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Sorry - yes - corrected.
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Café / Re: Fires in Australia
« Last post by Darryl on January 10, 2020, 12:40:03 pm »
A bit of Midnight Oil there?
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She is threatening - either literally or figuratively - to know the living daylights out of him.

I think Duncan means "to knock the living daylights out of him." 
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Language Questions / Re: what's your dilemma?
« Last post by admin on January 10, 2020, 10:37:12 am »
Yes, I do.
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Language Questions / Re: they always stuff us with food
« Last post by admin on January 10, 2020, 10:36:29 am »
Yes it does
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Language Questions / they always stuff us with food
« Last post by bookworm on January 10, 2020, 05:50:16 am »
Let's say you have relatives (aunts, friends, grandparents) who love cooking or baking, and there is always food on the table when you visit them. They always encourage you to eat more even if you're already full.

   Jane: Aunt Sue is inviting us again for dinner this weekend.​
   John: I'm available. Shall we go there?​
   Jane: But I don't want to go. They always stuff us with food, and I'm on a diet.​

Does the italicized text sound natural? John and Jane were always encouraged to eat by her aunt, and they always left very full. Jane was forced to eat more because she couldn't say no for fear of offending her aunt.
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Language Questions / what's your dilemma?
« Last post by bookworm on January 10, 2020, 03:53:49 am »
A non-native speaker thinks that problem and dilemma are synonymous and interchangeable. Let's say Joe looks worried and very sad, and you don't know what's on his mind. Please confirm if this question sounds natural:

   What's your dilemma, Joe?​

I think when you ask that question, you are assuming that his problem involves making a difficult choice. Since you have no idea, you should normally start with this:

   What's your problem, Joe?​

Then, he can clarify by saying that it's actually a dilemma because it involves making a difficult choice:

   Joe: Here's my dilemma. ....​

Do you agree with my observation?
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Language Questions / Re: for the sake of learning
« Last post by carlfuller on January 10, 2020, 03:44:47 am »
Thank you Duncan. It was so helpful.
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Café / Re: Fires in Australia
« Last post by Lessmindlessmind on January 10, 2020, 12:03:32 am »
Very sad what is happening in Australia. reminds me of a song though

Out where the river broke
The bloodwood and the desert oak
Holden wrecks and boiling diesels
Steam in forty-five degrees

How do we sleep while our beds are burning?

The time has come, a fact's a fact
It belongs to them, let's give it back
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She is threatening - either literally or figuratively - to knock the living daylights out of him.
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