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    Smile I want an idiom or another better friendly structure than Leave it as a surprise.

    Hi there,

    I want to know how to write to my friend this:

    I wont tell you anything about [blah blah] to leave it as a surprise.

    Is there any idiom or better sentence than that in bold letters?





    PS: this sentence just to clarify what I mean.
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Default Re: I want an idiom or another better friendly structure than Leave it as a surprise.

    Quote Originally Posted by saloom2 View Post
    Hi there,

    I want to know how to write this to my friend:

    I won't tell you anything about [blah blah] to leave it as a surprise.

    Is there any idiom or better sentence than that in bold letters?





    PS: this sentence ​is just to clarify what I mean.
    I can't immediately think of any relevant idioms. I would probably express it as "I won't tell you anything about [blah blah] just now; I'll keep it as a surprise".
    Last edited by Grumpy; 11-Mar-2013 at 14:48.
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    Default Re: I want an idiom or another better friendly structure than Leave it as a surprise.

    OK! Do you know a site where I can find idioms?
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Default Re: I want an idiom or another better friendly structure than Leave it as a surprise.

    Right here on this very forum. Click here!
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: I want an idiom or another better friendly structure than Leave it as a surprise.

    Quote Originally Posted by saloom2 View Post
    I won't tell you anything about [blah blah] to leave it as a surprise.
    You could say... because it would spoil the surprise.


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    Default Re: I want an idiom or another better friendly structure than Leave it as a surprise.

    - 'spoil' collocates much better with 'surprise'. Another possibility is to rewrite the sentence, using the expression 'keep it as a surprise'.

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    Default Re: I want an idiom or another better friendly structure than Leave it as a surprise.

    I won't tell you anything about it - I don't want to let the cat out of the bag.
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