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    Once a point a time

    Hi,

    Question:
    Can any words replace “once a point a time”?

    Sentence:
    Once a point a time, when I was the leader of the project, Mary told us that she had too much workload.

    Opinion:
    Someone suggests “one day” can be used. However, “one day” means at a particular time in the future, so I think it is not suitable.

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    Re: Once a point a time

    There was one time when I was the leader of a project, and one of the team members, Mary, told us that her workload was too high.

    (Who is "us"? If you're the leader, was it just "told me"?)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Once a point a time

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    There was one time when I was the leader of a project, and one of the team members, Mary, told us that her workload was too high.

    (Who is "us"? If you're the leader, was it just "told me"?)
    "(Who is "us"? If you're the leader, was it just "told me"?)"
    I haven't thought about this before.

    If I amend the content to:
    When I was the leader, Many told us that she was ill. There were 6 people in our team.

    Will you change your opinion?
    Will you think "us" is correct?


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    Re: Once a point a time

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    Can any words replace “once a point a time”? What is "Once a point in time" supposed to mean?

    Sentence:
    Once a point a time, when I was the leader of the project, Mary told us that she had too heavy a workload.

    Opinion:
    Someone suggests “one day” can be used. It can be used. However, “one day” means at a particular time in the future, so I think it is not suitable. No, "one day" can refer to the past.


    You can just say, 'Once, when I was the .......'.


    I don't have a problem with "us". Just because I was the leader, doesn't mean that Mary couldn't have told all of us how she felt about her workload.
    2006

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    Re: Once a point a time

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    Can any words replace “once a point a time”?

    Sentence:
    Once a point a time, when I was the leader of the project, Mary told us that she had too much workload.
    I think you are misusing "Once upon a time ..." which is the traditional beginning for fairy tales.

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