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    conclude, no less than

    Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:

    No.1

    Now you and the seller must contact each other by e-mail, arrange payment and shoopping terms, and _________________ the transaction.

    a. accomplish b. conclude c. end d. finish

    Different reference books give different keys. One gives "a". The other gives "b". Although no reference books gives "d" I did surf the Internet and found "finish a transaction". I don't know which is correct. Could you please kindly explain that to me?

    No.2
    For example, suppose you want to buy a rare Star Wars poster. You find it listed on eBay at a starting price of only $1. Wow! What a bargain! You've seen the same poster sell for ______________ $50. However, the starting price is just the beginning of the auction. Once the poster is online, it is seen by millions of eBay shoppers.

    a. less than b. no less than c. no more than d. more than
    The key is "d". Could you please kindly explain why "b" isn't correct?

    No.3
    This is a sentence in my textbook:
    There must be a way to stop the leaking.
    But I can only find the expression "to stop the leak" or "to stop the water leaking". My question is: Is the sentence in my textbook correct?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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    Re: conclude, no less than

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:

    No.1

    Now you and the seller must contact each other by e-mail, arrange payment and shoopping terms, and _________________ the transaction.

    a. accomplish b. conclude c. end d. finish

    Different reference books give different keys. One gives "a". The other gives "b". Although no reference books gives "d" I did surf the Internet and found "finish a transaction". I don't know which is correct. Could you please kindly explain that to me?
    The best answer is b; it is a suitable word for an important thing like completing a business deal.
    a. would be a very strange choice. d. is not very suitable for transactions.


    No.2
    For example, suppose you want to buy a rare Star Wars poster. You find it listed on eBay at a starting price of only $1. Wow! What a bargain! You've seen the same poster sell for ______________ $50. However, the starting price is just the beginning of the auction. Once the poster is online, it is seen by millions of eBay shoppers.

    a. less than b. no less than c. no more than d. more than
    The key is "d". d. is correct and is the commonly used expression. "more than" emphasizes that the poster will not be cheap.
    Could you please kindly explain why "b" isn't correct? It's just not as good as d.

    No.3
    This is a sentence in my textbook:
    There must be a way to stop the leaking.
    But I can only find the expression "to stop the leak" or "to stop the water leaking". My question is: Is the sentence in my textbook correct? Yes, it's correct.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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    Re: conclude, no less than

    No.1
    a. accomplish
    b. conclude (a business transaction) <collocation>
    c. end
    d. finish

    Note,
    • finish is synonymous with conclude, but the collocation in Business English is to conclude a transaction;
    • accomplish a goal,
    • end a transaction means to stop it, not conclude it.


    No.2
    a. less than
    b. no less than <no amount less than $50>
    c. no more than
    d. more than

    No.3
    There must be a way to stop the leaking.
    <Ellipsis: stop the (water from) leaking.>

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    Re: conclude, no less than

    Dear Soup,

    Thank you very much for your explanation.

    No.3
    May I say both "to stop the leak" and "to stop the leaking" are correct?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    No.1
    a. accomplish
    b. conclude (a business transaction) <collocation>
    c. end
    d. finish


    Note,
    • finish is synonymous with conclude, but the collocation in Business English is to conclude a transaction;
    • accomplish a goal,
    • end a transaction means to stop it, not conclude it.

    No.2
    a. less than
    b. no less than <no amount less than $50>
    c. no more than
    d. more than

    No.3
    There must be a way to stop the leaking.
    <Ellipsis: stop the (water from) leaking.>

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    Re: conclude, no less than

    Yes, both are fine.

    stop the leak <noun>
    stop the leaking <gerund>

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