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    #1

    questions

    1. What are you guys up to?

    I have never seen this kind of "up to" ...the only "up to" I know is in the sentence like "I can take you up to four people in my car"... these two "up to" have different meanings..am I right? could you explain please?

    2. I could take you shopping vs I could take you for shopping

    Which one is correct? my friend said both are correct but I can't tell...

    3. Hey, I thought it was going to be just us tomorrow. What's with inviting Punky Brewster?


    what's with inviting???? I can't understand.. what does this mean?

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Re: questions

    Hi
    1. To be up to something: to be doing something, often something bad or illegal, usually secretly. It's informal.
    2. I think both are OK.
    3. I reckon it means "what's wrong with inviting ...?"

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    Re: questions

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    What is [the idea] with [the change of plans of] inviting Punky Brewster?

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    Re: questions

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    3. I reckon it means "what's wrong with inviting ...?"
    No, it means the opposite.

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    Re: questions

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    1. To be up to something: to be doing something, often something bad or illegal, usually secretly. It's informal. I agree with the definition. It's certainly not formal, but I don't feel that it's particularly informal.
    2. I think both are OK. The normal construction in BrE is without 'for'.
    3. I reckon it means "what's wrong with inviting ...?" No. It means that the speaker is not happy with the inviting of Punky Brewster. Annoyed, s/he is asking, "Why did you invite P B?"
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    #6

    Re: questions

    layla, please do NOT ask unrelated questions in the same thread.

    It makes the thread confusing. If I wanted to talk about your second question, I would be messy now because of the number of answers to your third question.

    Please ask ONE question (or ask about ONE topic) in your threads. Start as many threads as you need to. Just keep your questions separate.
    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: questions

    Ok. Sorry for that. I am going to follow your advice from now on. Thanks so much for your help.

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