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    Please correct these sentences

    1.I am used to working in Excel 2000. I have not worked on the new version of Excel.

    2.There is one and a half hours drive from Dubai to Abudhabi.

    3.I had no option left with me, but to accept the offer.

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    1.I am used to working in Excel 2000. I have not worked on the new version of Excel.

    - sounds fine the way it is -

    2.There is one and a half hours drive from Dubai to Abudhabi.

    Perhaps better as: "It's a 90-minute drive from ... " or, if you need to say it in another way, "It's a one and a half hour's drive from ..."
    The hour needs a possessive 's in the second example. You don't need the possessive if you use the time as an adjective, as I did with the first example.
    Note, however, the dash between 90 and minute, to clarify its use as a compound adjective, not in the possessive. Similarly, you could use the even more cumbersome, "It's a one-and-a-half-hour drive from..."

    3.I had no option left with me, but to accept the offer.

    "Less is more": I had no option but to accept the offer.

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    Thank you Jlinger.
    Could you please tell me what you meant by "Less is more" in the last sentence?

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    "Brevity is the soul of wit." "Less is more." These expressions suggest that sometimes you can be more effective with fewer words (or, in the case of Less is More, even with the amount of cosmetics or perfume you use).

    It's a condition I've never been accused of. I always say too much. And then add more. Like now.

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    Thank you very much Jlinger.I got it.

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    Default Re: used to working

    I agree about jlinger's rewrite, but it hid (perhaps deliberately ) the fact that the better preposition to use with 'left' (in this case) is 'to': There was no option left to me, but to accept the offer (I think the impersonal 'there was' works better here).

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    Thank you Bobk.

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    I agree with Bob.

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