Could you tell me what are differences between the following sentences in terms of meaning or nuance? 1. I need to speak to you on a matter of utmost importance. 2. I need to speak to you about a matter of utmost importance.
commented on their own question.
1) Does "(Barely) living in smog" mean "(almost) living in smog"? 2) Does "The few pedestrians on the streets are mostly unmasked, confirming fears that public awareness of the health risks are low" mean "only a few pedestrians on the streets are ...
NL8881) Does "(Barely) living in smog"...Yes, but to me it's ambiguous.
It could mean (1) you're "just on the edge" of a smog zone.
Or it could mean (2) you're scarcely/barely able to survive, because the smog is so bad.
NL888The few pedestrians on the streets...There seem to be two independent bits of information here.
(1) There ...
|NL888 Yeah. It is rather ambiguous. If most people know choosing to stay indoors, the general public awareness of the health risks is high, not low.|
Yes, general fears are high, not low.
The author seems to have written poorly.
|Mister Micawber They all seem fine to me. Use any of them without fear or favour.|
|grammarfreak My view is this. The question was in present perfect form, so the proper answer should be " yes I have, but it was long time ago". This more or less matched A 3. This answer has a dummy "it", which is permitted. However, there is an alternate way ...|
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