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Autor:  Dale/RS
E-mail:  dale.thomas@hy.com.br
Data:  05/MAI/2006 4:08 PM
Assunto:  Proverbs- which one?
 
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A- Say Kate. Are you enjoying Mrs. Kramer's classes?
B- Not really. You know, I don't feel very comfortable most of the time.
A- I already know you do but __________________________.

Q1- Can I say: "I already know you do" or should I say "I already know you don't"?

Neither seems to fit in the space. 

Kate made a negative statement, so you can't reaffirm it by saying using the positive "do".  You need "don't".  The word "already" doesn't seem natural here.  I'd suggest something like:

"I know you don't."

"That's what you've told me before."

"Yes, you've said that before."

"That's too bad."

"I'm sorry to hear that."

B- Yeah, you're right. By the way, we're traveling for a competition in two months.

Q2- Which proverb can I use after but?
a- Don't burn your bridges behind you
b- O ne person's meat is another one's poison.
c- I can use both proverbs.

Neither proverb seems appropriate in that limited context. 

a- Don't burn your bridges behind you

You could use this IF Kate were talking about doing something drastic such as dropping the class, leaving the school, etc.
b- One person's meat is another one's poison.

You could use this IF you added something like this:

I loved her classes and I really enjoyed her wit.  Of course, one person's meat is another person's poison.

Too bad!  They say, of course, one person's meat is another person's poison.

 

Just one person's opinion.


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Proverbs- which one?  –  jose rocha  05/MAI/2006, 3:16 PM
 Proverbs- which one?  –  Dale/RS  05/MAI/2006, 4:08 PM

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