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Hi all

Does this sound natural? Did I used the phrase 'come across' correctly here? What about '...,who...'?

Leah is Kate's sister, who is a celebrity.

When asked if she was envious of her sister's status, Leah said 'Well, no. I've seen what it's like behind the glamous curtin and Kate has made a lot of sacrifices as a celebrity. It's somthing she couldn't admit. She would come across as a whinger in some people's eyes.'

Thank you

PBF
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Leah is the sister of Kate, who is a celebrity.

When asked if she was envious of her sister's status, Leah said 'Well, no. I've seen what it's like behind the glamour curtain, and Kate has made a lot of sacrifices as a celebrity. It's something she can't admit. She would come across as a whinger? whiner? in some people's eyes.'"
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Thanks for replying MM.

I miss the spell check function we used to have. Emotion: smile

Could I say 'come off' instead of 'come across'? I checked the phrase with dictionaries and I'm not sure if I could use 'come off' to rougly mean 'come across' as a few definitions seems loosely applicable.

Thanks

PBF
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Yes, you could use 'come off', I think, but 'come over' is a more likely synonym, to my mind.

Let me suggest that dependence on a spell checker is a habit as addictive as drugs. Freedom from the irons that bind us does not come easily. You must always be in your toes.
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Thanks for the follow-up MM.

Yea. I can relate what you said to my dependence on a calculator. I find myself using a calculator to compute simple arithmatic when before I could chunk it out mentally. I hope this disappearace of the spell checker will force me to spell properly. Emotion: stick out tongue

I was just wondering if you could explain what you meant by 'being in your toes'. I checked the dictionary and I found 'on your toes' which means 'someone or something that keeps you on your toes forces you to continue directing all your attention and energy to what you are doing'. Is this what you meant?

Also, was the binding irons an analogy to shackles?

Thank you again

PBF
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