnít succeed in reacing him.
    4.2. I tried to telephone him but failed to reach him.

    Your original sentence is fine, but you could add to reach him.

    5.1. When the war was over soldiers and officers that had been taken prisoners returned home.
    5.2. When the war was over the freed prisoners of war returned home.

    You need the article the, but freed is an optional extra. The fact that the prisoners were set free is implied, but I would probably add it anyway.

    6.1. The boy looked around for a good place where he couldnít be seen.
    6.2. The boy looked around for a good place where he could hide.

    The bare infinitive is the correct form to use in such a construction.

    7.1. When I was looking through some old documents I quite unexpectedly found an old photo of my schoolmate.
    7.2. When I was looking through some old documents I quite unexpectedly came across an old photo of my schoolmate.

    8.1. Boys are usually fond of strange exciting happewnings.
    8.2. Boys are usually fond of adventures.

    Thank you for your effoirts.

    Regards

    V

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    Re: rephrase of words and word combinations 8

    Hi colloquium,

    Thank you for your vocational proof of my wording.. Thank you also for your helpful explanations as well as for your just corrections and relevant modifications and supplements.

    put one’s name to/ under = sign = undersign
    sign one’s fate
    sign one’s own dead warrant
    put/affix/attach one’s signature/name to/under
    all of us signed the document

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    V.
    Last edited by vil; 18-Aug-2008 at 17:35.


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    Re: rephrase of words and word combinations 8

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi colloquium,

    Thank you for your vocational proof of my wording.. Thank you also for your helpful explanations as well as for your just corrections and relevant modifications and supplements.

    put oneís name to/ under = sign = undersign It is "Put your name to something" = underwrite it. There is no term "undersign".
    sign one's fate
    sign one's own death warrant
    put/affix/attach oneís signature/name to/under Affix one's signature - but this is very archaic now.
    all of us signed the document

    Regards

    V.
    8.1. Boys are usually fond of strange and/or exciting happenings.
    8.2. Boys are usually fond of adventures.

    I am not at all sure you can regard strange happenings as synonymous to adventures.

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    Re: rephrase of words and word combinations 8

    Hi Anglika,

    There are the following preconditions for my allegations.

    There is no term "undersign". (Anglika)

    undersign (v) = to sign one's name at the bottom of (a letter or document).
    undersign: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

    I am not at all sure you can regard strange happenings as synonymous to adventures. (Anglika)


    adventure (n) = an unusual or exciting experience: an adventure in dining
    experience = happening= adventure = occurrence = event = affair = incident = trial

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    Re: rephrase of words and word combinations 8

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi Anglika,

    There are the following preconditions for my allegations.

    There is no term "undersign". (Anglika)

    undersign (v) = to sign one's name at the bottom of (a letter or document).
    undersign: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

    I am not at all sure you can regard strange happenings as synonymous to adventures. (Anglika)


    adventure (n) = an unusual or exciting experience: an adventure in dining
    experience = happening= adventure = occurrence = event = affair = incident = trial

    Regards

    V.
    Though Answers.com is useful, I would hesitate to regard it as 100% accurate. "Undersign" may have been used in the way indicated, but it is not how it would be understood here.

    You do have to remember that those who are writing definitions have to use other words to express them. Sometimes the definitions themselves are slightly off beam. Often there are shades of meaning which can be gathered through the context.

    "An adventure in dining" is an expressive but metaphoric use of the word, and I still do not see a boy's "adventure" as being "an unusual happening". It might well be "an exciting happening".

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