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    #1

    Fifth of something

    Hi, I have a question for someone who speaks english well.

    What doest "fifth of something" mean? There you got full sentence:
    Keep a fifth of something|in your desk.

    And how someone can drink DRY? I know that there's a dry wine but is there any other meaning of the "drikning dry"?

    I hope I described everything well. Sorry for my mistakes but I started learning english in 2005 and I don't know everything (yet :P)

    Cheers, guys. I hope you'll help me.

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    Re: Fifth of something

    It's difficult to be sure without more context, but 'a fifth' could be a small bottle of whiskey or other spirit. There is an expression 'to drink the pub dry' which means to drink all the alcohol in a pub.

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    Re: Fifth of something

    Okay, you really helped me. But I have one more question for you, guys. What's the meaning of "invite further"? Does it mean to bother someone or sth? I couldn't find in any dictionary...

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    #4

    Re: Fifth of something

    Some context is needed for that.

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    #5

    Re: Fifth of something

    Three people talks about business. The goverenment wants to make them stop. And someone of this three says "If we continue, we'll only be inviting government interference".

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    Re: Fifth of something

    Quote Originally Posted by bud-bar View Post
    Three people talk about business. The goverenment wants to make them stop. And someone of the three says "If we continue, we'll only be inviting government interference".
    You could also say:
    Three people are talking business.
    The words "invite further" are not in your text. However, my guess is that you meant to say, "we'll only be inviting further government interference." In that case, "further government interference" means "additional government interference".

    (A fifth of something in somebody's desk does seem to refer to liquor.)


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    #7

    Re: Fifth of something

    Quote Originally Posted by bud-bar View Post
    Okay, you really helped me. But I have one more question for you, guys. What's the meaning of "invite further"? Does it mean to bother someone or sth? I couldn't find in any dictionary...
    If we answer your questions to your complete satisfaction, we are only inviting further questions. No, this does not necessarily imply bothering. We may be happy to do that.
    "Don't feed stray cats! You'll only invite further furry visitors"

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    Re: Fifth of something

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Don't feed stray cats! You'll only invite further furry visitors"
    But I might reduce my mouse problem.

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    Re: Fifth of something

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    You could also say:
    Three people are talking business.
    The words "invite further" are not in your text. However, my guess is that you meant to say, "we'll only be inviting further government interference." In that case, "further government interference" means "additional government interference".

    (A fifth of something in somebody's desk does seem to refer to liquor.)

    Oh, my mistake. The sentence is: If we continue, we'll only be inviting further government interference". So it's "additional goverment interference", right?

    BTW: Can you help me understand what is the difference between "talks" and "talking" (I know the first one is PS and second one PC). I thought we always use Present Simple in this case... Are the both versions correct?

    And I writed "the three" because I thought that when we talk about something twice/more times we always use "the" before that word (I bought a dog. The dog is lovely.).

    This community's great. Thank you, guys and I'm sorry I'm asking you a lot of questions. I just like english :)

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    Re: Fifth of something

    Quote Originally Posted by bud-bar View Post
    Oh, my mistake. The sentence is: If we continue, we'll only be inviting further government interference". So it's "additional goverment interference", right?
    Yep.

    Quote Originally Posted by bud-bar View Post
    BTW: Can you help me understand what is the difference between "talks" and "talking" (I know the first one is PS and second one PC). I thought we always use Present Simple in this case... Are the both versions correct?
    The two are used differenly. That's for sure. Examples:
    Whenever Sam and Bob get together they talk business. (general)
    Bob and Ray were at a bar talking business. (specific)

    Quote Originally Posted by bud-bar View Post
    And I writed "the three" because I thought that when we talk about something twice/more times we always use "the" before that word (I bought a dog. The dog is lovely.).
    I bought a dog. (Introducing a subject)
    The dog is lovely. (Making an additional reference to a subject already introduced)
    Quote Originally Posted by bud-bar View Post
    This community's great. Thank you, guys and I'm sorry I'm asking you a lot of questions. I just like English :)
    No problem.

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