participle clausesVocabulary according to
- means X said that, i.e.
in the long run
- According to David, it's not a good movie.
- It's going to rain this afternoon, according to the weather forecast.
- a long time ahead, i.e.
I take your point
- In the long run it will be a good business.
- I agree with what you are saying in this part of the conversation, i.e.- All drugs should be legalised. It would reduce crime.- I take your point. However, it might also increase the number of drug users.it's plain that
- it's obvious; clear; easy to understand, i.e.
a) I tend to think
- It's plain that the governement has made a serious mistake.
- It's plain that he doesn't love her.
- I'm inclined to think; I usually think, i.e.
b) tend to
- I tend to think she should listen more to the advice of her staff.
- I tend to think people are in too much of a hurry nowadays.
- usually, i.e.
On the whole
- People don't tend to stay in the same area they grew up in these days. (usually they don't)
- For some reason the postman tends to be late on Fridays. (s/he is usually late)
- generally, mostly, i.e.
(Oh) rubbish -
- On the whole, it was a good holiday.
- I enjoyed my time at university, on the whole.
strong disagreement; possibly offensive if you don't know the
person well, i.e.- On the whole, the director's doing a good job and deserves his bonus.- Oh, rubbish, how can you say that when sales are down by twenty percent?
- We don't have a problem with air pollution in this town.- You're talking rubbish, the air in some streets is actually dangerous to health.