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    short of, as well as, expect

    Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:

    No.1
    It is this idea that causes their problems rather than any _____of skill in mathematics.
    a. lack b. short
    The key is 'a'. No problem. But I think 'b' is also possible. Is that right?

    No.2
    The best way to deal with this problem is to tell yourself that maths involves using the smae numbers you have been using all your life and that you know them _______ any one else.
    a. as b. as well as
    The key is 'b'. But I think it should be 'a'. It should be 'as any one else does'. If we use be then it should be '...you know them as well as others'. Is that right?

    No.3
    Sometimes sutdetns in mathematics courses do not read the written material in the text but ______ that the instructor will tell them what they need to know.
    a. consider b. assume c. expect d. believe
    The key is 'b'. No problem. But I think the rest three are also correct. Is that right?

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

    Jiang
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    Re: short of, as well as, expect

    'rather than any...of skill.'

    The word that comes after 'any' in this sentence must be a noun: 'any (something) of skill'

    'lack' is a noun. 'shortness' is a noun; but 'short' is mainly an adjective, and also an adverb.

    This rules out even a consideration of 'shortness' as a possibility, since it is not listed as an option.

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    short of, as well as, expect

    Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:


    No.1 and No.2

    It is this idea that causes their problems rather than any __1__ of skill in mathematics. The best way to deal with this problem is to tell yourself that maths involves using the smae numbers you have been using all your life and that you know them ___2____ any one else.
    1. a. lack b. short
    The key is 'a'. No problem. Could you please explain why 'b' isn't correct?
    2. a. as b. as well as
    The key is 'b'. But I think it should be 'a'. It should be 'as any one else does'. If we use be then it should be '...you know them as well as others'. Is that right?

    No.3
    Sometimes students in mathematics courses do not read the written material in the text but ______ that the instructor will tell them what they need to know.
    a. consider b. assume c. expect d. believe
    The key is 'b'. No problem. But I think the rest three are also correct. Is that right?

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

    Jiang
    Last edited by jiang; 13-Mar-2009 at 13:56.

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    Re: short of, as well as, expect

    Dear David,

    Thank you very much for your explanation.

    I pressed ''sent'' by mistake before I finished typing the questions. I posted all of the three questions just now.
    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    'rather than any...of skill.'

    The word that comes after 'any' in this sentence must be a noun: 'any (something) of skill'

    'lack' is a noun. 'shortness' is a noun; but 'short' is mainly an adjective, and also an adverb.

    This rules out even a consideration of 'shortness' as a possibility, since it is not listed as an option.

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    Re: short of, as well as, expect

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear David,

    Thank you very much for your explanation.

    I pressed ''sent'' by mistake before I finished typing the questions. I posted all of the three questions just now.
    Jiang

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    Re: short of, as well as, expect

    Dear jayan,

    Thank you very much for your help.
    The moment I pressed 'sent' I pressed 'cancel'. I didn't expect it was sent out until I saw David's reply.

    I hope this won't happen again.

    Jiang

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    Jiang: It is possible to edit the posted message


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    Re: short of, as well as, expect

    No need for a hair shirt (something worn to show how really sorry and apologetic you are.)

    Jayan12's suggestion is good: you can add to a post by using the Edit button; and if you want to remove something altogether, use the Delete buttons. I find both invaluable. Saves me from more than I might have if they weren't available!

    Look forward to your other queries when you add them to this thread.

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    Re: short of, as well as, expect

    Dear Jiang:

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:


    No.1 and No.2

    It is this idea that causes their problems rather than any __1__ of skill in mathematics. The best way to deal with this problem is to tell yourself that maths involves using the smae numbers you have been using all your life and that you know them ___2____ any one else.
    1. a. lack b. short
    The key is 'a'. No problem. Could you please explain why 'b' isn't correct?
    Number 1 requires a noun. One can have 'a lack of' something, but one cannot have 'a short of' something.
    2. a. as b. as well as
    The key is 'b'. But I think it should be 'a'. It should be 'as any one else does'. If we use be then it should be '...you know them as well as others'.
    You know maths as well as anyone: Your maths skills are as good as the maths skills of other people.
    If you say, 'You know them as anyone else (does),' you are saying that you know them in the same way as others.

    Is that right?

    No.3
    Sometimes sutdetns in mathematics courses do not read the written material in the text but ______ that the instructor will tell them what they need to know.
    a. consider b. assume c. expect d. believe
    The key is 'b'. No problem. But I think the rest three are also correct. Is that right?

    One could use 'expect' and 'believe' in the example sentence. However, 'consider' would not work so well. 'To consider that' means to have an opinion rather than an expectation. 'I consider that it is right for the teacher to explain the directions.'

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

    Jiang
    Does this help?

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    Re: short of, as well as, expect

    Dear Petra,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. I understand No.1 and No.3.
    No.2:
    Based on your explanation ''as well as" states 'fact' while " (just) as" states "method"? Is that right?

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

    Jiang
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    Dear Jiang:



    Does this help?

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    Re: short of, as well as, expect

    Dear Jiang:

    Yes, that is a good way to think of it.
    as well as = to the same degree
    as = in the same way

    Petra

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