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Anonymous:
Dear teachers,

I'm glad to be back on the site and I wish you all a good academic year. I look forward to your collaboration and thank you in advance for all the help you will be providing me the days and months ahead.

My first question is if you could tell me if the following sentences are correct. If yes, what do they mean ?

a) I consider her to have been taken unfair advantage of. ??

b) Advantage was believed to have been taken of John. ??

c) We believe advantage to have been taken of John. ??

Best regards,
Hela
Hi,

My dictionary defines 'to take advantage of someone' as 'to exploit or outwit someone unfairly'. My feeling is that, in addition, the exploiting involves some kind of weakness on the part of the outwitted person. Your sentences seem to fit this definition.

As regards grammar, they are correct, but the passive makes all these sentences seem wordy and rather awkward.

a) I consider her to have been taken unfair advantage of. I consider that someone took unfair advantage of her.

b) Advantage was believed to have been taken of John.
They (or someone) believed someone took advantage of John.


c) We believe advantage to have been taken of John. We believe someone took advantage of John.

Best wishes, Clive
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Thank you Clive. I understand that sentences b) and c) are quite awkward, but would you say that sentence a) is as awkward or could it still be used ?

Thanks again,

Hela
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Hi Again,

Well, yeah, I more or less agree with you, although it's still not a greatly elegant way to speak.

Clive
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Anonymous:
meaning of the sentence plzzz

the people and would merely mean the distribution of poverty
Hi,

meaning of the sentence plzzz

the people and would merely mean the distribution of poverty

This is just a fragment of a sentence. For example, what is being said about 'the people'? Where is the verb that relates to 'the people'?

I don't see any meaning here. You need to say this in another way.

Best wishes, Clive
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Anonymous:
Hello Everybody

temme da meaning of :

you are over her
Anon, you will have more success in here if you use standard English.

Tell me the meaning of.

As I just told you in chat, it means that you no longer have romantic feelings for her.
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