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    "Our get-together had been mischievously delayed for a few times."

    is it natural english? if not, how to express the same meaning in a native way?

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    Default Re: is it natural english?

    'mischievously' doesn't sound natural to me. I'm not exactly sure what you want to express here- irritatingly, unexpectedly? Also, remove the 'for'.

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    Default Re: is it natural english?

    I keep thinking about the meaning of 'mischievously' here.
    I'll venture an educated guess that it might mean 'viciously' or 'maliciously' here.
    What do you think, Tdol?

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    Default Re: is it natural english?

    I would say it depends on the reason/motiv for the delay. Do I not want to go to a meeting because I know I am not ready for it and will I find means of stalling and maybe cancelling it? Do I want to make sure my husband gets delayed on his way home to I can have a surprise birthday party for him?

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    Default Re: is it natural english?

    vindictively??

    However, do these fit with putting off a party?- they sound a bit strong.

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    Default Re: is it natural english?

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    vindictively??

    However, do these fit with putting off a party?- they sound a bit strong.
    Mischievously and strong? Vindictively sounds more like cat fight 101 or steel magnolias.

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    Default Re: is it natural english?

    'Mishcievoulsy' isn't so strong, but does it work for you? I meant that the alternatives being suggested were probably a bit strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'Mishcievoulsy' isn't so strong, but does it work for you? I meant that the alternatives being suggested were probably a bit strong.
    Try real life application. Delay a meeting, a presentation - procrastinate with the best. It is part of human nature. I had the pleasure of working with a real gentleman in a harsh industry (collecting past dues). My introduction to the trade - if you cannot be nice be charming. Moew

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    Default Re: is it natural english?

    And if you can't be charming?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    And if you can't be charming?
    repo

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