I can’t say I am sorry for being very busy and not posting any learning tests as you prefer to discuss polygamy and polyandry instead of mastering your language. On the other hand, in my real life, I have to deal with many people speaking very interesting English “dialect”. As far as I have noticed, their (and your) main problem is phrasal verbs and vocabulary. I mostly understand what they mean but being a humorous person I always want to react, you know! LOL! So, I’d like to propose you some new task. I am posting a few dialogues between a learner and a native/fluent speaker. A LEARNER makes mistakes (in italic). A TEACHER reacts to what the learner says. Now, you should correct learner’s mistakes and explain teacher’s reaction. In fact, you should explain all phrasal verbs and give your examples.
Learner: “Yesterday, I ran over my friend downtown but he pretended not to recognize me and passed away.”
Teacher: “No wonder he did! I wonder he had enough time to pretend! I wish I would never run into you anywhere!”
Learner: ”You know two days ago I reserved a table in a nice restaurant and called away my girlfriend asking her to join me for dinner. I had waited for her for a few hours but she neither called nor showed off!”
Teacher: ”Hahaha! Show off?! You have done your best! If I were her, I would call off all our meetings in advance! If I were you, I would rather have called for her before dinner or call on her to beg pardon. But being myself, I am calling you out! To arms, my boy!”
Learner: “Sir, I thought my article would bring out the last issue of the Journal but they decided to put it away till May!”
Teacher: “Is there anything really special in the last issue of this famous Journal to be brought out?! I though you have brought off your research! If you haven’t, our partners may bring us up before the arbitrage!”
I can't help adding one more episode after talking to the guy who had tried to invite an American woman for dinner in such an unusual way.
Learner: "Danny, I think that lady is out-of-date. She told me to look for someone else to share dinner with! She said it is you who can call me away being my boss. Did she really mean what I think?"
Teacher:"Come on! You know I am married to a woman. But if you want to be considered up-to-date, you had better pick up a few girls hoping at least one of them would be able to understand your true intentions."
I'd like to tell you that all the episodes are based on my talks with the real people I am working with now.
Let’s see if you like such a task!