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Do you use all these expressions? Or does it sound too wordy? 1) other peoples' cultures 2) the cultures of other ethnic groups
 Both of these are correct, assuming that peoples refers to ethnic groups. However, because people's is very common and peoples' is pretty unusual, the latter can tend to look like a mistake for the former even when it is correctly used. Arguably ...
 Just "other cultures" works fine for me.
AlpheccaStarsJust "other cultures" works fine for me.
You beat me to it. I was going to say the same thing.
You can't have a culture without people, so you don't really need "peoples'".
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I have looked up this word in several dictionaries to know that it can mean "exceed the scope of". But I still don't understand the word when it appears in some specific contexts. Like in the following sentence 1. In the era of the Internet, the... 2. When among is automatically chosen for more than two, English idiom may be strained. For the first sentence, my ...
zuotengdazuoFor the first sentence, alway were always going to be disobeyed.
That could be. However, it's the efficacy that was going to be strained, so it was going to be nearly impossible to obey the orders, even when everybody wanted to obey the orders — and not that anyone deliberately disobeyed the orders.
zuotengdazuoAs to the second one, I think it...
Yes.  ...
 Thank you very much. But I still don't understand what the author means by "efficacy was going to be strained" ,because it is someone else who told me I should interpret the sentence as such. I myself don't quite understand the meaning of "strain" ...
When you strain something (in this usage), you push it to its limits. It's like pulling on a rubber band. You pull it harder and harder. Or, you can say that you put more and more strain on it. If you pull too hard (if you put too much strain ...
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Hi Everyone, Could someone please tell me what function the word - about - is playing in the following sentence please? 'The winter sniffles are about.' Thanks CC Emotion: smile
 You know what I think?
We can make any part of English suit (as in verb, not noun).
Emotion: makeup
AnonymousReally, is "about" an adjective here?
According to the dictionary quotation, yes, but not according to Cool Breeze himself.
AnonymousIf so, then "about" is an adjectival...
AnonymousDoes "about chicken pox" make sense?
No, but some adjectives cannot be used attributively, and "about" is (supposedly) one of them, so whether this makes sense is not conclusive proof of ...
 A lot of confusion arises from the fact that be has so many meanings (or "uses" if you want to call them that).
Clark Kent is Superman. (identity; equality)
A dog is an animal. (is an instance of)
These roses are red. (have a quality)
The mouse is ...
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Hi Everyone, I'm still working on the word - ABOUT. I'm a bit confused as to whether the word ABOUT in this sentence is an adverb or a preposition. 'I've got friends coming over at about 3pm.' My guess is it's a preposition. It also answers the ...
Anonymous I treat "about 3pm" as an adverb phrase with its head "3pm" and modifier "about". In my opinion, "pm" makes "3pm" an adverb of time modified by another adverb "about".
fivejedjonI have no doubt at all that it's an...
I think the same.
But, in "Please come about 3 p.m" I think it is a preposition as about fits the definition of preposition: it relates the word that comes after it to other word(s) in the sentence. Here it relates come and 3 p.m...
Cup cakenow I'm majority majorly confused!
You may as well get your slang right, too.
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"Raheem Sterling streaks away from his marker, there is one defender back against two and Sterling slides it across to Rooney. He's all one, one touch to settle and then a brilliant hit from the edge of the area right into the roof of the net." ...
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