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    You became darker

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    I went back home from a mountain resort this afternoon and I met a friend. She said to me "You became darker" and I said nothing but smiled. I think the sentence isn't natural. I was dark but I exposed too much in the dark this summer. Would teachers please tell me the natural way to express this idea?

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    Re: You became darker

    I often hear "You('ve) (really) caught the sun".
    Last edited by teechar; 26-Aug-2019 at 15:12.

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    #3

    Re: You became darker

    "You've become" is better than "you became" here. That's why the sentence isn't natural.

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    Re: You became darker

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi.

    I went got/came back home from a mountain resort this afternoon and I met a friend. She said to me "You became darker" and I said nothing but smiled. I think the sentence isn't natural. I was dark but I exposed too much in the dark this summer. Would teachers please tell me the natural way to express this idea?
    Note my change above. I don't understand the blue part.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: You became darker

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note my change above. I don't understand the blue part.
    Sorry, it was a typo.

    It should be "I exposed myself too much to the sun this summer".

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    Re: You became darker

    It's unnecessarily wordy. Try "I got too much sun this summer".
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    #7

    Re: You became darker

    How about: 'You are sun-tanned'?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 26-Aug-2019 at 11:01. Reason: capitalising 'You' and adding quotation marks
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: You became darker

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    "You became darker"
    That doesn't work for me at all, even with a tense tweak. Try "(Oh,) you've got a tan".

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    Re: You became darker

    Depending on the natural skin tone of the person you're speaking to, you could use "Wow! You're [really] brown!" Something like "Wow! You've got a great tan!" works for most people.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: You became darker

    You got a tan.

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