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    #1

    What is the informal expression for stop hanging about?

    I live in UK and I am trying to learn informal real English. It's really hard though...

    What do you say if someone takes more time than necessary even though you are wating for him.

    Stop dawdling? stop hanging about?

    Are these right?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: What is the informal expression for stop hanging about?

    Hurry up!

    Get a move on!

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    #3

    Re: What is the informal expression for stop hanging about?

    Quote Originally Posted by zzang418lee View Post
    I live in UK and I am trying to learn informal real English. It's really hard though...

    What do you say if someone takes more time than necessary even though you are wating for him.

    Stop dawdling? Stop hanging about?

    Are these right?

    Thanks.
    Your examples are fine too, although "hanging about" suggests that the friend is simply doing nothing at all instead of actually taking a long time to do something.

    Come on, I haven't got all day.
    Is there any chance of you being ready in my lifetime?
    Time's a-wasting!
    Get a shift on.
    Come on - move your ar*e!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: What is the informal expression for stop hanging about?

    Hi
    How about the following:
    Chop-chop
    Shake a leg
    Don't dillydally
    Stop shilly-shallying

    Good luck!
    Being a non-native teacher, I'm so thrilled being in such a superb forum.

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