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Do You Understand This Dialogue?

Do You Understand This Dialogue?

Date: Feb 15 2011

Topic: Idioms and Slang

Author: englishteacher24/7

Lesson

Two older men greeted each other, one says to the other, "how's it going young man?  The other man said, "heavy on the young!"

Do you understand what the second man meant by "heavy on the young?"

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englishteacher24/7

United States

Welcome Maryas; yes you are on the right rack in your answer of the comment “heavy on the young.” A detail explanation can be found of the answer that I posted on October 4, 2016. Please scroll back there for a complete answer.


Don’t miss Lesson No. 88 explanation on “Paradoxes” posted on June 23, 2017.

12:21 AM Jun 28 2017 |

maryas

maryas

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Hi


I think it means “I’m old on the youth”

02:03 AM Jun 27 2017 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Hello Arminka, and welcome back. Which part do you want an explanation on? Thanks for your question, we learn by asking questions.

05:38 AM Jun 26 2017 |

Arminka28

Arminka28

Armenia

I don’t  get it, can you explain,


01:30 AM Jun 26 2017 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Lesson No. 88 – Paradox Explanation:


If you haven’t read the lesson, you can read the original lesson posted on June 5, 2017.


The fire inspector asks Bill if the fire alarms were activated. Bill replied that the fire alarm went off. In other words, his answer is the fire alarm was activated (on). 


The word “off” in a context of something being in an operative or non-operative state, “off” is used as an adverb and means something is not operating (not activated).


However, Bill used the phrasal verb “went off” in his response and this changes the meaning to the opposite meaning to indicate the fire alarm was activated. The phrasal verbs “went off” or “go off” means something has been placed in an operative state (on).


Dave gave a direct answer and told the fire inspector the fire alarm “went on” which in this case indicated the fire alarm was activated.


As you can see, “went on” and “went off” means the same thing even though “on” and “off” are opposites of each other. Therefore, a “paradox” is something that in simple terms, contradicts itself.


Another similar figure of speech is called an “oxymoron” which also contains two opposite words that seem to contradict each other. You may want to do some additional research to understand the distinction between a “paradox” and an “oxymoron.”


Nevertheless, paradoxes are more common, therefore I suggest you to seek out additional examples of paradoxes on the internet. Certain aspects of English are likely to be learned from experience and discovery.


Let this be a motivation for you to be consistent in your acquiring of English. If you stop and go you will lose your momentum. Remember, we can do what we set our minds to do.



11:19 PM Jun 23 2017 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

I’m back. Amira thanks for your answer to paraphrasing the sentence:


“There was a fire in a warehouse and it was destroyed.” 


You substituted “it was burnt down” instead of “it was destroyed” which is totally acceptable. Here are some other examples:


“A warehouse was destroyed by fire.”


“A fire burned down a warehouse”


“A fire consumed a warehouse.


In English, there are many ways to say the same thing. This is the reason when something is translated into English by different translators, it may not be exactly the same words. However, the main thought is communicated.


The explanation for the remaining portion of the lesson wil be posted shortly. Your contribution is appreciated.

05:28 AM Jun 22 2017 |

jianluo

China

Nice!

07:07 AM Jun 17 2017 |

La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

Hello Mr. Alston, 


“There was a fire in a warehouse and it was burnt down” is my paraphrase.

02:05 PM Jun 16 2017 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Hello Amira,


You are correct in your answer. I will explain why in my explanation.


Now I invite the audience to re-word (paraphrase) the following sentence:


“There was a fire in a warehouse and it was destroyed.” 

11:07 AM Jun 15 2017 |

La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

I think both meant that the fire alarm was activated.


Bill: I confirm that the fire alarm set off


I encounter a lot of paradoxes in my watchings and readings. They’re so common in the language.


Thanks Mr. Alston for the lesson

03:07 PM Jun 14 2017 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Paradoxes can be confusing but Lesson No. 88 should help expose you to some of the nuances in English. Try to answer the question.

09:33 PM Jun 12 2017 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Lesson No. 88 – Paradoxes:


There was a fire in a warehouse and it was destroyed. Upon investigation of the cause of the fire many people were questioned. Let’s listen in to one of the questions asked of two supervisors.


Fire Inspector: Bill, was the fire alarm activated?


Bill: I confirm that the fire alarm went off.


Fire Inspector: Thanks Bill, I’ve recorded your response. Dave, was the fire alarm activated?


Dave: The fire alarm went on.


Fire Inspector: Thanks for your response; it will help in the investigation.


Questions:


1. Did Bill respond that the fire alarm was activated?


2. Did Dave respond that the fire alarm was activated?


3. Can you re-word the first sentence differently but say the same thing?


10:53 PM Jun 05 2017 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Hi Amira, yes “drain the swamp” practical meaning is to “get rid of corruption or anthing harmful” 


The context that President-elect Donald Trump uses it is retaining to Washington DC politics.


Context determines the actual meaning. Hope this helps.

03:17 PM Dec 10 2016 |

La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

Hi Mr. Alston,


I’m still wondering if “drain the swamp” has a synonymous meaning here. 


08:38 AM Dec 10 2016 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Lesson No. 87 – Explanation for A Native Speaker’s Private Conversation – Part 5:


Curtis: It looks like Donald intends to “drain the swamp” and shake things up!


Curtis: It looks like Donald intends to “drain the swamp” and get things straight!


Dee Dee: Many people want to chime in with their opinions about why girlfriend lost the election but she still won the popular vote by 2 million.


Dee Dee: Many people want to vocalize their opinions about why Hillary lost the election but she still won the popular vote by 2 million.


Sheila: Yeah but her crowd aren’t giving high fives to each other.


Sheila: Yes but her crowd isn’t giving congratulations to each other.


Shaun: Donald has hit the ground running with selecting people for his cabinet.


Shaun: Donald has started immediately with selecting people for his cabinet.


CurtisAll bets are off on Trump keeping all of his campaign promises.


Curtis: It’s not a sure thing on Trump keeping all of his campaign promises.


Dee Dee: Well, at least he didn’t win by a landslide.


Dee Dee: Well, at least he didn’t win by a huge amount.


SheilaTo seal this deal, the Electoral College electors have to finalize the election on December 19th.


Sheila: To complete this election process, the Electoral College electors have to complete the election results on December 19th.


Shaun: For all practical purposes, it’s already a done deal.


Shaun: For all practical purposes, it’s already a done deal.


Amira, once again you have done an excellent job in your re-write. Continue to strive to take every opportunity to interact with English and you’ll avoid getting “rusty” and will advance to the next level.


Unless there is a request for more of this type of lesson, this will be the final one of this type using the U.S. political activity as a platform.


Thanks to all who submitted their re-write of the conversations. 

08:50 PM Dec 07 2016 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Amira, you’re right on course with your re-write. Let’s hold tight until others may weigh in.

08:43 PM Nov 29 2016 |

La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

Curtis: It looks like Donald intends to “drain the swamp” and shake things up!


Curtis: It looks like Donald intends to eleminate corruption and make great changes to the US.


Dee Dee: Many people want to chime in with their opinions about why girlfriend lost the election but she still won the popular vote by 2 million.


Dee Dee: Many people want to argue with their opinions about why Hillary lost the election but still won the popular vote by 2 million.


Sheila: Yeah but her crowd aren’t giving high fives to each other.


Sheila: Yeah but her crowd aren’t celebrating her winning.


Shaun: Donald has hit the ground running with selecting people for his cabinet.


Shaun: Donald has started right away with selecting people for his cabinet.


CurtisAll bets are off on Trump keeping all of his campaign promises.


Curtis: People are waiting to see if Trump will keep his promises from the campaign.


Dee Dee: Well, at least he didn’t win by a landslide.


Dee Dee: Well, at lest he didn’t win by a gread deal of difference in votes.


SheilaTo seal this deal, the Electoral College electors have to finalize the election on December 19th.


Sheila: To end this conversation, the Electoral College electors have to finalize the lection on December 19th.


Shaun: For all practical purposes, it’s already a done deal.


Shaun: For all practical purposes, it’s already a done deal.

10:53 AM Nov 28 2016 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Lesson No. 87 – A Native Speaker’s Private Conversation – Part 5:


The dialogue now focuses on a discussion after the election of Donald Trump as President using the words (in bold) that were provided in the last lesson explanation.


Curtis: It looks like Donald intends to “drain the swamp” and shake things up!


Dee Dee: Many people want to chime in with their opinions about why girlfriend lost the election but she still won the popular vote by 2 million.


Sheila: Yeah but her crowd aren’t giving high fives to each other.


Shaun: Donald has hit the ground running with selecting people for his cabinet.


CurtisAll bets are off on Trump keeping all of his campaign promises.


Dee Dee: Well, at least he didn’t win by a landslide.


SheilaTo seal this deal, the Electoral College electors have to finalize the election on December 19th.


Shaun: For all practical purposes, it’s already a done deal.


Question:


Do you understand this conversation?


Try to paraphrase (re-write) this conversation.


Note: The words to identify are bolded.


You can use the internet and/or this link http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/ to assist you in identifying the meaning of the phrases.


I’ll provide an explanation after others have posted theirs.

01:33 PM Nov 26 2016 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

AlexandrAmica, Pdfdump, and others, here is a detailed explanation of the phrase “Heavy on the young”


“Heavy on the young” explanation:


In the U.S., if you order food from a restaurant like a hamburger, fish sandwich etc. and you want to request extra condiment such as ketchup or tartar sauce, you would say “heavy ketchup” or “heavy tartar sauce” and the cook would put extra sauce on your sandwich.


In the dialogue, one old man said to the other old man, “how’s it going young man?”  He asked him in a friendly fun-type of way how was he doing today, even though he wasn’t a young man but asked him as a joke.


The other older man responded, “Heavy on the young,” which he meant jokingly, keep telling me I’m young, young, young (heavy=extra)!  In other words, he wanted the greeter to put emphasis on the “young” part of his greeting.


This is in the category of fun language between people you are comfortable with. It is not common language but I want to expose you to it so you won’t always think in a literal sense.


This example is the same as a husband asking his wife to do a favor for him and she responds, “yes sir” and he responds with the phrase “Heavy on the Sir” and she responds again in a loud voice “YES SIR!” to add emphasis to the affirmation of “yes sir.”


It’s just an example of having fun with the language. 

12:35 AM Nov 25 2016 |

AlexandrAmica

Ukraine

I didn’t understand what does mean “heavy on the young”. Is it somethink like “I fill great”?

08:51 AM Nov 23 2016 |

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