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    Question Things that only native speakers know!

    Hi, guys... How you doing?

    I have some questions about vocabulary and grammar (I'm writing songs ). Follows:

    1) "You do like a big voodoo" (she talks about a man who controls her mentally. It's like "he wants, she gives"!).
    2) Then she says "As long as I'm in voodoo, You have my heart, stuck in the dark".
    3) And "I came to you like a big voodoo, I came to you like a large (voodoo)..."

    "Big" and "large" are being used in the right way? And about "I'm in voodoo"? It's correct? Or is "I'm in a voodoo"?

    Another song is about betrayal.

    4) "Even you took my breath, I will never learn...".
    This is correct?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Things that only native speakers know!

    Correct grammar and standard-English vocabulary are not things I generally associate with songs.

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    Re: Things that only native speakers know!

    But I need to know if it makes sense!

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    Re: Things that only native speakers know!

    Quote Originally Posted by ceciliafontes View Post
    "You do like a big voodoo"
    That make no sense at all to me. That wouldn't stop some song-writers using it.

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    Re: Things that only native speakers know!

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    That make no sense at all to me. That wouldn't stop some song-writers using it.
    "Big" was used to say that voodoo that the guy does is really powerful! Now it makes sense?

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    Re: Things that only native speakers know!

    Quote Originally Posted by ceciliafontes View Post
    voodoo that the guy does
    www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/voodoo
    If the above definition is correct, I would consider 'voodoo' a religion, but I am not a teacher.
    So how could someone 'do' a religion to control others?

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    Re: Things that only native speakers know!

    In that use, "do" means "practice".

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    Re: Things that only native speakers know!

    I think the OP's intended meaning is 'using magic' instead of 'practising a religion' to control someone, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Things that only native speakers know!

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think the OP's intended meaning is 'using magic' instead of 'practising a religion' to control someone, but I am not a teacher.

    I can't detect any difference between them.

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    Re: Things that only native speakers know!

    Do you mean 'practising a religion' is the same as 'using magic'?

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