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Hi,

Could you please tell me if this word “skin” is natural used for the native speaker?


I skinned my knee when I fell.

The bullet skinned my arm.

The airplane skinned the top of a tree


Thanks.

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John AkiI skinned my knee when I fell.

Yes, this is natural.

John AkiThe bullet skinned my arm.

This sounds odd. Skimmed would fit better.

John AkiThe airplane skinned the top of a tree

No. Skimmed would work here.

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Thank you~ Mr Blue Jay,

Could you also please advise me if these sentences are natural to for you?


It seems / looks / is frosty in the early morning before the sun rise. (Three of them are alright to use, I presume?)

It is presumptuous for me to do it without your consent. (I thought I could...but no really)

Sorry about my presumptuous decision, if I ever offend you.


Thanks in advance.

Aki

John AkiIt seems / looks / is frosty in the early morning before the sun rises (or "before sunrise"). (Three of them are alright to use, I presume?)

Yes, all three are fine.

John AkiIt is presumptuous for me to do it without your consent. (I thought I could...but not really)

Yes, it's fine.

John AkiSorry about my presumptuous decision, if I ever offend you.

"presumptuous decision" is fine, but "if I ever offend you" doesn't quite fit the rest of the sentence. Perhaps "if I offended you".

Thanks Sir,

My heartfelt appreciate appreciation.


Aki from Toyko

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You are very welcome.

Hi,

Sir, please teach me one more for today, what are the differences to you in these three words? in our dictionaries (Japan) they all translate exactly same meaning though. (Persist and constant mean no stop, whereas continue means short stop. My understanding form Google, am I correct?)


The storm or rain persists / continues /is constant for a week.

The noise persists / continues /is constant for a week.

My mum persists / continues /is constant nagging.

If the pain persists / continues /is constant then a day, you are better off to see a doctor.


Thanks again in advance.

Aki

John Aki

Hi,

Sir, please teach me one more for today, what are the differences to you in these three words? in our dictionaries (Japan) they all translate exactly same meaning though. (Persist and constant mean no stop, whereas continue means short stop. My understanding form Google, am I correct?)


The storm or rain persists / continues /is constant for a week.

The noise persists / continues /is constant for a week.

My mum persists / continues /is constant nagging.

If the pain persists / continues /is constant then a day, you are better off to see a doctor.


Thanks again in advance.

Aki

It's difficult to give a definite answer to this one. They are similar in meaning, but the implications of each depend on the context. In general, constant would suggest that something does not stop at all, or the breaks are so short and so infrequent as to be irrelevant. On the other hand, if you said that someone nags constantly, you'd probably mean that they nag a lot, or very frequently, rather than that they literally never stop nagging. Persist and continue in contexts like your rain, pain and noise examples would indicate that these things didn't end completely for a period of time, but need not mean that there were no breaks during that time.

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Thanks again Sir.

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