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by Stevenloan
Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Manage
Replies: 3
Views: 519

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: 1000

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: 1975

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: 1975

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: 805

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
by Stevenloan
Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Media
Replies: 3
Views: 825

Media

A: Why do people hate Lady Gaga so much? B: I think people "hate" her because she's a repeat of 1980s Madonna. The only difference is, in these days, she has a lot more media to get her all over the place. - Does "she has a lot more media to get her all over the place" mean "she uses lots of media t...
by Stevenloan
Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Certificate
Replies: 5
Views: 866

Certificate

- My wife got a TOEFL certificate last month and she got 950 marks/points. So when my best friend asks me whether my wife has any English certificates or not. In this case, can I say these? 1. My wife has a TOEFL certificate of 950 marks. 2. My wife has a TOEFL certificate of 950 points. Thanks a lo...
by Stevenloan
Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Generalize
Replies: 2
Views: 1069

Generalize

A: I don't like black people. They always do bad things.
B: You can't speak for everyone as I don't like racists.

- Instead of using B's sentence, can I use "You can't generalize about everyone as I don't like racists"?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: (no offence) taken
Replies: 4
Views: 1201

(no offence) taken

- These are what I heard in a movie: A: Thanks for a lovely dinner. B: Stop being polite. A: Honestly, my wife cooks better than you. No offence! (smile) B: None taken. - Is "None taken" used sarcastically in this context? Or it's always used to mean "Don't worry! I'm not offended"? Thanks a lot! St...
by Stevenloan
Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Foster
Replies: 2
Views: 514

Foster

- My wife's just recovered from a bad flu, so she is still kind of tired. I want to cook something extremely good for her in order to have better health like before. In this case, may I say these? 1. I want to cook these dishes for you to eat in order to foster your health. 2. I want to cook these d...
by Stevenloan
Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wrestle
Replies: 4
Views: 1265

Wrestle

- I found these at an American website: A: I was wondering what your thoughts are to kissing family members on the lips. B: I grew up kissing on the lips and cheeks with relatives close and distant. It doesn't bother me. Obviously I only tongue wrestle with my husband. - I know the meaning of "tongu...
by Stevenloan
Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Plunge
Replies: 14
Views: 2380

Re: Plunge

Dear PhilHunt and other members! - Instead of using Bobin's version "What would you do if when you were at the swimming pool a stranger chucked you in for the fun of it and then walked away as if nothing had happened?", can I also use these versions? 1. dipped you in 2. dunked you in 3. sank you dow...
by Stevenloan
Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Plunge
Replies: 14
Views: 2380

Re: Plunge

- Bobin! Thanks for your help. Erik! Thanks for the useful information. Did you study laws and now work as an attorney on the side? :)

StevenLoan
by Stevenloan
Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Plunge
Replies: 14
Views: 2380

Plunge

1. How would you react if a stranger immerged you into the water for fun in a swimming pool and then walked away like nothing happened? 2. What would be your reaction if a stranger plunged you into the water for fun in a swimming pool and then walked away like nothing happened? - Do these sound natu...
by Stevenloan
Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: start to work v start work v start working
Replies: 25
Views: 23303

start to work v start work v start working

Dear members,

1. Drinking coffee before starting to work helps me keep a sharper mind.
2. Drinking coffee before starting working helps me keep a clearer head.

- Do these sentences sound natural enough? :)

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan