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    I Don't Have a Green Finger

    Just now I went out to buy food for breakfast. The plants sold by a street vendor were magnetic to me. I couldn't help stopping my feet, and flicked through them. I was most interested in the jasmine plants and touch-me-not plants among them.

    The white jasmine flowers were blooming beautifully. 'They must just smell good' I thought. And I'd like to touch the leaves of the touch-me-not plants.

    "Wanna?" asked the street vendor.

    I shaked my head and pulled myself away. I've told myself not to buy any plant any more. The plants I bought before either died or wither within a few months or around one year at best. I don't have a green finger at all. Besides that, I even can't take good care of a "plant" named "tree123" in my home that is suffering from toothache.
    Last edited by tree123; 22-Jul-2020 at 01:46.
    Please correct my writing if there's any grammatical solecism.

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    Re: I Don't Have a Green Finger

    Quote Originally Posted by tree123 View Post

    Just now I went out to buy food for breakfast. The plants sold by a street vendor were magnetic to me. I couldn't help stopping my feet, and stopping myself from going near and flicked (1) browsing through them. I was most interested in the jasmine plants and touch-me-not plants among them.

    The white jasmine flowers were blooming beautifully. "They must just smell so good,"I thought. And I'd like liked to touch the leaves of the touch-me-not plants.

    "Wanna buy?" asked the street vendor.

    I shaked shook my head and pulled myself away. I've told myself not to buy any plant anymore. The plants I had bought before either died or withered within a few months or around one year at best. I don't have a green fingers at all. Besides that, I even can't even take good care of a "plant" named "tree123" in my at home that is suffering from toothache.
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    Nice narrative. Do you mean you can't even take care of yourself?

    (1) You use flicked with books and magazines.
    Last edited by tedmc; 22-Jul-2020 at 08:04.
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    Re: I Don't Have a Green Finger

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
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    Nice narrative. Do you mean you can't even take care of yourself?

    I take care of myself, but don't take good care of myself. I have been suffering from all kinds of ailments which probably have been caused by my habits- staying up, imbalance of nutrition and few physical exercises etc. Now I am trying to change them.
    Last edited by tree123; 22-Jul-2020 at 09:38.
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    Re: I Don't Have a Green Finger

    They are my habit of staying up late, imbalanced/imbalance of nutrition and lack of physical exercise.

    You could say I don't take care of myself well enough.
    Last edited by tedmc; 22-Jul-2020 at 10:33.
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    Re: I Don't Have a Green Finger

    The expression is a green thumb. You don't have a green thumb. Supposedly, some people have more of an aptitude for that sort of thing. (I don't agree. If you want to get good at something you apply yourself.)
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    Re: I Don't Have a Green Finger

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    The expression is a green thumb. You don't have a green thumb. Supposedly, some people have more of an aptitude for that sort of thing. (I don't agree. If you want to get good at something you apply yourself.)
    Interesting. It is green fingers (plural) in BrE.
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