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    If someone is talking to me about complex things that I don't understand, could I say "You're losing me there."?

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    Default Re: losing there

    I've never seen the -ing form used in such contexts, only "You've lost me/you lost me". I wouldn't use the -ing form, but would be interested to find out if native speakers would.

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    Default Re: losing there

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    I've never seen the -ing form used in such contexts, only "You've lost me/you lost me". I wouldn't use the -ing form, but would be interested to find out if native speakers would.
    "Lost me" would be when you don't understand. What if someone started talking about complex things and the amount of info that is clear to you is gradually reducing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Lost me" would be when you don't understand. What if someone started talking about complex things and the amoutnt of info that is clear to you is gradually reducing?
    Yes, you could say "You're losing me there".

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    Default Re: losing there

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    I've never seen the -ing form used in such contexts, only "You've lost me/you lost me". I wouldn't use the -ing form, but would be interested to find out if native speakers would.
    My first reaction when I read Ostap's question was to answer, "Yes, and you can also say, 'You've lost me there'".

    Then I began to wonder if you could actually say, "You are losing me." There seems to be no reason why we shouldn't, but I don't think I do. Let's see what other native speakers have to say.

    Oh - while I was writing that, bhai answered.
    Last edited by 5jj; 23-Feb-2011 at 10:13. Reason: comment added

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    Default Re: losing there

    I can imagine saying that, in fact I'm sure I have at some time, when I'm starting to get lost while somebody is trying to explain something to me.

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    Default Re: losing there

    I am not a teacher.

    My USD 0.02: "You're losing me there" sounds normal.

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