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    Red face Grammar and language usage doubts

    Hello, I´ve written an awful paragraph to give some context to several words, which are underlined. I have deep doubts about them. If someone appreciate to correct me, I will be very thanked. (I am learning)
    John cannot help but brown-bag (or John cannot help brown-bagging?) to the factory although he is not in the company´s payroll yet. His boss speaks to him point blank at every occasion. His dismission was brought about by this kind of attitudes.(or he brought his dismission about with this kind of attitudes?)
    Well, patience!!!! I ´ll wait for any answer. Thanks-.

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    Re: Grammar and language usage doubts

    John cannot help but brown-bag (or John cannot help brown-bagging?) to the factory although he is not in the company´s payroll yet. His boss speaks to him point blank at every occasion. His dismission was brought about by this kind of attitudes.(or he brought his dismission about with this kind of attitudes?)


    John cannot help brown-bagging to the factory although he is not on the company´s payroll yet. His boss speaks to him point blank (?) at every occasion. His dismissal was brought about by this kind of attitude.


    I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "point blank." Point blank is an idiom:

    adv.
    1. With a straight aim; directly: fired point-blank at the intruder.
    2. Without hesitation, deliberation, or equivocation: answered point-blank.
    Last edited by philpet; 11-Mar-2009 at 22:35. Reason: correct my error


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    Re: Grammar and language usage doubts

    Thank you, Philpet, for your corrections. I meant with Point blank that the boss speaks to him directly,without hesitation. But, should have I said: His boss speaks point blank to him about he brown-bagging to the factory due the fact he is not on the company payroll?
    Pleasem tell me if I have made more mistakes. Thank you!!!
    Best regards.

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    Red face Re: Grammar and language usage doubts

    Quote Originally Posted by MARAMARA View Post
    Thank you, Philpet, for your corrections. I meant with Point blank that the boss speaks to him directly,without hesitation. But, should have I said: His boss speaks point blank to him about he brown-bagging to the factory due the fact he is not on the company payroll?
    Pleasem tell me if I have made more mistakes. Thank you!!!
    Best regards.
    I am not a teacher. I have a B.A. degree in Communications and aid in an ESL class...

    In the USA, no one would go to a job if he was not on the payroll. If he is not on the payroll, he would not have a boss. If he showed up at an office or other business, he would be asked to leave.

    The phrase "brown-bagging" means that he brings his own lunch (from the tradition of carrying lunch in a brown bag or sack) rather than buying a lunch from a restaurant or a vending machine.

    Again, if he does not work for the company, he should not be there...

    I must be missing something...
    Last edited by philpet; 14-Mar-2009 at 02:15. Reason: to correct my thought

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