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Topic: if she turned me down
Posted: Monday, June 29, 2020 6:29:16 AM
Got it. Thank you, thar.

(I am sorry for having missed out a word.
What're so afraid of? ---> What're you so afraid of? )
Topic: if she turned me down
Posted: Monday, June 29, 2020 3:14:55 AM
Hello teachers,

Jack: What're so afraid of? Just tell her what you're feeling about her.
Ted: I'd totally die if she turned me down.

(The dialogue is based on Ted's having a crush on Jenny. And the material comes from an English learning book written by a Chinese.)


My question,

I'd totally die --- In reality, Ted wouldn't really die when meeting a refusal, so I have no problem with the conditional or subjunctive here.

if she turned me down --- she may accept or refuse Ted's asking her out or something like that. I am not too sure why the subjunctive is used here. To me, a possible explanation maybe: the main clause has used the subjunctive. Shouldn't it be a real conditional for this part?

01 I'll totally die if she turns me down.
02 I'd totally die if she turned me down.

Could 01 be possible for the dialogue?

Thank you.
Topic: trot out
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2020 6:58:11 AM
I need some time to digest these precious posts.
Thank you all.
Topic: have /had enjoyed
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 11:09:54 PM
Thank you, tautophile.
(I've found out the thread at last.)
Topic: trot out
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:16:44 PM
Hello teachers,

Grant, for argument’s sake, that the misdeed is “the fault of society,” trot out the broken home and the slum environment.
(paragraph 15)

Is the underlined part inverted?
If I read it the other way around, the part looks like the structure "said he".
It seems hard for me to make certain what the subject of "trot out" is.

Thank you.
Topic: delinquency
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 3:10:57 PM
Got it. Thank you, FounDit.
Topic: delinquency
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 2:56:44 PM
Hello teachers,

The victims are easy to forget. Social science tends steadily to mark a preference for the troubled, the abnormal, the problem case. Whether it is poverty, mental disorder, delinquency or crime, the “patient material”monopolizes the interest of increasing groups of people among the most generous and learned.

My dictionary tells me that "delinquency" means:
n (a) [U, C] minor crime such as vandalism, esp when committed by young people : juvenile delinquency; (b) [U] failure to perform one's duty : The captain's delinquency led to the loss of the ship.

The Chinese translation on the linked page says "delinquency" means (b).

Maybe the page says it.
How does the translator know the meaning of "delinquency" here is (b) instead of (a)?

Thank you.
Topic: inversion
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:05:09 AM
It really helps.
Thank you, sureshot.Dancing
Topic: inversion
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 5:36:34 AM
Thank you, Romany.
In fact what you say here is what I thought about.
But we have too many such questions in China.

Another question, what about "are coming"?
If we are at the beginning of 5G technology, just like the present situation of the application of 5G: some areas are using it, but most areas are not.

Would this still be "come"?
Topic: Is "But" redundant?
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 4:55:26 AM
Got it.
Thank you for your time and kindness, Romany.