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    Hello all forum members.

    Is it proper to say such a sentence "The least pleasant moment in the Nordic Walking trip is for a better half to go shopping". By the sentence in question I mean "The least pleasant moment in the Nordic Walking trip is when a better half goes shopping".

    Is such structrure acceptable to you?

    The sentence is all my own work, so no context is available.
    Last edited by JACEK1; 11-Feb-2013 at 18:54. Reason: wrong spelling

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    Default Re: for a better half to go shopping

    What do you mean by "a better half?"

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    Default Re: for a better half to go shopping

    I mean a husband or a wife by a better half.

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    Default Re: for a better half to go shopping

    Use "when."

    "Better half" can sound condescending.

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    Default Re: for a better half to go shopping

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Better half" can sound condescending.
    Its still quite common in BrE, though often said in a tone that indicates sarcasm.

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    Default Re: for a better half to go shopping

    From 5jj:-

    My opinion:

    1. The least pleasant thing in ... is for a person to go shopping.
    2. The least pleasant thing for a person to do in .. is to go shopping.
    3.The least pleasant moment in ... is for a person to go shopping.


    #1 is just about possible.
    #2 is possible.
    #3 is not natural.

    ps. I do apologise, Jacek. Instead of replying to your post as I had intended, I deleted yours and put my response in its place. Unfortunately, I cannot replace your original.

    As you had asked us to deal with your original question, at least that has been done.

    My apologies again.

    5jj
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    Default Re: for a better half to go shopping

    I thought that something was wrong, but it's all right. We all make mistakes and stumble.
    Thank you for very exhaustive replies.
    Last edited by JACEK1; 11-Feb-2013 at 22:10. Reason: bad memory

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    Default Re: for a better half to go shopping

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Its still quite common in BrE, though often said in a tone that indicates sarcasm.
    Exactly. It would be hard to use this without sounding like you were being sarcastic or belittling.

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    Default Re: for a better half to go shopping

    I don't think twice when people refer to their partner as "my better half". Plenty of people say it with no suggestion of sarcasm or belittlement.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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