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Topic: for a time / in these times
Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2018 11:21:45 AM
Hello everybody,

here are two expressions containing the word "time":

1. The young man often left his wife for a time.
2. In these times his wife felt unhappy and insecure.

@ 1: The first expression is probably ok. But is it quite common to use it or would it be better to say "for a certain/indefinite (period of) time?

@ 2: The second expression would probably not be acceptable. Have you got any suggestions how to express this idea? "During this period of time" / "During this time"?

Looking forward to your replies!

Best,

Magritte
Topic: whom to tell about
Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 3:29:06 AM
Thank you very much for your convincing and detailed reply!
I think what struck me was the combination "tell about" without an object in between (to tell s.o. about so.th.).
But as you say the object is the relative pronoun at the beginning of the clause...
Topic: whom to tell about
Posted: Monday, October 8, 2018 5:57:56 PM
Hi everybody!

The following sentence sounds awkward to me:

He does not know whom to tell about the accident.


What do you think? Is that sentence grammatically correct?

I'm looking forward to your replies.

Best wishes,

Magritte

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