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Some scentences that is dificult to understand 1.As soon as I'd left the office or the bar, I'd burst into tears of frustration and silently chide myself for my incompetence. Q:What does the " 'd " refer to ? And what's the meaning of using this word ? Is it to show a specific time tense? 2.If you're mean to yourself whenever you stumble or fail, you simply set yourself up to fail again. Q: What does "set yourself up to fail" mean? Is there any difference between "set yourself up to " and "set yourself up for” ? 3.But you can certainly change how you respond, and specifically, whether you learn from the situation. Q: Why does this sentence use " specifically" ? Does it means "in detail" ? Is it used for explaining former half sentence? I cant understand the logic relationships between two sentences. THX~ :)
Jan 29, 2016 2:25 PM
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1. 'd = had (for past perfect) or would. Normally, you can tell from the context, but you can tell from the grammar too, because "had" is used with a past participle (PP) and "would" with an infinitive: I'd done it when he arrived (=had) I'd do homework every night when I was a student (=would) 2. "set yourself up to fail"/"set yourself up for failure" = do something foolish that guarantees you will fail. eg. "If you don't study regularly, you're just setting yourself up to fail" 3. "But you can certainly change how you respond [to situations in general], and specifically, whether you learn from the [specific] situation [we are talking about now]." - I had to guess a little about the context, but hopefully adding those words in makes the sentence a little easier to understand. Feel free to ask any questions. If you don't ask questions when you don't understand, you just set yourself up to fail ;-)
January 29, 2016
1)would 2) carry out actions to ensure that you failed. "set yourself up to FAIL " and "set yourself up for FAILURE” ? 3) first half sentence offers many different results, the "specifically" asks you to look at just one subset, in this case what you learn.
January 29, 2016
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