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    are these products being made - have you been making the products - what took so long

    Hello everybody!

    Suppose you are waiting for you better half to leave the grocer's shop. You are expressing your disappointment with the shop's crew by saying one of the versions in the heading.

    1. Were these products being made?
    2. Have you been making the products?
    3. What took so long?
    4. Why did it take you so long to do the shopping/Why has it taken you so long to do the shopping?


    Which of the variants are acceptable to you?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: are these products being made - have you been making the products - what took so

    3 and both versions of 4 are okay.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: are these products being made - have you been making the products - what took so

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    You are expressing your disappointment with the shop's crew staff
    'Dissatisfaction' might be a better word than 'disappointment'.

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    Re: are these products being made - have you been making the products - what took so

    A form of the version with "making these products" could work. For example, if the person you're waiting for were in a sandwich shop and seemed to take longer than expected, when he/she finally emerged, you could say (in BrE) "What were you doing? Actually making the bread?!" or "What were they doing in there? Slaughtering the pig for the bacon sandwich?" Depending on the type of shop, there are all sorts of possibilities.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: are these products being made - have you been making the products - what took so

    I find these expressions very amusing and useful.

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    #6

    Re: are these products being made - have you been making the products - what took so

    But if they're said to somebody who's genuinely trying to do their best under difficult circumstances, they can be very unpleasant and hurtful.

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    #7

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    I couldn't agree more.

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    #8

    Re: are these products being made - have you been making the products - what took so

    They would only work in a situation where you know the person well and know that they appreciate sarcasm.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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