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    Common expressions in English

    Hi, I hope you can help me with this doubt.
    One of my students wrote today this: I went to a party in my aunt's house. I was spending my time when suddenly...
    My question is about the expression "I was spending my time". I don't think it is common to say that, so, how would you express what she meant?

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    Re: Common expressions in English

    Quote Originally Posted by papirrines View Post
    Hi, I hope you can help me with this doubt.
    One of my students wrote today this: I went to a party in my aunt's house. I was spending my time when suddenly...
    My question is about the expression "I was spending my time". I don't think it is common to say that, so, how would you express what she meant?
    It depends what she was doing.

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    Re: Common expressions in English

    You say , I went to a party at my aunt's house. Like Bhaisahab mentioned you need to know what he /she was doing there...
    "I was enjoying myself, I was having a good time, I was whiling away my time....." can be suitable options.

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    Re: Common expressions in English

    papirrines, please note that a better thread title would have been 'I was spending my time'.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: Common expressions in English

    Note that in BrE, you would say "I went to a party at​ my aunt's house".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Common expressions in English

    Quote Originally Posted by rats View Post
    You say , I went to a party at my aunt's house. Like Bhaisahab mentioned you need to know what he /she was doing there...
    "I was enjoying myself, I was having a good time, I was whiling away my time....." can be suitable options.
    Or I was passing the time

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    Re: Common expressions in English

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note that in BrE, you would say "I went to a party at​ my aunt's house".
    Also in AmE.

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    Re: Common expressions in English

    Thank you so much!

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    Re: Common expressions in English

    Thank you very much! :)

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    Re: Common expressions in English

    Thank you, I really appreciate your help!

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