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    atabitaraf is offline Senior Member
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    Default in "the old days,"

    In "the old days," the lines between work and leisure time were markedly clearer.
    the above bold sentence is from "SUMMIT, pp. 116, Joan Saslalow and Allen Ascher"
    My question is: Why does it use quotation marks for the old days?
    The use of comma is weird to me too.
    Thanks

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    Default Re: in "the old days,"

    Does it refer back to something written earlier?

    We use the phrase 'the old days' to mean 'earlier times' — an indeterminate period of history or our own early lives.
    The comma is fine.

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    Default Re: in "the old days,"

    They could be used to show that the phrase is a bit colloquial and inexact for the text.

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    Default Re: in "the old days,"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They could be used to show that the phrase is a bit colloquial and inexact for the text.
    Definitely, thanks. And to approve of the idea of yours I referred to Google and found the text.
    Last edited by atabitaraf; 23-Sep-2013 at 07:27.

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