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    Question vocabulary


    Help me!
    In wonder which word is suitable for this balance “as” or “how” or”while”?
    *I'd like to go to Thailand, .....it's no by means the only country in the world I want to see.

    please explain, "it's no by means...".... what does it means ?

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    Re: vocabulary

    Are you quite sure your first language is English??


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    Re: vocabulary

    Quote Originally Posted by thanhthanh.esl View Post
    Help me!
    In wonder which word is suitable for this balance “as” or “how” or”while”?
    *I'd like to go to Thailand, .....it's no by means the only country in the world I want to see.

    please explain, "it's no by means...".... what does it means ?
    It is 'by no means' and not 'no by means'. It means 'not at all'.

    I'd like to go to Thailand, .....it's no by means the only country in the world I want to see.

    Neither of the conjunctions works, in my opinion.

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    Re: vocabulary

    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    Are you quite sure your first language is English??
    I often wonder about this. I'm sure some non-native speakers misunderstand this term.
    Perhaps they think First Language = "Language I am most interested in" or "First foreign language I'm learning".
    I can't think of a better alternative though. "Mother tongue" is potentially even more ambiguous.
    Maybe "Your native language: ".


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    Re: vocabulary

    I'd like to go to Thailand, but it's by no means the only country in the world I want to see.

    In my view, the word "but" works in this sentence.

    by no means // not by any means // not by any manner of means
    : in no way : not at all
    ▪ It's by no means certain that he'll come. = It's not by any means certain that he'll come.
    ▪ This is by no means the first time we have had this problem.
    ▪ I was not happy about the arrangements by any means, but I agreed to do it.
    ▪ This issue has not been resolved yet by any manner of means.

    I hope this helps.

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