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    Thumbs up Thank you, Barb. :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Repeating my sentences is not rephrasing my sentences.
    If we wanted to repeat your sentences you have written on this forum so far, we would need to read through 10,000 posts* just to start with.

    Thank you very much for the time and effort that you have put into this forum to help us.





    * Now even more, but that was your 10,000th post.

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    Re: Thank you, Barb. :)

    Quote Originally Posted by ~Mav~ View Post
    * Now even more, but that was your 10,000th post.
    I missed that. Congratulations, Barb. Here's to the next 10,000, and many more members who will benefit from your posts.

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    Re: A bit of

    Thanks, I had no idea!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: A bit of

    I' m sorry you take it as a "repeating",maybe I am not so clear of the difference between "rephrasing" and "repeating".
    But what I was trying to say is when A asks B this question, there's a good chance that B will simply reply with "It will take a bit of getting used to it.", without mentioning the time(how long will it take). Will A be confused and complain to B ,say "Hey dude, give me some context."?
    There's another example in my computer book, quote, "This syntax takes a bit of getting used to. You add the method to the delegate; you are not actually calling the method at this point.The + operator is overloaded to have this new meaning when used with delegates. " ,Is there enough of context to deduce whether it is meant "long time" or "short time"?
    I found a similar topic on Merriam Webster's ask the editor, link :Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    Coincidentally the question was asked by my fellow countryman, it seems that chinese men don't like context.
    Anyway ,thank you for your help ,Barb_D, I really appreciate it.

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    Re: A bit of

    Does the person look optimistic and determined? Then "a little bit" is probably literal.
    Does the person look exasperated, and perhaps roll their eyes when they say "a little bit"? If so, it's probably understatement and it meansa a long time.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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