I hope this is helpful,Dear teachers,
I have three questions to ask:
The great storms that hit th ecoast start ________ innocent circling disturbances hundreds ---even thousands ---of miles out to sea.
a. as b. with c. from
The key is 'a'. As the reference book explains that here it means "for this purpose". According to this explanation 'a' should be used as a conjuction but this is not the case in the sentence. Is that right?
I think it should be 'b'. Is that right?
The sentence means that the great storms were initially innocent circling disturbances.
Their quarrel started as an innocent misunderstanding. (At first it was a misunderstanding, but it grew into a quarrel.)
His great fortune started as a small bequest from his grandfather.
Although I started as a lowly clerk, I am now the president of the company.
All those beautiful daffodils started life as ugly little bulbs.
In the process, the moisture in this warm air produces rains, and with it the heat is ________ to energy in the form of strong winds.
a. diverted b. converted
The key is 'a'. But I think it should be 'b'. Is that right?
I agree with you. Diverted does not make sense to me. My husband, a physics professor agrees with both of us, although he thinks the sentence is not entirely accurate scientifically.
I think the better roads ______ the greater distance, but it's comfortable for us drivers. This is an awkward sentence. I don't know why 'but' is there. I would change it to: I think the better roads offset the greater distance, because they are faster and more comfortable (for us drivers).
a. offset b. compensate c. cover
The key is 'a'. I don't know why. Are 'b' and 'c' possible?
The better roads (wider, straighter, well-paved) allow us to drive faster and in greater comfort, so even though the distance in miles is greater, we will arrive sooner than if we had driven fewer miles on poor (narrow, winding, badly-paved) roads. In this sentence, offset means 'make up for.'
'B' would work equally well, but only if you said compensate for.
'C' is not a good choice unless you say something like, 'I think that, although the better roads cover a greater distance, they are faster and more comfortable.
looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you in advance.
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