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bihunsedap
Posted: Saturday, January 6, 2018 8:08:40 PM

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He has finished playing domino.

I put them in the box and he took them from the box.

"Don't take them. It's been clean up already."


"Don't take them. It's been arrange properly already."


Do they sound natural?
NKM
Posted: Saturday, January 6, 2018 10:45:34 PM

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Not quite.

We'd say "It's been cleaned up already" or "It's already been put back in order."

"Arranged properly" would sound natural to an adult, but would seem awfully formal to a young child.

Romany
Posted: Sunday, January 7, 2018 6:28:13 AM
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Hey Bihunsedap - I hope you and your family will have a good year in 2018.

Most toys & books etc. "live" in a toybox, or in a cupboard or on a shelf, don't they? When kids have finished playing with them they are "put away" i.e. put back where they live.

So when a thing goes back on it's shelf, or into its box (like dominos) we usually say "It's been put away."

"You can't play with the dominos again, I've put them away."
"Put away your toys now, it's bedtime"
"Look at this mess! Please put all your toys away."
"You can't play now, I've put all your toys away. Go to bed!"
Fyfardens
Posted: Sunday, January 7, 2018 6:37:50 AM
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Romany wrote:
it's shelf


Typo.

I speak British English (standard southern, slightly dated).
Helenej
Posted: Sunday, January 7, 2018 7:37:29 AM

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Romany wrote:
Most toys & books etc. "live" in a toybox, or in a cupboard or on a shelf, don't they? When kids have finished playing with them they are "put away" i.e. put back where they live.

I've never thought of toys as "living in a toybox" or somewhere else. Yes, a child is much more likely to return a doll where it lives than to just return it into a box.

What a good technique for encouraging children to put their things away. Thank you, Romany.
bihunsedap
Posted: Monday, January 8, 2018 8:40:43 PM

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Thanks all.
Fyfardens
Posted: Monday, January 8, 2018 9:10:55 PM
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bihunsedap wrote:
He has finished playing dominoes.


We would normally say who 'He' is when first mentioned, for example, 'My son'.


I speak British English (standard southern, slightly dated).
palapaguy
Posted: Monday, January 8, 2018 9:20:08 PM

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And we would also avoid using that "He" word. Genders are no longer politically correct, you know.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 4:54:07 AM

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Ah, but bihunsedap's son is definitely a boy, so it's OK to say 'he'.



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Romany
Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 6:11:07 AM
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Fyfardens.

Bihunsedap is ALWAYS referring to his son unless he states otherwise. He is only trying to learn English so he can help his son. So, we all know who "he" is.

Palapaguy - it's only the inclusive "he" or "him" that we no longer use. As we are all either male or female, there'd be an awful mix-up in English if we couldn't use "he" "his" etc!!
Fyfardens
Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 6:56:19 AM
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Romany wrote:
ihunsedap is ALWAYS referring to his son unless he states otherwise. He is only trying to learn English so he can help his son. So, we all know who "he" is.


I know. However, it would be better style to start a new thread, in which the son has not been previously mentioned, with a name or label rather than a pronoun.

I speak British English (standard southern, slightly dated).
taurine
Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 7:00:14 AM

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[quote=Romany](...)

Most toys & books etc. "live" in a toybox, or in a cupboard or on a shelf, don't they? When kids have finished playing with them they are "put away" i.e. put back where they live.


I like it very much that children's toys and books 'live' in a toybox, etc. It gives them, that is, toys and books, a new dimension, making them more humane and not artificial creations.

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