Results 1 to 10 of 10
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Vietnamese
      • Home Country:
      • Vietnam
      • Current Location:
      • Vietnam

    • Join Date: Oct 2013
    • Posts: 4
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    what doesn it mean ?

    i want to chase flies with my friends
    "chase flies" = ?

  1. probus's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 2,341
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: what doesn it mean ?

    I guess you are finding the literal meaning implausible. In AmE, it might mean "I want to play baseball with my friends."

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Vietnamese
      • Home Country:
      • Vietnam
      • Current Location:
      • Vietnam

    • Join Date: Oct 2013
    • Posts: 4
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: what doesn it mean ?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I guess you are finding the literal meaning implausible. In AmE, it might mean "I want to play baseball with my friends."
    are you sure ?? can you give me some references about it ???

  2. probus's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 2,341
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: what doesn it mean ?

    Quote Originally Posted by super_ze1234 View Post
    Are you sure? Can you give me some references concerning it?
    Please note my corrections to your question.

    Yeah dude, I'm sure. I've been speaking American English all my life, 66 years to date. In American slang, chasing flies can mean playing baseball. In my youth I chased a good many flies myself. Can you think of any other interpretation that might make sense?

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Vietnamese
      • Home Country:
      • Vietnam
      • Current Location:
      • Vietnam

    • Join Date: Oct 2013
    • Posts: 4
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: what doesn it mean ?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Please note my corrections to your question.

    Yeah dude, I'm sure. I've been speaking American English all my life, 66 years to date. In American slang, chasing flies can mean playing baseball. In my youth I chased a good many flies myself. Can you think of any other interpretation that might make sense?
    yes, thank you. But i don't know why my sentence "Are you sure?" is wrong ???

  3. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 24,998
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: what doesn it mean ?

    Quote Originally Posted by super_ze1234 View Post
    Yes, thank you. But I don't know why my sentence "Are you sure?" is wrong? ???
    Probus corrected your "Are you sure?" question because you did not start it with a capital letter, you left a space before the question mark and you used three question marks. There are rules in written English and you need to follow them when you post on this forum:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with a single appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Always capitalise the word "I".
    - Do not put a space before a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Always put a space after a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Vietnamese
      • Home Country:
      • Vietnam
      • Current Location:
      • Vietnam

    • Join Date: Oct 2013
    • Posts: 4
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: what doesn it mean ?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Probus corrected your "Are you sure?" question because you did not start it with a capital letter, you left a space before the question mark and you used three question marks. There are rules in written English and you need to follow them when you post on this forum:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with a single appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Always capitalise the word "I".
    - Do not put a space before a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Always put a space after a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    Oh, yes. I'm sorry. I will follow them. Thanks all.

  4. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 20,227
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #8

    Re: what doesn it mean ?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I guess you are finding the literal meaning implausible. In AmE, it might mean "I want to play baseball with my friends."
    I guess you're asking to be challenged whether you are sure if you say "it might mean ..." rather than, say, "In AmE, it would almost certainly mean ..., if it wasn't mean literally." In fact I wasn't sure whether you knew you were right either.

  5. charliedeut's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Oct 2009
    • Posts: 5,421
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #9

    Re: what doesn it mean ?

    Not being that familiar with AmE slang, I would have said it meant "killing time".
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • New Zealand
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Nov 2010
    • Posts: 1,790
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #10

    Re: what doesn it mean ?

    It might be helpful for the OP to know that in baseball a "fly ball" is one that's hit high into the air. So when players are training or friends are killing time by running around catching balls that are being hit into the air, it's sometimes referred to as "chasing flies".

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] 'it doesn't seem' or 'it doesn't seems' ?
    By sunraise2005 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Jun-2013, 03:05
  2. doesn't he or does he?
    By eddy143 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 24-Aug-2011, 08:54
  3. Doesn't go without saying..
    By aachu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-Jul-2011, 02:11
  4. anyone can't/doesn't etc
    By joham in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-Aug-2010, 05:04
  5. Doesn't she like him either?
    By belly_ttt in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 10-Jan-2009, 11:41

Posting Permissions

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