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Alexey.Golyakov
spend barely enough time to pass by

Hello guys,

How would native speaker say that phase?

So do you like doing homework. Do spend on it barely enough time to pass by? Or you working hard on it to get the best possible score?

Aug 21, 2016 2:49 PM
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Sorry, I misunderstood the context. You're right, it just sounded peculiar- in that case you could say: are you just doing enough to get by? Or are you just scraping by and doing the bare minimum?
August 22, 2016
I wonder if "doing heaps to boost grades" means to study very little - just pass tests?
August 21, 2016

To spend barely enou time to pass by on something is implying that you don't spend time at all on it- so maybe wrong context... 

As a native speaker, I would say: 

So I hear you like homework. Do you spend a tonne of time on time? Or are you just doing heaps to boost your grades? (Or get higher marks)

August 21, 2016
Alexey.Golyakov
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