What are you after?

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Answer to last week’s post

First of all, we’ll follow up on last week’s blog post. One of the most prominent experts on English, David Crystal, writes in his book ‘The Stories of English’ that three-fourths of the people who use English are non-natives. So Marta, you were close, but it looks like Asia had the right answer this time.

You’re the expert

This week, we’re going to let you be the expert on English usage. Here’s a sentence I heard from a university student recently. It was in the evening and we met while we were walking home after working and studying all day:

        ”I’m after my lessons, so now I can relax.”

Well, I think we know what the student meant – that now it’s the evening, and there are no more lessons for him to attend. But this is not really the best way to say this. The phrase “To be after…” actually means something different. In the sentence,

        ”The police are after the robbers.”

the police are trying to catch or get the robbers. That’s something completely different from being finished with something.

So the question is, what would be the best way for the university student to rephrase his sentence? Write your answer as a comment to this blog. Show us that you’re the expert!