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    Post What does 'all time' mean?

    Dear friends,

    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."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear friends,

    Please help me with the following two questions. Thank you!

    #1 Is the sentence below correct? Yes, but I wouldn't put a comma after "artist".

    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? "of all time" means 'ever', 'in the entire history of art'.

    "Let's discover one of the greatest artists (of all time)(ever).


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    Dear 2006,

    Is it incorrect to write "we want to focus on the life of a sixteenth century Italian artist Michelangelo" ?

    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear 2006,

    Is it incorrect to write "we want to focus on the life of a sixteenth century Italian artist Michelangelo" ?

    Thank you!
    Sorry, I forgot about that part.
    You can use "a", but it's not necessary, and it's not better with "a". But if you add "a", you should have a comma after "artist".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear 2006,

    Is it incorrect to write "we want to focus on the life of a sixteenth century Italian artist Michelangelo" ?

    Thank you!
    How about: We want to focus on the life of Michelangelo, a sixteenth century Italian artist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    How about: We want to focus on the life of Michelangelo, a sixteenth century Italian artist.
    After seeing your post, now I understand what 2006's point was. The use of comma is magic!
    Thank you, amigos4 and 2006!

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    Re: What does 'all time' mean?

    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.

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    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.

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    Re: What does 'all time' mean?

    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'.

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