LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||19/MAI/2006 3:06 PM|
|Assunto:||Breaking My Back|
Usage. That's the simple answer.
A common way to say that the weather is cold is "It's colder than a well digger's lunch bucket." The expression is great for describing a cold day or night. If you use the same expression to refer to a cold drink, people will look at you as if you were nuts. Expressions can be used in one circumstance but not always in another. That's one of many things that separates the native speaker from the learner. A knowledge of grammar rules aren't enough.
"To be uptight" means to be nervous, worried, concerned, etc. Right? If I were broke, lost my job, lost my wife, etc., it would be insulting for you to say such a thing about me.
Context is extremely important. You need to expose yourself to all kinds of situations until you develope a "feel" for which expression to use when.
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