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action vs act #1 (permalink) Thu May 22, 2008 5:30 am   action vs act
 

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ESL/EFL Test #58 "Lots of Pieces", question 5

The burglar also had an assistant with him who clearly didn't want to get involved and have a piece of the ......... and fled.

(a) activity
(b) action
(c) act
(d) acting

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #58 "Lots of Pieces", answer 5

The burglar also had an assistant with him who clearly didn't want to get involved and have a piece of the action and fled.

Correct answer: (b) action

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The burglar also had an assistant with him who clearly didn't want to get involved and have a piece of the act and fled.
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I didn`t understand the meaning ot this sentence and usage of action - why not act?

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action vs act #2 (permalink) Thu May 22, 2008 13:09 pm   action vs act
 

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The idiom is 'a piece of the action' = (Informal) a share of the proceeds or profits: 'Cut me in for a piece of the action'.
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action vs act #3 (permalink) Sat Oct 24, 2009 16:19 pm   action vs act
 

Dear Mister Micawber!
I don't know the plural noun: proceeds or a singular noun: proceed. So what does it mean: a share of the proceeds?
Could you also explain: Cut me in for a piece of the action?
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action vs act #4 (permalink) Sat Oct 24, 2009 17:16 pm   action vs act
 

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Hi Saneta,

There is a verb 'proceed' meaning go forward or progress but the word is usually used in the plural as a noun 'proceeds'. ''Proceeds' means the money derived from the sale of something.

'Cut me in for a piece of the action' means include me in the profits or benefits from (in this case) the burglary. The assistant didn't want to get any profit or gain from the money that would have come from the burglary.

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action vs act #5 (permalink) Sat Oct 24, 2009 18:23 pm   action vs act
 

Dear Alan, thanks a lot for your help, for your explanation. I wanted to listen to your voice message and pressed:play, but it's not working...could anybody help me? where is the problem? it's not working when I'm logged in.
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question 5 #6 (permalink) Fri Dec 24, 2010 0:27 am   question 5
 

Hello Mister Micawber,

Will you please to explain me what means: 'Cut me in for a piece of action.'
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question 5 #7 (permalink) Fri Dec 24, 2010 0:38 am   question 5
 

Hello Mister Micawber,

Unfortunately I didn't notice that Alan Townend explained this sentence.
I'm sorry to have disturbed you.
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