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    To have one's moments

    If I say:

    Each one has his moments negatively that is;
    Each one has his moments of anger and frustration.
    Is this a correct usage of the expression to use it in a negative manner or it is only used positively?

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    Re: To have one's moments

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    If I say:

    Each one has his moments negatively that is;
    Each one has his moments of anger and frustration.
    Is this a correct usage of the expression to use it in a negative manner or it is only used positively?
    It's OK.

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    Re: To have one's moments

    One can have one's moments of happiness, anger, elation, despair, terror, grief, etc. It can be used for both positive and negative feelings.

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    Re: To have one's moments

    This is one of those rare occasions when I do not agree with bhai, for several reasons:

    1. For me, 'each one' is in itself unnatural. I think only 'everyone' sounds natural.
    2. These days, 'their' is more acceptable than 'his'.
    3. I do not think that one can 'have moments negatively' in English.

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    Re: To have one's moments

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    This is one of those rare occasions when I do not agree with bhai, for several reasons:

    1. For me, 'each one' is in itself unnatural. I think only 'everyone' sounds natural.
    2. These days, 'their' is more acceptable than 'his'.
    3. I do not think that one can 'have moments negatively' in English.
    I agree about "each one" unless it's not the beginning of the sentence. For example "Men are quiet and placid beings but each one has his moment(s) of anger and frustration".

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    Re: To have one's moments

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I agree about "each one" unless it's not the beginning of the sentence. For example "Men are quiet and placid beings but each one has his moment(s) of anger and frustration".
    But obviously something precedes those sentences. "Each one" must have a referent.
    I'm sure the poster means something like "Men are quiet and placid beings, but they all have negative emotions as well. Each one has his moments of anger and frustration."
    I don't see it as being a problem sentence.
    The sentence "Each one has his moments negatively that is;" is obviously wrong, but I don't think this is the example. I think it's part of the question. Of course, if people persist in not quoting the examples they want checked, one can never be sure.

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    Re: To have one's moments

    Thank you all for your answers and yes the sentence was a part of a conversation between a customer and I through the phone.

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    Re: To have one's moments

    NOT A TEACHER


    I thought that you might like to know about an expression that some of us old people in the United States say:


    I'm having a senior moment.

    That means that because I am old, I have forgotten something -- usually temporarily.

    Airport inspector: What's your name?

    The Parser: Excuse me?

    Inspector (impatiently): What's your name, old man!

    The Parser: I'm not sure. Oh, wait a minute. Now I remember. I'm the Parser.

    Inspector: Sorry to have yelled at you, sir. I sometimes forget that you older people have your

    senior moments.

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    Re: To have one's moments

    "Having a senior moment" is common in BrE too.

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