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    About face

    I know meaning of " about face " but I couldn't get how to use it.

    The government did about face about refugee acts.

    Can you please explain that?

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    #2

    Re: About face

    It should be "an about-face". It means a reversal of course, a 180 degree change in direction.

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    #3

    Re: About face

    How about this:

    The government did an about-face about refugee acts.

    Does it work?
    Last edited by Turkish is the best; 07-Sep-2015 at 21:02.

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    #4

    Re: About face

    Yes.

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    #5

    Re: About face

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Turkish:

    I am not disagreeing with the teacher's answer.

    I just wanted to tell you that the last three words do not work for me.

    What would work for me would be something like this:

    "The government has done an about-face regarding its tourism policy."
    Last edited by TheParser; 07-Sep-2015 at 21:26.

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    Re: About face

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Turkish:

    I am not disagreeing with the teacher's answer.

    I just wanted to tell you that the last three words do not work for me.

    What would work for me would be something like this:

    "The government has done an about-face regarding its tourism policy."
    Thanks for your response. İt sounds better.
    Last edited by Turkish is the best; 07-Sep-2015 at 23:19.

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    Re: About face

    Parser, what is the difference?

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    Re: About face

    Quote Originally Posted by Turkish is the best View Post
    Thanks for your response. It sounds better.
    Yes, it does. It avoids the repetition of 'about'.

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    #9

    Re: About face

    Yes, but those are two different uses of "about".

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    Re: About face

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Parser, what is the difference?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    1. As usual, I did NOT make myself "perfectly clear."

    a. I DID make it clear that I was NOT disagreeing with your "Yes." (I never disagree with teachers here.)

    b. I DID make it clear that the OP's sentence did not "work" for me.

    i. I was not comfortable with the last three words "about refugee acts."

    (a) The word "acts" confused me. Did the OP mean legislation or policy or actions?

    c. I simply suggested a sentence that sounded better and more natural to me (including my choice of preposition).

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