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    which one is correct? anyone please tell me

    which one is correct 'we became successful in a very small time.'
    or 'we became successful in a very short time.'
    what should be used?? short time or small time??

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    Re: which one is correct? anyone please tell me

    Quote Originally Posted by keya mukherji View Post
    which one is correct 'we became successful in a very small time.' No.
    or 'we became successful in a very short time.' Yes.
    what should be used?? short time or small time??
    Your second sentence is correct. We refer to time, in this context, as long or short.

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    Re: which one is correct? anyone please tell me

    Quote Originally Posted by keya mukherji View Post
    which one is correct 'we became successful in a very small time.'
    or 'we became successful in a very short time.'
    what should be used?? short time or small time??
    The second is correct but it is needlessly wordy, especially since you're not saying very much - why not use 'soon'?:

    'We soon became successful.'

    And you might want to expand on this to make it more concrete (what does 'soon'/'in a very short time' mean, after all?), eg:

    'We soon became successful and by the end of 2009 we were posting profits of over US$100,000.'
    Last edited by bertietheblue; 24-Jun-2010 at 11:33.

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    #4

    Re: which one is correct? anyone please tell me

    Phew! That was a close shave! I just managed to insert the 's' to fix the 'successful' typo - twice! What does that tell you? - in time before I was exposed (which would have been all the more humiliating because I'm a proofreader).


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    Re: which one is correct? anyone please tell me

    Personally, I'd write:

    We achieved success in a short amount of time.

    We were quick to attain success.

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