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    Who is that

    1) Who is that/he?May I reply- It's my friend or He is my friend.I read somewhere that we can't say " He is my friend" Why?

    2) I have given up painting. I left painting.Are both sentences correct and do they convey the same meaning?

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    Re: Who is that

    "Who is he?" "He is my friend Ram." This is a perfectly normal question and response.
    Only "I have given up painting" is correct in most dialects of English. I know that many people in India use "I have left X" to mean that they have given X up.
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    Re: Who is that

    After so many posts, I thought you knew that we leave a space after a question mark, comma and full stop. Please edit your post accordingly, and put the spoken words inside quotation marks.

    1) You can reply 'It's my friend' or 'He is my friend',

    2) 'I left painting' is incorrect.

    In future, please ask unrelated questions in separate threads.

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    Re: Who is that

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
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    2) 'I left painting' is incorrect.

    In future, please ask unrelated questions in separate threads.
    May I know why "I left painting" is incorrect? Doesn't it mean that I don't do painting anymore?

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    Re: Who is that

    I think you can't say 'I left painting' although 'left' means 'stopped doing' in 'I left my job', but I am not a teacher.

    'Leave' can mean 'stop doing something' in the examples below.
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...#british-1-1-5

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    Re: Who is that

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    May I know why "I left painting" is incorrect? Doesn't it mean that I don't do painting anymore?
    We can use 'leave' with a job but not a hobby. So, I can say 'I left teaching" (a job) but not "I left painting" (a pastime).

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    Re: Who is that

    I suppose some decorators might say that painting was their job. If so, they might say "I left painting. It didn't bring in enough money. I decided to retrain as a plumber."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Who is that

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    1) Who is that/he?May I reply- It's my friend or He is my friend.I read somewhere that we can't say " He is my friend" Why?
    You can, but the answer with it is more common.

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