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    Question barely hanging on..?

    what does the phrase "barely hanging on" means?
    please make me understand with some examples and uses.

    thanks.:)

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    Re: barely hanging on..?

    It depends on the context. It could mean, e.g., he's about to die--he's barely hanging on [to life].

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonz View Post
    what does the phrase "barely hanging on" means?
    please make me understand with some examples and uses.

    thanks.:)
    =not giving up despite difficulties, (but barely=almost not).
    = on the verge of collapse.

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    Re: barely hanging on..?

    is it correct if a girl says that she is barely hanging on because her boyfriend has left her alone,they both have broken up...?


    please mention if there is any kind of grammatical mistake.

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    Re: barely hanging on..?

    Yes. She's barely hanging on (to life); she is terribly depressed, almost suicidal.

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    Is it correct if a girl says that she is barely hanging on because her boyfriend left her, they broke up?

    Please tell me if there are any mistakes.
    Last edited by Soup; 03-Jun-2008 at 14:51.

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    Re: barely hanging on..?

    thanks

    But the use of "tells" is correct? *shocked*

    why have you used there "her boyfriend left her" can't we use there "has left" because she has been left by her boyfriend a few days back.. (asking politely)

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    Re: barely hanging on..?

    Quote Originally Posted by moonz View Post
    thanks

    But the use of "tells" is correct? *shocked*
    Thanks. I corrected the typo. It's tell, not tells.

    Using "has left her", as in recently done so, is fine, too. (We North Americans tend to merge the present perfect with the past simple, that's all. It's more economical.

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    I wanted to ask one more thing
    If I am busy with my studies and I am loving being with my books all the time .So, can I say that i am addicted to my studies?

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    Yes. Addicted to studying, even addicted to one's work.

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    Re: barely hanging on..?

    Addicted to studying?
    I thought I was addicted to my studies.

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