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Halloween Costumes

Halloween Costumes

Date: Nov 06 2001

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Hi Friends!
This is Tanis, filling in for John while he is out of town. I am very happy to be writing this lesson because I love Halloween! It is fun to dress up and go out on the town, which is exactly what Nedra and I talk about in the conversation below.

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Tanis

Tanis

Nedra

Nedra

Tanis:  So, Nedra, did you end up having a fun Halloween?

Nedra:  Oh yeah! It was awesome!

Tanis:  What did you do?

Nedra:  I went to, like, three parties.

Tanis:  No way! Three parties in one night?

Nedra:  Yeah, I had one at our house, like a pre-party. And then I went to one of my friend’s that got engaged and then Rick had, um, a friend that had a party too.

Tanis:  So were they all dress-up parties?

Nedra:  Oh yeah, totally. Like, there were some awesome outfits at this one guy, Skye’s house. It was just amazing.

Tanis:  What was the best costume that you saw?

Nedra:  There was this woman dressed as one of those Indian Gods. I think it was Shiva[/def] or Shiba…I can’t remember but, she had the different arms and it was… she was all black. She looked really great. I couldn’t tell if she was coming or going.

Tanis:  That’s amazing! That’s so cool. God, I went out just to a club and stuff and, um, the best costume I saw was, uh, this girl dressed up as a Vegas showgirl and she had a head-to-floor, like, feather headdress thing. It wasn’t an Indian, it was like, uh, she was a giant bird or something and then she was just wearing a bikini.

Nedra:  Wow.

Tanis:  Yeah. It was pretty risque.

Nedra:  Well, yeah, I had a great Halloween this year. I’m glad I went out.

Tanis:  It’s always fun to go out and what did you dress as?

Nedra:  I was a mermaid this year.

Tanis:  Oh! Very nice. I’m sure that you, uh, lured many sailors to their death.

Nedra:  You know it!

 

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Discussion

Nedra and I are laughing at the end of this conversation because we both know that Nedra would never lure anyone to their death, but mermaids are known for doing this. I was teasing Nedra, hinting that her costume must have been very sexy. She just laughed because she knew I was kidding around with her.
One important thing to pay attention to in this lesson is how Nedra talks about her friends using “that” instead of “who.” This happens near the beginning of the conversation when Nedra says, “And then I went to one of my friend’s
that got engaged and then Rick had, um, a friend that had a party too.” It is not grammatically correct to refer to a person as “that,” you should always use “who” or “whom” if possible. However, this is a common way of speaking among young Americans. Be sure never to write about a person in this way, but it is okay to speak like this in casual conversation.
What is your favorite costume? What were you for Halloween this year? Please come to the Life Goes On Message Board and tell us about it!
Have a great week!
Tanis

 

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