Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. angliholic's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Feb 2007
    • Posts: 2,988
    #1

    Smile at sixes and sevens

    1. Everything is at sixes and sevens in John's huse.
    2. I haven't had time to arrange everything, so I'm all at sixes and sevens.


    Do the above two sentences sound right? Thanks.

  2. #2

    Re: at sixes and sevens

    Are those words with underline an idioms?

  3. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #3

    Re: at sixes and sevens

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    1. Everything is at sixes and sevens in John's huse.
    2. I haven't had time to arrange everything, so I'm all at sixes and sevens.


    Do the above two sentences sound right? Thanks.


    Playagain: yes, it's an idiom - meaning 'all mixed up'/'chaotic'/'disorganized'

    b

  4. angliholic's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Feb 2007
    • Posts: 2,988
    #4

    Re: at sixes and sevens

    Thanks, Bob.
    Just to make sure, does sentence 1 mean "Everything is in a mess in John's house?"
    As for sentence 2, Does it mean "I haven't had time to arrange everything, so I'm or confused and all at a loss?"

  5. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #5

    Re: at sixes and sevens

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, Bob.
    Just to make sure, does sentence 1 mean "Everything is in a mess in John's house?"
    As for sentence 2, Does it mean "I haven't had time to arrange everything, so I'm or confused and all at a loss?"
    'Everything is at sixes and sevens" and 'I'm at sixes and sevens' are both fine. (You may hear a song lyric that I think is confusing; it was just Tim Rice trying to be clever, in 'Don't cry for me Argentina'. The lyrics are something like 'done up to the nines [showily/extravagantly dressed]/At sixes and sevens with you'. This is the only time I've met the expression 'at sixes and sevens with someone', and it means whatever Tim Rice wanted it to mean; it's not idiomatic.)

    b

Similar Threads

  1. Sixes and Sevens
    By Paisley in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-May-2005, 06:18

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •