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Upper intermediate: B2

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I don't ride a bicycle or motorbike.
I like sport but I quicly have an unpleasant feeling on the saddle.
And I prefere a car to a motorbike because of the rain - I think of the comfort first and I'm not an adventurer.

Thank you again for your help, Kirk!

Hi Kirk,
I wonder if you can help me with the following:

- ...this floating island EQUALS tjree times the size of France;

- Constant advertising and innovation oblige consumers to get rid of almost new devices to buy the ultimate novelty on the market, and so feel EQUAL to their peers.

I'm quite confident that EQUAL in my first sentence is right but I have more doubts about the second one.
Is the verb "to feel" a good collocation? Is it correct to use the verb EQUAL even I'm not talking about size, value or quantity?
Thank you,
Mariaida

Hi Mariaida,

The verb 'equal' is not used in the way it is used in the first sentence you ask about; it usually establishes a relationship between two specific numbers or an object and a specific number, but there is no specific number here ('three times the size' isn't really specific in the same way as, for example, '600 m2' or '350€'). I would probably just use the verb 'be' here: 'the island is three times the size of France'.

Yes, 'to feel equal to their peers' is a correct collocation and is used well here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I used to ride bicycle when I was a child and many years I’ve not rode any bicycles.

Thank you Kirk,
you have been very helpful all the same. At least I know now that the solutions to my doubts aren't so predictable as they might seem.
Mariaida

Thank you Kirk, I'll stick with 'subtlety' than, as you suggested.

If I can ask, I actually have another doubt which seems rather tough to solve. I have found, in sentences from Longman ('s - ?) "Corpus" Dictionary and in other quite official contests, expressions like the following

- the restaurant's ambience, the computer's headphones, the software's convenience, etc.

Is it grammaticly correct using a Sasson Genitive with inanimated subjects that don't involve people like, for examle Government, etc.? Would Cambridge examiners accept it?
Thank you for your attention,
Mariaida

Hi again mariaida,

These expressions are correct even though they do break the general rule about the possessive 's normally being used with an animate possessor. As far as I'm aware, there is no way to explain this other than seeing these as phrases that are in common usage. I'm sorry I can't help you more with that.

I have had a handful of students pass the Proficiency in the past few years. My understanding is that this sort of error is not one that is likely to harm your mark very much, if at all, at least in the writing paper. In the Use of English paper, it could potentially be an issue, but I expect that you are unlikely to find this kind of structure there. Again, I'm sorry not be more helpful, but I am giving you my honest opinion.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello there, I wonder if you can help me. I'm preparing the CPE exam and I have just come across the word "subtle" in a Word Formation exercise and the right answer is its noun. I decided for "subtleness" but the book suggests "subtlety". Although the first one is less used, Collins dictionary reports it and to me it looks like just a synonim. Would it be accepted at the exam?
Thank you for your attention,
Mariaida

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