mayllt
does "written off" equal to"cancel"? 【That was on Wednesday, November 20, 1963, the second of his last two full days in Washington, and anyone under the impression that the President of the United States was devoting his full energy to wardrobes and coiffures is invited to examine his activity during those final White House hours. Monday had been a day of formal speeches and informal politicking in Florida (another ten electoral votes that couldn't be written off), and Tuesday he had reached the office early. 】 1.in "coiffures is invited to examine his activity",what does this "activity "indicate to? 2.does "written off" equal to"cancel"?
Nov 7, 2012 2:06 PM
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"write off" when used like this is functionally equivalent to "dismiss", i.e. to stop caring about it. "write off" it comes from the financial world, usually about taxes. a "write-off" is something that you claim as a "business expense", (or some other kind of expense which does not require taxes paid), so you don't have to pay taxes on it. the sentence is not very clear: I will add some marks to help you separate the parts: That was on Wednesday, November 20, 1963, the second of his last two full days in Washington. Anyone [(who is) under the impression that the President of the United States was devoting his full energy to wardrobes and coiffures] is invited to examine his (the President's) activity during those final White House hours. (意譯:Anyone who thinks that the present is only thinking about clothing or hairstyle should see what he does during those final hours) Monday had been a day of formal speeches and informal politicking in Florida (another ten electoral votes that couldn't be written off [we need those 10 votes, and we are unsure we will win them]), and Tuesday he had reached the office early. 】
November 7, 2012
Hi May.... these are not quite the same. Cancel - implies something that has been started is stopped. Cancel by iteself - doesn't tell you if what was canceled was good, bad, important, or anything... Cancel often suggests that some process that was started was stopped Written Off - this actually comes fromt the accounting world - to write off (the books) - the big difference is that "written off" - it doesn't necessarily mean something was stopped or prevented -- it can just mean that it is not considered importance, or is not of value or not of very much value Sometimes we even use this word about people... "After one date, I wrote her off", meaning, I don't consider her of any value. I hope that helps :-)
November 7, 2012
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