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Vocabulary. Part II to oblige to explain to assume to import to state to deliver certain message to arrange service safeguard to satisfy
1. I will be much obliged. In this sentence obliged has the meaning of favoured. To oblige is to do something for somebody as a favour.
Can you oblige me with a few sheets of paper? = Can you give me … ?
We are much obliged to you for your help. = We are grateful for what you have done.
An obliging person is one who is willing to help.
Mr and Mrs Johnson are obliging neighbours.
Anything required to be done by law, rule or custom is said to be obligatory.
Is the attendance at the meeting obligatory?
It is obligatory for restaurant owners to keep their premises
An obligation is a duty, promise or condition that requires action to be taken.
It is the obligation of children to look after their parents.
Their hospitality is an obligation we must repay.
To obligate someone is to bind him to do something, especially legally.
As a landlord he felt obligated to help his tenant.
2. To establish credit. To establish is to set up.
He wanted to establish a branch office in Rome.
His aim was to establish a new state.
3. On behalf of is for or in the interest of.
I am speaking on behalf of my friends.
We are engaging a lawyer on his behalf.
4. To safeguard. One often has to safeguard oneself against a condition or circumstance to prevent harm.
To safeguard is also to give protection.
We must safeguard our interest in the business.
Care of the health is a safeguard against sickness.
5. Only when it receives…
Only is an adverb. Adverbs should be placed as close as possible to the word they qualify. Extra care is required in the use of only. Its position is next to, preferably before the word it qualifies.
Only John ate two buns (i.e. John and no one else ate).
John only ate two buns (i.e. John ate two buns, and no more).
If there is no ambiguity, only can take its natural place in the sentence.
John only ate one cake.