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  1. outofdejavu's Avatar
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    #1

    Cool "You're so slow!"

    One day, my friend and I aimed to meet in front of the library on campus at 6 pm.

    I arrived there prior to the appointed time.
    He showed up at 6:30 pm.

    "You're so slow!" said I at the sight of his appearance.
    "Should it be 'You're so late!'?" said he.

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    The above-mentioned is a true story.
    I did learn the use of "You're late," but I want to justify myself...
    Was I really wrong to have said "slow"?
    (I can live with it if I had been wrong. )



    Best Wishes,


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    Re: "You're so slow!"

    Quote Originally Posted by outofdejavu View Post
    One day, my friend and I aimed to meet in front of the library on campus at 6 pm.

    I arrived there prior to the appointed time.
    He showed up at 6:30 pm.

    "You're so slow!" said I at the sight of his appearance.
    "Should it be 'You're so late!'?" said he.

    ----------
    The above-mentioned is a true story.
    I did learn the use of "You're late," but I want to justify myself...
    Was I really wrong to have said "slow"?
    (I can live with it if I had been wrong. )



    Best Wishes,
    I don't think it's wrong. I use it too and English is my first language.

  2. buggles's Avatar
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    Re: "You're so slow!"

    [QUOTE=outofdejavu;524926]One day, my friend and I aimed to meet in front of the library on campus at 6 pm.

    I arrived there prior to the appointed time.
    He showed up at 6:30 pm.

    "You're so slow!" said I at the sight of his appearance.
    "Should it be 'You're so late!'?" said he.

    ----------
    The above-mentioned is a true story.
    I did learn the use of "You're late," but I want to justify myself...
    Was I really wrong to have said "slow"?
    (I can live with it if I had been wrong. )


    "slow" isn't exactly wrong, but in the UK we'd always say, "You're late" or "You're so late".

    Saying, "You're slow" in the UK tends to mean "You're slow on the uptake" which would be taken as an insult, implying that someone is of low intelligence.

    buggles (not a teacher)

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