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    Cool take off

    Hello!

    If I want to brush my daughter's hair and if she puts her hands on her head in order to prevent me from doing so, can I say "take your hands off!"?

    Thank you
    W

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    Re: take off

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    If I want to brush my daughter's hair and if she puts her hands on her head in order to prevent me from doing so, can I say "take your hands off!"?

    Thank you
    W
    Yes.

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    Re: take off

    But it's also a sign for you to brush more gently!

    You can add "Honey, let me do this, or you will look like a squirrel has built a nest on top of your head."

    I'm sure I've said similar things.
    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

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    But it's also a sign for you to brush more gently!
    You can add "Honey, let me do this, or you will look like a squirrel has built a nest on top of your head."

    I'm sure I've said similar things.
    I know I run the enormous risk of appearing to be anti-American when I write what follows, but I'll do it anyway:

    It seems to me, an ageing, past-his-sell-by-date Brit, that your response reveals a characteristic of Americans at times, that of shying away from calling a spade a spade.

    I have noticed, for example, TheParser's* attempts to avoid giving offence to anybody, something I noticed with my American trainees when I worked on Cert TESOL/TEFL courses. You seem to bend over backwards at times to avoid the appearance of intending offence, when sometimes (I feel) a short answer serves the purpose admirably. In my opinion, if the listener takes offence, that's his/her problem, not mine.

    *Sorry Parser, nothing personal.

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