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    I was watching a t.v. show and I heard the actress saying "I am still a virgin. I did not do something yet." She was pegging her mates to let her help them. What does this phrase suggest? Is it the lack of experience? I don't know maybe feeling bored of having nothing to do?

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    Default Re: I am still a virgin...

    What kind of help was she looking for precisely??

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    At root, the term "virgin" applies to those who are sexually inexperienced, but the word has wider uses.




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    A virgin in this sense is someone who hasn't done something before. I have never tried parachuting, so if someone asked me is I wanted to go, I could say that I was scared because I was a virgin.

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    Default Re: I am still a virgin...

    What kind of help was she looking for precisely??



    She was asking them to help her as she was new in the job. They were a group of journalists who were about to leave to work on their reports. This new girl has never done a report before. Does this make sense?


    At root, the term "virgin" applies to those who are sexually inexperienced, but the word has wider uses.


    For sure it is not this meaning. But what are these other uses, Ron?


    A virgin in this sense is someone who hasn't done something before. I have never tried parachuting, so if someone asked me is I wanted to go, I could say that I was scared because I was a virgin.
    I thought about it this way, tdol, but then I was confused why she connected the two things togather. Is there any other expression I can use instead?


    Thanks all.

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    "I am still a virgin. I did not do something yet."
    That makes sense, but it suggests that she was the one who was asking for help (which makes sense) not that she was offering to help somebody (which does not make sense).

    (If you are a virgin you haven't done it yet. If you are a rookie it is your first time doing it.)


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    In British English, we don't use the term 'rookie'much, so even though she is actually working, she's still new enough to be a virgin to us.

    Latoff, as an alternative, you could use Ron's term 'rookie'or rephrase it to say 'm new to reporting'

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    Ok, that make sense to me now, although I could not understand the rookie

    one . However, I felt that "I am still a virgin." can be applied on different situations; its a general statement.
    Instead of saying "I am new to reporting" can I say something else which sounds more Idiomatic. I don't know if this will make sense to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latoof
    Ok, that make sense to me now, although I could not understand the rookie

    one . However, I felt that "I am still a virgin." can be applied on different situations; its a general statement.
    A rookie is somebody who is doing something for the first time. A rookie cop is just startimg out. A rookie ballplayer is in his first year.


    Quote Originally Posted by Latoof
    Instead of saying "I am new to reporting" can I say something else which sounds more Idiomatic. I don't know if this will make sense to you!
    You could say "I'm green" or "I haven't learned all the ropes yet" or "I still need a little seasoning" or "I'm stilll young and inexperienced and not worldy wise" or "I haven't yet made all the mistakes I am going to make". Or something like that.


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    THANKS. But why should there be any mistakes!

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