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    Hi! How are you doing?
    My question is "What's the difference between give up and give in?"
    If for instance I'm very kind and don't want to quarrel to anybody i"m the first to tell 'Ok, let it be like you want'. What should I use?

    And what's that mean 'GET OFF' in the following sentense? I don't need a man to make it happen, I get off being free. It means that I can be without him, that I'm doing well without him. Am I right?
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    Default Re: the meanings of the words

    Quote Originally Posted by Sorinka View Post
    Hi! How are you doing?
    My question is "What's the difference between give up and give in?"
    If for instance I'm very kind and don't want to quarrel to anybody i"m the first to tell 'Ok, let it be like you want'. What should I use?

    And what's that mean 'GET OFF' in the following sentense? I don't need a man to make it happen, I get off being free. It means that I can be without him, that I'm doing well without him. Am I right?
    Thank you
    Hi, Sorinka!
    It's better to say "give in" (уступаю, сдаюсь).
    And why do you want to use "get off" in your second example. Maybe better to say "get on" instead of it. You get on well without him. Really?

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    Default Re: the meanings of the words

    Quote Originally Posted by Sorinka View Post
    Hi! How are you doing?
    My question is "What's the difference between give up and give in?"
    If for instance I'm very kind and don't want to quarrel to anybody i"m the first to tell 'Ok, let it be like you want'. What should I use?

    And what's that mean 'GET OFF' in the following sentense? I don't need a man to make it happen, I get off being free. It means that I can be without him, that I'm doing well without him. Am I right?
    Thank you
    To "give up" is to abandon a task; to "give in" is to let someone else have his way. When it comes to an argument, the result is about the same.

    I'll let Webster deal with "get off".

    Main Entry:get off*
    Function:intransitive verb
    1 : to get high on a drug usually used with on *get off on heroin*
    2 : to experience orgasm
    3 : to experience great pleasure or satisfaction usually used with on *gets off on the music*
    transitive verb : to cause to get off
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 13-Dec-2006 at 21:21.

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    Default Re: the meanings of the words

    Hi, Harry Smith.
    I didn't ask you about what's better to use GET OFF or something else, I just wanted to know what it meant. Because it's the sentense from the song. I needed the meaning.
    nevertheless THANK YOU

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    Default Re: the meanings of the words

    hi, Sorinka. Can you post the whole song. I need the context.
    For me, "I don't need a man to make it happen." means I can be well off without a man. And "I get off being free." means I give up the right of freedom. i surrender to the man. So they have the opposite meaning.

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    Default Re: the meanings of the words

    Hi!
    It's the song "I don't need a man" of Pussycat dolls
    I see you lookin' at me like I got somethin' that's for you
    And the way that you stare, don'tcha dare 'cause I'm not about to
    Just give it all up to you
    'Cause there are some things I won't do
    And I'm not afraid to tell you I don't ever wanna leave you confused

    The more you try the less bite and
    I don't have to think it through
    You'll know if I'm into you

    [Chorus]
    I don't need a man to make it happen, I get off bein' free
    I don't need a man to make me feel good, I get off doin' my thing
    I don't need a ring around my finger, to make me feel complete
    So let me break it down- I can get off when you ain't around!

    And so on. I thik I was right saying that she is doing well without him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorinka View Post
    Hi! How are you doing?
    My question is "What's the difference between give up and give in?"
    If for instance I'm very kind and don't want to quarrel to anybody i"m the first to tell 'Ok, let it be like you want'. What should I use?

    And what's that mean 'GET OFF' in the following sentense? I don't need a man to make it happen, I get off being free. It means that I can be without him, that I'm doing well without him. Am I right?
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    Yes, you are right. Though I must say there are so many mistakes in the songs that sometimes it's impossible to translate.

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    So, the "get off being free" means "get off" and "being free".
    the words of pop songs sometimes are too free-written to understand, i think.

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