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    #1

    I'm keeping my handy

    Hallo!

    Can you tell me if the following phrase is correct:

    I'm keeping my handy almost every second, so if you think that I neglect you, most probably it is the case.
    The tense - is present continuous used correctly here?

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: I'm keeping my handy

    The whole sentence is incomprehensible. What is a "handy"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: I'm keeping my handy

    A handy is a mobile phone - isn't it?

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    Re: I'm keeping my handy

    I've never heard a mobile (phone) called that. In the USA it's usually called a 'cell (phone)'.

    Even knowing what a 'handy' is, I can't understand the sentence.

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    #5

    Re: I'm keeping my handy

    Present continuous doesn't work there. Try "I have my handy/cell phone/mobile with me almost all the time, so if you think (that) I'm neglecting you, most probably it is the case/you're probably right.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: I'm keeping my handy

    Quote Originally Posted by Elenichka View Post
    A handy is a mobile phone - isn't it?
    I've heard some students from central Europe using the term, but it isn't used in BrE.

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    Re: I'm keeping my handy

    I've never heard that term for a mobile phone either.

    I have my mobile with me all the time so if you think I'm neglecting/ignoring you, I probably am!

    I assume that the speaker has been accused of ignoring calls or texts, or that the hearer is hoping that the reason they are being ignored is because the speaker doesn't/didn't have their mobile with them. It sounds like the hearer is about to be very disappointed.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: I'm keeping my handy

    A mobile phone is often referred to as a handy​ in German.

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    #9

    Re: I'm keeping my handy

    My daughter told me that last night. I asked her (a teen, you know - they are "up" on all the latest slang) if she had ever heard a phone called a "handy" and she said it was the German term. I was going to share that today but see Piscean beat me to it.
    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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    #10

    Re: I'm keeping my handy

    I once knew a British guy who used the term "handy." But that was back in the early 90s. It may have been an aberration, or usage that didn't last very long.

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