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Tara2
Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2020 5:43:45 PM

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Can you please explain the bolded part?

Valentino: Hey, Vic, check out these typewriters I found.
Vic: Uh, shouldn't you be getting rid of stuff?
tautophile
Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:18:28 PM
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Evidently Vic thinks that Valentino has too much junk in his possession--mostly useless, obsolete equipment (such as typewriters are these days, having been replaced by computers and word processors)--and ought to be getting rid of most of it.
Tara2
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 5:16:07 AM

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tautophile wrote:
Evidently Vic thinks that Valentino has too much junk in his possession--mostly useless, obsolete equipment (such as typewriters are these days, having been replaced by computers and word processors)--and ought to be getting rid of most of it.

Many thanks!
KMQ
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 5:24:59 AM

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What's the bolded part?
Tara2
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 5:35:21 AM

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KMQ wrote:
What's the bolded part?

Sorry, it's:
shouldn't you be getting rid of stuff
sureshot
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 6:29:35 AM
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Tara2 wrote:
KMQ wrote:
What's the bolded part?

Sorry, it's:
shouldn't you be getting rid of stuff

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Here, the phrase "get rid of something" is used to talk about action taken so as to be free of a troublesome or unwanted thing. Note that the use of preposition "of" is correct. I would prefer to use an article and say "shouldn't you be getting rid of the stuff". You could also say ""shouldn't you be getting rid of that stuff".
Tara2
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 9:08:06 AM

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sureshot wrote:
Tara2 wrote:
KMQ wrote:
What's the bolded part?

Sorry, it's:
shouldn't you be getting rid of stuff

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Here, the phrase "get rid of something" is used to talk about action taken so as to be free of a troublesome or unwanted thing. Note that the use of preposition "of" is correct. I would prefer to use an article and say "shouldn't you be getting rid of the stuff". You could also say ""shouldn't you be getting rid of that stuff".

Many thanks!
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