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Language Questions / Re: 'I didn't gamble on you going to sleep on me I must say.'
« Last post by Darryl on January 23, 2019, 09:31:32 pm »
I don't believe EmmaGrace is real. I think these old posts are randomly selected for advertising purposes by some machine somewhere. If you are real Emma, have the good grace to answer this.
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Language Questions / Re: 'I didn't gamble on you going to sleep on me I must say.'
« Last post by EmmaGrace on January 23, 2019, 03:58:05 pm »
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Language Questions / Re: ---- she has turned all the menís heads down in that part
« Last post by admin on January 23, 2019, 07:47:03 am »
All the men turn to look at her as she is so attractive.
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Language Questions / ---- she has turned all the menís heads down in that part
« Last post by t k on January 23, 2019, 03:03:11 am »
Oh, she has turned all the menís heads down in that part. She is the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet.  (from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "she has turned all the menís heads down in that part".  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / Re: shape vs. a shape
« Last post by Darryl on January 22, 2019, 08:41:05 am »
Azz, you are playing with fixed phrases there. Your sentences c,  d and e lose that.
Something (or someone) is in good shape or they are in bad shape. No article required.
To refer to your original post, I think it would be better to avoid the use of the article by separating the two thoughts:
a. She is in good shape; too good to play the role of an overweight lady.
b. He is in good shape; too good for me to beat him in a race.
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Language Questions / Re: shape vs. a shape
« Last post by azz on January 21, 2019, 09:57:08 pm »
Thank you so much Duncan and Darryl.


How about these?

a. They are in too bad shape to be able to do it.
b. They are in too bad a shape to be able to do it.
c. They are in too bad shapes to be able to do it.

d. Their shape is such that they can't do it.
e. Their shapes are such that they can't do it.

Many thanks.
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Language Questions / Re: shape vs. a shape
« Last post by admin on January 21, 2019, 11:09:54 am »
Sorry - I mistyped to start with. I have just changed it to c and d
a and b would not be standard BrE
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Language Questions / Re: shape vs. a shape
« Last post by Darryl on January 21, 2019, 08:58:18 am »
I would go a and b.
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Language Questions / Re: shape vs. a shape
« Last post by admin on January 21, 2019, 07:49:10 am »
c and d
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Language Questions / Re: ---- ahead
« Last post by admin on January 21, 2019, 07:48:41 am »
He still ahead a few hundred dollars n hand - ahead of where he was - in reserve.
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