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by Stevenloan
Wed May 02, 2012 6:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Customer
Replies: 6
Views: 684

Customer

- I was at a shoe store looking for some new pairs of shoes the other day and suddenly a female customer thinks I'm a sales clerk and asks me "excuse me! How much are these?". Frankly, I was pretty surprised and couldn't say anything. I just shook my hands and said "no no" and smiled. Could I say th...
by Stevenloan
Tue May 01, 2012 3:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: On the right track
Replies: 6
Views: 1646

On the right track

- I accidentally found this sentence on a website: "”Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” - Will Rogers - I guess Will Rogers has a figurative meaning when he says this. Is that right? If so, I guess this sentence means "Even if you're a winner, you'll be de...
by Stevenloan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Expect
Replies: 5
Views: 577

Expect

- The woman suddenly comes to hold the man. The man is so surprised , smiles and says "I wasn't expecting that". Could I say "I didn't expect that" instead of "I wasn't expecting that" in this situation?

Thanks a million

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Where have you been?
Replies: 4
Views: 4578

Where have you been?

- The wife goes out all day and when she comes home, the husband asks "Honey! Where have you been?". This is from a movie. Why doesn't the husband ask "Where did you go?" or "Where were you" instead of "Where have you been?"?

Thanks a lot,

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Swear at
Replies: 6
Views: 2313

Swear at

- After a while you drive a hard bargain at a flea market, but you decide not to buy it anymore so the seller gets angry and cusses at you. Instead of using "cuss at you", could I use "swear at you" or "scold you" in this case?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Congestion
Replies: 5
Views: 732

Congestion

A: What took you so long?
B: Sorry, traffic jam.

- Can I say "traffic congestion" instead of "traffic jam"?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Squeeze
Replies: 2
Views: 505

Squeeze

1. My sister is super economical. When there's only very little toothpaste in the tube, she presses until the toothpaste is all out. 2. My sister is greatly economical. When there's very little toothpaste left in the tube, she squeezes until the toothpaste goes out completely. - Do these sentences s...
by Stevenloan
Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hamster
Replies: 2
Views: 1877

Hamster

- This is a context from an American movie. A man gets stuck in the bathroom. He tries many ways to get out but he can't so he gets angry and says "son of a hamster". What does he mean in this situation? I googled it but I couldn't find the meaning.

Thanks a lot,

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Laugh at
Replies: 18
Views: 3724

Re: Laugh at

Dear Tony,

- You wrote "The reason for labouring this is that if you intend to talk or write to English speakers you do need to get rid of the agressiveness or you will find yourself in trouble or friendless.". Thanks for your advice. I'll keep this in mind. Nighty night :)

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sentiments
Replies: 2
Views: 673

Sentiments

-This is a situation in a movie, A and B have just missed a ferry and here is a short conversation: A: Bollocks! B: Yeah. My sentiments exactly. - I checked the meaning of "sentiment" in my dictionary and it has several meanings. Is its exact meaning in this context "Yeah. I feel the same way too"? ...
by Stevenloan
Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Laugh at
Replies: 18
Views: 3724

Re: Laugh at

Oh Trolley, thanks so much for your advice. It's very valuable and useful. Have a great day.

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Laugh at
Replies: 18
Views: 3724

Re: Laugh at

Dear WOZ! I just want to know whether my sentences are natural or not. They don't sound natural. The sentances don't sound natural. Even if they did, the responses don't sound appropriate (natural) to the situation. If, in any English speaking environment I know, you made a response anything like t...
by Stevenloan
Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Laugh at
Replies: 18
Views: 3724

Re: Laugh at

Dear WOZ! - Thanks for your advice and opinion. My two original sentences may provoke some pretty strong responses. Once again, I just want to know whether my sentences are natural or not. Why does everyone make a big deal out of it? I wouldn't care if someone told me that almost my sentences sound ...
by Stevenloan
Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thoughtful
Replies: 2
Views: 585

Re: Thoughtful

Dear Erik!

- Thanks a lot for your explanation and help. Have a nice weekend!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thoughtful
Replies: 2
Views: 585

Thoughtful

- In a movie, a son is helping his mom rearrange something. Then the mom says "It's very grown-up of you to help". In this case, can I use these alternatives? 1. It's so mature of you to help. 2. It's genuinely thoughtful of you to help. 3. Your help shows remarkably your maturity. Thanks a million!...