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    Hi Teachers!

    What is the meaning of the verb wing in the following sentence? I don`t understand the message of the sentence.

    Had you listened to me, you wouldn`t be winging now.


    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi Teachers!

    What is the meaning of the verb wing in the following sentence? I don`t understand the message of the sentence.

    Had you listened to me, you wouldn`t be winging now.


    Thank you very much in advance.
    It's difficult to be sure without the full context, but I think it should be 'whingeing' which means complaining. Have a look here: Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's difficult to be sure without the full context, but I think it should be 'whingeing' which means complaining. Have a look here: Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    Hi!
    Thank you very much for your quick reply.

    I was sure it was a mistake in the text. This is one of the blunders that- I cannot say mistake- some teachers from our Police Academy made in a test prepared by them! What`s more important :they have used it in the entrance exam this year. Nice!!

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    Hi Bhaisahab!

    Here are the four sentences. Only one of the sentences is correct and the candidates were supposed to choose it on their exam sheet. In my opinion, the verb is a mess.

    a. If you had listened to me, you wouldn`t have been winging now.
    b. It`s no use winging now if you hadn`t listened to me.
    c. Had you listened to me, you wouldn`t be winging now.
    d. You would not have winged if you had followed my advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi Bhaisahab!

    Here are the four sentences. Only one of the sentences is correct and the candidates were supposed to choose it on their exam sheet. In my opinion, the verb is a mess.

    a. If you had listened to me, you wouldn`t have been winging now.
    b. It`s no use winging now if you hadn`t listened to me.
    c. Had you listened to me, you wouldn`t be winging now.
    d. You would not have winged if you had followed my advice.
    Yes, I'm pretty sure they meant "to whinge" - to complain. The only other possible phrase (and this would still involve a typo) I can think of would have been if they had meant "winging it". That means making something up as you go along, without preparation. That, however, doesn't really fit with the example sentences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes, I'm pretty sure they meant "to whinge" - to complain. The only other possible phrase (and this would still involve a typo) I can think of would have been if they had meant "winging it". That means making something up as you go along, without preparation. That, however, doesn't really fit with the example sentences.
    Hi!

    Thank you very much for helping me. Now, I am sure that they have made a mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi Bhaisahab!

    Here are the four sentences. Only one of the sentences is correct and the candidates were supposed to choose it on their exam sheet. In my opinion, the verb is a mess.

    a. If you had listened to me, you wouldn`t have been winging now.
    b. It`s no use winging now if you hadn`t listened to me.
    c. Had you listened to me, you wouldn`t be winging now.
    d. You would not have winged if you had followed my advice.
    Yes, if you change it to 'whingeing', C would be the best sentence.

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