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Post by Stevenloan » Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:39 pm

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Hi everyone! Which sentence is more correct in this case?

1. The man is putting makeup on the woman's face.
2. The man is applying makeup for the woman's face.

Thanks so much!

StevenLoan
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Re: Makeup

Post by trolley » Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:35 pm

They both would be correct if #2 was reworded "applying makeup on (or to) the woman's face."
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Post by Stevenloan » Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:05 pm

trolley : Thanks a lot for your help. trolley and other members, do the two answers below sound natural in this situation?

A: What are you doing?
B: I'm putting on some makeup getting ready for a party tonight. / I'm applying some makeup on my face getting ready for a party tonight.

Your answers will be greatly appreciated.

StevenLoan
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Re: Makeup

Post by Bobinwales » Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:05 pm

"Putting" is more colloquial.
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Post by trolley » Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:48 pm

Bob is correct. There is also another reason that the second choice sounds less natural. A native speaker would probably leave out the "on my face" part. I'm no expert but I think it would be assumed that's where she is putting it. You're more likely to hear "I'm putting on my makeup" or even "I'm putting on my face" but not "I'm putting my makeup on my face". I'm always amazed that folks who learn English as a second language can possibly hope to keep all these nuances straight. Well done, Steve. Keep at it.
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Post by Stevenloan » Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:37 pm

Bob: Thanks very much for your answer. trolley : Thanks a lot for your answer and compliment.

StevenLoan
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