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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:05 pm 
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So again, speaking of a dark room, which of the two verbs, i.e., 'brighten' and 'lighten' will fit in these situations:

1. Fitting a bigger window so as to let in more light
2. Painting the walls white
3. Fitting more lamps


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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:21 pm 
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1. Lighten
2. Brighten
3. Lighten or brighten would both work for me

Might differ by region.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:23 am 
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Yes, I'd broadly agree with Roc there. However, in any of the three examples, I think that either word would be understood and not sound particularly odd.


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I also agree with Roc.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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A Brit was reviewing a car and said "I'm loving this brown metallic paint". Does it even sound natural in such context? We are taught to never use "I'm loving".


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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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kaliope wrote:
A Brit was reviewing a car and said "I'm loving this brown metallic paint". Does it even sound natural in such context? We are taught to never use "I'm loving".

"I'm loving" is certainly increasingly used by younger people, I think it originated in the US. Maybe McDonalds adverts have something to do with it, I remember the phrase "I'm loving it" being used in some of their adverts.

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I'd agree. It no longer sounds odd simply because it's in quite common use but it is a younger person's expression and I too blame McDonalds. ;)


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Is there anyone? vs. Is anyone there?

Say someone is leaving a room which I am about to enter and I'm asking that person if there is anyone inside. Can I ask either way? One day I asked an American "Is anyone there?" and he replied "I don't know Anyone' with a smile on his face, meaning he compared the sentence to say "I don't know Peter". :) So was that question totally unacceptable?


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kaliope wrote:
Is there anyone? vs. Is anyone there?

Say someone is leaving a room which I am about to enter and I'm asking that person if there is anyone inside. Can I ask either way? One day I asked an American "Is anyone there?" and he replied "I don't know Anyone' with a smile on his face, meaning he compared the sentence to say "I don't know Peter". :) So was that question totally unacceptable?

I think your American friend was teasing you (as shown by the smile on hs face).

I would ALWAYS use "Is anyone there?" ,and "Is there anyone?" sounds VERY weird to me...

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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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Yes, you're friend was just telling a "dad joke". It's also similar to this:

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.


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