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    #1

    I had essentially written that off as a reject by now.

    A :I called them last week, and they said if we don't hear by the end of this week, to give them a call again. They're still undecided on some applications.

    B: Interesting--thanks. I had essentially written that off as a reject by now.

    Hi, this is a conversation regarding a graduate school admission. I can't understand what B said...Could you help?



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    #2
    I am a Non-NEST (Non-Native English Speaking Teacher).

    I think B means he thought his application had been rejected, but now he sees there is still a chance of it being accepted.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 12-Mar-2014 at 09:53.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #3
    That's right.

    B should have said 'rejection' instead of 'reject'.

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    #4
    Thanks, but still confused...then why did B use "by now" at the end of the sentence? "rejection by now" seems he is regarding the situation as a rejection. Thanks though.

    ps : What does "If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up.)" mean? does it mean that native speaker should talk all the time?

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    #5
    By now- the person has just learned something new that means that it might not be a rejection, so what they had previously thought is no longer true.

    PS- No,it doesn't. It means that the person doesn't speak as much as he or she wants, but would find it much easier to talk if he or she were a native speaker.

    PPS If you have a separate question, please start a new thread. Thanks.

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    #6
    Quote Originally Posted by shhop319 View Post
    Thanks, but still confused...then why did B use "by now" at the end of the sentence?
    I am not a teacher.

    Because B doesn't speak properly. I would hazard a guess that B didn't graduate in English.

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    Ok. I will start a new thread with a different question. thanks.

    Sorry but still I don't understand. B said I had essentially written that off as a reject by now.

    Does it mean that he thought that means rejection up to this moment? (I mean, a very before now)

    and now he think differently?

    If so, why did he use past perfect? I think just using past seems fine. (I wrote that off a rejection by now )

    And confused about the purpose of "off" here. I don't think that word is necessary in this sentence.

    Thanks!




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    Yes, it means that right up until a couple of moments ago when Person A spoke, Person B had assumed that the result was a rejection. Based on what Person A said, Person B has now revised that assumption.

    As far as "why did he use past perfect?", did you read the contents of post #6.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9
    Thanks. Sorry but I am a new user and still not feels comfortable for this site. Could you tell me what post #6 means?

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    #10
    Quote Originally Posted by shhop319 View Post
    Thanks. Sorry but I am a new user and still not feels comfortable for this site. Could you tell me what post #6 means?
    Being a new user has no bearing on whether or not you understand a post. Post #6 said "I am not a teacher. Because B doesn't speak properly. I would hazard a guess that B didn't graduate in English."

    Which part do you not understand?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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