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Topic: which was not below the truth
Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 7:42:59 PM
Hi,

Quote:
The raft was barely two leagues from the frigate when it was abandoned. Those on board had wine, a little brandy, some water and a small portion of sodden biscuit. They had been given no compass or chart. With neither oars nor rudder, there was no means of controlling the raft, and little means either of controlling those upon it, who were constantly flung against one another as the waters rolled over them. In the first night, a storm got up and threw the machine with great violence; the cries of those on board mingled with the roaring of the billows. Some attached ropes to the timbers of the craft, and held fast to these; all were buffeted without mercy. By daybreak the air was filled with lamentable cries, vows which could never be fulfilled were offered up to Heaven, and all prepared themselves for imminent death. It was impossible to form an idea of that first night which was not below the truth


A History of the World in 10½ Chapters - Julian Barnes

What do you understand from the bold part?

Thanks.
Topic: how badly I wanted to start earning
Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 12:59:24 PM
Hello,

Quote:
As you know, I wanted to talk to my parents yesterday about my plans for dropping out of university but I didn't have much luck. First of all, I found it very hard to broach the subject. As soon as I started explaining how badly I wanted to start earning, one of them would change the subject.



- Does the bold part sound idiomatic to you?

- Could the part in red be replaced by "make money"(and the meaning remains intact)?

Topic: Did you get blinded in the war or by the sun after?
Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2020 9:52:10 AM
Thank you very much.
Topic: Did you get blinded in the war or by the sun after?
Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2020 6:30:54 AM
Hi,

Quote:
Did you get blinded in the war or by the sun after?

The Book of Eli movie

Does the sentence sound idiomatic to you? I'm not sure if I understood the bold part correctly.

Any idea!
Topic: sparrow('s) fart (BE)
Posted: Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:36:36 AM
Thanks for your enlightening answers.
Topic: sparrow('s) fart (BE)
Posted: Saturday, November 14, 2020 1:34:15 AM
Quote:


sparrow fart
noun
informal British
Very early morning; daybreak.

Lexico

Quote:

sparrow fart
UK very informal (also sparrow's fart)

Cambridge


Example:
Quote:

It was important enough to bring you out here at sparrow fart.

Hugh McLeave

Questions:
- Are you familiar with the term?
- Are they both correct to you; "sparrow fart" and "sparrow's fart"? Which one you'd use?
Topic: When she is in the pink, she will give you a ring.
Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 7:58:18 AM
Many thanks. I daresay, the matter is now pellucid.
Topic: When she is in the pink, she will give you a ring.
Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 5:19:46 AM
Quote:
When she is in the pink, she will give you a ring.



Does the sentence sound natural and idiomatic to you?

Thanks.
Topic: I'm well-balanced. I have a chip on both shoulders.
Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 1:47:04 AM
Hi,

Quote:
Despite my privileged upbringing, I'm well-balanced. I have a chip on both shoulders.


What does the joke intend to mean?

Which one is correct, "I have a chip on both shoulders" or "I have chips on both shoulders"?

Thanks.
Topic: I wish you'd know how much I loved you
Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2020 7:07:08 AM
A- I wish you'd know how much I loved you.
B- I wish you'd know how much I love you.

- Are they both correct to you?
- Does A say or imply anything about the present moment?