I Don’t Care for It

From Twitter
Friendly Banter
I don’t ___ ____ science fiction movies.
Alec: That’s why you’re a boring person.
Paul: Oh! You’re an asshole.
Alec: Ha ha. Yes, I am, just like you–but at least I’m not boring.
Paul: Good one. like much care much care about care of care for

like    much    care    much    care    about    care    of    care    for

care for – I don’t care for science fiction movies. 

It’s just like caring for a person. “Caring for” means “caring about” or liking someone or something.

Don’t Say This

From Twitter

Don’t say:
There are two members in my family
I’m business/salary man
I live Saitama
I have a wife
My first son

I’m ① clerk.
I ② for Sony.
I live ③ Saitama.
I ④ married and ⑤ two kids. ⑥ ⑦ is Toshi; the youngest ⑧ Sawa.


I’m ①
a clerk. We need ‘a’ because our name is not “Clerk.”
I ②work for Sony. We don’t our title unless it is a professional title.
I live ③in Saitama. We must use prepositions before locations.
④ I‘m  married and ⑤have two kids. ⑥ The  eldest is Toshi; the youngest ⑧is Sawa.
④ Married is something we are.
⑤ We have kids; we don’t say they merely exist.
⑥, ⑦, ⑧ We never list our children by the primacy of latency of their birth; we talk about age in relation to each child.

Image & Impressions

From Twitter

  1. What is your __ of the Japanese government response to #COVID19?
  2. My __ of the US is one of ethnic strife, freedom, lots of space.
  3. Toshi: What’s your __ of @GretaThunberg?
    Rie: Who’s that?
    Toshi: Do you live under a rock? She’s the most famous #environmental #activist on Earth!

Do you live under a rock?
Image: Carlos Roso
Image: Markus Spiske

The Answer is ‘impression.’ Many Japanese say, “my image….” This doesn’t make sense. If you said, ‘the image I have/had,’ that would be okay. However, we don’t have our own permanent images in our minds.

Space Shot

From Twitter

We__ been __ #Shuttle 31 years when it was __ in 2011. May 27 @ 5:33am Asia Pacific Time (4:33pm Eastern Standard Time) 2 @NASA astronauts launch on a @SpaceX #Falcon #CrewDragon to the #ISS. Watch @ http://nasa.gov.


Answers And Explanations
1. had (because been is present)
2. flying (because had+ been requires a gerund)
3. cancelled (because the past tense is necessary after was in this context)

Photo Credit: The Verge
Apologies to @SpaceCoastDaily
for the image of @AstroBehnken
& @Astro_Doug

It’s Over

From Twitter

When I was young, my mother got aggravated if my things were __.

When we blew the mini-fireworks, confetti __.

I’m __ this TV series. It’s boring, now.

Jo: Do you wanna go get a beer?
Jay: Oh, dude, I’m __。

over (“bored with,” “done with”)
all over (“everywhere”)
all over it (“into it,” “in love with it,” “loving it”)
flew all over (“dispersed in all directions”)

1. all over
2. flew all over
3. over
4. all over it

What Were You Doing When…?

From Twitter:

_____ drinking tea only ten minutes before the phone rang.

have been
had been

Answers & Explanations
The answers are ‘had been’ (formal, correct and written) and ‘was’ (casual and spoken). ‘Have been” doesn’t work because it is in the present; we need a past answer dictated by ‘rang.’

Sarah Gaultieri


From Twitter:

Photo: Katie Rodriguez

The answer is ‘shut them down.’ The meaning is akin to “stop,” “end,” “discontinue,” #terminate” and “block.” It’s not about causing someone to be quiet. The “shutting down” is of the event, in this case.

Photo: Michelle Ding
Photo: Mika Baumeister
Photo: American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News)
Photo: ABC

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Let’s Go Abroad

From Twitter
The corona virus has changed life on Earth for our race (the human one); many have died, more are sick. Social, economic, occupational and family lives have worsened–in some cases improved, but many yearn to travel again. I hope to __ after a vaccine is approved & available.

① in abroad (This has no meaning as abroad is not a place or location)
② go abroad (describes a type of travel–a condition, a state of being, like being happy; one is abroad in the same sense as one is happy.)
③ go in abroad

The answer is number 2.


Photo: Anne Nygard

Do you Know him?

Frik: Do you know that guy?
Frak: I _

Frik: Do you know that guy?
Frak: I __ his face, but don’t __ whom he is.


The answers ‘recognize’ and ‘remember’ are interchangeable. You can use them in either space; ‘realize’ is not an option: This is the best arrangement:
I recognize his face, but don’t remember whom he is.

Causal expression of this statement would be:

I recognize him, but don’t remember who he is.
I recognize him, but don’t remember him.

To recognize is to know someone by his or her face or other features.
To remember someone is to know his or her name
(Generally. Some English speakers will argue with this distinction, but I think it is a convenient and accurate one).

Photo: Drew Hays

Get That Hair Cut!

In America, in the fifties and sixties, conservative fathers made their sons keep their hair short; they had them–or even made them have their hair cut. This was harder to do when the resistance to the American war in Vietnam started. This trend of young people keeping long hair also became popular as part of the hippy movement, inspired by flower power, free love, environmentalism, sympathy for the women’s liberation movement and the ubiquity of rock ‘n roll & rhythm and blues concerts–only exacerbated by the use of psychedelic drugs, used to alter consciousness and become more spiritual and relaxed, also known as tripping, feeding on’s head and tuning out.

From Twitter

How do you say it correctly?

You know your friend went to the barber or hair salon, so you ask:
“Did you _________?”

① cut your
② get your hair cut
③ get your haircut
④ r hair get cut

Answer and Explanations:
The answer is number get your haircut because unless we use an electric razor and shears (and do it ourselves) we get it done by another, or we:
*have it done by another (person)
*have it cut by another (person)

Furthermore, to cut your hair means to do it yourself, or by oneself.

Of course we can ask “did you cut your hair,” (using option number ①) but most people do not cut their own hair, so why ask this?

Number ③: get your haircut is incorrect, because it is about ownership, as ‘haircut’ (notice it is one word, and thus) is a noun following the possessive pronoun ‘your.’ Also notice the grammar is correct, here, but it generally doesn’t make sense; we don’t speak of haircuts as permanent things to own.

Number ④ r hair get cut–as in ‘Did your hair get cut?’ is wrong (not grammatically), but as it is passive (not mentioning a subject and missing a causative verb, such as get or have, which suggests a personal subject such as ‘you’, and thus sounds as if the haircut was performed against the listener’s will.