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    pack it in

    Hello Teachers,

    Do I need to make an explanation sentence before using pack it in? Can it be used with some gerund structure like pack ...ing in?

    Thanks in advance

    Onur

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    Re: pack it in

    Quote Originally Posted by onurediperu View Post
    Hello Teachers,

    Do I need to make an explanation sentence before using pack it in? Can it be used with some gerund structure like pack ...ing in?

    Thanks in advance

    Onur
    Although I am familiar with the expression "pack it in", I'm not sure I understand your question. A complete sentence would help.

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    Re: pack it in

    If you mean can you say something like "I think you should pack smoking in" to mean "I think you should stop/quit smoking" then yes. However, I would personally say "I think you should pack in smoking" (note the word order).

    If that's not what you meant then ... I don't know what you meant!

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    Re: pack it in

    Children were making noise and I couldn't concentrate on my study. I told them pack it in.

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    Re: pack it in

    Quote Originally Posted by onurediperu View Post
    Children were making noise and I couldn't concentrate on my study. I told them to pack it in.
    This usage is correct with "to" -- I have never heard of the usage "pack in something" as was suggested by the other poster.

    Not a teacher -- AmE native

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    Re: pack it in

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    Children were making noise and I couldn't concentrate on my study. I told them pack it in.
    That's fine, though needs "to" added as the previous poster said. "I told them to pack it in". That's something my dad used to use a lot when I was a child. Perhaps it's particularly BrE.

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    Re: pack it in

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That's fine, though needs "to" added as the previous poster said. "I told them to pack it in". That's something my dad used to use a lot when I was a child. Perhaps it's particularly BrE.
    The term is used in AmE too and, yes, it needs "to" unless you would be quoting actually what the person said as in "What did dad say? He said, 'pack it in' ".
    Last edited by billmcd; 01-Jul-2011 at 14:12. Reason: typo

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    Re: pack it in

    Thank you all for your concern

    at least now I can easily understand if a person make a sentence with this structure...

    thanks again

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