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1.There is a spill in aisle four. Can you deal with it, please?
Please put back the money you took from the cash register.

What can be taken in place of “deal with it “in the first sentence? “Clean it up”?

Would it mean the same if “replace”is used in place of “put back”?

2.I have never taken a single sick day for the three years I have worked here.
Henry apologized for making so many mistakes in the monthly report.

(1.)   What is the difference if I change “for” to “in” in the first sentence?
(2.)    What is the difference if I change “so” to “too” in the second sentence?

3.It is highly unlikely that oil prices will fall next year.
Due to various factors beyond our control, no food will be served in the cafeteria.

What can be taken in place of “highly” in the first sentence?
What can be taken in place of “various” in the second sentence? “Different”or “varied”?

4. The ring that my husband gave me has special significance.
Profits will increase significantly once the new machinery is in operation.

What can be taken in place of “has special significance”? “Has a special meaning” or “means a lot to me”?

What can be taken in place of “significantly”? “Greatly”or “substantially”?

5. I had to pay a $20 fine for parking in a restricted zone.

Can I change “fine” to “fee” if “restricted” is left out in the sentence?

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1.There is a spill in aisle four. Can you deal with it, please?
Please put back the money you took from the cash register.

What can be taken in place of “deal with it “in the first sentence? “Clean it up”? yes

Would it mean the same if “replace” is used in place of “put back”? No

2.I have never taken a single sick day for the three years I have worked here.
Henry apologized for making so many mistakes in the monthly report.

(1.)   What is the difference if I change “for” to “in” in the first sentence? "in" is correct, "for" doesn't sound right
(2.)   What is the difference if I change “so” to “too” in the second sentence? "so many" means "a lot"; "too many" means "a lot more than allowed"

3.It is highly unlikely that oil prices will fall next year.
Due to various factors beyond our control, no food will be served in the cafeteria.

What can be taken in place of “highly” in the first sentence? very
What can be taken in place of “various” in the second sentence? “Different” or many

4. The ring that my husband gave me has special significance.
Profits will increase significantly once the new machinery is in operation.

What can be taken in place of “has special significance”? “Has a special meaning” or “means a lot to me”? either one

What can be taken in place of “significantly”? “Greatly”or “substantially”? both are OK

5. I had to pay a $20 fine for parking in a restricted zone.

Can I change “fine” to “fee” if “restricted” is left out in the sentence? if you leave out "restricted" the sentence doesn't make sense anymore. Fee and fine are not synonyms. (fine = penalty, fee = payment made for services)

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