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onsen
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:23:50 AM
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Hello,

There are cases where you don’t want to say things exactly when asked, that is, want to say things vaguely.
If you happen to meet someone on friendly terms in the street on your way to the supermarket or the dentist and are asked, "Where are you going?", what sort of response is possible in this aim?

Is "Over there." or "Just over there." appropriate?

Thank you
Donthailand
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:56:26 AM
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Yes, I would say so. As long as you give a nod or point in the right direction.
Islami
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:50:40 AM
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One should tell the correct job, errand or work, one is there for.

I have come to buy foofd.
I am here buy a mobile.
I came to the mall to escort my children.

...and the like

Just because the writer of an article is British doesn't mean that they use English correctly-DragOnspeaker.
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:37:05 PM

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onsen wrote:
Hello,

There are cases where you don’t want to say things exactly when asked, that is, want to say things vaguely.
If you happen to meet someone on friendly terms in the street on your way to the supermarket or the dentist and are asked, "Where are you going?", what sort of response is possible in this aim?

Is "Over there." or "Just over there." appropriate?

Thank you

If I want to be really vague, I say something like, "Just doing some shopping", or "Just running some errands".



A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
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