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some questions here:

1. "But I never realize that all this independence was only a step away from the real thing"

im wondering what dose 'only a step away' mean?

2."in a sence,they were financing the whole deal"

what does "in a sence" mean?

3.what dose "pack your lunch" mean?

4.what dose this sentence mean? "She tries to get more on the level of the students."

Thanks !
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Marius HancuIn that link, I think she says she sat down with the band leader for a honest (on the level) interview.

This interpretation
on the level=honest (given by Aperisic)
is not the one given in most dictionaries
and is a bit slangy

This is a play/pun on the band's name, Level-C.

However, as I mentioned, I don't think this interpretation applies to the original posting, where the teacher simplifies things to get to the level of understanding of the students.
She tries to get more on the level of the students

Well actually I was drawn to understand this as She tries to become more honest and open with the students. not because of the level but because

She tries to get more

It looked to me as she is trying to make a better connection with the students. That is how the sentence sounds to me.

If I look

She tries to get more on the level of the students = She tries to get closer to the students' level (of, say, communication or knowledge).

then I am confused about She tries to get more, because it is almost a standard expression when someone is almost sympathetic or wants something to achieve badly

but if I look

She tries to get more on the level of the students = She tries to become more honest and open with the students.

then I have to switch on the level of the students into on the level with the students

This is for me like that picture which if you look this way, you see a vase, if you look that way, you see two faces. Definitely something is wrong.

She tries to get on the level of the students is for example OK, I can swallow it. So I think that She tries to get on the level of the students more. is far better. No confusion here for me.

I know what is the problem it is get more on the level Let me try.

She tries to get more on the level of the sea.

Ha, more is wrongly positioned definitely near get. That is why I was confused.

  • I try to get to more cakes ok
  • I try to get more on that mountain no
  • I try to get on that mountain more yes
  • I try more to get on that mountain yes


  • My conclusion: more in is not well positioned in She tries to get more on the level of the students This is mostly due to the fact that get is not the appropriate verb at all.

    • She tries to be more on the level of the students. is OK
    • She tries to get down on the level of the students. is OK as well


    • She tries to get more on the level of the students. makes me dizzy Emotion: crying

      [Don’t tell me what it means, please, I'll pop up.]

      She tries to get more on the top of my head. nonsense again

      You can't look at get more with a progressive meaning. get more cakes yes but not get more on the place At least I can't.
No Aperisic, don't cry (lol), I won't myself (and can't anyway) argue about the use of those words. I've always loved the subtleties of English language. Really nice to notice how much I learnt from this topic. Seems that it's been beneficial to me more than to the author!

Thanks a lot for making it so clear, Marius. I did misunderstand what you meant to tell us with the link. You all do a great job explaining things here.

Emotion: smile
Students: We have free audio pronunciation exercises.
Geniseta
No Aperisic, don't cry (lol), I won't myself (and can't anyway) argue about the use of those words. I've always loved the subtleties of English language. Really nice to notice how much I learnt from this topic. Seems that it's been beneficial to me more than to the author!

Thanks a lot for making it so clear, Marius. I did misunderstand what you meant to tell us with the link. You all do a great job explaining things here.

Emotion: smile

get more on the level of does not work me, and it does not for other people as well

"be more on the level of" 249.000 Google usages (195 usages Yahoo)

"get more on the level of" 2 Google usages (7 usages Yahoo) (on Google I can find only this forum i.e. these messages and no other usages)

"get down on the level" 20.500 Google usages (70 usages Yahoo)

Two other contexts I found:

You will begin to see cheerleading get more on the level of all the other sports.

This is OK get - getting - going to be - being - to be. The sentence flows very nicely. And get is used in the cheerleading jargon. And plus it says naturally get more -> get up, progress, develop, become better

"She's one of those professors who doesn't like to be considered a professor," said Jason Kosovski, Gill's teaching assistant in a film course, Communications 221. "She tries to get more on the level of the students."

Now, this is OK to me, but only because of the context. She tries to get more on the level of the students. is definitely not good as a sentence that wants to hold the complete information about her as a teacher without the context in which it lives. And it is colloquial - someone really said that, so it is acceptable. to get more on = to reach even better

(Other usages are more concrete like the level of the street…)

In writing nop - no way. You cannot use more when you actually want to say down with get.

She tries to get down on the level of the students. though this down sounds maybe impolite

She tries to be more on the level of the students. is how I would write it. There is no need for get, there is try already. And tries to is a growing action but get down (and nonetheless with almost the same meaning get more on the level) is a diminishing action.

She has climbed the mountain and now she tries to get more on the level of the see. nobody would write this.

She has climbed the mountain and now she tries to get down on the level of the see. this is OK

I am not dizzy any longer and I have stopped crying (for the time being).Emotion: geeked

Emotion: whisper : The idea that she, the teacher, was dumb, and was actually trying to get up on the level of the students just crossed my mind and I dismissed and remarked it as being a good but really dark joke.get more as above in the cheerleading example => get up, becoming better, develop, grow Emotion: zip it