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    I am in the gutter, but...

    Yesterday evening after taking a shower I took the changed clothes to the balcony to wash them. The breeze brushed me so comfortably, though it was still a bit warm. I looked up the dark skies above, and found a few stars twinkled. I found the stars were actually white instead of green.

    I don't really remember when I looked up stars since the last time, maybe ages ago. I know there are many people in the gutter too, and they work so hard to pursue the stars in their own hearts and don't have time to look up stars above their heads.

    I went into the room and took out a stool to the balcony, sitting on it quitely, enjoying the breeze, dialoguing with the stars silently.

    'One, two, three' I counted with my naked eyes. I didn't know and didn't care what names scientists give them. I decided to name the brightest one among the three stars 'Oscar Wilde' for the moment.

    Yes, I'm in the gutter, but I will look up the stars. I memorized the similar words he said. You and stars must know who was him I refer to. Hush, don't give it away.
    Last edited by tree123; 23-Jul-2020 at 14:34.
    Please correct my writing if there's any grammatical solecism.

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    #2

    Re: I am in the gutter, but...

    Say dirty clothes. Also, I think you mean look at the stars.

    (You must live on a different planet than I do if you see green stars.)
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    Re: I am in the gutter, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by tree123 View Post
    Yesterday evening after taking a shower, I took the changed my dirty clothes to the balcony to wash and washed them. The breeze brushed [1] against me so comfortably gently, though it was still a bit warm. I looked up at the dark skies sky above, and found a few stars twinkled twinkling. I found the stars were actually white instead of green [2].

    I don't really remember when I last looked up at stars since the last time, maybe ages ago. I know there are many people in the gutter who are poor too, and they work so hard to pursue reach for the stars in their own hearts and don't have time to look up at the stars above their heads.

    I went into the room and took out a stool to the balcony, sitting sat on it quitely quietly enjoying the breeze, and dialoguing with talking to the stars silently softly.

    'One, two, three' I counted with my naked eyes. I didn't know and didn't care what names scientists give gave them. I decided to name the brightest one among the three stars 'Oscar Wilde' for the moment.

    Yes, I'm in the gutter [3], but I will look up at the stars. I memorized recited the similar words he (who ?) said, "You and the stars must know who was "him" I refer was referring to. Hush, don't give it away."
    [1] I am not sure about using "brushed" with the breeze. Perhaps blew against or stroked.
    [2] As Tarheel mentioned, stars are not green.
    [3] I am not sure about using the idiom there; I think I'm poor works better.
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    #4

    Re: I am in the gutter, but...

    "In the gutter" has very negative connotations that bear little or no relation to poverty. I haven't heard it for many years but people of my parents' generation used "in the gutter" to describe prostitutes and other people of dubious morality. Learners are well advised to avoid such colourful expressions and stick to more mundane language. As Ted suggested "I'm poor" works perfectly.

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    Re: I am in the gutter, but...

    The idiom does not only mean being materially poor, but also morally degraded. Do you want to say that about yourself?
    Last edited by tedmc; 24-Jul-2020 at 04:25.
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    Re: I am in the gutter, but...

    I didn't know 'gutter' refers to morally bad.
    Last edited by tree123; 24-Jul-2020 at 07:13.
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    Re: I am in the gutter, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by tree123 View Post
    I didn't know 'gutter' refers to morally bad.
    The phrase is not commonly used as a idiom. You would come across "gutter politics" in the news sometimes.
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    #8

    Re: I am in the gutter, but...

    On the balcony?

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    Re: I am in the gutter, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    On the balcony?
    Should I use 'in'?
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    Re: I am in the gutter, but...

    No, "on the balcony" is correct. Tdol was joking because you really can't be on the balcony and in the gutter at the same time.

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