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the usage of "manage to do"

Suppose a person who wants to study abroad but doesn't have confidence in English, and a friend of him, Tom is very good at English, ...
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Jul 31, 2009 20:20 ordinary-phrase
M-K-G

Revision(2) of the journal "Translation" (which I wrote yesterday)

(a) If I could speak English as well as he, I would go abroad for study somehow. (b) If I could speak English as well as he, I would stu...
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Jul 25, 2009 10:32 phrase-selection
M-K-G

Revision of the journal "Translation" (which I wrote yesterday)

(a) If I could speak English as well as he, I would try to study abroad. (b) If I could speak English as well as he, I would try to find...
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Jul 25, 2009 02:49 phrase-selection
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2 Questions ~ some / a country has people? ~

1) (a) I once lived in a part of Australia. (b) I once lived in some part of Australia. I think (a) is natural but (b) isn't, b...
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Jul 24, 2009 21:40 phrase-selection
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Translation

僕はなんとかして留学するぞ。 (1) I will go abroad for study somehow. (2) I will study abroad somehow. (3) I will manage to go abroad for study. (...
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Jul 24, 2009 17:49 expression-variety
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to be badly/terribly ill

Do you often use these phrases? I have never seen such examples..., but I feel they can make sense. Thank you in advance!!
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Jul 23, 2009 13:16 ordinary-phrase
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to keep a diary 日記をつける

In Japanese, this phrase is often used. (a) 私は毎日日記をつける。 In translating it into English, we tend to make it this way... 「私」→ I 「毎日...
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Jul 23, 2009 02:27 combinatinon
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to make A a good father

"I will make you a good father." I think that when you hear this sentence, you'll take it as "I will become a good ...
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Jul 22, 2009 01:52 nuance
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Do you often use this phrase?

"The weather was as fine as it could be." Do you often use this phrase? I have hardly met it, and I've searched it on G...
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Jul 19, 2009 15:15
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for some time

Does this phrase mean "for a little while" or "for a quite while"?
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Jul 18, 2009 12:58 phrase-selection
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to be born into/to/of ~

(a) A little daughter was born into/to/of the family. (b) A little daughter was born into/to/of the queen. I suppose, in (a) "in...
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Jul 17, 2009 17:26 phrase-selection
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which team / what team

(a) Speaking of baseball, which team do you like best? (b) Speaking of baseball, what team do you like best? Which expression do you ...
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Jul 17, 2009 09:30 phrase-selection
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to start for home / to start home

(a) As soon as I finished my work, I started for home. (b) As soon as I finished my work, I started home. I've met across the phr...
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Jul 17, 2009 09:20 ordinary-phrase
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to see/watch a movie

Is there anything different if subtle between the two? For example, does which you tend to choose depend on the situation?
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Jul 7, 2009 02:21
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a man's appearance

= what a man looks like (1) = what a man seems?? (2) I feel (1) has almost the same meaning as "a man's appearance", b...
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Jul 4, 2009 05:32 expression-variety
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3 questions

1. (a-1) I left home. (a-2) He visited me. (b-1) I left my house. (b-2) He visited my house. I feel (a)s are natural. But I don...
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Jul 3, 2009 06:57
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what S really is

(a) A person's appearance doesn't always show what he/she really is. I'd like to know similar expressions to "what he...
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Jul 3, 2009 05:33 phrase-selection
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to have Mother bring tea?? to have tea brought by Mother??

(a) I had my mother bring me a cup of tea. (b) I had a cup of tea brought to me by my mother. I feel both of these quite strange. Ar...
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Jul 3, 2009 01:58 ordinary-phrase