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    #1

    on and on

    Dear teachers,

    Here are two sentences contenting the expression “on and on”. The former is from a reliable source but the latter is as result of my abortive attempt to write a sentence after the manner of the ancient Aesop.

    Would you share with me your high appreciated opinion about the second one?

    They rambled on and on about their grandchildren. (WED)

    Both scholarly rooks' husky voices rambled on and on repeating the same thing over and over again; their high spirits, at the expense of their inexperienced apprentice, who had recently earned their undisguised disdain.

    on and on = without interruption, again and again

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: on and on

    Hi Vil,

    'on and on' is used as you say, and tends to mean again and again in the contexts given. It normally carries a sense of boredom or irritation on behalf of the person speaking. It would not be considered polite to say "You go on and on about your achievements" as it contains the implication "and I am tired of hearing about it!".

    Similarly "Both scholarly rooks' husky voices rambled on and on" suggests that it became boring or unpleasant for the hearers.

    Ade
    Last edited by azcl; 18-Jan-2011 at 12:34.

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