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    rephrasing of a few sentences

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my attempt to rephrase the following sentences?

    1.1.So much dust had accumulated during our absence that it look us some time to make the place spick and span.
    1.2.So much dust had gathered during our absence that it look us some time to make the place in good order.

    2.1. Iím dubious about entrusting the job to him, for he is neither shrewd nor discreet.
    2.2. Iíve some doubt about trusting him with the job, for he is is neither wise nor careful.

    3.1. After the chilly reception we received I did not feel like visiting them again.
    3.2. After the cold reception we received I did not feel like visiting them again.

    4.1. I must admit that he is one of the stingiest people Iíve come across.
    4.2. I must admit that he is one of the meanest people Iíve come across.

    5.1. I chose at random, but my choice proved correct.
    5.2. I chose without thinking, but my choice proved correct.

    6.1. He does not seem to have an ambition in the world, but is just content to drift along.
    6.2. He does not seem to have a purpose or aim in life, but is just content to drift along.

    7.1. Towards the end of his life he lived in France under an assumed name.
    7.2. Towards the end of his life he lived in France under a false name.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: rephrasing of a few sentences

    1.1.So much dust had accumulated during our absence that it look us some time to make the place spick and span.
    1.2.So much dust had gathered during our absence that it look us some time to put the place in good order.

    2.1. Iím dubious about entrusting the job to him, because he is neither shrewd nor discreet.
    2.2. Iíve some doubt about trusting him with the job, because he is is neither wise nor careful.
    'wise nor careful' does not mean 'shrewd nor discreet'[/B].

    5.1. I chose at random, but my choice proved (to be) correct.
    5.2. I chose without thinking, but my choice proved (to be) correct.

    6.1. He does not seem to have any ambition in the world, but is just content to drift along.
    6.2. He does not seem to have a purpose or aim in life, but is just content to drift along.

    The others are acceptable.

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    Re: rephrasing of a few sentences

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    'wise nor careful' does not mean 'shrewd nor discreet'[/b].

    Hi apex2000,

    Thank you again for your selfless moves to normalize my patched-up sentences. I make a dead set at improving my antediluvian, imperfect English.

    In my opinion there must be some misunderstanding concerning the interpretation of the expressions “shrewd nor discreet” and “wise nor careful”.

    There is the following entry in my popular Chambers Dictionary of Synonyms:

    shrewd (a) = clever , smart , wise (c) a = c

    discreet (b) = careful (d), cautious, delicate, diplomatic, judicious, politic, prudent, reserved, sensible, tactful, wary. b = d

    There are the following rudimentary simple equations with two known quantities:

    If (a + b) = X

    and a = c ; b = d

    then (c + d) = X

    Would you be kind enough to get to the bottom of your statement above?

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 22-Jun-2009 at 13:28.

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    Re: rephrasing of a few sentences

    First of all you have to consider the words in the context of your sentences. The dictionary definitions allow for a number of uses which is one of the pleasures of the English language. There are many ways of 'saying the same thing' but each of them can have a slightly different nuance.

    Therefore we must consider what you intended others to understand from your sentences.

    2.1 Iím dubious about entrusting the job to him, because he is neither shrewd nor discreet.
    2.2. Iíve some doubt about trusting him with the job, because he is is neither wise nor careful.
    Shrewd, in your case means keen, practical judgement for the job. (It also has many more meanings than the few you mention).
    Discreet, in this case means diplomatic, tactful or wary.
    Wise cannot replace shrewd in this context as a wise person is not always practical and shrewd implies more than knowledge plus experience.
    Careful is not strong enough to mean discreet; the latter is more than careful; secretive, prudent.

    I recommend that you acquire a thesaurus; that would help you much more than the good dictionary you are using.

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