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    Dear teachers,

    What do we mean by a perfect English pronunciation? In one _________ there aer as many different kinds of English as there are speakers of it.
    a. meaning b. sense
    The key is 'b'. I think it is because of the word 'in' as we always say "in a sense". Is that right?

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

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    Re: meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    What do we mean by a perfect English pronunciation? In one _________ there aer as many different kinds of English as there are speakers of it.
    a. meaning b. sense
    The key is 'b'. I think it is because of the word 'in' as we always say "in a sense". Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang
    Hi jiang,

    While the words sense and meaning are considered synonyms (please see the entry for meaning from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition) -- for one source), the two words do have subtle distinctions and associated connotations. Generally speaking, the word sense, due to its derivation, is associated more with perceptions arising from the senses.

    Thus, you're right to find that the word "meaning" does not work quite as well as "sense" in the example you have provided.

    In any event, it's apparent that your sense of the meaning involved here is clear.

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    Re: meaning

    Dear Monticello,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.
    Best wishes,
    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Monticello View Post
    Hi jiang,

    While the words sense and meaning are considered synonyms (please see the entry for meaning from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition) -- for one source), the two words do have subtle distinctions and associated connotations. Generally speaking, the word sense, due to its derivation, is associated more with perceptions arising from the senses.

    Thus, you're right to find that the word "meaning" does not work quite as well as "sense" in the example you have provided.

    In any event, it's apparent that your sense of the meaning involved here is clear.

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    Re: meaning

    Glad to be of help, jiang.

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