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Autor:  Dale-USA
E-mail:  dale_thomas2004@yahoo.com.br
Data:  21/AGO/2012 11:05 AM
Assunto:  Scheduled down
Mensagem:  Good observation, Student.  I think we are giving a good example of how a bilingual team can work well together.  Being a native, it is so obvious to me that "to schedule down" is not a phrasal verb that I didn't even comment on it.  But you had the experience of learning English as a second language, and your experience made you aware of information that Mike would want to know.  We made a good team,

I want to know your whereabouts since yesterday down to the half-hour.

The meaning can be found in my earlier explanation:  "precise to half-hour increments".

I do not want to hear: "Yesterday I went shopping after breakfast and I bought a book at the bookstore after lunch."  I want to hear:  "I awoke at 6:30 AM, and I did not leave the apartment until 8:10 AM.  I walked to the bus stop on Second Avenue and Peach street, arriving just before 8:30.  The 254 bus arrived about 8:40 AM, I boarded, and I got off the bus on Central Avenue near the old post office about 20 minutes later.  I walked to the office, arriving 10-15 minutes later.  Around 10:45 AM Jack, Jill and I left the office and went to the coffee shop on the corner.  I saw Maru having coffee, but she was busy talking with a friend and I did not speak to her.  By 11:20 AM Jack and Jill had returned to the office, but I went to a bookstore".

As you can see, you are giving very precise information about where you were and when, what you were doing and with whom.  I can name any 30 minute period of that morning, and you can give specific information. 

I want to know how you spent the $20 down the quarter (our coin of 25 cents).

I do not want to hear:  "I bought some things."

I want you to tell me:  "I bought a newspaper for 25 cents, a coffee for a dollar, about three dollars in stamps, a novel for ten dollars plus tax, a ballpoint pen for $1.59 plus tax...."

You are being very specific, and you can account for every quarter that you spent.  You are being precise down the last quarter.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Scheduled down  –  Mike  19/AGO/2012, 12:12 PM
Scheduled down  –  Dale-USA  19/AGO/2012, 2:42 PM
Scheduled down  –  Mike  20/AGO/2012, 12:15 AM
Scheduled down  –  Student  21/AGO/2012, 5:06 AM
 Scheduled down  –  Dale-USA  21/AGO/2012, 11:05 AM

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