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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:08 pm 
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kaliope wrote:
Do both examples work for you in the past and in the present?

-She was unhappy with her new car from/since day one.
-She has been unhappy with her new car from/since day one.

I would use 'from' in preference to 'since' but both are OK.

The first quote I would suggest is more appropriate after the car has been sold, the second while it is still owned.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:35 pm 
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B: Have you decorated the tree? = Have you been out in the garden and hung the string of lights on the tree?

I'd say yes and no to that one. It would partly depend on how well the parties in the conversation knew each other and their Christmas preparation status. I think, particularly at this time of year, simply asking "have you decorated the tree" (or "have you decorated your tree") would be well enough understood to imply a tree inside the house.

I know that if I said "have you decorated the tree" to any member of my family, they would interpret the question as me asking about an inside tree and not one in the garden simply because we all know that we don't decorate any trees in the garden.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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Does this sentence sound natural with the two "felt's"?

Mum felt his forehead and it felt really warm. He must have had a temperature.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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I guess people might easily say something like that without thinking about it but if I was writing it I would try to avoid the repetition of the word "felt".

e.g. Mum felt his forehead and it seemed really warm. He must have had a temperature.

To be fair, the second felt isn't really needed, because we already know mum was feeling his forehead.

e.g. Mum felt his forehead and it was really warm. He must have had a temperature.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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Or even "Mum felt his forehead and it was really warm"?

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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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And coming back to the toilet seat, can I say 'Did you pick up the seat?' instead of 'Did you lift the seat?'


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kaliope wrote:
And coming back to the toilet seat, can I say 'Did you pick up the seat?' instead of 'Did you lift the seat?'

No, picking up the seat implies removing it from the pan and carrying it away - which wouldn't be popular!

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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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Does this sound natural?

"The car will be sitting for two weeks, so I'm going to hook a charger to the battery"


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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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kaliope wrote:
Does this sound natural?

"The car will be sitting for two weeks, so I'm going to hook a charger to the battery"

I know some people who would say that, but I would probably say:
"The car will be standing for two weeks, so I'll connect a trickle charger."

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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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I might insert an "up" in there.
"The car will be sitting for two weeks, so I'm going to hook up a charger to the battery"
Even though that sounds quite American.

better
"The car will be sitting for two weeks, so I'm going to hook a charger up to the battery"

No idea why "up" makes it sound better to me, but it does.

However, my go-to sentence would probably be "The car will be sitting for two weeks, so I'm going to put it on charge"


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