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A crying shame? #1 (permalink) Mon Oct 25, 2004 11:54 am   A crying shame?
 

Test No. incompl/inter-43 "A Crying Shame", question 2

It really is a crying ......... that after all that money has been spent, the project is now being abandoned.

(a) shock
(b) shame
(c) disgust
(d) pity

Test No. incompl/inter-43 "A Crying Shame", answer 2

It really is a crying shame that after all that money has been spent, the project is now being abandoned.

Correct answer: (b) shame

Your answer was: correct
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A crying shame - a situation is wrong #2 (permalink) Mon Oct 25, 2004 13:11 pm   A crying shame - a situation is wrong
 

It's an expression you use when you say when you think a situation is wrong.

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A crying shame? #3 (permalink) Tue Sep 13, 2011 23:39 pm   A crying shame?
 

Dear Torsten,

Can I write an example from OED but I don't understand the second half of the sentence.

-It would be a crying shame(=a great shame) not to take them up on the offer?

Can you explain me.
I looked up in the dictionary:
phr.v.=take sb up on sth

1.to question sb about sth, because you don't agree with them.
-I must take you up on that point.
-I'd like to take you up on what you said earlier.

2.(inf)to accept an offer, a bet etc from sb.
Thanks for the invitation - we'll take you up on it some time.

my tip would be: It would be a great shame not to accept their offer.
But I am not sure.
What is your opinion about it?
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A crying shame? #4 (permalink) Wed Sep 14, 2011 0:04 am   A crying shame?
 

You're absolutely right, Kati.

I always admire the way you try to work out things for yourself before you ask. A lot of learners should take a leaf out of your book.
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A crying shame? #5 (permalink) Wed Sep 14, 2011 0:41 am   A crying shame?
 

Hello Bez,

This not only book but the whole book is copied on a CD also, and it had been put on my laptop, with voiced dictionary. I like it very much, very easy to use. Only one mistake that I know surely I won't have time to learn everything.

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