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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
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    When you ask "Am I wrong?" Were you presupposing that you were right? If you ask "Am I right", you might not be sure of something, and need other's confirmation.

    Am I right? :wink:
    Admire you, blacknomi... for always asking such "good questions". :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Susan, thanks for your vivid examples. (I was laughing out in the computer center and everyone gave me an unwelcome look. )

    Mike, thanks as always. @->--

    Iza, thank you very much indeed.


    Your language is weeeeeird. Sleep itself is simply a resting state. When you add any preposition to it, it changes the whole meaning and makes it no longer a resting state in which the body is active and the mind is conscious. Now I know how slight influence the preposition is. :wink:
    I think you meant to say that you now know how big a difference a preposition can make. Am I wrong?

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    May I ask a question here?
    When you ask "Am I wrong?" Were you presupposing that you were right? If you ask "Am I right", you might not be sure of something, and need other's confirmation.

    Am I right? :wink:
    Yes, I am pretty much assuming that I am right, but I am being polite about it.

    Yes, you are right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Susan, thanks for your vivid examples. (I was laughing out in the computer center and everyone gave me an unwelcome look. )

    Mike, thanks as always. @->--

    Iza, thank you very much indeed.


    Your language is weeeeeird. Sleep itself is simply a resting state. When you add any preposition to it, it changes the whole meaning and makes it no longer a resting state in which the body is active and the mind is conscious. Now I know how slight influence the preposition is. :wink:
    Thanks for the flower and thanks to Susan for the chuckle.

    Our manipulation of "sleep" has to do with politeness and euphemism. It is often softer to say "sleep with" than "have sex with" or "perform intercourse ". :wink:

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    'Perform intercourse'??? Not in BE- we use 'have'.

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    'Perform intercourse'??? Not in BE- we use 'have'.
    Maybe they do it on stage over there. ;)

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    Maybe we don't need to rehearse.

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    We certainly don't need a dress rehearsal

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    We say

    "The joyfulness the fish has in water" as euphemism.

    It is a very nice idiom in Chinese literature.

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    The fish I had when I was a child didn't seem that euphoric in his fishbowl. I suppose it was a pokerfaced breed

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