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Postby Cainntear » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:50 pm

jeff_lindqvist wrote:Handicapped, disabled and even challenged can be stigmatizing these days, so in Sweden some organizations use the term variety. Abilities aren't disabled/challenged - they vary from person to person. Who knows if the term will survive.

But I suppose the important thing is we are more likely talk about people "having disabilities" rather than "being disabled" in this circumstance.
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Postby Doitsujin » Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:31 am

This is slightly off-topic: in the latest episode of the Words for Granted podcast (iTunes RSS ) the author explains the etymology of handicap and why it shouldn't be used as an adjective.
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Re: Smallwhite needs help with English expressions

Postby smallwhite » Sun Sep 25, 2016 1:34 pm

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My neighbour's cat is very friendly, comes over every day, and I like to think that I'm his favourite neighbour. But they're moving away next week! I'm very sad. Can I say "I can't take it!" to mean I find it hard to accept that he's moving away?

"That's so sad!", I tell everyone. What are other expressions I could use?

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Re: Smallwhite needs help with English expressions

Postby desitrader » Sun Sep 25, 2016 2:35 pm

"I can't take it" is more appropriate in unpleasant situations , e.g. you are being bullied at work, or someone is being obnoxious to you.

"I'm really going to miss him", or "Oh no! What am I gonna do without him!" would be more appropriate.
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Postby Serpent » Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:09 pm

yeah, afaiu "I can't take it" implies that you've been suffering for some time and finally can't stand it anymore. Whereas you're anticipating the sadness :|
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Postby James29 » Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:11 pm

"I can't take it" sounds fine to me in that context although maybe a bit extreme (like it will bring you to tears).

You could say "I'm bummed out" or "it really sucks" which are both quite casual.
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Re: Smallwhite needs help with English expressions

Postby smallwhite » Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:44 am

Serpent wrote:afaiu "I can't take it" implies that you've been suffering for some time and finally can't stand it anymore. Whereas you're anticipating the sadness :|

afaIu, "I can't take it any more" means that you've been suffering for some time and finally can't stand it any more. "He took her death well", ie. "take" without "any more", is not about finally exceeding tolerance level. :roll: Either way, my phrase is not right for this situation so nevermind.

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Cat's leaving this week! :cry:
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Re: Smallwhite needs help with English expressions

Postby Adrianslont » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:20 am

smallwhite wrote:
Serpent wrote:afaiu "I can't take it" implies that you've been suffering for some time and finally can't stand it anymore. Whereas you're anticipating the sadness :|

afaIu, "I can't take it any more" means that you've been suffering for some time and finally can't stand it any more. "He took her death well", ie. "take" without "any more", is not about finally exceeding tolerance level. :roll: Either way, my phrase is not right for this situation so nevermind.

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Cat's leaving this week! :cry:

I think the "I can't take it" is still too strong, even without the "anymore". And it also implies that something is already happening or happens on a recurring basis (present simple tense). I really like "I'm going to miss him" and add stuff if you want to make it stronger eg "so much".
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Re: Smallwhite needs help with English expressions

Postby smallwhite » Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:23 am

smallwhite wrote:My neighbour's cat is very friendly, comes over every day, and I like to think that I'm his favourite neighbour. But they're moving away next week! I'm very sad. Can I say "I can't take it!" to mean I find it hard to accept that he's moving away?

"That's so sad!", I tell everyone. What are other expressions I could use?


There're actually 2 separate questions:

Q3a = Can I say "I can't take it!" to mean I find it hard to accept that he's moving away?
In other words, how do you say or express "I find it hard to accept that he's moving away", what's another word or phrase for finding something such as bad news hard to accept? Or can't accept. Something like "I can't accept it!" (that he's moving away) but that sounds awkward as an interjection.

Q3b is all the different ways to express my sorrow :cry: (Everyone understood this question and I like the answers, too).
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Re: Smallwhite needs help with English expressions

Postby YtownPolyglot » Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:46 pm

Here's a possibility:
The neighbor is moving away.
"I just can't imagine him/her not living next door (or wherever)."
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