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robjen
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 1:42:41 AM
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(ex) When I was going home, I was very tired. So, I took a rest a few times (or took a few rests) before I got home.

Which phrase is correct? Thanks a lot.
Shivanand
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 2:08:36 AM
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The sentence could be rearranged as:

I was very tired and took rest for a few minutes in the bus/Cab on my way home!

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ozok
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 5:27:15 AM
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While I was going home I became very tired. So I rested a few times before arriving.

Romany
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 1:26:40 PM
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Ozok - the sentence doesn't imply that "going home" made him tired. He was already tired when he started home according to the original sentence.

Shivanand - the original sentence doesn't mention HOW he got home: walking, running, bicycling, skate-board, scooter, bus, train, tram.......we can only work with the words we are given.

"When I was going home I was very tired and had to stop and rest a few times before I got home."
Shivanand
Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 2:21:14 AM
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@Romany nice to communicate with you after a long time!!

The subject does not actually say that he/she stopped to take rest either! Obviously you cannot take rest cycling/jogging/so on!! Yes, you can snatch a few winks in a bus or train!!Liar

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Dynamina
Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 4:26:09 AM
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Romany wrote:
When I was going home I was very tired and had to stop and rest a few times before I got home.

Mentioning the destination 'home' double in the same sentence is klutzy.
srirr
Posted: Friday, December 21, 2018 4:29:54 AM

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robjen wrote:
(ex) When I was going home, I was very tired. So, I took a rest a few times (or took a few rests) before I got home.

Which phrase is correct? Thanks a lot.


Rest is not countable. One can't take one rest, two rests, three rests. So, using 'took a few rests' is incorrect.

You either take a rest (noun) or rest (verb).

When a quantifier like 'a few times' comes, it shows plurality. Using 'a rest' with such a phrase looks a bit odd.

Thus, it can be
I took rest a few times before I got home.
or
I rested a few times before I got home.
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