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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    I'm crude now.

    I've learnt a new words today "crude".

    I've made up a situation, but I'm not sure whether I use this word correctly. I mean, does it sound natural?

    It's my first game today, guys. So, I'm crude now.

    I mean: because it's a first game today, I won't be good, because I'm not ready to play well.
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 27-Mar-2014 at 09:24.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: I'm crude now.

    In my experience, people who are "crude" show a combination of vulgarity and bad manners.

    Saying "I have to take a dump now" instead of "Excuse me for a moment" when you must use the toilet is an example of a person being crude.

    This is different than "a crude drawing" or "they used crude tools" or "they made a crude attempt to..."
    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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    #3

    Re: I'm crude now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    It's my first game today, guys. So, I'm crude now.
    The Longman Dictionary says "crude" means "not developed to a high standard, or made with little skill"──quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/crude_1 Definition #2, but it is used to describe something instead of someone.

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    #4

    Re: I'm crude now.

    He might say "I'm a little rusty".

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    #5

    Re: I'm crude now.

    How about "clumsy"?

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    #6

    Re: I'm crude now.

    For me, "clumsy" does not fit the context.

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    Re: I'm crude now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The Longman Dictionary says "crude" means "not developed to a high standard, or made with little skill".
    That's why Barb gave her "crude drawing" , "crude tools" and "crude attempt to" examples.

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    #8

    Re: I'm crude now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    It's my first game today, guys. So, I'm crude now.
    Even if this usage of crude were correct, you wouldn't say "I'm crude now". That would tend to imply that at some stage, you weren't crude. You'd need "I'm still crude." Consider oil. Once crude oil is refined, it can't become crude again.
    You mean you're inexperienced. You'd need to use "still inexperienced", not "inexperienced now".

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    Re: I'm crude now.

    On my first attempt at anything, I like to set the bar low with "Remember it's my first time today so I'll be rubbish!"

    Note that "rubbish" here is not the same as "garbage" or "trash". In BrE, it can mean "not good" or "bad".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: I'm crude now.

    I'm out of practice.

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