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Someone has asked this question about the main character in Wuthering Heights.  Heathcliff 是邪惡的人嗎??


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The thing that some people might not be aware of is that I do keep every answer I provided and publish them in different forms.  So even though some of the questions might be removed by the askers, my translations or answers can be found elsewhere within your search.  If the askers try to remove any trace of their questions, they are out of luck. 


I am always puzzled by the fact that the askers would erase their questions.  My narrow-minded personality leads me to believe that they were trying to cover up something.  Maybe the questions were part of their homework and they were afraid that the teacher would find out, or other students would get a hold of the answers and duplicate them.  I do abide by my rule not to help others do their homework, but occasionally I was outsmarted and could not detect that the questions were truly someone’s homework.  Anyway, this is just my speculation.  Otherwise, why would someone erase his/her question after he/she obtained my answers?  I am not being conceited as I do believe that I provided quality answers and they were right the majority of the time.    

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Through the analysis of several areas,


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I finally got a hold of the pheasant.  These are some of the pictures I took this morning.  Can you see how big a hole he has made on our screen door?  There is a heat vent very close to the area that he camps now.  I suspect that he is after the warmth coming from the heat vent. 

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My sweetheart

No.  It is not you, honey.  I am not complaining and you shouldn’t be either.  So, who is it?  I don’t know if other families are like ours.  Everything changes after we have kids.  Our eyes no longer rest on each other, but on the little people we have.   


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What are Subjunctive Verbs?  假設法語句


When do we use subjunctive verbs and what is the difference between British English and American English around subjunctive verbs?

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How to be politically correct?

If you ask me, you are asking the wrong person.  As someone who hides nothing on her face, who says almost everything on her mind, who sucks at communication, I am the last person who knows how to be politically correct.

I hate office politics.  I don’t know how to shield myself from harm’s way, so I try to stay away from it.  However, I do occasionally get drag into it.  This time, I was tasked to manage a high profile project with significant impact to the company.  The owner wants it delivered in no time.  However, operational procedures and approaches weren’t defined and finalized.  It is impossible to manage a moving target.  Usually we will have the luxury to keep exploring different options if we have the time.  However, with a tight deadline, we should be moving into design and build now, rather than exploring alternatives.

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Figure of Speech

Similes () vs. Metaphor ()


(A) Similes () are figures of speech, explicit comparisons between two unlike things, using “like” or “as” and the like, to suggest the resemblance.

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Snow in April


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The difference between in itself and itself.


In itself = In and of itself

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When “this” appears in front of an adjective, it is used as an adverb to modify the adjective, meaning: “to the extent or degree indicated, 如此的


For example:

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Auguste Rodin’s Quote

藝術大師 羅丹 名言


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(1) Ogle

= to look flirtatiously, to stare at (someone) lustfully, 
to look at (someone) with obvious sexual interest.

拋媚, 送秋波

She has been ogling the man for some time.


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10.  Modifiers between a subject and its verb

Ignore the modifiers that get between a subject and its verb to determine whether the verb is singular or plural. 


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7.  Compound subjects connected by “and”

(a) Verb is mostly plural for compound subjects connected by “and”. 


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Was it an April Fool’s joke?  It is not April Fool’s Day yet.  At least it is not in America right now in the area I live.  I was in total disbelief when one of my team members corrected me on the date of my project plan, stating that 4/10/09 is company holiday.  When did this occur?  I am deprived with yet another discretionary day and stuck with a fixed holiday.  Does this mean that we will be adding more company holidays and reduce our discretionary days to spend for our vacation?  Since we now have Good Friday as a company holiday, are we moving towards the trend of adopting religious festivals as company holidays?  Since outside of Christian, we do have a huge population of Muslims and Jewish, are we going to be off on some important Muslim holidays such as on 3/9/09 to celebrate the prophet’s birthday, and on 11/27/09 to celebrate Eid al-Adha to commemorate Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son as commanded by Allah, or on 9/28/09 to celebrate Yom Kippur, the most important and solemn Jewish holiday around the themes of atonement and repentance for sins against God and other people?  I am not against having the days off on these religious celebrations.  The more, the merrier.  What I am not happy is that it reduces the number of days left for my discretionary use.

I can understand the decision of the company to have Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday off since he was an important Black civil right leader and we do have a huge black population within our company and in the United States.  In fact, Martin Luther King Jr represent an important history in America.  But Good Friday, I am sorry that not being a Christian, I cannot relate to having it as a holiday.  I don’t’ worship Jesus.  Why am I forced to take that day off!  I know that there is a huge population of Christians; however, there is equally more Muslims.

Now, you might argue why Christmas.  I think the religious meaning of it is less than that of Good Friday.  I think of it more as a day to give kids presents.  I am sorry that I can’t help but being cynical.  I did once hear the Jewish people complaining about taking Christmas off since they don’t celebrate Christmas.  It is Hanukkah that they celebrate.  Having some religious holidays off and not all is going to invite criticism and complaints down the road.  Since America is filled with immigrants (the only non-immigrants will be the Native Americans), how do you justify having one particular religious holiday and not the other?  This is just opening up a can of worms.

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