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    Smile mark time

    This calendar, however, did not predict an important event in Egypt: the annual flooding of the Nile River. The Egyptians needed a different way to mark time.



    Is it the same to write record time rather than mark time in the above context? Thanks.

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    That would seem to be the correct interpretation of 'to mark time' here. Its usual meaning of 'marching on the spot while waiting for something to happen' would make no sense at all in this sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horsa View Post
    That would seem to be the correct interpretation of 'to mark time' here. Its usual meaning of 'marching on the spot while waiting for something to happen' would make no sense at all in this sentence.
    Thanks, Horsa, for the helpful reply.
    But I don't get "marching on the spot."

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    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, Horsa, for the helpful reply.
    But I don't get "marching on the spot."
    He means acting as though you are marching, your legs move up and down, your arms swing side to side but you don't move forward or backward.

    "Marking time" also means to just pretend to do something for a while (which is sort of like "marching on the spot".)

    My boss thought I was working hard but really I was just marking time until it was time to go home.

    This of course has nothing to do with your first question.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    He means acting as though you are marching, your legs move up and down, your arms swing side to side but you don't move forward or backward.

    "Marking time" also means to just pretend to do something for a while (which is sort of like "marching on the spot".)

    My boss thought I was working hard but really I was just marking time until it was time to go home.

    This of course has nothing to do with your first question.
    Thanks, Naamplao, for your clear explanation.
    For curiosity's sake, does it sound right to say:

    My boss ... but really I was just marching on the spot ...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, Naamplao, for your clear explanation.
    For curiosity's sake, does it sound right to say:

    My boss ... but really I was just marching on the spot ...?
    No....that would look funny.

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