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    Need to do some digging.

    I was talking to someone about IELTS and he told me the following:
    "Since you're taking the test soon you nee to do some digging and find out about it as much as possible."

    Since he's a non-native speaker I found 'do some digging' in this context odd. I've heard this phrase in movies/shows where the police are trying to find of clues about someone.

    - Is 'do some digging' correct in this context?
    - What does it actually mean?

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    #2

    Re: Need to do some digging.

    It's natural and correct. It means "study the situation". In this case, your friend wants you to learn more about the IELTS exam.
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    Re: Need to do some digging.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It's natural and correct. It means "study the situation". In this case, your friend wants you to learn more about the IELTS exam.
    I see. Does these scenario make sense?

    Scenario 1:
    A: Have you started the assignment yet?
    B: No. I need to do some more digging.

    Scenario 2:
    Paparazzo 1: You sure Dwayne Johnson and Shah Rukh khan are dating each other?
    Paparazzo 2: Let me do some more digging about this before publishing the news.

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    #4

    Re: Need to do some digging.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    I see. Does these scenario make sense?

    Scenario 1:
    A: Have you started the assignment yet?
    B: No. I need to do some more digging.

    Scenario 2:
    Paparazzo 1: You sure Dwayne Johnson and Shah Rukh khan are dating each other?
    Paparazzo 2: Let me do some more digging about this before publishing the news.
    The examples are okay. I think you understand the idiom.

    I've underlined a serious grammatical error. Can you fix it?
    Last edited by GoesStation; 20-Sep-2020 at 21:48. Reason: Fix formatting error.
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    Re: Need to do some digging.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The examples are okay. I think you understand the idiom.

    I've underlined a serious grammatical error. Can you fix it?
    Of course I can, it should be 'do these.' It happened because at first I was thinking about just one example and then I thought lets think of another one but then forgot to change the 'does' to 'do.'

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    Re: Need to do some digging.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    Of course I can; it should be 'do these'. It happened because at first I was thinking about just one example and then I thought "Let's think of another one" but then forgot to change the 'does' to 'do.'
    Note my corrections above. Your opening sentence contained a comma splice. You needed either a semi-colon (as shown above) or two separate sentences. Thoughts should be quoted in the same way as direct speech.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Need to do some digging.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    I see. Does these scenario make sense?l
    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    Of course I can, it should be 'do these.' It happened because at first I was thinking about just one example and then I thought lets think of another one but then forgot to change the 'does' to 'do.'
    You forgot to change something else when you decided to discuss more than one scenario. Do you see the error above?
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    Re: Need to do some digging.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You forgot to change something else when you decided to discuss more than one scenario. Do you see the error above?

    Yes. The 's' in scenarios.

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