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Do You Understand This English Sentence?

Do You Understand This English Sentence?

Date: Oct 08 2018

Topic: Reading

Author: englishteacher24/7

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JohnBrooke

Australia

Hi Greetings to everyone :) . This is John here and I am very new to this forum. I had been reading the lessons of sentence understanding after registering myself..Lesson No. 1: “While Bob ate an apple was in the basket.” which excited and attracted me to delve into more depth in new upcoming lessons. Now waiting for the lesson # 20 


I must say that englishteacher24/7 ’s explanation is so nice.

03:55 AM Apr 19 2019 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Welcome Kevlevrone.


Lesson #20 is coming soon. It will be on management’s response to Janet. Please stay tuned.

08:44 PM Apr 18 2019 |

kevlevrone

United States

Hi everyone. I am new to this forum. Thanks for the information. 

07:46 AM Apr 16 2019 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Lesson #19 Explanation:


Bottom line= The literal meaning is the line at the bottom of a financial report that shows a profit or loss. The phrasal meaning is the most important part of a situation or thing to consider.


Dock= To reduce someone’s wage.


Hang together= United in going through trouble.


In the first sentence, notice the use of “bottom line” in a literal and phrasal sense.


Good job, everyone!

04:19 AM Apr 15 2019 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Amira, good point. The word “reduce” means to make a smaller amount regardless if it applies to a singular or plural object. ”Reduces” can be used depending on how the sentence is written, for example, “The Company reduces employees to a number!” Thanks.

07:39 PM Apr 12 2019 |

bluesky97

bluesky97

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Thank you dear teacher๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™

La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

Hi Mr.Alston


Concerning my feedback, I’d written “I suggest that the company reduces everyone’s wage 10%” So it must be the subject, which is the company, not the object, which is everyone’s wage, that determines whether the verb should be “reduce” or “reduces”. But it came to me that it can be the subjunctive in the sentence that makes it “reduce” not “reduces”, however I read before that in English subjunctive both usages are right, unlike other languages. Is that right?


Thank you for your persistent efforts to make the forum better and our English too :)

01:05 PM Apr 08 2019 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Fatemeh- You’re welcome. Very good paraphrase. You have made great progress from your diligent efforts.


Bluesky97- Very good explanation, you understand the text. 


Bora- Good paraphrase which indicates your good understanding of the text. Be careful in using “will” Janet only suggested the pay decrease.


Amira- Very smooth paraphrase. Change reduces to reduce since everyone’s is plural.


Sorry for my delay, good job everyone!

03:47 AM Apr 07 2019 |

La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

Hi Mr.Alston,


“I understand the concern for the company’s financial situation, but the most important is the fate of our workers and the financial health of the company. Therefore I suggest that the company reduces everyone’s wage 10%. That way we keep working together rather than expelling workers”

10:08 AM Apr 03 2019 |

bora_78

bora_78Super Member!

Turkey

Hi Mr. Alston


Janet says;


I understood company’s problem , balance sheet is our fate and interseted in healthy of company’s  financial health.That’s why we will lower salaries 10% this is my idea.So we can get over this situation oyherwise we will disappear.,


Regards.

bluesky97

bluesky97

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Jannet suggested to her upper managment:


I know that our company’s financial statements are important and we should care about our income and profit but our workers have planned on their wages and they live with that so it is better to keep our workers and reduce 10% of all wages to solve everyone’s problem. Company and workers will not lose a lot and we all can work together.

inventive2

inventive2

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Hello Mr Alston. Thank you very much for your new lesson ๐Ÿ™
My answer:
I understand the concern for the final outcome of company, but the final outcome and most important aspect is the fate of our workers and the financial health of the company. Therefore I suggest that the company reduce 10% of money you pay someone. That way we can help each other and work together to achieve our goals.

englishteacher24/7

United States

Lesson #19 


Janet to Upper Management: I understand the concern for the company’s bottom line, but the bottom line is the fate of our workers and the financial health of the company. Therefore I suggest that the company dock everyone’s wage 10%. That way we hang together rather than hanging separate.


Question: Can you paraphrase Janet’s statement?

05:55 AM Mar 30 2019 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Next lesson is coming soon. Janet takes Bill’s advice and meets with upper management.


Please stay tuned.

03:06 AM Mar 28 2019 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Explanation of Lesson #18:


Got it= To understand (past tense of get it).


Let this matter rest= Hesitate to take action.


Play hardball= To act aggressively or ruthlessly to get what you want.


Lay low= Not bring attention to yourself or take it easy.


Good job, everyone!

bluesky97

bluesky97

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Thank you Mr. Alston. ๐Ÿ™

06:46 AM Mar 23 2019 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Sabann Nee- Very good explanation. Change to “I understand” and delete “to” before mind this issue.


Amira- A superb explanation! Your writing drew me in and made me wish you had continued to write the story.


Bluesky97- Your explanation is very good. Change to “It is better that you not stop…”


Fatemeh- You’re welcome. Your explanation is very good. Your writing is becoming very smooth reading. Keep up the good work!

inventive2

inventive2

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Hello Mr. Alston. Thank you very much for your new lesson ๐Ÿ™
My answer:
Bill: Ok, I will forget all the past. Concerning your work situation, you should not be ruthless with management in order to get what you want, so I would advise you to go into hiding and get a plan together to reduce their expenses without letting workers go.

bluesky97

bluesky97

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Bill: OK! Let’s forget what happened between us and focus on your work problem now.  It is better you stop to argue with your manager. We can find a way together to reduce costs rather than expel workers.

La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

Hello Mr. Alston,


Bill: I get it! I’ll let this matter go. Concerning your work situation, You can’t get ruthless with the management, so i would advise you to take it easy and get a plan together to reduce their expenses without letting workers go.

06:40 PM Mar 17 2019 |

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