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    #1

    Shabby hair

    Hi guys,

    Please check. If a person has shabby or untidy hair(not combed), what would you say to him like "Manage your hair or stroke your hair". I mean what can we say?

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    #2

    Re: Shabby hair

    'Comb/brush/straighten your hair.'

    Leave a space before opening parentheses_(brackets).

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    Re: Shabby hair

    "Shabby hair" does not collocate.

    messy hair

    (You do realize we don't go up to adults and tell them to do things like this, right? You might say to a friend "You might want to run a brush through your hair" or "You might want to comb your hair" or more subtly "Do you need to borrow my comb?")
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 04-Jun-2014 at 17:48.
    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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    #4

    Re: Shabby hair

    I wonder if tufguy meant to say "shaggy hair."

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    #5

    Re: Shabby hair

    Shaggy can't be fixed with a comb. You need scissors.
    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: Shabby hair

    Messy hair can be fixed with a brush or a comb, or the hair might need to be washed. Note that in BrE, we wouldn't say "straighten your hair". That would mean that we were suggesting that person use electric hair straighteners to take the curl/wave out of their hair. These are hair straighteners.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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