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Nicklexoxo

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Hello.

I'm a little bit confused: the dialog -

A: Hey, B, Do you want to play?
B: Nope, I'm busy, I can play in 20 minutes.
A: Why you can play in 20 minutes?

It's my dialog with my friend, we try to improve the English for chatting.

Is it correct?

the meaning must be that my friend will be playing with me after 20 minutes.

Thanks.
Nickle.
 

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:cry: I think that everyone ignores me, or doesn't understand the question.
 

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I think that:

1) You need to be more patient.
2) You might want to come up with slightly more interesting things for us to work on than a "chat" between you and a friend. No offence, but when you're just chatting with your mates, really don't worry how grammatically correct or otherwise it is. Just relax and chat!
 

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1) I am patient
2) I don't know how I can say a time after now. in 20 minutes or after 20 minutes. It was just example.

I find you offensive for finding me not patient.

No offence.
 

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Hello.

I'm a little bit confused: the dialog -

A: Hey, B, Do you want to play?
B: Nope, I'm busy, I can play in 20 minutes.
A: Why you can play in 20 minutes?

It's my dialog with my friend, we try to improve the English for chatting.

Is it correct?

the meaning must be that my friend will be playing with me after 20 minutes.

Thanks.
Nickle.

I don't understand your second A. In response to B, we normally would say:

OK.
I can wait.
I'll come back in 20 minutes.

Or dozens of other possible responses.
 

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Thanks for answer, Mike.
 

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1) Nicklexoxo, I'm sorry, but I agree with emsr2d2. You should not bump your original question after less than four hours. You need to keep in mind that the people who answer questions are volunteers.

2) You don't need to send your thanks in a separate post. Just click on the like button.

3)

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Please edit your profile. If you are still in school, you cannot be a retired academic.
 

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The original dialogue looks quite natural to me.

Including the third line "Why you can play in 20 minutes?" At the very least in that dialogue, it should read "Why can you play in 20 minutes?" or preferably "Why can't you play for 20 minutes?"

Nicklexoxo, I'm sorry if you were upset by my response but as you can see, I was certainly not alone in considering you impatient. Bumping a thread after only four hours is unacceptable. We do this in our free time and we work through threads at our own pace, not yours. Accusing us of ignoring you won't help. As far as the content of your question is concerned, if you need to know something, just ask. You don't have to make up a dialogue or a context or a situation. In post #4, you said
2) I don't know how I can say a time after now. in 20 minutes or after 20 minutes. It was just example.


On that basis, in post #1, you could have simply said "Hi everyone. I am having problems with working out how to express time. If I want to say that I can do something 20 minutes after now, how would I say that? Would it be 'I can do it in 20 minutes' or 'I can do it after 20 minutes' or something else?"
 

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Including the third line "Why you can play in 20 minutes?" At the very least in that dialogue, it should read "Why can you play in 20 minutes?" or preferably "Why can't you play for 20 minutes?"

Nicklexoxo, I'm sorry if you were upset by my response but as you can see, I was certainly not alone in considering you impatient. Bumping a thread after only four hours is unacceptable. We do this in our free time and we work through threads at our own pace, not yours. Accusing us of ignoring you won't help. As far as the content of your question is concerned, if you need to know something, just ask. You don't have to make up a dialogue or a context or a situation. In post #4, you said

On that basis, in post #1, you could have simply said "Hi everyone. I am having problems with working out how to express time. If I want to say that I can do something 20 minutes after now, how would I say that? Would it be 'I can do it in 20 minutes' or 'I can do it after 20 minutes' or something else?"

Good eye, my mind's eye had inverted that as it should have been.
 
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