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    #1

    Straight language.

    My uncle never seems to get his language straight. He said, “We rarely ever visit that city.” Does he need help?


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    #2

    Re: Straight language.

    “We rarely ever visit that city.”

    If you think so, don't blame him - turn on the dictionary compilers:
    "Nothing ever seemed to ruffle her."
    "Nothing ever happens here in the evenings." (Cambridge Dictionary)

    As for his nephew: perhaps, 'keep one's facts straight'...but 'keep one's language straight' strikes my ear as odd.
    Last edited by David L.; 19-Jul-2009 at 17:20.


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    #3

    Smile Re: Straight language.

    “We rarely ever visit that city.” This is certainly a roundabout way of saying never. I personally feel “We rarely visit that city.” or “We have never visited that city.” would be better. pilogui

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