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hiromichi



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 3:53 am    Post subject: What's to lose? Reply with quote

Would you rewrite the captioned sentence into a full non-abbreviated one?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 4:18 am    Post subject: Re: What's to lose? Reply with quote

Hello, Hiro.
hiromichi wrote:
Would you rewrite the captioned sentence into a full non-abbreviated one?

I would paraphrase it as, "What can we lose."
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 4:33 am    Post subject: Re: What's to lose? Reply with quote

David-sensei, Thank you.
A further question. "What's to lose?" seems to me "What is to lose?" However, "What is to lose?" does not seem to me a sentence in a grammatical meaning. It is different from a sentence like "What is it?" So I guessed something is abbreviated.
I like to appreciate your comments.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 11:53 am    Post subject: Re: What's to lose? Reply with quote

I think it means 'What is there to lose?'
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:35 pm    Post subject: Re: What's to lose? Reply with quote

Thank you.

kate123 wrote:
I think it means 'What is there to lose?'

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2005 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"What's to lose" is often used in the Yiddish influenced dialect of New York City, Hiro.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2005 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

David-sensei. Thank you.

dabro wrote:
"What's to lose" is often used in the Yiddish influenced dialect of New York City, Hiro.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're always welcome, Hiro-san.
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