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Autor:  Dale/CR
E-mail:  dale_thomas2004@yahoo.com.br
Data:  08/JUL/2007 1:51 AM
Assunto:  long on, sign in, etc
 
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"to sign on" = Often used in reference to radio transmissions.  Sometimes heard when someone signs a work contract, especially one on a ship.  

 

"to sign in" = Often used when someone is required to sign a book/register in order to access a building or office.  When you go to the office after regular hours, you may have to sign in with a guard, giving your name, employee number, date and time, purpose of your presence in the building/office, etc.

 

"to sign up" = In addition to magazines, as Marcio pointed out, this phrase is often used to mean "to enlist in military service".   A civilian may often be able to sign up for three years, four years, six years, etc.  Let's say that you are organizing a trip to the beach.  In an effort to know how many people to expect (for transportation, food, beer, etc.), you may ask them to sign up for the trip on a sign up sheet.  The "sign up sheet" is often merely a piece of paper, possibly on a clipboard or tacked to a bulletin board.

 

 


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
long on, sign in, etc  –  Anderson  07/JUL/2007, 8:27 PM
long on, sign in, etc  –  Márcio Farias  07/JUL/2007, 9:38 PM
 long on, sign in, etc  –  Dale/CR  08/JUL/2007, 1:51 AM

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