Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: time vs times

  1. #1
    whl626 is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    429
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default time vs times

    May I know which sentence is correct ?

    " Keep up with time " or

    " Keep up with the times "

    I personally think both are OK but with different meaning.

  2. #2
    Red5 is offline Webmaster, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    3,385
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I personally think both are OK but with different meaning.
    I agree with you there.
    Red5
    Webmaster, UsingEnglish.com

  3. #3
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,067
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    'the times' = the age we live in.
    'Time' = the pace of your personal timtetable

  4. #4
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: time vs times

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    May I know which sentence is correct ?

    " Keep up with time " or

    " Keep up with the times "

    I personally think both are OK but with different meaning.
    I think the first one is probably a mistake. Keep up with the times is an admonishment to someone that he should do more to stay current, that he should pay attention to what is going on around him. Example:

    • People don't do that anymore. You're way back in the Dark Ages. Keep up with the times!


    :)

  5. #5
    whl626 is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    429
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    You mean it doesn't sound logical to keep up with time ?

    Since times refers to a particular period, it sure makes sense to say ' keep up with the times ' :)

  6. #6
    Red5 is offline Webmaster, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    3,385
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Someone might be racing to keep up with time; their time is short.
    Red5
    Webmaster, UsingEnglish.com

  7. #7
    whl626 is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    429
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Yeah, it is mostly used with those whose days are numbered :)

  8. #8
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    You mean it doesn't sound logical to keep up with time ?

    Since times refers to a particular period, it sure makes sense to say ' keep up with the times ' :)
    The expression keep up with generally means to make an effort to keep something from getting too far ahead of you.

    It is easy for an ESL learner to get expressions confused. I think the person or persons heard someone say keep up with the times, but when they repeated it it came out as keep up with time.

    What do you think?

    :)

  9. #9
    whl626 is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    429
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    True :) Ron, even I myself who are so particular about articulation tend to overlook the nuance a sentence sometimes :)

  10. #10
    jwschang Guest

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    True :) Ron, even I myself who are so particular about articulation tend to overlook the nuance a sentence sometimes :)
    Saying hullo to you, whl626!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. in a long time/ for a long time
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 31-May-2009, 15:13
  2. Revisiting Present Perfect
    By jwschang in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 39
    Last Post: 07-Feb-2006, 12:50
  3. There is never been a better time...
    By Wai_Wai in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 27-Sep-2004, 11:29
  4. first time
    By navi tasan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 30-Jul-2004, 02:10
  5. The Hidden Evidence: The Past Family
    By shun in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 143
    Last Post: 09-Nov-2003, 00:56

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •