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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    But Frank Zappa was great!
    That he was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    I have a colleague who named his son "Zigmont". I feel very bad for the child. Frank Zappa, a rock singer, named his two children Moon Unit (girl) and Dweezil (boy). Yeech!
    Here are the names of three people I know personally:

    Harry Hoal, Iona Hoover, and Stewart Standing-on-the-Road


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hong Kong Chinese
    I have ridiculed my old friend that if he named his son sparky, your son would follow his foot-step. However he disliked the job as seaman very much.
    I think ridiculed is a little too strong a word here. Try:
    • I have teased my old friend that if he named his son Sparky that his son would follow in his footsteps. However, he disliked his job as seaman very much.


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    What does it mean to follow in somebody's footsteps?
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/vi...?p=20160#20160

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    Default Good morning Sir RonBee

    Sir RonBee, many thanks!

    What does it mean to follow in somebody's footsteps?

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    key=30149&dict=CALD

    However, he disliked his job as seaman very much.
    I think it would be better to use present tense in this sentence as he still dislikes his job as seaman although he has sought a shore job a long time ago.

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    Default Re: Good morning Sir RonBee

    Quote Originally Posted by Hong Kong Chinese
    Sir RonBee, many thanks!

    What does it mean to follow in somebody's footsteps?

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    key=30149&dict=CALD

    However, he disliked his job as seaman very much.
    I think it would be better to use present tense in this sentence as he still dislikes his job as seaman although he has sought a shore job a long time ago.
    I agree. If he is still working at the job then present tense would be better. (You don't need to use the past perfect in that sentence.)

    (Thanks for the link, but I wasn't asking a question. I was trying to get people involved in our discussion (English Idioms and Sayings).)

    I've never known anybody named Sparky, but Radar (a character in the MASH series) had a friend named Sparky. Sparky was never seen, but Radar talked to him on the radio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    But Frank Zappa was great!
    Especially live. Just to let you know, as I'm sure you didn't get the chance to see him in his glory. <smug>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    I have a colleague who named his son "Zigmont". I feel very bad for the child. Frank Zappa, a rock singer, named his two children Moon Unit (girl) and Dweezil (boy). Yeech!
    Here are the names of three people I know personally:

    Harry Hoal, Iona Hoover, and Stewart Standing-on-the-Road


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