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    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1
    I did not know what to do with the dying cat except clasp it to my bosom.
    Here 'except' means 'but'.
    Here is another sentence:
    I learned through the crisis that I don't have to do very much for a friend in deep sorrow except to be with him.
    My question is: Can I say
    I learned through the crisis that I don't have to do very much for a friend in deep sorrow except be with him.

    No.2
    His apartment had been broken _________ twice within two months. So he had decided to move ______.
    a. into, for the sake of b. in, for the benefit of
    The key is 'a'. No problem. Could you please explain why 'b' isn't correct?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang
    Last edited by jiang; 12-Dec-2008 at 13:54.

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    Re: except

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1
    I did not know what to do with the dying cat except clasp it to my bosom.
    Here 'except' means 'but'.
    Here is another sentence:
    I learned through the crisis that I don't have to do very much for a friend in deep sorrow except to be with him.
    My question is: Can I say
    I learned through the crisis that I don't have to do very much for a friend in deep sorrow except be with him.
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    No.2
    His apartment had been broken _________ twice within two months. So he had decided to move ______.
    a. into, for the sake of b. in, for the benefit of
    The key is 'a'. No problem. Could you please explain why 'b' isn't correct?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    You break in something when you get habituated to it or when you get it habituated to you. On the other hand, you break into something when actual breaking might be involved.

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    Re: except

    Dear RonBee,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Yes.


    You break in something when you get habituated to it or when you get it habituated to you. On the other hand, you break into something when actual breaking might be involved.

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