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onsen
Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 9:10:24 AM
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Hello,

To the runner who had just finished a marathon race, ran up a reporter and asked what he felt then. He responded panting heavily and said, …

Which one was he likely to say, A or B or C or D?
And please give the reason for it.

A. I get tired (out).
B. I got tired (out).
C. I'm getting tired (out).
D. other than A and B and C

Thank you
sureshot
Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 11:55:43 AM
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onsen wrote:
Hello,

To the runner who had just finished a marathon race, ran up a reporter and asked what he felt then. He responded panting heavily and said, …

Which one was he likely to say, A or B or C or D?
And please give the reason for it.

A. I get tired (out).
B. I got tired (out).
C. I'm getting tired (out).
D. other than A and B and C

Thank you

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The runner is panting and is describing his state. He should say:

- I am tired out. (= extremely tired)
BobShilling
Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 2:16:54 PM
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onsen wrote:
onsen wrote:
A reporter ran up to a runner To the runner who had just finished a marathon race, ran up a reporter and asked how what he felt then. He responded, panting heavily and said, …



I am exhausted/shattered. '... tired out'does not express a sufficient degree of feeling to me.
NKM
Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 2:59:40 PM

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Unless the runner had actually won the race, I'd expect him to say "I'm exhausted" or "I'm dead tired", or maybe "Why are you asking such a stupid question?"

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 3:40:52 PM

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Sorry to be late joining in here.

I agree - "get/got" is totally unnecessary in any of these statements.

"I'm worn out" is how he would probably reply (well, besides the "How do you think I feel after running twenty-six miles. you idiot!" sort of answer).

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