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    Cool IDIOMS

    Hello!

    Are these phrases correct?:

    -I messed up this recipe.

    -Don't make a big deal out of it! (Could we say "don't make a big deal "of it"?)

    -This room smells of pizza.

    -He can stay months without speaking to anyone.

    Thank you very much for your help.

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    Default Re: IDIOMS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Are these phrases correct?:

    -I messed up this recipe.
    I am not sure about this one.
    Hair, some bottles on a shelf, could be messed up but a recipe?



    -Don't make a big deal out of it! (Could we say "don't make a big deal "of it"?)
    Both ways could be OK.

    -This room smells of pizza.
    OK for me.

    -He can stay months without speaking to anyone.
    OK for me.

    Thank you very much for your help.

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    Default Re: IDIOMS

    Yes, you can mess up a recipe.

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    Default Re: IDIOMS

    I would say the top three were all okay.

    Your two versions of 'don't make big deal' are okay.

    But I would say

    He can 'go for months' without saying anything.

    I hope this helps.

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    Default Re: IDIOMS

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicchick View Post
    He can 'go for months' without saying anything.
    Is it also possible to say

    He can go for months without say anything.

    Isn't it better to use "say" actually for this purpose? If I used "say" it means "his complete action" during that time, for me.

    without say ~ without just one saying

    Is the say here the bare infinitive of the verb to say?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: IDIOMS

    Only 'saying' will do.

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