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That's it then...

Posted by Lotg on March 01, 2004

In Reply to: Re: In posted by Fred on February 29, 2004

: : : : : : 1.What's the difference between:
: : : : : : That's it.
: : : : : : That's all.

: : : : : : 2.How to explain "in" here? Please give some other examples in which "in" has the same meaning and usage?

: : : : : : THe Afro-American need to remake their historical image so that it is known and accepted in its truthfulness by themselves and by the rest of the world.

: : : : : : 3.What does the idiom form the fable "The Crow and the Pitcher" mean (in plain English)?
: : : : : : "Little by little does the trick."

: : : : : : Thanks in advance!

: : : : : 1. None.
: : : : : 2. Change 'accepted in its truthfulness' to 'accepted as true.'
: : : : : 3. Some big problems are solved by repeatedly doing things that are not hard to do.
: : : : :

: : : : 2.No exmaples?
: : : : 3.What does "trick" mean?

: : : 3. "That does the trick" means "That solves the problem, that overcomes the obstacle." Colloquial.

: : 2.I do understand the meaning of "in" here, but what I don't know is how to use it in my own writing, and that's why consult you for examples in which "in" has the same meaning and usage as in the quoted sentence.

: You could write 'John is lacking in courageousness' but your writing is better if
: you avoid 'in' and write 'John lacks courage.'

On the "that's it, that's all" question, I assume, but don't know, that - "that's it", is simply a shortened version of "that's all of it"??? An Americanism I suspect. I'd be more inclined to say, "that's all", as would most middle-aged to older Australians I think. However, thanks mostly to TV I suspect that my stepdaughter, would be more inclined to say "that's it", cos she's learnt English from American TV. Scary huh???