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    I went to the mall this afternoon

    Is this correct and natural?

    I went to the mall this afternoon and looked at cellphones. The saleswoman at Sony was neither smooth nor subtle. She practically forced me to check their latest phone. I have to say I ain't wooed by Sony Xperia. Having said that, I'm not as easy man to woo.

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    Re: I went to the mall this afternoon

    Wooed means courted. You probably mean wowed, meaning amazed, impressed, dazzled, bowled over, blown away.

    I'm not sure that's quite the right use Having said that. I'd like to see what here others think.

    Other possible expressions include:

    - But I must admit that . . . .

    - To be fair, though . . . .

    - But in all honesty . . . .
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 28-Mar-2021 at 22:12.
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    Re: I went to the mall this afternoon

    What do you mean by "she was neither smooth nor subtle"? She's a saleswoman. Her job is to make you spend as much money as possible!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I went to the mall this afternoon

    I agree with Charlie that you mean to say wow, not woo.

    As far as the Having said that bit goes, I'd suggest But then, which is much better.

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    Re: I went to the mall this afternoon

    I meant to use "woo" because here's the definition from Longman dictionary:

    to try to persuade someone to do something such as buy something from you, vote for you, or work for you

    https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/woo

    But if you say it doesn't work, I will forget about it.

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    Re: I went to the mall this afternoon

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    I meant to use "woo" because here's the definition from Longman dictionary:

    to try to persuade someone to do something such as buy something from you, vote for you, or work for you

    https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/woo

    But if you say it doesn't work, I will forget about it.
    I've never heard woo used to mean persuade. I suppose someone has.

    But how can Xperia persuade you? It's an inanimate object. People woo people. Things don't woo anyone.

    So I'm still a little leery. But use it if you like it.
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