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A crying shame #1 (permalink) Wed Apr 20, 2005 20:07 pm   A crying shame
 

Test No. incompl/inter-43 "A Crying Shame", question 8

The trouble is that he's cried ......... so often that now he's in real trouble, nobody believes him.

(a) wolf
(b) tiger
(c) cat
(d) dog

Test No. incompl/inter-43 "A Crying Shame", answer 8

The trouble is that he's cried wolf so often that now he's in real trouble, nobody believes him.

Correct answer: (a) wolf

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Could you please explain the expression "to cry wolf" and give may be sinonym phrase of it.

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Cry wolf #2 (permalink) Wed Apr 20, 2005 23:28 pm   Cry wolf
 

This expression refers to someone who asks for help again and again when it's not necessary and then when it really is needed, no-one takes any notice.
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A crying shame #3 (permalink) Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:52 am   A crying shame
 

It probably stems from a fable. I vaguely remember that it was about a kiddo standing at the crossroad and crying that a wolf was attacking him. And when ppl came to help him, he was laughing at them. And once a real wolf attacked him and nobody came to help thinking that it was another of his stupid jokes.
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Umnn #4 (permalink) Fri Apr 22, 2005 9:25 am   Umnn
 

humn ?? king of the jungle maybe ???
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A crying shame #5 (permalink) Fri Apr 22, 2005 9:31 am   A crying shame
 

no no, it was rather sth by Grimm Brothers
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A crying shame #6 (permalink) Thu Jul 10, 2008 15:42 pm   A crying shame
 

Isn't the word "that" missing in-between "now" and "he's"?
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A crying shame #7 (permalink) Thu Jul 10, 2008 17:14 pm   A crying shame
 

How many 'thats' do you want?

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A crying shame #8 (permalink) Thu Jul 10, 2008 18:16 pm   A crying shame
 

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Now that you ask, I'd agree that the word 'that' seems to be missing from the test sentence in exactly the spot EH pointed out. :wink:

If it's an overabundance of the word 'that' that worries you, a tiny bit of rewording might do the trick. For example, this would reduce the use of 'that' to just one or two:

The trouble is (that) he's cried wolf far too often, and now that he's in real trouble, nobody believes him.
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A crying shame #9 (permalink) Thu Jul 10, 2008 18:21 pm   A crying shame
 

Yankee wrote:
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Now that you ask, I'd agree that the word 'that' seems to be missing from the test sentence in exactly the spot EH pointed out. :wink:
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Yep, now that you mention it, I see the problem too :)
It should be The trouble is that he's cried wolf so often that now, that he's in real trouble, nobody believes him
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A crying shame #10 (permalink) Thu Jul 10, 2008 19:05 pm   A crying shame
 

Hi,

Now We Are Six

or maybe a bit older


pace A A Milne.

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A crying shame #11 (permalink) Sun Dec 14, 2008 2:09 am   A crying shame
 

There is a Chinese fable about a child who's a son of a farmer cried wolf,and he finally died.
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A crying shame #12 (permalink) Wed Sep 14, 2011 0:07 am   A crying shame
 

From the Wikipedia:

The Boy Who Cried Wolf, is one of Aesop's Fables...
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