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by Stevenloan
Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Laugh at
Replies: 18
Views: 3724

Laugh at

- My neighbor laughs his head off when he sees me falling. In this situation, can I say these?

1. Why are you so stone-hearted to laugh at others' pain? You should kick the bucket.
2. Why are you so cruel to laugh at other people's pain? You should go to hell.

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Enemy
Replies: 23
Views: 3968

Enemy

- What idiom is still used nowadays to mean that "If you make friends with someone you hate or dislike, you'll have less enemies"? I checked online but couldn't find any good results.

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Deserve
Replies: 2
Views: 1326

Deserve

A: I just bought this used car for 2000 bucks last week. This is the fifth time it has acted up again. B: (Smile) A good dog deserves a good bone. - Can I use B's sentence to mean that "if you buy something for a lot of money, the quality will be very good" and if you buy something for just some mon...
by Stevenloan
Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: To it
Replies: 2
Views: 508

To it

- This is a small conversation in an American movie: A: You used to make fun of the Runway girls. What happened? Now you’ve become one of them. B: That’s absurd. A: That’s okay, that’s fine. Just own up to it. - I've checked the meaning of "own up" on line and it means "admit or acknowledge a wrongd...
by Stevenloan
Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fun
Replies: 1
Views: 345

Fun

- Whenenver my friends gather to have very fun parties, I always show up. So one of my friends is pretty surprised and asks me why I am rarely absent at parties. In this case, can I humorously answer him like this? :)

"Where there is fun or a party, there is me"

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grown-up
Replies: 7
Views: 1394

Grown-up

- The last time I saw my cousin was seven years ago (she was four at that time) and now I run into her and I'm so surprised that she's so grown-up. In this situation, can I say these?

1. Wow! You are so grown-up.
2. Gee! How grown-up you are!

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Stay
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Stay

- Today is the last day I work for this company. Before I go, I want to say something to my colleague that I wish him best wishes and hope that he will have lots of fun working here. In this situation, can I say these? 1. Best wishes to you. Enjoy your stay. 2. I wish the best for you. Have a nice s...
by Stevenloan
Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Suspect
Replies: 1
Views: 1098

Suspect

- In this situation, John is a traffic policeman. He is driving around and sees a car with a lot of suspect signs so he asks the driver to pull over. He asks the driver to show him the car registration papers but the driver doesn't have them so John decides to write a report and keeps the car for a ...
by Stevenloan
Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Crave
Replies: 2
Views: 455

Crave

- My friend asks me why I don't want to find a new girlfriend or why I just stay single. I want to say that I want to stay single so that girls will crave for me or desire me because I'm very good-looking (This is for fun :) ). In this case, can I say these? 1. I'd rather stay single so that girls w...
by Stevenloan
Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Loose
Replies: 3
Views: 582

Loose

- I haven't seen my best friend for almost a year. I ran into him this morning and I was extremely surprised. Now he does drugs, sleeps with prostitutes and he looks so world-weary and that really scares me and so on. He has never done anything like this before. I want to ask him why he lives this w...
by Stevenloan
Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Manage
Replies: 3
Views: 518

Manage

A: Can you handle that? (A sees B carrying too much luggage)
B: I got it, thanks.

- May I use "I can manage, thanks" or "I can take care of it, thanks" instead of "I got it, thanks"?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Psychological?
Replies: 8
Views: 993

Psychological?

- What adjectives do you use for a person who can understand or know what others think or want inside of them?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: strip: predication patterns (originally 'Crown' - moderator)
Replies: 11
Views: 1964

Re: Crown

Steven, I don't know if you've visited the online dictionary of collocations in our Resources for learning English forum . I think you might find it helpful for some of the word combinations you have been asking us about -- for instance, if you look up 'photo' or 'photograph' you will find some mor...
by Stevenloan
Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: strip: predication patterns (originally 'Crown' - moderator)
Replies: 11
Views: 1964

strip: predication patterns (originally 'Crown' - moderator)

- Once again, this is not a real situation :) 1. Last night Jennifer was stripped her Miss World crown by the City Council for her aphrodisiac photos. 2. Last night the City Council stripped Jennifer's Miss World crown for taking titilating pictures. - Do these sentences sound natural enough? Thanks...
by Stevenloan
Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: call of nature
Replies: 2
Views: 804

call of nature

- Do people where you live still frequently use "Sorry. I have to answer the call of nature" and "Sorry. Nature is calling" to mean that "Sorry. I need to use the bathroom"? :)

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan