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    I saw him at the time of going

    I post almost similar question before and it was nswered. but this time it is more confusing plese check the following sentence

    "I saw him at the time of going"

    is it convey the messaage that when I was going somewhere I saw a person?

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    Re: I saw him at the time of going

    No, you can't use the phrase "at the time of going."

    Were you getting ready to go somewhere?
    I saw him as I was leaving.

    Did you see him while you were out somewhere?
    I saw him while I was out.
    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: I saw him at the time of going

    To mean that, I would say one of these:
    Going (to work), I saw him.
    I saw him as/when/while I was going (to work).

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    Re: I saw him at the time of going

    I can imagine uses for "at the time of going".

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    Re: I saw him at the time of going

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I can imagine uses for "at the time of going".
    Sir, it would be highly appreciated if you could provide a few examples.

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    Re: I saw him at the time of going

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I can imagine uses for "at the time of going".
    In the original poster's context?
    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: I saw him at the time of going

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I can imagine uses for "at the time of going".
    would you elabore please?

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    Exclamation Re: I saw him at the time of going

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I can imagine uses for "at the time of going".
    You can imagine the use of the moment. What to do and what not to do at the time of going to some place.
    At the time of going=during the time of your movement.
    You can not see that time or moment, but you can think something or take something with you.
    You can think something at the time of going to some place, as;
    Some pleasant memories flashed in my mind at the time of going to the meeting place .
    You can take something at the time of going to some place; as:
    Please take some tissue paper at the time of going to toilet.

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    Re: I saw him at the time of going

    Some pleasant memories flashed in my mind at the time of going to the meeting place . This is a nice example from sarat_106. It's a phrase which I can imagine in a poetic/literary context.

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    Re: I saw him at the time of going

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    ... which I can imagine in a poetic/literary context.
    But you are not advocating saying "I saw him at the time of going" in general conversation, right?
    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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