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  1. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
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    #1

    "Hes having his cake and eating it."



    "If you looked through the window youd think we were the perfect family but its tearing me apart. My friends say I should kick him out and only then will he realise what splitting up really means, because at the moment hes having his cake and eating it."
    More: I can't keep living a lie with my husband - Coleen Nolan problem page - Mirror Online

    1- "Have your cake and eat it"
    2- "Have cake and eat it too"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Unfortunately for ESL students, we commonly truncate common idioms, proverbs, clichs etc, expecting listeners to finish them for themselves.

    A: 'So many people have given me their advice I just don't know what to do.'

    B: 'That's your problem: too many cooks....'

    A: 'I'll just have to wait and see what happens.'

    B: 'That'll be best. Don't count your chickens....'

    Doesn't this happen in other languages?

    Rover
    Does dropping the adverb too right here as Rover said "expecting listeners to finish them for themselves" or it is an optional?


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    #2

    Re: "Hes having his cake and eating it."

    It's optional.

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    #3

    Re: "Hes having his cake and eating it."

    You could drop more than that and expect people to understand. It's such a well-known saying, you could probably get away with "He's having his cake ..."
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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