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Please help me with the following two questions. Thank you!
#1 Is the sentence below correct? Is it better to insert the word 'a' before sixteenth?
(in class a teacher says) "Today we want to focus on the life of sixteenth century Italian artist, Michelangelo."
#2 What does 'all time' mean in the sentence below?
"Let's discover one of the greatest artists of all time."
Is it incorrect to write "we want to focus on the life of a sixteenth century Italian artist Michelangelo" ?
Heidi: this use of 'of all time' has given rise to 'all-time' being used as a pre-modifier: 'Dylan is one of the all-time greats.' The hyphen helps clarify this meaning, but not everybody uses one.
Thank you all my teachers, 2006, amigos4 and Bobk!
First, I didn't find anything about the phrase 'of all time' in my dictionaries. Later, Bobk gave me a clue to look for 'all-time'. Now I've found more example sentences about the phrases 'of all time' and 'all-time', and I would like to share with others who might be interested.
"The price of wheat had reached an all-time low."
"They reached an all-time record score."
"He's one of the greatest players of all time."
"Beethoven's compositions are among the greatest of all time."
"Summer temperatures reached an all-time high."
Last edited by Heidi; 22-Aug-2010 at 07:19.
Maybe it goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway - I'm just that kind of guy ) that 'all-time' collocates with extremes - all-time great/best/worst/low/high/favourite... etc. You couldn't have, say 'all-time pink'.