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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Friday, November 19, 2021 12:44:15 PM

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In spite of the fact that I lie on the beach all day, I am as white as I was before!

What do you think of this sentence? Is it correct?

What day is meant there? All day? When? Is it the day on which the sentence was said or does it mean every day?
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, November 19, 2021 1:34:05 PM

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Any day and all day. If you lie all the day on the beach, and don't get tanned, it must be winter. I wonder who wants to do that.

EDIT: The sentence is correct ;-)
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Friday, November 19, 2021 4:55:45 PM

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This isn't about counting the number of days you spend on the beach. It only says that in spite of spending time in the sun -- you haven't developed a tan. The number of days is assumed to be *what you think is ample time for developing a tax*.

If your message is intended to make a point about the number of days with no results, then you'll need to include more information. But with a sentence stated like this one, that isn't the point. For example, "I've spent six days sprawled out on the beech and STILL no tan! Maybe a couple more days will do it."
Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Saturday, November 20, 2021 12:40:49 AM

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Wilmar (USA) 1M wrote:
This isn't about counting the number of days you spend on the beach. It only says that in spite of spending time in the sun -- you haven't developed a tan. The number of days is assumed to be *what you think is ample time for developing a tax*.


But there are some days spent anyway. Can it be used for one day only?
sureshot
Posted: Saturday, November 20, 2021 1:34:36 AM
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Ivan Fadeev wrote:


But there are some days spent anyway. Can it be used for one day only?

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- In spite of the fact that I lay on the beach the whole day, I am as white as I was before!
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