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by Stevenloan
Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Shameless
Replies: 12
Views: 1844

Shameless

1. If you want to flirt with a woman successfully, you have to be bold-faced. 2. If you want to flirt with a woman successfully, you must be shameless. - Do these two sentences sound natural enough, native speakers? :) What I mean by "bold-faced" and "shameless" is that you have to persistent. Altho...
by Stevenloan
Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Leave it
Replies: 2
Views: 838

Leave it

- I heard these sentences from a movie: The man: You really don't miss me at all? The woman: It was one night. I think we should leave it at that. - I guess A and B have made love before (just a guess :) ) And "we should leave it at that" in this situation means "we should stop right there and never...
by Stevenloan
Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Got left
Replies: 2
Views: 744

Got left

- I heard these sentences in an American movie:

A: How many bullets you got left?
B: About 20.

- I guess the way A asks is AE, and BE should be "How many bullets do you have left?", right? :)

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Courtesy
Replies: 2
Views: 815

Courtesy

Peter: Why does Brian always use profanity with me?
John: I really don't know why. Courtesy costs nothing/ It doesn't cost anything to be polite/politeness costs little but yields much.

- Do I use the three answers of John's correctly and naturally in this situation?

Thanks a million!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Nothing can cleave
Replies: 13
Views: 1882

Nothing can cleave

- John and Peter have been friends for over 10 years. The deeper their mutual understanding are, the more they feel closely attached to each other. Nothing can cleave their friendship.

- Are these sentences natural enough in written English, native speakers? :)

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Got away
Replies: 3
Views: 1881

Got away

- I overheard this small conversation in a movie on cable TV:

Wife: Can you take the kids to school today? My day kinda got away from me.
Husband: Yeah! Yeah! Unless there is an emergency at the office.

- What does "My day kinda got away from me" mean in this situation?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lie
Replies: 12
Views: 1806

Lie

Peter: You know what James! John can do 74 press-ups in a minute.
James: You gotta be kidding me!
John: That's a damn lie.

- Are there other formal ways to say instead of "That's a damn lie"? :)

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Drinker
Replies: 4
Views: 1253

Drinker

"You're such a bad drinker. Just half a glass of Whisky and you're under the table." - I accidentally heard this sentence from a foreigner at a bar last night and I understand what it means :) By the way, are there other popular ways to say instead of "a bad drinker" and "you're under the table"? :)...
by Stevenloan
Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A fine of
Replies: 8
Views: 1648

Re: A fine of

- Dear Josh and other members! - A few weeks ago, we received a new law that if someone is caught DRIVING after drinking two glasses of beer, they'll be fined $14. This is the truth. Vietnam is not a rich country like the UK, the US, Canada or Australia, and the currency is not as strong as the ones...
by Stevenloan
Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pleaded for
Replies: 7
Views: 1369

Pleaded for

1. As a child, my friends always made fun of me by criticizing or insulting my hair, but my mom always pleaded for me. - Is this sentence natural enough to say, native speakers? By the way, I use "pleaded for" here to mean that "stand up for" or "protect me from my friends' insult or criticism. Than...
by Stevenloan
Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tough rival
Replies: 9
Views: 1590

Re: Tough rival

Dear Edwin, Erik and other members!

- Are there better ways in general to mean that you win this time but you shouldn't be too proud of yourself or too happy or too vain because you will have better opponent in a Judo match or at a company or at school, etc.?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Flat tire
Replies: 8
Views: 1080

Flat tire

- This is the third time I've had a flat tire with my new car. My wife gets angry and asks me why. I want to tell her that nobody wants this to happen. So is this small conversation natural enough? :) Wife: Honey! Why are you always having a flat tire?/Who do you always have a flat tire? Husband: Co...
by Stevenloan
Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do not repeat
Replies: 3
Views: 940

Do not repeat

- I made a huge mistake in the past and I advise my friend not to repeat it so are there any fixed phrases or idioms that mean "Do not follow/repeat my mistake"?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Drinking
Replies: 13
Views: 1384

Re: Drinking

WoZ!

- I really like this version of yours ""How much can you drink before you are drunk?" :) Thanks very much for other versions.

StevenLoan who is not a good drinker
by Stevenloan
Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Drinking
Replies: 13
Views: 1384

Re: Drinking

Dear Trolley!

- I would appreciate if you could tell me whether my original sentences are natural enough or not. Just forget about the different cultures :) Thanks in advance!

StevenLoan