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A plate is a specific type of dish. A dish is generally something that food is eaten or served from. A plate tends to refer specifically to a flat dish that is suitable for holding food that does not have a high liquid content. The other common type of dish is a bowl. A bowl will be similar to a hollow sphere cut in half and is useful for serving soups and other foods with high liquid content which would run off of a plate.


"Today I interviewed someone who handed me a résumé saying that he’d worked at Helping Hand-Jobs. I choked on my own spit and couldn’t stop coughing. Later I showed it to the interviewer in the next office. She told me that her brother had worked there once but had quit because all the manual labor had given him heatstroke. After I started coughing again she realized my confusion and explained that it was actually named Helping-Hand Jobs and was a handyman service. Never underestimate the power of punctuation, people."


“In” vs. “after” for future talk

"The class will be over in 10 minutes"
"I went to the bar, but I left after 10 minutes"

"in" and "after" both specify a future time relative to the present moment. There's no grammatical rule saying either preposition is correct or wrong - it's just idiomatic preference that most people would use "in".

Given that "in" is a somewhat "metaphoric" usage here, I suspect there's a tendency to only use it in simple constructions where it's relative to the present moment.

When speaking of some situation in the past, there is no "present moment" - so we need to explicitly state the time/event that we're counting our 10 minutes from. In such contexts, we're more likely to use after (or within, following, etc.) because the whole situation is more complex, so we choose our words more carefully.

'After ten minutes' suggests certainly not before ten minutes have passed, and might be quite a bit later. 'In ten minutes' is fairly precise but might mean a little less than ten minutes.


Веду несколько учеников как репетитор. Появилась новенькая, 8 класс, провел сегодня ознакомительную встречу: узнавал про планы на будущее, цели, послушал как читает, как понимает, как воспринимает на слух. Из 50 вопросов большого теста смогла ответить только на 3 вопроса. Гадать не разрешал.
Читает вполне неплохо. Но при этом ничего не понимает. Фраза: "Where is that boy?". Знает только слово boy. Смысла фразы не понимает. Фраза "What are you doing?" - смысла не понимает. На всякий случай спрашиваю "инговое окончание ни о чем не говорит?", говорит "Ну это... Present Continuous что ли?"
То есть их пичкают грамматикой и тем как произносить слова. А научить понимать текст ЗАБЫЛИ. Девочка далеко не глупая. Ее просто не учили понимать текст.

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