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    Correct?

    Hi, I'm sorry if I'm bothering any of you, but... Could you tell me if the sentence "The English language is exactly what makes me deliriously happy" is correct? Thanks so much!

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    Re: Correct?

    Please, this is very very improtant :)

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    Re: Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Algmina Bru View Post
    Hi, I'm sorry if I'm bothering any of you, but... Could you tell me if the sentence "The English language is exactly what makes me deliriously happy" is correct? Thanks so much!
    The sentence is grammatically correct. Absent context, however, the meaning is a bit strange.

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    Re: Correct?

    Welcome to the forum, Algmina Bru.

    The first thing you need to know is that the people who answer questions here are volunteers who visit the forum when they have the time and the inclination.

    We do not sit at our computers just waiting for questions, so pestering us for an answer after only a minute is not a wise move.

    As I see it, the only reason for any urgency on your part is if this a homework assignment for which you have to meet a deadline.

    We do not help students with their homework. Your teacher needs to know what you can do, not what some teachers on a distant English learning forum can do.

    If it's not homework, please tell us why it's so important.

    Rover

    EDIT: I observe that whilst I was writing that, an academic answered your question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Welcome to the forum, Algmina Bru.

    The first thing you need to know is that the people who answer questions here are volunteers who visit the forum when they have the time and the inclination.

    We do not sit at our computers just waiting for questions, so pestering us for an answer after only a minute is not a wise move.

    As I see it, the only reason for any urgency on your part is if this a homework assignment for which you have to meet a deadline.

    We do not help students with their homework. Your teacher needs to know what you can do, not what some teachers on a distant English learning forum can do.

    If it's not homework, please tell us why it's so important.

    Rover

    EDIT: I observe that whilst I was writing that, an academic answered your question.
    Sorry, I seem to have cross-posted with you.

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    Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to cause any trouble or seem impolite. The reason for such urgency is certainly not homework; I don't know whether this seems weird, but I want to get it tattooed; therefore, it is very important for me to know if the sentence is absolutely grammatically correct and I used the right collocations. Thank you for helping!

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    Re: Correct?

    Honestly, that's a strange (and long) tattoo. How about "English makes me deliriously happy"?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Honestly, that's a strange (and long) tattoo. How about "English makes me deliriously happy"?
    Oh, I know it's strange. The length is not really an issue. The point of it is that, well, people keep asking me "whaat? English actually brings you some kind of joy? How is that even possible?" and the sentence would be the answer to the question. I hope it's at least a little bit clear. I want to emphasize the meaning, trust me, I have thought about this tattoo for a long time and there's a strong reason for doing it. The only thing left is to find out whether the sentence is correct because, of course, making a mistake would be disastrous.

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    Re: Correct?

    As someone who sports some tattoos on his body, let me give you some advice (take it or leave it, that's of course your decidsion):

    Before having it done, think of what it will look like on yoou in, say, 10, 20 or 30 years' time, and how you will feel about it.

    I'm not against having words tattooed, but some words, just like any other figure you choose, might look silly or infantile in the body of an elderly person (That's why, for instance, I have not, so far, had any skulls or the like tattooed - I don't feel they'd look right on my body when I reach a certain age).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    As someone who sports some tattoos on his body, let me give you some advice (take it or leave it, that's of course your decidsion):

    Before having it done, think of what it will look like on yoou in, say, 10, 20 or 30 years' time, and how you will feel about it.

    I'm not against having words tattooed, but some words, just like any other figure you choose, might look silly or infantile in the body of an elderly person (That's why, for instance, I have not, so far, had any skulls or the like tattooed - I don't feel they'd look right on my body when I reach a certain age).
    I appreciate what you're saying. I already have a tattoo and what I saw at the studio.. It freaked me out, I guess. Some random teenagers came and hadn't even thought that through. This is what I disagree with as well. The thing is that the tattoo I'm asking about would mean so much to me and yes, I'm sure that after 20 or 30 years I'd look at it and wouldn't regret having it done the slightest bit. Anyway, thank you for your reply, I get what you're trying to say.

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