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Isn't defers has the same meaning as describes?



 
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Isn't defers has the same meaning as describes? #1 (permalink) Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:39 am   Isn't defers has the same meaning as describes?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #124 "English tense explanations (2)", question 5

We can say: he goes to work Monday to Friday and that ......... a habit and is the Present simple tense.

(a) describes
(b) defeats
(c) detracts
(d) defers

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #124 "English tense explanations (2)", answer 5

We can say: he goes to work Monday to Friday and that describes a habit and is the Present simple tense.

Correct answer: (a) describes
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Isn't defers has the same meaning as describes? #2 (permalink) Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:20 am   Isn't defers has the same meaning as describes?
 

Good morning Marfey. NO.

Defer has a couple of different meanings.

1) To put off doing something until a later time.

2)To accept that a more knowledgeable person is your superior. In deference to "Alan's better understanding of English grammar," I am acknowledging that he knows far more than me about the subject.

To describe is to " give a mental picture " of something.

" He is a tall man with a limp, and he is wearing a blue raincoat."

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