Ashlie and Stephen are getting ready for Christmas. They need to buy presents and decorate the tree, but there's still time for a bit of ice-skating...

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Hi everybody. i need some help, How can i translate the expresssion ''women that drew looks on monday then couldn't draw the plow on monday'' in this sentence,.
Ella was not strong person, coming from a family of small-boned, almost fragile country ''women that drew looks on monday then couldn't draw the plow on monday.''

Hello Narina,

I'm afraid we don't deal with translation on this site. I can explain the meaning of the phrase, however.

Women that drew looks describes women who attract attention in some way. From the context, I would guess that it refers to physical attractiveness.

...couldn't draw the plough on Monday tells us that they lacked the strength or the will to work in the fields on Monday. The implication, I would say, is that women who are attractive (perhaps slim and small) lack the strength for farm work.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Good morning the Learn English Team,
I don't understand why Stephen said Christmassy. What is "Christmassy" and what is the difference between Christmas and Christmassy ?
Thanks a lot.

Stéphane

Hello Stéphane,

'Christmassy' is an adjective derived from the noun 'Christmas' and means something like 'Christmas-like'. Stephen thinks his work on the tree has made it more beautiful and that the ambience feels more like Christmas because of it.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Merry Christmas Team,

Could you explain the meaning of this sentence "They’re coming to Stephen’s to give our mum a rest.", especially the phrase "to be coming to"?
Thank you.

Hello Kenny Alan,

Merry Christmas to you too!

'They are coming to Stephen's' means 'they are visiting Stephen's house'. This is a present continuous form to describe an arranged event in the future. The phrase 'to give our mum a rest' means 'in order to give...' or 'so that our mum can have a rest'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi!
I understand "they are coming over to Stephens..."
Could it be possible?
Thanks

Hello JOBFER,

You can say that. Don't forget the apostrophe, however: They are coming over to Stephen's.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello JOBFER,

You can say that. Don't forget the apostrophe, however: They are coming over to Stephen's.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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