Fadi has spent most of the money that Johnny and Harry invested. Can he convince them to put in more capital again? Written by Chris Rose.

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Hi meheee2008uiu,

The meaning here is the second meaning in the dictionary, which has to do with intention. Johnny is saying that he came to the cafe to meet someone. He could have said, "I came to meet someone", but "supposed to" often indicates that things have not happened as expected. In this case, he doesn't see the person he had intended to meet, and saying "supposed to" indicates this.

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Krik

Thanks for your reply.

MEH

Hello

Today,science is an increasingly specialised and compartmentalized subject, the domain of experts who know more and more about less and less.

I read the above sentence in a IELTS practice book. Here I don't comprehend the meaning of more and more about less and less. Can you describe it, by any chance?

Thanks

meh

Hello meh,

The meaning is as follows:

'...who know more and more (information) about less and less (of the world)'

In other words, they gain great information about a certain area, but that area become smaller and smaller and more specialised.  The ending to this sentence is usually as follows:

'...more and more about less and less until, in the end, they know absoutely everything about nothing.'

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

HELLO PETER

Thank you for your answer, but I am not clear some parts of your answer. Firstly, you mentioned “but that area become smaller and smaller and more specialized”. My question is that how an area becomes smaller and smaller. Could you please give an example which helps me to understand?
Secondly, I am totally unable to comprehend the meaning of "they know absoutely everything about nothing". Please could you describe it elaborately?

Thank you

MEH

Hello meheee2008uiu,

As you become more specialised, your area of expertise becomes less general.  For example, a generalist historian might learn about the history of a wide range of countries, while a specialist might only focus on something very specific, such as the role of women in English family life during the industrial revolution.  This is how the subject becomes smaller and smaller.  Knowing more and more is simply become an expert (in this small field).

Taken to its logical conclusion, this leads to the joke that an expert knows absolutely everything (more and more taken to an extreme) about nothing (less and less taken to an extreme).  This is not a serious statement, but rather a joke.

I hope that clarifies it for you.  I don't think I can explain it any more clearly than that.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Peter

Thanks, now i am clear all of the parts. Really you are very helpful.

Best wise

Meh

hello

What is the meaning of "thought so".
Please observe the below dialogue as well as describe the meaning of "Though so!" which has uttered by Johnny.
Johnny: No...I am waiting to meet someone...but not you! Where are you from, anyway?
Sarah: Well, I live in London now, but I’m originally from Shanghai.
Johnny: Thought so! I’m from Hong Kong.
Olivia: Sorry to interrupt..but who are you both waiting for?

Hello meheee2008uiu,

This is a shortened version of 'I thought so!', used when something somebody says confirms a suspicion that we had.  Here Johnny had an idea that Sarah was from Shanghai, and what she said confirmed it.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Everyone
1-What does maintime mean ??
2-Fadi: You’ve got to speculate to accumulate! Be patient – we’ll still be successful!
3-Harry: If we don’t, I’ll be joining Carlos working in this café!
I didn't understand that
Thanks

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