LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||05/MAI/2006 4:08 PM|
|Assunto:||Proverbs- which one?|
A- Say Kate. Are you enjoying Mrs. Kramer's classes?
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?
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.
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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