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    Smile No matter how much detail I speak

    Hello~ Can you help me say this naturally please?If my sentences are not natural, you can simply ignore them and give me your own sentence please.

    A: Hey, why didnít you explain him in detail? Why did you speak roughly?

    B: ⓐNo matter how much detail I speak, itís just dragging time with no conclusion.
    ⓐThatís why I just spoke half-ass.

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    A: Hey, didnít you say you have something to tell me?
    ⓐDonít drag time just tell me, Iím running out of time.

    B: Oh, ok, okÖ The truth is .. John says he will come here to make up with you.
    But he is in traffic so ⓐhe asked me to drag time for minutes.

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    Re: No matter how much detail I speak

    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Hello~ Can you help me say this naturally please?If my sentences are not natural, you can simply ignore them and give me your own sentence please.

    A: Hey, why didnít you explain to him in detail? Why did you speak roughly? or 'Why did you rush it?'

    B: ⓐNo matter how much detail I speak, itís just dragging time with no conclusion. ⓐThatís why I just spoke half-ass.
    'Killing time' or 'dragging my feet' are 2 expressions, but I don't think you want them here. They refer to passing time with no particular activity. I don't think you mean this (?)
    Instead: No matter how much I say, I don't get my words out and I am wasting time.
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    A: Hey, didnít you say you have something to tell me?
    ⓐDonít drag time just tell me, An idiom for this situation: 'Spit it out'. It means 'say what you want to say, and say it directly.' Iím running out of time. The person has little time to guess what you want to say.

    B: Oh, ok, okÖ The truth is .. John says he will come here to make up with you. But he is in traffic so ⓐhe asked me to drag time for minutes.
    ... so he asked me to kill time for a few minutes.
    In the first conversation the person isn't killing time; he isn't using it effectively. In the second, he wants to help time pass.

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