The English Language

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:25 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:01 am
soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:56 am
After [...] Black also holds a pleasant and safe advantage.
means both sides would have an advantage?
The writer is suggesting that Black has a [...] AND also a pleasant ...
bote the placement of also:
Black alse has ....

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Re: The English Language

Post by Michael Farthing » Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:51 pm

Well to be absolutely certain we need the preceding sentence. If this suggests that white has an advantage then reluctantly we'd have to agree with you but would probably think that the original writer was a bit (lot) confused. It is more likely that the "also" means that black has an advantage in addition to some other .. ummm err .. good thing.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:39 am

what's the difference between
[...]looks like a better continuation for White.
and
[...]looks a better continuation for White.?
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Re: The English Language

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:45 am

My guess, without having seen the context, is that the line under discussion is compared to some other line that has just been discussed, and black has an advantage in both.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:53 pm

I mean what does like add to look?

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Re: The English Language

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:21 pm

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:53 pm
I mean what does like add to look?
It doesn't. "Looks like" is best analysed as a phrase in its own right, synonymous with "appears to be".

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:34 am

What does It is best mean?
It is best for White to try his hand with Plan B

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Re: The English Language

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:10 pm

Best for them to try a different idea?
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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:20 pm

What them?
it says for White.
I am asking why didn't he say
It is better that White tries his hand with Plan B

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:24 am

What's a modest move or continuation?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Ian Thompson » Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:31 am

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:24 am
What's a modest move or continuation?
A modest move is a cautious move that doesn't risk anything. It's the opposite of a bold/risky move.

For example, if you've reached a position that is easily drawn, a modest move would keep the position drawn, but with no chance of winning. (A bold/risky move would try to win, but also with the possibility of losing.)

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:23 pm

"It is best / better for White to try his hand with Plan B". Technically, as you will know, we should use "better" when there are two options and "best" for the optimum from 3 or more options. So, two options here:
A. there were more than 2 options and (B) was evaluated as the best, or
B. The author was careless or ignorant about this terminology - people in UK are not assiduous with this - and said "best", when "better" would have been correct

As an example of "B", the captain of a sports team might say "May the best team win" to the opponents - when only 2 teams are playing.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:39 pm

Thanks
What does it mean when a move/continuation is naive?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Barry Sandercock » Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:36 pm

A simple move/continuation. A move played, when not really aware of all the consequences. Others may give you a better answer.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:09 pm

What will make a move/continuation essential, rather than necessary/vital/crucial?

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