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    some questions about usages

    Hi there,

    Is the expression "harp on about sth" formal, or can be found on every day conversations?
    Is the word "holdup" used to mean the same as "robbery"?
    Is the expression "Oh, my Goodness" American English?
    How do you call it in English when someone is sighting or blowing because is fed up of a situation?
    And last, are these two sentences right:
    Look for the words you don't know in the dictionary
    Please, print the activity and bring it in class on the 26/09/07

    Thanks

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    Re: some questions about usages

    Is the expression "harp on about sth" formal, or can be found on every day conversations?
    -- To the contrary, it's not at all formal. It's not very common, but it's informal (and well understood).

    Is the word "holdup" used to mean the same as "robbery"?
    -- It has some other meanings too, but if you said "I can't believe it! I was at the bank when there was a hold-up!" I'd know what you mean. (I believe it has a hyphen.)

    Is the expression "Oh, my Goodness" American English?
    -- I use it, but I never put the comma and I don't capitalize the G. (And I'm as American as they come.)

    How do you call it in English when someone is sighting or blowing because he is fed up of a situation?
    -- Exasperated?

    And last, are these two sentences right:
    Look for the words you don't know in the dictionary
    -- Looks good to me if you remember to end with a period.

    Please, print the activity and bring it in class on the 26/09/07
    Please print the activity (sheet?) and bring it to class on 26/09/07.

    [not a teacher]

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    Re: some questions about usages

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    Quote Originally Posted by silviasabater_2000 View Post
    Is the expression "harp on about sth" formal, or can be found on every day conversations?
    This is a phrasal verb, if I understand correctly. I learned that you should always try to avoid those when having a formal conversation. They're OK when used in normal conversations and informal letters, however.

    Quote Originally Posted by silviasabater_2000 View Post
    How do you call it in English when someone is sighting or blowing because is fed up of a situation?
    Exasperated, sick of something...

    Quote Originally Posted by silviasabater_2000 View Post
    Please, print the activity and bring it in class on the 26/09/07
    What Barb_D said, or 'please, print the sheet/assignment and bring it to class on the 26th of september (, 2007)'.

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