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by Stevenloan
Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: rat in the nest
Replies: 4
Views: 582

rat in the nest

- This is what I can remember from a movie. I can't remember much. Sorry if I don't give enough information: Soldier: (points to the screen of a small device and says) Something's wrong. The rebels are very near here. Lieutenant: I guess we got a rat in the nest. Soldier: Probably. - Does "we got a ...
by Stevenloan
Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Want some
Replies: 7
Views: 709

Want some

- Man A picks a quarrel with Man B. Man B gets angry and says "You want some?". I googled its meaning but couldn't find many results. Here's one result I found http://www.definition-of.net/you+want+some . This definition still confuses me so I really want to know if it means "You want to fight me?" ...
by Stevenloan
Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Take away
Replies: 7
Views: 861

Re: Take away

- You guys. Thanks very much for your posts. Erik! You wrote " 'Take out' is also common usage in the US.". Is it better if we add an article before "common usage"? Should it be "a common usage" or "the common usage"?

Thanks a lot in advance,

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Take away
Replies: 7
Views: 861

Take away

- I got this short conversation in a movie. This conversation happens at a fast food restaurant: Customer: Two pepsis and four cheese hamburgers, please. Waitress: For here or to go? - Could I say "to eat here or take away" instead of "for here or to go" in this situation? Thanks a lot, StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Glorious
Replies: 3
Views: 530

Glorious

A: Did you enjoy the food at the restaurant last night?
B: Yes. It was sublime.

- Can I say "noble", "magnificent" or "glorious" instead of "sublime" in this case?

Thanks a lot,

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pass
Replies: 4
Views: 280

Re: Pass

- Erik! Thanks for your correction. Good catch! It was a typo anyway.

- WoZ! You're so funny. Thanks for your magnificent explanation.

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Why is that?
Replies: 23
Views: 1043

Re: Why is that?

Bobinwales wrote:As Erik says all are perfectly valid except that it is usually Americans that have 'vacations' in the UK, we Brits have 'holidays'.
- Bobin, thanks for your reminder about this.

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pass
Replies: 4
Views: 280

Pass

1. A: Some friends of mine and I are going to the movies tonight. Do you want to join us? B: No, thanks. I'll pass. 2. A: Katie is so hot. Do you want to flirt with me. B: No. She's not my type so I'll pass. - Do I use correctly the phrase "I'll pass" to mean "I'm not interested at all" in these two...
by Stevenloan
Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Why is that?
Replies: 23
Views: 1043

Why is that?

A: I think the most beautiful vacation spot in the UK is The Lake District in the North West county of Cumbria. B: What makes you think so ? - Can I use the following questions instead of asking "What makes you think so?" in this context? 1. What makes you think that ? 2. How so? 3. Why? 4. How come...
by Stevenloan
Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Zip
Replies: 2
Views: 360

Zip

- I just can remember a short context from a movie. Students in a class talk too much, the teacher gets angry and says "keep it zip". I googled and found the phrase "zip it" means "quiet" but I didn't find "keep it zip". Does "keep it zip" have the same meaning as "zip it"? If so which one is more c...
by Stevenloan
Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Settle down
Replies: 1
Views: 595

Settle down

A teases B , B gets angry and hits A. C stops them and tells B “settle down”

- Can I use the following phrases instead of "settle down" in this case?

1. Calm down
2. Easy easy
3. Keep your cool
4. Stay calm
5. Remain calm

Thanks a lot,

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Nonsense
Replies: 7
Views: 433

Re: Nonsense

StevenLoan I do worry for you on a visit to England. I am imagining you visiting a London pub, waiting for your change and thinking of that useful phrase "Cut the crap, douchebag, where's my money" and waking up in hospital. Dear Tony H, - Thanks so much for your concern. Of course I know "cut the ...
by Stevenloan
Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Nonsense
Replies: 7
Views: 433

Nonsense

- I found this short conversation at : urbandictionary.com "Where's my money, Marv?" "Yo, hey, I've been meaning to call you, something came up, and I, uh..." "Cut the crap, douchebag, where's my money?!?" - Are "cut the crap", "cut the shit" , "stop bullshitting" and "stop talking nonsense" interch...
by Stevenloan
Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Get someone good
Replies: 2
Views: 1678

Get someone good

- I found these sentences at answers.yahoo.com "One of my buddies got so drunk he pissed on a cop. I mean to be fair the cop tapped him on the shoulder while he was pissing and he turned around. But he got him good just below both knees. I think the fine was $250. Worth every penny of it if you ask ...
by Stevenloan
Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Run out
Replies: 3
Views: 232

Run out

- I found the sentence below at this link http://englishhelponline.me/2011/01/16/idiom-for-someones-days-to-be-numbered/ "My co-worker is extremely incompetent, so I think his days are numbered at our company." - Are "so I think his days are numbered" and "so I think his time has run out" interchang...