Guest   Fri Jun 23, 2006 10:28 am GMT
As far as I'm concerned both names, Burma and Myanmar, are used, often depending on context, to satisfy tradition and political correctness.
Rain   Mon Jul 10, 2006 4:17 am GMT
Can anyone please tell me the meaning of this sentence?

"Germany enjoyed a thrilling FIFA World Cup journey on home soil, achieving a place in the semi-finals few felt confident of predicting before the tournament began. "
Rain   Mon Jul 10, 2006 4:38 am GMT
What is the meaning of "Our choices are based on hard facts"?

Does this mean " It is very hard to make their choices" ?
Uriel   Mon Jul 10, 2006 5:54 am GMT
No. "Hard" facts are not difficult ones, they are just solid ones that can be verified (hard and soft is the context here, not hard and easy). So a choice based on hard facts is a choice based on solid, irrefutable information, rather than on speculation or on something more open to interpretation.

You will hear this distinction also made between hard and soft sciences: "hard" sciences are things like physics, biology, chemistry; "soft" sciences are things like sociology and psychology.
Rain   Wed Jul 12, 2006 7:49 am GMT
Hello Uriel,
Thank you so much for your explanation.
Rain   Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:06 am GMT
"Can you keep an eye on my bag, please? Nature's calling"

Can anyone please tell me the meaning of "Nature's calling"?
asmaa   Wed Jul 26, 2006 10:05 am GMT
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I must to do .....please
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Guest   Wed Jul 26, 2006 10:15 am GMT
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Guest   Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:30 pm GMT
Jo   Fri Jul 28, 2006 9:02 pm GMT

Nature is calling means that your body is telling you to go to the toilet
before it is too late.
Rain   Sat Jul 29, 2006 2:34 pm GMT
To Jo:
Thank you very much for your explanation.
I am so ashamed of myself for not knowing even the basic expression.
Jo   Sat Jul 29, 2006 6:26 pm GMT
I don't think it is that basic an expression.
I don't think the Queen of England would ever say on an airport she was having a sudden call of nature.
While I have never been in her entourage watching her suitcases,
I would expect her to say something like:
I need to wash my hands
Other ladies would / could say:
I need to go to the ladies' room.
I need to powder my nose.
( nobody powders their nose anymore, but everyone would know).

When learning a language not always the very elementary ways of saying things are taught.
Rain   Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:08 am GMT
What is the difference between the meaning of
"You are welcome"
"You are welcomed"?

I always say "Any questions and suggessions are welcomed" at the end of my presentations.
Is it the correct usage?