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No.4 make a big deal - 07-31-2011, 12:49 PM

make a big deal

I heard that America is a litigious society.
I heard that when someone spilled a coffee of McDonald's and got burnt, he sued McDonald's, claiming that the coffee was too hot.
I would like to say, "hey, you should not make a big deal out of it. I'm not proud of yourself. It's quite a shame if I judge from the Bushido point of view!".
............................
Which is correct? Both?

Tomorrow is my birthday, and I'll have my birthday party tomorrow.
But don't tell other members, because I don't want to make a big deal out of it.
But don't tell other members, because I don't want to make a big thing out of it.

Is there any difference in meaning?

Thank you.

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make a big deal

I heard that America is a litigious society.
I heard that when someone spilled a McDonald's coffee and got burnt, he sued McDonald's, claiming that the coffee was too hot.
I would like to say, "hey, you shouldn't make a big deal out of it. From the Bushido point of view, it's shameful!".
............................
Which is correct? Both?
Well done, you used the idiom correctly! 'I'm not proud of yourself' though, is incorrect. I don't know what you mean. Maybe something like "I'm embarrassed by you'.

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Tomorrow is my birthday, and I'll have my birthday party.

But don't tell other members (anyone else), because I don't want to make a big deal out of it.
But don't tell other members, because I don't want to make a big thing out of it.

Is there any difference in meaning?
For me there's no difference in meaning. Try not to repeat words in the same sentence too much, especially times.
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Phrasal Verbs List
List of English phrasal verbs
A-Z List of Phrasal Verbs - UsingEnglish.com
Phrasal Verbs List | EFLnet

there are thousands of sites listing them, and they're all incomplete lol
what's worse is that some of them are lacking some definitions based on where the object is placed
Hi again James, very useful. It is a case of knowing what is Literal and what is not. Isn't it?

such as "I am running very fast and hope I shall win." Literally running physically.

I am running out of money-- meaning I am short of money. I have run out of money. I have spent too much of my money.

The English language is strange when one tries to analyse it don't you think? Or is it the same with all languages

We often say:" I bumped into an old friend the other day": We don't mean literally that we physically bumped into them but met them unexpectedly.
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make a big deal

I heard that America is a litigious society.
I heard that when someone spilled a coffee of McDonald's and got burnt, he sued McDonald's, claiming that the coffee was too hot.
I would like to say, "hey, you should not make a big deal out of it. I'm not proud of yourself. It's quite a shame if I judge from the Bushido point of view!".
............................
Which is correct? Both?

Tomorrow is my birthday, and I'll have my birthday party tomorrow.
But don't tell other members, because I don't want to make a big deal out of it.
But don't tell other members, because I don't want to make a big thing out of it.

Is there any difference in meaning?

Thank you.
Columbine has corrected you and is an excellent teacher. I think "don't make a big deal about it"-- means, "please don't make a fuss about it."
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[quote=Supperman;874131]make a big deal

I heard that America is a litigious society.
I heard that when someone spilled a coffee of McDonald's and got burnt, he sued McDonald's, claiming that the coffee was too hot.
I would like to say, "hey, you should not make a big deal out of it. *I'm not proud of yourself. It's quite a shame if I judge from the Bushido point of view!". Perhaps:* "You should be ashamed of yourself.".... might be appropriate.........................
Which is correct? Both?

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'I'm not proud of yourself' though, is incorrect. I don't know what you mean. Maybe something like "I'm embarrassed by you'.
This is how I thought.
First, I wanted to say, "I disesteem you" or "I look down on you."
But I didn't know these words.
So I though of something opposite.
I thought the opposite of 'looking down on' would be 'respect'
"I respect you."
or
"I'm very proud of you." (I mistyped 'yourself' instead of 'you')

The opposite feeling of "I'm proud of you"
are described as "I'm not proud of you.".......

The true expression what I wanted to say was;
"You should be ashamed of yourself!"

Sorry for confusing you.
My translation was just like machine translation...




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Try not to repeat words in the same sentence too much, especially times.
Thank you for your advice. I will, as far as possible.

..............................
a coffee of McDonald's (wrong)
a McDonald's coffee (correct)

should not (wrong)
shouldn't (correct)

It's a shame. (wrong)
It's shameful. (correct)


"From a XXXX point of view, ...." should be placed at the top of a sentence.

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I think "don't make a big deal about it"-- means, "please don't make a fuss about it."
Thank you.

Don't make a big deal about it.
=Please don't make a fuss about it.
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Perhaps:* "You should be ashamed of yourself.".... might be appropriate.........................
Bingo!
This is exactly what I wanted to say.
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No.5 work out - 08-03-2011, 09:13 AM

Phrasal Verbs List

'Work out' has three different meaning, according to the site.
Example sentences are;
1. I work out (exercise) at the gym three times a week.

2. Our plan worked out (be successful) fine.

3. We have to work out (make a calculation) the total cost before we buy the house.

...................................
Here, my tries;
A lot of Japanese people including myself used to work out with "Billy's Boot Camp"; the DVD program, but time has changed. No one works out with it now.

I have to work out and shape up before the high school class reunion next September.

I didn't know the answer of the exam, so I made a guess.
It turned out to work out! I'm so happy now.

You have to work out the total debt when you use a credit-card.

I don't remember the name of the song by the Beetles.
.......... We can work it out! we can work it ooout! Life is very short ......
I don't remember the rest lyrics.
I wonder if it means whether 'We can be successful' or 'We can calculate'...
Does anyone know the name of it?
I think it is in the album which has "Fool on the hill", maybe 'Rubber sole', but I'm not sure.

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08-03-2011, 09:41 AM

Verse #1

Try to see it my way,
Do I have to keep on talking till I can't go on?
While you see it your way,
Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone.

Chorus:

We can work it out,
We can work it out.


Verse #2
Think of what you're saying.
You can get it wrong and still you think that it's all right.
Think of what I'm saying,
We can work it out and get it straight, or say good night.

Chorus:
We can work it out,
We can work it out.

Bridge:
Life is very short, and there's no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend.
I have always thought that it's a crime,
So I will ask you once again.

Verse #3
Try to see it my way,
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong.
While you see it your way
There's a chance that we might fall apart before too long.

Chorus:
We can work it out,
We can work it out.

Bridge:
Life is very short, and there's no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend.
I have always thought that it's a crime,
So I will ask you once again.

Verse #4
Try to see it my way,
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong.
While you see it your way
There's a chance that we might fall apart before too long.

Chorus:
We can work it out,
We can work it out.

I think it means that if they don't give up-- they can work out the difficulties in their relationship. try hard, persevere and never give up.

Of course relationships should be Two way not one way-- to really work.
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