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    take off

    Hi,

    If I can say "You are putting on weight", can I also say "You are taking off weight"?


    Thanks a lot

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    #2

    Re: take off

    Just say "losing weight."

    Hey, you look great? Have you been losing weight?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: take off

    Agreed. You don't "take off" weight. It's not like a scale. You "lose" it. You can say "you are gaining weight" (but be prepared to offend the hear-er). You gain/lose weight. You can put on / take off pounds. But the common expression is "putting on weight" = "gaining weight" but only "losing" - simply "losing" - As in, "Wow! You have really lost some weight!"

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    Re: take off

    "She promised that she make to herself to get fitter and to lose weight."


    May I hope that the creation of the sentence above is conformable to your indication?


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    Re: take off

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    "She promised that she make to herself to get fitter and to lose weight."

    ? She promised herself that she would get fitter and lose weight.
    ? She promised to make herself fitter and to lose weight.

    May I hope that the creation of the sentence above is conformable to your indication?
    Vil, if you want to answer questions in this forum, you are going to have to stop digging up rare expressions and concentrate on producing acceptable modern English.

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