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    During the march of times down these years bringing about progress in every human endeavour, I have good reason to say that the World English is definitely a great improvement upon the chinese Students'weekly."
    My question is:
    1. why does the author use times,but not time?
    2.What's the meaning of during the march of times down these years?
    3.What's the function of bringing about?
    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: of times

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    During the march of times down these years bringing about progress in every human endeavour, I have good reason to say that the World English is definitely a great improvement upon the chinese Students'weekly."
    My question is:
    1. why does the author use times,but not time?
    2.What's the meaning of during the march of times down these years?
    3.What's the function of bringing about?
    Thanks a lot!
    "March of time" would have been better. It means about the sames as "down THROUGH the years". "Bringing about" means "producing". It is a participle modifying "march" -- or "years" (it's not clear).

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    Re: of times

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    the World English is definitely a great improvement upon the chinese Students'weekly."
    What does this mean?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: of times

    I am guessing that they are two names of magazines. Am I right?

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    Re: of times

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    What does this mean?
    I'll try to help you.The world of English is a magazine in China.Maybe the chinese Students'weekly is a magazine , too.
    Anything else?Cheers!

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    Re: of times

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    "March of time" would have been better. It means about the sames as "down THROUGH the years". "Bringing about" means "producing". It is a participle modifying "march" -- I or "years" (it's not clear).
    I agree with you , Thanks a lot!

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    Re: of times

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    "March of time" would have been better. It means about the sames as "down THROUGH the years". "Bringing about" means "producing". It is a participle modifying "march" -- or "years" (it's not clear).
    The singular would be better here because of the collocation. But in other contexts there's not much difference in meaning - 'At a time like this' means pretty much the same as 'At times like these'/'At such times'/'At times such as this'. Far be it from me to inhibit the progress of world English, but it seems to me that 'During the march of times down these years bringing about progress in every human endeavour...' doesn't mean anything much.

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