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Old January 13th, 2014, 06:18 PM   #23721
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"Drive like a ******"?
I'm actually surprised he knows that word. Its a food item here in England but its also slang. It can mean "tosser" or "wanker" amongst other things but is also derogatory slang for a gay man. It is also used as an insult to straight men.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 06:28 PM   #23722
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I'm actually surprised he knows that word. Its a food item here in England but its also slang. It can mean "tosser" or "wanker" amongst other things but is also derogatory slang for a gay man. It is also used as an insult to straight men.
Obviously, I meant the last one I have personally nothing against homosexuals.

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Old January 13th, 2014, 06:38 PM   #23723
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I'm actually surprised he knows that word. Its a food item here in England but its also slang. It can mean "tosser" or "wanker" amongst other things but is also derogatory slang for a gay man. It is also used as an insult to straight men.
That food item sounds downright disgusting.
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Old January 14th, 2014, 11:34 AM   #23724
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Sounds or tastes?
Looking at ingredients it should taste pretty good.
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Old January 14th, 2014, 01:25 PM   #23725
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Well, sorry for offtopic, but I have one small grammar issue.

Imagine these sentences:
1 The house is painted.
2 The house is being painted
3 The house is to be painted
4 The house will be painted.

1st means the house is already painted. 2nd means that some people are currently painting the house and it is not yet finished. Forth means further plans to paint the house.

But I don't understand the third one. I was taught that the main difference between "will" and "going to" is that the latter one has greater certainty. Is not it just "going to" in shorter way in third case? I mean is not "The house is to be painted" equal to "The house is going to be painted"?

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Old January 14th, 2014, 02:19 PM   #23726
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Well, sorry for offtopic, but I have one small grammar issue.

Imagine these sentences:
1 The house is painted.
2 The house is being painted
3 The house is to be painted
4 The house will be painted.

1st means the house is already painted. 2nd means that some people are currently painting the house and it is not yet finished. Forth means further plans to paint the house.

But I don't understand the third one. I was taught that the main difference between "will" and "going to" is that the latter one has greater certainty. Is not it just "going to" in shorter way in third case? I mean is not "The house is to be painted" equal to "The house is going to be painted"?

thanks a lot.
"The house is to be painted" can be meant in the sense that the house is scheduled for being painted. Something that should be done in the near future and someone already decided that it will happen. The details don't need to be known yet though.
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Old January 14th, 2014, 02:40 PM   #23727
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"The house is to be painted" can be meant in the sense that the house is scheduled for being painted. Something that should be done in the near future and someone already decided that it will happen. The details don't need to be known yet though.
So it has similar meaning like "going to" or "gonna"?
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Old January 14th, 2014, 02:59 PM   #23728
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I would look here for the general idea on the "going to" versus "is to": http://english.stackexchange.com/que...vs-is-going-to

In my eyes: "it is about to be" has bit less certainty than "is to be". "it is to be" sounds more definite, more like it has to be done. While "it is about to be" is more imminent.



When I would say those three (four) sentences:

The garbage is to be emptied.(!) => I would like someone to empty the garbage. In fact, I imply that someone has to do it or that someone forgot to do it.

It is about (the time) the garbage is emptied. => I would like someone to empty the garbage as well, but I might be willing doing it too. I am more concerned about that it is done before it is too late. I am sort of announcing it.

Is the garbage going to be emptied? => I can't even put the same question/demand intention in an indicative sentence. I am merely asking whether it would happen.

The garbage is going to be emptied. => I am just announcing that it will happen.

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Old January 14th, 2014, 03:12 PM   #23729
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Does "is to be" have a certain "judgemental" tone or it's just that to my foreign ears? "The house is to be painted" like "the house needs to be painted"?
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Well this is what I like in English We are discussing over sentences and the native speaker would say "Gonna take the trash out"

In my eyes:
- The trash will be emptied = uncertain future. Someone, sometime will do it.
- The trash is going to be emptied = someone is preparing thrash to be emptied.
- The trash is about to be emptied = I am standing in front of thrash can.
- The trash is to be emptied = The sack of garbage is falling into thrash can.

But I am definitely not sure
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Old January 14th, 2014, 03:40 PM   #23731
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4 romani - Stefan, Iulian, Tudor si un Aro 243 - pleaca in Siberia pe urmele neamului romanesc...
Aceasta este povestea lor.

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4 Romanians - Stefan, Julian Tudor and an Aro 243 - goes to Siberia on the trail of the Romanian people ...
This is their story .

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Romans found everywhere in the world. Most are there because they wanted it , others , however, were pushed to the will of history. About the Romans in the ex -Soviet talks not too , because we do not know much. Besides the statistical data related to the forced deportation of the ` 40 - ` 50, few things are known to us . Following the well-intentioned efforts of the Romans , in the past 15 years have established a number of contacts were formed even some local associations ( in Kazakhstan and Kirgizstan ) . The stories of these people encouraged us to examine closely this chapter in the history of the Romanian people - along the way the Russian gulag .
In other news , I was always excited about the opportunity of a large expedition , but by an accessible means of ordinary Romans . After the expedition Iasi - Nouakchott , Mauritania ( http://goo.gl/CR433n ) , in 2011, successfully concluded by Stefan with his Aro 243, we are convinced that this is possible.
Thus was born the first quests 100 % Romanian project up to Magadan (Far East of Russia ) and back , retracing a route along the way of deportations during the Russian gulag , and these are some of the most important points in the former USSR.

What we offer:
- Tracing paper small Romanian communities left the vast territory of Siberia by a Romanian symbol - jeep Aro
- Realization of a large-scale expedition with a Romanian vehicle
- Meeting with Aro few car owners in Northeast Asia
- Covering the distance BAM - Baikal Amur Mainline (probably a first Romanian )
- Covering the distance Kolyma - the "road of bones " version both winter ( mostly abandoned ) and in the summer
- Crossing Mongolia , Kazakhstan, Kirghizstanului , Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
- Reaching as many points of interest: UNESCO sites , museums civil and military service , outstanding natural areas
- Firing a warning on the trend of removing from circulation and destroy the Romanian manufacturing vehicles with a potential collector and historian
- Realization of a mini documentary of the whole expedition and its promotion both online and in the media
- Creation of a photo- documentary material will be the source of a traveling exhibition .

Statistics trip :
- Trip time: 146 days on the road 155 days with all contingencies
- Distance : 35500 km calculating, 40000 km with all the reserves
- Period : 10/06/2014 - 11/10/2014

To find out how many of these days they'll consume auto mechanics , or how many miles you through the water and mud , follow our page .
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About the Romans in the ex -Soviet talks not too , because we do not know much.
Romans in the Soviet Union?
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Old January 14th, 2014, 03:50 PM   #23733
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Does "is to be" have a certain "judgemental" tone or it's just that to my foreign ears? "The house is to be painted" like "the house needs to be painted"?
Not necessarily. It might need painting, or it is just that I am having it done because I want it to look different.


P1: What are your plans this year?
P2: I am buying a new car. Getting married. And yeah, the house is to be painted this year.

or

P1: Don't you think your house looks quite old?
P2: Yeah you are right, but it is to be painted this year.
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Old January 14th, 2014, 03:58 PM   #23734
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I was taught that the main difference between "will" and "going to" is that the latter one has greater certainty.
"Will" is used when something has just been decided, "going to" is used when something was decided some time ago. You can't say "I've just decided I'm going to paint my house tomorrow", just as it's silly to say "tomorrow will be Wednesday".
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Does "is to be" have a certain "judgemental" tone or it's just that to my foreign ears? "The house is to be painted" like "the house needs to be painted"?
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Think about "it is to be expected" as well which could translate as: "my opinion is that's how it gonna be".
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Romans in the Soviet Union?
I didn't read the translated text, I was lazy and used Google translate.
It should be Romanians, not Romans, it seems there are some there
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The 21 most ridiculous Yugoslav album covers ever
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Another one from the 1960s...



"At the spring of youth, I am returning to the youth"..."muška voda" means "men's water" and it's related to a water spring in Kladanj in Bosnia, for which they say is good for men's potential!
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Always amusing to wake up to authoritative pronouncements about English originating in the Balkans.... :-P

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