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    alpacinoutd is offline Key Member
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    something is as pointless as...

    I'm trying to say something is pointless.

    How can I complete this sentence?

    Trying to reason with this man is as pointless as...

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    Re: something is as pointless as...

    Oh, come on, alpacinoutd. I'm sure you can think of some things that are completely pointless. What would you say in your native language? Translate a few of those and then we can comment on whether they're natural or not.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: something is as pointless as...

    You're good at this sort of thing. Avoid chocolate teapot cliches and get stuck in.

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    Re: something is as pointless as...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Avoid chocolate teapot cliches
    And ashtrays on motorbikes.

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    Re: something is as pointless as...

    The thing is, if we give you cliches, it will make your writing boring. Come up with something fresh.
    Last edited by probus; 25-Mar-2021 at 17:45. Reason: Fix typo
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: something is as pointless as...

    Here's one to get you started, alpacinoutd. Around here people often describe something pointless as "useless as t*ts on a bull."

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    Re: something is as pointless as...

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Trying to reason with this man is as pointless as...
    ... asking UE members to supply you with non-tongue-in-cheek similes for how pointless something is.

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