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Joxx

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Hello!
I'm not sure about the exact meaning of this sentence: "we can keep in contact from time to time, talk to you soon".

does it mean: sometimes?
and talk to you soon means: i hope you write me soon an email?

Can someone help me?
thanks!!!! :-D
 

proof.beh

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Hello!
I'm not sure about the exact meaning of this sentence: "we can keep in contact from time to time, talk to you soon".

does it mean: sometimes?
and talk to you soon means: i hope you write me soon an email?

Can someone help me?
thanks!!!! :-D


About the first phrase I would say it means exactly

occasionally. E.g.​
We have
pizza from time to time. Or
From time to

time, a visitor comes to our door.

But the second one means I will communicate with you as soon as I got the free time to do through any possibility for getting a connection. It may be an Email!

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David L.

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from time to time: on the odd occasion as and when one of us feels like giving the other a ring.
and talk to you soon means: This is a 'sign-off' saying, just like you would say 'ciao '. The idea is, let's not lose contact, let's not let too much time pass before we talk or get together. However, no real intent is necessarily meant by it. That is, it is completely open when we next contact each other. I guess it implies, I enjoyed talking with you - let's do it again soon!
 

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:up: This sort of 'talk to', as David says, just means communicate [in some way]. There's a similar sort of misleading [or at least potentially confusing] conventional usage on the radio/TV. At the end of a programme the presenter often says 'See you at the same time next week'; in fact s/he'll see the engineer, the producer, the research assistant, and a few other colleagues at the studio - certainly not the people addressed. And even if, by some miraculous technological development, s/he could see the audience, that week's might well not tune in the following week. So at best s/he could say 'I hope you'll be tuned in (and conscious) when next week's broadcast starts'! ;-)

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