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    Does it work

    I have a Spanish student (an ingineer) in Spain who has been taught by
    an American
    Student from Steven Point, Wisconsin to say the following expression,
    according to the student

    Does it work: to mean okay or is it acceptable.

    This surprised me and let me to think that perhaps this is some sort of
    local expression or idiom to (idiot) idiocy from this area, after putting the
    student straight on the actual meaning and usage.

    The student gave me the following example:
    In an organized convention, one of the speakers, talking to the
    convention organizer, in respect to a speech he was to give, had the
    following conversation:

    Speaker: It will take me 2 hours to give my speech. Does it work?

    Organizer: (I presume him to be as dumbfounded as I am) AH! Duh!

    My student, an engineer, felt sort of disgusted because this was one of
    his favourite phrases and when I told him that in the way he was using the
    expression really had no meaning or let to confusion, he said he felt sort
    of devastated and stupid.

    We came to the following conclusion:

    1) That he misinterpreted the teacher from Steven Point

    2) Or that perhaps it is some sort of local expression.


    Any suggestion????????????????? I really need all your help on this
    one.
    I could be mistaken, but I feel strongly on this one.

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    Re: Does it work

    Quote Originally Posted by pablo2607 View Post
    I have a Spanish student (an ingineer) in Spain who has been taught by
    an American
    Student from Steven Point, Wisconsin to say the following expression,
    according to the student

    Does it work: to mean okay or is it acceptable.

    This surprised me and let me to think that perhaps this is some sort of
    local expression or idiom to (idiot) idiocy from this area, after putting the
    student straight on the actual meaning and usage.

    The student gave me the following example:
    In an organized convention, one of the speakers, talking to the
    convention organizer, in respect to a speech he was to give, had the
    following conversation:

    Speaker: It will take me 2 hours to give my speech. Does it work?

    Organizer: (I presume him to be as dumbfounded as I am) AH! Duh!

    My student, an engineer, felt sort of disgusted because this was one of
    his favourite phrases and when I told him that in the way he was using the
    expression really had no meaning or let to confusion, he said he felt sort
    of devastated and stupid.

    We came to the following conclusion:

    1) That he misinterpreted the teacher from Steven Point

    2) Or that perhaps it is some sort of local expression.


    Any suggestion????????????????? I really need all your help on this
    one.
    I could be mistaken, but I feel strongly on this one.
    No he hasn't used it correctly.

    Here are some possible uses that should be understandable by English speakers:

    A: You have one hour from 1000 to 1100 tomorrow to give your speech. Does that work for you?
    B: Yes, that's fine.

    A: How about I slot your speech in for one hour from 1000 to 1100?
    B: Sure, that works for me.
    or
    B: No, that won't work. I have a previous appointment at 1000.

    B: What do you think about this joke for my speech? <tell the joke>
    A: Ha Ha. Why not? It works for me.

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