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    a simple question for an English teacher

    " at the time", " at the time being"
    Are the above two phrases correct?

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    Re: a simple question for an English teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by fruitcakes View Post
    " at the time", " at the time being"
    Are the above two phrases correct?
    In what context? What do you intend them to mean?
    I can't think of a valid use for the second string of words just at the moment.
    The first phrase has the meaning that one would expect from putting those three words together.
    Someone insulted me today but I couldn't think of a good reply at the time.

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    Re: a simple question for an English teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I can't think of a valid use for the second string of words just at the moment.
    I think this is correct:

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    Aids dominated my twenties. It can be hard for those who weren't there to understand what it was like. Although we had fantastic Aids wards (the best at the time being St Mary's Hospital, London), little was known about the virus and panic was everywhere. We didn't even really know how it was spread and, while we talked of condoms constantly, we were only guessing, and prayed that you couldn't catch it from saliva or even by air.
    But it is just a coincidence, not a collocation.

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    Re: a simple question for an English teacher

    It depends. Provide a sentence with each.


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    I shouldn't have eaten all the candies at the time being that led me to a stomachache.
    How about the sentence above?

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    Re: a simple question for an English teacher

    I'm not a fan of "being that it" as a substitute for "because."

    You can rewrite it as "at that time, because it..." (Your original has "the" instead of "that" but "that reads better to me.)

    As with the example above, it's not "at the time being" as a unit, but "at the time" and "being that it" as another unit.

    There is "for the time being" which means "Currently, although likely to change."

    Jane is the acting night supervisor for the time being, until we can hire someone new.
    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: a simple question for an English teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by fruitcakes View Post
    " at the time", " at the time being"
    Are the above two phrases correct?
    I have never come across " at the time being" phrase . Though the phrase " for the time being " is frequently used :
    We've decided to do without a car for the time being.

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    Re: a simple question for an English teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by fruitcakes View Post
    I shouldn't have eaten all the candies at the time being that led me to a stomachache.
    How about the sentence above?
    No, that doesn't make any sense. Even if you had written "being that it ..." as Barb read, that's not right either.

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    Re: a simple question for an English teacher

    Most of the examples of 'at the time being' in use in Google should either be 'for the time being' or 'now/at the moment'. I would not use it as a phrase- they can come together as in Mmasny's example but on their own they have no meaning to me.

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