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Topic: We must have added up your billing hours
Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 2:50:45 AM
An attorney died and went to heaven. As he approached the Pearly Gates, he noticed an orchestra playing and thousands of angels cheering. St. peter himself rushed over to shake the lawyer's hand.
"This is quite a reception," marveled the new arrival.
"You're very special," St. Peter explained. "We've never had anyone live to be 130 before."
The attorney was puzzled. "But I'm only 65." St.Peter thought for a moment.
"Oh," he said, "We must have added up your billing hours."

Hi, there. Could you tell me what St.Peter means by his last sentence?
Topic: placing over his shop window this advertisement
Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 3:44:57 AM
Three tailors had opened their shops in the same street, and as the competition was great, their business was bad. They were all very anxious to attract customers.
The first tailor tried to tempt the public by placing over his shop window this advertisement: The best tailor in the town. The second immediately hung up a large signboard, with this words: The best tailor in the world. The third was greatly puzzled, for he could not find a more attractive title. At last he painted on his shop the following words in big letters: The best tailor in the street.
The others were so vexed that they took away their signboards and closed their shops.

1. Does "the competition was great" mean "the competition was intense/fierce"?
2. I don't understand the meaning of "placing over his shop window this advertisement". Does this "over" mean the same as "over" in "all over the place"?
3. Does "he painted on his shop" leave out the word "window"? Should it be "he painted on his shop window"?

Thanks advance!
Topic: of your age/ your age
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:01:44 PM
1. She now has the same size waist as a boy of the same age. (of the same age)
2. When I was your age, I used to work six days a week. (your age)
3. She's the same age as her husband. (the same age)
4. My daughter, Jane, never dreamed of receiving a letter from a girl of her own age in Holland. (of her own age)
5. You need to make friends your age. (your age)

As you can see, some sentences use age with the word "of" and some without "of". Is there a rule? And by the way, can I change the sentence 1 to "she now has the same size as a boy her own age"?
Topic: if not sooner/if not most
Posted: Friday, December 21, 2018 2:05:54 AM
Thank you very much. But do you think "if not" has the meaning of "even"? Because in my grammar book, the writer thinks that "if not" and "even" mean the same thing. The writer is not a native speaker, so I'm not sure if he is right. Besides, "possibly" and "even" sounds very different. ex:

Their behavior was reproachable, if not criminal. (The writer says this sentence means "their behavior was reproachable, even criminal.")
He bullied his opponents and impugned their integrity, if not their patriotism. (The writer says it means "he bullied his opponents and impugned their integrity and even their patriotism.)
Thank you your time and help!
Topic: if not sooner/if not most
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2018 4:43:52 AM
1. I'm working on my fitness and I will be ready in a couple of weeks, if not sooner.
2. Let's meet tonight if not sooner.
3. Many people, if not most, will agree with her.

Could you tell me what "if not sooner" and "if not most" mean in these three sentences?
Topic: reported speech
Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2018 11:59:43 PM
Thanks ever so much for all of your help and replies. I really appreciate it!

Topic: reported speech
Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2018 2:19:18 AM
L.Rai wrote:
Miss Felicity:

I'm curious, why do you want to do this?




A great English teacher told me retelling jokes is a good way to practice speaking English. In this joke, I can retell it from the perspectives of many people, such as the young man, the doctor or the young man's mother, to name but a few. But he suggested selecting at least three perspectives and practicing a couple of jokes every day. And this is the way he used to practice his spoken English.
I find retelling jokes useful and interesting. And I decide to use this method to practice speaking English. But my first step is to know how to report those sentences.Angel
Topic: reported speech
Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2018 6:27:13 PM
The doctor pointed to the eye chart on the wall and said, “Please read the top line.”
“The top line of what?” the young man asked.
“The top line of the chart,” the doctor replied.
“What chart?” the man asked.
“The one on the wall,” the doctor said.
“What wall?” the man asked.
Finally, the doctor decided that the man’s eyes were not good enough for army service.
That evening the same young man was at a movie when another man came in and sat next to him in the dark. When the lights went on, the young man saw that his neighbor was the doctor who had examined him earlier. Immediately he said, “Excuse me, ma’am, but does this bus go to Main Street?”


Hi,there. I am trying to change the direct speech in this joke into reported speech, but I run into some difficulties.

The doctor pointed to the eye chart on the wall and said, “Please read the top line.”→ The doctor pointed to the eye chart on the wall and asked the man to read the top line.

Immediately he said, “Excuse me, ma’am, but does this bus go to Main Street?” → Immediately he pretended he didn't know the doctor and asked the doctor if the bus went to Main Street.

But I don't know how to report the sentences below.

“The top line of what?” the young man asked.
“The top line of the chart,” the doctor replied.
“What chart?” the man asked.
“The one on the wall,” the doctor said.
“What wall?” the man asked.

So could you tell me how to report the sentences above? Thank you for your time and helping.
Topic: a police officer told me and the other to exchange licenses and registrations
Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 7:22:32 AM
A man asked my fiance, Evangelos, manager of an autobody shop, for an estimate on repairing his car, which had been damaged in an accident. As is customary, Evangelos asked to see the man's registration and license. He thought it odd that the car did not match the description on the registration and his license.
"Excuse me," said Evangelos, "but did you perhaps bring the wrong paperwork by mistake?"
"No," the man replied. "At the time of the accident, a police officer told me and the other to exchange licenses and registrations."

Could you tell me why the police officer let the man and the other exchange licenses and registrations?
Topic: he was on his way home
Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 9:44:38 AM
Thank you very much. I have normal vision and you don't have to respond in kind. It's just because the font size in my book is larger than the default size on this forum. So when my eyes move from my book to this forum, the words on this forum seem smaller.Angel

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