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fabricate

Definition: (verb) Make up something artificial or untrue.
Synonyms:cook up, invent, manufacture
Usage:Did Harold really wrestle a bear, or did he fabricate the story to impress us? Discuss. Play

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Evaluative Adverbs

Evaluative adverbs are used by the speaker to comment or give an opinion on something. They modify the entire clause. What are the types of evaluative adjectives? More... Discuss

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Soup

Following the invention of waterproof containers about 9,000 years ago, boiling became a common cooking technique, and soup became a staple food item in many cultures. Soups come in myriad varieties, many of which are specific to certain places, such as the pot-au-feu of France, the borscht of Russia, the mutton broth of Scotland, the minestrone of Italy, the chowders of various coastal regions, and gazpacho, the cold soup of Spain. How is soup related to the etymology of the word "restaurant"? More... Discuss

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Li Yuan Becomes Emperor Gaozu of Tang (618 CE)

Emperor Gaozu was the founder of the greatest of China's imperial dynasties, the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE), which ruled over what was then the world's largest empire and initiated a golden age for art, science, and Buddhism. Before becoming emperor, Li Yuan, as he was then known, was governor of a province under the Sui Dynasty. When the Sui emperor, Yangdi, was assassinated in 618, Li Yuan reunited the empire and took power. Why did he later abdicate the throne in favor of his son, Li Shimin? More... Discuss

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George Mallory (1886)

Mallory was an English mountain climber who participated in the Everest expeditions of 1921, 1922, and 1924. The 1924 expedition culminated in a bold and possibly successful drive toward the summit by Mallory and Andrew Irvine, from which they did not return. Mallory's body was discovered on Everest in 1999. His achievements and the mystery surrounding his final effort have made him a mountaineering legend. What "three most famous words in mountaineering" are attributed to Mallory? More... Discuss

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Everything is self-evident.

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When can “well” function as a predicative adjective? (Choose the answer that is most correct.)






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adj. able to accomplish a purpose
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Royal Ascot

The racecourse on Ascot Heath in Berkshire, England, is the site of a world-famous horse race that was initiated in 1711 by Queen Anne. The Royal Ascot race meeting goes on for four days in June each year and culminates in the event known as the Ascot Gold Cup. A major social and fashion event as well as a sporting one, the Royal Ascot race is usually attended by the British sovereign and receives widespread media coverage. It has even given its name to a type of broad neck-scarf traditionally worn by well-dressed English gentlemen at the races. More... Discuss

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get knocked out cold

To be rendered unconscious, as by a physical blow, medication, other means. More... Discuss