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    Sorry for cluttering up this section with my requests. Don't worry! The new school year gets underway next week and I'll ease off a bit, so please, bear with me for a few more days...
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    I'm watching a movie on TV. The phone rings. Unwillingly I get up and answer it. It's a friend of mine. Five minutes into our conversation I cup the receiver and ask my mother what's going on in the movie but she says: 'Don't worry, THERE'S A COMMERCIAL BREAK'
    My question: would you say that? Any other suggestions?
    An English colleague of mine once told me that in a situation like this she would say 'IT'S THE ADS'.. Mmmhhh, do you agree??

    And if I wanted to ask my mother whether the film has started again after the commercial break, could I say 'Is the film back on?'

    Thanks for your help

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    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    SITUATION
    I'm watching a movie on TV. The phone rings. Unwillingly I get up and answer it. It's a friend of mine. Five minutes into our conversation I cup the receiver and ask my mother what's going on in the movie but she says: 'Don't worry, THERE'S A COMMERCIAL BREAK'
    My question: would you say that? Any other suggestions?
    An English colleague of mine once told me that in a situation like this she would say 'IT'S THE ADS'.. Mmmhhh, do you agree??
    "A commercial break" and "It's the ads" are synonymous. You could say either.

    And if I wanted to ask my mother whether the film has started again after the commercial break, could I say 'Is the film back on?' Yes! This would be common usage in US.

    Thanks for your help
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    'Commercial break' is the formal term; and a TV presenter might say, "...but we have to pause/break for a commercial. Back soon."
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    "Welcome back. My guest today is Tom Cruise...and Tom - during the commercial break, you were telling me about a funny thing that happened on the flight over. I'm sure the viewers would love to hear it."

    Colloquially, people refer to it as 'the ads' - "I'll make us a quick cup of coffee while the ads are on." (Much shorter and easier to say than 'commercial break'.)

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    Thank you David
    I have hugely appreciated your prompt and detailed reply.
    According to your examples I could say 'Don't worry, the ads are on', right?
    W.

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    Thank you Amigo4
    Spanish username, but a native speaker of English I presume...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    Thank you Amigo4
    Spanish username, but a native speaker of English I presume...
    You are correct! Amigo is a Spanish username and I am a native speaker of English. 'Amigo' sounds/looks better than 'friend' when usernames are displayed!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    Thank you David
    I have hugely appreciated your prompt and detailed reply.
    According to your examples I could say 'Don't worry, the ads are on', right?
    W.
    "Don't worry, the commercials are on" would be equally as descriptive. Dealer's choice!

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    I suppose 'Ami' would have been your choice if you lived close to the Canadian border, or 'Freund' if you were living in Lancaster County (PA)...
    Bye!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    I suppose 'Ami' would have been your choice if you lived close to the Canadian border, or 'Freund' if you were living in Lancaster County (PA)...
    Bye!
    Or 'paisano' if I lived close to Milan!!!!!

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    Sorry to disappoint you, 'paisano' is archaic Neapolitan dialect.
    Anyway, If you take a look at any old map, you will see that Naples is 'a little' further south..
    Stick to Standard Italian, that would be: 'amico'
    Ciao!

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