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    "build up"/"take on" significance?

    Please check my exercise below. I am very confused about these following:
    2. He looks very aggressive and threatening, and so his soft, gentle voice is rather ________.
    A.disembodied; B.disconcerting; C.dismissive; D.discordant
    I'd choose D

    3. He lives _____ his office.
    A.Far from B.apart from C.a long way from D.distant from
    I'd choose A but my teacher chose C

    4. The air in the town centre was _______ with petrol fumes.
    A.Thick B.strong C.full D.unpleasant
    I'd choose A but my teacher chose D

    5. They offered her $50 a week and all ______ to work at the hotel.
    A.Told B.agreed C.found D.in
    I'd choose A but my teacher chose D

    6. Family relationship later _______ a much greater significance in his life.
    A.Took on B.kept up C.build up D.took up
    I'd choose C but my teacher chose A
    Thank you very much in advance

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    Re: "build up"/"take on" significance?

    Quote Originally Posted by linhtho0211 View Post
    Please check my exercise below. I am very confused about these following:
    2. He looks very aggressive and threatening, and so his soft, gentle voice is rather ________.
    A.disembodied; B.disconcerting; C.dismissive; D.discordant
    I'd choose D. D works, but B is better.

    3. He lives _____ his office.
    A.Far from B.apart from C.a long way from D.distant from
    I'd choose A but my teacher chose C A and C are both right.

    4. The air in the town centre was _______ with petrol fumes.
    A.Thick B.strong C.full D.unpleasant
    I'd choose A but my teacher chose D I'm with you on this one.

    5. They offered her $50 a week and all ______ to work at the hotel.
    A.Told B.agreed C.found D.in
    I'd choose A but my teacher chose D This doesn't work as written. It could be:

    ...$50 a week all told to work...
    OR
    ...$50 a week in all to work...


    6. Family relationship later _______ a much greater significance in his life.
    A.Took on B.kept up C.build up D.took up
    I'd choose C but my teacher chose A Your teacher wins this one.
    Thank you very much in advance
    Your welcome!


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    Re: "build up"/"take on" significance?

    If the hotel offers her $50 a week all-in they are providing her with all that is needed to survive. Bed, food, power etc. She gets $50 to spend. Sometimes all-found is used.


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    Re: "build up"/"take on" significance?

    2. I don't like any of them.
    Why would a soft, gentle voice be unsettling (despite the look on his face)?
    The other way round - soft, gentle expression on someone's face, and threatening tone of voice, then yes.
    So I don't like 'disconcerting'
    Whilst 'discordant' has the sense of 'incongruous', it is too associated with the sense of 'a harsh jarring'. How does that fit in with a soft, gentle voice?
    Go figure.

    3. In that bald sentence,"far from his office' sounds rather dreamily dramatic. You only need to choose one, so the best is C.

    5. It's C -'found'
    'all found' means "an employee's wages with board and lodging provided free/thrown in for no charge."

    'all told' : I earned 10 mowing the lawn, and 6 walking Mrs. Smith's dog, so all told, I'm richer by 16 this week!
    Last edited by David L.; 23-Feb-2009 at 21:40.


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    Re: "build up"/"take on" significance?

    Whilst 'discordant' has the sense of 'incongruous', it is too associated with the sense of 'a harsh jarring'. How does that fit in with a soft, gentle voice?
    Its discordant because his physical image does not match his voice. There is a discord there. Someone may find that disconcerting, I suppose.

    'all found' means "an employee's wages with board and lodging provided free/thrown in for no charge."
    Certainly in BE all-in (all-inclusive) is often used for this type of arrangement. All-found can be used too, but I would expect to see all-in more often. Its bad that they make you choose based on which you think is the more common.


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    Re: "build up"/"take on" significance?

    'all-inclusive' and 'all in' refer to guests at a hotel etc.
    Accommodation charges, plus half-board, and use of water-sports equipment, all-in, that's xyz.

    'all-inclusive' refers to accommodation, 3 meals a day, possibly afternoon snack, supper, plus unlimited hard (local brands only) and soft drinks.

    The item is referring to an employee earning wages, with board and lodging provided.

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