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    #1

    shade of meaning

    Could you plese discriminate between the shades of meaning of the two expressions below:

    1. I am starting to lose my patience.
    2. I am starting to hit my limit.

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    Re: shade of meaning

    The meaning of the first is clear. The meaning of the second depends on the context it which it is spoken; 'to lose one's patience' is not an obvious interpretation.
    Last edited by 5jj; 17-Jul-2011 at 12:09. Reason: typo

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    Re: shade of meaning

    I agree; I wouldn't naturally interpret the second as having that meaning- the person could be referring, for instance, to their limit for alcohol tolerance, etc.

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    #4

    Re: shade of meaning

    As always, though, context tells you a lot.

    I'm starting to hit my limit with your nonsense! -- That would be pretty clear, right? The limit of what I can tolerate without losing my temper/patience/whatever. Or maybe it's more common the US?
    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: shade of meaning

    That would be fine in BrE, but without saying which limit you're reaching, things would be less clear. Mind you, if you were shaking with rage, I might be able to work it out.

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