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林美樂
  • We could barely hear a sound of violin practice from behind the door.
  • We could faintly hear the sound of violin practice from behind the door. *"faintly" feels more natural here. But, you could also say We could just barely hear the sound of.....
We could just barely hear the sound of.

grammar

Nov 13, 2011 22:11 Public Pregnancy brain
林美樂
  • "Sorry, I'm so sorry." Through the phone, I apologized my landlords for waiting for me in vain.
  • "Sorry, I'm so sorry," I said as I apologized to my landlords for having to wait in vain.
I apologized to my landlords for having to wait in vain.

grammar

Nov 13, 2011 22:09 Public Pregnancy brain
besudesu
  • At last, we found out the way and arrived the hall just at 5 minutes to 3 o'clock.
  • At last, we found the way and arrived at the hall just at 5 minutes to 3 o'clock.
arrive at/in/on sth 自動詞
She'll arrive in New York at noon.
The train arrived at the station 20 minutes late.
By the time I arrived on the scene, it was all over.
We didn't arrive back at the hotel until very late.

grammar

Nov 13, 2011 17:10 Public Pregnancy brain
besudesu
  • "Sorry, I'm so sorry." Through the phone, I apologized my landlords for waiting for me in vain.
  • "Sorry, I'm so sorry." I said through the phone, I apologized to my landlords for having to wait for me in vain.
apologize to sb for sth
We apologize for the late departure of this flight.

grammar

Nov 13, 2011 17:07 Public Pregnancy brain
OneDayOneNoodle
Either the original entry has been deleted or you don't have access to it.
My mouth felt completely dry.

grammar

Nov 6, 2011 06:09 Public Massage
cuavsfan
I think the first two are fine to ask. The third one sounds a little odd. Depending on the conversation it could be okay, but by itself it might be too direct. Maybe something like this would be more natural. To make sure I've got it...
To make sure I've got it right, could you tell me if your name rhymes with anything?
OneDayOneNoodle
Wooow, I hate "Murry may marry merry Mary."!!!^^ I know that nobody knows of IPA symbols. But it's the simplest way I've found. Hahaha, dispute over your name between Irish and Québécois family members sounds funny! Actually, my collea...
Murry may marry merry Mary.
Meri J.
  • Come to think of it, I have mistaken pronunciations of names including very common English names many times during the two years.
  • Come to think of it, I have mistaken pronunciations of names including very common English names many times during the past two years.
during the past two years
choonagi
  • If I say web-based translation, you would think of something like the Google translation, which has often been made fun of its nonsense mechanical translations.
  • If I say web-based translation, you would probably think of something like (the) Google translation, which has often been made fun of because of its nonsensical mechanical translations.
would probably do sth

grammar

Sep 28, 2011 14:10 Public MyGengo
cuavsfan
  • Often I need to know when a shop is going to be closed.
  • Often I need to know when (or what time) a shop is going to close.
"How late are you open today?"
"What time do you close today?"
今日は何時まで開いていますか?
何時に閉店しますか?

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