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    Smile wh queston

    Tom: I don't like your hat very much.
    Jack: Oh, come on.
    Tom: Just kidding.
    I want to make a wh question and I want to use "kidding". Is he kidding Jack? Do we need a preposition after kidding or not?
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    Re: wh queston

    Yes, in your example he's kidding Jack, and no prepositions are needed. Tom could say "Just kidding!" or "I'm kidding!" or simply "Kidding!" (said with a smile and hands held up in defense), and the meaning would be understood.


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    Re: wh queston

    Why is he kidding; he should be serious.

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    Re: wh queston

    Who are you kidding?
    Why is he kidding me?
    When was she kidding him?
    What are they kidding you about?
    How can you be kidding her?

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    Aha, you can't kid a kidder!


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    Re: wh queston

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Yes, in your example he's kidding Jack, and no prepositions are needed. Tom could say "Just kidding!" or "I'm kidding!" or simply "Kidding!" (said with a smile and hands held up in defense), and the meaning would be understood.
    Hi, could you tell me what the phrase mean?
    Does it mean that the kidder crossed his arms before his chest?
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    Re: wh queston

    Quote Originally Posted by wuwei View Post
    Hi, could you tell me what the phrase mean?
    Does it mean that the kidder crossed his arms before his chest?
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    He might (adopting a defensive position), or he might put his hands up in mock surrender, or he might mime a downward wave of the hands (as if trying to calm the other person down).

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    Re: wh queston

    Sorry, BobK, I still can not well understand the situation, could you give me more samples about this.
    Thanks

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    Re: wh queston

    This'll teach me to interfere in Ouisch's conversation. I have a feeling that the more I say, the more confused you'll get. Can some other teacher take over? Sorry, wuwei.

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    #10

    Re: wh queston

    You'd say "Just kidding!" while holding your hands in front of you, at approximately shoulder level, with the fingers pointing up towards the sky. Sort of the same way you'd hold your hands if you'd been arguing with a friend and then you'd say "OK, I give up!"

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