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    after eating slices of orange, wash your hands before playing

    Wash your hands first before playing. You just ate slices of orange, and your hands have orange juice on them. If you don’t wash your hands first, you’ll get orange juice all over your toys, and they’ll smell like orange. You don’t want that. No, don't wipe your hand on your shirt. Look, now your shirt have orange juice. That's a delicate piece of shirt. Mother will have a difficult time washing off the orange.

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    Re: after eating slices of orange, wash your hands before playing

    Wash your hands first before playing. You just ate slices of orange, and your hands have orange juice on them. If you don’t wash your hands first, you’ll get orange juice all over your toys, and they’ll smell like orange. You don’t want that. No, don't wipe your hand on your shirt. Look, now your shirt have is stained with orange juice. That's a delicate piece of shirt(?). Mother will have a difficult time washing it off the orange.

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    Re: after eating slices of orange, wash your hands before playing

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    You just ate slices of orange
    Wouldn't that sound like he ate his crayon?
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    Re: after eating slices of orange, wash your hands before playing

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    Wouldn't that sound like he ate his crayon?
    How does crayon come into the picture?
    I do not think it is necessary to say "slices of orange" (or the whole orange) after you have eaten the fruit.
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    Re: after eating slices of orange, wash your hands before playing

    I'd use either "You just ate an orange" or "You just ate some orange". I wouldn't use "You just ate orange".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: after eating slices of orange, wash your hands before playing

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "You just ate some orange".
    Would some orange mean a few pieces of orange, or can it also mean a few slices of orange?

    I thought about using an orange, but then he didn't eat a whole piece.

    I also thought about using some orange, but then I thought that would mean he ate more than one whole piece.
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    Re: after eating slices of orange, wash your hands before playing

    Do you mean that he didn't eat a whole piece (segment) or he didn't eat the whole fruit? We don't call one orange "a piece". It's a fruit or an orange.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: after eating slices of orange, wash your hands before playing

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Do you mean that he didn't eat a whole piece (segment) or he didn't eat the whole fruit? We don't call one orange "a piece". It's a fruit or an orange.
    I didn't know that! Thank you!

    Considering your correction, my questions would have been better phrased as:

    Would some orange mean a few oranges, or can it also mean a few slices of orange?

    I thought about using an orange, but then he didn't eat a whole fruit.

    I also thought about using some orange, but then I thought that would mean he ate more than one orange, which he didn't.

    That's why I used You just ate slices of orange. On second thought, maybe I could have used You just ate a few slices of orange. But wouldn't that be too wordy?

    Maybe orange slices?
    Last edited by curiousmarcus; 14-May-2016 at 08:37.
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    Re: after eating slices of orange, wash your hands before playing

    You'd make life a lot easier for yourself and Johnny, and more natural, if you just tried to convey the essential message.

    Wash your hands or you'll make your toys all sticky. Don't wipe them on your shirt, Johnny! Now Mummy's going to have to wash it. Go and wash your hands. Now!


    Your desire to use correct English with Johnny is commendable, but most of the language you ask about in your posts is not what native speakers would use.

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    Re: after eating slices of orange, wash your hands before playing

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Your desire to use correct English with Johnny is commendable, but most of the language you ask about in your posts is not what native speakers would use.
    The simple everyday conversation is where I trip up the most. I appreciate all your efforts and patience in answering my questions. Thank you teachers!
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