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Dear Ted,
What is the meaning of the expression "honest effort" and am I using it correctly in the following sentences? I think the expression means that you try your hardest, your best, you give it your all, you give 110%.
1. I expect an honest effort from you.
2. I expect an honest effort from my students.
3. I expect an honest effort from my employees.

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Dear Glen:

What is the meaning of the expression "honest effort" and am I using it
correctly in the following sentences? I think the expression means that you try
your hardest, your best, you give it your all, you give 110%.

*** Your definition is correct.  Think of it as giving your very best and then all a little more, such as your 10% added to 100%.

1. I expect an honest effort from you.
2. I expect an honest effort from my students.
3. I expect an honest effort from my employees.

All example are correct.

The university did not renew Professor Smith's teaching contract, because he did very little in the classroom to inspire confidence; the administrators did not think he put forth an honest effort to teach.

Ted

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