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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
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What are you up to?

LynneLynne Your TeacherHomePosts: 9,586 mod
edited January 2016 in A Question of English

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  • catyfiruzecatyfiruze Posts: 30 ✭✭
    Who could explain me the expression "What are you up to?". Is it similar to "What are you doing now?" or means something else?
  • GlorianGlorian Posts: 1,251 ✭✭✭✭
    I think, this question is asking when you feel a suspicion. When you do not trust somebody... May be I wrong @catyfiruze.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,299 ✭✭✭
    @catyfiruze What are you up to? = What are you doing?, What are you planning?
    It's informal.
    But we can also ask it, when someone do suspicious or naughty thing and we're curious about it.
  • catyfiruzecatyfiruze Posts: 30 ✭✭
    > @Csilla said:
    > @catyfiruze What are you up to? = What are you doing?, What are you planning?
    > It's informal.
    > But we can also ask it, when someone do suspicious or naughty thing and we're curious about it.

    Thank you! And what answer could be in informal conversation - in Present Continuous ("I'm reading a book", for example)? Would it be correct?:)
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,299 ✭✭✭
    "It depends. If it refers to what I'm doing, I might say, "Not a lot" or "just working/watching tv or whatever".
    If it's intended as another way of saying, "how are things?" I'd just say Fine."
    I've found this answer on a language forum.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,586 mod
    edited January 2016
    @catyfiruze As @Csilla said, it is an informal way of asking "What are you / have you been doing. However, stress and tone of voice could convey that you are suspicious. If you remind me in a session, I will demonstrate. :)
  • catyfiruzecatyfiruze Posts: 30 ✭✭
    Oh, Lynne, thanks a lot!!:)
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