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by Bobinwales
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: get it
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: get it

a. Get it better.
Makes no sense whatsoever.

c. Get it right.
d. Don't make any mistakes.

e. Get your moves right.
Make sure you don't make any mistakes.
by Bobinwales
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I was supposed to teach
Replies: 2
Views: 65

Re: I was supposed to teach

They all sound wrong to me. I would say,
I was talking to this young man to whom I was supposed to teach golf.
by Bobinwales
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Violin, viola.
Replies: 6
Views: 252

Re: Violin, viola.

Yes Erik, we are most definitely in the vawz, varz and vayz territory. I rather suspected that one pronunciation was just as correct as the other!
And thank you Ken, I somehow did not not suspect that it could be a a UK/USA thing.
by Bobinwales
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Violin, viola.
Replies: 6
Views: 252

Violin, viola.

I enjoyed a lovely string quartet last night. The viola player did most of the talking referring to her instrument as a VEE -OLA . I have always called it a VYE -OLA , after all, her sister was playing a VYE -OLIN not a VEE -OLIN, but it set me thinking about which is correct, VEE-OLA or VYE-OLA ? P...
by Bobinwales
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Having Drinking
Replies: 6
Views: 276

Re: Having Drinking

I prefer this construction, and note the "a".
She's over there in Starbucks having a coffee.
She's over there in Starbucks drinking a coffee.
by Bobinwales
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I'm still alive
Replies: 8
Views: 421

Re: I'm still alive

I usually say, "Still standing!" or "On the right side of the grass", or being Welsh, "Tidy!".
by Bobinwales
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: True Story
Replies: 1
Views: 475

True Story

Apparently there is a film called "Yesterday". A friend of mine went into a cinema with her husband and asked:
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"What are the times for Yesterday?
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"Today?"
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"No, tomorrow".
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Who said that English is an easy language?
by Bobinwales
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: again
Replies: 3
Views: 1001

Re: again

a. He'll make things right again. means things were right at first, then went wrong. He will restore things to the way they were.
b. He'll make things right one more time. means things are continually going wrong but he will correct it one last time.
by Bobinwales
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Addicted to exercising
Replies: 8
Views: 1479

Re: Addicted to exercising

I think that this bloke is completely bonkers, but I would not want him to hear me calling him that!
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by Bobinwales
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Addicted to exercising
Replies: 8
Views: 1479

Re: Addicted to exercising

Bonkers!
by Bobinwales
Mon May 27, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: An eatery that cheats a customer
Replies: 5
Views: 2619

Re: An eatery that cheats a customer

I would call it a bloody rip-off.
I would also have asked for the bill. Our American friends would probably ask for the check.
This is a cheque in the UK (American English "check").
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by Bobinwales
Tue May 21, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gee Gee
Replies: 7
Views: 4253

Re: Gee Gee

Many thanks.
by Bobinwales
Sun May 19, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gee Gee
Replies: 7
Views: 4253

Gee Gee

We went for day out in the Welsh countryside today and the conversation, as often happens, got a bit silly. "Oh look! Moo cows". "There are baa lambs over there", and what have you. I, being what I am started to think, why, when we have moo cows, baa lambs, bow wows and what have you, do we have "Ge...
by Bobinwales
Sat May 11, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Too high a sentence
Replies: 2
Views: 2632

Re: Too high a sentence

Either of the first two would be perfectly satisfactory, as would be the third if it had read,
"That is too severe a sentence" (without 'of').
by Bobinwales
Sat May 11, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gossip
Replies: 5
Views: 2574

Re: Gossip

Amazing. I only knew it as someone who spreads "news".