Citroen C1, Peugeot 107, 108 & Toyota Aygo Owners Club. (Discount code for CityBugStore: C1OC)

It is currently Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:39 am

All times are UTC [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 68 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 3, 4, 5, 6, 7  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:14 pm 
Offline
Full Member
User avatar

Joined: Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:59 pm
Posts: 880
Location: Aberdeenshire
Drives: C1 2012; 107 2009
I usually just go on a whirlwind tour of the house ranting about how I can never find a [insert expletive here] thing in this [insert expletive here] house while my wife stands patiently in the kitchen with the keys. :oops:

Erm, yeah, what bb said. ;)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:04 pm 
Offline
Full Member
User avatar

Joined: Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:28 pm
Posts: 865
Location: Cracow, Poland
Drives: 107 & Zafira B
Some has just crashed into my car. I get out of the car and address them:

What have you done?
or
What did you do?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:22 pm 
Offline
Area Rep
User avatar

Joined: Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:31 pm
Posts: 4494
Location: Motherwell
Drives: Citroën C1
Neither I would through a lot of profanities in there

_________________
John - Mechanical Guru :ugeek:
Scottish Area Rep
Citroën C1
Honda Civic Type-S GT
Renault 5 Auto


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:35 pm 
Offline
Full Member
User avatar

Joined: Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:59 pm
Posts: 880
Location: Aberdeenshire
Drives: C1 2012; 107 2009
I think either could be said but both sound a little... I don't know, just not quite what I might say in that situation. Probably because what the person did is pretty obvious (i.e. they crashed into your car).

I did have a friend who, after being tail ended by someone while he was stopped at a junction, lept out of his car and with his best Rik Mayall impersonation said "I suppose you think driving into someone first thing in the morning is a terribly trendy thing to do, do you? Well, it's not!"

From "The Young Ones" Episode "Bomb"
Rick: Vyvyan! Have you been using my roll-on deodorant? There's a revolting hair on it and it's not one of mine!
Vyvyan: How d'you know?
Rick: Because I know what mine look like, Vyvyan! I can see them now! [raises arm and points to armpit.]
Vyvyan: Not the ones on your bum you can't. Could be off your bum.
Rick: Oh, and I suppose you think being rude first thing in the morning is a terribly trendy thing to do, do you, Vyvyan? Well, it's not!

I don't suppose that helps much really. :lol:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:05 am 
Offline
Full Member
User avatar

Joined: Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:28 pm
Posts: 865
Location: Cracow, Poland
Drives: 107 & Zafira B
Grammar books say both forms are correct. However, there are contexts where the native speakers would prefer one of them. Can you give me such contexts or situations?

I like swimming.
I like to swim.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:01 pm 
Offline
Full Member
User avatar

Joined: Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:59 pm
Posts: 880
Location: Aberdeenshire
Drives: C1 2012; 107 2009
Pretty interchangeable I think but I would probably default to the "swimming" option rather than the "to swim" one though. So I think the "to swim" version might be a little bit less common/more unusual but not so much that it would sound particularly weird. The "to swim" might be a little bit more stilted or formal but not massively so.

I could see me answering in either form if someone said to me "do you like swimming" or even "do you like to swim" but I would probably use the first most of the time but I would probably answer in the same form as the question if asked directly, but not necessarily so.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:53 pm 
Offline
Full Member
User avatar

Joined: Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:28 pm
Posts: 865
Location: Cracow, Poland
Drives: 107 & Zafira B
I made the tea myself.
I made the tea by myself.

Are these both correct and natural? Mean the same?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:54 am 
Offline
Full Member
User avatar

Joined: Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:59 pm
Posts: 880
Location: Aberdeenshire
Drives: C1 2012; 107 2009
Both seem correct and natural to me. I could say, and probably have said, both. The slightly longer one might be used when a little more emphasis is wanted. I think it, perhaps, conveys a little more independence under some circumstances:

e.g.
Situation 1. Someone is complementing you on a nice cake:
Thanks. I made it myself.

Situation 2. Someone was supposed to help you make a cake but didn't turn up so you had to make it without them. You're a bit upset with them. So, when they ask if they should still come round and help you with the cake you reply:
It's OK, I made it by myself. [probably in a passive-aggressive voice]

but there is basically very little difference between the two forms and either could be used; even in the above examples.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:59 am 
Offline
Full Member
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 06, 2012 4:19 pm
Posts: 4084
Drives: 2006 C1
In England where l’ve mostly bus garages, food on a plan tray look for someone you know
and sit down. Then ask if he wants a cuppa?
But it much depends on the company you are working for l believe. In Germany the Attitude is they bring the food and just sit down somewhere. Ignoring new people l have found.
And of coarse you’re level within the company. How they they function sorry no idea.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 5:28 pm 
Offline
Full Member
User avatar

Joined: Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:28 pm
Posts: 865
Location: Cracow, Poland
Drives: 107 & Zafira B
Which of these would you use?

What brand of mobile phone do you recommend?
What make of mobile phone do you recommend?
What kind of mobile phone do recommend?


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 68 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 3, 4, 5, 6, 7  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group