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by Stevenloan
Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fast and Quick
Replies: 1
Views: 129

Fast and Quick

Brian: Hey Peter! Peter: Hey Brian. Our contract’s good for two more years. A: I need a word, in private. B: Make it fast. - I google "I need a word" but I found no results. Does it mean "We need to talk"? By the way, can I say "Make it quick" or "Just talk briefly" instead of "Make it fast" in this...
by Stevenloan
Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hell of
Replies: 4
Views: 606

Hell of

- In this situation, A and B are friends.

A: If you want to work for me, then buy some new suits, comb your hair and shave.
B: That’s a hell of a lot to ask, man.

- Are there other polite ways to say instead of B's sentence in this context?

Thanks a lot,

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Sat Jul 14, 2012 5:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wish
Replies: 6
Views: 329

Re: Wish

Erik and Edwin! Thanks so much for your compliments. By the way, everyone. Can I say "You're becoming a native speaker" or "You're becoming native" or "You're getting native" instead of "You're going native" like Edwin said in this context?

Thanks a lot,

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wish
Replies: 6
Views: 329

Wish

A: I’m the best in my team. (and laughs out loud) B: (Frowns) Oh you wish. - I just can remember this short conversation in a movie. I googled "Oh you wish" but I found no results. I guess it has a figurative meaning here and I guess it means "Oh dream on, you're not that good". Is it correct, nativ...
by Stevenloan
Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tough one
Replies: 6
Views: 691

Tough one

A: When my fiancee and I get married. Who’s gonna get the apartment?
B: Wow. That’s a tough one.

- Why doesn't B say "That's a tough question" instead of "That's a tough one"?

Thanks a lot,

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Look a lot younger
Replies: 8
Views: 839

Re: Look a lot younger

Steven: UK is with Woz on this one (blimey, that's a lot of us). 1. In this photo you look a lot younger than outside. - outside what? 2. In this picture you look way younger than you do in the real life. - not THE real life, just real life, but it doesn't sound very English. Maybe 'in the flesh' i...
by Stevenloan
Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Make do
Replies: 1
Views: 289

Make do

- This is what I can remember from a movie: A: We’ll run the house and pay for your car insurance. Anything else, you have to earn yourself. B: This has got to be a fucking joke now C: Babe, listen. It’s ok. We’ll make do - I checked the meaning of "make do" at this link http://www.thefreedictionary...
by Stevenloan
Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cut in
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Cut in

- A and B are dancing. C comes and says “May I cut in?”. A stops dancing, smiles, says “have fun” and leaves. Then C dances with B.

- Are there other common ways to say instead of "May I cut in?" in this situation?

Thanks a lot,

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Fri Jul 06, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: More talented
Replies: 2
Views: 278

More talented

- My co-worker just got a big contract for the company. He becomes very vain and says "I'm the best employee in this company" and laughs. I don't envy him but I want to tell him that " You're good but you should remember that maybe there are some people out there who are much more talented than you ...
by Stevenloan
Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fart
Replies: 22
Views: 1754

Re: Fart

- You guys. I watched an American movie last night and I heard this phrase "I had a poopsie". I checked its meaning online and it's the same meaning as "I farted". I just wonder if "have a poopsie" is common usage where you live.

P.S: Elview! Welcome to this forum :)

Thanks a lot,

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ice
Replies: 5
Views: 3557

Ice

- CIA has just got a female suspect. Suddenly, the chief receives a phone call and then he tells his subordinates that he has to go now. One of the subordinates asks him: Subordinate : What do we do with her (the female suspect)? Chief : Keep her on ice. - I googled "on ice" and found this link http...
by Stevenloan
Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Credit
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: Credit

- WoZ, Edwin and Erik! Thanks so much for your posts, you guys. Sleep sweet!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Credit
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Credit

"Women are most likely to be annoyed when another steals credit for their idea s. This peeve is number one on the list for 41% of all women (and 36% of men). Perhaps because younger employees are less likely to speak up for themselves on the job, 44% of 18-34 year-olds, both men and women, say this ...
by Stevenloan
Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Boundary
Replies: 7
Views: 405

Boundary

- A and B talk so loud and they laugh a lot. C lies on the couch watching TV next to them, gets kind of annoyed and says “Guys, boundaries” - I know the meaning of "boundaries". But in this context does it have a figurative meaning as "Guys, please do not make too much noise because it really annoys...
by Stevenloan
Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: On the side
Replies: 17
Views: 736

Re: On the side

I've heard "having a bit on the side" and having a little piece on the side". Just so you gentlemen know, if my dear husband had either he'd be a dead man...but after 31 years it's be unlikely ! Dear Elview and other friends, - Elview wrote "It's be unlikely". I guess "be" is a typo here. Should it...