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    #1

    couple of questions...

    1.Um, I think those need to stay in the oven a while longer.

    those = cookies in this sentence,

    I think... it should be passive, because cookie can't stay, but people will take them in the oven..
    But I think those need to stay in the oven is right because it is from the TV show script "How I met your mother"...

    could you explain please?

    2. Um, are you coloring in your butt?

    I think he is coloring black on his pants, so "on" is better...Could you explain please?

    3. Marshall: I have a big interview coming up, and my suit has holes in it. I can't sew, I don't own Navy boxers, so, yeah, I'm coloring in my butt.
    Barney: So wear another one.

    Does "so" means "so if" in this sentence?


    Thanks!!!

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    Re: couple of questions...

    Please start separate threads for completely different questions, layla.
    Quote Originally Posted by layla0302 View Post
    1.Um, I think those need to stay in the oven a while longer.

    those = cookies in this sentence,

    I think... it should be passive, because cookies can't stay, but people will takeput them in the oven..
    But I think those need to stay in the oven is right because it is from the TV show script "How I met your mother"...

    could you explain please?
    Someone put them in the oven originally. When they thought it was time to take them out, they discovered that they were not quite ready. They could have said any of the following:

    I will leave them in the oven ...
    They can stay/stop/remain in the oven ...
    I will let them stay/stop/remain in the oven ...


    If nobody moves cookies, they can stay where they are.

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    Re: couple of questions...

    Sorry for the mistake..I omitted... I mean... "those need to be stayed in the oven" is correct, because cookies can't stay by themselves.. am I wrong?

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    Re: couple of questions...

    Quote Originally Posted by layla0302 View Post
    Sorry for the mistake..I omitted... I mean... "those need to be stayed in the oven" is correct, because cookies can't stay by themselves.. am I wrong?
    '... need to be stayed' is wrong. They need to be left. They can stay, if nobody moves them.

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    Re: couple of questions...

    You "color in" to fill in the color of something. From what I understand, he was actually drawing on his skin, so it would be the same color as the suit. This is, of course, a ridiculous situation and one you will never have to emulate.
    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: couple of questions...

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    This is, of course, a ridiculous situation and one you will never have to emulate.
    True, though in the !939-45 war, women in England sometimes drew a coloured line up the back of their legs. This was to suggest the (then-fashionable) seam at the back of the nylon stockings that were unobtainable.

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    Re: couple of questions...

    Thanks, and actually he is coloring in his black suit pants with black pen.

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    Re: couple of questions...

    No. As Barb said, he is applying the black colour (BrE) to the skin of his backside.

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    Re: couple of questions...

    Yes, you are right. It's in the TV show "how I met your mother". The part of the script is below

    Ted from 2030: Kids, when it comes to love, the best relationships are the ones that just come naturally.
    Ted: My first solo batch.
    Victoria: Um, I think those need to stay in the oven a while longer. Here's a professional tip. If it's still runny, it's not a cupcake. It's a beverage.
    Ted from 2030: Yeah, well, things with Victoria were fun, and easy, and uncomplicated. It was pretty great.
    (Barney arrives, while Marshall is coloring his butt)
    Barney: Um, are you coloring in your butt?
    Marshall: I have a big interview coming up, and my suit has holes in it. I can't sew, I don't own Navy boxers, so, yeah, I'm coloring in my butt.

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    #10

    Re: couple of questions...

    Thanks. Could you explain question #3 please??

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