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    Red face premises, today marked..., tantrums

    1) Smoking is prohibited on the premises.

    • I saw the above sentence posted on the 2/Floor of the building, does it mean smoking is not allowed only on the 2/Floor or the whole building?
    • Can I omit "s" for premises if it's only talking about 2/F?
    • Is 'the whole building' referred to as single unit, if so, can I omit 's' for premises?
    2) We all have been working very hard. Today marked 3 weeks of the
    hard work.
    • I am trying to say today is just the day of the hard work for 3 weeks. Could you correct for me?
    3)
    a) She's been throwing tantrums
    b) She's been throwing little temper tantrums
    • What's the difference between the above sentences?
    • Does "throwing tantrums" only apply for children, if so, how about for adult?
    • Can I omit 's' for tantrums?
    Thanks

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    Default Re: premises, today marked..., tantrums

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    1) Smoking is prohibited on the premises.

    • I saw the above sentence posted on the 2/Floor of the building, does it mean smoking is not allowed only on the 2/Floor or the whole building?
    • Can I omit "s" for premises if it's only talking about 2/F?
    • Is 'the whole building' referred to as single unit, if so, can I omit 's' for premises?
    2)
    If it says "smoking is prohibited on the premises," then you are not allowed to smoke anywhere in that building. If it was only prohibited on the second floor, the sign would've been more specific, saying "No Smoking Area" or "This is a non-smoking floor."

    When referring to property (even if it is a single structure), area or land, we say "premises" with the "s."





    We all have been working very hard. Today marked 3 weeks of the
    hard work.
    • I am trying to say today is just the day of the hard work for 3 weeks. Could you correct for me?
    3)
    I'm not quite sure what you're trying to say here....you've been working hard continuously for three weeks? Or you've been working for three weeks, but this is the first day it was hard work?

    a) She's been throwing tantrums
    b) She's been throwing little temper tantrums
    • What's the difference between the above sentences?
    • Does "throwing tantrums" only apply for children, if so, how about for adult?
    • Can I omit 's' for tantrums?
    Thanks
    A tantrum is a kicking, screaming fit. When a child stamps his feet in defiance, then throws himself on the ground and thrashes and screams until his face is red, that's a tantrum. A "little" tantrum would be a milder version...perhaps the child would stay upright and scream. ("Temper tantrum" and "tantrum" mean the same thing.) Usually the term only applies to children, but sometimes if we think an adult is being petulant or especially disagreeable, we might say, "Calm down, don't have a tantrum."

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