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    #1

    Talking my cell-phone battery is almost flat.

    Hello~ Can you help me say this naturally please?


    A: When do you start your holiday?


    B: From two weeks later on Monday.


    A: What? I canít hear you clearly. I have a bad signal here.


    B: No, my cell-phone battery is almost flat.
    Itíll be dead soon, Iíll call you after I recharge it.

    ⓐIt may take 30 minutes.
    ⓑIt might take 30 minutes.
    ⓒIt probably takes 30 minutes.
    ⓓIt will takes 30 minutes.


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    #2

    Re: my cell-phone battery is almost flat.

    A: When do will you start your holiday?


    B: From two weeks later on Monday. It is two weeks from next Monday.


    A: What? I can’t hear you clearly. I have bad/poor signal here.


    B: No, my cell-phone battery is almost flat.
    It’ll be dead soon; I’ll call you after I recharge/I have recharged it.

    ⓐIt may take 30 minutes.
    ⓑIt might take 30 minutes.
    ⓒIt probably takes 30 minutes.
    ⓓIt will takes 30 minutes.


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    #3

    Re: my cell-phone battery is almost flat.

    Can you help me say this naturally please? (I would like to know the bottom one,, do they have different meaning? How do you usually say?)

    A: When will you start your holiday?

    B: It is two weeks from next Monday.

    A: What? I canít hear you clearly. I have poor signal here.

    B: No, my cell-phone battery is almost flat.
    Itíll be dead soon; Iíll call you after I have recharged it.

    ⓐIt may take 30 minutes.
    ⓑIt might take 30 minutes.
    ⓒIt probably takes 30 minutes.
    ⓓIt will takes 30 minutes.


    • Join Date: Jul 2006
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    #4

    Re: my cell-phone battery is almost flat.

    My cellphone battery is running low/dying. Iíll call you after I have recharged it.
    It will take approximately a half an hour.

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    #5

    Re: my cell-phone battery is almost flat.

    Hello,
    Please note I'm not a teacher;
    That's how I'd say:

    If asking about plans :
    A: When are you going on holiday ?


    B: It's in two weeks from next Monday.
    B :It's in three weeks time on Monday (give the date)


    A: What? I can't hear you clearly. (Conversations on the phone are usually over polite I'd avoid using What)

    A: Sorry, I didn't get what you said. (I didn't catch all of that) I have a bad reception here. (The reception isn't very good here)


    B No, my battery is about to run out;(I'm just about to run out of battery)(my battery is going flat)
    I’ll call you after I have recharged it.(after recharging it)


    ⓐIt may take 30 minutes.
    ⓑIt might take 30 minutes.
    ⓒIt probably takes 30 minutes.
    ⓓIt will take 30 minutes. (note no S )


    The difference is in certainty; how certain you are about the half an hour;
    I'm not sure about the order here but I'd say : most certain d- c – a - b less certain.
    You could say :
    I'll call you in 30 minutes



    Cheers;
    Last edited by Jaskin; 10-Feb-2009 at 13:20.

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