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    Question 'Add up to' and 'ask after'

    Does it sound natural to you? -
    "John asked after you yesterday. I told him that your poor health together with your overweight adds up to your bad form."

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    Default Re: 'Add up to' and 'ask after'

    The first part works. The second part doesn't (and it's a very rude thing to say to a friend!)
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    Default Re: 'Add up to' and 'ask after'

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Taylor
    The first part works. The second part doesn't (and it's a very rude thing to say to a friend!)
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    Thanks, Jeremy. Sure it does, I was just inquiring about the correctness of the use of the phrasal verbs. I wouldn't say it to my friend, certainly!!! Is it a correct use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Taylor
    The first part works. The second part doesn't (and it's a very rude thing to say to a friend!)
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    Suppose that those words are directed to a guy who has stolen our girlfriend.

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    Default Re: 'Add up to' and 'ask after'

    Hi Nyggus,
    John asked about you yesterday, I told him that on account of your bad health and the problems you are facing regarding your weight, together adds up to your current state of health.
    -If he had taken our girlfriend, then I would want to know why we were sharing her? My girlfriend maybe...Bad form would/could be disrespecting her.
    Woodhouse

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodhouse
    Hi Nyggus,
    John asked about you yesterday, I told him that on account of your bad health and the problems you are facing regarding your weight, together adds up to your current state of health.
    -If he had taken our girlfriend, then I would want to know why we were sharing her? My girlfriend maybe...Bad form would/could be disrespecting her.
    Woodhouse
    Well, Woodhouse, my wife wouldn't like that at all... Sorry, but it was just a classical typo - I missed 'y' in 'your'. It happens (in my case typos, not sharing of girlfriends )

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    Talking Re: 'Add up to' and 'ask after'

    "Ask after" is, I believe, a British idiom. Americans would say "Ask about".

    "I saw Jack at the baseball game, and he asked about you." You'll get strange looks in Omaha with "ask after." He might have asked after you, had the encounter transpired at the cricket match. I leave that to our British cousins.
    Last edited by ebb; 15-Jan-2006 at 04:38.

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    Default Re: 'Add up to' and 'ask after'

    Hi cousin Ebb,
    ask after (VB) to make polite inquiries about the health of: he asked after you.
    Yet also, to ask about sb/sth.
    With regards to cricket, well that`s a different question altogether...Here`s seeing you...is that said in Omaha...which reminds me about the stories of Des Moines...who was that author???
    Woodhouse

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