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  1. rainous's Avatar
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    Dark times

    These are dark times for our country.

    This is a dark time for our country.

    Is there any difference in meaning between the two?

    or is it OK to use either of them for the same meaning?


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    Re: Dark times

    My feeling, not based on any research, is that "dark times" is idiomatic for the present and "a dark time" is idiomatic for the past.
    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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