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    deludge vs inundated

    "If I hadn't been deluged with work the day before, I would have come to the train station in time to see him off."

    OR

    "If I hadn't been inundated with work the day before, I would have come to the train station in time to see him off."

    Which one do we use more often "deludged with" or "inundated with"?
    Last edited by ostap77; 11-Oct-2010 at 23:17.

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    Re: deludge vs inundated

    Both sound good to me. I'd use either one.
    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: deludge vs inundated

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Both sound good to me. I'd use either one.
    Do you often get to hear them in conversation?

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    Re: deludge vs inundated

    Often? Probably not often, but not so rarely that I would consider it surprising to hear one. Probably inundated more often than deluged.
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    Re: deludge vs inundated

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Often? Probably not often, but not so rarely that I would consider it surprising to hear one. Probably inundated more often than deluged.
    What would be more colloquial for it?

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    #6

    Re: deludge vs inundated

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What would be more colloquial for it?
    Swamped with work would be more colloquial. Please note that the correct spelling is deluged.

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    #7

    Re: deludge vs inundated

    Swamped was also exactly what I was going to suggest.

    Sometimes I say "I'm under water right now."

    Interesting that so many have to do with water: deluged, swamped, under water.
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    Re: deludge vs inundated

    Barb's 'under water' gives rise to an expression (and accompanying gesture) that you could use in an informal context: 'If I hadn't been up to here [indicating the surface of the water at about the level of your nostrils] with work...'.

    b

    PS You can also use 'up to here' to mean you're fed up with something: 'I've had it up to here'.

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