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    Is this correct?

    First of all, I would like to say about my story. I am attending a speaking class, which starts at 7 o' clock in the morning and so I have to get up at 6 o' clock every morning.
    Today, I got up at 7 o' clock and so I arrived the class lately.
    My teacher asked,"Why are you late?"
    I answered , "Because I sleep too much." ( Is this sentence correct in English Language usage.)
    Similarly, I work too much.
    I sit down too much.
    I eat rice too much.
    Are they also correct in English? In this situation,how does native speaker say?


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    Re: Is this correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    First of all, I would like to [say] tell you about my story. I am attending a speaking class, which starts at 7 o' clock in the morning and so I have to get up at 6 o' clock every morning.
    Today, I got up at 7 o' clock and so I arrived at [the] class late[ly].
    My teacher asked,"Why are you late?"
    I answered , "Because I sleep too much." ( Is this sentence correct in English Language usage.) In this situation,how does native speaker say?

    It's correct, WM, it's just not a natural response to the teacher's question. I don't even know if it's true. "I sleep too much" means that you spend an abnormal amount of time sleeping.

    I think what tyou wanted to say is; "I overslept" OR "I slept in".



    Similarly, I work too much.

    Okay.

    I sit [down] too much.

    Okay, but better without 'down'.

    I eat rice too much.

    This is possible but the normal word order would be,

    I eat too much rice.


    Are they also correct in English?
    vv

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    Re: Is this correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    vv
    Thank you very much.
    what tyou wanted to say;
    what is tyou?


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    Re: Is this correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    Thank you very much.
    what tyou wanted to say;
    what is tyou?
    That was my fat old fingers, WM which produced a typographical error [typo].

    You're very welcome, WM.
    Last edited by riverkid; 25-Aug-2006 at 23:34. Reason: editing

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    Re: Is this correct?

    Hello Whitemoon

    I would add that if you utter 'I sleep too much', this signifies that you make a habit of sleeping, realised through the progressive verb 'sleep'

    The same is true for the other examples listed

    If you reply, as Riverkid noted, that you 'slept to much' then you are recognising you were late, and that this isn't necessarily a norm in this instance

    Remember- it's all about verb choice, as there is a great deal of difference in meaning when adopting certain types

    Anyway- hope this helps

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