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    talking part down

    Jim is curious about a boxer and his father's conversation problem thinking it's easy as they have some family dispute and haven't talked to each other for a long time.
    What is "talking part down pretty good"?

    Jim- What is so hard about people just talking to each other?
    Talk, listen, talk, listen.
    Mel- Was it ever that simple for you and your parents?
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    Ok. We had the talking part down pretty good.



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    Re: talking part down

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Jim is curious about a boxer and his father's conversation problem thinking it's easy as they have some family dispute and haven't talked to each other for a long time.
    What is "talking part down pretty good"?

    Jim- What is so hard about people just talking to each other?
    Talk, listen, talk, listen.
    Mel- Was it ever that simple for you and your parents?
    Jim- Ok. We had the talking part down pretty good.

    NOT A TEACHER.

    I'm familiar with the expression "have something down pat," which means one has mastered something or is very good at it. I guess that in your dialogue Jim is saying that he and his parents communicated well.

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    Re: talking part down

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    NOT A TEACHER.

    I'm familiar with the expression "have something down pat," which means one has mastered something or is very good at it. I guess that in your dialogue Jim is saying that he and his parents communicated well.

    Thank you, but is it like "have something part down" or just "have something down"?
    Which is correct between the two?
    a, I had soothing part down with my baby.
    b. I had soothing down with my baby.

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    Re: talking part down

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    NOT A TEACHER.

    I'm familiar with the expression "have something down pat," which means one has mastered something or is very good at it. I guess that in your dialogue Jim is saying that he and his parents communicated well.
    I don't agree. He says communication involves talking and listening. He says they were good at the talking part.

    He is saying they did not communicate well.

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    Re: talking part down

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Thank you, but is it like "have something part down" or just "have something down"?
    Which is correct between the two?
    a, I had soothing part down with my baby.
    b. I had soothing down with my baby.
    Neither of those is very good. "I had soothing my baby down pat."

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    Re: talking part down

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Neither of those is very good. "I had soothing my baby down pat."
    What do you mean by "pat"?

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    Re: talking part down

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What do you mean by "pat"?

    Did you read post no. 2?

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    Re: talking part down

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    Did you read post no. 2?
    "Pat" is not part, what is it? Is it an acronym or something?

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    Re: talking part down

    Pat | Define Pat at Dictionary.com

    See the second sense of the word. It means "exactly to the point or purpose" or "learned, known, or mastered perfectly or exactly."

    It's not really used in this way outside of phrases like "down pat" or "stand pat."

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    Re: talking part down

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Pat | Define Pat at Dictionary.com

    See the second sense of the word. It means "exactly to the point or purpose" or "learned, known, or mastered perfectly or exactly."

    It's not really used in this way outside of phrases like "down pat" or "stand pat."

    Then, what Jim said was subtitled wrong. It should be corrected to "We had the talking pat down pretty good", right?

    Jim-We had the talking part down pretty good.

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