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    Smile things went in the air,

    Hello~ Can you help me say this naturally please?


    A: Do you want me to drive you at office? It's on the way to mine.

    B: Oh, what a nice. Thanks.

    A: Get in. Ö. So, how is your business plan going?

    B: Please, donít even mention that,
    ⓐthings went in the air, because I couldnít get capital money from bank.
    ⓑthings came to nothing,
    ⓒthings went up in the smoke,

    A: Oh, what a shame. Sorry to hear that. Ö. Ok, we are almost here.
    Where do you want to ⓐget off? (ⓑget out?)

    B: ⓐAnywhere convenient for you. Thanks.
    ⓑAnywhere will be fine. Thanks.

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    Re: things went in the air,

    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Hello~ Can you help me say this naturally please?


    A: Do you want me to drive you at to the (or your) office? It's on the way to mine. (or: It's on my way.)

    B: Oh, what a nice offer. Thanks.

    A: Get in. Ö. So, how is your business plan going? This is fine. (People sometimes say, of a plan (since it is ongoing): How is your plan coming along?)

    B: Please, donít even mention that,
    things went in the air, because I couldnít get capital money from bank.
    (things) This is ok, but I think something a bit more specific would be better, like: All my plans came to nothing, My hard work came to nothing; It all came to nothing (assuming your friend knows what 'it' is).
    thingsThe deal with X went up in the smoke. The plan my team spent weeks on went up in smoke, etc.

    A: Oh, what a shame. Sorry to hear that. Ö. Ok, we are almost here.
    Where do you want to ⓐget off? (usually, people get off some form of public transportation (bus, metro, etc) (ⓑget out?) (and they get out of private cars, taxis, etc.)

    B: ⓐAnywhere convenient for you. This works. Thanks.
    ⓑAnywhere will be fine. This works, too. Thanks.
    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

    PS: re: up in the air. This usually means still to be decided: 'What are you doing this weekend?' 'I don't know. Our plans are still up in the air.'

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    Re: things went in the air,

    I wouldn't offer a ride to somebody and then tell them to get in the car. Example:
    A: Would you like a ride to the bus stop?
    B: Sure! (Gets in car.)

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