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every ounce of my being

Discussion in 'English Only' started by kenny4528, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. kenny4528

    kenny4528 Senior Member

    Taipei
    Mandarin, Taiwan
    Hi, just wonder if I use the following to say I want to achieve something badly, does it sound too cliche or overexaggerated in conversation?

     
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    I find it a little over the top, either written or spoken, for my tastes, so perhaps you're right about its being a cliche. (Overwrought is a word that comes to mind.)

    I would say something along these lines:
    I'm going to do my best to pass the entrance exam.
    I'm going to try my best to pass the entrance exam.
    I'm going to try like crazy to pass the entrance exam.

    You don't need "to get yourself" to do something; you just do it.
     
  3. kenny4528

    kenny4528 Senior Member

    Taipei
    Mandarin, Taiwan
    Thank you for your kind reply~
     

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