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    Jayne

    Hello,

    Can you please tell me which of these is correct:

    "I had read that birthing, on average, lasts 12 to 14 hours."

    or

    "I had read that birthing, on averaged, lasted 12 to 14 hours."

    Thanks very much in advance!


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    Re: Jayne

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hello,

    Can you please tell me which of these is correct:

    "I had read that birthing, on average, lasts 12 to 14 hours."

    or

    "I had read that birthing, on averaged, lasted 12 to 14 hours."

    Thanks very much in advance!
    The first one is correct.

    > The expression is "on average"
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    > I suppose birthing could be considered something that happened in the past, rather than something that happens every day, so you might use "lasted." But I wouldn't expect it in this sentence.

    You might use "lasted" with this meaning:
    - I have read that before the advent of modern obstetrics, birthing lasted on average twelve to fourteen hours."

    But if you just mean to talk about birthing as it occurs all the time nowadays, then the past tense "lasted" is the wrong choice.
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    > I don't know why you say "I HAD read," however. I would have expected a statement like this to say "I HAVE read..."
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    > You might also want to write the numbers out in words, depending on the purpose of the sentence -- where it is going to be used.

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