Question Hi, everyone Could you help me with some questions? 1) In an article about "ADHD" I read this: “I’m really bad at knowing how long something is going to take me. I can’t account for how my attention is going to hold up or how many times." What does "Can't account for" mean? What about "attention is going to hold up"? 2) In a Buzzfeed article about introvert people, I read this: Our A+ social strategy: play hard to get by staying at home and having no contact with someone What does "play hard to get by" mean? 3) What's the difference between "Don't you get it yet?" and "Do you get it yet? 4)Let us say you walked to someone's house along the beach, and, on your way back, you want to take the next street over from the waterfront, would it sound stange to say "Could we go back down the next street over ?" What would you say? In case you didn't know the name of the street Thank you very much!
Jan 15, 2017 3:43 PM
Answers · 3
Hi Gabriel! These are great questions. 1) "Can't account for" in this context means "Can't plan for". And "my attention is going to hold up" means "my attention is going to remain strong or focused" 2) "Playing hard to get" refers to a social strategy where someone makes themselves unavailable (usually to a love interest) in order to make themselves seem more desirable. It's a type of "reverse psychology". 3) "Don't you get it yet?" is a bit more hostile. It kind of implies "Don't you get it yet, or are you slow/ stupid?". Whereas "Do you get it yet?" is a friendly question asking whether or not someone understands something. 4) I believe your sentence sounds okay. I would probably say "Could we go back using the road that's one block further away from the waterfront?" Just because that helps to clear up any ambiguity. Like I said, your sentence works, but someone might ask you to clarify what you mean by 'the next street over'. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions, I'd be happy to help! -Joshua
January 15, 2017
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