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by Lancer21
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Traffic
Replies: 4
Views: 5587

Re: Traffic

After going to check several villas for sale in Athens for a partner of my company this winter, I can say that "Greek" is an adjective that can be used to describe the type of traffic you're talking about :lol:
by Lancer21
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Where should 'only' go?
Replies: 7
Views: 5692

Re: Where should 'only' go?

Yes, and then you can add these layers of nuance if you want! But that's something that, unfortunately enough, only works when you're talking, and not when you're writing... So, "only" is a handy little tool to compensate the loss of intonation when you're writing and not talking!
by Lancer21
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bossed by one's girlfriend
Replies: 6
Views: 4144

Re: Bossed by one's girlfriend

This reminds me of a really crass joke I've seen at a friend's house; his teenage son was watching South Park while I was waiting for him to bring something from the fridge, and there came a scene at a TV show where one character had to find the last letter of a hidden word to win a prize. The uncov...
by Lancer21
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Where should 'only' go?
Replies: 7
Views: 5692

Re: Where should 'only' go?

If that helps, I've seen, as an example of the use of the world "only", this phrase: She told him she loved him. You can put "only" in any single position in this sentence, even the very first and last ones, and it'll make sense. Not the same sense every time, but it'll make sense. This might help y...
by Lancer21
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Win against someone
Replies: 3
Views: 3258

Re: Win against someone

You could say that your character had the upper hand in the fight, that he gave his opponent a beating he'll remember, that he knocked out (or even "knocked the lights out of") his opponent - if you're not a native speaker, be careful not to write "knock up" instead, that's a whole different situati...
by Lancer21
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bossed by one's girlfriend
Replies: 6
Views: 4144

Re: Bossed by one's girlfriend

Yes, pussy-whipped is the thing you'd rather keep among friends who can handle some crude words there and there, it's better not to use this term in a business meeting or with university professors :lol: you could also say that the girlfriend has him on a leash, or that she has bent him to her will.
by Lancer21
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Royal pain
Replies: 5
Views: 4920

Re: Royal pain

Yes, in this case it's used metaphorically, it doesn't mean that it's an issue linked to monarchy, it's just a more creative, original way to say "an extreme pain", "an incredible pain" or something like that. You can hear the phrase "pain in the ass" in movies, and that's exactly the kind of things...
by Lancer21
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the young people/young people
Replies: 2
Views: 2815

Re: the young people/young people

Phil White explained it much better than I ever could; I got the same idea, but couldn't word it as well. If I can help with an example, I could say this: Two pensioners are talking: "Hey, ddo you use the Internet connection on your TV?" "No, it's young people who do that" : in this case, the pensio...
by Lancer21
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: solace and consolation
Replies: 5
Views: 2809

Re: solace and consolation

And what would be the exact difference in meaning between those words? Sorry if the question sounds a little stupid, but I'm not a native English speaker and still have some issues with that sort of nuanced semi-synonyms. My gut feeling is that consolation is more material (like if someone hugs you,...