The English Language

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:55 am

Andy Stoker wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:04 pm
"Objective" approximately the same as "goal" .... to me, perhaps "goal" has a slightly longer term feel about it ... objective is a step on the way to achieving a goal
So
Increasing control over the light squares and exchanging the strong f7-knight should be my main objectives.
means
Increasing control over the light squares and exchanging the strong f7-knight should be the main steps in my pllan?

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:23 pm

What's the difference between
...Kd7?! is inferior,
...Kd7?! is worse
and
...Kd7?! is weaker

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Re: The English Language

Post by Barry Sandercock » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:17 pm

Not any difference worth worrying about.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:33 pm

What does it mean that 91...Bg1! would have been sufficed?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:02 pm

It would have been sufficient for a win/draw/an advantage/equality (delete as applicable)
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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:07 am

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:02 pm
It would have been sufficient for a win/draw/an advantage/equality (delete as applicable)
why not
"would have sufficed"?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Barry Sandercock » Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:15 am

Yes. You could say that.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:51 pm

Strange that he didn't say so.

What's a modest continuation?

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:52 am

Thanks friends.

What's the difference between lines and variations?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Barry Sandercock » Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:09 am

No difference in the chess context.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:12 am

Maybe [...]± was the lesser evil, but still not enough to save Black.
1-What's the verb of the underlined clause?
2-What's the difference between "save" and "survive" here?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:40 am

1. Like many compatriots, I don't understand the technicalities of the English language. I think the verb is understood as "it was" or "it is"- thus "[...]± was the lesser evil, but [it was] still not enough to save Black.

2, "survive" would not fit this sentence ... would have to be something like "[...]± was the lesser evil, but still not enough to enable Black to survive." - the original with "save" is a little neater.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:47 pm

Thanks.
What does 'at that' mean in:
Plan C (20 points) is the correct one and very effective at that.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:02 pm

What does it mean that
Plan B ( 1 0 points) has a point
?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:05 pm

"at that" ... the phrase means, of all the plans (I assume there is at least 3 plans described) Plan C is the correct one to choose. Moreover, it is not just the best of several unpromising lines - it is actually very effective. So, I suppose "at that" is an idiomatic way of saying "furthermore" or "in addition"

"Plan B ( 10 points) has a point" - Plan B has some value (a "point") - thus, it's not a completely wrong path to take - but evidently it is not as good as Plan C

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