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    but it took me a while to get the hang of fixing them.

    Can we replace "but" with "although"?

    What I am really good at is cooking steaks, and I would love to talk about how to barbecue them. My steaks are finger-licking delicious, but it took me a while to get the hang of fixing them. Now, however I have a reputation in my whole family for my succulent beefsteaks.

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    Re: but it took me a while to get the hang of fixing them.

    Yes. There should be a comma after "however" in the final sentence.

    (Note that we don't use "fixing" in this way in BrE. That would mean, to us, that the steaks are broken and need to be repaired! In BrE, we would say "it took me a while to get the hang of preparing them".)
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-Nov-2017 at 14:42. Reason: Fixed typo
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: but it took me a while to get the hang of fixing them.

    In BrE, we would say "it took me a while to get the hang of preparing them".)
    Thank you Emsr2d2.
    Is the verb "fixing" OK in AmE?

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    Re: but it took me a while to get the hang of fixing them.

    Yes.

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    Re: but it took me a while to get the hang of fixing them.

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
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    Please tell us more ... one of your teachers? you read it in a teacher's blog? a native English-speaking teacher?

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    Re: but it took me a while to get the hang of fixing them.

    No. He is not my teacher. He is an IELTS examiner and Iranian. He published a book related to speaking skill.

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    Re: but it took me a while to get the hang of fixing them.

    "Steak" is beef, unless otherwise noted. So there is no need to use "beefsteaks" at the end.

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