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    I'm falling out with you

    Hello.

    I looked up the dictionary for "fall out". It means to have a fight with someone and then stop being friendly and stop talking to that person.

    Sometimes, people tell you that they are not talking to you. For example, you have a spat with your girlfriend, and then she tells you she is not talking to you for 4 days.

    Children also say this when you upset them.

    I want to know what is the expression that can be used for this situation?

    Example:
    Girlfriend to boyfriend: Why did you forget my gift? I am falling out with you for a week. Please don't beg.

    I know that fall out doesn't work. I know she can say I'm not talking to you.

    But is there an idiom or expression that can be used for that situation?

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    Re: I'm falling out with you

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Hello.

    I looked up "fall out" in the dictionary. It means to have a fight with someone and then stop being friendly and stop talking to that person.

    Sometimes, people tell you that they are not talking to you. For example, you have a spat with your girlfriend, and then she tells you she is not talking to you for four days.

    I've had lots of girlfriends stop talking to me. They've never told me how many days they weren't going to talk to me for. They just said, "I'm not talking to you."

    Children also say this when you upset them.

    I want to know what an expression is that can be used for this situation. [It's not a question. Use a period.]

    Example:
    Girlfriend to boyfriend: Why did you forget my gift? I am falling out with you for a week. Please don't beg.

    I know that fall out doesn't work. I know she can say I'm not talking to you.

    But is there an idiom or expression that can be used for that situation?
    We don't say that one person is falling out. Two people fall out.

    Most often, it's a noun phrase: Lucy and Paco are having a falling out.

    As a verb phrase, we might say: Why did Lucy and Paco fall out?

    So she wouldn't say she's falling out. That wouldn't make sense. More likely:

    - I'm taking a break. I'll call you when I want to talk to you again.

    - I need a time-out. Don't call me for a while, okay?

    - Let's take a breather. I really don't feel like dating right now.

    - I need some space. I'll text you when I'm ready to get back together.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 02-Apr-2020 at 21:15.
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    Re: I'm falling out with you

    We don't use the verb "to fall out with someone" in the continuous.

    We're going to fall out about this if we're not careful.
    He fell out with his sister.
    They've fallen out over a stupid shoe!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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