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1. Can I say this after I've returned to work from my holiday?
(I'm) back in the trenches.
2. When someone with no practical experience writes a highly theoretical essay about my job, can I say:
Well, he's never been in the trenches.
He doesn't know anything about the life in the trenches.
3. Let's say there's a man and woman, and their relationship is "mutilated" beyond hope of recovery, yet they are still staying together, living a life full of useless arguments, accusations, blame etc., can I describe this unhealthy state as "trench warfare"?
A: I hear Dick and Jane are not on speaking terms.
B: Man, that's (complete) trench warfare, the thing between those two.
(trench warfare suggesting stalemate / state not likely to change in the near future)
Thanks in advance, as always.
I suspect these are not used in American English.
Nona The Brit1. and 3. are used in British English, yes. 2 isn't.On second thoughts, 2. would sound a bit odd (emphasis on "a bit") even in my mother tongue, though I do occasionally use it when trying to sound original.
Not sure about Americans: they did fight in WW I, whereas my country didn't even exist before 1918.
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Marius HancuYou know what? 2) is used in AmE:
Grammar GeekHi - American here. They all sound fine to me.Does the minidialogue as a whole sound natural at all, though?
PastsimpleMy mother tongue has a handful of idioms related to trenches and trench warfare. Do the examples below work in English as well?My English is mostly Americanized with a little mix of British flavor. I used to love to watch "Benny Hill" and "Who is being Served" nearly every episode. That said, we have an expression "back to the grind" which is nearly the same as "trench". We may debate the degree of significance between "Grind" and "Trench" which is another topic
# 3 - My interpretation of "mutilated" is savagely tearing apart or butchering up something. I heard of tormented or estranged relationship but it's my first time seeing "mutilated" being used in reference to a relationship.
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