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    #1

    Cool the time

    Hello,

    What's the difference between:

    -I won't have time to do it.

    -I won't have the time to do it.

    Thank you.

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    Re: the time

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Good question.

    I won't have time to do it.
    You don't know how long it will take, but you know that you will not have time.
    (Because you work almost every day.)

    I won't have the time to do it.
    You know how long it will take (for example 1 hour) and you know that you will not have that time (1 hour).

    P.S: Just a guess!

    Cheers!

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    #3

    Re: the time

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Good question.

    I won't have time to do it.
    You don't know how long it will take, but you know that you will not have time.
    (Because you work almost every day.)

    I won't have the time to do it.
    You know how long it will take (for example 1 hour) and you know that you will not have that time (1 hour).

    P.S: Just a guess!

    Cheers!
    A good one (though the time doesn't have to be that specific - I might know, for example, that I won't have the time to do something - however long it might take - because I have no spare time at all; in this case 'I don't have time' is also possible) The point is that when you say 'the time' you are talking about a finite amount of time (that you don't need to be able to specify).
    Last edited by BobK; 11-Sep-2010 at 16:09. Reason: Added last sentence

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    Cool Re: the time

    Thank you!

    2 more questions :

    -Do we say "the time passes quickly" or "time passes quickly"?

    Is it better to say "passes by" in this case?

    Thanks a lot
    W

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