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    Default Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    I don't understand Barb_D reply in this context.
    It's an old joke - swapping the words 'here' and 'beautiful' in a typical post-card message..

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    It's an old joke - swapping the words 'here' and 'beautiful' in a typical post-card message..

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    Please tell us more about it.

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    Default Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    Quote Originally Posted by david11
    Please tell us more about it.
    Was this not clear enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Old postcards from people vacationing in nice places, when you didn't just get on the phone and answer questions about the weather, used to say "The weather is beautiful. I wish you were here."

    This song was a play on that.
    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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    Default Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post

    Old postcards from people vacationing in nice places, when you didn't just get on the phone and answer questions about the weather, used to say "The weather is beautiful. I wish you were here."

    This song was a play on that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It's an old joke - swapping the words 'here' and 'beautiful' in a typical post-card message..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Was this not clear enough?
    Your explanation just gives the usage of the sentences "The weather is beautiful. I wish you were here." But in your earlier post you said The weather is here,. I wish you were beautiful ." Later BobK told that it is a joke.I just want to know about what you mean by joke there

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    The common expression was "The weather is beautiful. I wish you were here." The joke is switching those words. "The weather is here. I wish you were beautiful."

    How would a girlfriend feel if she got a postcard saying "I wish you were beautiful"? It's just a play on words.

    I regret introducing the phrase. I'm tempted to delete that post and every one dealing with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I regret introducing the phrase. I'm tempted to delete that post and every one dealing with it.
    If you delete the post then the replies related to it would become confusing for the people who read the thread later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
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    I just want to know about what you mean by joke there

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    (1) Let's say that Tom is visiting Paris. He might send a postcard of the Eiffel Tower to

    his girlfriend in New York City. Usually, Tom would write on the card:

    The weather is beautiful. I wish that you were here.

    (2) But let's say that Tom wants to be funny. He might change the position of the

    words. So he would write:

    The weather is here. I wish that you were beautiful. [He is telling his girlfriend that

    she is not beautiful!]

    (3) When his girlfriend in the Big Apple (New York City) gets the postcard, she will

    laugh and laugh and laugh. Some (many?) native speakers think that changing the

    position of those words is really funny!

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    Until I read Barb's post, I had never heard of that joke. (I like only pop music of the 1960's.)

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    (3) When his girlfriend in the Big Apple (New York City) gets the postcard, she will

    laugh and laugh and laugh. Some (many?) native speakers think that changing the

    position of those words is really funny!

    1960's.)
    It will be a joke unless the girl take it seriously.

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    Default Re: 'How's the weather?' vs 'What's the weather like?'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I regret introducing the phrase. I'm tempted to delete that post and every one dealing with it.
    That's the way I feel when one of my 'witty' lines receives a blank response.

    It's also the way I feel about my "You lost me there" post. How could I not have seen the point?
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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