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There are a lot of stuff on the internet concerning this extremely boring topic and I could have easily copied it… But I was so lazy to google, so I just wrote down some of my thoughts. If you are still interested in reading this bullshit, here it is. But don’t say that I didn’t give you a warning. Read more of this post
Followers of news stories may have been amused to learn recently that a lawyer defending a corrupt U.S. politician (John Edwards, a former senator and one-time aspiring presidential candidate) introduced an argument that calls into question the meaning of ‘the’ in the phrase ‘for the purpose of’. Learners of English, who may struggle with the use of the definite article, may be heartened to know that even native speakers can be at a loss to explain why they use ‘the’ when they do, and what element of meaning ‘the’ introduces to a sentence in contrast to one that does not contain an article, or that uses an indefinite, rather than the definite article.
The Macmillan Dictionary sense of the that applies in a phrase like ‘for the purpose’ of is probably 1a, “used when it is obvious which one you are referring to because there is only one.” But this use of ‘the’ is often hard to distinguish from sense 1b, “used when you are referring to familiar things that people deal with regularly.” Some linguists call these uses of ‘the’ weak definites, because the thing they indicate is not always unique and unitary—but it’s often convenient to talk about things as if they’re unique because no one will be confused about possible others. We say, for example, “I heard about that on the radio,” but if someone else says “I heard that on the radio too,” they don’t necessarily mean that they heard it on the same radio as you did, and this doesn’t result in confusion or ambiguity. If you say “We heard about the earthquake on the radio,” the first the is clearly a 1a—your audience will know you are referring to an earthquake that just happened. The second the might well be a 1b, especially if the constituents of ‘we’ heard the news on two different radios. But whether they did or not, the report of it would be the same.
The arbitrary nature of some of these uses of the can be illustrated in dialectal differences and inconsistencies. There is a contrast in usage among English dialects in phrases like “in the hospital” or “to the hospital” (that’s American-speak) and most other dialects, which say simply “in hospital” or “to hospital.” Is one of these correct and the other not? In fact they’re both correct in their native dialects and there isn’t a good explanation for the difference—it’s just what people say. The non-American versions, without the, are probably more consistent from a larger perspective because all dialects use the same phrases without an article when talking about widely-known institutions that have an implicit relationship with the people who are “in” them or “at” them: in court, in school, at university, at work, at home, in prison. It also seems inconsistent that we say ‘on the radio’ but ‘on TV’; that we listen to the radio but watch TV; and to complicate matters further, there are contexts in which a native speaker would preferentially say ‘on radio’ and ‘on the TV.’
The law that Mr. Edwards is charged with violating defines a contribution to a political campaign as “any gift, subscription, loan, advance, or deposit of money or anything of value made by any person for the purpose of influencing any election for Federal office.” It is alleged that Mr. Edwards knowingly used such money to finance an elaborate cover-up of his affair with the wife of one of his staff. In the trial, Abbe Lowell [Edward’s attorney] argued that the use of “the’’ in the statute means that the secret money given by Edwards’s donors couldn’t be considered a campaign contribution if it was also given for any other reason, such as hiding the affair from his cancer-stricken wife.
The prosecutor’s response to this argument was that it was “not supported by common sense.’’ He also insisted that nothing in the law suggested that Congress had intended influencing an election to be the sole possible purpose of a contribution. Should the law then have read “. . . by any person for a purpose of influencing any election for Federal office”? Not according to the prosecutor. “To say ‘for a purpose of’ offends standard English construction,’’ he replied, with exasperation.
The prosecutor is right on that point—people do not say ‘for a purpose’ of. For the purpose of being understood, we just say what everyone else says, and we can only hope that our words will not be dissected in a court.
Our teacher asked to make a small report on any subculture. I chose Goths. In this article I’ll try to show you what they are. As I don’t belong to any subculture at all, my report probably won’t be accurate and objective. Anyway, I’ll give it a try.
In my report I would like to answer the following questions:
There will be some photos which I found on the Internet. Enjoy! Read more of this post
Long time ago (on October, 26 to be precise) our teacher asked us to make a short story about ourselves. We have to use ‘used to’ and ‘would’ in order to describe our past habits and actions.
As for me, I don’t like this type of tasks. I have a lot to say about what I used to do when I was a child, but I don’t want to make it as a some kind of essay, in written form. Ask me anything – and I tell you about it. I can speak about myself a lot but I don’t want to write…
I have put off doing my homework for very long, so I ran out of excuses. There is one question before me, and one answer is required. The question is ‘What did I use to in my childhood?’. In this article I’m going to solve my problem with writing about myself and get rid of it once and for all! >> Read more of this post
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В далёком 2010 году, когда мы были еще второкурсниками, нам частенько приходилось подрабатывать, решая различные примеры и задачки студентам и школьникам. Как сейчас помню периодические размещения на ответах mail.ru посты типа “решаю задачи по физике, математике, информатике недорого”.В интернете есть несколько сервисов, на которых можно разместить задачу, заплатить деньги и дождаться решения. Мы были зарегистрированными в нескольких из них в качестве решающих. Худо-бедно, но заказы приходили. Мы выполняли контрольные, задания по физике, теоретической механике, многим разделам математике, химии. Иной раз даже приходилось переводить статьи по английскому. А самый прибыльные деньки приходились на сессию! Мы вставали ранним утром и помогали на экзаменах удалённо студентам с нескольких часовых поясов нашей необъятной Родины! Порой за один день “участвовали” в 7-8 контрольных или экзаменах.
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Problem: write a programme to calculate the integral with MPI:
Actually, the programme must be able to calculate any integral. But before writing a parallel programme, we should write a serial one to make sure it works and the algorithm is correct.
There are plenty of algorithms for calculating integrals. One of the most advanced (efficient), among non-parallel, is the method of local stack. Read more of this post
In chemistry, engineering and earth sciences, advection is a transport mechanism of a substance or conserved property by a fluid due to the fluid’s bulk motion.
Mathematics describes the process of advection with the advection equation:
In my course on Parallel programming, I had to implement a solution to a particular advection equation, with the initial and boundary conditions defined. Read more of this post