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by Stevenloan
Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Headed
Replies: 3
Views: 1641

Headed

A: I saw you last night!
B: Cool, where?
A: Downtown. You looked happy, where were you going?
B: I was headed home.

- Why don't we say "I was heading home" instead of "I was headed home" in this situation?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Desire
Replies: 3
Views: 1062

Desire

- Wife: After we get married, let's spend our honeymoon in Florida, alright?
- Husband: As you wish!/Whatever your heart desires!/You got it!

- Do the husband's three answers sound natural enough, native speakers? :)

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Sat Nov 26, 2011 4:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Halfers
Replies: 11
Views: 2330

Halfers

"Do you want to go halfers? Our meals were about the same price."

- Can I use "go Dutch" instead of "go halfers" in this situation? By the way, which one is more common? :)

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pants on
Replies: 3
Views: 1360

Pants on

1. A: Are you coming? We’re going to be late! B: Keep your pants on ! I’m almost ready! 2. A: What time does your dad leave for work? B: He always hits the road at 5 am. He has to work at 6. - Are the two idioms above still common where you live, native speakers? They're used in formal or informal s...
by Stevenloan
Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Afresh
Replies: 1
Views: 663

Afresh

- When someone just got out of jail and they want to be a good person or start a new better life. In this situation, I might say these, right? 1. John just got out of jail. He's determined to make a fresh start in life. 2. John has just got out of prison. He has determination to start his life afres...
by Stevenloan
Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Shameless
Replies: 12
Views: 1867

Re: Shameless

Erik!

- Apology accepted! I am just joking :) There's no need to apologize to me. You've also given me a lot of useful information. Have a good day!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Shameless
Replies: 12
Views: 1867

Re: Shameless

- Edwin! Thanks for the idiom "Faint heart never won a fair lady" but it is a negative version, is there a positive version? :)
- WZ! Thanks for the two versions. I really dig them a lot. By the way, it should be "win a woman's heart" instead of "win a woman", right? :)

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Shameless
Replies: 12
Views: 1867

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: 936

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: 751

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: 823

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: 1935

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: 1914

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: 1836

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: 1263

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"? :)...