01. I didn't know how to [operate] the machine when I started the job, but I learned how to do it fairly quickly.
02. The computers are down, but they should be [operational] again within an hour or so.
03. The Johnsons have been [operating] their family business for over 20 years.
04. I know you would like everyone to be nice and honest, but things just don't [operate] that way in the real world.
05. Do you know how to [operate] a variety of modern office machines?
06. Our electronics [operation] now has contracts in over 12 countries.
07. The gondola at Grouse Mountain is in [operation] all summer for tourists who wish to go to the top of the hill for a walk or to see the view of the city.
08. My father has to have an [operation] on his heart some time soon.
09. Barbara Ehrenreich once remarked that natural selection, as it has [operated] in human history, favors not only the clever, but the murderous.
10. The world's first open heart surgery [operation] was performed in 1893.
11. There are no public railways in Guyana, although two small private lines are [operated] by mining companies there.
12. The world's largest trade route [operates] between the United States and Canada.
13. The army of ancient Rome was highly-trained, and well-equipped, and [operated] in strict formation on the battlefield.
14. The Syrian government recently passed legislation allowing private banks to [operate] in Syria.
15. The new machines should be [operational] within a couple of days.
16. You [operate] the menu on your computer screen by pressing and releasing one or more buttons on the mouse.
17. No machine is better than its human [operator].
18. In order to understand our earth and the processes which [operate] upon it, one must attempt to comprehend time spans of millions of years.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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