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    Screw up his eyes

    I have tried to use "screw up his eyes" in my sentence. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    John woke up and screwed up his eyes as he saw heavy rain beating against his window. "How am I going to pull through this day, stony broke?" he thought.

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    #2

    Re: Screw up his eyes

    Pull through means to survive a medical crisis. Use get through.

    If John has no money, he's stone broke.
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    Re: Screw up his eyes

    GoosStation,

    Longman dictionary has "flat/stony broke" meaning completely broke.

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    Re: Screw up his eyes

    I use "stone broke" too; it's more common nowadays.

    Use "get through" or "make it through".

    The ending is wrong; "broke" is an adjective, not an adverb. Try, e.g.,
    I'm flat/stone broke; how am I going to make it through this day?

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    Re: Screw up his eyes

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Longman dictionary has "flat/stony broke" meaning completely broke.
    Only stone​ is used in American English.
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    #6

    Re: Screw up his eyes

    Only 'stony broke' is common in BrE.

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    Re: Screw up his eyes

    The ngram shows them neck and neck. And that's for BrE.

    https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...0broke%3B%2Cc0

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    Re: Screw up his eyes

    I'm not questioning Ngram's findings but I have never heard "stone broke" in BrE, only "stony broke". Maybe there are regional variations.

    "Stone dead" and "stone cold" are very common.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Screw up his eyes

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Maybe there are regional variations.
    I suspect so.

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    #10

    Re: Screw up his eyes

    When I read 'screwed up his eyes' I thought the sun was dazzling him.

    Instead, consider grimaced.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 12-Apr-2017 at 08:36.

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