Page 3 of 5 FirstFirst 1 2 3 4 5 LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 44
  1. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 15,879
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #21

    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..

    b

  2. david11's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Nov 2011
    • Posts: 588
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #22

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

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

    b
    Please tell us more about it.

  3. englishhobby's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Jun 2009
    • Posts: 1,236
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #23

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


  4. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 18,128
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #24

    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.

  5. david11's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Nov 2011
    • Posts: 588
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #25

    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.
    .

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

    b
    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

  6. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 18,128
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #26

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

    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.
    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.

  7. david11's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Nov 2011
    • Posts: 588
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #27

    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.
    If you delete the post then the replies related to it would become confusing for the people who read the thread later.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 5,637
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #28

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

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    .





    I just want to know about what you mean by joke there

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (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!

    *****

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

  8. david11's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Nov 2011
    • Posts: 588
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #29

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

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****



    (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.

  9. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #30

    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?

Page 3 of 5 FirstFirst 1 2 3 4 5 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. weather
    By GUEST2008 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 21-Mar-2010, 15:58
  2. [General] weather
    By gchman in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28-Feb-2009, 06:40
  3. what is the weather like?
    By irene_18_30 in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-Mar-2008, 06:56
  4. Weather
    By Humble in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 09-Feb-2007, 05:09
  5. weather
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 15-Nov-2006, 13:47

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •