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    #1

    perk up

    Dear teachers,

    I know there is a very ingenious idiom namely"perk up"

    perk up (idiom)

    Restore to good spirits, liveliness, or good appearance, as in

    You're exhausted, but a cup of tea will perk you up, or

    The flowers perked up the whole room.

    I beat my brains whether I may write the following two sentences.

    My friend recently underwent a difficult operation for cancer. He is perked up considerably since the operation and is now up and about again.

    Is it possible to merge them in one succinct sentence? Would you give me a leg up?

    Thank you in advance for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: perk up

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post


    I beat my brains whether I may write the following two sentences.

    My friend recently underwent a difficult operation for cancer. He is perked up considerably since the operation and is now up and about again.

    V.
    You could use but to link sentences

    My friend recently underwent a difficult operation for cancer but has perked up considerably since and is now up and about again.

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    Re: perk up

    Hi daznorthants,

    Thank you for your backing.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: perk up

    No problem my pleasure.

    Thinking more on this, you could also use 'however' to link the sentences too.

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    #5

    Re: perk up

    Hi daznorthants,

    Thank you again for your kindness.

    My initial intention was to use "but" , but it seems to me very lumbering and coarse. "However" sounds more suitable.

    Regards.

    V.


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    #6

    Re: perk up

    Quote Originally Posted by daznorthants View Post

    ... has perked up considerably since and is now up and about again.
    I'm sure you noted the change to 'has' that Daz made, Vil. It's important as 'is' doesn't sound very natural.

    ? He is perked up ...

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    #7

    Re: perk up

    Hi RiverKid,

    Thank you for your professional trick to make a relevant remark. Really funny, “He is perked up… since…” sounds very oddly. The configuration of the Present Perfect is “he has perked up… since…” Such things shouldn’t be so easily forgotten. Thank you for your gentle reminder.

    My friend recently underwent a difficult operation for cancer however he’s perked (he has perked) up considerably since and is now up and about again.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: perk up

    Unless it is really informal writing use "he has" -

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