“Uh, babe? You might want to trim that beard...”
You're going to the ballet with your boyfriend tonight. When you get home from work, you notice that his beard looks a little messy. You suggest that he clean it up.
Uh, babe? You might want to trim that beard...
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"Trimming" something means cutting it just a little to make it look nice. When you "trim" someone's hair, you just cut it a little bit.
You can talk about what part of a person's hair is being cut:
She trimmed the bottom.
Can you trim the sides and leave it long in the back?
Aside from hair, you can also "trim":
- a beard or mustache
- a hedge (a wall of bushes)
- fat from a piece of meat
Use "You might want to..." to suggest that someone do something. For example, if a teacher think that her student should study more, she can say:
You might want to spend more time studying and less time playing video games.
This phrase is polite enough to use in a variety of situations: with strangers, with family members, with coworkers, etc.
"Babe" is a name that people sometimes use for their boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, or husband. It's short for "baby" but "babe" sounds less personal. Use it like this:
Babe, can you come in here and help me move this table?
A "beard" is hair that covers a large part of someone's face. It's different from a "mustache", which is hair that's only above the lips.
You might use the sound "Uh" before telling someone something that seems a little rude or offensive:
Uh, I don't know if that's a good idea.
Uh, excuse me. What exactly do you think you're doing?
Uh, sir? I think you're going the wrong way.