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    #1

    Smile a week too long?

    Hi,

    Landlord: Why are you leaving? You've just stayed for a week.

    Tenant: A week too long. There are two many rules in this flat. You don't like noise, so I rarely listen to music...

    What do you mean by "a week too long"? Thanks!


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    Re: a week too long?

    Quote Originally Posted by michael_1999 View Post
    Hi,

    Landlord: Why are you leaving? You've just stayed for a week.

    Tenant: A week too long. There are two many rules in this flat. You don't like noise, so I rarely listen to music...

    What do you mean by "a week too long"? Thanks!
    He means one week was too much time. In this case, no time would've been better.


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    Re: a week too long?

    Thanks, PROESL.

    Does he mean "a week IS too long"? Is it common for native speakers to omit the verb BE in colloquial English? Thanks!


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    Smile Re: a week too long?

    Quote Originally Posted by michael_1999 View Post
    Thanks, PROESL.

    Does he mean "a week IS too long"? Is it common for native speakers to omit the verb BE in colloquial English? Thanks!
    No, he doesn't mean "a week is too long". He means "I should not have even rented this place for just a week. Even one week is too long".

    If he meant "one week is too long", this would then indicate that maybe he should have stayed for just four or five days. But that's not what he meant.

    No, it's not common to omit the verb "be" in colloquial English.
    Last edited by PROESL; 26-Aug-2009 at 04:15.


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    #5

    Re: a week too long?

    He feels a week is too long.

    That's all.


    Chellamuthu

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