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1) are predominate and dominate the same?
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"McKinley, though he too was persistent and determined, was naturally more gentle and considerate"
Question: What does naturally here mean?
a) By nature
b) Normally, without exaggeration

I think normally here does fit, too, because it might be normal for McKinley only?
3) Is the following sentence correct:
"orphans normally lead miserable lives"
4) What does on the brink means?
5) I cannot take on more responsibility or responsibilities?
 
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Both has the almost same meaning. Minor differences would be:

1) Pre-dominate--applies to something that exerts the most marked influence or pervails from a long time.

EG: a) Their marriage took place amidst lots of singing and dancing, a custom that is pre-dominant in their culture.

Dominate:applies to something that is uppermost because ruling or controlling.

Eg: a) He has a very dominant character.
b) He ruled an empire that dominated the entire world.
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McKinley, though he too was persistent and determined, was naturally more gentle and considerate".

--Naturally here, would be by nature or by birth.

--"Normally" means "usually" or " ordinarily".
She normally comes late.
He normally does not eat much.
orphans normally lead miserable lives- is right.
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"On the brink" means at :
the point of a major change, on the edge, on the verge.

-- When I met her,she was on the brink of crying.
 
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Thanks shalstudent although you missed the fifth one,
so how about sentence 4) orphan naturally lead miserable lives?
 

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Sorry, missed the last one. A bit doubtful about this part, but maybe the moderators can throw more light on this:

First person noun:

---I cannot take on any more responsibility - is right.
--We cannot take on any more responsibilities.

Second person noun:

--The responsibility of this project is yours.
--The responsibilities of this project lies with you.

--A child is a responsibility to its parents.
--Children should be taught of their responsibilites at an early stage.
--A child should be taught of his responsibilty at an early stage.

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Orphans naturally lead miserable lives, may not always be true. When speaking, we always say, "Orphans normally lead miserable lives."

A child may be an orphan by birth but if it is adopted, it won't lead a miserable life.
 
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